Sometimes an album falls in your lap and you just can’t get enough of it. That would be me over the course of the last two weeks with the latest release of How to Be A Human Being from eclectic indie group Glass Animals. The band’s sound was only solidified in their own brand of chaotic beats and noise in the sophomore album. How to Be A Human Being not only exceeded expectations, it shattered sophomore slump worries.
If I had to describe How to Be A Human Being in brief, I would say a bizarre cacophony of sounds. Imagine a musical kaleidoscope that blends and filters between genres and soundscapes. The album is concept based, but with a unique spin on your standard concept album. (If you know me, know that nothing gets me more excited than a well executed concept album.) Each song is a short vignette featuring a different fictionalized character, getting to the human aspects that the title implies.
While it’s hard to pick only one track to feature (seriously, there isn’t a song out of eleven that I am not a fan of) I decided on “Youth” as it has the easy listening elements that the band is known for, without some of their more jarring and eccentric production techniques. It’s a good introduction for those new to the band.
The stripped back “Youth” is a mixture of nostalgia, sadness, and a touch of bittersweet melancholy. Those contrasting feelings easily wrap around the listener due in part to the vivid sounds which are led by a prominent flute in this particular song. “Youth” delivers the same line until it absorbs you. The reiterated lines and sounds make it easy to lose yourself in the music.
I could see “Youth” and How to Be A Human Being played in a multitude of ways – from late night drives to the backing soundtrack of a chill Friday night get together, this album covers it all.
P.S. – Glass Animals’ lead single “Life Itself” found a spot on my Summer 2016 Playlist. Even though we’re saying hello to fall, it’s always the right time to listen to a few good jams.
Is there an album you haven’t been able to get enough of lately?
Until next time,