Glass Animals – “The Other Side Of Paradise”

Before you say anything, yes, I know. We’re incredibly late to the party with this track from indie quartet Glass Animals, who released their sophomore album How To Be A Human Being back in August. The new, colorful sound, inspired by the group’s experience interacting with people on the road, was entirely different from the brilliant, exotic mystery of their debut, which made us initially hesitant about how the album would work as a whole, setting aside the thumping, vibrant single “Life Itself.” We’ve since gone back and discovered a few remarkable spots on the album, including the experimental, eclectic track “The Other Side Of Paradise,” the perfect marriage of their past and present aesthetics. Caged in by bizarre sound effects and swells of synth, frontman Dave Bayley’s voice works around the chaos, instrumentals all converging on the sighs of the chorus. Considering the album was more about humanity and what defines it, the consistent oscillation between chaos and calm that appears in this track works in their favor, making it especially effective in conveying the pure emotion that comes with the human condition.

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