David Bayley may share his name with the famous photographer (well, almost) but it is the snapshots of his own heart that we're more interested in.
As frontman and general brain behind Glass Animals, Bayley has created one of the most affecting and intriguing debut releases of the year so far in the shape of the 'Leaflings EP' which combines a mixture of The xx's late-night tales with a dash of Wild Beasts dashing eccentricity and the soul lifting swell of Four Tet.
Bayley is said to draw influence from his involvement in the world of medicine and neuroscience and there is clearly intelligence and thought behind every last beat and melody created by Glass Animals. Take a listen to 'Cocoa Hooves' below to sample just what it is the band are all about. Sounding great through a big soundsystem, there are yet more intricacies to discover when sampled alone via headphones.
Released through the burgeoning Kaya Kaya Records, Glass Animals will be performing live in London on June 19th at Dalston venue Birthdays. As well as one of the first live performances by Glass Animals, there will be also be a DJ set from Rough Trade’s very own ‘Record Store Guy’ Sean Forbes - who you may just know from the internet.
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