We're not saying that frontman Dave Bayley's work with psychiatric patients as part of his neuroscience degree has anything to do with Glass Animal's rather dark and twisted stories of "badass" unicorns and dancing moles immersed in electronica-meets-pschedelica art/pop grooves. But we're guessing it didn't hurt. This is after all, a band once known as both Afro Pony and Alligator Puffin Chicken Go Yeh Woo in earlier incarnations and who write songs with titles like "Black Mambo" and "Cocoa Hooves." Made up of two Americans and two Brits and signed to the fledgling label Wolf Tone (via Harvest/Universal), a new imprint from Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence & The Machine), the Oxford-based quartet keep the weirdness tightly coiled in R+B and shadowy dub beats, Bayley's narcotic falsetto vocals echoing atop some slinky funk foundations and mellow tribal rhythms in "Psylla." As to be expected, the band's videos are equally strange and wonderful -- click through below to watch the nightmarish stop-motion animation of "Psylla" and stream (and watch) "Exxus." Debut album is expected early 2014.
Glass Animals - "Psylla"
Glass Animals - "Exxus"