The English psychedelic pop-art band GLASS ANIMALS formed by vocalist, guitarist, singer-songwriter, tambourine-man, and meritorious producer Dave Bayley, with his long-time pals Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer and Drew MacFarlane — have announced a brand new album, titled ‘Dreamland’ — due for release July 10th 2020.
At the bosom of ‘Dreamland’ lies the softly enigmatical producer prestidigitator Bayley, who’s work takes him far beyond the ambit of Glass Animals, and into realms that include such names as: Joey Bada$$, Flume, Wale, Khalid and, most recently, Denzel Curry on the 2019 single ‘Tokyo Drifting’.
But for Bayley, ‘Dreamland’ is a homesick autobiography of his lifetime’s experiences so far, covering communicative and challenging ground and aiming to keep nothing back. So it’s jammed with individualized experiences, and none more emotive than when the bands drummer Joe Seaward was involved in an atrocious bike accident back in July 2018 that not only threatened his life, but also threatened the existence that the close-knit band of compadres known as Glass Animals.
As Bayley says:
“The idea for this album came at a time of confusion and uncertainty. My best friend was in the hospital. I didn’t know if he’d make it. The future was damn scary and completely unknown. During those weeks in the hospital, it was so difficult to look forwards that I found myself looking backwards. Digging around in my mind, pulling up old memories, finding comfort in them even if they were uncomfortable in themselves.”
The album’s title track features ice-cream van chimes against a dreamlike sky. The voice is almost formless and ephemeral, as it flies segregated from the temporal worries and terrestrial doubts of this lowborn understructure that has spawned all our (recent) doubts . . .
Floating gauze? Yes, but more than that, this is subastral. . .