Originally published on Radsound

Bringing the sound of this week are soulful Oxford quartet Glass Animals with Pools.

With quirky pop stylings not too far from the realms of Alt-J combined with hints of trip hop themed afrobeats and summer sparkle (think The Other Tribe, with more relaxation involved), the outfit are already turning heads and Pools precedes the release of their debut album, ZABA, out on Monday via Paul Epworth’s label Wolf Tone.

Pools is a swirling snippet of the band’s sunny direction, dominated by softly intricate webs of percussion lost in reverb and overlayed by the fervent vocals of Dave Bayley that promote a simplisticly admirable sense of optimism – “I smile because I want to/I smile because you want to” – and rightly so. In 3 and a half minutes, the track transports you into a dreamy world of subtly glistening synths and laid-back dimensions and the whole experience is undeniably one of sheer musical enjoyment. Not to mention the psychedelically mind-bending video.

Pools is out 9th June via Wolf Tone Records.