Top 50 of 2016: Part 5 (10-1)

10. Wintersleep – The Great Detachment Release date: March 4, 2016  After the growing success of their previous discography, Wintersleep set out to create a spirited and more organic effort by recording live-off-the-floor. The result: their best record yet. Their energy on stage and sonic presence was almost perfectly transposed into The Great Detachment. Anyone can fill an album with sound and effects, but Wintersleep feverishly stitch together percussion, guitars, keys, bass, and lead singer Paul Murphy’s grizzly vocals into a quilt of rhythm and melody.   Favourite track: “Amerika” 9. Glass Animals…

Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being

Although titled as such, the new album from U.K. indie synth-pop group Glass Animals is not an instruction manual. Instead, How To Be A Human Being is a paradigm shift of sorts, re-telling stories and interviews into music through the eyes of the characters – in this case, frontman and producer Dave Bayley. While on tour in support of their 2014 debut ZABA, Bayley recorded countless conversations and stories from strangers: “I tr[ied] to sneakily record people, and I have hours and hours of these amazing rants from taxi drivers, people we met outside…

Glass Animals – Youth (Official Music Video)

U.K. indie rock group Glass Animals popped onto the music world map with their 2014 debut ZABA, and were welcomed to stick around with their refreshing style of hypnotic, fizzy, electronic rock music. Following up their recent success, the Oxford four-piece have announced their sophomore album How To Be A Human Being will hit shelves August 26th. They teased fans with the lead single “Life Itself” back in May, and now have given a second look into the upcoming record with the brand new music video and single “Youth”.  Continuing the story from the “Life…