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Cut back down to my knees, gotta get back, gotta get free.

Glass Animals are a Indie TripHop Band from Oxford, England that formed in 2012. They are made of friends vocalist Dave Bayley, guitarist Drew Macfarlane, bassist Edmund Irvin-Singer and drummer Joe Seaward.

They've made three albums to date: ZABA in June 2014, How to Be a Human Being in August 2016, and Dreamland in August 2020. They are most known for the songs Black Mambo, Gooey, Life Itself, Pork Soda, Youth, Your Love (Deja Vu), and Heat Waves. They were nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2017 for How to Be a Human Being.

Not to be confused with Canadian rock band Glass Tiger.


  • Leaflings (EP, 2012)
  • Glass Animals (EP, 2013)
  • ZABA (2014)
  • How to Be a Human Being (2016)
  • Dreamland (2020)


"Baby, don't go. I'll stop making tropes"

  • Album Intro Track: The title track on Dreamland is a mashup of this, a "table of contents" and a Setting Introduction Song: each verse asks a question that is answered elsewhere in the album, and it ends with:
"Oh, it's 2020, so it's time to change that
So you go make an album and call it Dreamland"
  • The Alcoholic: Hazey deals with a man shielding his daughter from his drunken wife.
  • All There in the Manual: All of the characters in How To Be A Human Being have backstories you won't notice in the songs themselves.
  • Age-Progression Song: Youth follows the waitress' son as she watches him grow up without her.
  • Age-Gap Romance: The protagonist in ''Poplar St." thinks he's in this.
  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: the Cane Shuga character is described as a "drug dealer for the elite" and businessmen.
  • Animal Motifs: In the album ZABA, people are fitting reffered to as animals.
    • Gooey the person the narrator sings about is named Pooh Bear to signify their childishness and naivety.
    • Black Mambo is about "Mr. Mole", as he faces off against "The Sloth" in an intense game of dominoes.
    • Cocoa Hooves is about a elderly man, described as an "old goat". He is unable to escape out of his comfort zone due to an implied heart surgery in the lyrics.
  • Anthology: "HTBAHB" is this in audio.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: Joey Bada$$ for the non-album single Lose Control.
    • And again in Dreamland Denzel Curry on Tokyo Drifting
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: In the Surreal Music Video for "Space Ghost Coast To Coast", the dozens of naked men dancing throughout the city have no visible gonads.
  • Basement-Dweller: Chuck Rogers, the protagonist of Life Itself still lives with his mom due to not told repeatedly he'll be special.
  • BSoD Song: From How To Be A Human Being: Cane Shuga, and The Other Side of Paradise.
  • Breaking Speech: ''It's All So Incredibly Loud" according to Word Of God
  • Break-Up Song: Cane Shuga is about the businessman having broken up with his girlfriend because of his cocaine abuse. The girl from Season 2, Episode 3.
  • Character Blog: The cast of HTBAHB have ones that resemble like geocites and myspace pages.
  • Concept Album: Both ZABA and How To Be A Human Being. The former is inspired by the children's book "The Zabajaba Jungle", while the latter consists of songs written about characters the band met and stories they heard in the process of making, promoting and touring to promote ZABA.
  • Concept Video: Youth Life Itself, and Season 2 Episode 3 For How to Be a Human Being
    • Dreamland, Tokyo Drifting, Tangerine, Heat Waves and It's all So Incredibly Loud
  • Cover Version: Love Lockdown at the end of ZABA.
  • Connected All Along: In the music videos and "back-matter material." The drug dealer from Cane Shuga is the boyfriend of subject in Season 2, Episode 3's video, Mrs. Moore from Poplar St. kidnaps a boy whose mother is the waitress from Youth. Life Itself's video has most of these characters, including the subject character and his mother, the subject of Mama's Gun.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: All of their albums to date.
    • ZABA has artist Micah Lidberg draw a man and woman sleeping away from each other, among animals in a strange, jungle-like enviroment, fitting the albums's "setting" and themes.
    • How To Be A Human Being by Neil Krug has a very 70s-style aesthetic and an awkward family photo of a diverse group of people, each one a subject of the albums songs, respectively.
    • Dreamland's is heavily influenced of [[Vaporwave]] and Seapunk art as Dave Bayley's head being made in the their art styles.
  • Domestic Abuse: Domestic Bliss
  • Downer Ending: How To Be A Human Being ends with Agnes, about a man possibly dying of a drug overdose.
  • Drugs Are Bad: For How To Be A Human Being.: Life Itself,, Season 2, Episode 3, Cane Shuga and the aforementioned Agnes
  • Chess with Death: the titular Black Mambo. But with Dominoes
  • Extremely Short Timespan: It’s All So Incredibly Loud. Dave Bayley said it takes place in the three seconds
  • Face on the Cover: A 3D model of Dave Bayley's face appears on the cover of Dreamland and its singles
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Agnes" is the man holding the camera in the How To Be Human Being album cover according Word Of God.
  • Growing Up Sucks: It appears to be a Central Theme in How To Be A Human Being. Youth is about being parent not being able to see your child grow up, Pork Soda is about an old man getting dementia, The Other Side Of Paradise is about a woman's doomed relationship with a now famous basketball player, Take A Slice is a young woman prostituting herself to pay for Collage and Agnes is losing your friend to time, on top of him being a drug addict. Fun stuff.
  • It's Snowing Cocaine: ''Cane Shuga,'
  • "I Want" Song: Youth, from a parent's perspective.
"I want you to be happy
Free to run, get dizzy on caffeine
Funny friends that make you laugh
And maybe you're just a little bit dappy"