Back in the ‘good old days’, breaking into the music industry was an arduous adventure that more often resulted in rejected demos and fruitless meetings than critical/commercial acclaim.

These days however, thanks to the Internet and its powers of promotions, bands can appear out of nowhere, release three songs, and somehow take the world by storm. Oxford quartet Glass Animals are the latest band to succeed in this new method, having just released Gooey – their second EP of 2014.

Unlike their previous EPs Leaflings and Glass Animals, Gooey does not offer another mouthwatering collection of originals. Featuring three remixes and two originals, Gooey is simply a promotional release designed to further increase anticipation for their forthcoming LP, ZABA.

Having said that however, new tracks ‘Gooey’ and ‘Holiest’ illustrate what all the fuss is about. The title track is a slinky, seductive number that reels listeners in with its rich textures, modestly lascivious vocals, and abstract innuendos (“You just wanna know those peanut butter vibes”). Moreover, ‘Holiest’ (which features Tei Shi on vocals) sounds like a trippy, slowed-down take on Disclosure, evoking a similarly lustful mood.

Unfortunately, the subsequent remixes fail to live up to the brilliance of these enchanting tracks. Whilst these well-crafted remixes demonstrate ‘Gooey’s versatility (especially Gilligan Moss’ playful edit), when played in succession, these bass-heavy renditions are more likely to feel repetitive than inspire a new obsession.

This aside, Gooey provides another small yet sweet sample of Glass Animals’ unique sound, but it probably won’t be enough to tide you over until the release of ZABA this June.

Listen to ‘Gooey’ from Gooey here:

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