SOTD: “Youth” by Glass Animals
Today’s Song of the Day is “Youth” by Glass Animals.
I came across this amazing song on a bright, sunny day in the nail shop. I’d had headphones in listening to something completely different, but when I took them out for a second, I heard part of this song and was immediately drawn in. “Youth” by Glass Animals encapsulates everything you would want in a chill summer song: languid lyrics over a fun and energetic beat that brings a smile to your face against your best efforts. The words in the song are hypnotic in their delivery and often come across as a content sigh on the part of the lead vocalist. Some of the best lyrics in the song are:
Feel your mother at your side
Don’t you know you got my eyes
I’ll make you fly
You’ll be happy all the time
I know you can make it right
“Youth”, inspired by a tragic story told to the band by a stranger, is the second single from Glass Animals’ second studio album How to Be a Human Being. In an interview for Paste magazine, lead vocalist Dave Bayley stated the following regarding the meaning of the song:
“The idea for this one came from a story someone told me once. They were telling me about their child, and something awful had happened to them. She was crying—but at the same time the memories that they had from that previous life made her so happy—so she was also smiling. That combination of emotions kind of made me feel like my heart was being ripped apart but also optimistic in a weird way. She had found a way to see happiness in this awful thing that had happened to her. That combination of emotions is what this song is getting at.”
Bayley served as the sole writer for the song and producer for the album alongside executive producer Paul Epworth. Though the song itself contains little instrumentation beyond drums, it certainly makes up for it with a synth reminiscent beat that appears to emulate the fun whimsicality of childhood.
As we get further and further toward the end of summer, take the time to give this song, as well as the band, as good listen. Glass Animals, whose previous singles include “Gooey” and “Black Mambo”, are a group that maintains depth and versatility in their music with no two songs sounding exactly alike. Add “Youth” to your playlist and keep your eye out for this extremely talented band.
“Youth” can be found on Spotify, TIDAL, Youtube, and iTunes.