"dear friendsnervously excited to share with you the video for Agnes. its hard to explain exactly how it feels inside a human centrifuge. you sit in a small egg-like pod about the size of a horse which hangs off a 50 foot steel horizontal frame. It looks like something out of a bond villains lair. its claustrophobic and uncomfortable and also incredibly hot.
slowly the whole thing starts to rotate like a helicopter blade. Faster and faster until every part of you becomes crushed under the extreme gravity. its like being slowly sat on by an elephant, or like your whole body being punched in slow motion. you have to flex every muscle and use every ounce of strength you have to keep going. breathing requires serious effort. movement becomes incredibly strained and almost painful. everything that once weighed 5 kilograms now weighs 50. its difficult even to keep your eyes open. it hurts in places you really didnt know existed. veins and capillaries burst under the pressure and bruising begins. its a rapid physical overdrive.
the blood rushes from your brain making it impossible to think rationally or focus. your eyes are also drained and you get tunnel visiononly able to see small circles of the world directly infront of you and your sight goes completely greyscaleno more colour. your balance and spatial awareness goes and the world begins to spin like youve had way too much to drink. but the most striking thing is the way that the machine pulls on your heart. you can actually feel it struggling to beat and changing shapeflattening inside of your chest. Its similar to that horrible sinking, tugging heartache that comes only with complete and overwhelming sadness. and then you pass out.
we ran the centrifuge 18 times while i tried to sing along to a song which i find difficult to listen to at the best of times.
this was probably the most intense video-making experience Ill ever have. But its the only way that we could just about begin to simulate for a moment what happens within Agnes.
Glass Animals were the first band signed to new label Wolf Tone by producer Paul Epsworth (Adele, Florence And The Machines, Bruno Mars)
Glass Animals vocalist and songwriter, David Bayley, draws influence for both music and artwork from his involvement in the world of medicine and neuroscience (at just 22 years old, he has studied both) creating a sound with its roots spread between electronic and live instrumentation. The result is the warm, narcotic space between a downbeat and a slow-burning groove.