BBC Radio 1’s flagship news programme BBC Newsbeat felt Glass Caves’ busking story was that unique that they shed a spotlight on the band recognising them ‘a busking sensation’. The band busked 3 months up and down the country without a single day off to self fund their debut album which reached the UK Top 40 on record store day.
Glass Caves have gained high profile support from Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy, with Crouch declaring their track ‘Alive’ as his record of the week during his stint on Radio X. has seen their music placed across campaigns for Sky Sports, Playstation, La Liga, Emmerdale, and BT.
Industry has been quick to support with their singles garnering playlist support from Spotify’s The Indie List, Hot New Bands and New Music Friday UK, Deezer’s Indie Jukebox and Freshest Bands Around; not to mention placements with Starbucks and BT Sports amongst others.
Entrenched in a sugar-sweet sense of nostalgia, while backboned by a steadfast duality of bass and drums, it’s a deliciously moreish combination of arpeggiated synth and vocal harmonies – equal parts timely and timeless, it feels like the logical progression for a band who’ve steadily shed their indie rock skin, instead replacing it with something much more poppy and polished, harbouring a rich musicality only hinted at on earlier cuts such as ‘Swim’ or ‘I Do’.
Indeed, where previous singles have felt stifled by what’s come before them, ‘Eye to Eye’ succeeds in breaking free of its confines and as such relishes in its new-found freedom, its effervescent electronics running riot alongside frontman Matt Hallas’ trademark vocal delivery.
While Glass Caves have always relished in their own inimitable brand of indie anthemia, it’s their latest recordings, and ‘Eye to Eye’ in particular that harbour enough bombast to fill the increasingly bigger venues they play. Blending their traditional brand of indie with irresistible elements of funk, soul and pop music, it’s a fitting step up for a band who have rapidly come into their own.
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