What is it about the glockenspiel that makes it so magical? Sure you can drop some tambourine or shaker egg into a song for added percussion, but only the glockenspiel conveys a feeling of childlike wonderment. So simple, and yet so effective! Enjoy these great uses of Glockenspiel.
LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great
When James Murphy gets going on something, he uses it in a big way. The glock follows his melody for the entire song.
Arcade Fire – Power Out
There’s no shortage of glockenspiel on Funeral, but this song fully exploits it with a great burst of energy. Might want to put a strap on it like a keytar so you can dance around.
Cults – Go Outside
Don’t just go outside, go outside and frolick. This New York City duo use the glockenspiel to give the song a light airy feel.
The New Pornographers – Hey, Snow White
If you’ve got a great guitar hook, why not layer some glockenspiel on it to really make it pop? This one’s from the charity compilation album Dark Was The Night in 2009.
Radiohead – All I Need
Psychedelic glock! Watch Jonny Greenwood put some trippy effects on it for this live version of the In Rainbows brooder.
Marina And The Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot
Guess what? This glock isn’t a robot either! Well, actually, it could be – a lot of bands used midi or sampled glockenspiel to save time in the studio.
The Decemberists – The Engine Driver
Listen to how the glockenspiel slides into the second verse and adds a beautiful counter melody to Colin Meloy’s hushed vocals.
Dan Mangan – The Indie Queens Are Waiting
The barely-played glockenspiel is so delicate in this song from Nice, Nice, Very Nice you might almost miss it in the chorus. Oh, and if you’re wondering who the female singer is accompanying him, it’s fellow Vancouverite Veda Hille.
Bloc Party – Signs
This is the glockenspiel in hyper mode, but it adds an eerie feel to an already heartbreaking song. The live performance will give you chills while you marvel at the glock skills.