Glass Animals Release new single ‘Heat Waves’
Taken from their fast approaching third album ‘Dreamland’, ‘Heat Waves’ is out now on Polydor Records. The new album, ‘Dreamland,’ will now be released on the revised date of the 7th August, delayed in order to respect and support the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.
Bursting with all the wonderful tricks that we have come to expect from Glass Animals’ enigmatic front man and producer Dave Bayley, Heat Waves is the introspective summer hit within Dreamland. A scorching, bass-heavy pop-trip, Heat Waves is a distorted Glass Animals love song, exploring how relationships can blur your personality and change you in ways you don’t even realise until you take a step back.
Heat Waves comes alongside a stunningly cinematic video which has been directed by Colin Read. It finds Dave Bayley meandering the streets of lock-down London as on-lookers watch him slowly make his way to an empty venue.
Fundamentally a nostalgic memoir of his life so far, Dreamland finds Bayley covering expansive and difficult ground. As a result, the brand-new album is packed full of intensely sensitive and personal experiences, none more emotional than when the band’s drummer Joe Seaward was involved in a monstrous bike accident in July 2018 which threatened his life, and that of Glass Animals altogether. Born at a time of immense confusion and uncertainty for the band, it’s an album that will be very timely for the world when it lands on the 7th August.
Originally set for release in May 2020, Glass Animals had planned to celebrate Dreamland’s arrival with two back-to-back US shows at the iconic Red Rocks, with support from recent collaborator Denzel Curry. It was due to kick-off a busy 2020 that should have seen the band play venues and arenas across the globe and celebrating the release of their new record with their fans.
However, with all of that thrown up in the air temporarily and being the extraordinarily forward-thinking band that they always have been, Glass Animals have adapted wonderfully to their new situation. From his home studio, Bayley has been creating, building, writing, performing, producing and beyond to ensure the band are constantly connecting with their international fan base, offering a host of creative distractions for people in lockdown.
Their video for title track Dreamland set the bar impressively high for what can be achieved by one man in his London flat, under remote direction. Elsewhere, Dave’s recorded and released a series of covers including a collaboration with Arlo Parks to take on Drake. The band have released Open Source (a website where fans can use exclusive, unreleased Glass Animals content to create their own music, artwork and beyond), aired their own Dreamland TV Network and hosted Mario Kart tournaments on Twitch.