Glass Animals have shared the blissful new single ‘Heat Waves’ which is taken from their upcoming third album Dreamland.
Dreamland was originally set for a July 10th release but the band have made the decision to postpone the date until August 7th in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Oxfordshire group not wanting to be a distraction from that cause.
“The deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery horrified us to our core… and the despicable responses to police brutality and the hideous behaviour of extremists that followed were completely heartbreaking,” the band explained in a statement.
“All eyes and minds needed to be focused on civil rights and understanding how to defeat prejudice, and we made the decision to pause our album release plan indefinitely.”
The group also added that the “fight for civil rights is so much bigger and more important than any single piece of music” and, when referencing the music, insisted that they will “never take [their] eyes off of that ultimate goal”.
To fill the fan’s appetite’s for the new material that has been put on hold, Glass Animals have shared the gorgeous ‘Heat Waves’ which has been accompanied by some lockdown visuals shot by frontman Dave Bayley.
Bayley said this of the track and video: “The ‘Heat Waves’ video is a love letter to live music and the culture and togetherness surrounding it. It was filmed at the peak of the lockdown in my neighbourhood in East London by the lovely people who live around me, just using their phones. These are people who are usually out at shows, in galleries, going to cinemas etc. These venues are left empty now, and many of them will not survive. The song is about loss and longing, and ultimately realizing you are unable to save something…and this video is about that but for art, being together, and human contact.”
Adding: “Huge love and thank yous to everyone who got involved and helped out. When everyone was leaning out of their windows filming, I felt that same sense of togetherness and spine-tingling energy that happened at live shows. It made the coldness of performing to an empty room with the band stuck on screens feel even more heartbreaking.”
Check out the video, below.