The psychedelic pop band, Glass Animals, have released their latest music video and single Heat Waves. The track is part of their upcoming album Dreamland which is set to be released on August 7 2020.
The band posted the single’s artwork to Instagram just after midnight last night along with a lengthy caption explaining the meaning behind the track. They say that ‘it’s about realising you can’t make everyone happy. and realising it’s ok to be defeated by something.’ The caption then continues by saying how they have previously experienced negative comments from press, especially lead singer David Bayley, ‘there was a review in a big publication we got early on that said i was ‘too effeminate’ because of the way I sang and that that was weak and gross. its 2020. there’s no space for that sh*t anymore.’
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HEAT WAVES IS OUT NOW. it’s about realising you can’t make everyone happy. and realising it’s ok to be defeated by something. we are often expected to ‘be strong’ and to swallow our sadness. failing to do that is seen as weakness. so we try to cover up our feelings and hide inside of TV shows or video games or drink or drugs. but being vulnerable should be a positive thing. there was a review in a big publication we got early on that said i was ‘too effeminate’ because of the way I sang and that that was weak and gross. its 2020. there’s no space for that sh*t anymore. the music video is out too. it’s meant to reference the sentiments in the song…about being defeated and unable to save something…but tweaked the context a little. I’ll do another post about it tomorrow explaining more. i hope you like the song, its a special one to me. Love, Dave ps link in bio.
The single proves to be a form of backlash against those trying to bring others down and is a personal piece to the band themselves. The track is supposed to appear on their forthcoming album, Dreamland, which was set to be released on July 7. Although, this was recently pushed back by a month due to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The band feel very passionate about some of the events that have taken place and were heartbroken about the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. They believe that releasing new music just didn’t feel right amongst everything that has happened. The band posted a long message to their fans via Instagram explaining this further.
However, along with their latest single Heat Waves, they have also released the music video for the track. Directed by Colin Read, the video follows David Bayley walking through the backstreets of London.
According to NME, Bayley said the music 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.’
The music video seems to be a great success and will definitely be one to remember for the band. Watch it below: