Glass Animals take a very special place in my music library, which is why I was stoked to listen to their new track “Heat Waves,” which oozes the unmistakable Dave Bayley vocals, carries a sense of joy, summer liberation, and delivers a superb beat drop.
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 realize until you take a step back.
The single comes out ahead of the official “Dreamland” album release that was postponed from May to August 7th in order to respect and support the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.
As an ardent Glass Animals fan and a cinephile, I was taken by the “Heat Waves” music video, which Dave describes as:
"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 neighborhood 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."