Apr 07, 2021
By Mark Redfern
British four-piece Glass Animals released a new album, Dreamland, back in August 2020 via Republic. Last night they were the musical guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in which they performed the album’s “Heat Waves” in an empty amusement park in Margate, England fittingly named Dreamland. The performance was partially shot via drones. Watch it below.
“Heat Waves” has been a huge hit in Australia, where it’s been #1 for six weeks. It’s also been #1 on the U.S. Alternative Radio Chart for three consecutive weeks and has racked up over 400 million streams worldwide.
Dreamland is the follow-up to 2016’s How to Be a Human Being. It’s the band’s first album since drummer Joe Seaward was hit by a truck while cycling in Dublin in 2018, forcing them to cancel their remaining tour dates that year. The band also features guitarist/keyboardist Drew MacFarlane and bassist/keyboardist Ed Irwin-Singer.
Bayley had this to say about the album in a previous press release: “The idea for this album came at a time of confusion and uncertainty. My best friend was in the hospital. I didn’t know if he’d make it. The future was damn scary and completely unknown. During those weeks in the hospital, it was so difficult to look forwards that I found myself looking backwards. Digging around in my mind, pulling up old memories, finding comfort in them even if they were uncomfortable in themselves. Speaking to friends and family, I’ve realized that a lot of people are experiencing a similar sort of confusion now. Everything that we thought we could see clearly in front of us has been thrown into the air, and all the while, we can’t be out finding our footing. We can’t be out creating new memories, so…we’re diving back head-first into the old ones. I hear that in conversations. I see it in what people are watching on TV. In what we’re listening to. In what we’re eating. In dreams.”
Previously the band shared the album’s first single, title track “Dreamland,” via a video made by Bayley while under quarantine via instructions from director Colin Read. “Dreamland” was one of our Songs of the Week. The album also includes “Your Love (Déjà vu),” a new song the band shared in February that was one of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared another song from it, “Heat Waves,” via a video partially filmed on phones by neighbors of frontman Dave Bayley during the pandemic lockdown. “Heat Waves” also made our Songs of the Week list. Then they shared another new song from it, “It’s All So Incredibly Loud,” via a video (the song also placed on our Songs of the Week list). Then they shared a new version of the album’s “Tangerine” featuring Arlo Parks.