Pale Waves are back with their new single Change which is already BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Track in The World.
The single is taken from the band’s second album WHO AM I? set for release via Dirty Hit on 12 February 2021.
On WHO AM I? front woman Heather Baron-Gracie holds the last few years of her life up to the light, reflecting on her own growing pains – depression, distraction and feelings of darkness. But also her experience of falling in love and emerging with a clarity and optimism – being more open about her sexuality and stepping forward as the sort of front woman she couldn’t see when she was growing up.
Their second album acts as the Pale Waves manifesto – inclusivity, self-discovery and the notion of being whoever the hell you want to be. “For me, music and art is for people not to feel so alone and isolated; I want to be that person my fans look up to and find comfort in,” says Heather.
WHO AM I? was recorded mainly in Los Angeles alongside producer Rich Costey, who has worked with Muse, Sigur Rós, Foo Fighters. The Coronavirus lockdown forced the making of the album to go virtual. Heather and band mate Ciara remaining in LA and the rest of the group returning home to record their parts in their bedrooms before sending them back stateside.
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