Glass Animals’ fans can rejoice as the English four-piece share their brand new single, the infectious ‘Your Love (Déjà Vu)’, alongside the news that they’ll be returning to Australia this July for Splendour In the Grass.
Paying tribute to the formative influence of both Timbaland and The Neptunes, ‘Your Love (Déjà Vu)’ is a tantalising first hint of what is to come from what will be Glass Animals’ anticipated third studio album; the follow up to Mercury Prize nominated How To Be A Human Being (2016), and the band’s debut ZABA (2014). Oozing with Glass Animals’ very own brand of eclectic RnB, bopping electronic beats and unmistakable groove, ‘Your Love (Déjà Vu)’ is a conflicted booty-call anthem that is best explained in the words of lead songwriter, singer and producer Dave Bayley:
“I think we’ve all found ourselves in fucked up relationships that make us feel sad and helpless. Not necessarily something romantic – maybe it’s with a family member or a friend. A relationship that we know on some level is going to keep breaking our hearts. Maybe you don’t confront it because you hope it’ll change with time. Or because it’s easier to let it slide and never set boundaries. Maybe you think you deserve that unhappiness. Or maybe you find some strange comfort in the chaos.
“This song is about being addicted to chaos. About doing or allowing something self-destructive because on some level you get off on the sadness that comes of it. It’s about wanting to float around and exist inside of that feeling because it has always been familiar to you. It’s something that a lot of people know from growing up in a tense household… so it can feel right to create that dynamic, even if you don’t realise you’re doing it.”
2020 is already shaping up to be a momentous year for Glass Animals – the universally-adored British four-piece fronted by Dave Bayley with his bandmates and childhood friends Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer and Drew Macfarlane. As well as producing both ZABA and How To be a Human Being, Dave has lent his production prowess once again on ‘Your Love (Déjà Vu)’, and in the past, has worked with a number of artists outside of the band including 6lack, Khalid, Joey Bada$$, DJ Dahi, Flume and MorMor.
The tone for Glass Animals was set when they dropped their bombshell release ‘Tokyo Drifting’ ft. Denzel Curry at the close of last year. Locally, the track was incredibly well received, going on to reach the #34 position in this year’s triple j Hottest 100 – marking their fifth entry to date in the musical democracy. In 2016 Glass Animals enjoyed an impressive three entries from their 2016 album How To Be A Human Being – ‘Season 2 Episode 3’, ‘Life Itself’ and ‘Youth’ – with their highest peak in the 2014 H100 with their breakthrough track ‘Gooey’ reaching #12.
To celebrate the release of ‘Tokyo Drifting’, Glass Animals returned down under in December 2019 for a couple of small underplay shows in Melbourne and Sydney – their first international headline shows playing together since drummer Joe Seaward’s cycling accident in 2018.
With the release of ‘Your Love (Déjà Vu), their spot on this year’s whopping Splendour in the Grass line up alongside Tyler, The Creator, The Strokes and Flume, and with much more to come, 2020 is proving to be a massive year for Glass Animals.