Glass Animals have announced that they will delay the release of their forthcoming third album, Dreamland, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

The band had originally planned for the album to hit shelves on July 10th, but it will now be available from August 7th.

“All eyes and minds needed to be focused on civil rights and understanding how to defeat prejudice, and we made the decision to pause our album release plan indefinitely,” Glass Animals explained in an Instagram post.

Today, the band shared a new single from the forthcoming album, entitled ‘Heat Waves’. It follows on from previously released singles ‘Dreamland’, ‘Your Love (Déjà Vu)’ and ‘Tokyo Drifting’, all of which will also appear on Dreamland.

Glass Animals also shared an accompanying music video for the track, directed by Colin Read. In it, frontman Dave Bayley walks through the deserted streets of London on his way to an empty venue.

Bayley revealed in a press release that the clip was shot by those living in his neighbourhood.

“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,” he explained.

“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 realising you are unable to save something… and this video is about that but for art, being together, and human contact.”

Bayley expressed his heartfelt gratitude to those who assisted in shooting the clip.

“Huge love and thank you’s to everyone who got involved and helped out,” he said.

“When everyone was leaning out of their windows filming, I felt that same sense of togetherness and spine-tingling energy that happened at live shows. It made the coldness of performing to an empty room with the band stuck on screens feel even more heart-breaking.”

Check out ‘Heat Waves’ by Glass Animals:

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