Today, British indie-pop band Pale Waves have returned with the release of “Change,” the lead single from their sophomore album, Who Am I?, out February 12, 2021, via Dirty Hit, along with a brand new video. “Change,” a nostalgic and catchy guitar track made up of stories of heartbreak from front woman Heather Baron-Gracie’s friends, reflecting the different moods and emotions that we all go through. CLICK HERE to listen to the song, which was first played as Annie Mac’sHottest Record In The Worldon BBC Radio 1, and CLICK HERE to watch the video. CLICK HEREto pre-order/pre-save the album.
Who Am I? – the follow-up to the band’s 2018 debut album My Mind Makes Noises opens up a bold new chapter for Pale Waves. Heather Baron-Gracie’s songwriting holds the last few years of her life up to the light, reflecting on her own mental health and growing pains – depression, distraction, and feelings of darkness – but also her experience of falling in love and becoming more open about her sexuality, emerging with a clarity and optimism as she steps forward as the sort of front woman she never saw when she was growing up.
Who Am I? acts as the Pale Waves manifesto, inspiring inclusivity, self-discovery, and the notion of being whoever the hell you want to be. On the making of the album, Heather says “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.”
Who Am I? was recorded primarily in Los Angeles alongside producer Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Sigur Rós), before the Coronavirus lockdown forced the making of the album to go virtual, with Heather remaining in LA and the rest of the band returning home to record their parts in their bedrooms, sending them back to LA to be added into the record.