Pale Waves have returned.

Their new single Change is out now ­ a nostalgic and super catchy guitar track made up of stories of heartbreak, premiered today as Radio 1s Hottest Record In The World accompanied by its official video. The single is taken from forthcoming second album Who Am I?, announced today and set for release on February 12 2021 via Dirty Hit.

Formed of front woman Heather Baron-Gracie (she / her) ; drummer Ciara Doran (they / them) ; guitarist Hugo Silvani (he / him) and bassist Charlie Wood (he / him), Pale Waves released their debut album My Mind Makes Noises in September 2018, by which time they had already won the NME Under The Radar award, made the BBC Sound Of 2018 shortlist and toured with fellow Dirty Hit label mates and mentors The 1975. When the album charted at 8 on the UK album chart, Pale Waves were seen as more than a breakthrough act and instead one of the most important emerging indie pop bands in Britain.

On Who Am I? Heather Baron-Gracies songwriting 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 experiences of falling in love, emerging with clarity and optimism, being more open about her sexuality and stepping forward as the sort of front woman she couldn¹t see when she was growing up.

Who Am I? was recorded primarily in Los Angeles alongside producer Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Sigur Ros), before the Coronavirus lockdown forced the making of the album to go virtual, with Heather and Ciara 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.

The album 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 it.

Who Am I? Track listing:
Fall To Pieces
She¹s My Religion
Wish U Were Here
You Don¹t Own Me
I Just Needed You
Odd Ones Out
Run To
Who Am I?

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