Bastille have released their new single “Distorted Light Beam”, co-written and co-produced with Ryan Tedder alongside the band’s long-time collaborator Mark Crew, the multi-award winning British band reflect on how we are all changing, and the ways in which we can manipulate our realities to fit a narrative that better suits us.
Call it dystopian, utopian or simply call it the future… This isn’t a song that sits in judgement so much as recognises the paradigmatic shift taking place…. “When I’m dreaming tonight, I can do anything,” sings Dan Smith “When I’m dreaming tonight, I can go anywhere… When I’m dreaming tonight, I can be anyone…”
“Distorted Light Beam”, a gleaming, metallic rush of retro-futuristic pop, marks a new chapter for the multi-platinum selling band, one that revolutionizes the Bastille sound, and is the first release from the band’s forthcoming fourth studio album due out later this year. Set in the future, the video for the track sees newly developed immersive technology, Futurescape created by pioneering global tech entity Future Inc transform life as we know it, and alongside the band features, Remmie Milner from BAFTA winning series, Save Me. You can check it out below.
Smith says, “For us “Distorted Light Beam” soundtracks dancing through some twisted, euphoric futuristic club space. It’s a song about limitless possibilities – which isn’t something any of us actually have in real life right now, so it’s been fun to explore that idea while experimenting with new sounds in our music.”
The four-piece have been experimenting and augmenting the Bastille sound since the release of their last album Doom Days in 2019, the conclusion of an unofficial trilogy. Last year they released the ‘Goosebumps’ EP, featuring Graham Coxon on “What You Gonna Do???” and US producer Kenny Beats on the title track as they continued to pen songs that seek to understand and offer escape from the modern human condition.
In January 2021, Bastille were the subject of ‘ReOrchestrated’, a documentary film that provided a revelatory and bracingly honest new look into the band’s journey so far, framed through their ReOrchestrated shows and diving into themes of motivation, anxiety and imposter syndrome.
This summer Bastille ‘ReOrchestrated’ headline both Latitude and Standon Calling with a further two sold out shows at Hampton Court Palace Festival in August.