Glass Animals’ Dave Bayley explains “complex,” “long-winded” approach to albums: “It really is all-consuming”

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While “Heat Waves” was in the middle of its historic run to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Glass Animals released a new single called “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance).” Speaking to ABC Audio, frontman Dave Bayley describes the latter tune as a “one-off” ahead of starting another album.

“When I start making a record, it really is all-consuming,” Bayley says. “There’s lots of themes, all the songs tie together in a certain way, there’s all the artwork and the artwork ties into the music, and then there’s the stage show that goes with it, and that ties into the music. It’s really quite a complex, long-winded thing.”

Having released Glass Animals’ latest record, Dreamland, in 2020, Bayley is preparing for the “daunting” prospect of “diving straight back into another album project.” Releasing “I Don’t Wanna Talk,” Bayley says, is part of gearing up for that process.

“I’ve always made a point of making something very quickly and then releasing it very quickly, ’cause it just breaks that pressure immediately, and that’s where [‘I Don’t Wanna Talk’] came from,” he explains. “Actually, the song is kind of about breaking that pressure.”

While Bayley hasn’t actively started the new album process for a Dreamland follow-up, he can’t help but think of new ideas.

“I do kinda have little bits,” Bayley says. “It never stops, really. I always feel like I’m just about to fall asleep and I’m feeling really comfy in bed, and then, boom, there’s an idea, and I have to, like, get up and get the microphone out.”

He adds, “It’s a good thing, I know, that that happens. I dread the day when that stops happening.”

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