Multi-award-winning British band Bastille have released the first single from their upcoming fourth album, which is to be released later this year.
Distorted Light Beam explores the modern world’s approach to living, which is steeped in fantasy, be it through the flawless touch of Instagram filters, the reckless broadcasting of fake news or the virtual world of videogames. Given that the global pandemic has drawn humanity even closer into the online space, it is more topical than ever to question the impact of the internet on reality. Distorted Light Beam looks at the infinite possibilities given to us by technology, which allows us to gloss over our insecurities and present only the best aspects of ourselves to the world.
Lead vocalist Dan Smith explains: “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 song’s music video shows a future world in which ‘Futurescape’, an immersive technology created by global tech entity Future Inc., has transformed life as we know it. Alongside the band, it also stars Remmie Milner from BAFTA-winning series Save Me.
This new release follows the band’s 2020 EP Goosebumps, as well as their 2019 studio album Doom Days, which charted in the top five in both the UK and the US. It also comes after the release of their in-depth documentary ReOrchestrated, which allowed fans an honest glimpse into the band’s struggles with motivation, anxiety and imposter syndrome.
This summer will see Bastille headlining both Latitude and Standon Calling, as well as performing two sold-out shows at Hampton Court Palace Festival.