Bastille have always reflected on their surroundings in their art, but how to make sense of a world where fake news has agency and our reality is increasingly lived online? A world where we can be whoever we want to be from behind the glare of a screen, creating avatars that transcend our inadequacies and gloss over the disappointments that real life throws at us.
21st Century boredom has accelerated the need to create fantasies, compounded further by the recent pandemic. From flattering filters on Instagram to inhabiting the virtualscapes of the gamer’s universe, both offer us an infinite freedom and the ability to thrive more so than real life itself.
On 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’re 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 “When I’m dreaming tonight, I can go anywhere… When I’m dreaming tonight, I can be anyone…”
Dan 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.”