Glass Animals – I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)

Riding high on the huge success of their third album, Dreamland, released last year during deep, dark lockdown, Glass Animals have released their latest single, I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance).

Frontman Dave Bayley reveals the motivation behind the record: “Talking is great, don’t get me wrong. But this pandemic has made so many of us look inwards in a way we maybe haven’t before. The uncertainty in the world and the inability to go out and create new memories makes you dig deep into the past.

It really fed people’s deepest insecurities and rattled our foundations in so many ways. Relationships changed, friendships altered, and self-confidence was warped. I spent a lot of time talking to my dog, but even more time talking to myself in my head, which was keeping me up all night, and my friends and family were doing the same.

It felt like we were all put in a pressure cooker, but there was no way to let out the steam. That’s what this track is about – that pressure cooker exposing and expanding so many cracks, but struggling to fill them in and decompress. I want people to switch their devices off, put this song on, close their eyes, and have that release for a moment.”

With catchy lyrics repeated over a feel good, head-bopping melody, I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance) may not be as lovably quirky as their initial material but no doubt this will be another chart hit for the Oxford band.

In the music video directed by Drew Kirsch, both fans and pros are captured in vintage film dancing freely and gleefully. It’s fun and light-hearted, thematically matching the track. It is also a poignant, welcome contrast to the video released last year for supermassive hit Heatwaves in which a lonely Bayley pulls a speaker down empty streets whilst curious, quarantined neighbours peer at him from their windows. 

Once again, Glass Animals have skilfully realised and expressed the spirit of the people: they’re so happy to be dancing again. 

Words: Arabella Fenwick

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