“She helped me find a different kind of love, made me feel like I was finally enough … She’s no angel but she’s my religion”
PALE WAVES front woman Heather Baron-Gracie stars in the deeply personal video for the band’s new single SHE’S MY RELIGION. Raw and honest, it represents a real relationship between two women. Recklessly in love, it shows the kind of power true love can have despite personal, emotional turmoil. It gives an intimate glimpse into a few hours and the kind of chaos and passion that is at the heart of a relationship which both frees and saves simultaneously.
“I wanted to give my fans a song to find themselves in. I wish I had a song like this when I was a young girl trying to find herself in the world,” says Heather.
Directed by the award-winning filmmaker and photographer Jess Kohl and filmed in the UK countryside with Heather’s real-life partner Kelsi Luck, Heather wanted to represent a same-sex relationship between two women in its true form, without hiding behind the clichés of oversexualisation or playful experimentation.
SHE’S MY RELIGION is the second track to be released from PALE WAVES new album set for release on 12 February 2021 and follows on from Change which received huge support across radio, DSPs and press, with The Guardian stating “Pale Waves are back with a banger”.
WHO AM I? was recorded primarily in Los Angeles alongside producer RICH COSTEY [Muse, Sigur Rós, Foo Fighters] before the Coronavirus lockdown forced the making of the album to go virtual, with Heather and Ciara remaining in LA and the rest of the band returning home to record their parts in their bedrooms.
The album acts as the Pale Waves manifesto, inspiring inclusivity, self-discovery and the notion of being whoever the hell you want to be. On the making of the album, Heather says: “For me, music and art is for people not to feel so alone and isolated; I want to be that person my fans look up to and find comfort in”.
Consisting of front woman HEATHER BARON-GRACIE [she/her] drummer CIARA DORAN [they/them] guitarist HUGO SILVANI [he/him) and bassist CHARLIE WOOD [he/him] Pale Waves released their debut album MY MIND MAKES NOISES in September 2018, by which time they had already won the NME Under the Radar award, made the BBC Sound of 2018 shortlist and toured with fellow Dirty Hit label mates and mentors the 1975. When the album chart at #8 in the UK, PALE WAVES were seen as more than a breakthrough act and instead one of the most important emerging indie-pop bands in Britain.
On WHO AM I? Heather Baron-Gracie’s songwriting holds the last few years of her life up to the light, reflecting on her own growing pains – depression, distraction and feelings of darkness. But also, her experience of falling in love and emerging with a clarity and optimism – being more open about her sexuality and stepping forward as the sort of front woman she couldn’t see when she was growing up.