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Pale Waves Release “Perfume” Music Video & Announce ‘Smitten’ LP

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[Photo via Kelsi Luck]

Pale Waves is entering a new era with the release of “Perfume” and with the announcement of their fourth album, Smitten. The 12-track LP is set to arrive on September 20 via Dirty Hit.

“Perfume” sees queer joy at the forefront of its lyrics. “When I saw you I knew it was over/I just laid down and surrendered/Oh, laying in the fields with you/Please tell me that we can make this last forever,” vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie sings over euphoric alt-pop chords.

“‘Perfume’ is the perfect introduction into the new world we’ve created,” Baron-Gracie says of the track. “It’s queer, feminine, and romantic and it encapsulates the essence of ‘Smitten.’”

Baron-Gracie continues, “I found myself writing about not just a certain time period, but my whole life, from years ago. When I fall in love, I fall deep, and it’s interesting to me that you can feel so fascinated and smitten with someone and then they can become a total stranger. So, I feel like ‘Smitten’ really summarized perfectly what I felt for others at a certain point.”

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[Smitten Album Artwork]

Smitten Tracklist:

  1. Glasgow
  2. Not a Love Song
  3. Gravity
  4. Thinking About You
  5. Perfume
  6. Last Train Home
  7. Kiss Me Again
  8. Miss America
  9. Hate to Hurt You
  10. Seeing Stars
  11. Imagination
  12. Slow

Throughout June, Pale Waves is supporting PVRIS on their North American tour. Check out the remaining dates below as well as upcoming UK-based festival performances. Secure tickets here.

Tour Dates:

  • June 12—Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre *
  • June 14—Minneapolis, MN @ Uptown Theatre *
  • June 15—Chicago, IL @ House of Blues *
  • June 16—Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall *
  • June 19—Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall *
  • June 21—Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
  • June 22—Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *
  • June 24—New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
  • June 26—Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
  • June 28—Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl *
  • June 29—Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade, Heaven *
  • July 1—St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live *
  • July 6—Austin, TX @ Emo’s Austin *
  • July 7—Dallas, TX @ House of Blues, Cambridge Room *
  • July 9—Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren *
  • July 10—San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North *
  • July 12—Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern *
  • July 20—Benicassim, Spain @ Benicassim Festival ^
  • Aug. 3—Derbyshire, UK @ Y Not Festival ^
  • Aug. 4—Kendal, UK @ Kendal Calling Festival ^
  • Oct. 5—Manchester, UK @ Neighbourhood Festival ^

* Supporting PVRIS.
^ Festival performance.

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