Drenched in reverb and heavy assortments of grunge that emerged prominently from the 90s, Waves of Dread synthesize this sound with a melodic dollop of dream pop for a bittersweet longing, organically portrayed on their video “Lay.” The trio — Nick JH, Robert Anthony and Jakko — who hail from the outskirts of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K., specifically Heaton, take cues from various shoegaze outfits and amp the dreamy factor. Taken from their debut EP, released towards the end of 2018, “Lay” is a time capsule for blissful revisitation and mature acceptance.
Shot in Barcelona by frontman Nick JH, “Lay” represents a joyous reflection while merging with the realization of loss. JH further explains of the track’s multidimensional meaning: “Barcelona is a city I hold close to my heart. I’ve been lucky in recent years to share some truly wonderful times there with people I love. It’s unfortunate that these memories can become tainted. However, my yearning to return to the place I consider my second home will always be strong. I will continue to make memories there. ‘Lay’ is my love song to the city.”
Edited and crafted by Leo Astudillo, “Lay” comes together in a charming harmony of time. The opening seconds are whisked mildly on a guitar before the distorted weight consumes the track. Typical arrangements are given a bit more bite with what can only be described as dream noise penned from a tender mind. The video’s monochrome scheme and mirrored editing furnishes a youthful lense flipping through various stills. Demure, raw and personal, “Lay” is a heartwarming act that speaks louder across what was left unsaid.