Molecules by Atlas Genius

Inanimate Objects by Atlas GeniusTrack: Moleculess
Album: Inanimate Objects
Artist: Atlas Genius
Genre: alternative, indie, rock
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Overall:
9/10
Sounds Like: Foster the People, The Script, Youngblood Hawke
Interesting Fact: Atlas Genius is an Australian band formed by brothers. The name for their band came to Michael (drummer) in a dream.
Best thing About this Track: The lyrics are abstract enough to speak powerfully on the subject of life, but vague enough to not draw any definite conclusions for you. Also, it’s super catchy, which is a rare treat for a song of this subject matter.
One thing I wish was different: The lyrics are mind-blowingly amazing, but they are also quite repetitive. I really can’t fault the repetition in any way, but the lyrics would’ve gotten a 10 from me if there were a tad more.
Website: Atlas Genius

One of the things that I love the most about this song is that it’s not lazy when it easily could be. Once the catchy melody was set, the music could’ve easily gone on autopilot and looped the sensitive female chord progression with no problems. That’s not what’s happening here though. We have a purposefully tailored sound with several layers of movement and countermovements.

The primary motif in the treble sector is a fun groove based around a simple downward staircase, starting at the fifth, jumping the fourth and pausing for a moment on the third before continuing on until the tonic is reached. This creates a fun overall affect of having a root of the key in a continually arpeggiated add9 chord. The movement of the progression comes from the bass and is given to us in a playful and somewhat unexpected syncopation of a rhythm. The pattern of the bass also oscillates between three and four notes per cycle, sometimes leaving out the last note leading back to the beginning of the progression at the sixth. When that note is included, it is not the whole step off from the sixth that you would expect, but instead reiterates the beginning of the progression by utilizing the interval of a third again. This is significant, because that means that rather than using the fifth of the key to land on, the bass propels off of the fourth launching into the sixth in a continued movement. When the song wants to rest, it simply remains on the tonic and uses only three notes in that cycle.

It’s also worth noting that the end of the chorus sometimes substitutes the second of the key with the sixth. They fill the same primary function, but it stimulates diversity to the mind and interest to the ear.

As far as the lyrics are concerned, this is a beautiful display of philosophy contemplating the inception, meaning, and purpose of life. This subject is a universal point of interest, I think, regardless of beliefs. Perhaps what I love the most about this, is that it puts forth observations and thoughts in a way that would agree with any conclusion that your convictions have led you to. The point is, at the end of all the arguments, rhetoric, and logic — we are alive. That is the one unarguable fact that we can all agree upon. (Though now that I’ve said that, my mind has started to get really abstract and I realize that philosophy could actually disagree with that.) In any case, our consciousness exists in a sphere we perceive to be reality. However it got here, whatever it means, whether you believe in design, destiny, will, or chance — life is a treasure that we all have. Let’s cherish it.

P.S. I forgot to say that the technicality on the lyrics is just 😱😍! I’m pretty sure that goes without saying.

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Lyrics:
We steal the molecules from the dead
We liberate inanimate objects
Is this a path of will up ahead
Or are we just destined to get what we get

Drawn to your face
Like never before
Even the mistakes
Aren’t really mistakes at all

I wanna confess that you own me
And we don’t rest if we’re lonely
There’s innocence
In the moment
Maybe now’s the time to be alive

We steal the molecules from the dead
We liberate inanimate objects
Is this a sign of will up ahead?
Or are we predestined to get what we get?

Drawn to your face
Like never before
Even the mistakes
Aren’t really mistakes at all

I wanna confess that you own me
And we don’t rest if we’re lonely
There’s innocence in the moment
Maybe now’s the time to be alive

We’ve been dressed as humans
We’ve been kings and homeless
Still we’re just fragments of a great collide

I wanna confess that you own me
And we don’t rest if we’re lonely
There’s innocence in the moment
Maybe now’s the time to be alive

I wanna confess that you own me
And we don’t rest if we’re lonely
There’s innocence in the moment
Maybe now’s the time to be alive

Maybe now’s the time to be alive

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