New Machines by Vinyl Theatre

Track: New Machines
Artist: Vinyl Theatre
Genre: alternative, electronic, pop, rock
Music Rating: 10/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Overall: 9/10
Sounds Like: Bad Suns, COIN, Young the Giant, Youngblood Hawke
Interesting Fact: The guys originally went by “Alchemy”, but changed names after finding other bands with the same/similar names. As for the origins of Vinyl Theatre, they have alleged that the “vinyl” part comes from the sentiment that, “When you buy a record on vinyl, it’s often for a band you’re truly dedicated to.” Word! It makes one wonder why it is then, that Origami is not available for preorder on vinyl. Just saying. I’d buy it. (Still crossing my fingers for a vinyl announcement to come later.)
Best thing about this track: As beautiful as the concept of this song is, I have to say that it’s execution and attention to detail is truly breathtaking and what I most appreciate about this track.
One thing I wish was different: Seriously. Why can’t I buy this on vinyl? I don’t understand life.
Website: Vinyl Theatre

Do you remember the 60’s? (I don’t. We’ll ignore that fact for now.) What an exciting and iconic time it was for music innovation! Electric guitars were coming to the foreground, it was the golden age of rock, and the art of popular music was shifting back from a vocal focal point to give equal attention to talented instrumentalists and the intentional arrangement of sounds within a song. Ah, the renaissance!

That same innovative and intentioned creative energy is the linchpin of this track, harnessing the potential energy of the universe and pushing modern alternative music to the next level in its evolution. The beauty and magic of this piece is less in its analytics and more in its energy and application; though, in saying that, I ought not to trivialize its technical merit either. It just proves that you don’t need a new way to forge bricks in order to build a new building. It’s not the materials that makes it special; it’s the design.

So even with an incredibly common chord progression and some really basic melodic intervals, this song still feels truly innovative and creatively artistic by nature of its purposeful, personal application and the genius placement of instrumentation. The blending of classic and modern sound is expertly done in beautiful symbiosis to perfectly enhance the artistic message being expressed here.

Which is: limitlessness. The infinite expanse of art and science, beauty and knowledge.

As you readers probably know if you’ve been around my blog, I get extremely irritated at the sentiment that art is dead or that music has lost its originality. What an arrogant, ignorant, and exceptionally rude stance to take! (Not to mention the fact that it simply flies in the face of reason.)

While culture and society will always be in flux and the weight that it places in various sectors and mediums is ever shifting, advancement in any area is fully up to the people. So, if you truly believe in the consistent and inherent devolution of humanity and human intelligence, then I sincerely apologize for your depressing life.

I take a more optimistic view and marvel at the potential of life. What started as a single cell can grow into a being with abstract thoughts and feelings with the potential for understanding and formulating concepts heretofore unknown to mankind. Inventing, building, and expanding the reaches of the known world. Look back a couple thousand years and consider all of the arts and sciences that have emerged since then. How many great works have been born in that time?

Not that people today are inherently better or smarter than our forebears, but we have the advantage of accumulation. “We stand on the shoulders of giants, trying to reach the great unknown.” Just because the ancient world built pyramids and accomplished great feats beyond our understanding with the tools of their time, it doesn’t mean that we ought not to further that greatness, or that we should give up before even making an attempt.

Learning stops as soon as we think that we understand. Boundaries stay exactly where they are until they are pushed. Possibility ceases when it is ignored. Complacency is the enemy of invention.

Check out Vinyl Theatre if you haven’t already. They’re rad.

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Lyrics:

It gets bad
But the hardest part was waking you up again
Don’t you wanna know
Where the end of science begins

But there’s these infinite possibilities lost stars black holes
All a symphony unexplored
But you’re just so sure you got it figured out

So have we hit the limit
With everything defined
We got ourselves in a bind
I wanna know where we go
20 years from now
Will we see a future

Built by new machines

And we stand
On the shoulders of giants
Trying to reach the great unknown
And it’s madness looking for
The end of science to begin

Cause there’s these infinite possibilities lost stars black holes
All a symphony unexplored
But you’re just so sure you got it figured out

So have we hit the limit
With everything defined
We got ourselves in a bind
I wanna know where we go
20 years from now
Will we see a future

Built by new machines

Flooded in the sky
These secrets left untold
Scholars lost to time
Ideas overthrown
Flooded in the sky
These secrets left untold
Scholars lost to time
Ideas overthrown
Secrets left untold

So have we hit the limit
With everything defined
We got ourselves in a bind
I wanna know where we go
20 years from now
Will we see a future

Built by new machines

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