These are trying times with wave upon wave of dismal news, so it was nice to finally see a ray of sun through the murk courtesy of Bicep.
In their newest production, ‘Atlas,’ the boys take a step back to survey the wild past couple of years. From the release of their self-titled debut album in 2017 to the world tours that followed and their landmark appearances at Printworks, there’s a lot to cover.
‘Atlas’ is not a banger. It more aligns with ‘Aura’ or even ‘Rain’ in terms of its sort of despairing but hopeful feeling as well as with its distinct sonic layering.
For them, this was a pleasant walk through a series of unreal accomplishments. But in the time from producing the song until it’s release, the world turned upside down. In their own words,
“It would’ve been unthinkable to foresee the circumstances this track would be released in when we were making it. Our frame of mind was so positive then, fresh off the back of our live tour, full of excitement for the next phase. ‘Atlas’ was our attempt at summing up some of the euphoric moments we experienced on that tour across those two years. It feels like those moments are very far away for all of us right now, but we hope this serves as some form of distraction amidst all this chaos.”
Hopefully things aren’t too bad for you. I hope help is available if you need it. I hope we all come back stronger from this.
‘Atlas’ is available to buy or stream through your favorite service here: Bicep – Atlas
Keep an eye out for US and UK tour details once the COVID-19 dust starts to settle.
This is one night in an additional set of appearances at Printworks in London, but it’s absolutely worth a watch. Or seven.
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