The US protest-rock project of Nate Linek – Shape Of The Sun released the single Artificial Hearts today.
The three track single has a palpable sadness that bubbles even the most water-proof paint from the walls as the dark progressions drip from the architrave. Yet, despite its pessimism of the here and now, finds the listener spotting the faint light at the end of the tunnel which is the fulcrum of the intent of Shape Of The Sun. Things don’t have to be as they are currently, which makes for a fascinating conundrum that is all gathered together in Artificial Hearts.
Opening with Real Boy – which prophesies that a better day is an attainability, whilst conceptualising of the realities of daily grind – and a cleverly worked piece of music as it merges both present and future possibility in a brief four and just under two thirds minutes of story telling, with a surprising twist of optimism towards the intent of friend and foe alike.
Next is We Are The Ones which is a reprise of what has been and what could become as again Shape Of The Sun demonstrates through the tears and isolation a sense that there are opportunities with a trust that others see it too.
Closing out with He Mostly Kept To Himself – which takes the listener to an even darker and self-contemplative space – challenging that each person can choose to not be enveloped in the morass of the ’10s or become encased in it – it is choice, not an uncontrollable force of outside herding and my pick of the release.
Artificial Hearts – Single – Shape of the Sun is available on iTunes.*
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