In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Snails” Ft. Antisoxcial & Ox — a great architect x Delta the Butterfly
How We Found It
With their first ever single finding its way into my collection of Why We Like It pieces, I was eagerly waiting for the next sample of a great architect and Delta the Butterfly’s collaborations. Thankfully, “Snails,” a single from their new album Yobe, made its way to our SubmitHub inbox. The vision of these two artists is unmatched, the things they create together sound like nothing else that exists. “Snails” confirms that fact with aplomb.
Why We Like It
The Ancient Greeks assigned the word “chaos” to our existence. They believed that all that could occur on this planet – seasons, weather, death – were due to the will of the Gods. Later on, we noticed that these things had causes and worked in patterns, leading us to see our universe as a Cosmos, meaning “order” in Greek. However, despite scientific evidence, I often find myself seeing this world as incomprehensible, irreconcilable chaos.
The human experience is being pushed around by the will of our environment. We are at the mercy of what we are taught by our family and friends for the first few years of our lives, to the point where it’s hard to know if the foundations of our individual identities even come from ourselves. Our self-image is inherently distorted.
Repeatedly on “Snails,” Delta the Butterfly and a great architect describe the functions and appearance of their eyes, noses, legs, mouths and faces amongst a hectic yet hazy instrumental, finding pockets of space where they have a spare few seconds to look in the mirror and understand who they are before the world around them drowns them out. The song is a brilliant sonic interpretation of that chaotic nature of the universe, making you feel as if you’re floating on a cloud, desperately trying to catch a glimpse of your reflection in the ocean below while debris is thrown at you from all angles.
“My face scarred like the lion king / Hands hold the knife one more casualty / Eyes see the wrinkles my mortality / Don’t come back for me, don’t come back for me / Ears hear the buzz Im a phone away / Legs pace the room is it all okay” – Delta the Butterfly, “Snails”
Very rarely do these artists have the opportunity to say more than a couple lines before being cut off or interrupted, the universe allowing such little space for self-reflection. “Snails” acts as a microcosm of western society, with each of us given no time to understand ourselves outside of our desires to study, to find a job, to work. This allows our identity to be manipulated and reduced to that of a workhorse. Such imprisonment is a source of frustration for a great architect who, amongst the chaos of the instrumental, bellows out the song’s hook.
Singing “I can’t wait till I see myself and it’s clear as day / I smile I frown I can’t be brought up so I can’t be let down / I can’t wait till I see myself in a better way,” a great architect releases the tension from his stomach to release a beautiful manifestation of his pain. Anger, serenity and longing are the building blocks of these lines. Emotion is the currency and creator of the oppressive chaos, as well as the freedom of singing.
I often found myself seeing this world as incomprehensible, irreconcilable chaos, but this song presents chaos as a symptom of living as an emotional being. “Snails” has caused me to look back with sympathy at those Ancient Greeks lamenting the chaos of the universe, when they were just trying to come to terms with the emotion that they had been burdened, or perhaps blessed with. “Snails” has inspired me to go forward with a higher focus on understanding myself, understanding my emotion with the eventual goal of seeing past the chaos into the Cosmos which I’ve heard so much about.
From Delta the Butterfly
The song was presented to me with the hook done so I felt I had to rise to the occasion. It probably took me a couple days to find out what I wanted to say, I wanted to add to the song opposed to just being there. Also, the verses in the song serve as a series of bridges opposed to verses, so having four different artists doing that created a very diverse sound while working at a specific song concept” – Delta the Butterfly for CentralSauce
More From Delta the Butterfly & a great architect
I cannot recommend that you listen to Yobe enough. I truly believe that these guys are pushing boundaries with their sound and I cannot wait to see how that develops. To see for yourself, follow them on Twitter @deltabutterfly_ and @agaoau.
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