To steal a concept from Lauren Laverne’s award-winning radio show, I bring to you a headphones moment. Canadian band Gdansk, who are based in Ontario, have come up with four minutes and thirty five seconds of pure escapism with their new single, Atlas.
The track, part-inspired by Greek gods, starts off like some dodgy sample from an eighties power ballad (which isn’t strictly a negative statement) before smoothly metamorphosing into an electronic dreamscape. Eventally, the smooth synths, percussion and distorted vocals all collide in a spectacularly satisfying explosion before the whole thing seems to simply drift away.
This song is intoxicatingly hopeful, especially at the end where it just abandons you in a half-stunned with a finger hovering over the repeat button.
The good news is that you can download Atlas for free right here. The even better news is that Gdansk have a new EP in the pipeline, too.