New Video: Maps & Atlases “Remote & Dark Years”

Just as I was working my review for the new Maps & Atlases album, Beware and Be Grateful, I received a notification in my blog reader that the band just released a new music video for may favorite track on the album “Remote & Dark Years“. If you haven’t checked out the new album yet, please do, once I finally wrestle apart my thoughts and finish this review, I can give you more concrete reasons why, but for now, just know that it’s a great collection of songs and shows this band is constantly maturing, exploring, and creating in a positive way.

As for the new video “Remote & Dark Years”, directed by Delo Creative, the plot follows two young hipsters as they are out aimlessly and happen upon and abandoned car. They find a way inside, turn the key and head out on an unexpected adventure. It’s a great metaphor for the message of the song, which seems to be about letting go of something that isn’t working and communicating the need to make the situation better. We all deal with situations that change, cause us stress, and/or wear us down. Let it go and start fresh, you never know what you may notice with a fresh perspective.

I can’t quite put my finger on why this song translates so well within me, but it’s something about how personal, honest, and relative the lyrics are, as well as the way in which they are delivered. It just sounds like someone feeling tired and ready to throw in the towel and start a new chapter. It’s not angry, bitter, and looking to attack, but just an honest attempt to bring not of a situation or relationship that is need of a change.


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