NORTH ATLAS TRANSFORM ‘HYPNOTIST’ SINGLE FOR A SPECIAL LOCKDOWN PERFORMANCE
Written by JayRock on 21st May 2020
Following the recent release of ‘Hypnotist’, Scottish band of brothers NORTH ATLAS have unveiled a re-imagined version of their latest video single along with the launch of an online merch store.
Combining dark electronics with reflective, anthemic songwriting, the original release of ‘Hypnotist’ saw the trio brandishing a raw and powerful burst of life that hearkened back to their Celtic roots.
Standing as their hardest-hitting offering to date, ‘Hypnotist‘ attracted the attention of Total Rock, Primordial Radio and Metal Hammer, the latter of which placed the track in their weekly “13 Tracks” feature.
With lockdown still in effect across the UK, North Atlas have taken to YouTube to deliver a special, “stripped” performance of their latest single, trading distorted guitar tones with warm acoustics and dark, mesmerising synths.
WATCH ‘HYPNOTIST’ (ACOUSTIC) ON YOUTUBE
The lyrical themes of ‘Hypnotist‘ lend themselves perfectly to North Atlas’ re-imagining of the track, sinking hand-in-hand into the original concept while simultaneously offering a different perspective of the same ordeal.
“’Hypnotist’ mirrors the ups, downs and chaos of anxiety”, comment the band. “We wanted to take this idea and flip the song on its head. Where the original version focuses on the disarray of these emotions, this acoustic arrangement is based on a calm ‘floating’ drug trip, like something your friendly neighbourhood shaman might give you to combat the anxiety. “
To compliment this special performance, North Atlas have also launched an online store for their merch, with all profits being donated to the #SaveOurVenues campaign launched by the Music Venue Trust.
On this, the band offer a brief but powerful statement.
“I think everyone in our community – both locally and as music fans across the UK – has to step up and do our bit, however small, to protect independent venues for the future. It’s a vital part of our culture and history.”