Indie dream-rock group Atlas Engine have shared their second single of the year, New Constellation.
The electronic-infused ballad incorporates new sonic elements from indie, electronic, and dream-pop to create a refreshing taste of “celestial indie rock” that is larger than the sum of its parts. Its persistent pulse supports a lush atmosphere of layered synths and celestial guitars to evoke a warm and “weightless” feeling throughout.
New Constellation’s dreamy atmosphere and delicate falsettos may be reminiscent of Currents-era Tame Impala, Grizzly Bear, or Wild Nothing, but the sonic journey that song-writer/instrumentalist Nick LaFalce creates is unmistakably his: Among its rhythmic trance and transient, swelling textures, ethereal voices repeatedly ask “Mirror of light, will you stay with me?” until almost imploring it, as the track finally explodes into a heavy-hitting catharsis.
Following a pair of politically-charged anthems, New Constellation finds LaFalce in a new place lyrically as well, in a deviation he cites as both artistic and personal necessity to combat a “politically-hijacked creativity” following the election. “It’s about love in a time of uncertainty, and the refuge it can provide when it’s
needed the most,” says LaFalce, 30.
New Constellation is the third single to follow the debut After the EndEP, which caught attention from The Wild Honey Pie, Impose, and the Deli, along with national airplay via Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, Pandora’s Today’s Indie and winning KX93.5’s King of the Beach competition in LA. It will be followed by a music video, another single, and live at Pianos (11/2 w. New Myths).