Sometimes the best tracks are the ones that surprise you at every turn. Joy Atlas’ fourth single, “Altitude,” is one of them.
With singsong, almost theatrical vocals by Beccy Owen, the new track soars and dives between warm synths, triumphant horns, and ballad-like lyrics: “It’s easier to let yourself fall when you can still see the ground,” Owen cries. It’s a slap in the face for a genre that’s often populated by mathematical build-ups and cliche hooks.
Listen below, and you’ll understand why the England foursome is building up hype in their hometown of Newcastle and beyond.