The beloved duo return with a melancholic anthem.
Bicep - Atlas
Anyone else have déjà vu? It's "Unreleased Bicep" all over again. "Atlas" is the first new single from the duo since the 2017 blockbuster album that made Bicep mainstage headliners, and it has a lot in common with "Aura," that LP's first single. Fans salivating over pre-release clips? Check. Breakbeats? Check. Swooning trance synths? Of course. A nagging sense of melancholy? Yes, even that. "Atlas" is so on-point it feels like the duo have set out to make an archetypal Bicep track. It's hard not to feel instantly pleased by the result.
"It would've been unthinkable to foresee the circumstances this track would be released in when we were making it," Bicep said. "Our frame of mind was so positive then, fresh off the back of our live tour, full of excitement for the next phase." They also describe "Atlas" as "euphoric." But that's not quite right: this is house music with a worry rumbling in its gut, music that commiserates with you while you try to dance out your anxieties. What better track to drop in the midst of a crisis?