Atmosphere’s Song About Depression & Heartache Addresses More Than Relationships (Audio)
The past few years have been rough for so many people across the globe, and that may be putting it far too gently. Many are facing depression, addictions of all kinds, and just an overall sense of helplessness. Watching the news or scrolling social media often intensifies these feelings of pessimism, doubt, shame, or uncertainty. It’s a sentiment Atmosphere is relaying in their new single “Make It All Better Again.”
Ant conjures up a somber yet melodic instrumental splotched with tiny inklings of optimism. Meanwhile, Slug masterfully complements the music with his rhymes. The latter member of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Hip-Hop duo describes the effect a breakup had on the male character in his lyrics and how it parlayed into the struggle to get through everyday life. Notably, Atmosphere made some of their bones with Hip-Hop Heads in the ’90s and early 2000s by creating beautifully intricate and symbolic music about relationships. Perhaps using symbolism on a grander scale again, this single seems to get the zeitgeist of an attitude that is quite common these days.
“He’s so exhausted of mourning his losses,” Slug raps on the single. “Doing his best just to cope with the process / A grown man can’t depend on a promise / Plus you gotta be careful not to be too cautious, right? / Getting dumped isn’t the worst, I guess / You could literally lose your breath / You could die in a fiery car crash underwater / And never understand why someone doesn’t want you.”
Atmosphere’s latest track releases in coordination with their newly announced cross-country tour. Joined by Rhymesayers act deM atlaS, as well as The Lioness, and DJ Keezy, the duo will hit dozens of dates, beginning on October 15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and ending in early December in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets go on sale this Friday (August 10), and all dates and locations are listed below.
Recently, Atmosphere released Sad Clown Bad Year (#9-#12), a collection of past rarities.