Wellington pop favourites Drax Project have released their new single, “Atmosphere”.
Co-written with Ferras (Katy Perry, Dua Lipa), co-produced by the band alongside Cory Enemy (Ellie Goulding, Carly Rae Jepsen) and Neil MacLeod, and mixed by Grammy winner Tom Norris (Lady Gaga, The Weeknd), there’s clearly plentiful production firepower behind Drax Project on the track.
The atmospheric cut features huge hooks and soaring melodies, the band brandishing their sleek brand of pop-meets-R&B with polished precision.
“Atmosphere” was originally written in Los Angeles back in 2019, and the meaning behind the track warped over time, particularly following the pandemic. It’s an ode to picking oneself up and realising one’s potential when life tries to knock you down.
“We obviously had no idea what the world had in store for everyone when we wrote this song. After three years of a lot of peoples’ dreams being somewhat grounded, it feels like an optimistic world is coming back. It finally feels like the right time to release this song,” the band explain.
You can watch the accompanying music video below – directed by acclaimed Australian Josh Harris (Sia, Troye Sivan) – which conveys the hopeful message contained in the track.
“We had a great time making this video with Josh, Giulia and the team! Faltering flying Shaan was a really fun concept to execute, while also speaking to the theme of the song and the collective experience of the last few years,” Drax Project add.
“Atmosphere” follows last year’s Blind Beat EP, which was curiously put together when the band decided to combat the boredom of pandemic lockdowns by creating the #blindbeatchallenge on TikTok, with each of the four-piece given 10 minutes on their own in the studio to come up with song parts on their respective instruments.
Drax Project’s “Atmosphere” is out now via EMI Music Australia.