Modern Language Reveals "Molecules"
Modern Language is a Hip Hop duo comprised of Just Joey (formerly Lucid Optics, most known for writing inquisitive, dizzying flows and crafting beats without samples) and Museum (known for versatile production - from warm, synth-driven beats to rumbling heavy-hitters to ambient guitar tracks). The two joined forces from opposite sides of the globe and kept in touch with the help of the internet.
Their new single, "Molecules", reflects on living through constant change and what it takes to hold onto the parts of our personalities worth saving. Becoming a functional person in modern society often means sacrificing essential bits of our time and personality, which many of us aren’t ready to lose. This track responds to what can seem like an eerie thought - that by turning these parts of ourselves off each day, we're slowly shutting them down for good. But it can be an opportunity for us to identify and work on what’s worth developing and leave behind the parts which hold us back. In this track, Joey focuses on the momentum that’s given him confidence and helped him find value in himself: music.
Contrary to his contrarian style of writing, Joey's tone in "Molecules" is more light-hearted and embroidered with self-worth than much of his previous work. A looming confidence in both ideas as well as delivery counters any of the fear one might suspect comes with permanently losing favorable parts of yourself. Instead, Joey toys with optimism on the brink of this loss and, at the very least, makes us consider holding onto the parts of us which make us loving and curious - exemplifying the kind of confidence this can give us against the risk of being vulnerable. He builds this from the very first line:
“The best memories will never be gone
If we carry on
Barely set in tapers
Wading in the tarrying of haters
Tryna make a name I didn’t borrow.”