Astronauts of Antiquity – Paradise
Astronauts of Antiquity’s “Paradise” is a smart, thoughtful rumination over the sad state of affairs of genetically modified foods. Framing this is an interesting rhythm that constantly twists and turns showing off their remarkable ability to reinvent themselves. Tying this all together are the lyrics which help to first explore exactly what is happening now contrasting that with how the world could potentially be. Various samples weave their way in and out of the mix giving it an at times dreamy demeanor.
Opening the song up with a slight piece of sarcasm the song dives deep into the seemingly insurmountable problems that plague food. This comes from the uncanny ability to simply engineer and re-engineer food until it becomes something far removed from what could be considered organic. Instead the song explores exactly how this came to be, via corporate lobbying as well as attempts to inspire willful ignorance at the scale of the problem. By letting this problem swell ever larger, the result is food quality that is horrendous, fatty, and extremely unhealthy. Sadly, due to its heavily subsidized nature, this is the food that is far too often available. About a third of the way through the song the ideal of a better world rises up, revealing how easy it could be to have a more beautiful world, a paradise of salvation from the current rottenness.
With “Paradise” Astronauts of Antiquity creates a pointed political critique as laments the way of the world.