The Lyrical Genius of Gallant’s "Ology"
Recently, Gallant explained to us his mindset behind the cover art for his debut album Ology saying,
“when I was working on this album I took a black and white photo of myself currently and I wanted to find something that symbolized optimism but still [stayed true to] this specific emotion that was holding me down. So, the sad face on top of me just kind of made sense and the gold just represented that optimism that I was hoping to find and a lot of the lyrics push towards that pursuit of being better and moving to a better place.”
This push and pull between a feeling of optimism and a nagging sense sadness plays a crucial role on Ology which features smooth and slow instrumentals with introspective and emotional lyrics. Gallant’s fantastic use of imagery and metaphor is birthed out of what Gallant describes as his writing process of visualizing “a setting or scenario and describ[ing] that scenario”; what makes Ology such a standout (besides Gallant’s obvious vocal talent) is his incredible way of storytelling and the poetic essence of his words. To truly capture why Ology is such a hit you have to pay attention to what he's saying and we’ve listed our some of the standout lines from our favorite tracks.
I'm a tritone bible with misprint logic;
I count lunar cycles with faithless prophets
“Weight In Gold”
Black dust in orbit
Cascades down like a parachute
Bricks on my shoulders
This gravity hurts when you know the truth
All the heartbreak hit like suicide, hey
You was right
You was right to point the finger
At my guilty eyes, hey
Contradictions thirst I’ll take you to the desert
If you're thirsty, let me lead you to the Maranjab
Plant trees in spite of those rays
And leave you in the sun until you're soaking
Throw you in the fire til' you're frozen
I've gone for miles and miles in search of right direction
I long to figure out, but I keep on forgetting
All of the lessons that I've learned
How many bridges have I burned?
When did I go missing, somewhere in the distance?