I Just Want A Glimmer Of Hope

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“I just want a glimmer of hope”

That’s the only lyric to this song. Echoing throughout the sonic waves of Glimmer.

The brief clip of 2 guys speaking about music production (namely the utilization and oversimplification of bass) is a nice capture of one of life’s simplest but purest treasures – conversation. It may also be a commentary from Parker on his own music produced on the album.

Regardless, as soon as the discussion ends you are tossed right into the unyielding pulse that is Glimmer. It plays as though you showed up late while the song was already broadcasting itself into the airwaves, demanding to be heard.

The heavy electronic and upbeat rhythms invoke imagery ranging from Rainbow Road to Interstellar. In such a brief piece, I am consistently overcome with some of the most positive, beautiful, and inspirational feelings I ever have. It’s a song that always takes my mind to a good place – one hat makes me feel something beautiful and, more importantly, want to create something beautiful.

At just north of 2 minutes, this song itself is simply a glimmer. It’s so catchy, and powerful – you’re as likely to feel it sync with your heartbeat as you are to catch your foot unknowingly tapping along. Its simple message whispers like a phantom from every direction within this electro landscape – simultaneously being comfortingly topical, yet surprisingly eternal.

I don’t think inspiration is rare, and I think it can be found in both wildly simple and very complex things. But this is something special to me. My mind becomes a kaleidoscope of possibility and wonder. It’s as though the song itself is happening in its own cosmic tunnel – passing time all around you. But it’s not just dragging you along for the ride, it’s showing you that you are the ride. You can create the experience you want right in front of you as time passes. You are your own glimmer of hope.

Go find out for yourself – listen to Glimmer by Tame Impala today.

Nick

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