Matt Saxton knows his way around complexity. Some say simplicity is the polar opposite. I truly believe it’s what is the rudiment of the most virtuosic elements of art. His single, Animal is a testament to this belief of mine. It is a simple, beautiful and effective track with simple yet hard hitting lyrics.
Animal is from the same artist who brought you the song Seabird. That track was a very successful, highly streamed track. What is common from Matt Saxton’s songwriting is to keep it relatable yet simple, something everyone can find a different story and meaning in.
I know this isn’t about me, but Matt’s song triggered a memory. It was during quarantine, and when I was noodling around on the keyboard, I played these same four chords. They aren’t complex, yet they convey a very essential emotional discourse with perfection. I’m no songwriter so I did nothing with it. In another part of the world, someone did.
Matt Saxton uses the rich honesty of the piano with some basic drum backdrop and harmonics. That’s it. No frills and solos and other complicated stuff that hinders relaying that message. The primal nature of man and the defaulting of DNA. Where instinct takes over and conscience and civilized behavior are buried. Where one thing effects us all in the same way. These are just undertones from this hauntingly beautiful track that inspires and propagates humanities greatest boon and bane.
I can picture this track being played perhaps in the ending of Oceans Thirteen right at that beautiful climax! Perfect!
Check out the plot summary here – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0496806/synopsis