100 gecs - 1000 gecs and the Tree of Clues
Jul 9, 2020
100 Gecs are considered one of the best artists of recent history, writing some of the most influential and intellectual music of the past century. They have singlehandedly restarted the craze of music and brought the entire world together with their insightful lyricism.

With their major debut success with 1000 Gecs last year, receiving hundreds of awards and still receiving praise to this day, Gecs return with their long awaited remix album, an album awaited by millions, an album that would shape the course of history… and it’s here.

1000 Gecs and the Tree of Clues has to be one of the best albums I have ever listened to, never before has an album made me both laugh and cry, and feel so many other emotions. This album fills me with nothing but joy, after my first listen I knew that this was nothing but a 10. This thing blew me away, as I was sure it would. Each song felt unique and interesting, using incredibly complex writing techniques and instrumentation to get their points across, reworking some of the already perfect lyrics from 1000 Gecs and somehow making them even better. This album is beyond perfection and something I cannot recommend to anyone enough.

From the opening track “Money Machine – A.G. Cook Remix” you are in for the ride of your life, a reimagining of their classic and hit Money Machine from their debut.
“Hey, you lil' piss baby
You think you're so fucking cool? Huh?
You think you're so fucking tough?
You talk a lotta big game for someone with such a small truck”
The opening lines are always the most important, they’re the first thing you hear and can make or break an album, luckily Gecs know this and use it to their full advantage. They address the audience personally, insulting them for doubting their brilliance, “you didn’t think we could something perfect even better did you?”. That last line especially, using imagery to portray a metaphor, quite a profound one too. Laura and Dylan are addressing the audience again, addressing their haters even, the people who doubted them using the metaphor of a “small truck” to imply their inferiority to them, and the rest of the world, because without a big truck, what even are you?

Gecs continue to explore the human psyche and societal norms as the album progresses, while a lot of them were already tackled in their previous album, again like I said some lyrics were changed, like in the second track “Ringtone (Remix) [feat. Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, Kero Kero Bonito]” a song that details the struggles of society as we rely so heavily on our mobile phones, a song that mocks those who stare at a screen all day.
“When he calls me, I go crazy
Call me with my friends, it doesn't phase me”
The blatant metaphor here, that continues throughout the song is that we rely too much on our phones, staring at them, waiting for them constantly, we can’t live without them. When the phone rings we pick up immediately, almost as if we’re slaves to our phones, it’s horrifying when you think about it.
“Your ringtone could be anything
A barking dog, revved engine
Whatever catches your attention
It's your choice
Would you like to hear my voice?
Or is it hard to talk
When you're scared of where the call is coming from?”
Sarah Bonito then furthers this narrative with her section on the song, changing the lyrics and adding a verse. Here she details the simplicities of a ringtone, and what it could do, using the mundanity and normalness to get her point across. We’re so in tuned with this capitalist society that we never think to question anything we do anymore, we just go along with it. This verse is a perfect commentary on our society today, using these simple lines to convey such a powerful point. Especially the final line where Sarah seemingly breaks character as a call for help, wanting to escape from our cruel society. We answer the phone but we don’t know who’s on the other end… a metaphor for us being controlled by the government? Very likely.

I could go on and on about what each line means on this album, but I don’t want to keep you for too long, as I know you’re probably dying to listen to this masterpiece. This is a record that I’m sure will live on forever as one of if not the best album of all time, and I will stand by that title, as that’s what I see it as. This thing is flawless, beyond flawless. Beyond just the remixes the new songs too are perfection. On the song “Came to my Show” Laura laments on a crush she had at a show of hers, detailing the feelings as they happened, and how she now feels a little more wary of this possibly relationship. The song uses social commentary in the form of video games as well to get a further message across, the construct of love and how it has been malformed by the media.
“Do it big in the mine, like always
Do it big, gettin' diamonds like always
Grab my golden pick, and my golden axe
And my golden shovel, and my .40 mag”
Society tells us to buy things for the person we love, that’s how we show “affection”. A lot of people online use the term “simping” for this, and I feel this verse is a commentary on just that. Using the game “Minecraft” as her reference, we see Laura showing off all the gear she has accumulated and is trying to win their heart. Of course it won’t work, as this is what we’re lead to believe love is, when in fact it is nothing of the sort. The last line then subverts our expectations, in a brilliant way. Laura has a gun, and seemingly threatens them to fall in love with her, a fantastic commentary on what love can truly be like, trapping and claustrophobic, feeling too scared to step out of line in case your “lover” does something to you.

We also have “Toothless” which is another new song, seemingly a continuation of “Came to my Show” the song laments on a now failed relationship, detailing how it haunts them, but there’s a twist to the track. The song seems to be in the perspective of the other person, the one at the show.
“I'll never go away (Never go away)
I'll be here every day (I'll be here every day)
We'll laugh and make mistakes (Laugh and make mistakes)”
They don’t want to leave their lover, who from the previous track seems to be abusive, but they are so tangled up in this fake romance that they don’t know what to think. There’s also possibly an element of fear too, fear of leaving in case something bad happens. They will stay by their side forever, without knowing how much harm it will do.
“Toothache when I wake up, feelin' really really hurt now
Wishin that I was toothless, but that's just 'til the boof hits
I don't wanna cry now, I want the diamonds
That's why I'm mining, t-to give 'em all to you”
These lines continue the narrative set out in the previous song, with Laura showing off her diamonds to her lover. Her lover is now mining diamonds for her in order to keep her happy, to keep her from hurting them anymore. We can also see at the beginning of the verse the possible abuse that they have gone through? There’s a lot to dig into here and it’s exciting to see how the fanbase will digest these new songs, and how they’ll be discussed for years to come.
1000 Gecs and the Tree of Clues is by far the best album of all time, I doubt anything will ever top it, nothing can top it, it’s not possible. 10/10.

Ok in actuality this is still a really good album, I really enjoy the remixes and reworkings of the songs, a lot of them surprised me honestly in quality and I can see myself returning to this a lot. It’s dumb, it’s fun and it’s a banger all round. My only real gripe are the newer songs on the album feel a little lacklustre compared to the remixes, but it’s something I can look past, considering the quality of the remixes given.

Favourite Tracks: Ringtone (Remix), gec 2 U (Danny L Hare Remix), hand crushed by a mallet (Remix), 800db cloud (Ricco Harver Remix), stupid horse (Remix), ringtone (umru Remix), 745 sticky (Black Dresses remixes), xXXi_wud_nvrstøp_ÜXXx (99jakes Remix), gec 2 U (Remix), hand crushed by a mallet (nothankyou Remix)
Least Favourite Tracks: xXXi_wud_nvrstøp_ÜXXx (Remix), came to my show – intro, came to my show, toothless, small pipe (live at fishcentre)
Jul 9, 2020
the fact that you took time to write all this is just kinda sad if I'm honest
Jul 9, 2020
@gyro64 Believe me I was tempted to analyse every song
Jul 9, 2020
Give us a line by line breakdown of stupid horse please i need to know the deeper meaning of that masterwork
Jul 10, 2020
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@dominic SAME
Jul 11, 2020
A true gec
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