Opening, just as fans have come to expect, with a wildly descriptive, and pensively morose, line as Marianas Trench so often does, “One Love” begins with the lyric, “I wake up tonight/ Feeling paper thin and paper white.” Accompanied by a powerfully percussive instrumental backing, the track establishes a desperate and questioning tone only made stronger by the chorus’ repetition of the song’s thesis, “What if the one true love’s the only one that you get?”
While this track, just like nearly all of Marianas Trench’s previous work, has a host of brilliant lyrics such as “A phantom limb is all that I am hanging on,” and “Now I pine for phantom pain/ It’s the only way that I see your face,” it’s the bridge that makes the song a thing of pure ethereal beauty.
Asking a series of contritely anguished questions, the bridge begins “What if you still feel me too still?” before quickly developing a sense of manic pleading with the lines, “What if I wake up tonight and you are real?” and “What if there was still a reason not to go?” Yet, while the haunting lyrics and hyper-intense instrumentation of this section serve to highlight the sheer prowess of Marianas Trench as both musicians and song-writers, more than anything, “One Love” forces us all to question our own previous encounters with “true love” and ask if “the one true love’s the only one you get?”
Marianas Trench are currently on the first leg of their “Hey You Guys!!” Tour, for which tickets may be purchased here. Be sure to check out the band’s new album Astoria, their hilarious Twitter, and their official website.