Premiere: The Dreamy Folk-Rock Flow of Time for T’s “Screenshot”

Time For T © Anna Becerra
Time For T’s dreamy folk-rock song “Screenshot” is a call to be good to ourselves, and to live our best lives.
Stream: “Screenshot ” – Time For T


If I screenshot my life right now, would it be worth the backup on the iCloud?

Don’t wait for time to improve your life: The best thing we can do for ourselves tomorrow, is to work on ourselves today. Time For T’s dreamy folk-rock song “Screenshot” is a call to be good to ourselves, and to live our best lives.

Screenshot - Time for T

Screenshot – Time for T

If I screenshot my life right now
Would it be worth the
backup on the icloud?

Cause I’ve been deleting
these files to free some space

Just trying to make this
machine go faster in anyway
Shaking all my dreams off,
shaking all my dreams

Shaking all my dreams off

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Screenshot,” the latest single off Time for T’s upcoming sophomore album Galavanting (out October 4, 2019). Originally founded in Brighton and now based in Lisbon, Time for T consists of Tiago Saga, Joshua Taylor, Juan Torán, and Felipe Bastos. A musical grey in a so full of black and whites, Time for T deliver a warm, kaleidoscopic “tropical folk rock” sound that falls somewhere in-between Beirut, Jake Bugg, and Gotye. With members hailing from England, Portugal, Brazil and Spain, a wealth of different influences spill into every song the band makes – meaning no two songs sound exactly alike, and there’s always excitement to be had around a new release.

“Screenshot” is amongst the more relaxed spectrum of Time for T’s musicality, with sweet verses spilling into energized and driving choruses. Acoustic strums form the backbone of the song’s feelgood vibe, and while an effected lead guitar joins in for melodic riffing and beef-ed up choruses, the song maintains a more “acoustic,” laid-back tone throughout.

How do you know how it feels when it’s face down?
Are you looking up or are you in a rut right now?
How do you know how it feels when it’s face down?
Are you looking up or are you in a rut?
Time For T © Jen O'Brien

Time For T © Jen O’Brien

Time for T’s message is rather simple: Tiago Saga sings about making the most of the present as a means of benefitting ourselves not only today, but tomorrow as well: The good we do now will impact our future and lead to a healthier future. “The song uses the phone as an analogy for living life to its fullest potential,” Saga tells Atwood Magazine. “Are we soaking in everything around us by capturing it with modern technology or are we making our brains lazy? Sometimes when I look around, I see everyone on their phones, from couples at dinner to kids in the playground. I feel it’s a phenomenon that’s kind of gone unnoticed as we’re in the bubble ourselves. Sometimes I catch myself reaching for my phone and I try and stop myself, to soak in what’s going on around me rather than seeing what’s going elsewhere all the time. I have to say that I take a lot of screenshots and one day the lyric popped into my mind: “If I screenshot my life right now, would it be worth the backup on the iCloud?” and from there, the song and story just unravelled naturally.”

Are we soaking in everything around us by capturing it with modern technology or are we making our brains lazy?

Saga continues, “‘Screenshot’ was the last song to be recorded on the album and was the only track to be recorded ‘upside down’. Instead of rehearsing the song with the band and then going to the studio and recording from the bottom to the top (drums and bass first, guitars and vocals after), it was recorded with acoustic guitar and vocals first, then building up the sound with light instrumentation as we went along. I feel this gave the song a more tailored sound, with more space for each instrument to breathe and the story to be heard.

Why would you cut the story short?
When it’s all the finer details that make the story good
Good job you backed up all those memories
Now they’ll be floating in the clouds for the next century
Shaking all my dreams off, shaking all my dreams
Shaking all my dreams off

That breathiness radiates throughout the music, allowing Time for T to evoke a more nuanced feeling than they might otherwise would with a more “straightforward” or standard recording process. “Screenshot” flows naturally, its gait moving at an easy pace absolutey perfect for summertime commutes home, or carefree weekends spent out in the sunshine.

Stream “Screenshot” exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

If I screenshot my life right now
Someday in the future I may look back and be proud
Well how did I know how I felt when I was face down?
Was I looking up or was I in a rut?
How do you know how it feels when it’s face down?
Are you looking up or are you in a rut right now?
Stream: “Screenshot ” – Time For T

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Screenshot - Time for T

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com