"Everyone wishes to be
liked, even adored,
although when that
wish comes true you
might realize what
first seemed like a
simple desire is in
4. Konstellation Neu
“A shattered piece of late night piano from Justin. So I took the shattered situation of an earthquake as the backdrop. Around the time there were reports of a few power-outs striking Europe, so I wanted to put that in, the darkened towns. Emotionally it's charged with the candles, the darkness and the togetherness, but it causes a romantic misreading, ‘the wrong conclusions’. Simple but interesting what a change a shift in context can bring.”
5. Where You Go I Will Follow
“Everyone wishes to be liked, even adored, although when that wish comes true you might realize what first seemed like a simple desire is in fact conditional. Like a mischievous genie having granted you the wish in irony. Under those certain conditions suddenly you don’t like the attention or the height from the pedestal.”
The Orwellian malevolent angle of an oppressive ever-watching presence, restrictive and judgemental. So it's with this that I then draw the comparison of the voyeur as CCTV surveillance, the robust, unflinching, unblinking lens, the field of view, the 360 degrees. The vocoder helps to establish a sort of robotic commitment to the cause.”
6. End Music
“This is another little venture into the random, hence the gambling theme. I like how the betting establishments have to give odds for what none of us can know for sure. Their livelihood depends on it, so you might expect if anyone could be capable of insight into confusion then that might be a good place to turn for cues. The other imagery is another extension of ‘Konstellation Neu’ that the streets are ready to blow, with the carefree hedonism of children out playing later than they should be.
It's that sense that something’s about to dramatically change, so I wanted to use a phrase that I've felt to be very evocative for a long time, which was in the title of Charles MacKay's book 'Madness of Crowds', that an individual is smart but the masses much less capable of mental mobility. I didn't use that phrase in the end but I did convert it to something more suitable for the mark of uncertainty I was trying to shoot at, in the line ‘well I don’t mind crowds, but I wouldn't want to be near one when it swarms, now that's a force, now that's a storm’.”
7. Crack In The Clouds
“A bit of cold, staring, digital, rolling determination. A bit 2-toned, so it seemed logical to be a sort of crack in the clouds when the drums at the end come in. So the first half is all about monotony and a lack of substance and fine details. Possibly stating the obvious, yet again the breadth and wealth of an emotional experience is an antidote so you can recalibrate yourself among people and those you love.”
8. Strange Aftertaste
“That tension explored in 'end music' is what this one is all about: having had the release, that losing yourself to be forever changed in the eyes of whoever witnesses the outburst. Whether that is imagined or real. Sexual or not. Feeling all a bit sordid and exposed by the display. It extends then into a difficulty with intimacy and therefore beauty, I suppose, for the kind of buttoned-up and ready-to-blow type.”
9. Pleasantly Confused
“This has the potential to sound very depressing, but the origin of the lyrics in this one is a slight extension on the diagnosis of one of my nan’s slip into Alzheimer’s following a stroke. It was written down on a little piece of paper from the psychological evaluation, ‘pleasantly confused, not oriented to time, place and person’.”
10. Irons In Fires
‘Irons in fires’ and ‘fingers in pies’ fit very nicely and happened to rhyme nicely for aesthetics too. Juggling too much causes confusion and swapping the idioms over, although similar in concepts, illustrates another nice couple of idioms for confusion, especially how getting burned for indelible lesson-learning is yet another idiom with the ‘fingers in fire’. It's sort of a comical idea though, ‘irons in pies’—I thought it was pretty funny, at least. Seeing how the track has a cool determination about it, I thought I'd celebrate that with the conclusion that to at least give it a go and risk getting burned is noble and courageous. So it's all a bit of a salute really.”
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