An adventure into the land of electronic music. Gathering motivation from food, sleep, space, cars and trains.
1. I Like Trains (Happy)
I placed this track first to filter out people who may not totally appreciate the rest of the album - let them dropout quickly. It’s an upbeat song. No particular meaning. Only a particular feeling. I was reading a book about Stoics by a sometime television magician. Eating lots of vegetable curry among other things, and especially - listening to people.
2. The Acceleration is Incredible (We are Martians)
A story about space voyagers venturing from Cardiff Central to the planet Mars, and meeting martians along the way.
3. Unpredictable Manoeuvre
Most of time I don’t like driving around city centres - stop, start etc. It doesn’t help if you are feeling grumpy.
4. Yes, Rain
The sound of rain falling on the ground starts. An upbeat rhythm kicks in followed by Dave Village's voice contemplating - "what is rain?". The beats build up while his voice continues to contemplate rain.
To conclude the track Dave Village recites the first half of a poem by Fannie Isabelle Sherrick - 'Summer Rain', 1860 -
Oh, what is so pure as the glad summer rain,
That falls on the grass where the sunlight has lain?
And what is so fair as the flowers that lie
All bathed in the tears of the soft summer sky?
The blue of the heavens is dimmed by the rain
That wears away sorrow and washes out pain;
But we know that the flowers we cherish would die
Were it not for the tears of the cloud-laden sky.
The rose is the sweeter when kissed by the rain,
And hearts are the dearer where sorrow has lain;
The sky is the fairer that rain-clouds have swept,
And no eyes are so bright as the eyes that have wept.
Admittedly, 'Yes Rain' is the only track with a poem.
5. Go to the fridge
Watching and listening to self-help advice can focus you thoughts. It may also let other thoughts float to the surface.
6. Devil resting on your shoulder
Keeping your mind's eye on that devil. Will it let you go?
- I Like Trains (Happy), 01:55
- The Acceleration is Incredible (We Are Martians), 05:18
- Unpredictable Manoeuvre, 03:12
- Yes Rain (Poem by Fannie Isabelle Sherrick), 05:40
- Go to the Fridge, 04:56
- Devil Resting on Your Shoulder, 02:40
- Potato Dress, 02:56
- Adaptable to Change, 02:12
Album art work can be an important friend to music. So, since the album title track is ‘The Acceleration is Incredible (We Are Martians)', I channelled the Martian language onto the front artwork. Indeed, some people may claim it looks like those old human QR codes, but no. It’s a Martian statement. There's an image of Mars in the background, though its colour doesn’t match the familiar red-planet. Martians don’t share the same visual spectrum as humans.
Therefore, when you think you see a human QR code around the place. It might actually be a Martian sign post.
They live among us. Enjoy their company.