This is a little something extra that I included in the album download but I know not everybody downloaded it and just listened to it off of certain streams, so I figured I’d post it up on here for people to check out.
This is a track-by-track analysis of the whole album designed to give listeners an added perspective on the album, giving insight on what I had in mind while I wrote it.
I hope you enjoy reading.
Anywhere But Here Part 1
The first part of the title track for the album, consisting nearly entirely of guitar samples and recordings. This track is supposed to sum up the entire album, particularly lyrically, as well as act as a gateway into the rest of it. To imply that I wish to be anywhere but where I am right now, which is the world that is opened up to the listener throughout the album. It also speaks in the perspective of somebody who has done the world wrong somehow and feels rejected, be it psychologically or physically, for it: “From these lands I’m banished forever more, guilty for defying the Earth’s law.”
A somewhat simple track, the metaphor being that the more and more crap we do to the world the further and deeper we’ll find ourselves in Mariana Trench (deepest known part in the sea). It can also be seen as embracing the eventual hell we are creating: “Come dance with me” – “Come take your place in Mariana Trench”.
A Sight To Be Seen
Probably the most ‘direct’ track on the album (or at least as direct a metaphor can be). Personally for me this track *is* the album. It is sung like a ringmaster addressing an audience as he is about to present his circus. It also speaks of taking parts of the audience, starting off with the conventional “lend me your ears” and then delving into “anything will have to do” mentioning fingers and toenails, “I’ll even take your shoes”. This is supposed to resemble a politician that takes and takes from their audience only to give back a ‘circus’.
A little instrumental track with a little more positivity compared to the rest of the album. While loosely fitting into the theme of the rest of the album (perhaps being an attempt to lull one into a false sense of security?) it is rather detached.
Folie a Deux
The first of a two-part soundscape. It is intended to give an eerie and uncomfortable atmosphere. The voice, which is greatly slowed down to the point of unintelligible sound, says “Welcome to the universe”. ‘Folie a Deux’ is a French phrase, translating as ‘A madness shared by two’, which is the title of the second part of this track on the album.
The Town Of Many Faces
A song sung in the perspective of a fearing, loathing and ‘hypnotised’ general public. It is supposed to show the variation and differentiation between understanding, hating, not caring and fearing modern politics.
A Madness Shared By Two
This track is slightly more ‘personal’, and is meant to portray double-personality, or indeed schizophrenia. This is represented by the ‘call and response’ of the vocals throughout the song. It could also been seen as being two-faced.
Blood Poems I
The first movement of an emotive classical piece that will appear in many releases over the next few years. The title, ‘Blood Poems’, is intended to link Anywhere But Here and future releases by relating to their themes in their own individual ways.
Centre Of The Earth
This song is about propaganda and political nonsense and confusion. With a lot of nonsensical and metaphorical lyrics, it is supposed to portray that a lot of what politicians say make no sense, but at the same time are very clever at convincing the public that everything is great and wonderful and right: “Rounding up the sheep into the keep, they just can’t seem to turn off the TV”
Sending You Some Hope
Even in the darkest of times, we can find light.
Anywhere But Here Part 2
A continuation of the title track, but much more stripped down than the first part. This is partly a representation of being, amidst all the hell and chaos, individualism still stands strong in some manner.
An instrumental with the intention of portraying the hardship, pain and suffering of a man following with all his might, skill and determination something that doesn’t even exist anymore.
Something In The Air
The first of the resolution. This song is meant to represent the liberation of oneself – to “fall into the sky” as in to be free like a bird. However, it can also been seen as ascending to the afterlife due to something deadly in the air: “Something in the air will make me fall into the sky”.
The closing chapter of the album, reminding us of everything experienced throughout – sadness, hate, anger and resolution.
Don’t forget you can download the album at http://bensteed.bandcamp.com