Nothing Is Real

Today I’m back in Black Tornado for the mastering of Third Eye Surgery. I’ve had about a week to think about the running order and listen to the different mixes. I’ve also found the time to write cover notes and credits, which have been sent to Kiryk, so he can hopefully finish up the artwork within the next week. I always like to keep the total playing time under 40 minutes, because more than that could decrease the sound quality when pressed to vinyl. This means that there’s a slight problem with side 2, which ends at a little over 21 minutes, so sadly we will have to edit a few of the longer outros down a bit, but I think it will work out fine eventually.

One thing that struck me while listening to the entire album recently, is that it’s clearly the first BW album ever not to have any typical love songs whatsoever. I mean, LOVE LIKE A FLOWER is obviously (also) about love, but it’s definitely not the usual boy meets girl kinda thing, as it’s more of a general view on life. DANDELION also comes close, but really I think of this one as a childhood fantasy game hinting at both innocence, sexual seduction and sixties bubblegum pop lyrics as well as drug use.

The one song that really sticks out soundwise is WAITING FOR THE WAR, which has an almost eighties postpunk feel with thundering tomtoms, metal percussion and a heavily effected deep bassline. The initial inspiration for this came from a classic danish punk tune from 1982 by an obscure band called ADS, bearing the exact same title, but not really any other musical resemblance, except for the fact that we tried to pull it into an eighties type of universe during the recording.

Another thing that struck me as a bit weird is that, by sheer coincidence mostly, all the songs on side 1 ending with BULLSHIT DETECTOR are in the key of E minor, while all the songs on side 2 starting with NOTHING IS REAL are in the key of A minor. I would also like the intros and outros on the last three songs to be crossfaded, to create one long sequence at the end. Here’s the tracklist I ended up with:

DOWN TO THE BOTTOM

WAITING FOR THE WAR

DANDELION

IT’S JUST A RIDE

BULLSHIT DETECTOR

NOTHING IS REAL

LOVE LIKE A FLOWER

THIRD EYE SURGERY

HONALEE

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