Sunday, October 7, 2018

Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate "Out of Mind"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Glass Castle Recordings - GC4156
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 7, 2018 (digital), January 25, 2019 (CD)
1. Coming Back (6:40)
2. When I Was a Ship (6:02)
3. Defiance (3:37)
4. De Humani Corporis Fabrica (6:06)
5. The Rose that Was Red in the Dark (5:56)
6. Maze (5:34)
7. Stand Up (3:59)
8. I Miss the Stars (7:09)
9. If You Think this World is Bad... (3:31)
10. Losing Myself (5:14)
11. The Electric Ant (4:15)
12. Lidice (7:21)

Total Time 65:24

Malcolm Galloway - vocals, guitars, keyboard, programming
Mark Gatland - bass, Chapman Stick, guitar, keyboard
Kathryn Thomas - flute, bass flute, vocals (11)

‘Out Of Mind’ is inspired by memory, from a variety of perspectives. It starts with ‘Coming Back’, inspired by Philp K Dick (PKD)’s novel Time Out Of Joint. Track 11 (The Electric Ant) is also based on a PKD story.
The last conscious entity drifting towards the heat death of the universe reflects on the inevitable loss of memory as it disintegrates in ‘I Miss The Stars’. ’Losing myself’ is from the perspective of someone trapped in a mind degenerating due to dementia. ‘When I Was A Ship’ is inspired by Ann Leckie’s ‘Imperial Radch’ science-fiction novel series. ‘Stand Up’ is about those who rewrite history to promote hatred. ‘Lidice’ is named after the Czech mining village destroyed by the Nazis, murdering 88 children and 252 adults. They wanted the village to be wiped from history. A group of coal miners in a mining village in Staffordshire, led by their local doctor, Barnett Stross, set up the organisation Lidice Shall Live. The community donated a day's wage each week to fund the rebuilding of the village after the war.  This song is dedicated to the memory of all those who have been killed because of their origins, and all those who stood in solidarity.
The album is musically diverse with progressive rock, classic rock, electronica, metal, funk, classical, experimental and minimalist influences.

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