Five Stages

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Five Stages

The Five Stages in question are the five stages of grief. This was the earliest recorded piece for this album - it’s the bridge between the Referendum sessions and the period of recording that led to The Surrender Of Time. It’s very much a reflection on the feeling that something of great importance was lost when we voted to leave the EU. Not that the EU is some kind of utopian institution - far from it, especially in light of the great evil it has meted out against Greece, Portugal and Ireland - but as a step away from internationalism towards isolationism, it felt wholly regressive, and if we go the whole way, large parts of it will do irreversible damage. But as always, it’s more complex than that. The sense that all it has done is uncover a series of schisms and inequalities already at work in the UK is palpable, the feeling that we can have a more honest conversation as a result of people doing such a monumental dangerous and damaging thing… Politics is in a right mess, and when we take a step like this, there needs to be time to grieve for what’s lost and reflect on where we’re going before planning a course of action. The days following the referendum were chock full of people making predictions that were proved false within minutes, and declaring statements they couldn’t possibly back up, or which were contradicted by their colleagues who hadn’t got the memo… So this was the soundtrack to a bit of the grief. My own attempt to process some of that feeling of loss, and get it squared away so we can start to build again.

Musically, there’s no looper on here until right at the end - the pad under the first 3/4s of the tune is just my TC Electronic Flashback Delay, and the Quneo is played between the melodic phrases…

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from The Surrender Of Time, released September 5, 2016

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