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Although the science-fiction aspects of the song are allegorical (relating to how we dehumanise those that seem different), this is the first song that directly draws on my experiences as a neuropathologist.
The protagonist of the song is a pathologist, researching into a new disease that makes people’s disappear. It is first found in the most marginalised groups, and then spreads, until eventually nobody is facially recognisable.
In the story the pathologist finds that the problem isn’t an infection that is directly affecting people’s faces, but is damaging the fusiform gyrus, a part of the visual system on the underside of the brain that is important for visual recognition. The disease first affects those we least include in our circle of empathy, then progresses.
The first faceless body
The tidemark on the shore
An anonymous hand clutches a toy
Another faceless body
Under the cold flat light
The chalk cliff reflector, unveils the night
Another plague, another threat dividing
Another plague, invasion of the faceless
The influx of the nameless
Landing at the shore
Vectors cross the border
The panic spreads, on a plague siege island
Another plague, another quarantine collapses
Another plague, rear-guard fight at breaching borders
Another plague, another face that’s disassembled
All the pieces there, but the patterns gone, it spreads
I dissect, I stain, the tissue’s secrets prove
One of many, hidden away
Searching for the parasite, but there’s nothing there... there’s nothing there
First those with the least, the ones we’d hate to be
Then it spread, stealing faces of those who look different
It’s now so widespread, we’ve given up containment
I can’t recognise my friends, they don’t recognise their children
I’m scared of the mirror, I’m hiding from the image
The blind spot in the picture, as my face disappears
There was nothing to see in the skin and the bone
No problem with the fragments, the problem with the whole
The combined isn’t born in the world, it’s made inside
I turn my attention to the underside
The fusiform gyrus, yellowed and shrunken
The distorted spindle of cortical ribbon
The infection that summons
The killers and eaters
In the grey matter structures of facial recognition
The pathology not in the face of the victims
But deeply embedded in those who bear witness
from The Confidence Trick,
released July 15, 2022
Lyrics - Malcolm Galloway
Music written and performed by Malcolm Galloway/Mark Gatland
Lead guitar - Malcolm Galloway
Produced by Malcolm Galloway/Mark Gatland/Kathryn Thomas
supported by 66 fans who also own “Another Plague”
Somehow these tracks hit the sweet spot of having emotional drive and payoffs without feeling like they're just 'highlights reels' stolen from earlier minimalist composers, or like academic exercises. The instrumentation/production is fantastic too and never sounds tinny or fake. In both the long tracks and the slow tracks themes and timbres evolve at just the right rate to be engaging but also to let you enjoy each stage of the overlapping lines. Excellent! Giles
supported by 54 fans who also own “Another Plague”
Wonderful, beautiful, densely layered music. I'm glad I gave this album several headphone listens before commenting. It did not immediately strike a chord with me, but the more I listened the more I began to understand and appreciate how fantastically rich and deep the sound is. For fans of atmospheric and melodic prog, this is an excellent addition. Bass and drum work are exquisite! paliojen_black
supported by 52 fans who also own “Another Plague”
Soothfully a phenomenal prog rock album—an instant classic. What motivates me to say so, is the music’s incredible expressiveness & its wonderfully cinematic song structures. Jargon is a very good fit with this band. It is quite evident that the band’s current lineup have great chemistry together & that they share a common affinity to this vein of music. I look forward to their next creation. Drifting Sun are definitely one of prog rock’s brightest lights. Thank you, DS!