EVERYTHING EVERYTHING - RE-ANIMATOR
Format: Compact Disc
The band's approach to ‘Re-Animator' was to streamline the creative pro-cess
by focusing on harmonies and melodies over synths and programming.
Inspiration came thick and fast: wonderment at the wider world despite the
horror of its politics; existentialism and the prolonged, if fading, youthfulness
of being in a touring band; and the ominous threat of climate change. All
things which contribute to a sense of one door closing while another awaits.
Exten-sive reading shaped such ideas further, especially regarding frontman
Jonathan Higgs' fascination with the eminent psychologist Julian Jaynes'
theory of the bicameral mind.
It argues that early in human evolution, the two sides of the brain were next
to each other but functioned independently. In essence one side would hear
the other sending instructions via a disembodied voice -a zombie-like state of
pre-consciousness. “This idea of the divided self captivated me,” said Higgs.
“Jaynes attributes this to the origin of gods, people ascribing deity status to
this voice they could hear in their head. All this blew my mind, and I started
thinking of ways I could make this a central concept. It really touched me. So
across the whole record there are millions or references to this theory - to
having a split brain, two selves, hearing voices.” .
Fittingly, the album also emerged in two stages. A year of writing and
demoing was followed by two weeks recording at RAK last December with
producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, David Byrne). He
complemented the band's back-to-basics nature by encouraging them to
record quickly and deci-sively. It's a looser, less cluttered sound that
heightens their focus on the fun-damentals of songwriting.