Sunday, 23 August 2009

Mew - Secret 'reverse' track. Proper Genius.

Mew are an experimental 3 piece prog-pop band from Denmark. (Don't stop reading). Their third major album is soon to be officially released in the UK and is entitled No More Stories/Are Told Today/I'm Sorry/They Washed Away//No More Stories/The World Is Grey/I'm Tired/Let's Wash Away. As you can tell, Mew aren't really fans of convention. Many of their songs evolve through tricky and sometimes seemingly impossible time signatures with discordant guitars underpinned by layered harmonies and glorious pop melodies, delivered by the falsetto vocals of lead singer Jonas Bjerre.

I have been eagerly anticipating their latest release for over 3 years since their last opus '...and the glass handed kites' was on constant rotation in my student den (yes, I still bought lots of CDs back then). The new album has leaked along with the discovery that the first track 'New Terrain' is also a secret track when played backwards. The secret track not only has a title - 'Nervous' - but lyrics too. It's a great idea that really works. It takes a couple of listens through both tracks to really get into them and decipher the lyrics but it's highly rewarding. I've posted both tracks below with respective lyrics.


New Terrain (As it sounds on the album)



Lyrics
Soft sheets
What's this about?
Inside your mahogany Cyprus
As long as we're me and you
We should not lose terrain
We were young, we got seasick
On your seven
Get off cheap
That sits with her
And the warmth of it splatters
We all can wring her neck
First we gain new terrain
When we're young, we get seasick
On your seven
We're upset, real tush
Ooh, why I sneeze like no-one
Like most, you snip
Soft sheets
What's this about?
Inside your mahogany Cyprus
As long as we're me and you
We should not lose terrain
Wild and young, we got seasick
On your seven
Get off cheap
That sits with her
And the warmth of it splatters
We all can wring her neck
First we gain new terrain
When we're young, we get seasick
On your seven
Soft sheets
What's this about?
Inside your mahogany Cyprus
As long as we're me and you
We should not lose terrain
Wild and young, we got seasick
On your seven
Get off cheap
That sits with her
And the warmth of it splatters
We all can wring her neck


Nervous (New Terrain reversed)



Lyrics
Nervous, I know
(and I saw you running)
It seems everywhere you go
(to the wooden floors of my house)
They're out to get you
(in a way I couldn't see you)
And then you regret
(and they're not safe buildings)
Should have stayed at home in bed
(where the walls are out of focus)
Nervous instead
(and I wish that I could save you)
Each time