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SECRET SONG

Maudlin Of The Well

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.33 | 18 ratings

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The Mystical
3 stars "Secret Song" is a single that was released on mini-CD in 2001. The song was released with a hidden message, said to contain the link between the two albums "Bath" and "Leaving Your Body Map".

The music is very much like a mixture of the music on "Bath" and "Leaving Your Body Map". There is however a certain ambience that is not present on either of the albums. The opening guitar line is a variation of the opening motif on "Bath", which gives the track a sense of familiarity. The song then moves to their signature doom metal sound, and later shifts to a slower, more jazzy feel. The song has a little more direction than most of the repertoire on "Bath" and "Leaving Your Body Map", which unfortunately removes the sense of spontaneity that is present in the two albums.

The lyrics to "Secret Song" are a puzzle which is said to explain and link the two albums "Bath" and "Leaving Your Body Map". The story of the two albums is rather shrouded, which is explained by the fact that the concept behind them was based upon Toby Driver's experiences in astral projection, a form of meditation that I engage in regularly. I have spent time researching the meaning behind the lyrics of this song, but like many other fans of maudlin of the Well, I have not been completely successful.

The lyrics of the song are: Oraios, Topio, Petra, Ypnos I saw the branches of a tree Falling on these planets Binah, Geburah, Hod, Yesod I read into these four songs The numbers of the lines In a magical language And wrote the first words And this is a great secret.

The first set of words is in Greek: Beautiful, Landscape, Stone, Sleep. These words all relate to the titles of maudlin of the Well songs. Beautiful = "They Aren't All Beautiful", Landscape "Geography", Stone = "Stones of October's Sobbing", Sleep = "Sleep is a Curse" . The second set of words, Binah, Geburah, Hod, Yesod, originate from the Kabbalah Tree of Death, named the Qliphoth.

I do not fully understand the lyrics to this song, but I do believe that the song implies that the astral realms that the maudlin of the Well mastermind Toby Driver visits, are haunted by evil/negative deities.

This single is a great collector's item for progressive rock fans, and should be part of any maudlin of the Well collection. 3.5 stars. ☮ Peace ☮

The Mystical | 3/5 |

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