Despite my appreciation of Ascension and Descension, by the very nature of the split-double-album format they take, it’s impossible not to imagine a more perfect combination of the songs as one singular release. This is a Spotify playlist I made with that vision in mind, an hour long album, sequenced in a way that I think makes complete sense, with 7 songs from Descension and 4 from Ascension. I’ve also included the title-track from the Half Measures EP that Claudio released under the Prize Fighter Inferno moniker, which was written and released around the same time.
Here’s a thing I think is pretty cool that I did?
The Helix Nebula - Meridian EP (Teaser)
Writing about the new Godspeed album I once again found myself thumbing through the inserts that come with their first album. Always treasured that packaging. It feels so essential to the music, sound rendered it into something I can touch, the crushed penny, etc. This drawing esp. A puzzle where the pieces will never fit together.
Part of the reason I needed to own F# A# Infinty on vinyl was for the infinite groove at the end, but it’s got such beautiful packaging as well. What a clever band.
Coheed and Cambria - “God Send Conspirator”
Who sat me down here?
One more from this album. Definitely my favourite on the debut, and on most days my easy answer for Favourite Coheed Song Ever. The verse is infectious, and better for having one of the more simple chord progressions on the album, Travis’ lead lines given a moment to shine. There’s also a set of comparatively unobtuse lyrics - “Burn my hands ‘til I’ve got nothing left to count my numbers on” always stuck with me as an adolescent, for regrettably dark reasons. All this plus an excellent shift into the chorus that just squeals with energy.
But it’s the outro section where “God Send Conspirator” comes together, once the minor chords begin to creep in after the second chorus all the way through to the layered vocal ending:
When eye meets eye, be calm / We lie here alone, locked the children in the floor
What a way to finish an album, especially one as strange as this one was upon release! Not only the musical equivalent of putting To Be Continued at the end of a film, leaving so much open for the follow up, but also a song that reveals a more mature and measured band. “God Send Conspirator” is an excellent indicator for what Coheed would become, for at least the next album or so.
Though, in truth, it’s not the real ending to the album. Up until the special edition re-release, “God Send Conspirator” was paired with a secret track, “IRO-Bot" (subsequently moved to the end of the "Everything Evil" demo on the special edition) which I listened to so often that I knew exactly how long to hold down the fast forward button on my cheap mp3 player before I’d reach the opening, plucked notes.
"IRO-Bot" is a clear predecessor to Claudio’s side project, The Prize Fighter Inferno, which I’ll touch on tomorrow. It’s an entirely acoustic affair, the only one on the album, a tender tune, perhaps a little silly. I personally love that Claudio named the song after the cyborg species in the story, and love even more that he named the species IRO-Bots at all.
From experience: both of these songs sound best on a plane, alone, starving, excited and in love.
Day one over! Any questions?