TUNE Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate - Twin Earth
This track is set in the world of Reynolds’ ‘Century Rain’, and sung from the perspective of Wendell Floyd, an unsuccessful musician living in Paris in an alternative 1950s, in which the Nazi invasion of France failed, but fascism continued to rise unchecked.
He is hired by a landlord to investigate the death of Susan White, a tenant with an unusual record collection. During his investigation Floyd meets Verity Auger, an archaeologist from another Earth three hundred years in the future.
In her world, life on Earth has been destroyed by weaponised nanotechnology – the nanocaust. As well as telling a story about saving mysterious copies of the world, the underlying theme is our ability to dehumanise each other despite second chances to avoid the mistakes of history.
I landed on the sloping tower
Through the twisted iron and awkward angles.
I watched the glacial war,
The furies and the ice wall.
Something went wrong with the clouds tonight.
The shapes are changing, the colours shifted.
The lightening spits, splits and fits the return.
Something went wrong with the sky tonight.
Something set the clouds alight, again, I suppose we were to blame.