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Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Whole Lot of Louvre¨? Did any event in particular inspire the song?
There was a mother lion. She was beautiful, majestic. She moved with the grace of the universe. There was an antelope. She was exquisite, graceful, a child of the cosmos. She had created a version of herself. Smaller, fragile and innocent to the ways of the world. The lion separated the little one from her mother for devouring. The young antelope’s life energy would be diverted to the lion and her cub, who was hungry. A male lion, radiant and majestic, a living world unto himself, smelled blood, knew something good was afoot. He diverted the young antelope energy for his own needs. His progeny, the cub, went hungry. The lioness went hungry. There is one less antelope in the world. The lion is content. So it goes.
The single comes off your new album Relaxation Tape – what’s the story behind the title?
Long ago, Lyman ‘Corn Wizard Venti’ (CWV) was camped among the Baltimores with the true husk of his heart. In the Valley of the Goodwill, alone in the temple of thrift, he found hidden amongst the musty shelves a cassette with a cowboy and mandala adorning it’s sheath. He spake aloud the word, ‘Relaxation’, and it echoed across the canyon. The sonic document was left with his mate in her living compartment. She discovered that listening to it inspired transcendent, altered states. Colors became sound. Sound became taste. Taste became really, really tasty. This was the time of her art-stream training and she contained many toxic stress particles. This recording delivered succor and was in heavy rotation, just on weekends at first, and then daily.
One day CWV had ideas for some new jams, and in his haste to ‘capture the magic’, he inadvertently ‘enhanced’ the tape by recording over its original program material. The tracks recorded on this tape were imbued with deep transcendental power, as were the dances and animations that were spawned by these alien sounds. Although it impregnated the new tracks with such chimerical power, CWV came to regret recording over the tape, as it has prevented his life partner from achieving the altered states she relied upon for inspiration and mental clarity. Total Unicorn continues to actively search for another copy of this tape, but it has thus far proven elusive. If a tape fitting this description is found, we would deeply appreciate the finder sending it to us. We would gladly make them a copy. Thank you in advance.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording and writing are all one. All one. Create a situation where things are wrong. Plug in some wires that don’t go together. Hit record, and record for a long time. Chop, chop, chop, recombine and find the meaning.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Friend of TU and Lyman “Corn Wizard Venti” (CWV) were admiring a painting that showed a mischievous god. CWV said, “Hanuman.” Friend said, “The Monkey Man.” The song was written, and it was good.
Any plans to hit the road?
We hit the road or the friendly skies when called upon by comrades near and far. Chicago is on the horizon next.
What else is happening next in Total Unicorn´s world?
New Eyes, New Heads, New Sounds, New Pixels, New Gyrations.