Silent Planet has released an ink-blot video for new song “Psychescape” this morning.
Featuring guest vocals from Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath, this is a particularly unique song from a band that doesn’t adhere to genre boundaries. Silent Planet vocalist Garrett Russell speaks on “Psychescape” saying “the song is told from the viewpoint of a character that suffers from Schizophrenia. I speak in the mindset of the character as he wishes to escape his mind and the control of society, whereas Spencer speaks as the voice of indifference towards reality and taboos of culture – overall embracing what some might call ‘madness’ as a gift.”
Spencer, who dealt heavily with themes of paranoia and social control throughout a decade of Underoath, co-wrote the lyrics on the song. We were beyond thrilled when he agreed to be on the record, and after working with him, our respect for him as an artist and performer is triple-fold.”
The ink-blot visuals of the video follows the theme of the band’s forthcoming album, Everything Was Sound. To be released via Solid State Records on 7/1 the album deals wholly with the issue of mental health.
Written as a concept piece, Everything Was Sound takes place within a Panopticon – a prison of deception. By definition, a Panopticon is a circular prison where prisoners can be viewed from a central well at all times. Further elaborating the concept Russell said “every room in the prison is another person diagnosed with mental illness. Some of them suffer from environmental trauma, like PTSD, which Russell argues to be an internalization of the violent world we create. “I’m trying to understand these stories throughout the songs – both challenging society’s stigmatization of mental illness while searching for hope amidst the inner-reality of suffering people.” To Russell, who holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology (and revealed that he has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder) the album hits especially close to home.
A video for the song “Panic Room” that appears on the album was recently released as well, and has already received wide-spread acclaim – gathering over 100,000 views on Youtube in less than 2 weeks.