This album is a concept album focusing on the themes of good versus evil, heaven and hell. Many of my past albums have had specific themes built around them such as gender identity or a specific person. I was always fascinated by Goethe's "Faust". I wanted to play with that theme with the current political climate we are in without subscribing to a certain ideology or being too preachy. A common phrase I heard during the election was "a lesser of two evils": These songs have a strong Faustian theme to them.
Musically, it is quite diverse and nothing I've ever done before. I wanted to show my love for dark music: post-punk, goth, industrial, shoegaze, and even some dub reggae.
I chose to release this album on June 7 for a reason. 7/7/17. 777. The number of god. In Hebrew tradition, both numbers 3 and 7 are considered perfect. 777. In Christianity, the Book of Genesis says that God rested on the 7th day and man was created on the 6th day. Aleister Crowley believed it had several meanings including "The Flaming Sword, if the path from Binah to Chesed be taken as = 3.
The primary path of descent is known as the Way of the Lightning, or sometimes the Flaming Sword. It is called the Way of the Lightning because it darts back and forth down the Tree in a zigzag pattern, like the common pictorial representation of a lightning bolt. It is called the Flaming Sword because during the act of creation, the word of God became flesh, and this Word is often depicted as a sword extending from God's mouth. The Word made its way from the highest Sephirah, Kether, to the lowest, Malkuth. The path is the same whether it is called by either title.
Each of the 22 pathways, or more properly channels, that connect the spheres, or Sephiroth, has in the Golden Dawn system of magic a specific Hebrew letter, and each Hebrew letter has its own number value. When the numbers of the Hebrew letters of the pathways traced by the Flaming Sword are added together, they total 777.
Other traditions believe seven the perfect number that holds creation and the universe together. Some people believe just the opposite. That 777 is the sign of bad luck, the sign of the Antichrist.
It was sheer coincidence that the album came to be seven tracks. I was originally intending this to be a 5 track EP, but the universe had other plans.
released July 7, 2017
Aurora Desmond - production, vocals, drums, electronics, guitar, bass, six-string bass, programming, sound design.
Photo by Jay Burke