Hi Steve. I’m just listening to ‘tender extinction’ for the first time in a while, and was wondering about the vocals for ‘mending a secret’. I know that the Japanese CD release includes the lyrics for the other vocal tracks on the album, so was there a reason ‘mending’ was omitted? To my ears, your voice seems to be there as an additional ‘instrument’ rather than to provide a narrative (for the want of a better word)…?

The vocals are layered in such a way that the lyrics don’t make proper sense if laid out sequentially in the order they appear, they’re broken sentences, and the concept is that these phrases would need to be deciphered, thus the title. The listener might pick out phrases and have their own interpretations of what is being said or suggested, as if overhearing part of a conversation. And as you point out, the vocal melody is woven into the musical arrangement as opposed to taking the role of lead.

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  1. hi steve… just a quick shout out… in gentle tones ( quiet room / life )… ive reuploaded to our YouTube page our personal tribute to MICK KARN…

    KAMIKAKUSHI : kobayashi maru ( keep karn and fretless )

    a mick karn ♥ wal fretless bass tribute

    slightly adjusted volumes… it was recorded live so there are some edgy moments in the mix…

    hope you all enjoy… muito obrigado

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