“‘To Effectively Mirror Saturn’ is a murder/suicide ballad, written from the perspective of a character loosely based on Marshall Applewhite, leader of the cult Heaven’s Gate,” Andrew Becker of the Brooklyn-based Human Potential explains. “Though there are elements of other criminal minds melded into the amalgam as well.”
That reading jibes well with the track’s off-kilter turns, and the just-unsettling tone of the disaffected vocals.
“It essentially tracks the seduction of new disciples, the methodical brainwashing processes and the willingness of new converts to follow a castrated, most likely schizophrenic charlatan to their deaths, or as Applewhite put it, a ‘rendezvous in the clouds’ or their ‘final act of metamorphosis or separation from the human kingdom,'” Becker, formerly of the bands Medications, and Screens goes on. “This occurred when nearly forty members of Heaven’s Gate committed mass suicide in 1997.”
There’s a beguiling allure to the track, even as it keeps listeners at a distance. Closeness and isolation intertwined. “Though this is just one example, the song is a study in love, loneliness and intent in the face of the ever increasing number of confounding atrocities that we seem to be inundated by on a daily basis.”
Anyway, have fun listening! Heartbreak Record is out on June 3 on What Delicate Recordings