Sounds That Can't Be Made - Introduction



Introduction: 2012’s Sounds That Can’t Be Made was the seventeenth Marillion album, the thirteenth with Steve Hogarth. A CD & DVD version of the album in luxurious hard slipcase form, featuring a book full of the names of those who had pre-ordered.



The album had a difficult conception, with the band reportedly nearly splitting when a writing session in Portugal coincided with a period of serious illness for Steve Hogarth’s partner and son, meaning the vocalist was unable to contribute. After some time off from writing, they recommenced at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios where the writing was unforced, and the songs started to flow. However, the delay to recording eventually resulting in the band compiling the later additions while on their US tour for the album – hardly ideal.    


Gaza


Introduction: Steve Hogarth’s note in the Sounds That Can’t Be Made booklet: “This is a song for the people - especially the children - of Gaza. It was written after many conversations with ordinary Palestinians living in the refugee camps of Gaza and the West Bank. I spoke also to Israelis, to N.G.O workers, to a diplomat unofficially working in Jerusalem, and took their perspectives into account whilst writing the lyric.

“It is not my/our intention to smear the Jewish faith or people - we know many Jews are deeply critical of the current situation - and nothing here is intended to show sympathy for acts of violence, whatever the motivation, but simply to ponder upon where desperation inevitably leads.

Sounds That Can't Be Made



‘Aurora borealis’
The aurora borealis is a meteorological condition with spectacular visual components, usually green, blue or red associated with high Arctic latitudes caused solar winds interacting with the Earth’s magnetosphere. A similar condition is seen in Antarctic latitudes.

Power



‘Saturn 5’
The Saturn V rocket was a three stage liquid-fueled launch rocket used by NASA for the Apollo Program and also for launching Skylab, the first US space station.

Montreal


With special thanks to Andy Wright and Annick Gauthier for their assistance with the explanations for this song.

‘I heard Joni Mitchell singin' her poems of isolation’
Joni Mitchell is a critically-lauded Canadian singer-songwriter. She rose to prominence during the 1970s and was primarily known for her use of open tunings, embracing of jazz and her intimate, often confessional lyrics. She is frequently called the most influential singer-songwriter ever. Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly and Steve Hogarth are all known to be fans, as was Fish, who evoked the song The Hissing Of Summer Lawns in Lavender.

Lucky Man



‘Some are quite happy in the cage’
A call back to an image h has used on Cage (Ice Cream Genius) and These Chains.