SLOWER / TALKER: LYRICS

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THE INDISTINGUISHABLES

The Satellite / Strange Wave / Rhomboid Tortrix / The Many-lined / Clouded Border / Lunar Double-stripe / The Passenger / Gold Triangle / Small Black Arches / Sorcerer / The Traveller / Small Grass [Emerald] / Chalk Carpet / Small Rivulet / Clouded / August Thorn / Pine Processionary / Frosted Green / Bordered Pearl / Scarlet Tiger / Map-winged Swift / The Forester / Merveille du Jour / Satin Lutestring / Peach Blossom / Beautiful Golden Y / Mother of Pearl / The Festoon / Yellow Horned / Feathered Beauty / The Gem / The Nonconformist / Pistol Case-bearer / The Shark / Dark Dagger / Blood-vein / Slender Burnished Brass / Heart & Club / The Drinker / Silver Hook / The Seraphim / The Exile / Old World Webworm / The Confused / Large Dark Prominent / Feathered Ear / The Lackey / Silver Cloud / Scarce Forester / The Triangle / Water Veneer / The Alchymist / Spotted Sulphur / The Geometrician / Tamarisk Plume / The Vestal / Figure of Eighty / Chinese Character / Fiery Clearwing / The Flame / The Phoenix / The Gothic / Apple Leaf Skeletonizer / Pale Stigma / Thistle Ermine / Silvery Arches / White-speck / Old Lady / Small Angle Shades / The Vapourer / Ghost Moth

VAPOUR DESCRIPTORS

aldehydic / animalic / balsamic / butyric / camphorous / resinous / ozonic / aromatic / terpenic / anisic / herbaceous / powdery / indolic / phenolic / musky / zesty / agrestic / vanillic / marine / floral / grassy / spicy / fruit / wood / green / green / wood / fruit / spicy / grassy / floral / marine / vanillic / agrestic / zesty / musky / phenolic / indolic / powdery / herbaceous /anisic / terpenic / aromatic / ozonic / resinous / camphorous / butyric / balsamic / animalic / aldehydic

FREEZYWATER

Freezywater / Unity Road / Cinder Ash / Tilekiln Osiers / Pond Wood / Dancers Hill / Smug Oak / Spielplatz / Long Spring / The Unicorn / The Clump / Mill End / Maple Cross / Copper Ridge / Grand Union / Happy Valley / Devil’s Den / Old Slade / Saxon Lake / The Island / Spring Rise / Anchor Copse / Traveller / Stepgates / The Broom / The [River] Mole / The Mounts / Uplands / Herring Grove / Babylon Lane, / Majority Plantation / The Shrubbery / The Conduit / River Eden / Wet Wood / Star Hill / Ashen Bank / Lane End / Dark Trees / Stone / High Trees / Dolphin Way / Hangman’s Wood / Lodestar / Horseman Side / The Rough Patch / Bell Common / Sunshine Plain / Winters Way / Gunpowder Park / Tumbling Bay / Freezywater

X CHAIRMAN MAOS

Letting a hundred flowers blossom
and a hundred schools of thought contend
is the policy for promoting
the progress of the arts and sciences
and a flourishing socialist culture
in our land.
Different forms and styles in art
should develop freely
and different schools in science
should contend freely.
We think that it is harmful
to the growth of art and science
if administrative measures are used
to impose one particular style of art
or school of thought
and to ban another

FIVE LOOPS FOR THE BATHYSCAPHE

Epipelagic Zone (0-200m)
sunlight ... salt ... 23rd January 1960 ... the humid weather ...
the waves buffeting the craft ... flares burning on the surface ...
and photosynthesis ... now sinking slowly ...

Mesopelagic Zone (200-1000m)
twilight ... the bathyscaphe, like a balloon ... descending through the water column ...
gasoline, gradually compressing ... chlorine, 55% ... and strange animals ...
stratification ... the cooling water interrupts the descent ...
iron falling into the sea ... sinking slowly ...

Bathypelagic Zone (1000-4000m)
midnight ... total darkness ... then ... phosphorescence ...
Melanocetidae, Gonostomatidae ... plexiglass, shattering under pressure ...
the sudden shadow ... of the largest creatures ...
sodium, 30% ... sulphate, 8% ... ultramarine ... sinking slowly ...

Abyssopelagic Zone (4000-6000m)
the abyss ... bottomless ... searchlights trailing the limpid water ...
no sign of life ... magnesium, 3% ... calcium, 2% ...
the song of electronics inside the sphere ... pressure cylinders and soda lime ...
nearly freezing ... breathing slowly ...

Hadopelagic Zone (>6000m)
the trench ... potassium, 1% ... horizonless ... diatomaceous ooze ...
"this is Trieste ... Challenger Deep. Six three zero zero fathoms. Over." ...
electromagnets, failing on the seabed ... rising slowly ...
"I feel as if these hundreds of gallons of water are passing into my veins." ...
"Over"

THE HALOGENS

circles glowing in the dark ... turn off all the lights ... nervous system ... that which is concealed ... that which is revealed ... salt in the water ... salt on the tongue ... salt on the skin ... salt in the vessel ... imaginary salt ... this savage beast ... weaponised ... caught in the teeth of the machine ... ascending ... captured in the adjacent room ... damp bones ... it surges over you ... stronger than before ... then one single droplet ... occluded ... hazards in flux ... a stench in the breeze ... beacons on the shoreline ... buoys on the horizon ... alarm bells ... everything flowing ... everything melting ... dissolving in the drinking water ... acidic crusts ... receding from view ... temperatures rising ... temperatures falling ... temperatures stabilising ... temperatures indicated ... temperatures recorded ... vapours glowing ... vapours settling ... liquid pooling ... solids forming ... properties fleeting ... steel combusts ... titanium ignites ... colours bleed from the rocks ... the mountain in bloom ... the counter clicks ... pale yellow ... yellowish-green ... earthy, red ... purple-black ... unknown ... bubbling through ... a confluence ... brine churning ... and seaweed ash ... full spectrum ... slipping away ... the lake evaporates ... in a blast of steam ... with fish swimming under it ... the cold trap ... electronegative ... corroding the image ... crystalline ... iridescent ... quickly decaying ... the reaction increases ... everything now purified ... washing over the photograph ... scintillation ... instability ... acrid cloud ... losing sight of you through the haze ... floating shapes ... the pattern spills out in all directions ... information inaccessible ... flavescent ... icterine ... rubiginous ... ianthine ... albescent ... distant cold planet ... metallic debris ... the spell is broken ... time reversed ... come with me ... fluorescing, of course ... eating through the surface ... your silhouette in the beam ... vibrations through the concrete ... decreasing into nothing ... reactive ... toxic ... odoriferous ... subliming off the floor ... transient ... that which is concealed ... that which is revealed ... nervous system ... circles glowing in the dark ... turn off all the lights