I see the work of art as a sort of orphic experience and, in this sense, Subversive Frailty is about the descent of Orpheus (aka Edgar Allan Poe aka the Artist) to the underworld, in the hope of finding and bringing his Eurydice, Virginia Clemm, back to life.
However, the album is also a gallery of sketches and characters for a more complex musical and literary portrait, like in an Old Master's painting where everything "takes place while someone else is walking dully along", as W. H. Auden wrote.
You will find the Wolf from the fairy tales... well, it's almost him and he's even a good singer, so I hired him and you can hear him howling!
The theme of Virginia is in the air, as frail as her figure, and Orpheus is going to subvert the nature of things by taming the Furies.
Censors and inquisitors are doing their job with everyone around who knows "more than they do", as Dylan would probably sing, and you will see them putting up their nameplates, proud of their position, as respected now as they have always been.
There is a triptych of female portraits, the amber-haired girl who shines in the artist's memory; the unknown queen from an ancient Sardinian town on the sea; and the sad-eyed Lolita taking a ride on a merry-go-round.
Litanies accompany the sentenced man to his Golgotha and far away - in time or space? - the artist is portrayed at the time of his exile.
Who is the crucified man?
The woodpecker reveals the Nietzschean Tiktak of his fate to the poet and suddenly the tick tock becomes percussion for the freaks. And then the most bizarre choir of slaves will reveal the morals of a story without morals, while Edgar Allan Poe will leave his home to finally reach the Hades.
Recorded in 2007, completed in 2009.
While rough mixes of three songs appeared in 2008, the album has never officially been released.
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