If, like me, you’re also wondering where the Night of the Gifts MySpace page disappeared to, fear not: two of the three tracks that were on the playlist can be found at this link. (I’m still looking for the last song, ‘Minute by Minute in Gold’.)
I’m sure ‘Apparent Horizon’ is a reference to a story, but I can’t remember. ‘Rimaye’, on the other hand, is most likely an anagram for ‘Mireya’, itself a probable reference to Claudia’s work as A Cloud Mireya.
The French text is very lovely too. Google offers a pretty nice translation of it, and I think it fits with the music.
“Basically we came up with this idea to make a unique symbol out of just the name of the album. So it would be completely unique to it. It means the record, it means the music inside it. It’s interesting, because a year ago it meant nothing. We made the record, and now it means our record. That’s the really interesting thing about humans, is we create meaning out of nothing.”—
“Random Comment: Crowd member on Benjamin Curtis - “Dude, I couldn’t tell if that was a guy or a girl. The one with the guitar? Is that a guy or a girl?” Attention straight men who think their inability to identify another human makes them seem cooler or straighter: It sort of has the opposite effect. This “I’m so straight I sneeze Y chromosomes” posturing is played, and makes us think you were secretly lusting after Curtis’ slender hips, not merely wondering who was ripping the shit out of that guitar. Men with eccentric hairstyles and skinny jeans are about as new as disco, get with it.”—