Hail From: Helsinki
Song: 'Tomte Mars'
Sounds Like: Tame Impala, Todd Rundgren
In Their Words: "The long intro was musically inspired by visualizing secret gnome technology underneath Antarctica, and tunnels under the seabed leading to all continents. The lyrics were inspired by political scientist Alexander Wendt's neo-Hegelian theories and especially by his article 'Sovereignty and the UFO.' As long as humanity is divided into nations and states, UFO's will remain a taboo. In order to talk about them, humanity must see itself as one. In order to face and recognize the Other, we must no longer divide each other into imagined communities, and into civilized people and barbarians. The song's about staring up at the skies and waiting for 'the lights' that would burst our fake egos and bring us together, but we're not ready because we're too wild; we are still all barbarians as long as we can't see all people equal and that's why UFOs are a taboo. In that sense the song's a kind of a prayer to end this madness that's destroying our planet. A wish of a 'deux ex machina,' a close encounter of the third kind in order to get our shit together, but it seems that we must make the culturally evolutional move first in order to be recognized by 'Them' and not the other way around." -- Singer Henrik Domingo
Listen to 'Tomte Mars'