Sounds That Can't Be Made
|Sounds That Can't Be Made|
|Studio album by Marillion|
|Released||17 September 2012|
|Recorded||The Racket Club, Buckinghamshire and Real World Studios, 2011/2012|
|Producer||Marillion, Mike Hunter|
Sounds That Can't Be Made is Marillion's 17th studio album, released on 17 September 2012. Besides the standard edition there is also a "deluxe campaign edition" containing a bonus DVD with a feature-length documentary called Making Sounds.
A 5.1 channel surround version of the album was released as part of the A Sunday Night Above the Rain Blu-ray set released on Racket Records in 2014.
The 17-minute opening track, "Gaza", is perhaps the most overtly political song Marillion have done since 1989. Its lyrics take the perspective of a boy growing up in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip. Singer Steve Hogarth explained, "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 NGO 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. Many Gazan children are now the grandchildren of Palestinians BORN in the refugee camps - so called "temporary" shelters. Temporary for over 50 years now. Gaza is today, effectively, a city imprisoned without trial." Like David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Chris Martin and others, Marillion support the "HOPING Foundation", an NGO that supports Palestinian children and adolescents in the refugee camps, and encourage their fans to do the same.
Like with several previous albums, Marillion used pre-ordering for Sounds That Can't Be Made to finance the album. In return, pre-order buyers received the special edition deluxe campaign edition box-set. The band had previously used the same approach successfully with the albums Anoraknophobia (2001), Marbles (2004) and Happiness Is the Road (2008).
The cover was designed by Simon Ward. The artwork for the booklet was designed by five different artists, photographers and designers: Antonio Seijas, Simon Ward, Andy Wright, Marc Bessant and Carl Glover.
The binary data shown on the cover and the image on the box of the Deluxe Campaign Edition is taken from the Arecibo message.
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|2.||"Sounds That Can't Be Made"||7:16|
|3.||"Pour My Love"||6:02|
|8.||"The Sky Above the Rain"||10:34|
The deluxe campaign edition comes with a DVD that contains a full length documentary about the making of the album, as well as numerous sound checks for songs on the album, and music videos for 'Lucky Man' and 'Power'. The deluxe edition, like the Marbles campaign edition, comes in a slipcase, and contains a 128-page booklet.
Track listing - Vinyl Edition
After months of speculation on the official Marillion website, the album was finally released on a 33⅓ rpm double-vinyl LP in November 2013. The track listing was identical to the original CD release, although the vinyl release included a manufacturers mistake whereby the labels of side 3 & 4 were stamped on the wrong sides of the actual vinyl discs. In other words, side 3 was actually side 4 and vice versa.
- "Gaza" – 17:31
- "Sounds That Can't Be Made" – 7:16
- "Pour My Love" – 6:02
- "Power" – 6:07
- "Montréal" – 14:04
- "Invisible Ink" – 5:47
- "Lucky Man" – 6:58
- "The Sky Above the Rain" – 10:34
- Steve Hogarth – vocals, keyboards
- Mark Kelly - keyboards, backing vocals
- Ian Mosley - drums, backing vocals
- Steve Rothery - guitars, backing vocals
- Pete Trewavas - bass guitar, backing vocals, guitars