The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi

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The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi
Studio album by The Receiving End of Sirens
Released August 7, 2007
Recorded SOMD Studios, Beltsville, MD. The Llama Farms, CT.
Genre Experimental rock
Length 60:22
Label Triple Crown
Producer Matt Squire
The Receiving End of Sirens chronology
Between the Heart and the Synapse
The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi

The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi is the second and final studio album by Boston experimental rock band The Receiving End of Sirens. It is the band's first album with guitarist/keyboardist Brian Southall who joined the band after the departure of guitarist/vocalist Casey Crescenzo. This album was produced by Matt Squire (Panic! at the Disco, Boys Like Girls, Hit The Lights). Writing for the album occurred from October 2006 to January 2007. The album peaked at #130 on the Billboard 200, #3 on Top Heatseekers, and #15 on Top Independent Albums.

Album title and themes[edit]

From the album press release via

"The title, The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi was taken from a book written by a late 16th century astronomical theorist by the name of Johannes Kepler [Harmonices Mundi] and the publication just fascinated the band. Kepler’s theory suggested that each of the 9 planets in our solar system produced tones as they orbited the sun. Throughout the orbit, Venus would stay a consistent note that was considered the 6th in relation to the rest of the planets. As Earth would shift its tonality, it would create the effect of the notes moving from the major 6th to the minor 6th and back and forth. This is where the “Mi Fa Mi” comes into action, symbolizing the corresponding syllables when singing a scale in relation to the notes of the earth {Do Re Mi Fa So La Si Do}. Kepler further concurred that the Earth “singing” Mi Fa Mi could truly stand for Misery, Famine, Misery and ultimately, that is the song the Earth and Venus continued to sing. Misery, referring to an empty place and Famine, referring to the appetite or thirst for things."[1]

Through the band's album website, in a section called "Behind The Record," TREOS discussed a different song from their new record each day, leading up to the release on August 7 - occurring in the same order as the track listing. Each band member put together their personal account of writing and recording each song, which helped fans gain insight into lyrical, song, and conceptual meanings. Along with the entries about each song, 30 second clips of the day's song were uploaded so that fans could listen as they read.


As of August 2, 2007, the retail version of the album was posted for streaming on the band's Myspace page. The group supported New Found Glory and Senses Fail on their co-headlining US tour in October and November.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Abqtrib (Favorable) link
AbsolutePunk (85%) link
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[citation needed]
DOA (Favorable) link
Evolution of Media 4/5 stars link
For The Sound 4/5 stars link
Mammoth Press 7/10 stars link
Music Emissions 5/5 stars link
PastePunk (Favorable) link 4/5 stars link
Strange Glue 9/10 stars link

The critical response to The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi was extremely favorable. Allmusic gave the album 4.5 stars out of 5 and praises them stating that "Not many bands could conceive of building an album around the twin poles of family breakdown and astronomer Johannes Kepler's tonal theory of the planets".[3] However AbsolutePunk's Steve Henderson describes that the individual songs lack a "standalone punch" but "within the context of the album and its corresponding story, it all sort of clicks".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All music by The Receiving End of Sirens. All lyrics by Brendan Brown.

  1. "Swallow People Whole" - 5:44
  2. "Oubliette (Disappear)" - 4:14
  3. "The Crop and the Pest" - 4:49
  4. "The Salesman, The Husband, The Lover" - 6:57
  5. "Smoke and Mirrors" - 4:13
  6. "A Realization Of The Ear" - 4:37
  7. "Saturnus" [previously "Hemi"] - 3:48
  8. "Wanderers" - 5:05
  9. "Stay Small" - 3:35
  10. "Music Of The Spheres" - 2:17
  11. "The Heir Of Empty Breath" - 7:44
  12. "Pale Blue Dot" - 7:22

iTunes Exclusive Tracks[edit]

  • "Weight/Wait" - 6:23
  • "The Salesman, The Husband, The Lover" (acoustic) - 6:11


  • Smoke and Mirrors



  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Receiving End of Sirens to support New Found Glory/Senses Fail tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. September 17, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ All music ratings and recording.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-12-16. 

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