Veda Rays: Track-By-Track Commentary and Conceptual Breakdown Notes

>> Veda Rays are an alternative rock band whose style began as a modern extension of traditional forms of dream pop, shoegaze & post-punk. The group has since developed a unique voice through several years of steadfast experimentation whilst filing through the ranks of the Brooklyn DIY scene. Analog synths, treated samples, and other varied electronic elements add an atmospheric richness. The orchestral flourishes and texturally nuanced sonics oft times broaden the scope unto sprawling heights or tighten the focus down to minimal depths. The lyrics and imagery often explore liminal spaces of abstraction and surreality, channeling subconscious impulses reacting to the present moment.

“The language I speak must be ambiguous, must have two meanings, in order to do justice to the dual aspect of our psychic nature.” – Carl Jung (Letters: 70)

Sometime during the process of conceiving of, recording, and mixing the material which came to comprise Shadow Side EP and For The Rest To Rest (full-length), I started analyzing the lyrics to the songs we were writing. Although the beginnings of many of them arose unconsciously, I still had the desire to understand where they were coming from. I thought in doing so, we could perhaps impose some sort of order, imbuing the operation with more conscious intent and direction. A loose concept began to emerge: It seemed to be a sort of darkly psychic coming of age story. The fifteen songs were different scenes documenting the protagonist’s journey toward attaining a clearer perspective regarding the nature of reality, in an almost initiatic sense. The setting is present day, as the protag reacts to many things in the current environment.

“Not to know one’s true identity is to be a mad, disensouled thing — a golem. And, indeed, this image, sickeningly Orwellian, applies to the mass of human beings now living in the high-tech industrial democracies. Their authenticity lies in their ability to obey and follow mass style changes that are conveyed through the media.” __ Terrence McKenna (from Food Of The Gods, 1992, I believe.)

“…the sacred marriage of the masculine principle (Sol) with the feminine principle (Luna) producing the “Divine Androgyne,” a representation of Alchemical Hermetic beliefs in dualism, transformation, and the transcendental perfection of the union of opposites.” __

I started listing what I felt to be some of the themes and related ideas. I knew they were all related in a somewhat abstract way, one which I could not quite articulate. It had something to do with an internal psychodrama, perhaps even within the collective consciousness of a certain sector of individuals, kind of being played out through external circumstances & events, thereby being projected back at us.

∆ Tension & interplay between the natural, organic world and the ever-encroaching world of “progress”/ technology/ further industrialization. ∆ The malleability of perception, identity, public opinion/the mass mind/consensus reality — in our own hands and in the hands of the powers that be. ∆ The paradoxical nature of “truth”. All absolutes containing their own contradictions. Every vice & virtue being opposing polarities of the same energy. The venom being the antidote and such. ∆ Coming to terms with the larger reality. An underworld journey. Initiatic experience resulting in a permanent shift in perspective and consciousness. ∆ The point of illumination existing at the perfect center between opposing polarities. The sacred marriage, in alchemical terms. ∆ The process of awakening to and integrating the shadow. ∆ The great power of words, ideas, and concepts; for good or ill. ∆ Anxiety in the face of the pushing forth of mass surveillance, erosion of personal privacy/personal liberties, the devastation of the planet, etc.