Amargi goes:

The Meaning of Life - Emily Jumps the Fence - The Seven Suns of Get It On!

Chance's Sister - Stripeyhead - In the Belly of the Feast - Dance With Mithra

Respite - Daddy Saw a Chasm - Amargi - Unbetween


This is album 4 of the 'adventures in entropy house' theme. Like all the others, it can be listened to at last fm, and is available digitally through Bandcamp.

Three of these songs have subsequently taken on alternate forms, though I still like the originals too. They are The Seven Suns of Get It On!, Dance for Mithra and Unbetween.

Amargi is a Sumerian word for freedom, translated literally, it means 'return to the mother,' according to a book I read by S.N Kramer about the Sumerian culture/civilisation. Samuel Kramer goes on to state that no-one knows why the first recorded use of the word 'freedom' should mean 'return to the mother.' I don't know whether orthodox archaeology is still mystified about it (the book was written in the 50's I think, or the 60's), but to me it seems perfectly obvious, since it wouldn't have been that long since the matriarchal culture that had dominated for millennia before had been displaced by the patriarchal culture that seemed to have coincided with the Aryan/Kurgan* invasion (it may have been more of an infiltration, realistically, but there is no doubt that they brought more warlike ways with them, and it can't be coincidence that the beginnings of 'civilisation' - i.e. subjugating people into cities for the benefits of a ruling elite** - followed soon after), and the tendency for humans is often to mythologise the time before the present as a kind of golden age, often conveniently forgetting that it wasn't perfect.

*actually, I'm not convinced that the patriarchy necessarily was brought by the aforementioned invasion, as the phenomenon seems to have been quite widespread - look at Scandinavia. Me and my dad regularly talk about this period of human history, and we think it may be just as plausible that the increase in population put pressure on the previous migratory way of life, so that the tribes who were more likely to be able to successfully migrate to another area where there was likely to already be people would have to be more warlike in order to simply survive, and it may follow that such tribes changed to the patriarchal model because it fostered just such traits. All this is speculatory, of course, and actually not that relevant to the album, because the album isn't really about that, though there is a parallel narrative at work which I may explain one day if anyone cares enough to ask me.

**of course, this is also a drastic simplification. The benefits of civilisation, such as they are, aren't always easily boiled down into good/bad dichotomies. I think it is possible that because of our nature we have to try to get this sort of thing to work. Although it seems patently obvious that we're currently using the wrong model, it does not necessarily follow that there isn't a workable one that we may be slowly groping towards through each subsequent iteration (if you read the Mahabharata, you may come to the conclusion that you're reading a historical narrative). And I haven't even begun to add in the links to what others may describe as metaphysical considerations, though I think they are undoubtedly part of it too. The whole thing is way too complex to put on a page flogging an album.

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