"In 2002, I wrote in our song Secrets, the lyric: 'You're 1% of this big blue egg with 99% of it's yolk.' It's taken 10 years for the mainstream to catch up with the realization that 99% of the world's wealth really is in the hands of (probably less than) 1% of the population. I thought, in a sense, we were ahead of our time, but really, that's a bit much. In truth, we were not only looking forward lyrically but we were also hopelessly out of step with the times. Or, at least, I was. The world never really caught up with the aesthetics that went into R-Three but, looking back from 2012, I think that for all our wild musical ambitions (some of which worked, some of which didn't), we did make some good music which still sounds somewhat disconnected from time. It doesn't sound dated to me in the way I would have imagined. *I* sound dated, because I'm not that person anymore but the care we took to make the music sound unlike what ever else was happening at the time, has done me proud in retrospect. This album is an odd duck; half vocal pop-style songs, half ambient, experimental stuff but all of it genuine... not a dollop of auto-tune anywhere in the project. I'd be honored if you'd give this strange little mash-up of ideas a place in your iPod."
- Rhett Redelings, 2012
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"Vocally I get strong shades of Peter Gabriel's earlier albums, but this is only conveyed in three centre piece songs. The rest is really rather mind blowing stuff...R-Three has created an original work that has been described as a 'cross genre piece of work that is neatly stitched together on a centrally themed cut of silk" (The Babbler).
Little bitter love - This acid-jazz-inspired tune is about wanting to leave the world a fairer, more peaceful place than I found it, but still not being able to transcend my own petty and competitive urges enough to be happy for my friends and loved ones when good things happen to them. Some days it's harder to walk the talk than on others, you know?
Secrets - "The problem is not propaganda, but the relentless control of the kinds of things we think about" - Brian Eno. Secrets addresses the hidden threads of political landscape, consumer culture, and mass media as it distorts our perception of the world and manufactures concent for unhealthy policies and cultural shifts that ultimately work against our best interests as individuals. Secrets features live drums by Bob Gaut ( formerly of hard rock band Velocity fame http://cdbaby.com/cd/velocity ) Secrets (Radio edit) is a radio length edit of the song featuring an additional vocal performance and a louder, deeper mix. The radio edit is featured on Perceptual Distortion as a bonus track.
The Wolf I Feed - A Native American grandfather said to his grandson, "I feel as if I have 2 wolves fighting in my heart. One is angry, vengeful, & violent, while the other is loving & compassionate." The boy asked, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?" The grandfather answered, "The one I feed." This infectious electropop number combines Middle and Far Eastern musical elements with rock rhythm and guitars to express a personal reaction to the aftermath of 9/11.
Elsa Green - Deliberately understated, intimate vocals, melancholy piano and subtle rhythms set the tone for this intoxicatingly off-beat ballad urging a former lover to love herself instead of continually damaging herself against the men who can't. Any woman who believes she needs the approval of her man to be whole, beautiful or strong, this song is for her.
Celluloid Erosion - Beginning with sampled film hiss and a musical fragment from Jean Cocteau's film 'Blood of a Poet', Celluloid Erosion is "Incredibly melodious in parts and brilliantly dissonant in others. It grooves, it trips and it seriously warps your head. I can't help feeling that this is what Fred Frith or John Zorn would come out with were they to jump on the electronica bandwagon. A bandwagon that suffers from a lack of originality in most cases. Well, if you thought that applied to most electronica, here is one of those wonderful exceptions that fiercely sticks its fingers up at authority and rips the rule book up." -Gordon Bell, Babbler Online
Perceptual Distortion - Inspired by the groundbreaking works of electronic/ambient pioneers Karl-Heinz Stockhausen and Brian Eno, the title track of the album explores the "...distorted perceptions that are promoted by our success driven, consumer oriented, possessive minded society." - Kerry Dennis
Lazy I is an electropop tune that grooves along for the sake of the groove. No message, just the love of music.
Breathe Memoria - Appearing in a much abridged form in the original score for the film Healing Journey (aka "Holocaust in my Body"), Breathe Memoria is an ambient journey utilizing samples from the film, a Theremin, and a shortwave radio in addition to a bed of synths and guitars, that begins with Steve Sisgold's experiences as he "confronts the shadows of the past; embracing deep feelings of anger and sadness while visiting a men's barracks at Birkenau (Auschwitz II); co-healing in Berlin with the son of a World War II German officer who still suffers from the effects of the Holocaust and cleaning up an abandoned Jewish cemetery near where his grandparents lived in Warsaw" and ends with a quiet questioning about the nature of God; whether we are entitled to having our expectations fulfilled or if "God" isn't better understood another way.
The Golden Center - Skot Travis was blindingly talented, yet only ever completed a handful of poorly recorded demos that do little justice to his musical and vocal brilliance. He was tender yet abusive, self destructive and supportive, full of life and dead by 35. This song was written for Skot, who died too young by accident/on purpose. There's something in his story for the rest of us, relevant for every person who buys "the right car", the "right brand", takes "the right drug" or hangs out with the "right crowd" in order to feel attractive and complete. The Golden Center isn't a song about death; it's a song about life.
Prelude to Silence - A cyclical mantra featuring a medley of song elements that reinforce and echo the themes pervading the album. Why do we have to learn the same lessons over and over again?
'Perceptual Distortion' invites the listener who's ready for something new to "...drift into this celluloid technicolour extravangaza for the ears. A real recommended trip it is indeed." (The Babbler Ezine)
If you enjoy albums like "Kid-A", "Amnesiac", "Us", "Up", "The Flat Earth", The Magical Mystery Tour", "Amused to Death", "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts", "On Land", "Tago Mago", "Laughing Stock", "Spirit of Eden", "Rain Tree Crow", "The First Day", "Plight and Premonition", "Disintegration", "Medazzaland" or "Try Whistling This", you will likely find something to love in "Perceptual Distortion".