The legend of Atlantis, the tale of a people of ‘great and marvellous power’ who perish in a ‘single day and night of misfortune’, still has the ability to mesmerize the modern mind. In writing this track, the concern was not so much with the historical veracity of this lost continent; whether the picture presented by Plato in the Timaeus and Critias is true or not does not detract from the value Atlantis has for us as an allegory (and some might say a warning).
From the meagre accounts we possess, the Atlanteans were described as a warring, aggressive, technologically advanced civilisation, with an irrepressible ‘will to power’. By this power they were corrupted; and this corruption led to their divinely decreed destruction, as the tale tells it. It is an enticing challenge for the modern imagination to conceive of such a cataclysmic end; how was it brought about? What could have caused the destruction of an entire continent? However, it requires very little imagination to see how this myth translates to our own time.
The original concept for the song was developed by the artist Ezekiel, as part of his Phoenix Rising project, and it was he who managed to involve Sinéad O’Connor. Her contribution, a heartfelt ‘Our Father’, was felt appropriate for the track, both for its solemnity and its tone of supplication. Lines such as ‘And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil’ do not need much explanation. To avoid the fate of Atlantis, we should be looking more to the powers that be (whatever we consider them to be) rather than to power itself, for salvation. For, as we know, power is of great temptation to human nature, and our ‘trespasses’ in its name are a cause for endless suffering.
On Ezekiel's version of the track -- which can be downloaded here: www.myspace.com/thephoenixrisingofficial -- I added the distorted organ, the drum tracks, some rumbling bass, and the harp instrumentation. Everything else is Ezekiel's, and his epic trademark shines through. 'Atlantis Revisited', on the other hand, I wrote and produced on my own.
I'd like to express my thanks to Ezekiel for involving me in the project in the first place, and to Sinéad for volunteering her unique and powerful voice. Please feel free to download the track, and many thanks for visiting.
All the best,