the word Medulla

Basically, it means ’marrow’ in medical language, in Latin. Not just your bone marrow, but marrow in the kidneys and marrow in your hair, too. It’s about getting to the essence of something, and with this album being all vocals, that made sense.

Something in me wanted to leave out civilisation. To rewind to before it all happened and work out, ’Where is the human soul ? What if we do without civilisation and religion and patriotism, without the stuff that has gone wrong ?’ I was going to call the album Ink, because I wanted it to be like that black, 5,000-year-old blood that’s inside us all ; an ancient spirit that’s passionate and dark and survives.

Independent, 13 august 2004