2nd to last on the album Behind this Lonely Sun provides the first of two very different fanfares that end the record. The song is about the humiliating end to a stressful relationship. The lyrics deal with obsession, regret and self pity but the fanfare and is meant to evoke thoughts rebirth and the start of a new era in someone’s life.
Like Sad Sad Stage it was a track that I was slightly embarrassed to have on the record at first because of it’s sonic pompousness but I’d been listening to a lot of Scott Walker and I thought that we could maybe pull off that sort of orchestral sound with the right arrangement.
We had no experience putting these sort of things together so I asked Embrace’s Mickey Dale if he’d be interested in writing orchestral arrangements for a few of the tracks on the record and he’d agreed to get involved. So with that in mind I’d started writing some horn lines for the instrumental sections on Behind this Lonely Sun. When Mickey got in touch to say that he unexpectedly had to return to the studio with other projects we thought that we would have to abandon the idea of large orchestral arrangements altogether. Behind this Lonely Sun was a song that I thought would fall by the wayside without the Scott Walker-eque arrangements so as I’d already written the horn section I asked Jake and Nick to try to and write some string parts. They excelled in the task and consequently we were given a confidence boost enabling us to compose all of our own orchestral arrangements for the rest of the record.