Continuing our series of rare and unreleased tracks by the enigmatic Fedorov Avtomat, we bring you 2007's "Ruby Seychelle." With an initial release of one, it's likely you've never heard it before. . . or read the dedication poem that accompanied the track when it was sent to its original recipient.
As it was explained to its dedicatee:
Most recently, Fedorov Avtomat sent me a CD containing "RubySeychelle" and asked that I send it to you as a gift. What's more, he (perhaps confoundingly) asked that I pass along a poem he intends to serve as a dedication. Even more peculiarly, the poem takes the form of a dramatic monologue, the poetic conceit pioneered by the English poet Robert Browning, in which the speaker of the poem is a figure other than the poet, and the reader stands in for the intended listener. In a final turn of the eccentric but ingenious mind of this young artist, Fedorov Avtomat has made me, D. Stuart Mullins, the speaker of the poem.
D. STUART: In this scene I'm the go-between, A conduit cut in twain From panel to panel And page to page Repeating the refrain To Casanova, F.A. bequeaths A song from underneath The layers of targets Aimed at and missed, Each shielding a private grief Consider this track Shrapnel, once again intact Stolen back from the Explosion Thief.