I always interpreted that the song The Mute was about a child with non-verbal autism. My mom works with special needs children and I used to help her out on occasion when I was home. I always tried to imagine what was going on inside their heads, as these kids could create some of the most amazing drawings and sculptures that I have ever seen. I believe this song does an amazing job just giving us a small glimpse of what is possibly going through their minds.
I'm an autistic person myself, and I also thought The Mute was about autism. People don't think we are paying attention when they speak negatively of us, or that because some of us can't speak, it's immediately assumed we have nothing to say. They often talk over us, and pretend as if we aren't listening. When the child ran away in the song, my heart broke because I understood. I adored the song when I first heard it, and still do.
Yeah The Mute is one that means a lot to me too. I don't have autism but I have had trouble with talking for a long time. I stutter and stumble over my words and speak softly. I don't talk much. I love the line "If you only listen with your ears, I can't get in" cause I feel I can relate to it in a way.
There's a connection in my mind between the Electric President song Mr. Gone and the Patients song Mathematics--like maybe Mathematics is sung from the perspective of one of the people described in Mr. Gone. Also, the word mathematics is used in Mr. Gone, sooo...
I originally thought that the mute and southern snow we're connected and that the narrator of the mute was the sister that runs away in southern snow.
I don't really know what Sunn, Moonn, and Eclippse are about, however when I listen to them I feel like Sunn is referencing something bad happening, Moonn is about someone going through the aftermath, and Eclippse is when they've kinda come to terms with it. They could be referencing some kind of experience someone has sometimes and it's kind of a cycle to go through over and over, similar to how the songs are in a cycle.
As someone close to several people with borderline personality disorder, I always thought that Reminders was about BPD. Part of me still thinks that it is; after all, he never said anything which rules it out. I also thought that Always Gold, Summer Skeletons, and Severus and Stone were all about the same kids. In general, I assumed that there were a lot fewer characters than there were. Also, feth, I love the idea of Mr.Gone and Mathematics being connected!! I always saw them as very different - to me, Mathematics is about stress and feeling overwhelmed, but Mr.Gone is about losing someone (probably through a breakup). But he never said what either of them are about, so maybe they are connected.... Anybody else have a guess as to what Mathematics is about? I'm too attached to my original interpretation to let it go, but I'd be really curious as to how other people read it.