No roses or chocolates here - just lines about druids and broken stereo speakers. There is a Princess Bride reference, but they don't even compare themselves to Buttercup and Westley; instead, Sharratt likens herself to Inigo Montoya, and her lover to the six-fingered man who slew Inigo's father. I Got You Babe it ain't.
The last two song on Hyperreal depart slightly from the general theme, albeit in two different ways. Penultimate track In the Future isn't a love song, but rather Mathias Kom's response to receiving a Christmas card from an old friend. He starts with a simple 'thank you' before moving on to a wide-ranging rumination that covers nostalgia, the passage of time, the infinite potential of the future, and the meaning of life itself.
"What's the point in birds? Somewhere, there's a pelican wondering what's the point in us - and that's a relevant point the pelican brings up. Maybe it's one we should discuss."
It's a great song that perfectly captures the 'who knows where we'll be this time next year' feeling that many of us experience during the Christmas/New Year period - even if it does end with Mathias deleting his draft and typing a simple "Season's greetings and happy new year, thanks for the Christmas card, it's cute the way the chihuahua is dressed like a reindeer" instead.
The album's final song is a love song, sort of, but it isn't a duet. Sung by Ariel Sharratt and Ariel Sharratt alone, Eugene & Maurice is Hyperreal's only solo, giving the track a desperately lonely feeling that mercilessly enhances the tearjerking story Sharratt is telling: the story of Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak and his partner Eugene Glynn, who predeceased Sendak by roughly five years.
Eugene & Maurice is a devastating closer, and its impact is not softened by Kom's sudden absence from the mix. However, even though it isn't a duet, its description of the relationship between Glynn and Sendak still neatly fits the album's overall theme, which can basically be summed up thus: aw, look - they really love each other!
You can buy Don't Believe the Hyperreal from The Burning Hell's Bandcamp page.