It says above - a quote from James C - that this album is about 'the mind', and the effect that stimuli, mainly chemical, have on it. In this case - much for the worse.
'We Can Create' - the previous album - contains many beautiful hymns to 'chemical enhancement' - 'Liquid Sugar' for one. 'Turning The Mind' is the dark side, the come-down side, the 'darkest night of the soul', caught in a 'life(death)style' which is killing you.
Reading between the lines (sic) I think much of this album is somehow autobiographical. And I don't think the lyrics are unimaginative. I think they capture very clearly in their simplicity a terrible psychological state. Of emptiness, of self-loathing, of trying to find peace and direction and movement onwards/upwards. Desperately sad really.
'Turning The Mind' seems to be a term for 'going insane'. And there is that sense of ennui, of disassociation, of losing it, in all of the songs. It's a darker trip than previously, that's for sure.
The music therefore - to use clinical language - becomes an effective tool in outlining these themes/psychological descriptions... 'Everything Is Shattering' is like one of the best New Order songs you've never heard - 'born for nothing, to abyss/and nothing worth this wasted wish'.
Maybe I have got it all wrong, and have misunderstood the concepts? - but it's easy to see that this isn't just your typical 'shoegazing' set. I admire James Chapman for his great talent, his way of creating something intensely beautiful and immediate. But I think this is an album that isn't going to 'hit' you straight away.
I've been listening to it all day now and I can only say that there is much to value and love here. It is certainly deeply, heartbreakingly sad, shot through with a palpable sense of loss and regret; it is genuinely disturbing in places; and bloody powerful. Laughter in hell.