I got turned onto this book by my boyfriend whilst getting all psychogeological on tour, soaking up some almighty terrain. The book is a layman’s guide to the past and future of the planet on a grand scale - and it’s brilliant in just helping you grasping geological time, which is hard to get your head around. Clearly most of us aren’t able to think beyond our own individual time and place. It’s the ultimate big picture. Here we are, caught up in ridiculous tribal territorial bullshit, and yet to say that we are a flash in the pan is an exaggeration.

The picture this book is trying to get us to imagine is that at a pace of between 1 to 10 cm a year the continents are rolling over each other, and we happen to be at a point in time where the elevated landmasses are dispersed. But eventually, things will rearrange and reform into a supercontinent again. And again, and again. It’s called the Supercontinent Cycle and is it’s as epic a dance as it gets.

The book illustrates this via human interest stories, historical anecdotes and science. I’m not going to pretend that I understand a lot of the science of it, but I am mesmerised by the idea. I was particularly amazed to learn that you can tell the age of the formation of rock, its birthplace and therefore its position on earth, by the direction of the magnetic stripe in a rock. Which basically means that when a rock is formed it ‘locks in’ and records the direction and strength of the magnetic field at that moment, so that’s one of the ways they can get all this figured out.

My new album title Psychogeology is a little bit inspired by these forces, inspired by deep time - although I started reading this after the fact. For me, this knowledge inspires love. There’s a peacefulness to it, somehow, and I think it’s helpful to hold on to it for perspective, especially now.

Gemma Ray's latest album, Psychogeology, is out now via Bronzerat. Watch the video for 'Death Tapes' below.