Black Inscription

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Jordan Goldman This record is so hauntingly beautiful and an unsung gem more people need to hear! Favorite track: The Ghost King.
Alex Houchin
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Alex Houchin this is the album i did not know i needed; it is absolutely breathtaking in its scope and emotion Favorite track: Octopolis (featuring Kristin Slipp).
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Alex Charner Their live show was a real standout of Prototype Festival 2018. Such a beautiful, profound (sorry for the water pun) experience.
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Alan Terrill An album based around the sea and its creatures and a lone free diver. Very atmospheric and moving with many memorable tunes. Carla's expressive voice is as great as ever, but Jeremy Flower makes his mark with some watery electronics and some simple but very effective guitar lines. A great achievement. Favorite track: Susurrus.
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I lost my body in the waves. A vacuum, quiet... the blue, blue abyss. Touching the secret, I'm going in. Remember I am made of light. The depth reveals a breath. Time pours into me.
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03:21
I keep my falling quiet, I keep my falling free. The blue grows dark and thick, the blue grows over me. Cara, Cara, Nanomia Cara, Cara iluminada, Mi vanidad se disuelve. It all surrounds me - the flickering love, the beckoning light. I'm a drop of water in this starry night. Cara, Cara, Nanomia Cara, Cara iluminada, Mi vanidad se disuelve. Dissolve, dissolve... the flickering love. Dissolve, dissolve... Me gustaría encontrarme a mí misma.
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This looks so familiar. Don’t tease me now. This looks too familiar… I know this place. I’m swimming through my living room, I know this place. I’m swimming through my den, I know this place. I’m swimming through my kitchen, I know this place. This shouldn’t be here. This is wrong, this is wrong. I shouldn’t be here. I don’t belong, I don’t belong. The peace I’ve found, I borrowed it, the place where I am one and none. I borrowed it, I borrowed it. But I can’t give it back. This sanctuary harbors me, I cannot let it go. I borrowed it, I borrowed it, but I won’t give it back. All these things we’ve made, we made for him. Sits and watches sacrificial rain. Send them up and spin them round and round. Watch the light shine through the vaulted crown.
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05:06
Her voice floated in like a sliver of the dawn, on the back of a ghost freighter. Slave trader, heart breaker, undertaker, match maker. Mother! Mother, I followed your voice. I had no choice. Mother, it seems the only way to find you now is to cast out a line. I'm doing fine, drifting along without you. I know to you it seems I've gone, like I've abandoned you and everyone. But please, my son, know, finally, I'm everywhere I ever want to be. . This tether leads to you and only you. Don't let go. This diver's heart will shatter as it rises. Don't pull me in. Don't let go. Don't pull me in, but don't let go.
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Yoo-hoo… You… Who? Gangles of angles and elbows and bends, everything kept in its place. So fine, so finite. So staged and stagnant. You taste just with your tongue? And see just with your eyes? You know too well where you are… and where you are not. I am all tongue, all taste, I am receptors, reflectors. I am layers of light. My body, a canvass, a mirror. I see with my skin. I am a pulpit, a pulpo, a paramour. You know too well where you are and where you are not. But you are everywhere. Your salt, your sorrow, disbelief, oh, your disbelief carried to me in waves. I am a pulpit, a pulpo, a paramour. Every cell, a tiny sea within a memory, a solution, a conundrum. You are not a who, a what, a where. Oh you! You are a boundless, seem-less yes. Shape and reshape, let the sea in. Turn and return, sound and resound. Let the sea in, Let it see in, Let me see in…
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Claim, Reject, Reclaim, Repulse. She sings her love song backwards. She sings to anyone. She sings to you and to me. Where the rock meets the sea, her black inscription lies: ‘Your life an intricate blindness, your death a clear-eyed purpose.’ Lick me like a love-starved hound. She sings her love song backwards. The crush of water, the weight of time, swallow the shore again and again. She will render you. She will render me. Surrender! Surrender to me! She sings her love song backwards.
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I feel the moon full and low. My swollen body aches. She pulls from me, hope and sorrow and joy. She draws the most beautiful lines with them. She draws the most beautiful lines, intertwining. This math eludes your logic. This logic defies your perfect lie. This tender geometry brings Euclid to his knees. I am where the point meets the line - infinity spills over. I am where logic and love collide and spin out forever. Selfish savior, I'll staunch the flood. Selfish savior, I'll stem the tide.
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Weightless, oh my lover. Let me take you... slip away. Wrap around me. Veins of my limbs… circulate. Oh, my treasure, you wind the world endlessly. Ride my heartbeat, one thousand years, back to me. Oh, let me take you home. I'll deliver you. Water is my blood. I'll carry you home. Water is my blood. Surrender to me. I'll carry you home.
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It comes from all around. It comes from all around. It enters through the spine, the skin, the flesh, through the water, through the waves. I am water, I am waves, I am inside, I am out. The ears feel, and the eyes taste. The body hears with every cell. It comes from all around. I seek refuge. There is no way to draw a line here. Your pen, it blackens and it bleeds. I seek refuge.
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04:47
No pilot, no anchor, no rudder, no flag. Sailing blind. Guide me, bring me home. I am an edifice. Unbind me. Putrify me. Purify and prepare me. Disappear me. Resurrect me. Bathe me in brine. Clothe me in Osedax grass. No hunger, no mission, No passion, no voice. Unbind me. Break me down. Colonize these bones. Lipid, sugar, sulfide, carbon. Now I feed the hunted.
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05:42
The sea’s susurrus suffers us, severs us, saves us.
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Float! Float on the surface. Let go your heavy head. Drink! Cup your cup soft hands and drink. Soak! Cleanse yourself. Clear your fitful mind. Quench! Quench your desperate thirst. Gaze! Gaze at the water. This love was never yours. Pine! Narcissus, pine, pine away. Part! Part the sea. Part the blood red sea. Wade! Wade on in, let it fold around you. I’m looking at the spring. My ears are deaf to everything. Echo, Echo. My bones will turn to stone, and still, I wait for you. Echo, Echo.
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Wave to the pretty girls who usher in the cars. Lift up your legs. Count the strokes on your front and on your back. One last swim before the daunting cold. This is you most like yourself. Here is what you know by heart. Wave to the lady with the salt-happy dog. Ignore the cold. Here is where you come together. This is where you fall apart while we watch from the shore and wave. Lay down your head, graceful and clear. Smile at the laughing gull… Pour your thoughts into the brine.

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Drawing on the most powerful aspects of rock, classical, and pop music, this concept album from veteran post-genre creators plunges you into our oceans and fills you with wonder, outrage, and hope.

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released January 11, 2018

All music written by Matthias Bossi, Jeremy Flower & Carla Kihlstedt, except Susurrus by Jeremy Flower, and Octopolis by Kristin Slipp & Jeremy Flower.

All sung lyrics by Carla Kihlstedt except The Blue Abyss and Nanomia Cara by Natalia Molchanova & Carla Kihlstedt, Tether by Matthias Bossi & Carla Kihlstedt, and Susurrus by Hannah Silva.

All spoken words by Hannah Silva.

The spoken text by Hannah Silva is adapted from Jump Blue – an Afonica production for BBC Radio 3.

All songs published by Broca’s Fold (ASCAP), Skinnah Music (BMI), and Jeremy Flower (BMI), except Susurrus published by Jeremy Flower (BMI), and Octopolis published by Broca’s Fold (ASCAP), Jeremy Flower (BMI), and Kristin Slipp (ASCAP).

Jump Blue and Clues published by Hannah Silva.

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Rabbit Rabbit Radio Falmouth, Massachusetts

Rabbit Rabbit Radio is the song-spinning duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi. Collectively, they are founding members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava.

Drawing on their love of both art & folk song, industrial & improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, their songs are raw, beautiful, sparse and rich.
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