Penumbra

by By Sunlight

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credits

released December 24, 2013

Penumbra was written and performed by By Sunlight

Jack Clemens
John O'Connell
Evan Ferro
Mike Sparks Jr.
Robert Cheek

Produced by Scott Solter and By Sunlight
Mixed and engineered by Scott Solter
Additional engineering by Robert Cheek

Recorded at Baucom Road Studios in Monroe, N.C.
Vibe provided by Trixie Solter (R.I.P.)

Additional recording at ExEx Audio in Seattle, WA

Mixed at The Hangar in Sacramento, CA

String and horn arrangements by Melody Mundy
Recorded at Pus Cavern in Sacramento, CA

Players:

Viola - Melody Mundy
Cello - Allison Sharkey
Violin - Kristen Arnold
Violin - Reylnn Goessling
Trombone - Daniel Block
French Horn - Steve Bingen
Trumpet - Colin Matthewson

Mastered by Eric Broyhil at Monster Lab Audio in Stockholm, Sweden

Album cover image by Sebastiaan Bremer

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Track Name: Prufrock
I’m almost home to bury my bones, in blanketed black and thistled thrones
I’ve seen it come when the rabbits run, the whispering skin, the saddled sun
Covered my eyes when all was aligned and sat in the sand, repose remised
But laughed like blood when weaknesses won, a cradled decay, a love to none

I’m almost home to bury my bones, in blanketed black and thistled thrones
I’ve seen it come when the rabbits run, the whispering skin, the saddled sun
A blinding burn from which all returns, from flourishing fawn to ash-ed urn
The things I see mean little to me, a cradled decay, a memory

A memory that sings in my sleep and my dreams
Melodies of uncertainty, make believe

I am here to disappear beneath the salted skies
Almost home, on my own, a runner in the rye.
Track Name: Chandelier
Buried here alive in a blue sky
How could I forget, the breath of moments passed
I can see it now, fogged on cracking crowns
further funneling the years back down
They are cradled, mystified, in a slow sun
Dazzled by demise, the fabrics our souls spun
I have seen them here, shake like chandeliers
Bodies blurred when wishes come undone

What was I saying?
How is it clear?
Your words sang in my mind through all the good times

Enough’s enough
The sounding brass, released to fill my dream
But only in the dream i’m told to stay here
Erupt, from mountains crass, invariant defeat,
Only in a lifeless kind of sleep
The rain, like shattered glass
Splinter in these eyes, but only in the eyes I see the strain here
Malaise, in silent speech, beneath the shift in keys
Only in a lifeless kind of sleep
Track Name: Apple Tree
I am sick again
Settled into a much stranger skin
Through these addled eyes and murdered midnights
All of the umbras entwined, they’re sickles in my spine
I am with you still
The skeleton of a faith we can’t kill
When you say you will, say you will

Every night lets some magic in
As the moon marauds the salt on your skin
Every night, smells like cinnamon
As the moon marauds the salt on your skin

I can see it now
Withering from an ardor avowed
Fear as manifold, sentiment sold
Cause I am sick again
the fever pitch of a dream that won’t end
Cold as Apple white, sweet as starlight
Track Name: Bastion
Evening light over your shoulders
Latticed lines tracing on skin
The days desire settled in softer
Somewhere I am there with you then
Angel arms garnered a gospel
It turned you on to toss out the key
All along the noise had no center
All along I wasn’t me

Lost under the calm hovering dark
Sing, whisper to me, it’s only the start
Kiss over the eyes, under the heart

Stars like eyes cover the evening
Paralyzed under the sun
Here and Now loses its feeling
Here and now we come undone

Solace in a sinking ship
Lost in admirations lips
Falling down the lighthouse steps we sing
Everyday is Isis
Track Name: Gnash & Chime
Alison, the ghosts within all i see sweetly sing to me
Their fawning fingers gnash and chime
With empty eyes, they hide the hope I need

Covering up my halo
Drowning in ash-ing shadow
All of the things I still know
Tangled in sagging sorrow

Chimera speak finds us in a fissured sleep
When Winter heaves all the precious things I saw
What’s left to keep? The earth beneath our dirty feet?
The memory of some crooked king I saw?

Edward when the clouds came in raining down feathers from their mouths
Like cold harmonics, could you see melody moving through the ground?
Track Name: Isis
High on a hill
Silhouettes from window sills
Chatter their teeth as the sounds our secrets keep
A nameless liturgy

Over the horizon line
Everyday is Isis
Called as a cresting mirage
Singing as a phantom limb
A mirror made of faces
Held in the halves of my heart

Saturdays I forget
It’s everything that hasn’t happened yet

Deep in this dark
Terrors blare as meadowlarks
With translucent skin
They wear their crooked crowns
To shake our halos down
Track Name: Crescent
I stopped myself at the Golden Gate
In the hazy blue collapsing of another day
The city outstretched, I held my breath
Hypnotized by every thought I’ve had
Mesmerized by all the living dead
I knew as I watched all the clouds cascade
From the tangled underbrush by all the capping waves
That someday I would die in a cool dark room
Lifted from a life I never knew
Drowning in a dream like dreamers do

Beneath the two feet and the rails in red
Dancing in the drift around a rushing wind
The lift in my step made the fold too thin
Floating on the overcasting, still
I’ll serenade the thought of something real
The words heartfelt as the rain came in
A memory surrounding any place I’ve been
A soft light voice in exhausting shades
Cradling a figure as it fades
Sinking in a song of open space
Track Name: Penumbra
I’m still calling on you
In our language we made out of dreams
Bones kissed by midnight
Strangled by our fantasies
I have that same reflection
Skinny smile inside in light
The same fragrances of echoes
Buried in each moonless night

But lately I don’t mind
We make the same mistakes each time
And our afternoons run blind
In a darkness we define

We are hung in a half-life
To sing beneath the trembling stars
Gored by our litanies
Born again in broken arms
But i’m still calling on you
Screaming through these dizzying dreams
Cause we still glow when the day dies
We still bleed in elegies
Track Name: July
Shake my hand, See my face form a smile
When all the accolades are gone
I’ll be there, when the lights come along, with ordinary eyes
Shake my hand, See my face form a smile
When all the afterbirths begin
I’ll be there when the darks coming in, with ordinary eyes

What’d you say was gonna happen now
Oh to forgive this sign of a weakness, July

Shake my hand, with a mouth full of blood
When promise of reward is done
I’ll be there when the lights come along, with ordinary eyes, oh July.
Track Name: Diamonds
I’ve lost you in the streams again
Folded waves under stress
Another break in the trails commence
And cost all instinct
A healing embrace
Could post us into place, I swear

And I still pretend
That all these ashes in my head
The crystallizing dead
Are means to an end
A careful eye on an ascent
A cradling content

I’ve lost you in the streams again
Folded waves under stress
Another break in the trails commence
And cost all instinct
A healing embrace
Could post us into place, I swear
I’ll comb across the finest sand
And measure out to descend
Another lapse in her distant hands
In Alison’s hands
To see in your face, and delicately say, I swear

I am here to disappear beneath the salted skies
Almost home, on my own, a runner in the rye