Penumbra

by By Sunlight

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1.
04:23
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.
2.
04:44
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
3.
03:52
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
4.
06:00
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
5.
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?
6.
03:49
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
7.
04:58
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
8.
03:36
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
9.
05:08
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.
10.
07:42
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

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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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