Sephyra

by Artemis

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    Beautiful hand-drawn Song Runes, designed by Trista Musco. Available in Runes Tree of Life design or Single Rune design (choose any Rune). Printed in Black Ink Only, White Ink Only, or Black & White Inks.

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about

Sephyra is a bit of rounding up the troops, clearing the cobwebs and emptying the closets. An ending and a beginning. The album was a few years in the making, but the songs span a greater distance. Some are new, others were conceived in the last millenium, when I first began my journey as a songwriter. Some I wrote on my own, some are the fruits of collaborations with various genius composers and musicians. Most were brewed on a slow simmer, gathering spices and colors from several thoughtful pairs of hands and ears on the way to their final form. It takes a village.

All the songs on Sephyra are facets of a journey. One of rising up, falling down, getting up again. Over and over. As humans do. Taking apart and putting back together. A few parts left over in the process, a few new squeaks and rattles, but hell, the thing still flies. And maybe, just maybe, through examination we begin to grok the machine.

Final production on Sephyra took place over the past year in the homey bat-cave studio of David Earl (SFLogicninja). A few songs, like Begin Again, took an utter left turn at his hand to transcend themselves and become something completely new. A couple needed just a bit of fine tuning and spit polish. Most enjoyed some sort of major overhaul, including new vocals, since many of the originals were recorded whilst standing next to a burbling aquarium. I have *no* idea who would make an engineering faux pas like that. Ahem.

I like pretty fish. And shrimp. Especially the blue ones.

All the songs got a whole lot of love rubbed into them. And there are some extraordinary players sitting in throughout the album, including Daniel Berkman, Steve Lawson, Michel Jordan, Bobby Cochran, Abram Katz and Tom Lattanand. Keith Crusher, as always, had a big hand in the development of several tracks, and provided key bits of feedback and guidance in the final production. We have Keith to thank for that lovely side stick on So Long. Brilliant choice.

We also have Keith to thank for the beautiful graphic design and photography on the cover image, and Juliana Medina for her stunning makeup artistry. Sarika Dagar, LP Ponor and Anastasia Lattanand also provided invaluable artistic feedback.

Ian Shepherd mastered the album, and did an exquisite job on that last, somewhat mysterious and alchemical step of an album's journey into the world. He stayed faithful to the music and the production, brought out the very best of what was already there, kept it warm and made it sparkle. Ian was a true pleasure to work with, as was every single person on this project.

To everyone who participated in the Kickstarter and helped bring this album and the forthcoming music video for Down By the River to life, you have my deepest and most heartfelt gratitude, love and respect. Same goes to those of you who cheered us on, and those of you who've just now turned up here. Our conversation takes this music to a whole new place. Let's keep talking.

Official liner notes and bonus-y bits coming shortly...watch this space.

credits

released 18 October 2012

All tracks produced and mixed by David Earl
All lyrics and melodies by Artemis Robison
Mastered by Ian Shepherd
Artwork, graphic design and photography by Keith Crusher
Makeup by Juliana Medina

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Track Name: Creation
stirs inside a will to grow
roots stretch down
limbs reach out
for sunlight

it takes all of creation
and a little time

little lights float on an endless ocean
over waves fingers intertwine
thoughts weave til two are one
as if it always were

it takes all of creation
and a little time
for the rejuvenation
of humankind

there is no great or small
to the soul that makes us all
the round world fair to see
nine times bathed in mystery

it takes all of creation

arms to surround
give you life
what will you breathe life into
what will you multiply

it takes all of creation
and a little time
for the rejuvenation
of humankind
Track Name: Love of the Game
oh the tangled webs we weave
when first we learn how to deceive
but we only fool ourselves
we're not as lost as we seem
it's just a walk in the woods
to reach the other side
where mountains shine like diamonds
and you can see for miles and miles

who knows
the treasure we will find
who can see the worlds unfolding
between our eyes
once upon a time
when life was but a dream
we made a deal you and i
to find each other again
for the love of the game

cinderella never asked
one word of human advice
she scrubbed the floors behind closed doors
learned how to survive
it was love that broke the spell
shattered the disguise
and a little faith in herself
bought her that castle in the sky

who could have known
the treasure she would find
who could see the world unfolding
before her eyes
once upon a time
between fairy tales and dreams
she made a deal with her soul
to try her hand again
for the love of the game

stumbling over stones in the road
wondering how we'll find our way
the walls cave in the rain pours down
feels like nothing left to say
it's just a walk in the woods
to reach the other side
gotta push our way through the cocoon
to grow strong enough to fly

who knows
the treasure we will find
who can see the worlds unfolding
before our eyes
once upon a time
when life was but a dream
we made a deal you and i
to find each other again
everything we know
everything we've seen
caught up like dewdrops
in the web of this earthly plane
once upon a time
is closer than it seems
we made a deal you and i
to find ourselves again
for the love of the game
Track Name: September (Loving Eyes)
in a lovers breath
dreams entwine
words unspoken
softly collide
sleepy heartbeats mingle
with moonlight
til we awaken
cradled
in loving eyes

i drank down the sun
filled me to the brim
now fire pulses through these veins
burns my skin
at the mountaintop
i scream so loud
clouds gather my fury
til rain pours down
from loving eyes

don't catch me when i fall
so like a star i can explode
spread this feathered heart
and soar high
with a long exhale
i let my body fall
palms like leaves
outstretched fingers
like a waving child
with loving eyes

don't catch me when i fall
so like a star i can explode
Track Name: Passage
behind the monastery wall
slightly to one side
stands a broken garden house
where lovers like to hide
there with arm and leg entwined
youth and joy intone
while monks deep chant their masses
and human sin bemoan

the lovers souls like candles
flame up and burn so bright
the glory of their passion
seems to sear away the night
the monks they raise their voices
fingers on their beads
and pray the darkness
swallow their earthly needs

the lovers satiated lie
in each other's arms
the monks file slowly cellward
whispering their psalms
sleep tucks its golden blanket
a kiss
a final oath
earth's giant cradle
rocks monk and lover both

drifting down

the stars creak in their orbits
a school of clouds rolls by
moon smiles like a baby
creeping higher in the sky
one half the world wears darkness
the other chooses light
we wind our way toward heaven
neither wrong nor right

to be free
Track Name: Down by the River
i drink the water you hold in your hands
the sweet cool water

down by the river

velvet sun on your skin glistening
leaves dance on the warm breeze

down by the river

gathering stones

down by the river
Track Name: Poison Arrow
as earth can fool and quicksand can pull you down
love like light can make you blind
as shadows fade in morning rays
and fear dies down
only glad it's far behind
this life moving forward into life

like a poison arrow
no longer lodged in my heart
like a poison arrow
no longer tearing me apart

no splinters here to blacken my blood
no one can take this oxygen
will to breathe
will to be

a lover's blade can pierce you deep but leave no scar
just echoes of another time
and memories drift like leaves
as they fall
out of sight out of mind

like a poison arrow
no longer lodged in my heart
like a poison arrow
no longer tearing me apart

no splinters here
Track Name: Shameless
i could never monkeymind
such a subtle terrain
such a vast expanse
i could never claim
juxtapose this jagged edge of wantiing
with the lotus heart of peaceful sublimation
let me slip into
this silent conversation

strip me of my certainty
strip me down
strip me of this longing
strip me down

tempt me electricity
lure me away
from this greed for purity
part these petals
break me open
pierce this laughing bloom
taste the tender heart of me
strip me down

strip me of my certainty
strip me down
strip me of this longing
strip me down

out here on the precipice
the trees are leaning from the weight of the wind
let that passion move me
let me be shaped so beautifully
black my limbs upon the green
in the wind and the rain and the first breath of spring
all the canyons life carves into me
my blood flows freely
my heart is still beating
still beating

strip me of my certainty
strip me down
strip me of this longing
strip me down
to bare skin
and cool stone
and summer sun
and soft lips parting
round me

strip me down
shamelessly
Track Name: Begin Again
feel it in your body
something getting into you
feel it in your heart
just might move you to
begin something
begin again
stop turn it around
begin again

feeling getting closer
closer all the time
love is getting stronger
just might move your mind to
begin something
begin again
stop turn it around
begin again

feel it in your heart
feel it in your soul
fire's getting hotter
just might lose control
begin something
begin again
stop turn it around
begin again
begin something
anything
Track Name: Here and Now
if i had only one hour
spend it loving you
no rewind
we take it as it comes
each day precious and new
here and now

spinning and spinning and
never slowing down
i lose track of time
hold on tight
we're old as life
young as tomorrow
here and now

i hear the trees
their gentle leaves
cool morning flows
into warm sunshine
happy bluebird laughing lullabye
wraps its rays around my heart
and we paint our own sky
there are no goodbyes
only these small farewells
here and now
Track Name: So Long
she and she and she and me
four trunks one strong tree
roots burrow down
sucking life through marrow
growing tall

she and she and she and me
walk along silently
up a mountainside
for to set him free
been so long
so long

feel footsteps kiss the ground
floating in a trance
breathe the cool forest air
as you dance down

breathing in breathing out
in afternoon sunlight
holding on letting go
making room for love to grow
been so long
so long
Track Name: Listen
listen
til every sound
is a symphony