Treasure

by Artemis

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We recently dug out 'Treasure' to share an old song that was a bit of a flagship for everything Artemis that was to come...didn't intend to add other songs, but they seem to be popping their little heads out of the sand, so we're adding tracks as we find them (and have the momentary lapse of sanity required to actually share them with the world)...so if you're curious about where Artemis came from, what she sounded like when her own songs first started squeaking themselves out, you're in the right place. If you want something more indicative of Artemis' current sound, best go check out something like Auralei or Gravity. But if you're here for a little trip down memory lane, listen/read on...

Treasure was the title track for Artemis’ first EP (1999, unreleased) – the rest of the material on the EP was formative, but Treasure was a gem that stood out, so we wanted to bring it out again and share it with you, as a reminder of where we began on this journey of music making. Artemis wrote the song on her Gibson J200, for a friend who was going through a challenging time. She plays and sings on the track, and Daniel Berkman added electric guitar using an Ebow and whammy pedal and overdubs. David Earl engineered, produced and mastered the song. It was the beginning of our relationships as collaborators, and of each of our careers as musicians and producers, and was a very rich, potent time. As things are ripening and blossoming in all our creative lives these days, it seems an appropriate moment to echo back to our roots together.

For the full lovely story of birth of Treasure, as told by David Earl (aka SFLogicninja), please see the blog post at:

www.artemis.fm/blog/new-release-of-an-old-treasure/

We originally released Treasure on mp3.com during its heyday, and the song did very well, rising to the top of the Alternative charts for a few weeks in 1999. Mp3.com soon faded into memory, but the licensing deals the song landed during that time continue to reap rewards. We didn’t realize this until Keith Crusher was on his way to Iceland to meet Artemis for some video shoots in 2008. He had a particularly bleary-eyed layover in Boston Logan airport, where he thought he had hallucinated hearing his name over the loudspeaker, followed by hearing Treasure over that same system. Both things actually happened. Artemis was stuck in Bahrain after a delayed flight from India and was trying to page Keith to let him know she’d be a day late, and according to the guy in the bar where Keith went to check his head, Treasure was actually being played throughout the airport. We later discovered this was due to the deal mp3.com brokered with a company called Trusonic (now Mood Media), with whom we continue to work.

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released March 5, 2012

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Spectral keyboard washes and sinuous dance beats set up a feeling of warm alienation while Artemis’s voice heats things further. Over the thump and shimmer, she croons with detached fervor, the music dissolving in a storm of pixie-dust disco until a rude riot of effects snaps the tether and she vanishes. ... more

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Track Name: Treasure
looking for a time
out of mind
and the fortitude to find
what you’re looking for

looking for the world
at your feet
dreaming up a love
so sweet
forget what you worry for

underneath the weight you carry
treasure’s never lost
find your way to sanctuary
no matter the cost
underneath the weight you carry
treasure’s never lost
only buried

did you ever stop to think
maybe you’re not on the brink
of disaster
move a little closer

underneath the weight you carry
treasure’s never lost
find your way to sanctuary
no matter the cost
underneath the weight you carry
treasure’s never lost
only buried

drifting away
on a dark cloud
slipping away
no turning back now
only the light
of stars to guide you
over the jagged terrain

underneath the weight you carry
treasure’s never lost
find your way to sanctuary
no matter the cost
underneath the weight you carry
treasure’s never lost
only buried
Track Name: Cruel
give me back my heart babe
don't you keep it out on loan
it is long overdue
why do you keep me hanging on
i told you that i play for keeps
honey take my lovin' seriously
'cause you keep knocking at my door
you nearly knocked it down
and it is cruel
to be so kind
if it is not for real
and what you say ain't what you feel

i remember how you came to me
sidled up so gracefully
and your disarming smile
well i must admit it charmed me
but your sweet talkin' ain't enough
i'm coming down to call your bluff
and i ain't no fallen angel babe
there's no need to pick me up
you can be cruel
'cause darlin' i ain't blind
and if love ain't what you feel
then darlin' your sweet lovin' ain't for real

oh why do you tease me
when you know just how to please me
you say come a little closer
like the spider to the fly
let me wrap this web around you
yeah i'll love you in a little while
well i almost let you win
cause darlin' a lie on your lips is sweet as sin
but one good kiss don't make me easy prey

give me back my heart babe
it don't belong to you
your mystery would be complete
if i could not see right through you
so aim your arrow to me
the poison will never get through to me
it knows the direction of your affection
and it will come back to you

you can be cruel
or you can be kind
it is all the same to me
so darlin' go ahead and tease me
you can be cruel
baby you can be cruel
Track Name: Voices
listen to the voices
in your head
fabricating story
complicated
everything that you see
is an illusion

glamorizing beauty
from a distance
fantasizing substance
greater than reality
eyes that open
on the inside
the one eternal thing

everything that you see
is an illusion
everything that you feel
momentary

still seeking
price of gravity

everything that you see
is an illusion
everything that you feel
momentary
Track Name: Rising
I am made of water and wind
earth and fire gave me form
i give my body to the night
bless the morning with my song
walk with me as i find my footsteps
walk with me as i speak my name
dreaming deep
secrets whispered
and we will begin again

surrendering to freedom
dancing in the coming dawn
bathing fear in passion's flame
emerging from the ashes as one

if i could breathe you with my eyes
i would take you into me
embrace you in my loving arms
as you stand before me
spinning in this dreamland
floating on this ocean
just a touch between our hands
and we are one

what is the thread
between earth and sky
connecting body and soul
in this dance of ecstasy
we are created whole
but we keep running
and we are running out of time
and life keeps slipping by
i want to make it mine

surrendering to freedom
dancing in the coming dawn
bathing fear in passion's flame
emerging from the ashes as one

and if i could go back again
would my life be different
or was this part of the plan
right from the start
all i know is what i feel
and it's always changing
but i am making it real
and i am healing
Track Name: Shameless (1998)
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
to bare skin
and cool stone
and summer sun
and soft lips parting
round me

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
to bare skin
and cool stone
and summer sun
and soft lips parting
round me

i don't want no savior
i would rather smash this heart
it is only human
to want something to cling to
give me something deeper

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

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