Treasure

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Treasure was the title track for Artemis’ first EP (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.

lyrics

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

credits

from Treasure, released March 5, 2012
Artemis Robison - Songwriter, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
David Earl - Engineering, Production, Mastering
Daniel Berkman - Electric Guitar
Recorded at Icehouse Studios, San Rafael, CA

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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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