Treasure

by Artemis

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1.
Treasure 04:28
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
2.
Cruel 03:47
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
3.
Voices 03:25
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
4.
Rising 05:20
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
5.
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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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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