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The Haunted Road

by oliver downes

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1.
another day watch it pass unopposed hell to pay now tomorrow’s been foreclosed join the fight every rule made to bend defend your right to offend and reoffend for the win every fact’s soon reshaped go all in on a losing bet that’s never placed the bigger the lie the louder the cheer there’s nothing to fear if nothing’s sincere and no trigger something awful coming into bloom hear your heart ring out of tune another day so write another tweet hell to pay from the forums to the streets for the win no dignity left to pawn go all in waiting to ride the gathering storm the bigger the lie the louder the cheer if nothing’s sincere then nothing’s a smear and no trigger something awful coming into bloom hear your heart ring out of tune so raise your voice and drown it out gettin’ spoiled by choice and more is the pity and less is the fun never learnt the final word never comes so raise your voice and drown it out gettin’ spoiled by choice
2.
sleep on beneath a long night moon a story gathers hungry, bright and lean weaving a will into a wisp don’t wonder where the trail of crumbs is going just follow where it leads dreams catch the shadows on the wall with pictures hanging heavy, soft and sweet stealing a cookie from the jar it might be wrong, though things belong wherever there lies sufficient need the night is endless, throwing open the door you lit the lantern, wander down the haunted road hunting more seek out a message in the flames to understand first be prepared to bleed eat up a belly full of stones a counterweight of words can only carry whatever’s matched in deed the morning birds already making their calls the moon is sinking, turn the latch on the door blow out the candle, wipe the face from the wall the trail of crumbs has vanished from where it lay just before
3.
bright traveler, swept off the longest road unraveller, gave up the turning spoke sweet talker, owl flies into the twilight street walker, you’ll be buried on the upright the will to forget, built into the hedge within the language to hustle a thief, go follow the leaf and learn to vanish plague bearer, you let your luck decide you wayfarer you’ll find a way to ride through with nothing to lose, to beg is to choose to be the danger no home to reclaim, but welcome disdain, each way the stranger the wandering dream, caught in the machine that still devours the madness they made will not be repaid until the concrete flowers
4.
guess it’s the fear of falling then it’s the jerk awake feeling the endless staircase crumble away and it’s the sudden nausea before the letting go watching the ruined castle looming below find the song of the land in a teacup full of sand where the wind falls away off the edge of the day with a head full of sky view the lay of the lie what you can’t speak aloud ‘tween the valley and the storm clouds and it’s this nagging feeling tripping the silent alarm hearing that weeping cataract crooning it’s charm find the song of the land in a teacup full of sand where the wind falls away off the edge of the day with a head full of sky view the lay of the lie all you can’t speak aloud caught between the valley and the clouds

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released December 2, 2020

All songs written & produced by Oliver Downes

Recorded by Mischa Herman at Echidna Studios, Wick Studios and in his home, Melbourne

 in mid-2018.

Oboe (track 2) and Cor Anglais (track 3) - Jess Foot


Alto Saxophone (track 4) - Madeleine Novarina


Glockenspiel (track 2) - Ksenia Sedelnikova

Drumkit and Gong (track 4) - Jack Towers

Double Bass & Backing Vocals - Loz Irwin-Ray

Electric Guitar - Joshua Kreusler

Piano & Vocals - Oliver Downes


Mixed and mastered by Mischa Herman
Ink and pastels by Martin Åkesson

Thanks to Mischa Herman for his skill and support in bringing this project to a close and to Martin Åkesson for his enthusiasm and artistry in creating art for the EP at short notice. Thanks to the musicians who shared their time and creativity with me, particularly Jess Foot for her wonderful woodwind arrangements. Thanks to Jane Cameron for her generosity - this EP would not exist without you. Thanks to Ksenia for believing in me and to Zoya for being a very fine young chubkin. My next album will be for you.

© 2020 Oliver Downes

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Oliver Downes blends intricate, percussive piano playing with soaring melodies and thought-provoking lyrics.

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