Ultraviolet

by oliver downes

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released September 23, 2016

For Mum and my sisters - love you guys - and in memory of Dad.

All songs written and composed by Oliver Downes. Produced and arranged by Oliver Downes in collaboration with The String Contingent and Rob Stone. Drums recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan (Rozelle, NSW), all other instruments recorded at Ginger Studios (Richmond, VIC) by Jimi Wyatt, all vocals recorded at The Plex (St Peters, NSW) by Brian Campeau. Mixed at Free Energy Device Studios (Camperdown, NSW) by Richie Belkner, mastered by Michael Lynch (Port Macquarie, NSW). Art and graphic design by Nina Rupena (www.ninarupena.com).

Musicians

Oliver Downes (piano and vocals)
Holly Downes (double bass)
Graham McLeod (electric guitar)
Chris Stone (violin)
Robin Stone (drums)
Shalane Connors (vocals on 1, 3, 4, 6, 8)
Elana Stone (vocals on 2)
Brian Campeau (vocals on 4)

Very special thanks to the musicians who contributed to this album. It was a privilege and a blast to work with all of you. Massive thank you to everybody who supported my Pozible crowdfunding campaign, most particularly Anne White, Alex and Pam Reisner, George Downes, Angela Downes, Mel Udayan, Damian White, Mark White, Libby Leahy, Party Rho & The Doc, Parto Crispy, The Donnan Family, Henrik Latter, Patrick Baker, Danny Hamilton, Dobbs Franks, Sue Lundy, Alistair Smith, Tristan Blattman, Ben Briedis, Rebecca Parfitt and Gwenda Gilligan. Huge thanks also to Laura Medway, Hollie Matthew, Louise Nutting, Nic Cassey, Brian Campeau, James Arnold-Garvey, Alice Terry, Alistair Smith, Chris Ganora, Pandora Holliday and Zita Denholm for their support, advice, laughter, friendship, shoulders to cry on and couches to crash on, without which this album simply wouldn’t have happened.

Copyright 2016 Oliver Downes
www.oliverdownes.com

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Oliver Downes blends intricate, percussive piano playing with soaring melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Traversing territory charted by artists such as Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush, Ben Caplan, Scott Walker and The Dirty Three, his debut album ‘Ultraviolet’ trips the space between instantly familiar chamber pop and the experimental margins of folk. ... more

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Track Name: Never Let Me Go
drive along these fallow fields
empty skies grew a bumper yield
out of bounds, those were happy days
flew so fast, left it all too late

so shout, there was never any doubt
shout, what this was always about
shout, there was never any doubt
shout, what this was always about

side by side, wasn’t listening
there’s an end, strangely comforting
pulled along, wasn’t in the know
after dark never let me go

so shout, there was never any doubt
shout, what this was always about
shout, there was never any doubt
shout, what this was always about

so they say it isn’t true
that I’m me and that you are you
corner’s lost, it was all make believe
what we are, you must believe to see

so shout, there was never any doubt
shout, what this was always about
shout, there was never any doubt
shout, what this was always about
Track Name: Into the Sun
your eyes like stalactites
and the colours gain momentum
we breath so gratefully
to ask and answer every question

embrace each shifting shape
and the colours still uncoiling
release the swelling heat
and let our blood be sung to boiling

into the mirror out of the sun
out of the mirror into the sun
into the mirror out of the sun
out of the mirror into the sun

your pulse, the smell of salt
buzzing to your last electron
each nerve, the sweetest hurt
until you cry out like a newborn

into the mirror out of the sun
out of the mirror into the sun
into the mirror out of the sun
out of the mirror into the sun

your eyes like stalagmites
and our bodies intertwining
we breath so urgently
with every colour synchronising

into the mirror out of the sun
out of the mirror into the sun
into the mirror out of the sun
out of the mirror into the sun
Track Name: Heat of the Day
you lost your faith in patience for answers too ready and neat
the gift that keeps on giving’s the one you chose not to keep

stepping aside with too much to hide from all that’s yet to be
pieces of sky pouring out of your eyes on everything you see

you made a pact with glamour, its promise as slick as its price
the will to bear honest witness is the zone of first sacrifice

surviving the heat of the day
the heat of the day

the shadows all lie extinguished and litter floor of the cave
the rules sure weren’t made for winning but cripple the whole field of play

wander outside, there’s no way to hide from all that’s yet to be
pieces of sky pouring out of your eyes on everything you see

surviving the heat of the day
the heat of the day
Track Name: Walk Away
tunnel vision, stricken tongue, clinging disbelief
bloody minded fortune sung, grim fidelity

taste of copper fills your mouth
path was paved with green
spirits linger on your breath
like worn out sympathy

guts of Europe, hungry ride, joined the wildest chase
innocence and ghostly lights, limits of disgrace

calling it down around your ears
conjure it up and it appears
or somehow learn to walk away

shadows clamour in the dim forests of the mind
pawing at a phantom limb under foreign eyes

answer forming on your lips
window in the rain
drew the letters in the mist
words not fit to say

calling it down around your ears
conjure it up and it appears
or somehow learn to walk away
walk away
walk away
Track Name: Hang and Abide
standing ready at the edge
sometimes a snap decision’s the best kind of medicine
slowly gather just what matters in

and the big sky is reaching down
this giddy exultation a thousand feet above the ground
vision rising, grip is tightening, lean into the wind

climbing a thermal, hard to describe
finding the balance in the glide
hang and abide

leave possession and travel light
make each calculation with a cool and careless mind
doubt receding, clouds are breathing in

call it freedom, float in space
the strength that emptiness will give with each renewed embrace
currents shifting, air is whistling, listen to the wind

climbing a thermal, hard to describe
finding the balance in the glide
hang and abide
Track Name: Ultraviolet
break it open, see what you get
they know that so far they’ve lost the bet

fall into the wet and wild melee
be consumed or rot on the tree

we reach highest at lowest ebb
spin it all out like a spider web

pull the end of an unbroken thread
ultraviolet trumps infrared

leave it slowly, brook no compromise
things seem different from the other side

power’s in the trip round the bend
on the fly no need to pretend

seek another kind of urgent bliss
grow a garden in the abyss

chase the light that flickers round the fringe
be the point which nothing could impinge
Track Name: Under Quarantine
time was interrupted and detained at random
the signs lie transparent in a senseless pattern
like a memory long suppressed
or a con who won’t confess
to compassion

they speak though every word has soon corroded
retreat into a certainty kept locked and loaded
finish raking through the muck
find the truth’s been sewn shut
or misquoted

under quarantine
where the future’s been
under quarantine
where the future’s been

control never was an exact pseudoscience
patrol the perimeter with ruthless guidance
make a fool of either choice
til the last receptive voice
has fallen silent

no possibility
but face eternity

under quarantine
where the future’s been
under quarantine
where the future’s been
Track Name: Line of Flight
float a foot above the surface
make a track that leaves no trace
forge a hard and fast connection
to the sharp emerging shape

beneath the sky hanging vast and fleeting
receive the crumbs that you come across
relief’s to stumble into stillness
defeat’s to live without getting lost

hear the roar of the world in motion
and the lure of unformed song
like a whisper that’s heard in passing
there’s a glimmer and then it’s gone

taking the pulse of each sensation
vision is fading into sight
skipping a stone’s no consolation
it’s drawing a line of flight

in the flush of the turning weather
sense the seeds of a simpler view
through the tears of the blurring landscape
glimpse the limitless made anew

beneath the sky hanging vast and fleeting
receive the crumbs that you come across
relief’s to stumble into stillness
defeat’s to live without getting lost

taking the pulse of each sensation
vision is fading into sight
skipping a stone’s no consolation
it’s drawing a line of flight
Track Name: Fail Safe
so you wake from a sleep that leaves no shadow and your mind turns a corner where your eye flicks away
and the sun presses in from every angle while the dreams of tomorrow stay the slaves of today

walk a road paved with glad misunderstanding, every step a mosaic that to take’s to return
and you pass amongst a thousand different peoples, in their eyes lie reflected everything you’ve yet to learn

and you know that the future’s left handed
so it goes, wander far from the trail
high or low, might be time to turn the tables, cause you never know, you’re not too safe to fail
you never know, you’re not too safe to fail

and the night comes to wrap its arms around you and the birds wheel in circles and the dogs all start to bark
and the clock is stretching out of all proportion, let your eyes lose their focus and adjust to the dark

follow through, let your luck remain abandoned
no one knew how to pass beyond the pale
missed the cue in the longest peal of laughter that you never know, you’re not too safe to fail
you never know, you’re not too safe to fail

find the song, make a path for what’s emerging
only wrong was the standard of the scales
roll along, might be time to change the station cause you never know, you’re not too safe to fail
you never know, you’re not too safe to fail
Track Name: Wild Sacrament
the ancestral heart
impossible sparks
colliding a tune improvised

unfolding so free
in cheerful asymmetry
the deepest compulsion of night

encoding each cell
the call to rebel
that rings through each chemical sign

this wild sacrament
becoming intense
emerging so savage and kind

a razor of will
in each frenzied molecule
brimming with unruly life