at the end

by oliver downes

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credits

released June 1, 2014

Produced by Oliver Downes with Wyatt Moss-Wellington.  Recording and additional production by Brian Campeau at The Plex. Additional piano recorded by Adrian Barr at UWS. Mixed by Dax Liniere at Puzzle Factory Sound Studios.  Mastered by Sean Diggins.  Artwork by Alita Graziano. Design by Nic Cassey.

All songs and piano by Oliver Downes.  Guitar by Kieran Ryan-Colton, bass by Eden Ottingnon, drums by Dan Kennedy, shakuhachi on Keep Calm by Felicity Clark, BVs on Ship by Hollie Matthew, BVs on at the end by Brian Campeau.  All of the gratitudes to all and sundry.

© 2014 Oliver Downes, www.oliverdownes.com

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oliver downes Melbourne, Australia

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: ship in a bottle
tack around and catch the wind, ride the current out to sea
through the glass it's glistening in yellow, blue and green

and there's nothing to anchor
but the things left behind

follow the water through a channel to the stars
cause there's no crossing back over the bar

and the miles all stand in line, like the steady march of days
and it's not much kind of any consolation that to go's just another way to stay

and a ship in a bottle
is only ever passing through

follow the water through a channel to the stars
cause there's no crossing back over the bar

stand apart on the last remaining island, in an ocean that's floating in space

or follow the water through a channel to the stars
cause there's no crossing back over the bar
Track Name: blue skies
blue skies out the window
cold days when the eye is drawn so low
she is caught precisely
a figure sculpted in sand

flame tree in the garden
white sails passing silently out through the heads
she has been disposed of
watching the coloured world drift by

darkness is so boring
gently filling the air with excuse
hold this shapeless feeling
or to pity be condemned

so easy to relinquish
kept so eager to oblige
heart strings softly twisting
overcome by the time
Track Name: keep calm, carry on
staring out at the ocean
sun was about to set
running in circles
pending disaster
falling into the net

wearing down their defences
nearing capacity
no other option
bitter solution
couldn't hold back the sea

on the horizon rises the signal, an infinite line in a definite space
each repercussion is spreading in ripples, in every direction like intricate lace

waiting for the sound to reach them
fury had come and gone
no way to alter
what was unfolding
just keep calm, carry on
Track Name: at the end
and the light scatters on the water
and the tide swells with supple order
and they stream through the air,
the particles that aren't really there,
bright and unthought of

and the breeze murmurs its indifference
and the leaves offer no resistance
and the endless grains,
none of them exactly the same,
spread in the distance

and the open palm facing the unbroken calm at the end
and a liquid pearl slipping from the swollen world, just attend

and the waves roll with no agenda
and the rays are slowly growing slender
and the lines converge
tracing the unspoken word
in surrender

and the open palm facing the unbroken calm at the end
and a liquid pearl slipping from the swollen world, just attend