Ultraviolet

by oliver downes

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Maggie Galley Oliver I love your unique style of songs and words. I haven't got a favourite track yet I need to listen again. Cheers Maggie
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1.
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
2.
03:26
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
3.
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
4.
03:20
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
5.
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
6.
04:18
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
04:30
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
10.
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

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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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