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released January 7, 2014

Tom Barton: Voice & Live effects processing
Joseph O’Connor: Piano
Philip Rex: Double Bass
Peter Evans: Drums
Stephen Magnusson: Guitar
Andy Sugg: Saxophone
Georgie Darvidis: Voice

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Track Name: Dirt & Vibration
If you can picture the whole world spinning
and pieces of rock standing still;
And picture that just not compared to us,
they are in motion.

And picture the difference in sounds
as you can picture the movement of time throughout your day;
And draw together everything you hear
as one whole song in the act of being sung.

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If you could slow me down to where I think I’m supposed to be,
well I might just end up dead, so I’ll keep this pace instead;
And if dilated into sunlight, felt my cells drip apart;
Felt the essence of my heart without my mind to put it right;

If my feet crumbled every time I put to earth,
If my fingers blossomed every time I touched the bark;
If the water flowed within me,
then I might remember: none is without me.

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I am vibration in the air,
I am the dirt that’s all you’ve ever touched with your skin;
I am vibration in your skin;
I am your skin
which connects you, not abstracts you from your world.
Track Name: Vessel
Where do you go when you're gone? She asked even though I wasn't hiding;
How can one minute you feel within the room, then you're without doubt moving anywhere elsewhere but here?

How will I know you are gone? What is left behind?
How can I explain that it's not me leaving; something arriving again and taking all wherewithal in the fending?

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I'm a skeleton,
Ghost in the machine;
And I am here
But I am not.

I'm a sleeper,
Moving rhythm.
Loaded cargo ship
On an ocean that never rests.

And I am flesh and bone,
And I am deed and tongue;
But I'm not trying to hide from anyone.
You can find me
Where I've always been.
Track Name: Motion
Who knows where anything that's said
comes from or where it's headed;
But in the showing, flowing, to-and-fro-ing,
unknowing ever yearns to grow.

Connection sparks a darkened space,
restarts the race; makes haste.

Motion is the key, Barney.

You could hear it a thousand times –
by then you've heard it a million more.
Something changes - like it always does -
and there's new life again.

Pain will come and pain will go;
do we ever really run the show?

Motion is the key, Barney.
Track Name: When Did I Give Up?
When did I give up?
When was not enough, enough?

When did I give up?
When did things become so tough?

And now I begin to see the ways.

When did I lose touch?
With all the things I love so much?

And now I begin to see the ways.
Track Name: Genome
What if you found a mutation in a MAO-A?
Would it change the way you feel?
Should it change the way you feel?

How about you found out you were dropped on your head?
Would it change the way you feel?
Should it change the way you feel?

We navigate by the symbols of life
and then try we try to live in spite.

Would it change the way you feel?
Should it change the way you feel?

And my aspirations are to be kind,
And my aspirations are to be wise.
My aspirations are to be right,
My aspirations are to be alright.

What if you found out everything you did was right?
Would it change the way you feel?
Could it change the way you feel?
Track Name: Pearl Point
Started walking,
waking, dreaming;
Heaving ocean,
frozen riot.

Washing over,
overcoming.
Moving farther,
nearing closer.

Maiden wading,
waiting, braving.
Diving, leaving;
deeper; rising.

Salted feeling,
silted, sated.
Fractured shoaling;
floating, weighted.

Over water, under sea;
Under siege, no-one but me.
Reaching ever close to be
Pearl of oyster in the water deep.

Who would hope we're s'posed to be
But the most of what we see here;
Empty space by grace is free, of fear,
Walking farther only brings us near.