Air Itself

by Mute Swimmer

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Camryn Marquez The beauty of this record is that it has created music for the soul by grounding abstract sources of sound. Spread throughout this record are a series of sonic vignettes, which have origins within the real world: found sounds, field recordings, etc., that are injected into the veins of each song. But the abstraction of these sounds is grounded by the framework of folk music and contributes the complexity of life to the sensibilities of these songs. This is the essence of folk music captured on tape. Favorite track: Soul Music.
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released May 10, 2017

All tracks by Guy Dale
Performed by: Guy Dale, Yan Fabre, Daniella Grimm, Vincenz Kokot, Dorian Taywood.
Recorded by Dorian Taywood with additional recording by Guy Dale and Daniella Grimm.
Label: Truco Espárrago

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Track Name: Soul Music
SOUL MUSIC

TONE FORMED NOTE SPILT
A MEASURED WALZ FOR YOUR EARS
A BEAT FIXED

IS THIS SOUL MUSIC?

WHAT IS BORN TO YOUR HEART INTRINSIC?
WHAT WILL RISE FROM YOUR BELLY THROUGH PARTED LIPS? WHAT IS SOUL MUSIC?

HERE IS THE SKIN THAT SHOWS
HERE IS THE FLESH AND BONE
HERE IS THE BLOOD THAT FLOWS
IS THAT ALL THERE IS?

HERE IS THE SKIN THAT SHOWS
HERE IS THE FLESH AND BONE
HOW DOES THAT OLD SONG GO?
‘IS THAT ALL THERE IS?’

IS THERE A WORD IN YOUR HEART THAT YOU CAN'T SPEAK FOR VIOLENCE?
IS THERE TRUTH IN A LINE THAT YOU DON'T FIND IN SILENCE?
IS THERE SOUL MUSIC?
IS THERE SOUL MUSIC?
WHAT IS SOUL MUSIC?
WHAT IS SOUL MUSIC?
IS THIS SOUL MUSIC?
Track Name: Air Itself
AIR ITSELF

FASTEN A KNOT IN A CHAIN OF COMMAND
AUGUR A NEW WORLD WRITTEN BY HAND
THEN TAKE OUT THE PAGE ERASE WHAT’S COMPLETE
SMOTHER ALL TRACE WITH APOSTROPHIES

OF AIR ITSELF AND NOTHING MORE

I PLAY THIS GUITAR LIKE IT’S A PHYSICAL HOAX
AMBUSH THE MASTERPIECE WITH ANOTHER BUM NOTE
BECAUSE WORK WILL CONFESS WHATEVER IT’S LESS
AND EVEN LOVE IT IS CRUSHED BY INEFFABLE LUST

FOR AIR ITSELF AND THE HEART IT CALLS
FOR AIR ITSELF FOR AIR ITSELF AND WHAT THIS SINGING’S FOR

YOU KNOW NOT WHY
Track Name: Stone
STONE

I MOVE TOWARD THE SOURCE
AND WITH WHATEVER VOICE
MY INSTINCT TELLS ME TO IMPOSE
I PULL MYSELF INTO A LINE LIKE IT'S A UNIFORM
AND THERE WERE A SELF THERE TO DISCLOSE.

I TURN AROUND AND STOP
AND WATCH THE DAY SLIDE OFF THE CLOCK
WITHOUT A LOT FOR IT TO SHOW
YOU KNOW THAT TIME THAT TIME THAT TIME IS SOMEONE PASSING BY
WHO CANNOT TELL YOU WHERE IT GOES

I FILED A NEW REPORT
OF HOLY TRUTH AND AFTERTHOUGHT
AS IF WORDS ARE ALL I KNOW
AS IF THE LINES INSIDE WOULD NOT SUBMIT TO OTHER TIDES
AND TO WINTER AND TO SNOW (OH THE SNOW)

THIS HAND TO CUT THIS HAND TO CURE THESE LIPS TO TAKE THIS BREATH UNSURE THESE WORDS THAT FLOW THESE WORDS THAT FALTER

I MOVE TOWARD THE SOURCE
AND WITH WHATEVER VOICE
I COME TO CONSIDER AS MY OWN
AND IF A SONG, THIS SONG IS SOMETHING LIKE A MOUNTAIN TOP
THEN I'M A STONE PUSHING A STONE
I’M A STONE
Track Name: Singer (One of Us II)
SINGER (ONE OF US - PART II)

I AM NOT THE SINGER OF THIS SONG
AND I AM NOT HIS FRIEND
THOUGH I ABIDE IN ALL PARTS UNTRIED
FROM BRITTLE HEART TO FINGERS END

HE COMES TO YOU SO PLEASANTLY
HE ADDRESSES YOU SO PLAIN
BUT HIS TRUTH IS MERELY VANITY
THROUGH RHYME AND LIGHT REFRAIN

AND HE WILL CHEAT AND HE WILL LIE
AND HE WILL TAKE MY NAME
HE WILL DENY AND DEIFY
AND SO EULOGISE HIS SHAME

SO I AM NOT THE SINGER OF THE SONG
AND I AM NOT THIS FLESH
THOUGH I ABIDE IN ALL PARTS RESIDE
FROM WEARY FEET TO MEASURED BREATH
Track Name: Reckoning
RECKONING

EACH SECOND WE COME TO
IS A VICTORY TO BE SUNG
FOR THE EVER LOV’ED DRAW
OF THE AIR INTO THE LUNGS

AND WHO IS IT YOU CALL TO
WHO YOU REFUSE TO NAME?
AND WHAT IS IT I'M DRAWN TO
FROM WHICH I TURN AWAY?


WHAT IS SHOWN
IS SHOWN TO AGE
AND WHAT IS KNOWN
IS KNOWN TO CHANGE

EACH SECOND I COME TO
I'M PULLED UNDER AGAIN
THE CRUSHINGLY FAMILIAR KNOCK
OF THE BLOOD IN THE VEIN

IF BY CHANCE I REACH YOU
AND IN THAT INSTANT DRAW YOU NEAR
KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT CLAIMS YOU
AND THAT ‘I’ AM DISAPPEARED

AND SO I SING
TO BE REMOVED
AND SO I SING
TO BE IMPROVED
AND SO TO LOVE
AND SO TO MOVE
AND SO TO CHANGE
AND CHANGE ANEW
Track Name: TFM
TFM

THREE FIXED MOVEMENTS
FORM AS CONTENT
OF WHICH THIS A PART
FROM WHICH THIS IS APART

THESE WORDS SPOKEN
THESE WEIGHTLESS TOKENS
BEAR WITNESS TO MY HEART
BEAR WITNESS TO MY HEARTBEAT

ALL IN UNION
AND DISSOLUTION
OF WHICH YOU ARE A PART
FROM WHICH YOU ARE APART

THREE FIXED MOVEMENTS
4.56 (or whatever the duration of the song)
Track Name: Enemy (One of Us III) - LP Version
ENEMY (ONE OF US - PART III)

I CUT HIS FACE OUT OF THE FRAME

AND FROM THE SCENE I TAKE HIS NAME

IN LONELY ROOM AND SILENT PRAYER

AND IN THE MIRROR STANDING THERE



THE OLD ENEMY 

IN THE REFLECTION I SEE 

THE OLD ENEMY 
AND ME



HE CLEANS MY TEETH HE COMBS MY HAIR

HE ACTS AS IF I WASN'T THERE

BUT WHEN DAY IS DONE AND WORK IS THROUGH

I'LL SHOW HIM WHO'S IN CHARGE OF WHO

THE OLD ENEMY
IN THE REFLECTION I SEE
THE OLD ENEMY
Track Name: Fucking Bambi
FUCKING BAMBI

ENTER SONG WITH A SHRUG
AND FAR FROM YOUTHFUL LOVE
MARKS THE WAKING DAY
AND ALL THAT I CAN'T SAY

IN A PORTRAIT OF ABJECTION
CAPTURED IN REFLECTION
IN THE FREEZER SECTION WINDOW
TEARS WELL IN MY EYES
TO MY SURPRISE
AND MUTTERING DOWN THE AISLES
OF NETTO 'WHERE'S THE FUCKING PEACEFUL MEADOW?'

AIR THE OPEN SORE
COZ ALL I HAVE IS YOURS
DREAM OF LOVER'S KISS
AND WAKE IN YOUR OWN PISS

WATCH THE JADED SINGER
PLAY THE BONES AND FINGER
ALL OF LOVE'S REMAINS
AND DELICATE REFRAINS LIKE
'OH MY LOVE FOREVER
NO NEVER SHALL WE SEVER
BUT KNOW THAT I'M THE WEATHER
VAIN/VANE AND PRONE TO TURN AND CHANGE’