Air Itself

by Mute Swimmer

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Camryn Marquez
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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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1.
Soul Music 05:25
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?
2.
Air Itself 05:22
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
3.
Stone 04:51
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 LINES 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
4.
Porcupine 04:49
5.
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
6.
Reckoning 04:12
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 (BY) 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
7.
TFM 04:56
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)
8.
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
9.
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’

credits

released May 10, 2017

All song written by Guy Dale
Performed and arranged by: Guy Dale, Daniella Grimm, Vincenz Kokot, Dorian Taywood and Yan Fabre.

Recorded by Dorian Taywood in Berlin with additional recording by Guy Dale and Daniella Grimm.

Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering

Truco Espárrago Records 2020

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Mute Swimmer Berlin, Germany

Mute Swimmer is the music project of British interdisciplinary artist Guy Dale. Through numerous releases and a changing cast of collaborators he has been shooting his fascination with the lyrical song through ambient folk, conceptual art, performance, post rock, drone and spoken word. ... more

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