Into the Roil

by Lovely Dark

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Alex Daniel Killer grooves, fantastic vocals, and some truly fantastic melodies. Favorite track: Dark Heart of the Wood.
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Mauro Catena Imagine and indie version of Fairport Convention, and you would have an idea of what Lovely Dark sound like. Brilliant!
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released March 1, 2014

All songs by Lovely Dark: Sonia and Travis Even, Kent Thomson, Max Becker, Ben Johnston and Joe Clark

Recorded by Ben Durrant at Crazy Beast
Mastered by Bruce Templeton at Magneto Mastering

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Lovely Dark Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lovely Dark is a psych folk-influenced indie rock band from Minneapolis, MN, who continue to combine seemingly disparate musical influences into something entirely unique: songs that are at once complex and infectiously listenable, raucous and razor-sharp. ... more

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Track Name: Bound
Stories in the night told
The wind moves above the trees
And I’m gone from my body
Calling out to save me, come take me tonight

We climb through the evening mists
Our memories fall, bleeding and limp
Born to white light

From firelit window and open doors
The roads are paved with golden bars
And round and round the world is bound
By a chain of radiant stars

Outside a patch of ghost pipe
Grows along the prairie drive
And I’m caught in a circle bone white
By the pale life inside

Feel something take root in me
Like a fox caught, metal and teeth
Bone split, broken and free

From firelit window and open doors
The roads are paved with golden bars
And round and round the world is bound
By a chain of radiant stars

The circle spins around us
The whole world cobbled from dust
The circle spins around us
We're reborn as stars collide
Track Name: Early Frost
The ice on the windshield
Melts away in the morning sunlight
Last night my call came ten years too late
Drive south on the highway
Modern myth is dying
Modern man is lost
No more mountain learning
Before we’re caught

We swear that we will try to
Change all that we were born to

It comes when it’s quiet
It comes at night
A clarion call sounds
To gather ‘round fires
With you in arm
Telling tales of gold crowns
Relearn what we’ve gathered
In the small hours
Sit and stare out at uncharted waters

Depend on those you turn to
Grow old together with you

We swear that we will try to
Change all that we were born to
Depend on those you turn to
Grow old together with you
Track Name: Dark Heart of the Wood
Born with a crest of your own
Seven-league boots on a balsam throne
Hemmed-in woodlands, carved from stone
A songbird full of the tunes you stole
And a rusted trailer can’t outlast the running water
Oxide into autumn wire
And the grass will thread the holes with green and gold
O! Springtime’s choir

Gotta risk it all
For the promise held in another’s hand
Gotta risk it all
Outside yourself you’ll understand

Born without a crest of my own
No skeleton key for all closed doors
I came so close that the window froze
From the breath I took and the breath you stole
And your winter armor can’t protect you from another
Confide in the hunter’s moon
And the summer sleeps until the hawthorn blooms
O! Come too soon

Gotta risk it all
For the promise held in another’s hand
Gotta risk it all
Outside yourself you’ll understand

You really shouldn’t look at me that way
You really, really got to let it go some day
You should take the hand you’re sworn to take but if you stay...

Gotta risk it all
For the promise held in another’s hand
Gotta risk it all
Outside yourself you’ll understand
Track Name: North Star
Yellow tinged with green
Masses of evanescence
Swarm the stars like angry bees
And I’m clad in my father’s furs
Held aloft on a silver mirror
Shallow thin and cold

But I won’t go into the night

Don’t care what experts claim
No mood for practicality
When all the myths remain
Warriors overhead
In one gigantic rosette of flame, to shine in red

But i won’t go into the night
No, i will wait for the light

Will it ever come back
To this heart of mine
This rooted pine
Will it ever come back
Won’t you ever come back home
Track Name: Cover of Winter
The first light on the wall
And I had noticed how
The sounds were changing
You were sleeping through it all
The growth of beak and claws
My wings were aching
You were suddenly, under me miles and miles away

Rise up against the wind
Release your grip
Circling, circling one more time again
With every feathery sweep of wing
Reconstruct my origin
Leaving it leaving it all behind again

How I’ve missed this cold
The freezing and the thaw
Of winter waking
Barefoot and alone
After touching down
My hands were shaking
Trembling, remembering their own power again

Rise up against the wind
Release your grip
Circling, circling one more time again
With every feathery sweep of wing
Reconstruct my origin
Leaving it leaving it all behind again

Too young and dumb to be afraid
Tumbled down and in a terrible calamity
Caught and snared, await the day
Impatiently I’m leaving it leaving it all behind again

Rise up against the wind
Release your grip
Circling, circling one more time again
With every feathery sweep of wing
Reconstruct my origin
Leaving it leaving it all behind again
Track Name: Last Rites
The house she grew up in is now
Adrift in an ocean of sand
Cactus line the drive
Spires in a line
Empty malls entwine

First love, last rites
Of the pure hearted
No regrets, it’s just life
Save the dreaming for when we’re asleep

A red-eyed sunset bled white
Caught in the driveway
tongue-tied
Sweetest thing she knows
Heavy like a stone
Thrown around young bones
In the fading light of day
Memories fall away
And only dust remains

First love, last rites
Of the pure hearted
No regrets, it’s just life
Save the dreaming for when we’re asleep
But it brings you around
Eyes grow wiser
So tell me again
And whisper my lines to me
Track Name: Into the Roil
Why do you look so surprised
That our luck’s run out
Another perfect day
Another endless drought
And the rising tide
I never meant it oh to feel this spark
Did you expect me just to come apart

It'll come for you
It'll come for you
Like it comes for me
It'll come for you
It'll come for you
Like it comes for me

I know you haven't tried
To let the flood run down
Overflow the banks
And wash the hatred out

Seas will rise
Ebb and flow
Ebb and flow
I will survive
Let me go
Let me go

Thrown into the roil
I'm the wave out of control
In the overflow

It'll come for you
It'll come for you
Like it comes for me
It'll come for you
It'll come for you
Like it comes for me
Track Name: Wax/Wane
Every day you would wave to the night-shift workers
Dancing a hurricane round the corner
Gone to a place where the loose ends gather
Fabric unraveling faster and faster

Theory of everything
Pulled along by a string
Around your cold little heart

Told that the limelight still keeps shining
After the cameras all stop rolling

Just another scene
Diamond ring make believe
Whispering offscreen

Bring me back the first branch of summer
Whittle it down, throw it in the embers
What’s at stake for what we’ve created
I hope that the waiting has made you stronger

Mirror, mirror, by the lamplight
Down the streets, young things keep calling
Tasseography, haruspex, palmistry
Tell your secrets to me

Bring me back the first branch of summer
Whittle it down, throw it in the embers
What’s at stake for what we’ve created
I hope that the waiting has made you stronger
Track Name: Peacemaker
Tread carefully over the trip wires
And cover the tracks that show
Reflections of signal fires
The river runs black like a plume of smoke
Release your breath
Muzzle flash
No god comes to those who fall

Wipe off your warpaint
Take off your armor
I’ll wash the blood away

Your sons will be reborn
Raised up on stolen soil

Now steady your hands
Take site
In fire your faith restored
Like stripes on a uniform
Red and gold
But you story will be retold
Put on your peacemaker
Houses burn thick with smoke

Wipe off your warpaint
Take off your armor
I’ll wash the blood away

Your sons will be reborn
Raised up on stolen soil
Track Name: Wanderlust
Backroads, rutted deep
I know these paths from my old life
Storefronts have changed
Streets rearranged
Underneath the two stoplights

With you, was where I learned love
With you, was where i learned love

But the prairie wind is cold
Steals the heat from your bones
And scatters you out like seeds alone

Walk through the fields
Past powerlines
And the old roadside graves
Painted names under bridges
Painted saints swear Jesus saves

And I feel changed but the same
And I have been remade

Time goes by so fast
Cracking paint
Sagging stained glass
Friends scattered to the unknown
But the stage lives on alone

Let him who will
Go wander still
Out past the lights of town
To find something that never can be found

Cold before the dawn
It's a fond farewell
Darkness moving on

Cold before the dawn
It's a fond farewell
Darkness moving on