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Silent DiscoVery

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1.
Everything 05:46
I am the cage: my ribs are tin And there’s a heart that flutters within She’s singing songs; it’s a little game Their melody’s never twice the same Did you know birds and metal outlive the likes of you? Did you know from this corner I see everything you do? A television, bright and smug My blood is pumped in through the plug I watch with cathode ray tube eyes As every night some of you dies Do you see your reflection when my glass is dark? Did you know that I dance inside when you ignite the spark? Do you know that the world around you is alive? The photographs you burn, the dirt on which you drive Everything you’ve ever seen And everything you’ve ever dreamed And everything everything everything That’s in between We are the buildings you call homes Our dreams spin pages into tomes We talk with smokestacks, breathe through bricks Amidst the buzzing and the mix Do you know someday we will fall and be forgotten When soil is sleeping and our feet go soft and rotten? I am your anger so devout, I wait for you to call me out And like a spaniel where you go I’m maddeningly near, you’re all I know Do you feel every breath of mine inside of yours? I’m waiting lovingly to lash out from all fours Do you know that the world inside you is alive? Your disbelief and each excuse that you contrive Everything you’ve ever seen And everything you’ve ever dreamed And everything everything everything That’s in between
2.
Bayonet 04:17
"Make me an instrument of your peace" That’s what she said when the smoke bore silence When all the fighting slowed When touching skin was still Not close enough to find the soldiers nearby 'said, “Make me an instrument of your peace Your peace as kind as an air raid siren” She cursed the dawn, still and cold And said it’s better to feel Another person than do no violence She said: “When your bullets are gone And you still can’t connect With the one you love I’ll be your bayonet” I showed her chessboards and cathedrals Translating oceans into bishops’ footsteps That space between us glows And passion means to kill And bones are no more than myths of doctors But with her hands I planted saplings And with her axe, saw them grow then crumble Where every sparrow’s nest Cast off its eggs like sandbags As it flew to heaven She said: “When your bullets are gone And you still can’t connect With the one you love I’ll be your bayonet And when your cover is blown Your hiding place is found I will be your revealer Deep underground” She’s the rays from the sky Burning cancer to skin She’s the jurist who smiles Convicting Anne Boleyn She’s a feast without end Bursting all who partake And when I raise that white flag Then the war starts again
3.
You are almost human And that turns me on You are more than tigers The ticking of a bomb I’m gonna name those stars after you I’m gonna name those stars And I’ll find you in the dark And your growling’s almost astral Your fire cuts the sky And the ground is less than water A light year full of oceans wide I’m gonna name those stars after you I’m gonna name those stars And I’ll find you in the dark We all know You’re almost a human soul And the more like a human you get Then the more that I bet That you’ll explode
4.
After the afterparty, the night begins Wearing your headphones, your sorrows are drowned You’re dancing to different songs as the DJs spin The music is loud but we don’t make a sound Cause’ the Si. Lent. Dis. Co.’s Yours and yours alone Where your shyness drops You can disconnect from Everyone you’ve known And the neighbors never call the cops This is a silent disco Silent disco Didn’t you know social dancing is obsolete? And moving to radio waves isn’t strange So if you fear that we’re locked to a common beat Just turn your dial and the music is changed Cause’ the Si. Lent. Dis. Co.’s Yours and yours alone Where your shyness drops You can disconnect from Everyone you’ve known And the neighbors never call the cops This is a silent disco Silent disco Disconnect You’re gonna disconnect You’re gonna disconnect From life Si. Lent. Dis. Co. Where your shyness drops Where the bullshit stops
5.
Which House? 03:18
6.
Summer is at its height And this night will be the shortest of the year Everything is green But fifteen is old enough to feel fear And you and I feel it here Just yesterday we met And I forget how many days it’s been since then But I am leaving for lifetime I am cut off at the stem And the plane leaves at ten A.M. And my friends are all drunk outside but I don’t care At this party to say goodbye we hide upstairs On a bed that’s just three feet wide In the minutes before daylight We don’t have to act like we’re not scared We lock our hands, so small and white While our eyes are dark and filling up with rain We never kiss or really speak We can only play that tape again And again and again and again Summer is unkind It’s the time when you forget each other’s names But I remember our burning tears And how we felt the same All the embers and the flame And the music will sing till dawn As we gaze and we hold our tongues Till we’re lit by the loveless sun And the night fades to dream Till you’re vanished and I am gone And they strip this room clean Tomorrow is just outside, it strides and tears Through this party to say goodbye, and we cry upstairs On a bed that’s just three feet wide Where it feels like the whole world died But we don’t have to act like we’re not scared
7.
When you’ve worn a blindfold for a day or two Through eyelids you will start to pick up color and see shapes And you can hear the sizzling electricity inside you When the air is still and dark, your own liminal watermark There’s a map of the world drawn on your body And when you’re gone I am the river, when you’re gone I carve the canyon And the path from the world is so familiar That without sight I know exactly where I’m standing I’m not pretending You are here again today It’s muscle memory How our fingers find their way It’s muscle memory Unplanned the borders that we chart It’s muscle memory All our defense in disarray And if there’s more than one way to appear to you Then I will spend forever just returning to be seen For there beyond the blindness and the headless and the hunger I’m reflecting on your skin every impulse you take in You’re the map from the knower to the unknown And I follow without footsteps, yes I kill without connecting And the path is the palmistry, the ash, and the autumn leaves And the blooming of your voice in resurrection
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9.
Have miles split you apart? We come from Heaven’s fall Et convertet cor patrum ad filios et cor filiorum ad patres eorum ne forte veniam et percutiam terram anathemate We have come miles from split heavens You fall apart
10.
There was no music before and there will be none after but lightning struck so close its burn and smell rip the scalp, palms ache, a gush of adrenaline; the split second between bloodtooth rage and the mind’s measure the headless pang the gravity shock. There was no music before and there will be none after step out, rise up become the armory, the arboretum, the arbitrary, dance on rafters; carve a private place from the world, and fill it with water fish there for supper with filaments to nowhere. There was no music before and there will be none after the sky’s gone white, the moon’s gone stubborn; all ears that listened fast have flatlined, all strings that shook the air are softer, growing back into the animals they once were: catgut feather boneflute drumskin orange and red and black with nothing, hearts beneath the ground start thumping clammering rushing. There was no music before and there will be none after and the sound they call noise is the sound we call laughter.

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SEEMING's 2014 debut Madness & Extinction was marked by its uncompromising anti-humanism, and so fans might be surprised by the accessibility of their newest release—-to say nothing of its format. Now available on Artoffact Records, Silent DiscoVery is more than a physical single for the stomper Silent Disco (previously given a digital release): it showcases a full 10 unreleased songs created during the Madness & Extinction sessions.

And did we mention that it's an 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE? Resurrecting the near-obsolete disco-era format, SEEMING refuses the norms of the present even as they serve up strikingly modern pop. It's impossible to rewind an 8-Track, but you can skip around its four sides. No need to worry if you haven't got an old hi-fi; there's a download coupon included.

Silent DiscoVery is a full-fledged bonus album to Madness & Extinction that feeds SEEMING's hungry fanbase, offers new listeners shimmeringly catchy synthpop to hum, and musically chronicles the band's formation out of the ashes of cult darkwave act ThouShaltNot. Come hear the future and the past collide now.

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released December 15, 2014

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