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Afar

by Ice Choir

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1.
I want to die, I want to feel you like the stars behind my eyes The force applied, Fingers pulling from the dark to break my spine Feed me to the night, the day wears thin Give me all your air, your blood, your sin I want you now and always I'll take the pill, Be the inheritor to all your psychic will I'll get a grip, I'll be content to drink the sweat from off your wrists Skip me to the end and fill me in Give me all your air, your blood, your sin I want you now and always And when the far horizon calls I only need to shut my ears and not say a thing… ….For flesh exchanged, my blood will sing Don't go away, I'm reeling from your gold-dust poisoning I want you now and always
2.
Teletrips 03:48
You were a shape-shifting terror Chasing time 'round the talking table Through plastic walls, the abstract world Coasting on high as the royal curious one (As if it could be more obscene You willed yourself inside the screen) History, fantasy Falling around the child Glorious lunacy Kaleidoscopic cries Misery, sympathy Tarry or stand aside! Televised ecstasy Color across our eyes! You were a strange interference Twisting up frowns as the morals crumbled They switched the dials to slow you down Youth's prism dashed, you recalled reality's wall (And grew up fast, a libertine Some harmless trysts, no lesson gleaned) History, fantasy Falling around the child Glorious lunacy Kaleidoscopic cries Misery, sympathy Tarry or stand aside! Televised ecstasy Color across our eyes!
3.
Your gun called my name Through the slime, I traced you to fame Not so much the place you cut your teeth As where you reside I am the criminal in your vision of hell Your vision of hell The witch behind the spell and The guilt is terrible You die here everyday As your face is etched in the gray Now reduced to packets in a wire As your hate subsides I am the criminal in your vision of hell Your vision of hell It never ended well you know… (I saw your cut-out shape flicker from the sterile throne just below the outpost; a portrait of the architect retired.. …It's cruel i know, but someone's gotta be SACRIFICED) Bad sectors in the mind Bricks were laid and bombs, they were timed You became the naturally select And the incorrect I am the criminal in your vision of hell Your vision of hell The witch behind the spell and The guilt is terrible I am the criminal in your vision of hell Your vision of hell The witch behind the spell and Now it is plain to tell you won't be SATISFIED
4.
Bounding 03:44
Wound agape the blade Sear'ed heart, Bound for… Wilted melody, rusted prose Darkening the mind, my beast through snow Now, trapped at last On and on, through endless vast New scenery swells Tides of discontent Guide my arc of flight Bend the compass arm, And steer me clear of harm(ony) You, my fading song Tatter'ed cloth Hang on Needled cliffs will turn To fields of felt; A quilted earth From cell to cell New bitter desires Told my guilt, "Be still awhile" Vice, cold in the vein Whispering backwards in the rain, Elysian and false So guide my arc of flight Bend the compass arm, And steer me clear of harm(ony) I want your love Or isolate control A fractured shape, Some silhouetted goal… …I'm bounding back my love Guide my arc of flight Bend the compass arm, And steer me clear of harm(ony)
5.
Two Rings 04:07
Tears are drawn up into fingertips In turn corrode the stone Calloused gray when it was meaningful, Now it blends in with your bones Oh, you could spin a lovely future One scrim between the kiss But on this side, amongst the dimming light I almost don't exist (All is lost, Peering behind the velvet cloth) I had found you like a monolith Five speeds to my exhaust Tearing through the moonlit desert salts Obsidian-eyed and lost Here you exist alone, in parallel Black ring upon your hand Thieving seers had fed you oracles So you met all of my demands (All those dreams, Soft and uncertain against my teeth) Wearing away Two rings, a violent end Away! Away! Asunder! I could talk around in circles Dragging my dull and worn excuse And I'd get whatever I deserve Within the run-out groove Wearing away Two rings, a violent end
6.
Afar 03:02
Strange words The sound of another time Away Forever to cast out my eyes (With a vacuous wake not too far behind) Back drift The blue it will shift, it will writhe A gift; The tropics ablaze neon light ('Till some manic wind, a hard push to the right) What I need more Always afar White noise, Help me forget how to speak THE VOID Accepting of all that I see (Collected thoughts, all scattered beneath) What I need more Always afar Still longing for the reason (Always unseen) Always beyond my reach
7.
His plumage deceived My childhood dreams, blue-green Pulled by a thread Through time's riverbed, upstream And as I mend the seam, he spills; Flesh to steam How I would haste these patient days To know your verdant lawns (You flaunt your shine, so pavonine) But you run away, terrified And now I cannot tell what's your's from mine Or what i'll find He thinks he is free but My shadow, it hangs in the reeds Once soft, supple limbs Now taut with attentive greed (And now i want your head, my quilled diadem) A conscience bound and struggling Once dazzled eyes, you've lost (The glow, the beat, in self-deceit) But you'd rather gag on the rime Than share the hearth and watch the cold retreat Upon receipt With readied blade My trembling future In one hundred eyes Could I rewind, I would trade it all Just to chase you through Soft pearls of dew The warmth and hue…
8.
I will sing the ice choir Oh, transient defeat Lifeless world, my heart aches like The wind through empty streets Spared of good tidings, Not dressed in ribbons of gold And gathering winters gifts untold A vibrating crystal; Frost-whipped and singing through air, Wait not for me love, i won't be there Feel now for the heartbeat Feel now for the pulse Look now brittle treetops Look now frozen pond... Can you see yourself? I will sing the ice choir Oh, transient defeat Lifeless world, my heart aches like The wind through empty streets Crushed and degraded, Mapped to the black and the white Descending like snow, o' holy night And you were the whisper Beside the hardening fear; We'll melt to the language of the spheres Feel now for the heartbeat Feel now for the pulse Look now brittle treetops Look now frozen pond... Can you see yourself? I have joined the ice choir Contracted in the cold I will sing the aria When all the birds have flown *** …Now we are the ice choir In hibernating pose To listen for the crack of spring Or push against the rose... Can you see yourself?
9.
Everything is spoilt by use Perhaps, to your dismay, You will stand for my abuse And never slip away How your cup of autumn's wealth Will overflow the sky Pleasures all intangible An anthem soft and sly So put your tension on the string Echoing, a warning Fraught with fear and detached From all those gifts, sincere Trust, I'd spite to keep you near Everything is spoilt by use And soured with decay Still I stand for your abuse On prominent display And you could have the languid winds The harvest carols, clear But you'll accept the stillborn spring As long as I am here So you can sing your songs of red As crashing dawn comes swarming Dulcet-eyed as fever taxes What you broke; No reprieve from all bespoke Ever winter night (Soundless and yet, cloying) Set me free (Dear misery) Sing a song of red A long, unraveled warning Wayward one, how I liked you better On your own; Happiness is never home

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released July 31, 2012

All songs written, produced and engineered by Kurt Feldman.
Kurt Feldman - voice, programming, guitar, synthesizers.

With guests:
Patrick South - Fretless bass on tracks 2, 4 and 9. Synthesizer on 8.
Caroline Polacheck - Voice on track 9.
Jorge Elbrecht - Additional programming on track 5.

Mixed by Jorge Elbrecht
Mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde
Cover art by Valerie Caputo

A WINTER STATION PRODUCTION

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Ice Choir Brooklyn, New York

Ice Choir is Kurt Feldman

Live Personnel:
Kurt Feldman, Patrick South, Avery Brooks, Raphael Radna

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