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This Vast Illusion

by Arts & Leisure

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1.
Riptide 03:30
You are like a raging riptide Turned around and on the wrong side My silent fight under the surface Has given me a sense of purpose It can't be me That takes you home It can't be me That makes you whole Once the recklessness of your regard Makes an anchor of your sweetheart Drag her beneath the waves to blackness Taste the tears and grieve the sweetness It can't be me That takes you home It can't be me That makes you whole Close your eyes Hold your breath Let it go Let it rest
2.
Book Of Life 02:59
Oh, the history i missed Has taken such a shape Hidden from my memory The milestones of my fate Book of life Of dreams beyond the pale How was i Given a soul to sell I’m directing, course-correcting Burning up the wires I want everything to stop But this world is on fire Book of life Of ritual and rite Bye and bye Bones cold as blue ice Could i die just a little Could i do with a little rain I just can’t feign A fine indifference Salty acidic pain A horse pill If i will Book of life Of dreams beyond the pale How was i Given a soul to sell
3.
Pretty 03:25
Chloe says she doesn't care Goes out of her way to never say your name All recollection's unclear No one's to blame in her version of this game Flashes of light in the sky Torrential darkness and stinging rain Finds you feeling the lows and the highs Shut it down Drag the night from your suitcase Don't you know you're so pretty Pretty messed up Pretty strange, yeah Save it for a special occasion Like a bus stop or train station I never knew I’m like you We're so similar You've already said happy birthday On the saddest of occasions A storm is alight in her eyes No one remembers No, nothing can breach Her memories of water and sand Lightning strikes Stealing light from her new town It’s rain rain raining all over Because you bring stormy weather It was you all the time Seasons change, we'll be fine
4.
t’s the dead end of fall The heart of october It’s almost halloween I’m back at your house I’m watching the driveway Like it’s a movie screen They say it gets better with time As if you were a bottle of wine I remember your car Burgundy vinyl Outsiders looking in We dressed our wounds Ate ashes for breakfast Ghosts in unfurnished homes Near or far A swirl of stars so bright Their light goes on Way beyond their time to shine So save us from the dark Near or far As years go by your light shines on and on
5.
Hollow 03:07
I live in a hollow In the midnight hour You may follow me here Take care, adventure seeker Maps will turn to dust Many bones lie here still I could tell you but i don't know Time is trapped here, it moves so slow I'm awake now and i will grow Until i go back to sleep Under the weeping willow I lay cloaked in dreams Beside my silent hill I could tell you but i don't know Time is trapped here, it moves so slow I'm awake now and i will grow Until i go back to sleep
6.
Night Garden 03:35
Faded and soft Evening has found me Lost in my thoughts Cedar and moss He’s here Ah Hoping to find You in the night garden Howl at the moon I’ll see you soon, darling Ah The grass is damp on my bare feet as i race down the path You’ve brought the wine like you promised There’s no going back I can only hope this time I’m dreaming, not sleeping I can only close my eyes For something in between Under the stars Owls are hunting I’m much too small I must keep hiding Ah
7.
Spires 04:35
Spires ahead Five days on the calendar When will it begin Night falls when you close your eyes If you start over then today You’re new in a different way Maybe this is real Is this how you’re supposed to feel Voices in your head Stranger than the dreams you know When the clock strikes, it’s time to wake Morning or midnight When the clock strikes, it’s time to wake You’ll find a way Faults are aligned to the stars of our time Written in light on a darkening sky Shading to blue of a perilous hue I’m trying to connect all the lines All around the garden wall Shades gather and dissolve Star jasmine in the air They’re awake and waiting here Faults are aligned to the stars of our time Written in light on a darkening sky Shading to blue of a perilous hue I’m trying to connect all the lines
8.
Transistor 02:22
Time is unwell I couldn't tell White's gone to grey Turned to lucite Upwards of now Laughing at clouds Flying around like a lost kite Transistor radio agrees Summer happens once And when it's over you will see Who's left out in the sun So many ways, so many names I never thought to go backwards Pull on the thread Unmake the bed Go find doll heads in the backyard Transistor radio agrees Summer happens once And when it's over you will see Who's left out in the sun Orange crush by the swimming pool Shoulders burning a sweet red Terrified of an awkward glance Eyes kept forward to my book
9.
Winter Hide 02:48
An echo told me to betray The ghosts of all my yesterdays And dimly now i comprehend The vast wreckage of all my ends I can't afford to hesitate My heart still beats, it's not too late Smash the window, eat the crow Just survive, it's all i know My winter hide is fawn and grey The muzzle of a hound at bay The dogs have caught my scent, i run A fox into the morning sun I can't afford to hesitate At full stop, i'll meet my fate The stars are fixed and i'm too slow Just survive, it's all i know
10.
I should go, don’t forget We can’t lose each other yet There’s no such thing as a clean break after all Take it slow, i don’t mind We were friends before I lie here awake and Read the writing on the wall Find myself alone on losing ground Flyers with my face in every town Houses full of shadows in every door I can't make sense of this anymore It's so strange, time goes by Without you i wonder why Did i made the right decisions for us both Late at night or Light of day This old fiction's here to stay... Black or white Is only found in shades of grey
11.
Shadow 02:27
I was once beloved But was taken by a dream Champagne on ice Wood burning bright Black velvet sky tore at my heart I'm floating backwards Pulled from the light Lulled by a song into the night I was once beloved But was taken by a dream From my icy domain I see it all so clear You called my name in vain But i'll never appear I'm a shadow
12.
When summer's a memory You come to mind You walk through these empty rooms Cast out of time Morning has broken Blinding and white Not quite a beginning With no end in sight Whenever i see you i begin to fade Caught in the blue light of your gaze I'm choking on words that i can't ever say Wishing that i could make you stay The storm of the season Is closing in The banshee is screaming Through curtains of rain I've got tomorrow under my skin I'm down for the count It's happening over again When all i can do is less than nothing, dear I don't even know why i'm here I’m chasing the voice i love with all my will Running though time is standing still
13.
Magic 02:42
It's the rain in your hair It's the shine in your stare It's the shade i'm conjuring to warn you It's the cards that you read It's the magic you bleed Like the visions that surround the sounds that blind you All these things that catch my eye Terrible the rings that i Am navigating Though the circle’s infinite There’s an end somewhere inside This vast illusion It's the crimson inside It's the heart that you hide It's the ghosts of lovers lost and waiting In the black of the night When the moon's shining bright Who will be walking here beside me? All these things that catch my eye Terrible the rings that i Am navigating Though the circle’s infinite There’s an end somewhere inside This vast illusion

credits

released October 31, 2022

gerri white: vocals, guitar
tim white: bass
cory vick: guitar
ed carroll: drums

allen clap: additional instruments

recorded at mystery lawn mountain
produced by allen clapp
mastered by myles boisen

cover image by gerri white
design by john conley / blkbrix


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Arts & Leisure, featuring former members of Baby Grand, The English Singles and Plastic Shoelaces, combine elements of ’60s pop, ’70s power pop, and ’80s new wave, all of which help to craft the group’s buzzy, super charged indie pop. Their new album ‘This Vast Illusion’, due Nov. 18th was produced by Allen Clapp (The Orange Peels). ... more

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