Benthic Lines

by Dan Lyth and the Euphrates

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Braulio Rivas
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Braulio Rivas A beautiful introduction to some great artist on bandcamp. This album creates a transition by different emotions and feelings, leaving you at the end with an amazing sensation of peace. Favorite track: Four Creatures.
Nara Verse
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Nara Verse Taken by surprise. That song keeps looping, when it's not on, it's in my head. It's a fight of some sort, a march, ongoing. I need that. Thank you. Favorite track: Earth Broke Its Vow.
Melissa Nally
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Melissa Nally This song makes me feel like passive-aggressively fighting someone. In a calm way; ya feel me? Favorite track: Earth Broke Its Vow.
willy
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willy Dan Lyth continues to show that he is not only a creative songwriter, but also a genius at sound design. Being recorded outside and not in an acoustically treated environment adds to the natural and real feel of the audio. Absolutely my favorite album of Dan's. Favorite track: Four Creatures.
Samuel Haefner
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Samuel Haefner Being one of my favorite artists of all time, Dan Lyth surpassed my highest expectations and released this amazing album. The outdoor recording element adds something wonderful, something which can't be described, but is immensely enjoyable. Favorite track: This Time In November.
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    Sixty page book printed on thick matte paper stock. 13cm x 14cm (CD case size). Contains photographs of the recording process, illustrations of the recording locations, all of the lyrics and a 6000 word short story. Comes with a CD and download code.

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    Sixty page book printed on thick matte paper stock. 13cm x 14cm (CD case size). Contains photographs of the recording process, illustrations of the recording locations, all of the lyrics and a 6000 word short story. Comes with a download code (but no CD).

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1.
All My Love 05:13
Our street erased Raised into cloud or lowered in waves Either way the veil was close And I had lost my sight Hidden creatures creep Green turns to rust and lies to sleep Round my feet that tiptoe past Although they know not where The computer at my thigh For all its skills can’t prophesy Our course extends unclear But know this I’ll give you oh my dear All my love, all my love Loom of land appears Strange cry of hoolcraw haunts our ears Halts our resolve, removes our breath But there is no way back Ginormosaurs* awake Ghouliphants lurch out from the lake I hold your hand and we press on Press on to firmer ground The caves beyond my chest Drip with uncertainty, unrest Unsure and insecure But through them I’ll walk for nothing less All my love, all my love Call me out, call me out love I was already lost Call me out, don’t seal it up my love I was already lost in all my love *Ginormosaur is the name of a band that David Moyes (from The Scottish Enlightenment) and Dan are going to form one day. Ghouliphant is currently still available.
2.
My brother, he was faithful In wisdom he would say - “The pale horse falters Death scares no longer The two horned draws near Forget all fear” But then it all kicked off One Friday, two o’clock They picked you up and I’ve not seen you in weeks, I worry Timelapse this slow collapse So tired of being entrapped Change my name, shave my beard but every day it’s the same High in Phoenician sky I saw the alibi die Four creatures circle above with many eyes Riding the Eblaite air Calling “enough is enough” Four creatures circle above with many eyes Rooms filled with smoke Blood pressure rise Lines of red are torn through I need a line to find you Words are bent on Straight Street Lower me over those city walls Marksmen are everywhere Looking out on the square This Spring feels like the worst winter we’ve had in years We shot some video Scenes that would not be shown Think what you will but the devil’s in the pixels on my phone
3.
Under the stars we sleep Betrayed by our concrete and bricks we can no longer trust Homes turned to graves in the dust All that once was solid The city capsizes and everyone's overboard The earth broke its vow And danced like the sea I said "what shall I cry?" All is all lost in the dust Knocked from our knees to our backs Where will, where will we journey from here? All is all lost in the dust Knocked from our knees to our backs When will the glory be revealed? The monsters think they can come back And take hold of old haunts We stand at the gates with our swords Hunt down and kill as we've sworn Hidden bright cogs are turning All your uniforms will help to heal the wounds and to rebuild walls But nothing will bring back my love
4.
The M8 was closed with drifts on the road The lorries lay down, made angels of snow Cars formed a conga but nobody danced All the brains and the fingers had no freaking chance Of getting to work, but there was no point The blackouts remained, the panic was taut And up in the sky the silver iodide Lined every cloud high, made every cloud lie The lines were all down, the days were all dark Lives were undone and chaos was sparked The cables installed along ocean floors Is where we had lived too long for sure Animals scoffed “Inadequate beasts!” As digital kids fought over feed There were fires on the ridges in no time at all Weirded out voices and bangs on the door* So we took a boat and sailed it for years Attacked every month by monsters and fears Through pestilent storms and cauldrons of sea Till one day at last the doldrums we reached Silence of calm. Stillness of sea. Absence of wind. Banquet of peace. I sit and write, watch you and the child I catch a smile, I think we’ll be fine. * Reference to a line from 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy
5.
We were hunting, always hunting We were chasing, always searching Not arriving, never finding Self-deceiving, unbelieving All consuming, we were exhuming We were stealing without feeling We were storing, we were hoarding We were stalking without halting We were holding all our gold and We were crumbling, we were rusting O we have been consumed! There was fire, there was dragon There was burning, we were running We were hunted, we were hiding We were searching, never finding There was monster, there was teeth and We were bones and we were meat All confusion, all illusion All imagined except dragon O we have been consumed!
6.
Warmer sea Floating in far lunar dream Head on hands Drifting in deep hidden lands Until an unearthly tone Reveals your home Your secret's out I've seen your quiet hideout Your quiet hideout You compose God only knows what fabric of notes Journeying muse Keep painting yourself in fair delicate hues Until all that's coarse and bright The noise and light You come to find And leave your old life inside Your life inside You won't remember This time in November
7.
I almost had found what I always had sought One moment profound one glorious thought A notion divine to have graced my mind My final lines to be cast into iron But the click-clacking calls and discreet creeping claws Render all else as nought and put death to the thought Almost formed Fallen cold This is the speed at which we choose to travel The rate at which all our thoughts unravel Hunting for flies and consumed by our finds It's the rise and decline of the fruit of our minds Still I rejoice at avoiding the abyss Keep hold of my coins and my personal bliss Mortal, flawed Morbid hoard So we'll make our peace with the surface of seas While leviathans lurk in the deep underneath And forget all we've learned All the scrolls we have burned Forget our concerns and the stones left unturned Because this is the speed at which we travel The rate at which all our thoughts unravel Almost formed Fallen cold We had feeling we had lost We were stealing it had cost We sold our sight, we sold our sight We were hunting we had searched We were building it had burnt We knew what's right, we knew what's right Hark, hear marching, call the far-flung shards of your heartache Taking, breaking, unafraid by the acres of darkness
8.
Super Nature 05:01
Here are the facts No secrets to find A dry stone wall Nothing sacred at all But then my heart went down And I was undone But then my heart went down And my chest got tight But then my heart went down And I was afraid But then my heart went down And I wanted more All the circumferences I held I will leave Throw all myself at your table I will eat Lost to most festive of feelings I drink your wine Taste every crop that we planted All at once It's black and it's white No reverence required The thesis is clear No mystery here

credits

released May 12, 2014

All songs written and recorded by Dan Lyth.
Recording took place entirely outdoors in a variety of locations.

Arranged by Greg Bell, Alastair MacGregor and Dan Lyth.

Performed by Greg Bell, Natasha Bell, Alastair MacGregor, Dan Lyth and Sarah Lyth.

Double bass performed by Dara Stewart.

Trombone performed by Tim Lane.
Trumpet performed by Philip Cardwell.
French Horn performed by Marcus Britton.

Brass and French Horn arrangements written by Alastair MacGregor.

Mastered by Alan Douches.


Front cover image - Leviathan, 2008. © Matthew Cusick
Book layout and design by Sarah Lyth.
Photos by Greg Bell, Natasha Bell, Dan Lyth and Sarah Lyth.
Already Here written by Craig Rennie.


For more information, videos, photos and a map of recording locations visit benthiclines.com



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