ThunderKryst EP

by Language of Shapes

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Recorded and produced by Language of Shapes in an apartment in South Korea.

Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering.

Skull artwork by Sul Yubin.

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released 21 April 2015

Tristram Burden - Vocals, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, string triggered synth
J.E. Seuk - Vocals, mandolin
Patrick Mackay - Guitar
Courtland Miles - Bass
Bobby Goldberg - Djembe

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Language of Shapes Gangwon-do, South Korea

Psych-fi Sci-folk

Formed in South Korea in 2010.

Tristram Burden - vocals, mandolin, other stringed things, French horn
J.E. Seuk - vocals, mandolin, flute
Patrick Mackay - guitar
Courtland Miles - bass
Bobby Goldberg - djembe

"Delightful, badass, and necessary." - Dirty Hippie Radio
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Track Name: Push Hard and Swallow
Push Hard and Swallow

And you fall asleep, yes, you fall asleep, you fall asleep while you're winning.

And why did we fall asleep at the signs that love's not enough to get by?
It's floating like dots in our eyes, forever escaping our mind.
Breaking our will to survive, and leaving in tatters our lives.
There's no turning back back from the skies that crash 'round our ears like a tide.

All we want's some truth. Lay bare our minds to the truth. Naked and trembling before the truth.
It's not much to ask for the truth. Like we're not somehow broken the truth. There's no point in waiting the truth. We're already broken the truth.

And you fall asleep, yes, you fall asleep, you fall asleep while you're winning.

Time runs faster than light when you're blind to the cracks that age leaves on the lines.
You're not so much happy as tired, to the warp of the whens and the whys.
Lies whispered in dreams deep at night, keep us all safe from the fires
The comforts you grip tight in hand, fall through the fingers like sand.

All we want's some truth. Lay bare our minds to the truth. Naked and trembling before the truth.
Like we're not somehow broken the truth. It's not much to ask for the truth. There's no point in waiting the truth. Push hard and swallow the truth.
Track Name: Jaws of a Friend (2015)
Jaws of a Friend

All you've got to show for your lifetime of safety is regret
The street lamps that light your way home are the faces of angels
disguised as a threat
The concrete that strangles the earth beneath comforts your toes
But the wildness that raps on your window at night
Won't cease its compulsion to grow.

Advice when you're hearing those voices again
The best place to hide is the jaws of a friend
And once you're inside them
You'll peek through their teeth
And all their opinions become your beliefs.

The egg in the nest of your chimney's hatching a beast
With talon and wing it threatens to tear
The skin from your mask while you sleep
And all of the mantras you mindlessly parrot in vain
Are said to a god that celebrates torture
And secretly laughs at your pain.

Advice when you're hearing those voices again
The best place to hide is the jaws of a friend
And once you're inside them
You'll peek through their teeth
And all their opinions become your beliefs.
Track Name: Now We've Seen the Dead (2015)
Now We've Seen the Dead

The hourglass is dropping the trains are all stopping,
you can't shield the sun from your eyes.
The winters are colder, the moon so much older,
tomorrow's bereft of surprise.
Your paths are all crooked, your friends became wicked,
The instant you unveiled their lies.
Your crime while forgivable's never forgettable
Long-dead your known alibis.

"Move closer," the siren said to me,
"The storms over, it's time to brave the sea."
And linking arms blindly you leap to the water
Clutching a rose in your teeth,
The thorns of the flower puncture your gums,
and the blood seeping summons the beast.

Fix the serpent 'round the stone,
Now we've seen the dead the fractals show.
Of all the ghosts we've ever loved and known.
“Hello,” you whisper, “is anybody there?”

The guests are outside and there's no-place to hide in
And no-one remembers your name.
The days they seem darker, the nights so much longer,
These people they all look the same.
You haven't tried talking 'cos nobody's listening,
and there's nothing worth knowing to say.
And while you are walking these endlessly squawking birds
Dance around your head unafraid.

Smooth over the silence and the need,
You've ignored the cure for your disease.
Leaving the living to fend in the darkness seems the next logical step.
The lovers, the killers, the fool and the sage have appointments that you've never kept.

Fix the serpent 'round the stone
Now we've seen the dead the fractals show.
All the ghosts we've ever loved and known.
“Hello,” you whisper, “is anybody there?”

(You needn't try talking, 'cos nobody's listening)
We want the simple life of fools,
But now we've seen the dead.
Track Name: ThunderKryst (EP Version)
ThunderKryst

I walked through the depths of the city
The grime and the neon cleared and I saw your name in lights
A yod a heh and a shin and a vau heh
And you said you walked with me
Through the blood the shit and tears that within there burns a Christ
A simple truth eternal whispered.

Free to live
Free to run
This shell just a transient vehicle
For a fragment of the Sun.

And so we outgrow the life for which we're conditioned
Spirits free to stretch between the sea and sky
commandments an heirloom shell of a slave race
To extend beyond the shape of our limits
A birthright coded deep into our DNA
Spiral source of all and nothing.

Free to live
Free to run
To move past the abject emptiness
Of the robots we've become.

Free to live
Free to run
This mask just a hollow testament to the beauty of the Sun.

Amidst the silent voices roars a word
Love
Free to live
Free to run
An intergalactic experiment
For a God to Flesh become.