Possessions

by Little Shadow

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These six tracks on Little Shadows debut release, Possessions, evoke memories of later Hopesfall, Cursive, and at their more dischordant and punishing, a more melodic Nation Blue. All of this is coupled with vocalist Cam Gillard’s stories being told with a balance of layered analogies, and brutal honesty, whilst delivered in a more angelic and balanced tone than his previous work. It’s a fine moment for a relatively fresh band when they can set the benchmark for their peers in such a seemingly effortless manner.

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released June 9, 2012

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Track Name: Altruistic
IN THE BLUR OF THE BEST KIND OF BENDER WE SLIDE INTO CONVERSATION ABOUT THE
FINEST LIVES WE SHOULD BE LIVING
SCARRED TO DIE ALONE WE CLING TO ONE ANOTHER
I PROMISED YOU WE WOULD WATCH THE WORLD END AND TOGETHER WE WOULD TRAVERSE
THE ETHER
I REALLY WISH NOTHING WERE MORE TRUE THAN THIS
WHILE OUR PUPILS FLOOD BACK AS THE NIGHT WEARS ON
THE MORE WE TRY AND FIGHT IT THE MORE WE CARRY ON
WITH THE FLIGHTLESS ROMANCE
WITH THE MINDLESS DRINKING
WITH THE HOPE THAT THIS TIME WE CAN MAKE OUR IDEA OF GRANDEUR COME TRUE
YOU TELL ME THAT SOME PEOPLE CANT LIVE AVERAGE LIVES AND I TELL YOU THERE
IS NO SUCH THING AS AVERAGE
I HOPE WHEN THE SUN COMES UP WE LIVE THE KIND OF LIVES WE ALWAYS TALKED
ABOUT WHEN WE ARE HIGH
Track Name: Balancing Act
TRAVERSE THE ROPE WITH A MAGNIFICENT DROP UNDER FEET
WITH ARMS AS OUR BALANCE BEAMS
WITH NO FEAR OF FALLING, WITH NO FEAR OF FAILING
THE PETAL FALLS FROM THE FLOWER WHILE THE STEM WILTS AWAY
WE WILL FIGHT THE WILL OF NATURE
THE GRAND DESIGNERS NEVER CONTENT TO SUBMIT TO THEIR ARCHAIC WAYS
NEW WINDS ARE FORMING, NEW AIR IS BREATHING DOWN OUR NECKS
ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE WILL ENGULF US WITH THE NOTION THAT SOMEDAY
WE WILL LIVE FOREVER
TAKE COMFORT IN THE PETAL FALLING, IN THE WIND THAT BEATS AGAINST THE
CLIFFS
IN OUR ABILITY TO ADVANCE AGAINST OUR WILL
WE STAND WITH OPEN MOUTHS BUT THE LONELY WORDS THEY NEVER COME OUT, THEY
NEVER COME OUT
BRIGHT EYES WITH NO IDEA WHAT TO DO NEXT
WE ARE SPOILT FOR CHOICE AND OVERWHELMED
JUST HOPING SOMEONE WILL STEER US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
THAT SOMEONE ELSE WILL TAKE THE REIGNS BEFORE IT’S ALL TOO LATE
IF WE ARE LEFT TO OUR OWN DEVICES WHO KNOWS HOW IT WILL TURN OUT
WE NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR PROBLEM CHOICES
AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NEW WIND
BEFORE FORM FALLS AWAY.
Track Name: Tattoos Are For Lonely People
WE WERE ALL SET TO BE SUPER HEROS AND STARS, TOLD THAT WE COULD BE
ANYTHING
UNTIL THEY BOXED UP ALL OUR TOYS AND POURED CONCRETE OVER THE SANDPIT
AND THEY WONDER WHY SO MANY LOST THE SPARK IN THEIR EYES
FORCED TO ASSIMILATE ON THEIR TERMS THEY TRIED TO DRIVE THE PASSION FROM
OUR LIVES
BUT I NEVER WALKED THEIR PATH AND I NEVER LET SOMEONE HOLD IT OVER ME
I NEVER WORKED FOR SOMEONE ELSE, I’M NOT CAPABLE OF LEADING A NORMAL LIFE
WHEN I’M ASKED DO I REGRET IT, NOT FOR A SINGLE SECOND…
JUST LIKE MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS I CARVED OUT MY OWN DESTINY ON PAPER
I WAS NEVER CUT OUT TO ABIDE BY SOMEONE ELSES VERSION OF HOW I SHOULD BE
I WAS NEVER CUT OUT TO ABIDE
SO WE WERE ALL SET OUT TO BE SUPER HEROS AND STARS UNTIL THEY BROKE SO
MANY WILLS
BOXED UP ALL OUR TOYS AND PORED CONCRETE OVER THE SANDPIT
THEY KNOW WHY SO MANY LOST THE SPARK IN THEIR EYES
Track Name: Intervention
AND YOU CALL IT INVENTION WHEN YOU ARE REPEATING YOURSELF FOR THE SAKE OF
NOTORIETY
YOU HAVE BECOME THE BITTER SEED YOU ALWAYS FEARED
HAVE LED YOURSELF TO BELIVE THAT THIS PLACE STOLE YOUR DIGNITY
WE ALL BATTLE THE PERILS OF PERFECTION IN OUR LUCID DREAMS
BUT THERE ARE CLEARER OPTIONS YOU’LL SEE.
SO LETS BURN THE PHOTOS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL THIS WAY AND SEND THE COFFINS
OF YOUR PAINFUL PAST OUT TO SEA
THE RED FLAG WAS RAISED BEFORE THE RACE WAS RUN
THE WAR PLANS WERE DRAWN UP FOR A BATTLE THAT NEVER BEGUN AND YOUR STILL
STUCK HERE FEELING LIKE IT WAS ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT
YOU HAVE BECOME LIKE FAULT LINE UNDER CONSTANT PRESSURE WISHING SO MUCH
THAT YOU COULD OPEN UP
SO LETS BURN THE PHOTOS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL THIS WAY AND SEND THE COFFINS
OF YOUR PAINFUL PAST OUT TO SEA
GIVE YOURSELF THE CHANCE TO FEEL SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST THIS MISERY
BLIND WITH ANGER BY THE SUCCESS OF THE PEOPLE YOU CLAIM TO LOVE
YOU CAN’T CARRY THIS RESENTMENT IF YOU EVER WISH TO BE AWAKE IN THIS LIGHT
STEP BACK AND TAKE IN BEFORE THE SHIP SAIL FROM THIS HARBOUR AND YOU’RE
LEFT STANDING ON A PIER ALL ALONE
Track Name: Ebullient in Nature
SELL ME THE MAPS TO INNOCUOUS LIVING
DRAPE ME IN THE CLOTH OF OUR FOREFATHERS WISDOM
TEACH ME TO SMILE IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY WE WILL ALL BE CONFRONTED WITH
ONE DAY
VICARIOUS EARS LISTEN TO SUPPLE MOUTHS BREAK NEWS OF A CURE THAT’S WITHIN
OUR LIVES
WE ARE BUT STEPS IN THE LADDER
WE HAVE HOPES MORE DEFINED THAN DOCTRINE
VOYERS TRAPPED IN A NEVER ENDING LINE
SO TAKE ME TO THE ALTER AND SHOW ME WHERE THEY WENT WRONG
LEAD ME BLINDFOLDED INTO A FIELD TO LISTEN TO NATURES SONG
SHOWERED WITH FALSE AFFECTION, JUST GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT
WE WILL LET THE RECORD SHOW WE LEFT FAR FROM A PERFECT TRAIL
WE ARE BUT STEPS IN THE LADDER
WE HAVE HOPES MORE DEFINED THAN DOCTRINE
VOYERS TRAPPED IN A NEVER ENDING LINE
I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE DAY WHEN WE BLEED THE BUREAUCRACIES DRY AND WATCH THE
ECONOMIES VANISH INTO THIN AIR.
Track Name: The Curator
FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER WE HAVE LIVED SEPARATE LIVES IN THE COMPANY
OF OTHERS
FATAL IN OUR CHOICES AND YET WE WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY
SO WE PLACE OUR HANDS ON EACH OTHER WHEN WE CAN!
PECURE THE NECESSARY POTIONS TO MAKE US FEEL INVINCIBLE
ALL SO WE CAN FACE ANOTHER WEEK OF THIS SELF IMPOSED MONOTONY
SO I’LL STAND IN THIS EMPTY ROOM LIKE A CURATOR WITH NOTHING TO HANG
AND YOU WILL BURN UP THE WORKING WEEK JUST TO BE IN GREAT COMPANY AGAIN
SURROUND OURSELVES WITH STATIC SPACES AND STRUCTURES TO HELP US FORGET
ABOUT ENDLESS OPEN ROADS
TRADE OUR LIVID MOMENTS FOR THE CREATURE COMFORTS AND TAKE PART IN THE
RITUALS OF EVERYDAY OPPRESSION
ALL SO WE CAN FORGET OUR SMALL PORTIONS OF FREEDOM
OUR CONSOLATION IS THAT WE WILL SOAK THE PRECIOUS TIME WE GET WITH TINY
GLIMPSES OF BEAUTY AND MAKE BELIVE IT CAN LAST FOREVER.
SO WE PLACE OUR HANDS ON EACH OTHER BECAUSE WE CAN
SOME WHAT FATAL IN OUR CHOICES AND YET WE WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY
SO BAT YOUR LASHES AND LET YOUR BODY LIVE WITHOUT SHAME THEY HAVE GOT
NOTHING LEFT TO PIN ON US