amber

by in violet

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about

The long-awaited followup to 2013's debut 'opal', this album unveils in violet's evolution through three years of development. 'amber' is a deeply personal record. Drawing inspiration from a strange mix of mythology and self-reflection these ten songs are darker, more electronically-driven and focused than before, with recurrent musical and lyrical themes threading throughout the 60-minute journey. Sonic manipulation and distortion damage then redefine familiar sounds, warping perception into something more surreal. Best played in a single sitting, in darkness, it's not a journey for the faint of heart and with repeated listening & immersion drawing out new details to discover in every sitting.

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released October 21, 2016

All songs written, recorded, mixed and produced by Jake Murray, except where noted (click individual song links or see liner notes).

Mastered by Arthur Young at Shaken Oak Studios.

Assistant engineers: Matias Duarte, Adrian Furdui, Niclas Jeppsson, Timor Shait.

Released by Bottle Imp Productions.

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in violet London, UK

in violet is a musical project marrying the worlds of the experimental with the conventional. Traversing all manner of sonic terrain, from abrasive post-industrial structures to spacial lysergic landscapes, the concept is one of momentum and exploration.

With a carousel of contributors & co-writers across all releases, in violet continues to push the envelope of just how far one wild idea can go
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Track Name: Betrayed
An arrow to the heart is worth two in the gall
If fear is the weakness then everyone falls
Can't turn this noise in my head down
Everything is spinning around and around

I will
Answer
The call to arms
If I must
Fight then
I'll give it all I've got


I will crawl inside myself
Another me to explore
A different kind of skin
I'm beside myself
With a million reasons to ignore
Anything

Another fatal blow
To the head that should've listened to the heart
In an act without a cause
What did you do?
I never would have thought
You'd be the one to pull it apart
But in an act without a cause
It was you
No fire and no smoke
You hit me with an arrow to the heart
In an act without a cause
What did you do?
A lesson to be learned
You give the hand you will lose the arm
And in an act without a cause
Betrayed by you
Track Name: Shivers
When the rhythm is a dialogue and time is short
Through a hazy kind of monologue your ills be cured
I was a different person before you
Clouded my head with poison and made it new

I watch the paint dry on the walls because it helps me think
I pick my scabs because it stops me from grinding my teeth
I hit the wall it all goes black
I feel them breath
I drag my nails across my back
and breath and breath and breath and breath


I splash cold water on my face
I don't know what's wrong with me
My head's all over the place
What did you do to me?


The world around me is distorting like a hall of mirrors
Shivers run down my spine
My heart-rate rises, my eyes itch and I get palpitations
I can't remain calm
I hit the wall it all goes black
I feel so low
I can't get up I can't fight back
Why can't I just be sober?


I splash cold water on my face
I don't know what's wrong with me
My head's all over the place
What did you do to me?
In bed I lie awake
This illusion can't be real
There must be some mistake
So I breath and breath and breath


I breath and breath and breath and breath and breath
I breath and breath and breath and breath and breath
I breath and breath and breath and breath and breath
I breath and breath and breath and breath and breath
Track Name: Salome
She's a creature I adore
But one I won't be near to
An eternal parabola
But anyway anyway anyway

In the bed she rolls over
It's me she keeps her back to
If we keep it under covers...
Well anyway anyway anyway

For my head she'll help her mother
It's who her heart belongs to
It's the only thing to please her
So anyway anyway anyway


An oath to give you anything
An oath to give you everything
And lose it all


Toe to toe
Dance for me
Overthrow
Have no mercy
To to toe
Dance with me
Overthrow
Have mercy

Salome
Pass death on to me
I'm afraid of what's in store for me
Salome


Salome
Pass death on to me
I'm afraid of what's in store for me
Salome
Track Name: Lady of Avalon
Brave new hero, the have-all and be-all of boys
Lured by a song, he comes to her as she woos

She's cold and she's quick
A will-o'-the-wisp
Her skin will bite on your tongue
He's bold and he's slick
He'll bend her and make her his own
The fool he is tricked for the beauty's a witch
And she has him under her spell
He lets down his guard and she takes him by the arms to dance


Waltz under the moon
Ripples on a lake cascade
Mist sits on the lagoon
A blanket of shade fills the night


Brave new hero, contender for the title of
Conquerer of Evil Souls
Far from his sword
He follows her to his doom
The lunar within, she's as ugly as sin
And her heart is poisoned black
She slips out her claws and prepares for her next attack
The hero he grins for she was wrong about him
And he thanks her for a wonderful dance
Plants a kiss on her neck and sticks his knife in her back


Waltz under the moon
Ripples on a lake cascade
Mist sits on the lagoon
A blanket of shade fills the night
Shining in the light of the dew
The newcomer came to put an end to her wicked lore
Struck to the ground by her wound
Lady of Avalon, scourge of the Earth no more
Track Name: Poseidon Weeps
Olympus summons the God of War
Retribution's due
Warnings have been ignored
Forces pushing through

A sense of reason succumb to gall
If fear's the weakness everyone falls

Distant sound of a titan roars
This can't be coming true
What once was will be no more
But will it all be over soon?

A sense of reason succumb to gall
If fear's the weakness everyone falls


Volcanic eruption boils
The sea
Poseidon Weeps and summons forth
Monsoon


Tartarus as far below
As the heavens to the Earth
They were cast our for rising up
Until the end of the universe

A sense of reason succumb to gall
If fear's the weakness everyone falls

Volcanic eruption boils
The sea
Poseidon Weeps and summons forth
Monsoon
Track Name: Amber
I'm all out of reasons
But wait for me now
Picking up the pieces
To put me back together

I stand away from myself





Nothing but an echo
Remains of me now
Hoping for a rescue
To pull me back from there

I fell away from myself





In the end when everything was slipping through my hands
Reality was nothing more than a single grain of sand
The memory survived
But I was left behind





Amber
I was there
Amber
Forever
Track Name: Sagazan
This face is the one I show
But one I make as I transform
Into a new
A different core
An effigy of what I was
I cake clay upon my face
I'm left behind without a tray
I heave
I squeeze
That's it, I'm through
But now I'm gone

What did you do?
Track Name: Bereft
From this mouth I speak only truth
But the words I release become skewed
As our tongues pull away it tastes sweet
I will worship the Earth beneath your feet


I could be bereft of anything but you
Happily bereft of anything but you


We hold so well just like symmetry
I reflect you and you reflect me
When we fold into one it is unity
Just a form that we take with ease
I suppose I'll confess it's dependency
Lay your head on my chest so I can sleep



The only thing I need is this.



I could be bereft of anything but you
Happily bereft of anything but you
I could be bereft of anything but you
Happily bereft of anything but you
Track Name: Ceramic
Ceramic was my face
Wooden inside but held in place
Behind a facade with no escape
Avert my eyes (I noticed you notice) from the cage

I tried so long to be stronger
Left me behind curled up on the floor
Inside I climbed up for a little longer
But a higher tide might rise than the ones before


Even though I have won I reckon I am done
Even though I have won I reckon I am done
Even though I have won I reckon I am done
Even though I have won I reckon I am done
Track Name: The Matador
Out of luck, things are tough, hunger's got the best of me
I don't know if I should, I've got a family
I could give all I've got and become a celebrity
Might as well give it a shot
Hunger strikes more painfully

Plunge into the heart of it all
Nice clothes and a reason to perform
Does your conscience hurt at all?
Final thought forms and you plunge
Into the horns of a charging bull
End of nothing at all
You backed down too many times before
Now you're tired of that so you ride them horns
You're a victim of you're own discord
A victory for the underdog