Arrows

by Kettle of Kites

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1.
Supernova 03:11
LYRICS Artificial wave of emotion coming over me Joy and pain imploding Supernova Can't break out this shell and touch the unknown Irrationally, senses ebb and flow through my circuitry But a word cannot make this real But a word cannot make you feel for me Artificial meaning of form and movement, yet so fine - the curve, the arching gestures of precision Consciousness bursts out of me, I sigh Light refracting perfect flaws - beauty to my eyes But a word cannot make this real But a word cannot make you feel for me Days fall away but the feeling remains in the moments that play out again and again in my head as the days fall away but the feeling remains in the moments that play out again and again in my head as the days...
2.
LYRICS Lights go out and there's no time to react The bomb hits silent Strike a pose and hope you don't get blown away The mercy can come to us all, so better off to call a spade a spade Lights go down and there's nothing but the sound of metal ringing out The silent siren The scarlet blinking eye The whimper suffocated in night... Wear that badge of honour, that trophy of horror and ask nothing more Lights go out and everything comes clear The fear and hatred bare You feel your pulse and can't tell if it's there They'll spin you tales so tall, but is it better off to call it like it is Wear that badge of honour, that trophy of horror and ask nothing more
3.
LYRICS Out of the window I see a pirouetting globe in front of me The chalk dust aura's majesty Neon blue halo The black backdrop alone The sun projecting a half dome Turning mass of continents Every single one is part of this and borders pale into insignificance See the golden veins Join the dots up where they lay and suddenly we're all the same We're all here on this spaceship Hold my breath in awe The world's been thrown around before but this is what it means and more Diamond light divides the half of day and half of night If only they could see this with their own eyes We're all here on this spaceship
4.
In The Dome 03:33
LYRICS Down in the geodesic domes the evening light combs the gaps between the apple trees The yolk of oxen, long forgotten tools of yesteryear in dust and history Columns of green sway in the artificial breeze The hush at dusk but for the honey bees The simplest hands, rough as sand, perform their tasks as plain as oats and water And simplest thoughts undo the knots that anchor our hearts to vaults and riches The slow dancing vine that weaves in time around the bell that chimes the end of the working day The constant horizon, rising up in clouds of dust rolling in like thunder The air electric red The sky ahead is turning Look out upon this foreign land Look out upon this barren land Look out upon this second home Look out beyond this...
5.
Orchid 03:30
Maybe we're the last to be witness to this paradise Before the architect’s fist hammers down in the still of night Then the tidal wave charging the shore... And it's no more We burned it all All And the ash falling like snow Maybe we're the last to be witness to this perfect ring All the cardinal sins that we hid from are resurfacing Time is bleeding out faster as the clock hand falls... And it falls on the hour We spent it all All We could be the last to see the dawn break Pressed like flowers on the pages of history Broken hourglass Vacant photograph Maybe we're the last Broken hourglass Vacant photograph Maybe we're the last Maybe we're the last Broken hourglass Vacant photograph Maybe we're the last Broken hourglass Vacant photograph Maybe we're the last Maybe we're the last Broken hourglass Vacant photograph Maybe we're the last Broken hourglass Vacant photograph Maybe we're the last Maybe we're the last Maybe we're the last
6.
Giants 04:13
LYRICS May morning Air is humming Fire is dying in the front room Mayfly The tired eye of morning looms Last dawn on terra firma Mother sends a prayer from her lips Stay with me - she said so softly The words fell slow like dust If they ask say I've gone to see the giants The giants Earth's bleeding Oceans boiling Cracks return us to the abyss Sold my home A bird's migration Headed for the red planet Telescope As a child I witnessed grace Majestic space and the giants Frontier No history bears the names of these brave men and women Pioneer The music of the spheres decides our fate Great statue Burning bullet shot into the endless void Great ship The 'heart of gold' was forged ten billion years ago If they ask say I've gone to see the giants
7.
Caves 03:28
LYRICS Years have passed since we came down here Years have past since we came to fear Rabbit holes dug to protect us Vast honeycomb of shining steel The first breath of air that we were gasping for Never going near... Up there Matilda walks upon a tightrope Plucking up the courage to let go Peter gazes daily at the caves throat Dreaming of the light he's never known Never going near... Up there Up there Up there Up there Black machines that tunnel ever deeper Recluses from the sheering light of day And slowly all the layers take their weight on the bearing walls of freedom way down here Never going near...
8.
Weathervane 04:03
LYRICS And so, history's born before it came to pass Its natural watercourse is mapped out in advance And the advancing water's deviated from its path The weathervane points North The wind blows in a low whistle, then charges like the stampeding of horses towards a fork in the road - The path the masters chose Waiting behind the curtains Biding their time Waiting in the wings A feather's weight could tilt the balance of it And the iron rules resist the coming crisis - The path the masters fixed Waiting behind the curtain Biding their time The future's one of innumerable sums A mosaic of something like order Something like order Something like order Something like order
9.
Oliver 05:19
LYRICS Stood statued, metal muse Born into and born from human logic Three rules justify the right move, but it's not enough The stars like dust murmur of a fourth But where do two worlds collide? Morality and logic never coincide The event documented in history Time bent through the lens of a looking glass Coerced to serve his purpose And data draws its lines of progress But where is the difference between he and I? We are both programmed and both self aware Oliver You were never made to write the course of time Oliver Heaven's bodies turned and you were made divine

about

"The intensity of Grizzly Bear and the delicate touch of Fleet Foxes"
- Rumore

"A creative exploration into humanity, space, and the future"
- Rockit

"Passionate performances and truly top-level songwriting"
- Il Fatto Quotidiano

"It gives the sense of pure art"
- Extramusic magazine


'Arrows', the band's second record, is a concept album centring around the theme of the Cosmos. Inspired by the literary world of Isaac Asimov, the nine songs it contains each represent a glimpse into undiscovered worlds and a snapshot of life in imaginary places, but through the Sci-Fi lens of Asimov's work it focuses on the real and relevant issues in society today - climate change, big data, AI; as well as the eternal human themes such as love, time and spirituality, which we can all relate to. The record is accompanied by the stunning set of analogue photos by Carlotta Cardana inspired by the original covers of Asimov's books.

credits

released October 11, 2019

Tom Stearn - Vocals, backing vocals, classical guitar, electric guitar, resonator guitar, banjo, ukulele, synth.
Marco Giongrandi - Electric guitar, tambourine, claps.
Pietro Martinelli - Electric bass, acoustic bass, piano, synth, claps.
Riccardo Chiaberta - Drums, electronic drum pad, percussion.

Guest Musicians
Gigi Magnozzi - viola (Caves, Weathervane, Oliver)
Jacopo Ristori - cello (Giants, Caves, Weathervane, Oliver)
Stefano Bergamaschi - trumpet (Giants, Caves)

Music and Lyrics by Tom Stearn | Arranged by Kettle of Kites
Recorded in April 2018 by Emi Cioncoloni at "El Fish Recording Studio" in Genova, Italy.
Mixed and Mastered in June 2018 by Nick Huggins and Ben TD at "A Pocket Full Of Stones Studio" in Melbourne, Australia.

Photographs by Carlotta Cardana - carlottacardana.com
Graphic Design by Legno - sitodilegno.com

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Kettle of Kites is an indie art rock band. It’s a soaring crescendo and then a simple folk melody. It’s a vast wide open space and then an intimate living room – a geometric maze to find your way through.

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