Arrows

by Kettle of Kites

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about

'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

Produced by Kettle of Kites | © 2019 Kettle of Kites | kettleofkites.com
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

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Kettle of Kites Genoa, Italy

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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Track Name: Supernova
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...
Track Name: Lights Go Out
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
Track Name: Looking Down At It
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
Track Name: In The Dome
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...
Track Name: Orchid
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
Track Name: Giants
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
Track Name: Caves
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...
Track Name: Weathervane
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
Track Name: Oliver
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

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