Seven Suns

by Black Forest

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Recorded live to 1" analog tape over two weekends in Brooklyn, NY, "Seven Suns" is the debut record by Brooklyn's Black Forest.

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released July 26, 2011

Gann Matthews: vox, guitar (right speaker), organ (2, 3), melodica (12)
Michael Campbell: drums, harmony vox, toy piano (7)
Stephen Lopez: guitar (left speaker), harmony vox (5, 12)
Miguel Barrera: bass, harmony vox (5, 8, 12)

Recorded & Mixed by Mark Ospovat at Emandee Recording, Brooklyn N.Y.
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering

All songs by Gann Matthews except 7 by Gann Matthews & Michael Campbell
All songs published by Matchsticks & Paper Music (ASCAP) ©(p) 2011

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Track Name: Aphelion
Grey city sky
You laid me on my back
Travel underground
Living charcoal black
Bring the footprints home
Punch-clock operator
A tear on your cheek
Barefaced illuminator
Darkest night of an age
Aphelion
I’ll take a gift from
Aphelion
Sunset points to mountains
With the thaw, water yield
And in the valley
A wild field
Darkest night of an age
Aphelion
I’ll take a gift from
Aphelion
Track Name: Ghosts
Afraid to leave my house
For the ghosts in the street
Afraid to go out there
For the faces I might meet
Keep the locks all tight
And I’ll stay right here all night
Right outside my door
They’re creeping and they’re lurking
Right there down the street
I heard they’re sleeping and they’re working
Keep me safe and sound
Right where I cannot be found
I am too freaked out to enjoy myself
And I’ve got the creeps I can’t appreciate my health
And I’m only safe in bed, blanket over my head
Had myself a dream
About the cemetery keeper
Told me not to be
Such a sentimental sleeper
I woke with such a start
Found a cripple in my heart
I am too freaked out to enjoy myself
And I’ve got the creeps I can’t appreciate my health
And I’m only safe in bed, blanket over my head
Track Name: Another Chapter Ends
Memories come and go
Moments in a slide show
What shines now in my mind
May fade as I grow
But looking back it’s nice to say
That was where and when
In that house, oh, in that town
I was with those friends
A faint image passes
Flying like an old crow
And on the ground, its shadow
Proof there in the snow
I remember shadows
In every house I’ve been
I just close my eyes
And I’m back there again
When another chapter ends…
And we live in this place
Citizens of a time
But each time is touching
Connected down the line
I look through a window
See a face from the grave
He’s not gone, as he seems
He’s an echo inside me
Track Name: When Will?
When will I go
Back to that place again
Where darkness and light combine?
It’s been so long
Since I felt much of anything
Today I’m sad, but that’s just fine
Trudging through
Three feet of snow
And I know this is how it must feel
When the only love
You can get your little hands on
Is the kind you have to steal
When will? When will? When will? When will?
When will it all fall into place?
Just like a breeze
Blowing in through the door
That ruins all the order you’ve created
And I’ve been leaning
Out over the edge
Trying to hold on to the things I’ve stated
When will? When will? When will? When will?
When will it all fall into place?
Track Name: Tambourine
Tambourine, wandering queen
Where are you tonight?
Tambourine, make my heart feel clean
Lead me like a light
Tambourine of the silver screen
All sharp angles
Tambourine, almost obscene
With her bright brass bangles
All the places I’ve been looking
Nooks and crannies I’ve been cooking
For my tambourine
Long lost queen, where are you?
Tambourine almost unseen
Haunts and ghosts forsaken
Tambourine on the mezzanine
All my past has been shaken
All the places I’ve been looking
Nooks and crannies I’ve been cooking
For my tambourine
Long lost queen, where are you?
Track Name: Patient Sun
Quiet places
Have you now in their sight
A bell rings and a jaybird sings
But I stay still all through the night
And I’ve been spending all my time
Waiting for the sun
My shoes don’t fit and I’m out in the cold
Like a man on the run
Quiet faces
Say a lot when you see them come
Rain clouds, coming down
On your head when you want some
And I’ve been spending all my time
Waiting for the sun
I met a girl and thought good thoughts
Oh, does she weigh a ton?
Quiet erases
And those things that you once said
Just a symbol
Been beating around inside your head
And I’ve been spending all my time
Waiting for the sun
Haven’t said a single word
Oh, and it’s been fun
Track Name: Oracle House
I banish all negativity
Fill this space with light and love
I have this strength, a wizard’s energy
The Earth below and Heavens above
I dissipate darkness collected
This vessel’s essence reconvened
By this simple spell I’m now protected
Awakening from divided dream
Seeking out the secret word
The secret tone that no one’s ever heard
That lifts the veil to the space beyond
That melts all time and leaves you pure alone
I will visit the house of the Oracle
At the ocean’s edge where influence ends
There to witness quiet spirit spectacle
In the shadows where the ruins bend
Seeking out the secret word
The secret tone that no one’s ever heard
That lifts the veil to the space beyond
That melts all time and leaves you pure alone
Track Name: White Domain
Pure white is all you see
White ground, white skies, white trees
Waiting for this little death to end
Born into the world again
Are you awake in the womb, are you breathing?
Are you alive in the seed, ready and needing?
Contractions shake the bones of the ground
And we take on the ghost with a crying sound
White light gives up its long cold watch
And the heavens ablaze in a long low arch
Oh to leave this Earth, to transpose this plane
To split this light of white domain
Track Name: Seven Suns
Light bursts through
A prism at the gate
And there it breaks
Amongst the someday grain
These opticks reveal
The heart of a spectral ghost
At the center of it all
The emerald host
Seven suns across the ether proceed
As gifts from a King
For this sacrificial need
At the rising of Spring
Open hands to the seed
Richard of York
Gave battle in vain
And in a fight he did start
In its wake found slain
And a rose there grew
Its green thorns on the rise
From the emerald host
Broken-whole, recombined
Seven suns across the ether proceed
As gifts from a King
For this sacrificial need
At the rising of Spring
Open hands to the seed
Track Name: Harvest of Light
Beautiful child
Split the Earth
Now full bloom
Her eyes reflect
The borrowed life of Helios
She’s blind of the tomb
Light glows
From beneath her skin
Transformed to sustain
She vibrates
Like the Astral King
From whence she came
It happened upon a glowing wheel
Telestic hand opened the seal
As above, so below
A harvest of light is sown
Pinnacle of
Temporal grace
In the heat mirage
She patiently
Radiates
Perennial mystagogue
It happened upon a glowing wheel
Telestic hand opened the seal
As above, so below
A harvest of light is sown
Track Name: Celestial Burning
A cracked husk now gone to seed
Dried up by old man time
The wheels turn around again
On our ancient elliptical line
I feel a funeral coming
A dirge echoes through the wood
Everybody knows this was on the books
Still fight it the best they could
Your heart aches for something
Just what you cannot say
One more celestial burning
Before these skies go grey
So don now your old things
Those that match the yellow and red
Sweaters and scarves of wool
Loves you had, now dead
Your heart aches for something
Just what you cannot say
One more celestial burning
Before these skies go grey