Let My Tethers Fall

by The Eli Wise Band

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This album was begun in 2012 and is my most fully orchestrated work. With the help of engineer Matt Anderson, we laid down the drums and bass for eleven tracks. The next three years were spent in trial and error, layering, trimming, recording, visiting, napping, and creating.

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released August 18, 2015

Eli Wise, Damon Waitkus, Luke Selden, Jim Kassis, Caroline Penwarden, Emily Packard. mastered by Myles Boison, engineered by Matt Anderson

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The Eli Wise Band Oakland, California

Mythology set to music by the Oakland band. Vocal harmonies, ethereal guitars, and driving rhythm.

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Track Name: Approaching Canaan
So my muscles get stronger as my will gets weaker, hey hey
Ship steady on its course for cold disaster
The spit mind of a man part cartographer astrologer and ships captain
Only in a dark dark office do I feel ok.

So for now it's the wind and the waves and the throttle of desire
Gnawing from the back of my mind is the key to the map
So for now its the wind and and the waves and the throttle of desire
pushing my mind farther than it wants to go.

In the song of the workers in the belly of the ship
is the length of the night
In the steps of the workers walking underneathe the decks is the pulse of the day

Coming up to land and I feel alone in the breeze, hey hey
And the shape is familiar and the shape is strange as a dream in day
now the reaper might grab me or touch me with his wand
to make me a silver goose in the autumn sky
to make me a silver goose in the autumn sky

In the song of the workers in the belly of the ship
is the length of the night
In the steps of the workers walking underneathe the decks is the pulse of the day
Track Name: Come to Me in My Sleep
We fall asleep in the silver green tonight
(we fall asleep in the silver green … )
like snake scales, glisten in the moonlight.

We lay in the tangled weeds, the best bed for us
(we lay in tangled weeds, the best bed . . .)
like micah glistens
in the concrete,
we reflect the mirrored sun

Thoughts roll off the table
fall out of my mouth
become golden tigers
that stalk through the valley, whispering
‘We are the same’

To fall asleep
alone with me, are you scared?
The tigers are out
looking for us, and I don’t know
what this world will come to
But it will come to me in my sleep.
Track Name: Grace in Space
Falling through space, what a day
what would you say
once the capsule's busted anyway
Please don't look up I swear you'll know something's wrong with the sky
A helmet's glint oh why, do I tell myself these lies.

But we'll never get far enough with the old ways
The pattern is burnt and we can't put it back
No, we'll never get far enough with the old ways.

Take a swim through a cold cruel, map spiraling
as old familiar blue is racing away, do you rue the day
you said it meant more to travel than to stay
oh, it's so beautiful
can't your heart somehow hear me say

But we'll never get far enough with the old ways
The pattern is burnt and we can't put it back
No, we'll never get far enough with the old ways.

So fall into night on the back of a bird
So silent its wings not a sound can be heard
but my eyes are too wide and my vision is blurred
but we don't fight..

as every familiar thing winks out of sight
instead is replaced by bright bands of light
I close my eyes and somehow you're still waiting
Track Name: Jovian
With one final endorphin rush he let his tehters fall
and his body floats helplessly up from the ocean

your nightmares only needed you to unfold
they'd been waiting in the hold

now his body floats hopefully up from the ocean

I do want this so badly
to be truly alone
with just the currents whirling
features around me

Jet pack propulsion pushes him
up throug the milk thick atmosphere
with no thoughts to the girls or bars back home

your nightmares only needed you to unfold
they'd been seeds, set to burst
now you know how to explain that
humming in your head

who'd have guessed he's the medium?
Pandora's box inscribed as human

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