Slave in a Stone

by Hello Moth

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With "Slave in a Stone," Hello Moth expands upon the extremes of his sound. From alt-pop anthems to dark cinematic monoliths, tribal punk techno to dollhouse rap ballads, the album displays an eclectic range of songwriting and production styles. Duality abounds both sonically and textually as organic sounds hold hands with glitchy electronics, and a subtle thematic undercurrent of religion and violence swirls throughout the work.

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released November 4, 2016

All selections written* and performed by Hello Moth
*except “The Waters of Babylon,” composed by Philip Hayes in 1786, adapted by Hello Moth

Recorded and produced by Hello Moth

Mixed by Spencer Cheyne at The Mixing Station
Mixes prepared by Brennan Kennedy

Mastered by Brock McFarlane at CPS Mastering

Photography by Kenneth Locke
Design by Hello Moth

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Track Name: Slave in a Stone
So now wait eons ago you called me
So now wait eons ago you called to me

I think we were confused, my dear

Here truthfully hidden behind a skull’s face
We’re ruthless repentance in all of our sweetest grace
We conformed to the echoes of what we both feared
Weakened forms surrounded our flight and then disappeared

I think we should have tried, my dear

A slave in a stone
A sculptor all alone

I close my eyes and imagine the world that crumbled
We’re holding hands in an earthquake, we’re trying not to stumble
I thought I was lost before I knew
How lost could I really be without losing you?

I think we could have won, my dear

A slave in a stone
A sculptor all alone
Track Name: Some Shadows
I am wingless
When I fly
I fly away from you
As I sing this
You reply
There’s nothing left to do

She could see him
Falling down
But she folded folded hands
Everything was
All around
Like nothing that expands

Some shadows don’t seem lonely to me
Seem lonely to me
Life isn’t only what we can see
But what we conceal

There are stories
We’ve been told
Of angels God made sick
Burning faster
Like a fuse
No wax around the wick

But some shadows don’t seem lonely to me
Seem lonely to me
Life isn’t only what we can see
But what we conceal
Track Name: A Song About Transience
Some people die before they see
Reasons for darkness to flee
And I was numb before I knew
Soul indentations from you

Oo, you sold me a secret days before I died
Oo, you told me I needed something I could hide

And it was never more than sky
Held in the weatherman’s eye
Like something we did not intend
We stood by and watched moments bend

So don’t you be sober when nobody can hear you
There’s no point, there’s nothing there
You can cry on my shoulder when nobody can see
The way you fold into the air

Oo, you sold me a secret days before I died
Oo, you told me I needed something I could hide

And then it’s here and then it’s gone
Brief as a sunrise is long
With every breath we’ll see it borne
Into the arms of the morn

Don’t you be sober when nobody can hear you
There’s no point, there’s nothing there
You can cry on my shoulder when nobody can see
The way you fold into the air

Oo, you sold me a secret days before I died
Oo, you told me I needed something I could hide
Track Name: Small Awakenings
She was carefully designing atmospheres
Little endings to little stories, small awakenings to smaller dreams
The light shot short desecration of the way she seems
And she was wild and dusty as the western sky
The only queen who’d ever seen the naphthalene I glorify

Apocalypses come and go
Worlds end every day, you know

It’s okay
I was prepared
I brought a white tin can full of gasoline
To take me places I had been imagining
With everything
Calmly, calmly washing the dirt away
And she was wild and worried in the eastern sky
The only queen to stand between my naphthalene and I

Apocalypses come and go
Worlds end every day you know

The hand of God returns to you
Track Name: The Waters of Babylon
Send thine hand from above
Rid me and deliver me out of great waters
From the hands of strange children
The waters have come up to my neck
The waters are come in unto my soul
Happy shall he be that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones

By the waters of Babylon
We sat down and wept for thee Zion
We remember thee, Zion
And our harps, we hang them up from the trees that are therein

He leads me beside still waters
Track Name: Ghost Now Too
Dear you
Watching, wondering how I flew
Dear you
Waiting, isolating, passing through
Dear treasured you
I know it’s hard when reasons disappear
I fear you
Will never find me now my dear

You been watching like a specter crawling through the sky and coming down
But I’m like a ghost now too, I guess I might as well be found

Here I lie, alone in my grave
Alone in my grave I lie, alone in my grave
But I’m like a ghost now too, I guess there’s nothing left to save
Track Name: Always Done
And when everything we expected to happen happened we realized it was for different reasons than what we thought it would be
When the sea belongs to us we can swim within it and we’ll think of all the trouble we caused with our threadbare dreams
Our dreams, our dreams

Just like humans have always done
We feed ourselves to our young

Truthfully yesterday scares us more than tomorrow the perfection of the moments we won and the time we took
We’re made of concrete surrounded by a cloud layer like the brightness of a brightening star that we overlooked
We overlooked

And just like humans have always done
We feed ourselves to our young

Gloria

Gloria like we’ve always done
Like we’ve always done
Track Name: I Prayed
I prayed until I broke my hands
My fingers snapped like celery
Then shot away like rubber bands
To rest in shrines too dark to see

I prayed until I broke my knees
The joints exploded like a war
Becoming dustcloud memories
Of places I had been before

I prayed until my eyes were crushed
Beneath their unrelenting lids
They flowed like nectar being flushed
Away the way dismay forbids

I prayed until my words went numb
Intoxicated by the sound
I watched and let each one succumb
Then left their bodies strewn around

I prayed until I broke my faith
With each impacted shattered word
But hammered blows cannot erase
The wretched hope of being heard
Track Name: Holy Chapter
It’d be better if I just forgot you but you got me so it’s hard
And nothing remembered is untrue you were young too in the start
And believing is trying to pick up the pieces you think would have carried you far
And needing is bleeding yourself in a river that washes your blood to an ancient star, star, star

I never imagined the first time I loved you I'd lose you to love you again
It’s a terrible trickery played by a tired mind that I never could love you a second time
And my confidence seeps from broken heaps of reminders of what has been lost
A delicate lesson I never did learn is ensuring an action is worth the cost, cost, cost

Oh you saw it coming through
There was a time when I was waiting for you
Oh you heard the crash of the rain
There was a time when I would have held you again

The terrible damage, the painter’s brush and the tears that broke your eyes
Like a holy chapter of disaster tell of blessings in disguise
I could curse you by wishing you well and by saying I hope all your dreams come true
But the ruins of words are rarely heard and most of my dreams are nightmares too, too, too

Oh we feel it falling through
There was a time when I would have waited for you
We can hear the rain when it pours
Through a time when there were still open doors
Track Name: Evading Eden
Breathe
Every organ in your body just became a lung
So breathe
You’ve got
Ninety-nine percent of your eyes behind your eyelids ‘cause it’s fun
To think of the things you’ve done
Now think on the things you’ve done

Here
I have brought you to a street you’ve never seen
And now
I point
With my hand across the darkness to a house you’ve never been
And say to you “this is home”
I’m telling you this is home

Cool breeze and I’ll control you tonight
Control you tonight
Evading Eden’s light
Cool breeze and I’ll control you tonight
Control you tonight
Evading Eden

Trust
Every truth that I have told you could be a lie
But trust
That this
This is psychological warfare we’ve been waging and though I try
I never remember why
I never remember why

Cool breeze and I’ll control you tonight
Control you tonight
Evading Eden’s light
Cool breeze and I’ll control you tonight
Control you tonight
Evading Eden
Track Name: Tired Old Heart
Old seared days are wounded with time
Diamonds blaze upon the finger’s mind

Here I am although I’m hard to see sometimes
Take my hand ’cause that’s all that you will find

It’s a tired old mind that thinks these things
And it’s a tired old heart that has no wings
And I was only trying to say goodbye to you
I was only trying to say goodbye to you
Goodbye to you

The longer I fall
The longer the wait
Impact is all
That I long for these days

And it’s a tired old mind that thinks these things
And it’s a tired old heart that has no wings
And I was only trying to say goodbye to you
And now I’m only trying to say goodbye to you
And I move much slower than I used to do
And now I’m only trying to say goodbye to you
Goodbye to you