Houses of the Sun

by The Blood Choir

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"The Blood Choir is a unique amalgam of elements: arena rock, Norwegian style ambience, noise-pop, metal, and emotive singer-songwriter ..." The band, consisting of Robin Maddicott and Joe Mountain, are originally from Bristol, but are now based between the South West of England & Northern Denmark.

In 2009 they began recording material for what would become the Dartmoor EP. Whilst never officially released, the EP flourished widely in music circles and brought critical attention to the band.

In 2012 The Blood Choir released their debut album No Windows to the Old World on IRL, an independent record label that had released albums by Tinariwen and Justin Adams. The album was co-produced by Tim Oliver (Robert Plant, New Order) and was simultaneously released through his own label Top Cat Music.

That year the band toured the UK with Arbouretum and opened for Silver Apples, The Handsome Family, Dylan Carlson and The Magic Band.

The Blood Choir returned to the studio in early 2013 with producers Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Opeth) & Jon Walker (Arcane Roots) to begin work on the follow up to No Windows to the Old World. Their second album, Houses of the Sun, was released on June 22nd 2018.

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released June 22, 2018

All songs written by Maddicott/Mountain

Published by Village Recordings

Tracks 2,5,6,7,9,10 recorded by Jon Walker, Joe Mountain and Robin Maddicott at various locations in South West England and Northern Denmark
Tracks 1,3,4,8 recorded by Tom Dalgety and Jon Walker at Moles Studio

Tracks 2,5,6,7,9,10 produced by Jon Walker, and The Blood Choir
Tracks 1,3,4,8 produced by Tom Dalgety and The Blood Choir
Mixed at Moles Studio, The Cabin, Scout Sound by Jon Walker and
The Blood Choir
Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering

Robin Maddicott – Vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer, drums, drum programming, percussion, backing vocals
Joe Mountain – Guitars, bass, trope, bloom, octave mandolin, autoharp, synthesizer, drum programming, percussion, backing vocals
Dom Bailey – Drums on tracks 1,3,4,8 glockenspiel on track 4
Rod Brakes – Bass on tracks 1,4,8
Jon Walker – Fender Rhodes and additional drum programming on track 3
Emil Visti – Synthesizer and additional drum programming on track 10
Sam Selby – Additional drums on track 6
Reuben Tyghe – Additional drums on track 1
Jacob Tyghe – Additional bass on track 5

Art direction by James Walker

Design by Charlie Wicks

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Track Name: Houses of the Sun
HOUSES OF THE SUN

The prince of ice sleeps streamed with bells
Through the departing village
Butterfat goose girls
All birds and beasts
Carry him through covers after dark
To their houses of the sun

Black priests in green chapels
Paint stained and silent
Poisoning the apple
In a children's poem
Congregate like chambers in a gun
In their houses of the sun

Trying to crawl into the light
There's no rain it's over
The dying slip into the night
There's no pain it's over

Through the middle passage
Drugged, white and frozen
Underneath the flashes
Seas are overflowing
Seraphim wave the water on
From their houses of the sun
Track Name: Cold Waves
COLD WAVES

Sometimes when I sleep
I feel like my mother's dream
Frozen in a stream
Flowing out to sea

Cold waves
Cold waves and ice
Long way
Long way from light

Imitated green
Stripes across the floor
I see it through a screen
Before I learn to crawl

Cold waves
Cold waves and ice
Long way
Long way from light
Track Name: The Boat
THE BOAT

Idle sky
The distant lights are stretching out across the bay
I don't remember how we came this way?
We made it back, we made it back
but we're on a boat
There's no direction, there's no direction

Hail, it's letting in water and hail

The sun in my eyes
Inside the boat they fear the coming of the day
They're throwing coins into an open grate
They're pulling down, they're pulling down,
all the tapestries
The men have spoken, the men have spoken

Hail, it's letting in water and hail

We made it back, we made it back
but we're on a boat
There's no direction, there's no direction

Hail, it's letting in water and hail
Track Name: Switching off the Perfume Garden
SWITCHING OFF THE PERFUME GARDEN

A mistake was made last night
Switching off the perfume garden
All the pink, all the pink lights
Are vanishing
All the kids with their fake hearts
Lying down by the gloomy river
Where the lightening is frozen
In a horse's eye
Well the mistakes, they were all mine
I left the leaves in the frozen harbour
Well the mistakes, they were all mine
And it never ends

Darling, I fear
That we're living in King Lear
And the roots are dying
Track Name: Drake
DRAKE

Think about this and listen
Think about what is and isn't
They want to see you fall in
They want to see you fall in
Lying in a bed of roses
Lying in a bed of roses
They want to send you flowers
They want to send you flowers

They want to drag you under
I want to pull you up again

They want to have all the power
They want to see you suffer
They want to see your suffering
They want to see your suffering
Ghost in abandoned light shot
Ghost in abandoned light shot
I'm at the head of the table
I'm at the head of the table

I want to drag you under
They want to pull you up again
They want to have all the power
They want to send you flowers
Track Name: Horseback
HORSEBACK

Horseback into the dark of the pen
I'm living in a doll's house again
I've dreamt about that jump a hundred times
What doesn't break your fall will break your mind

I have no memory of you
All nuts and tired
After what we went through
I have no memory of you

Horseback into the dark of the bed
Someone's turning a car up ahead
I'll ride until the rhythm makes me sore
And I can't feel the reins anymore

I have this picture of you
Jump in the weir
That is what you should do
I have this picture of you

Riding
Riding
Keep
Riding

I have this picture of you
Riding through a band of trees
Track Name: Outward Travel Must Not Be in the Past
OUTWARD TRAVEL MUST NOT BE IN THE PAST

Somewhere in your eyes
I can feel myself moving
I'm coming back in disguise
I'm coming back wasted

Slow trains that move like they're fast
Outward travel must not be in the past

Waking up like a fool
My right hand is bleeding
I see a crack in the door
It's just a crack - but that's not nothing

Filling with water and skin
Forgive me my daughter
I cannot go in
Track Name: White Bear
WHITE BEAR

I drift for many hours
A monarch of the air
I'll cross the street from this one
I know she's scared

I see myself in sunset
I dance off ‘cross the lake
I'm trying to make it through your eyes
Into the grey

I know what you are
White bear

I fell asleep inside a trench coat
And I woke up full of meat
This whole town's full of mouths
That no-one feeds

I don't want you here
White bear

Now I see
You are taller than lampshade
She is standing in the palisade

I drift for many hours
A monarch of the air
I'll cross the street from this one
There's no-one there

I know what you are
White bear
Track Name: Simon's Beach
SIMON'S BEACH

They want to take my mouth away and
leave me wide open
Rain falling on my back
All the fish in the water
Have body dysmorphia
I have a feeling that it's getting dark on the rivers

Simon, to pass the time,
is skimming stones on the ocean
Ships singing through the fog
This is the end of the journey
Like Christ in his thirties
I have a feeling that it's getting darker everyday

Diving beneath my rocks
to find the pearl in the oyster
Fishermen wading out
Dragging their nets through the water
Singing songs for the orcas
I have a feeling that it's getting darker everyday
Track Name: Tide
TIDE

Maybe when the tide comes in
Maybe when the tide comes in
The babies will learn to swim

Sinking through a hole again
Sinking through a hole again
Somewhere the light won't bend

Maybe when the tide comes in
Maybe when the tide comes in
In arms
In babies arms, in babies arms, in babies arms
In babies

Black paper slides

Maybe when the tide comes in
Maybe when the tide comes in
The babies will learn to swim

Sinking through a hole again
Singing through a hole again
In arms
In babies arms, in babies arms, in babies arms
In babies

Black paper slides

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