A concept album about Star-Gods, magical beings and evil fakes, and the journeys of various characters depicting a variety of interpretations of this thing called Purity, both false and true, and how Disarray entangles with it.
At over twice the length of my previous album, it's my longest and most elaborate project so far.
=Story, for Lyrical Context=
Aurora and Borealis, a pair of star crossed and star composed lovers and Goddexxes of Starskin, tire of creating worlds that they so finely prune on, like a pair of well learned shoemakers of advanced age, yet seem to always fall into complete disarray. Determined to fulfill their eternal ambitions of a flawless realm which can remain unstraightened by the limits of one dominant path, untainted by the darkest hazes that have come to cloud all the worlds of before, and remain reserved only for those whose Purity remains at their core, and those who know how to find it, Aurora takes great care, patience and detail into Xzir next project("...and the leaves that fell that day there").
These Words are described("Purity and Disarray") as follows:
"Purity: not all encompassing, perhaps not immediately recognized, but the core presides within, and is the compass of all action to its bearer. There are those who exist who believe in and try to achieve purity as a fluid becoming, while not ever having pureness at their core. Masqueraders, as they are known amongst Starskins, are certainly not welcome in Aurora's backyard, but Xze finds great amusement in watching them try."
"Disarray: That which is too perfect and/or removed from its natural path. It can turn a world jagged and tight, locking in on itself and ultamitely suffocating to its end. Xze created them in the image of autonomy and looseness, growth that explores all possibilities and directions and refuses to confine to the teachings of a single voice, becoming also of refined knowledge of the paths certainly not befitting of tread. With Xzir latest creation, Xze aims to finally fulfill this."
"Masqueraders in Disarray are the sorts of mortal beings that none should cross paths with, even other Masqueraders in Disarray like to make unusual trends out of avoiding them; Aurora and Borealis find this to be especially amusing."
Masqueraders are no strangers to Starskin worlds. One individual, known as the Sand Girl, is caught in the midst of some recent mischief("Masquaders") and by making her getaway with assistance from the Wind("I Am The Sand Girl") becomes one of the early entrants into Aurora's Creation, finding security under the shade of an old tree, which they name, and are subsequently taken in as family("This Tree"). YESSAND The Masquerader King, who attempts to catch them as they flee, becomes adrift in the cosmos and dissolves into black matter, which is a relatively common occurrance; the new YESSAND is immediately chosen thereafter as if he never died.
Some distance away, a strange light emanates from a densely covered place, coming from the sacred emblem preserved and protected by another dwelling within Aurora's Creation("...elsewhere...in new rain..."/"The Ember Leaf"), the last remnant of a race that had otherwise completely perished under Masquerading forces("The Lone Survivor") whose entrance to this world came about via their conversion to a carnal desire of building in the face of complete destruction. An 800 year old, 800 foot high wall built from the elements around them surrounds an area that the survivor has deemed to protect, with themselves and The Ember Leaf being all that is left of their civilization. The unusual behavior of the Ember Leaf leads them to believe that unforeseen developments are taking place beyond their vision ("Over My Wall") and that there may be a sense of strength and hope that they had always believed in but never actually saw for themselves.
In a distant world populated by mortals long forgotten by Starskin, disarray has been allowed to become overgrown and rampant, with Masqueraders having taken a firm hold and infected all those upon it. Such is its corruption that its target becomes that of a defenseless mortal child, one whom Masquerader Idealogy does not yet penetrate, but whom is born in circumstances that is dictated to be outside of this world's chosen path, and thus is chosen unjustly to be removed from its fold. The child's being is by this point the one thing in their world that remains organic and unstraight, the one vessel withstanding the Masquerader's onslaught, and as such, is still pure at their core. An outside force, independant of Aurora, Borealis or the Creation, decides to take immediate action, and taking the form of the mixteress Berenices, lets Xcer hair down which takes up and sweeps the child far and away on a travelling star ("From Young Unknowing Eyes"). Aurora watch as, spectacularly, the child pierces the border and makes it into Creation, the first mortal being to do so. As they look back to the distant planet, their memory of which having been jogged, they witness it miraculously recovering from its disarray and reforming anew, closer to their original vision. They watch this through the eyes of a young couple, who are also pure, as they age together in the first years of the world's New Age("Down in Evergreene")
From Far away, the Lone Survivor is heard rejoicing.
Eventually, the child comes to, finding themselves upon a high cliff, overlooking the most peaceful landscape they had ever witnessed with their own eyes. On an opposite cliff, they witness, sitting between two guards, an elder dying a beautiful death("The Hill of Mist"/"Where the Ashes Go"). They are given the sensation that they should not be here...not yet... and climb down hastily. The air is unusual and sweet, it is made clear the abundance of magic in this new place.
The child builds themselves a settlement among the ferns and diamond vines where they sleep, and for the first few creation days the child is nervous, frightened and sad, being so quickly torn away from all that was familiar to them. This changes when they happen at one point to stumble upon the grave of their birth-giver that they never knew but always talked to, roses, gems, trinkets and all, to have made the full trip alongside them, in the same location that they would have been on the old world, now completely surrounded by that which the child found infinitely more peaceful, strangely serene. The child never knew this feeling until their arrival. They felt less alone and sad following this, and resumed their practice of visiting their birth-givers resting place daily ("I Hope It Doesn't Rain When I see You Today") while becoming progressively more marveled at the intricate, hand carved beauty of the creation around them.
On a particular creation day, they wander into a plain populated by tall, silver trees, and are met by the trees' guardian making a spectacular appearance ("Silver Tree's Mixteress"). Seeing the child looking anxious and overwhelmed, Ie gently and softly greets the child, and conjures up some lighter magic to relax and entertain them ("Candy Necklaces"/"Twig Parade") which seems to work wonderfully. Ie tells the child of the great courage they have showed, and the great spectacle it was to watch them travel here, how many things await them where they now reside, and all those who are proud of them. They walk together through Creation, listening to various magic voices and ruminations that are heard throughout("Lute-Bird Calls"), Ie thinking of someone the child might enjoy. They arrive at the Woods of June, where within resides The Moss Angel Witch, a wise, well-traveled and tender-hearted Creation resident who has woven many tales, crafted many legends, spun many yarns and is well known to many Starskins. Greeting the child with a soft kiss on the cheek, she begins to tell her stories to the child, who according to legend, is still with her, listening intently("Monsters and Rainclouds"). The Day fades out, the child falls fast asleep on her lap("Cast Your Sleep Spell") and it is here that we leave them.
released November 8, 2016
Concept all songs written by Dani Lee Pearce, except "Lute-Bird Calls", about two lines of "Masqueraders" and the name YESSAND, respectively co-written and contributed by Jade Eklund.
All music written, arranged, composed, produced and mixed, all vocals sung, and all artwork and design by by Dani Lee Pearce.
Music Composed between July - October 2016 in various places
"Masqueraders"(second half) composed in September-October 2015
"From Young Unknowing Eyes" composed in April 2016
"Down in Evergreene" composed in September 2015 and vocals recorded in April 2016
"I Hope It Doesn't Rain When I See You Today" composed in May 2016
"Silver Tree's Mixtress" composed in April-May 2016
"Candy Necklaces" composed in March 2014
"Twig Parade" composed in September 2015
"Lute Bird Calls" first composed in May 2015
"Monsters and Rainclouds" composed June 2016
"Cast Your Sleep Spell" composed April-May 2016
Vocals recorded October 5- 20 and November 2, 2016 at The Quiet Room
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