Year Of Endless Light

by Wilder Maker

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    Side A
    I. Float Us Through The Barroom
    II. Song For The Singer

    Side B
    I. Slow Life
    II. Lullaby
    III. Holy Night

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about

“A remarkable album, richly conceived and remarkably, wildly played…a river of American sounds…bizarre and original.” – Jayson Greene – eMusic Best of 2013

"Wilder Maker’s sprawling second album, Year of Endless Light, concentrates at those drop-everything arresting moments, the type of holy fuck jolts that spur a compulsion to rewind/replay: listen listen listen and maybe if you listen just one more time you’ll finally get your head around some hidden secret.” – Nathan Huffstutter, The Fiddleback

"Recommended highly for fans of heavy folk/country/rock like Bonnie Prince Billy, Richard Buckner and Neil Young, this album is just about overwhelming in its scope and breathtaking in its execution." - When You Motor Away

“An incredible breadth of vision that defies musical genres.”

-Folk Radio UK

credits

released 10 September 2013

All songs by Gabriel Birnbaum (So Cruel And Oh So Bright, ASCAP)

Derek Beckvold (clarinet)
Adam Birnbaum (piano on "Invisible Order")
Gabriel Birnbaum (guitars, saxophone, percussion & vocals)
Elio DeLuca (bass, keyboards, percussion & vocals)
Will Graefe (lead guitars & vocals)
Brendan Higgins (bass on "Slow Life")
Siv Lie (viola)
Andrew McGovern (trumpet)
Danny Mekonnen (saxophones)
Peter Moffett (drums, percussion, vocals)
Katie Von Schleicher (keyboards & vocals)

Recorded by Elio DeLuca at the Soul Shop, Medford, MA (www.soulshoprecording.com)
Produced by Wilder Maker
Mastered by Jesse Brayman at SoundMirror (www.soundmirror.com)
Artwork by Jordan Piantedosi (jordanpiantedosi.com)
Design by Katie Von Schleicher

Immense gratitude goes out to Ben & Diane Birnbaum for their neverending support, to my busy brother Adam for finding the time to contribute, and to Will, Elio, Katie, Pete and everyone else who's quit jobs, slept on floors and drank too much bourbon by my side.

Much love,
Gabe
Brooklyn, NY, 2013

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Track Name: Float Us Through The Barroom
I defied the wasting life
slept inside a dead dog rain woke me hopeless
and the birds sang out black
from the sharp twists of the brick
where the soft fists fell like stars in my eyes
humming with liquor I sang death to new Romes

fire walking
in our blood now
the wild sky above us
forever and for no one
every tight fist
holds an absence
an idiot destroyer oh
all these things forgiven

losing numbers I fell in time with you
it rained a bible rain and we fell laughing on the floor
my favorite danger
breathed in the moon
and shattered all the stars in my eyes
oh my god I've seen pleasure like a breaking wave

fire walking
in our blood now
the wild sky above us
forever and for no one
every tight fist
holds an absence
an idiot destroyer oh
all these things forgiven

when we rise
we rise so high
cross and calvary forever out of sight
ascending night
glitter slow
somewhere in the pulse a perfect place to go
some sweet humming burden half lit in the snow

fire walking
in our blood now
the wild sky above us,
forever and for no one
every tight fist
holds an absence
an idiot destroyer oh
sing the sky down
if the song is true true true
you always had the power
but man you never knew it
every dark thought
the crime in the eyes of the criminal
crossed you like a shadow oh
everything forgiven
Track Name: Wasting My Time
If you wake and find me gone
do not follow me
through the telepathic night
through the narrowing day
I am told it is better this way

I been wasting my time
I been wasting my time
another novel turns to pulp
at the bottom of a sea of red red wine
I been wasting my time

the moon hangs high like a portrait of your mind
lying in the unmade bed
'til another sun kisses the lip of your weary eye
and you swear you will do better this time

I been wasting my time
I been wasting my time
another song gives up its form
in a bed so wide and warm I know
I been wasting my time

I been wasting my time
I been wasting my time
I been rising with the dust
and falling like your chest
when you let out that breath you drew in
just before the airplane crashed
and I just want you to come over
and stop my troubled mind
turn the TV on
pour the drinks up to the lips
let my silent blood curl
towards the wilderness
we can talk about the weather
we can talk about your friends
we can talk about anything
except the thing I can't forget
in the darkness of my bed
in the locked room of my mind
I know
I been wasting my time
Track Name: Hangs Hooks
all we ever wanted
the cool hands of sleep around our neck
the oceans sing beneath our candlelight and crashing waves whisper losing is a kind of peace and the tongues of mermaids kiss blisters away

another glass of wine
a crisis of creamy skin blooms
Here in this high white space I understand the animal trapped in highway light the way any lost sweetness hangs hooks in your heart
Track Name: Song for the Singer
here's a song for the singer who's trembling with light
so bright and so brief a bulb burning
out in the darkness of the held breath blue hour
she lets me see the way her eyes are wet and rimmed around with
red like the skin around my handprint on her hip
I am the secret that she will not tell the next one

There'll be peace in the valley child but not 'til we're old
'til our bodies have abandoned their planetary 
pulls on my collar breathes from deep in her throat
she says let's make it hotter than a center-
fold me in two I am weak as a dollar
I am passed from hand to hand for pleasure

but in the clear night
when I stand at the mirror
proud and upright
flying like a flag
muscles singing
in a hundred part harmony
my body's meaning
unlocked by her body

When she holds me in her arms I know it is not me at all
it is the wish that is the heartache that will kill her by and by

and by the way her hand lights on my hip at the bar
I know for certain that tonight we will be lovers

she says your clothes look so good in a pile on my floor
I say the idea of you is enough to start a war
it's heat lightning in my heart

her heartbeat mingles with the rain drums on the windowsill
and it seems every single thing's alive and so so far away

but in the clear night
when I stand at the mirror
proud and upright
flying like a flag
muscles singing
in a hundred part harmony
my body's meaning
unlocked by her body

and every now and again she comes to me in a dream
she says you don't have the gift the gift has you
she says let your demons cover you in kisses
she says you never gave me quite enough
and in the morning I feel the absence after the train
and my heart rings and rings like the telephone in the apartment next door
it rings louder
and it beats harder
it is the clenching of the fist in my chest
it is a heart that will beat me to death
Track Name: Slow Life
Soft eyed seeker did you find your mercy blow

lucky victim safely carried home


your face in shadow and then your face in light

blameless sleeper rough hands reached you
kissed you bloody to the ground

oh that slow life

it’s a love song all the time

watch the waves speak
one word only

over and over and over



beauty only deepens with defeat

brown hair blown wild soft hands worry stone
s
honey you know it’s ok not to be christ come down

I’ve loved you always but you just love the architecture of your mind



oh that slow life

it’s a love song all the time

it was glory

you were glory

skipping stones at the sky

watching the waves wreck

in your dry eyes

the same mistake every time



slowly glory burns
Track Name: Invisible Order
we fell asleep
on your narrow couch while the blue snow fell
the breath of an invisible order of things
shone where your hair touched my wrist

when we awoke we moved so slow
silence came down like a blanket of snow on and on

You turned away
I could still taste your tears on my lips
the teeth of an invisible order of things
tore the park apart

I am restless in my blood
and I trust no marriage bed
I see my life laid out from ship to shore to ship to shore
but I am awake in the golden city
I am awake in the golden city
and Caroline I want to come home
Caroline I want to come home

when I awoke I moved so slow
trembling with freedom, nowhere to go on and on
Track Name: Lullaby
the endless dream of days
lost underneath the covers
turning time away
just like all good lovers

and hey baby there's nothing to fight about
but hey baby what you doin still hangin round
the things your body knows
the way you lost your clothes, darlin it's a sin
it buries me in snow
this morning is a joke I never need to hear again

did you sleep well
did you dream at all
did you sleep well
did you dream at all
did you sleep well
you better go now
you can take your
coffee on the train
I'll say I broke the mug
Track Name: Holy Night
holy night
when I can set this whole mess right
give away my long low life
let my worries die in you
let my worries die

holy night
I gave until I lost my mind
jealous of each trace of light
that ran along your skin so white

holy night
I'm paying for it all my life
something woke in me that will not die
you were never half as kind  
as when you took your hand from mine