brother songs - album

by waywardbreed

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Hawk Moth Records is proud to announce the release of waywardbreed's third album 'brother songs'.

Following in the wake of ‘gathering for the feast’, waywardbreed’s highly regarded 2013 LP, ‘brother songs' is a spacious, outward-looking album that finds songwriter Justin Avery at a crossroads between the restless travels of the past and the hope and harmony of friendships and love forged in the present.

Featuring the single 'In The Arms of The River', a tight, epic suspenseful piece of folk rock, 'brother songs' holds true to Avery's unique scope and vision, while allowing light into the darker corners of his lyricism.

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released May 12, 2016

Music & lyrics by Justin Avery
Arrangements by Justin Avery/waywardbreed
©2015 waywardbreedmusic
Hawk Moth Records HWK…

Recorded by Alison Ferrier, October 2015.
Mixed by Jeff Lang in November/December, 2015
Mastered by Simon Grounds in February, 2016.
Produced by Justin Avery.

waywardbreed (my brothers, my sisters and me):

Justin Avery: vocals, acoustic guitar
Elizabeth Barker: vocals
Andrew Watson: violin/viola, noises
Chris Willard: electric guitars
Christopher Mildren: keyboards
Duncan McBride: drums
Tom Hoskins: electric bass
Domenic Stanton: electric bass on ‘In The Arms of The River’

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Alison Ferrier: backing vocals on ‘Fall Into Me’ and ‘In The Arms of The River’.
David Lewis: backing vocals on ‘I’ll Be On My Way’.
Glendon Blazely: banjo on ‘I Have Nothing That is Mine’ and ‘Forgiveness’.
Lisa Marmur: backing vocals on ‘You & I, Magpie’ and ‘I’ll Be On My Way’.

Featuring the dirtbird choir on ‘I Have Nothing That Is Mine’ & ‘Our Reverie’.

dirtbird are David Lewis, Glendon Blazely and Lisa Marmur

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waywardbreed Melbourne, Australia

sweet, melancholic folk.

contact waywardbreed@gmail.com for gigs, lyrics, poetry, or just a chat

" hushed songs that swell with a powerful stoicism, illustrated by beautiful imagery...The work of a true craftsman...a balm for the darkened soul." - Bandcamp Hunter

"(Gathering for the Feast) is a record that's personal, revealing & spacious all at once." - Robbie Buck 'The Inside Sleeve' (ABC RN)
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Track Name: fall into me
I am outdone and thin from the running
But I can see, I have sharpened my cunning
I have nothing and nowhere to be

I’ve covered my trail with a new way of living
And I can be your wolf for the giving
You have nothing and no place to be

It would lose you nothing just to fall into me
It would lose you nothing just to fall into me

Now you’re left alive, but you’ve turned to water
Pray for me, my lamb to the slaughter.

It would lose you nothing just to fall into me
It would lose you nothing just to fall into me

My pants are loose and I’m lame like a goose in the field
Then I’m high on the lamb as your body softens and yields.

It’s what I must do lest my world crumble and die
But is there a chance that you’d join in my dance
And abide.
Track Name: i have nothing that is mine
I am in the waves that roll around you
Taking everything that’s mine
Water is a story, it’s open for you
Holding everything in time

I am but the mountain that stands above you
With a love that’s old as time
These limbs are severed from holding fast to
Everything that’s mine

Father and a brother, see it my way
Words that settle deep in blood
They become an action that speaks of glory
Living just the way they should

So gather all the stardust from words unspoken
Lay be down upon the sand
And hope the water carries me further
Beyond the reach of men

I am but the shadow walking beside you
I have nothing that is mine
I have nothing that is mine
I have nothing that is mine
Track Name: you & i, magpie
You & I, Magpie, we steal whatever is untethered
Robin Hood for the good of bringing two lovers
Back together

On your throne sit all alone, your crown’s tilted ‘way from the calling
But your song is mourning long
It holds me when I have fallen

They hold my wings as I try
To steal the light from their eyes
And I, I cry

Bonny Crow, where did she go
I followed you into the fire
Where lovers burn and lust had turned
‘til we lived only for our desires

And your coal-black feathers fall from me
I’ve become burnt leaves on your tree
Now can’t you see?

Now I am known
And in dreams I will go
When I long to see
The magpie in me
Track Name: in the arms of the river
I went down to the mouth of the river
She brought our lips together
Filled me with her salt water and longing

I asked the river won’t you please hold my hand
Untouched by beast or by man
I gathered my friends all around me
My brothers, my sisters and me

What would I do?
What would I do?

I long to be in the arms of the river
Sleep with you all through the winter
And wake form this dream full-feathered
A swan

But my dreams lay face down in the water
The reflections have all disappeared
I lost all I’d held around me
My brothers, my sisters and me

What would I do?
What would I do?
Track Name: our reverie
This weather’s refined, it’s been on my mind
That God has been kind to me, he drew a line for me
And showed me on which side to be

But here in my time, this heart’s been maligned
And I’m not inclined to see signs in front of me
That show me the way to be free

But it’s a fine, fine way to be

If I were kind, you’d be on my mind
And this heart would not need reminding
My head’s in the clouds with this thunder so loud
Makes me hard for the finding

It’s a fine, fine way to be
We’re sitting high in our reverie

But I get in trouble, and you’re bursting my bubble
Then the dogs come and break down my door
With their snapping jaws and their bloody paws

When I’ve atoned for this life lived alone
There’ll be some trouble for the making
When time is my own, well, my heart is long to roam
A hard habit that I’m breaking

It’s a fine, fine way to be
I’m sitting high where you’ll never be
We’re sitting high in our reverie
Track Name: i'll be on my way
I don’t need faith to see what’s right before my eyes
I just need someone to help me
To walk through the fire

And though I make my own way, I am not alone
There’s a hand on my shoulder, from someone much older
My guide on the path that is unknown

When I was a child I lived deep inside a dream
Of the man that I had hoped I could be
But I lacked the kindness and stumbled in my blindness
So someone put the harness back on me.

I don’t need you and you do not need me
When what we have is given free
This love is a choice that’s made when the voice
Of one comes together with two or three

When it’s my time
From this path I will not stray
Just turn me ‘round
And I’ll be on my way.
Track Name: forgiveness
When I was the world and the world it was on fire
I forgot myself and of lording I had tired
I would hold my hand just closer to the flame
Burn away the past and begin without a name

So I sit and cry
And I wonder why
All the tears that dry
But time keeps on without blinking

I turned to the bird of song that is in me
Singing for the words to remember I am free
There I found my brother laid beneath the rhyme
Father and a mother showing me what’s mine

So my fears they fly
And I wonder why
Falling by and by on the water
They come without sinking

We ask forgiveness for ourselves
When we have forgotten what makes us

So I sit and cry
And I wonder why
All the tears that dry
But time keeps on without blinking

We ask forgiveness for ourselves
When we have forgotten what makes us

Let the hand that held you be that which you hold
And the eyes that felled you save you from what’s old.
Track Name: let us waste no more time
Let us waste no more time
These moments are few
When light shows the way
We’ll do what we do

You’ve been shown by example how to be
Won’t you heed God’s warning when it comes
On the wing unto thee

Let us waste no more time
For that’s all we do
And the touch of an idle hand
Could never save you

But there’s a light in the words of his song
And a fire in your brother as he calls
For you to sing along

Let us waste no more time
For that’s all we do
We linger so long in discouragements tune

‘Til old fruit has turned and love is spurned
Withered and died
But from what I’ve learned if we’re not to be burned
It’s better to hide.
Track Name: love the living
Down on the sand
Guided by your willing
I entered the water
And I was frightened

But you held my face
Showing me love’s gentle grace
Pulled me under
You said, “All is forgiven”.

If after a time
Your love is not mine
I will go on
And love the living

But this love is not dead
It goes on living in my head

Now I’ve been spurned by the sea
And all that I’ve loved, it’s come back
And is burning me

If after a time
Your love is not mine
I will go on
And love the living

If after a time
Your love is not mine
I will go on
And love the living

But this love is not dead
It goes on living
In the words that you said.
Track Name: to be free
I don’t recognise what I’ve become
A stranger to myself and everyone
The light’s reflecting so poorly on upon me
Oh oh oh, to be free

Line unread upon your face
You wish to leave this life without a trace
You look into the light, but dark is what you see.
Oh oh oh, to be free

Move, move on
That’s the only way to keep us warm
Move, move on
That’s the only way that we keep our form

The good intentions of your friends
And my weak attempts to make amends
They drift without direction upon the darkest sea
Oh oh oh, to be free

Move, move on
That’s the only way to keep us warm
Move, move on
That’s the only way to keep us from harm

So make not love and make not war
You set aside this life and find what is was for
Come to conclusion before I close the door on you

Because that’s the only way to be.
To be.