Stealing the Sun

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Stealing The Sun is "philosopher pop", heavy with texture, rhythm, darkness and light. From the first notes of Silver Thread to the last chord of No Time, this album is a Promethean journey where the listener is encouraged to grasp the Sun itself and steal it from the gods.

Diverse elements like the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft, Native American traditions and Greek mythology combine into something strange, personally engaging, that is "greater than the sum of its parts"

Filled with a wide spectrum of synth textures, it's an exploration of epiphany and change viewed through the lens of modern electronic vocal pop.

"Stealing The Sun is the album I've been wanting to make for the last ten years."

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released 21 November 2010
All songs composed, recorded and mixed by James Maier at Rusty Insects Studio from March 2009 to August 2010.

Mastered by Steve Turnidge - September 2010.

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Track Name: Silver Thread
Past the hour when little girls should dream
The road is silent, the hills are steep
Your wings are heavy with dust and sleep
You're miles afar from places you should be

Follow my voice along this silver thread
Follow my voice along this silver thread

Incense trees grow along dim lanes
A shadow city full of candle flames
Fly on and on my Abyssinian maid
Leave Kubla Khan to history's fate

Follow my voice along this silver thread
Follow my voice along this silver thread

My house is warm and the time is late
Dip your wing and find this path safe
Little bird flies down to a sunless sea
What draws you on to set your heart free?

Follow my voice along this silver thread
Follow my voice along this silver thread
Track Name: Breathing Machinery
Looking at you
She's not seeing anyone
Moving so strangely from the plastic and glass and rum
Sugar and spice and everything nice
- is not what you came here for
Sugar and spice and everything nice
- is that what she came here for?

She's Breathing Machinery
Feeling Machinery
She's Making Memories
Feeding Machinery

Nothing's been said
But she's the one for you
Her serial number is an impossible dream-come-true
With parts off the shelf you could have built her yourself
But where is the fun in that?
Selling bits of yourself, she'd be rolling in wealth
- and there is the fun in that

She's Breathing Machinery
Feeling Machinery
She's Making Memories
Feeding Machinery...
Track Name: Subterranean Bathers
Chewing gum and twist-ties
Are binding me together
It's just a kind of glue
To help me past the weather

You're so bright and August
I'm so Spring and undivided though the Universe provided just the merest glimpse of you

We are
Subterranean Bathers
We are
The best of all neighbors
We never come up for air
You won't even know we're there
Keepers of light in the dark - I lost my mind
...But found this spark
Track Name: The Initiation
How can I say from where
Light just shines out of there
These eyes that wear no mask
There's nothing left to ask
And nothing left to hide
It's black up in the sky
The stars have all gone napping
Who can say just what's been happening?

I'm not your hero anymore
I'm just The Fool
You have to stand alone this time
Or be destroyed

As gentle as a dove
And with a serpent's love
You have to leave me here
There's nothing left to fear
Now find your own way home
All journeys made alone
Through darkness and cold air
You know I'll meet you there

I'm not your hero anymore
I'm just The Fool
You have to stand alone this time
Or be destroyed

Through darkness and cold air
You know I'll meet you there
Through darkness and cold air
You know I'll meet you there...
Track Name: Luna
I'm heels over head for you
My days are wine and bread for you
I've turned my end/beginning 'round again
Cycle circle Dervish you
What will you do with what has you?
The message you are sending sounds again

All I can see is the stars in your eyes
All I can see is the moon

A Winter road for Summer souls
And every seed a part, a whole
I've turned my end/beginning 'round again
Plants lie waiting under snow
All the seeds prepare to grow
The message you are sending sounds again

All I can see is the stars in your eyes
All I can see is the moon

Spiral fox my forest you
The secret secret no one knew
From here the light is shining once again
Red and white your color true
Blue and black and bruised like you
From here the colors' blending found again

All I can see is the stars in your eyes
All I can see is the moon...
Track Name: Walden
Lost soul running over the ice so wide
Hearing the voice

"You will come to us"
"You will come to us"

Tiny log cabin by water so bright
Blinded by nature

"You will come to us"
"You will come to us"

Walk in the forest, day and night
Life in the woods

"You will come to us"
"You will come to us"

Transcendental in your daily life
It's only Walden

"You will come to us"
"You will come to us"
"You will come to us"
"You will come to us"...
Track Name: Stealing The Sun
Time is long, You are not
There's no time for wasteful thought
Forget your mind, Forget your heart
It's not the end, It's just the start

Worlds undone
Stealing the sun

The gift of fire is all I bring
A tool to use for everything
Shape the world with golden hands
Like raven's claws: Promethean

Worlds undone
Stealing the sun

Your eyes hold the Living Flame
My eyes see the funeral plain
Another eye is hidden still
In Winter's fires and Summer's chill

Worlds undone
Stealing the sun
Track Name: The Big Room
In the big room
In the big room

In the big room we fear
The pressing of people near
In the big room we cry
Forgetting that we can fly

In the big room
In the big room

In the big room the colors are bright
The wind is just right for sailing
A girl dressed in white could make your dreams true
Like Little Boy Blue you'll fade

In the big room
In the big room

In the big room the colors are bright
The wind is just right for sailing
A girl dressed in white could make your dreams true
Like Little Boy Blue you'll fade

In the big room
In the big room
Track Name: Strangeness
Red, like Thursday's bloody sunset
The candles' guttering flames set fire to the sentinel clouds crouching on the frostline
A vortex of wind engulfs every sound, smothering whorls of silent air
Ice-birds calling through the dark halls leave me panting, crouched on all fours
Night reflects brilliant yellow off the back of my eyes into the face of strangeness
Track Name: No Time
Craft a song of Death and Sunshine
Tell a story: Love and Moonshine

Time So Long.
There's No Time.

Admiration for all my foes
Abject love for your crooked smile

Time So Long.
There's No Time.

Every breath is Hello/Goodbye
Every word just blurs Day to Night

Time So Long.
There's No Time.