Lotic

by Ishmael

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released December 10, 2013

Nick Otte - Bass, Lead Vocals
Aaron Silberstein - Drums, Vocals
Andy Werle - Guitar, Vocals

Words & Music by Ishmael
Produced by Ishmael & Oliver Ignatius
Engineered by Oliver Ignatius
Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen in Brooklyn, New York

Cover Photo by Nick F. Pray
Cover Design by Steff Yotka
Managed by Maggie Toth

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Track Name: Friar Fight
As the evening's fading
Slowly into night
Two leave for the woods
Please be home back in time

Any hesitation
Mother had held back inside
Now comes rushing in
With her children outside

Happily they two would roll along
Happily they two did walk together

Please be home back in time

In the blind green forest
White eyes cut like ice
No one living hears
As the children cry

Then they turn
Eyes wide
Blackened fur
Darker than the night
Speaks the beast
Without a sound
And they fall
Children fall to the ground

Happily they two did roll along
Happily they two did walk together

As the nighttime's taken now over
By morning light
No sign of the ones
Who had wandered from sight

Any weary traveler
Now that should pass by
Will know not to go
To the woods in the night
Track Name: Telemachus
Time
Waits
What are you made of
Drink my wine
What are you here for, if not to say goodbye?
Bury your keepsakes where they'll be found
Weren't we lions once there too?
I forget your face
Track Name: Knock Less, Monster
Arrive now with the tide
Some dark shadow floating free beneath
All their stories put to test
Sleeping silent secrets
Keep the rest

They must be made to speak
Their words can't be what they mean

The water seems inviting
Some part of our being knows
This is where they came from
I know all too well
Here I lie in wait for…

Peer over the water's edge
Try to fathom full five depths
All you see is your face reflected on the surface
Where's the wonder we once had
I didn't know
As they never spoke a word
As to their aims, their wants, their goals
But I can't close an eye
Not even to a lie

The water seems inviting
Some part of our being knows
This is where they came from
You'll know before too long
Here I lie in wait for…
Track Name: Pomegranate
It moves too fast for you to see
And would you catch as it flies by
Protect your energy inside

It moves to fast to even see
And we won’t catch as it flies by
Protect your energy inside

Fast the flowers are moving
The coils are coiling around you
You’re sleeping
The past
The tower is opening
Through seasons we’re hoping
Around you accepting
Track Name: Slip Disk
There's a needle in my spine
Sends a shiver through
Shifting back down to one
Hear them coming for me

Headlong through the glass to the sky's reflection
Once the driver
Now along for the ride
Thrown from all our prior engagements
Once the driver
Now along

All the debts collected
Left behind
All willful obligations
Nothing signed
The offer of a hand
To lift me up again
Is it mine?

Passenger
On your own side
Track Name: Primal Etiquette
Bent with nothing left but a thought
A ghost in perfect clothes dressed up
In lights dancing

I know your thoughts are elsewhere
But our time together grows thin with every moment
Will you sing for us?

Stories you told to me of your plans
Plots occur, they might lead anywhere

Impossible
Not how we imagined

Soar easy on your way
Repeat the words now that we've been measured

Are we more than witnesses?
How can we prove innocence?