The Torn

by Lament Cityscape

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Keenan Johnston While not easy to categorize, the debut LP from this Oakland duo is something special. Residing somewhere in the realm of drone, doom and industrial music (the "post-" moniker also feels appropriate), these lonely dirges are the last echoes of a post-apocalyptic society in its death throes, left to do nothing but wonder where everything went wrong. As the ashes settle and the final chords fade, we can't help but ask the same question ourselves. Highly recommended. Favorite track: The First Son.
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released September 4, 2015

Produced by Lament Cityscape

Music and Lyrics by Mike McClatchey
Drums on Tracks 1-5 Performed by Sean McCullough

Drums and Bass Engineering by Jack Shirley
at The Atomic Garden Recording Studio
in East Palo Alto, California
All other Engineering and Mixing by Mike McClatchey
at Underland Studios in Oakland, California
Mastered by Lament Cityscape
Co-Mixing by Sean McCullough and Scott Weiser
Artwork by Mike McClatchey

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Track Name: Pale Hands
Every regret I have flaunted
Every love I have faked
Every lie turned profit
Has led to this

Loyalty has never pierced this heart
Only ribs and spine
Loyalty has never pierced this heart
Only glass and steel

Truth has never ripped these lungs
Only ribs and spine
Loyalty has never ripped these lungs
Only glass and steel
Track Name: Turn Inward
Beware the holy man
With dirty hands
With one clean finger

Beware the one with answers
To questions unposed
Turn inward

Beware the prophet
With poetry breath
Turn inward
Track Name: The First Son
Peel it back
Pull me out
Seal it shut

There is nothing left
Track Name: The Final Son
Speak your love
Hold it in your wounds
Under layers of flesh
Over flesh

Crush your love
Held into your wounds
Under layers of flesh
Over flesh
Track Name: This Has Always Been
Shooting light towards the sky
Just to see it reflect
Off the paintings of the storms
Who had come to collect

The sirens have subsided today
The light scared the lustre away
Track Name: Sewn Into Our Palm
The demon you've always said was there
Has almost drowned me
I can't see him yet
But I sure as hell feel him
Pulling himself out through my throat

I'm absorbing the mercury
To become your reflection
No one has accused peace of living here
We stare at the light
Track Name: Never Ended
How many more before I sleep?
Failing to catch us as we leap
This isn't about strength
This is about you
Last night I heard someone die
The body failed the exam
The rubber bolted onto skin
And the lights have gone dim.