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Songs of Written Leaves

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Nostro Mathew Barker (aka Water Music) is fleshed out with the assistance of a 5 piece backing band and well known producer Casey Rice. It's enabled his erstwhile bedroom style lo-fi recordings to take on a more expansive sound that's often dark and brooding. On other tracks he's still able to delve into his slower and more fragile side, akin to Water Music. According to the liner notes:
"...and designed to be taken in one sitting with relaxed concentration."
It's 43 well rewarded listening minutes. Favorite track: Empire.
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    This album began its life as a Water Music record. But as time went on it became clear that with a band behind it and a proper studio and producer, that it needed to be named as a new project. It also meant I could split in two and keep Water Music as a thing I could always work on in my backyard shed, making little internet records when no one else was available to join the fun. Anyways, here's the Empire of Poets record. If you've liked the ratty lo-fi home recorded stuff that's come out before, then I hope you like this stuff too. mb x

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This album is a 43 minute piece and designed to be taken in one sitting with relaxed concentration.

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released February 18, 2014

Recorded at Headgap Studios Melbourne, Australia
Produced by Casey Rice & MB
Mixed by Casey Rice at Classix Studios.

All songs written by MJ Barker
© Hawk Moth Records 2014

Photography: Leif Nash

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Dark, cinematic space folk / lo-fi universe.

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Track Name: Morning
I was born
to take you on
to bring you down
I’m alone but loud

I’m a sword
I was forged
I’m the cold dark light
you reach for at night

I’m the dawn
of a new world war
I’m the light
I’m the light

I’m us all
I’m the call
that rings so bright
I’m the light

And oh, mum
I’ve used it all
oh, mum
I’ve used it all
oh, mum
I’ve used it all
Track Name: Anti
An island home
a reputation
a violent hole
a love sick nation
I’m tired of all these resolutions
the time has come for revolution
but your books
they tell a different story
of burned out high school
teenage glory
but they’re all all sung
they’re all sung

A young man dies on television
they buy the rights
to his rare visions
a touch, a kiss, a lifted dress
your life become
just one long mess
until you recognise
there ain’t no glory
and live your angsty
teenage stories
but they’re all sung
they’re all sung
Track Name: Golden
Golden light
on a golden field
it’s your right
right to feel
with all your heart
with all your heart

Gold and fine
on a golden pill
it’s your time
time to kill
with all your heart
with all your heart

And the sea's rising up
there’s fear
in the eyes of love
and the seas rise
as the tears you cry
well they all add up

Golden light
on a golden field
it’s your right
right to feel
with all your heart
with all your heart
Track Name: Salvation
You kill the dreams
of common man
but you never seem
to understand
we’ll follow

Taught to fear
reality when everything
you’ll ever be
you’ve borrowed

but you can’t fight us
if you can’t find us
anywhere
no you can’t fight us
no you can’t fight us

Caught between
the gravity and
the freedom
of insanity
and sorrow

Born no fool
you swim a sea
of ennui
and never greet
tomorrow
tomorrow

And though you grieve
I know you know
And though you believe
I know you know

that you can’t fight us
you can’t find us
no you can’t fight us
you can’t fight us
Track Name: El Topo
All you’ve taken
taken from me
all you’ve burned out
you’ve burned
out of me
cool it baby
you’re cooler than me
and those mythical eyes
don’t set you free

Sunset’s fading
fading on me
driving downstream
lonelier me
soon pretty baby
we’ll all be free
if the
pyramid eye
just let’s us be.
Track Name: Trees
The willows
on the water
hang down to play
but feel
a cold misunderstanding
hung dried out
like her tears
the widow’s on the landing
her lover’s buried near
and the trees
are burning gladly
but I won’t cry for you
my love

Your eyes reflect
the water
a river of your fear
not dead
but disillussioned
and savaged by your peers
through the window
left wide open
I spied your resltess heart
now I will
sing it gladly
that I won’t cry for you
my love
Track Name: Empire
I’m ten thousand miles away
still trying
to find a way to you
I saw your lovers in the sea
sing falsetto sounds
of me and you
then I saw seven
golden knights
break free
to be apart from you
and they’re doing this
for you
they’re doing this for you

I’m four million miles away
and still trying
to fly away from you
obey your lovers in the wind
the foreshadowed sounds
of him and you
still I sing every single night
praise be
to feel a part of you
and I’m doing this for you
I’m doing this for you

and on quiet nights
do you scream and fight
do you?
or are you terrified
that it’s all gone?

I’m ten thousand miles away
still trying
to find a way to you
I saw your lovers in the sea
the falsetto sounds
of me and you
still I pray every single night
it’s crazy
just to feel a part of you
and I’m doing this for you
I’m doing this for you

and on quiet nights
do you scream and fight
do you?
or are you terrified
that it’s all gone?