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released November 22, 2011

All songs written by Timothy A. Clark
Except "Leper Machine" written by Daniel Hengeveld, Timothy A. Clark, and Courtenay Gasking
Published by Phantom West Music, ASCAP

Vocals by Timothy A. Clark
Except "Leper Machine" vocals by Timothy A. Clark and Christina Clark

Cover Photo by D.H. Parks
Cover Design by ANODE and Daisy Zhang

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Phantom West Los Angeles, California

From the dreamlike instrumental and electronic sounds of the 2005 album Chimaera, the noize/industrial/dance remixes of The Rain Expedition EP in 2006, the highly varied synth-pop, darkwave, and hard rock of 2007’s Aleph Null, and then the introspective, long-form ambient work on the 2009 album Aperture, Phantom West has never been constrained (for good and ill) to a single sonic template. ... more

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Track Name: The Life of Perfect Creatures
I'll be sent into the sky
On a stack of steel and flame
Though I won't understand why
Everyone will know my name

Perfect creatures overhead
Tracing out an orbit's line
They're the first that we shall send
Perfect creatures for all time


Found astray on a cold, cold street
Found a way to complete the destiny of me
A way to burn a path into the sky

(chorus)

Now the light from the outside's blocked
Now it's dark, I'm without a window next to me
I'm afraid but I can't stop what i can't see

(chorus)

When I fall back down to Earth
A light in the sky and my trans formation complete now
As ash and dust, I will touch your sleeping brow
Track Name: Fault Lines
I heard a whisper on the waves
From across the galaxy
A tyrant dashed the children on the rocks
I heard a rumor of genocide, so far away

I felt the tremor of the land (saw forever)
but I never heard the cry (of the millions)
I can't understand why the brave ones bend (but they never break)
Or how they can withstand the cold when i just retreat

I heard a rumor in the crowd (just a whisper)
They've come to take someone away (just a traitor)
The gallows was assembled, the tethers fixed (who am I to scream?)
Who am I to scream? I couldn't see it anyway

I felt the tremor of the land (just the shaking)
but I never heard the cry (a whisper underground)
I don't get why the satellite stays in orbit (broadcast misery)
Or why they stand and brave the faceless horrors when I just quail

(How can i understand this tale I'm told when I can hardly hear
How can I comprehend this tragedy when I can hardly feel)

I heard of dissidents detained (just a whisper)
Their bones and flesh locked in a vice (just a whisper)
I heard the crackle as their bodies break, just a whisper (just a whisper)
Of autumn leaves across the way

I felt the tremor in your hand (just the shaking)
but I never heard you cry (like the millions)
I don't understand what it says to me (broadcast misery)
Or why you stand and brave the faceless horrors when I just recede
Track Name: Superstition
So helpless before this obsession
The cruelest parody of you in my head

Now is the time
Just open your mouth and close your eyes
Then hit the switch and let the mask aside

Side by side
Watch the shipwreck float away
Better the button than the long slow fade

So fearless before this explosion
The bloom on the skin
Track Name: Leper Machine
I spent the afternoon
Dying in fits and starts
While the leper machine made
Careful notice of my progress

Protected by saturday
In a tuesday morning haze
While the media man speaks in tongues
To the masses what he reads on the pages

Tear the transmitter down
Make a terrible sound
Who knows what they'll say next?
We'll put your ass in context
Tear the transmitter down

Unroll the avenues
To welcome the evening crew
The town is on fire
And we don't remember what to do

The king and the queen are back
Society's heart attack
With a serenade from the lips
Of the prophets and the phony sages
Track Name: Manifestations of the Spirit
Strike a match on the wall
hold it up to your flushing face
then let it fall

Come in a haze of blue smoke
and burrow right under my skin
take control

Pushing back to the wall
a cry and a shout in the hall
swear I'll remember it all

Breathless oaths of love
and protests it's never enough
absorbed in the ceilings above

Strike your fist on the wall
and hold it up to your twisted face
then let it fall

Draw the blades that you stole
that burrow right under my skin
and lose control

Pushing back to the wall
a cry and a shout in the hall
I just want to forget it all

Breathless oaths of love
absorbed in the ceiling above
from where they could not be wrung
Track Name: Concorde
How can I contend
with the defects in my head?
Just carry me down, pretty machine
to the runway's end

We never knew
when the underground station moved
never knew what it's like to fail

These cloudy days
when we can't see beyond the haze
birds will try to outfly their burning tails

How can I contend
with the waves that make me fall?

Just carry me down, pretty machine
to the end of it all

Long before we moved on
they said the old constants were gone
nothing to be understood

They'll know it's true
that we didn't know what to do
because what we've done did no good

How can I conceal
that the eschaton is overdue?

Just carry me down, pretty machine
where I left you

Someday we'll shine
like a gem in an alien sky
maybe then we'll be understood

They'll know it's true
that we didn't know what to do
because what we've done did no good
Track Name: Ghost Ring: Under the Sodium Lamp
in the glow of a strobing match light
cloth drawn down to hide
all the sky in your sad eyed head
pupils open wide
came the poison then to kill you
and all that's outside
came the poison then to save you
from all that's inside

after all you will be forgiven
cleared of every shame
in the dark where the nightmares rode you
every one the same
even once in the darkened bedroom
did you call my name?
put the pictures in your pocket
for when the time came

I should rest here on the hillside
by the edge row
in the shade I can feel your absence
ache in my side
watch your love rise on the fire
with the ashes
will we see you in the colors
of the sunset?
Track Name: Ghost Ring: Threnody for Miranda
Miranda sees the canyon's edge
the hours tearing down the day
She will pass the golden trail
that she must walk without us

Miranda sees my faith give way
and knows my life's in disarray
Once so warm by my side
but she must go without us

Miranda breathes the ocean's gray
color seeping down her leg
Future read on a cold glass slide
that she must see without us
Track Name: The Winter War
If we assemble as we're told along the dock side
will there be any mercy left for those who hide?

And in the forest you can be another trail
a pair of eyes they'll never see under a veil

The furrowed brows all through the crowd portray a fine dread
already counting who among us will be dead


And on the edge of town we'll meet and make our plans
Will you, my love, take to your feet or take a stand?

And in the dunes along the beach you can conceal
A souvenir to future's reach under the seal

And on the edge of town we'll meet and make our plans
Will you, my love, take to your feet or take a stand?

And in the silent snow a peal, a fell report
It's just the end of all appeal just time cut short