Extinction

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Each of the four tracks is about the extinction of something - a fish, a bird, a language, a microchip.

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released November 24, 2017

Tristram Bawtree: vocals
Marcus Hamblett: samples, synths, drum machines, cornet, guitar, production
Thomas Heather: drums

Plus -
Emma Gatrill: bass clarinet on 'Khoisan'
Felix Weldon: drums on 'Khoisan', though he didn't know he was doing it at the time

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Track Name: Kauai O'o A'a
You haven't come back
I'm still waiting

I keep calling
You haven't showed up

Press play on the tape recorder
Play it back when the subject is gone
No more clothing for big men
Gold feathers finished in the storm
Track Name: Khoisan
Tape spool moving
Turning round
Gathers meanings
Pins them down

Old growth forests
Shrinking down
Trees are verb forms
Leaves are sounds

To work
To chase
To dance
This place

To go
To stay
I see
Track Name: IG00156
Merciless to memories
Numbers taking precedence
More fuel in the fuel tank
I forget what the limit is

Are we feeling crowded now?
Thin the ranks of species out
This one isn't needed
Neither are those others

If you are the solution
I will make a bigger problem

This one isn't needed now
Box this all up and throw it out
Track Name: Coelacanth
People thought the Coelacanth was dead
Whilst he slumbered peacefully
On an unknown seabed
They took to fishing other fish instead
Claimed the bodies of the slain
And so them and theirs were fed

I've tried but I can't follow everything
I can't hope to understand
A fraction of what's ever been
And what will prove to be the weaker thing,
A blessing or this hidden curse
That's lain over these events as a king

And you think this is simple but it's not
You've offered to me truths that I
Believe were better left forgot
Stubborn my bearing and foolish pride
You've offered to me truths that I
Believe were better left denied

I don't have to stay here, I could go
Far away and wherever my legs and boots may roam
I still have dignity I'll have you know
Forgotten like a Coelacanth,
But I'm afraid that's just the way it goes

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