Relative Stranger

by GULL

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1.
Haunted eyes Lifted by dance The sweet perfume Of old romance Talking and coughing And shaking for something A voice of howling Is running from nothing A glass A snake A golden white chair It is falling softly now The howl It comes form an icy steel throat It rides a horse With the horns of a goat It gallops across The flatlands of death And carries with it Our hopes and regrets A mask A face A dusty brown hat It is falling softly now Electrified by a sun That burns the night I want to hear you say It's all for for something I've got to hear you say It's all for something That you cannot control When your bones Become ash We will take you To the mountain Haunted eyes Lifted by dance The sweet perfume Of old romance Talking and coughing And shaking for something A voice of howling Is running from nothing A glass A snake A golden white chair It is falling Into arms unknown
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Find Out 02:00
Find out We'll find out
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With the eye of a horse And a mouth to match Oh, this dream of speed and sweat Muscle under skin, that hot skin Like a jagged cliff With the valley far below Yes, that's where the blood flows From one heart
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Buoyant moss In the sea Ancient tongues Surge through me The sun takes the ache And reminds us what's at stake If we always do what's easy In the burning shoals A snake coils To bite its tail In the bitten mind One finds lonesome time And the fears Of centuries
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Camry 02:56
You're too late To take me with you It's hard to Relate to So keep me with you Opened up the door to the Camry I climbed on in Said bye to the family Took a lone drive through the Allegheny Never mind I don't mind Got plenty of time Pass a slow truck As the snow falls >>> Sharp! Pass a slow truck As the snow falls >>> Sharp! Sharp! Pass a slow truck As the snow falls >>> Sharp curve swerve And go spinning Slip, flip, bang - crash! Four wheels tripping You're too late To take me with you It's hard to Relate to So keep me with you
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Losing Light 04:54
Oh gentle man Of grace and strength Your pain Is more than I can shake What's the rush To take you away? Losing light In the fading day Wisdom chimes "The only thing that is rare is time" And I am lucky To have spent Some of mine With you My sweet friend The light Will always shine
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Priest 02:11
And the priest gave way To the cat on the wheel With paws clawed Its attention drawn to your face To your bones To your marrow And tomorrow you find the itch Is quick to serve the hand While the priest Gives his love once again And again, and again, and again Says "It's alright Let go what's known God you've grown Shoulder to shoulder Now that you're older The flame's not dead It's just your desire"
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Dense liquid boiled over Onto the varnish Hunter at the edge The seal in the water The spear Was thrown The net cast A clobbered skull Would be much faster than this Give me what you are And take me when you go Our breath is short And movements slow This is the time we have His skin was dotted With ancient signs... Petroglyphs To be read by touch, The braille of lovers Give me what you are And take me when you go Our breath is short And movements slow This is the time we have
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Shape shifting wounds wind And disintegrate Mechanical calls On the wings of grass The crooked stone This seed once sewn, It will only grow To defy duplication It's feasting eyes They feast Upon the beast Of inspiration While your body aches... A cloaked figure awaits You give, No take the hand That breaks the moldy, Dusted fate That creature Knows the way to go Follow

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Gull is “best described as a drum; a living, breathing drum of flesh on fire that cries out assorted tongues of creatures past and delivers it from a single unique perspective; a communal music broadcast of blood and bile left as an offering on the altar of sound.” With the release of Relative Stranger, there are odes to dreams, to Patti Smith, to a well-traveled car, to a friend and bandmate lost. Surely, Nathaniel Rappole’s wildly interesting life experiences have also influenced the “assorted tongues” represented in the album; among them: living at a facility for endangered animals for ten years, being hired as a traveling puppeteer and technical director, as well as a mask maker for a business specializing in Furry attire, spending 2 months on a Nile houseboat in Cairo with a British woman and her Bedouin lover, working various non-profits, and performing and connecting with strangers on the streets of Mexico. With all of this under one’s belt and more, it is no surprise that this multi-instrumentalist’s solo musical project is as fascinating and multifaceted as his life.

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released August 21, 2020

Music, vocals, and art by Nathaniel Rappole.
Additional vocals by Amanda Wilson.
Saxophone by Tristan Brennis.
Produced, engineered, layout, and design by CyFi.

Recorded between 2015 and 2017 in Charlottesville, VA. Mixed and mastered between 2017 and 2019 in Brooklyn, NY.

Released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license through Lagom Audio/Visual. www.lagomaudiovisual.com

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GULL Richmond, Virginia

Nathaniel Rappole’s solo project, GULL, was conceived on an endangered wildlife preserve in Front Royal, VA in 1999, and has been publicly active since 2007. GULL has recorded a 7", 6 EPs, 3 full lengths, and has traveled vigorously—playing venues, on the streets, and in the wilds across the globe. GULL's brand new full length Relative Stranger will be released on August 21, 2020. ... more

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