The Subtle Art of Failure

by Divided Sky

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The long awaited second full-length album, unleashed upon innocent bystanders in 2006. Those who have heard it have been amazed; those who have not have been sad.

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released April 28, 2006

Divided Sky
Sean Crisden - Scott Radway - Richard Banister - Art Franklin

All songs written, arranged and produced by Divided Sky*, copyright 2006 DividedSkyMusic

Recorded at Hidden Creek Studios in Collegeville, PA.

Mixed at The Legendary Studio Surprise in Thorndale, PA.

Mastered at Rare Form Mastering in Minneapolis, MN. www.rareformmastering.com

Album photography courtesy of Dave Nitsche www.davenitsche.com

*Audio sample from Coda used with permission from the estate of Allan Bridge and the Apology Line archives. Unauthorized commercial use is prohibited.

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Divided Sky Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Divided Sky makes a habit of stretching the boundaries of heavy music - infusing inescapable, often off-meter grooves with jazz stylings, unconventional structures, metalicious jams and intense melodies.

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Track Name: Impermanence
breathe with me a moment. drain color from your cheeks. weave our little petty torment into a hanging tapestry. tell me something with your eyes, suspended in our weightlessness. grieve for our missing moments, stripped of tragedy. draw measure and cut away a painless day and ignore the ghost behind the curtain. the shadow behind the door. breathe with me a moment. tell me that you'll stay silent to fortify anything that you may say. these are just words. they don't mean anything. this impermanence. the way we see is beautiful. a prismatic halo of make-believe. it's all we know, but if it's real why can't i feel it? this impermanence. breathe with me a moment. drain color from your cheeks. tell me something with your eyes. connecting in our weightlessness.
Track Name: Farther
i can't believe the things laid out here before me. the paths we choose are still winding in our minds. and here's a reminder, such a fragile little thing. conceived of lust and love and memories that aren't mine. so here i am feeling my way on through. needing just a moment when i'm for you. this is for the way that it oughta' be. this is for the way that it is. what's left behind is done despite the ghosts i see. recurring sights and sounds with fearful energy. cornered and twisted my brain plays enemy. challenging the volumes of what i thought was me. so here i am feeling my way on through. needing just a moment when i'm for you. pushing farther forward in a dream. perception no longer true. this world...swallows. close your eyes. go to sleep. when you dream will you dream of me? farther than i thought i could. farther than i said i would. i don't know all the answers. getting dumber everyday. farther than i thought i'd be. if i knew all the answers i never would've found the way. so here i am.
Track Name: Sheep and Kings
there's a familiar face that they have seen that i should know. it makes them alright and they say that i should go there and see how i feel with them. i'm waiting for the face of god so i can thank him for this shit we've got. i want to tell him that i call his bluff. i'm waiting. i've gotten over all this imagery and grandeur. so, what's new? we've got a lot of names for the types of things we can't imagine. well i guess that's you telling me its alright and kissing me goodnight. pulling me on through this. i'm waiting for the face of god so i can thank her for this shit we got. i want to tell her what we're really all about. i'm waiting.
Track Name: Failure
a codependency on ritual. peer ideology is habitual. so many dreams are perpetual. so it seems i am. in my contemplative eye i can see flashing lights. algorithmic symmetry. perfectly. trembling towers built in hours and they're all for me. i cannot reply. i will not reply. i cannot comply. i will not comply. i will not lie. i will bleed for your life and your lies if that's how you'll free me. i will stand by your side as you die, ashamed of still being alive. alone in the collective eye it's perfectly silent. failure is waiting behind, its fingers pulling our lines. refuse is all that i have seen. a somber comedy in futility. true purpose is hidden somewhere in between what is said and what is believed. every frigid ounce of blue overhead and bearing down on me is swallowed whole by truth and crushed into the clouds. i've walked, wings clipped, conscience ripped blindly up and on a journey best forgotten now a decade from the dawn. still i climb here i am atop the winding stair. babbled words unheard by foreign ears. tear apart the tattered binds that hold to the shreds of life i've bought and sold. here's to every brick i've carried. to my back that's broken down. i could ask how i came to marry a world of fragile sound. when you whisper down a haunted lane the reply is an empty room that echoes of your name. will not lie down. will not close my eyes.
Track Name: No Earthquakes, No Displacements
there is sunlight swirling on my floor like an illusion from the world above. a thing that has no place here in the ruins of my kingdom. the dust will never quite settle from its ballet in the light. it is my breath that gives it inspiration. it's my breath that tells me i'm still here. no flowers can grow in this hole that i live in. my sickness chokes out their life. one day i will shatter the walls of this prison and bloom into the light. it is my pride that keeps me cynical and jaded. my will that tells me i have no fear. it is my breath that gives it inspiration. it's my breath that tells me i'm still here. there is sunlight scorching the dirt alive. like an allusion to the world above. no earthquakes. no displacements. no earthquakes. no displacements. there is only room for one in the ruins of my kingdom. i have only just begun so please...let us not be critical. no petals can bloom in this hole that i live in. it's much to dark to see. one day i'll climb out of the hole i've been digging but for now this is where i'll be.
Track Name: Memory and Desire
think that i can see it coming. it's coming round to spring, but i feel nothing. seems the wind has changed direction again, against my plans. thinking just to move. wanting to sail on sunshine. i'm learning through sight. colors seem to change so quickly. i'm wishing in vain that they stay the same. time spent learning cryptic systems dissolves into possibility. dying to sail on sunshine. i'm learning through sight. useless uses this enigma. proof it chooses when it settles in under my skin once again. empty skies again have plans for me. a plain disguise for my fallibility. despite my mind's inability to see. garrisoned inside, it knows my name. we are the same. thought that i could see it coming. it's coming round to spring but i felt nothing. seems the winds have changed direction again... with my plans. allowing me to move. now able to sail on sunshine. i'm learning through sight. sister season take to flight. wingless when the wind is right.
Track Name: Kaironomaea: The Welkin Eye
a growing darkness separates my lying sight from the light of day. cooling embers swirl above, their patterns weave and overlay. but i didn't want to be here. i didn't want to see you again. but time is trapped inside the gaze these eyes have bled so often before. a chill sinking inside my soul, the flames that burn go right to the core. i didn't want to be here. i didn't want to feel so alone here once again. cold morning fades to night again. hope this time it's not too late to find our way back home.
Track Name: Kaironomaea: Patterns
give away all my pictures and make a fire of my life. they don't hold the strands of conscience intact. they're just seeds of past mistakes. i won't need it after too long because it all comes around again. i don't need these things just to belong. i won't want them all back in the end. make a trade: all my memories for a handful of your lethe. it won't seem so strange when willpower fails and we repeat the first mistake. when all the feelings in your heart only drift slowly down and all the patterns you've been weaving only squeeze tighter around. all our moments cycle by another life to demonstrate. as it ebbs and flows inside a figure eight.
Track Name: Kaironomaea: All We're Made of
it's time i set my course a little stronger. the stain on my impressioned skin will only drag this longer. ten days and i still see your face. takes more than miles to erase. maybe this womb will finally set me free? awaken Lazarus unto another scenery. chased down a rabbit hole of vagrancy where everything is a twisted version of my history. always a mad hatter or two will blindly bend this point of view. all around and all around is all we're made of and all we've found. broken and recycled in a heart's dismay. steeped in lifelong echoes of all the things i couldn't say. ten days and you're still all i see. awaken Lazarus unto another scenery. old turning points one might forsake.
Track Name: Kaironomaea: Figure 8
in another time i might've know you. but all i've got are three memories - one of my father, one of my mother, and one i can't identify. once again we travel tragically, with three photographs to share. one of a lover, one of another, and a third that i have never seen. old turning points one might forsake flow through time, a figure eight bringing me home. tracing time and space... forming patterns of a life. we keep coming back, wearing footpaths across time. limited distance, unending progress, and still we make the same mistakes. old turning points one might forsake flow through time, a figure eight bringing me home. cold morning fades to night again. hope this time it's not too late to find our way back home.

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