Almanac

by Dragon Turtle

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about

Late night sessions took place into the dawn during the height of dark transformation: post 9/11 America. The process was fueled by AM Radio Coast to Coast broadcasts of scientific mysticism and tales of lost civilizations. The muted TV radiated a constant feed of
terror warnings, jingoisms, and escalations into war.

This is Dragon Turtle's evolutionary vision of history, a succession of natural degeneration and violent societal urges, destroying man's progress as histories are erased. Historical myth, once created, is
either forgotten, championed, or destroyed. Almanac examines man's destructive tendencies and documents the vision of change in man and his surroundings.

“Island of Broken Glass” takes its name from Robert Smithson's sculptural work, recanting destruction and violence inherent in the relationships between nature and man. The lyrics from this song also inspired the cover of the album, a spiraling double helix /DNA strand made of burning books.

Released by La Société Expéditionnaire. LSE015

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released September 10, 2009

Dragon Turtle is Brian Lightbody and Tom Asselin

with:
Kevin Allen, Jeff Green, Russell Higbee, Ken Jackson, David Kresge, Lyman Rhodes, Lou Rogai, David Ulrich, Andrew Xue, Patricia Zeigler, Eve Miller, John Baker, Paul Burke, Janos Somogyi, William Lemmon, Tim Showalter, and Yuichi Sasaki .

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Track Name: Causality
i heard your voice crackle in the fire
i felt your drums massage my mind
i saw your story pass through stone
to taste of water as it froze
Track Name: Belt of Venus
the bottom lip of night
brushes against the sky
plunges into sea
pulls back the waves
of oranges peeling pink
ships tug at horizons
peeling pink

land locked tug of war
the moon and the sea
hide and seek
beneath the vanishing stars
Track Name: Moon Fallout
my dreams of the moon
swollen like fresh fruit
in the rotting breeze
frozen by the smoldering sea
the ruins obscured
by the symphony of stars
crashing along the street

i dreamt the moon fell from the sky
lighting fires along the countryside

in a moon heavy and red
it's stains will fill our emptied eyes
a chorus of car alarms
buried underneath concrete
we pick through the walls
still held together by telephone wire

i dreamt the moon fell from the sky
lighting fires along the countryside
Track Name: Island of Broken Glass
bricks and mortar
bone to bone
a staircase to launch
arrows and tongues
the bells right out and escort the sun down

the tastes overlap
with the sands of broken glass
languages crash
between ribs and columns of blood

dislocated tongues trace fault lines to the sky
the clouds entertain our desires to put form to time

blood pulls at meridians
veins in knots around our history
collapsing walls of memory
endlessly in entropy
stacked in broken prisms
carved from our etymology
dance through eternity
tumble down the spiral stairs
into the dust of centuries
hitching posts for the sun
Track Name: Hourglass
it's about time you opened up your hourglass
and let me bury my head in the sand
i followed your veins to the ocean
where the tide buried it's head in the sand

my blood was a foaming communion
the colors in my head danced with waves
the moon chased around the dust of the earth
until it found it's way back to the stream

i pressed my ears to the waves
i heard your name
Track Name: Burn the Leaves
lips are wet
with the taste of ash
clouds are swollen
we await their wrath
the wind is cold
bracing the leaves
as the branches unfold
accepting the water's drift
anchored in stone
memory wanders
between collisions and dust
the sky starts to break