The True Sparrow - full album

by Nocturne Blue

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harinam777
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harinam777 What a master work, every single song is my favorite
Sorin Iszlai
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Sorin Iszlai Think it Over sort of puts me into a trance each time. I think I actually levitated a bit close to the end;) The whole album has a dreamlike atmosphere - you get lost in layers of sounds and emotions and Dutch's voice which has a je ne sais quoi, calming and uncanny at the same time. Like something is about to happen. The sound is big, every single instrument - play it loud in speakers so you can feel the music, not only hear it. Favorite track: Think it Over.
William Brinkmoeller
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William Brinkmoeller Nocturne Blue seems to get better with each album. But it's hard to imagine how there could be an improvement on this collection, because this is outstanding music. Dutch Rall has a unique and distinctive voice, and a delivery that is almost hypnotic.
Sal Pichireddu
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Sal Pichireddu Sophisticated Artpop for the lovers of David Sylvian and Tim Bowness. Favorite track: Last Star in the Black Sky.
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1.
Hold your breath and count to nine All your anger's just wasting time Still that songbird in your soul Give up every pretense of control You can climb the highest mountain Build your temple to fame Lay gifts on the alter Pray a glimmer remains Reach out for that something A touch that brightly burns Because nothing stays long And no one ever returns Close you eyes and count to five Hurt me deep if it makes you feel alive That listless longing you can't disguise A thousand cuts A hundred knives
2.
Is there a rhythm in the static That only you can see A pulse directly to your brain Where the blood-flow used to be Now the weather girl's winking slyly And the preacher's reaching through The screens are getting bigger Special offers just for you Find a channel Change the channel Suburbia's aspiration Bordem's birthright to defend Brown grandmas warn their babies Brown babies never win Find the channel Change the channel Angry and ashamed And entertained Boxes after boxes In a row down the lane Painted different colors individually the same Battle rages in the desert Throwing poison to the sky Killing all God's children Fighting eye for an eye Product placement in the newscast Advertisements in the show Programming the fembots Slowly taking off their clothes Just wind me up to go Find a channel Change the channel There's a flower on a sandbar Where the forest used to be And life beneath the Arctic Is ready to crawl free Angry and ashamed And entertained
3.
Father says it's time to make amends Father says abandon all your friends They don't know what's good for you But I do I know the right thing And I know the good thing I know everything Think it over When you're playing in the yard And playing by the rules is hard Remember He's watching you And I am too Is that an ouchy on your knee Let me see I know a good thing Think it over Teacher doesn't want to lead me on like this Teacher just wants a kiss She just wants to drive me home Cause I'm so unique And almost grown She says I'm old enough to read her book And rules don't apply with these looks That maybe I can make a passing grade She says I'm teacher's favorite in every way And now that time has brought them to their knees Revenge has got me rolling up my sleeves I'd like to turn the other cheek But sometimes I'm weak What's the right thing What's the good thing What is anything Think it over Think it over
4.
13 flowers for 14 lonely queens 7 heavy crowns for 6 indecisive kings Peasants on the battlefield rummage through the aftermath Silent in their horror Hurry before the next attack New wheels on the chariot roll past with a sneer Inhale, take a deep breath Revel in their fear Last Star in the Black Sky Turn the last page Read the last line Last star in the black sky Burn the evidence Kill your own kind The beast we used to bet on has become the man of war Racing 'round in circles Lost track of what it's for Square peg in the round hole you're the arbiter of taste The priceless thing that you stole That can never be replaced Last star in the Black Sky Turn the last page Read the last line Last star in the black sky Burn the evidence Kill your own kind Last Star in the Black Sky
5.
Overboard 06:17
You've abandoned ship And I'm tossed and turned Out past the break Where you drown or learn Can't see the shore Can't feel you Have to sink or find The strength to push through Will you hear all my reasons Will you forgive my excuse The cool fires on the far horizon I'm a crazy captain lost at sea You're the constellation that guides me blindly Man the lifeboats It's everyone for themselves Infinite ocean Lose your heart in the swell Just don't let me go overboard Don't let me go over Don't let me go overboard Don't let me go My favorite chord in your summer song That time you tore your evening dress Some quiet thing in a stolen moment I need you to listen as I confess It was the cool fires on the far horizon I'm a crazy captain lost at sea You're the constellation that guides me blindly Man the lifeboats It's everyone for themselves Infinite ocean Lose your heart in the swell Just don't let me go overboard Don't let me go over Don't let me go overboard Don't let me go
6.
Angels stuck on the overpass A rising sun wakes a worried world We always knew this couldn't last Live fast Die young Skip the check It's a symptom with no redemption Painting over this masterpiece To draw a perfect straight line Men with power rig the game Thread the needle, sow the blame Write the fables filled with fear Imaginary monsters It's outrageous It's contagious Painting over this masterpiece to draw a perfect straight line We've drawn a perfect straight line.

about

'The True Sparrow' is a collection of original songs by art rock singer/songwriter Dutch Rall. Featuring Trey Gunn (David Sylvian / John Paul Jones) on Warr Guitar and Markus Reuter (Devin Townsend / Stick Men) on U8. Troy Jones lands a powerful drum punch to give this version of the band an earthier foundation and Mark Cook (Herd of Instinct) lends some essential icing on the cake. Ummm, cake.
Lyrically, the songs are more personal and political than past Nocturne Blue material, having been written over the summer of 2019 while watching the world burn.
Groove, feel, and mood, however, remain the band's underlying currencies.


"Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn." Leonard Cohen

credits

released November 26, 2019

Dutch Rall - Vocals, Synths, Guitar, Bass, Electronics.
Markus Reuter - U8 Touch Guitar - Trks 1,4,6
Mark Cook - Warr Guitar, Synth - Trks - 2,3,4
Troy Jones - Drums - Trks 1,2,3,6
Bill Bachman - Drums - Trk 1
Kaitlyn ni Donovan - Voices - Trk 4
Trey Gunn - Warr Guitar, Bass - Trks 1,2,3,6

all songs written by Dutch Rall. copyright 2019
recorded in Seattle, Dallas, Portland, and New Orleans.

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"Dutch Rall has created an evocative and chilling sound... brilliant."

"...looks like Massive Attack has eaten the Jesus and Mary Chain..."

"...a pinch of Summer-and-Moroder disco trance, as well as a dash of Bowie’s Berlin"

"Dutch Rall's rich voice bursts into a Jeff Buckley falsetto... think Prince in his most sultry state."
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