A Square of Sky

by Aquiline

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With its subtle rhythms, rich textures and spacious playing, the music on this album takes its time to develop, embracing the listener in its emotional warmth.

The diversity of the tracks, ranging from jazzy grooves to spare, beautiful ambient soundscapes and delicate, atmospheric pop, belies its unity. This is a proper album, best listened to from beginning to end.

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released December 5, 2014

The band features highly regarded players from a fascinating blend of musical worlds, including jazz, pop and classical figures such as Tony Buchanan (soprano and alto sax, flutes) and Adam Simmons (soprano and contra-alto clarinet, flute, shakuhachi), Imogen Manins (cello), Gérard Vandenbrocque (violin), Lucy Belfrage (oboe), Robin Gist (guitars), Barnaby Gold (drums), Alexander Nettelbeck (piano, Rhodes) Lisa Schouw, Christine Sullivan and Simone Gill (vocals), along with Gordon Harvey on bass, keys and treatments and more wonderful players.

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Aquiline Melbourne, Australia

Normally working in pure electronic music, for this project Gordon Harvey has taken a more organic approach, enlisting help from the likes of vocalists Christine Sullivan, Simone Gill and Lisa Schouw, guitarist Robin Gist, reed players Adam Simmons and Tony Buchanan, drummer Barnaby Gold, cellist Imogen Manins, violinist Gérard Vandenbrocque and pianist Alexander Nettelbeck. ... more

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Track Name: Where You Stand
Where you stand
Doesn’t count for nothing
Where you stand
Where you draw the line
Just so I see where you stand
There’s a light ahead

Talking to yourself
It won’t pass for leaping from the shelf
A look becomes a lie
All that you deny
Draws the shades behind your eyes
So can’t you
Tell me what you'd say
Before you give yourself away

Where you stand
We can’t wait forever
Where I stand
There’s a place for you
Count up the lines in your hand
They’re the roads you’re on


Would you take the ride
To where our journeys coincide
You hear the boarding call
The way the story plays out it’s
Time to take the fall
So why don’t you
See me in that way
You can’t just wish these words away
Track Name: Having Grown
Out of the Clouds
Enters a miracle child
Too dark for sunlight
There's a storm in his smile

And he's worn like stones
In your shoe
And they're bruising bones
But you just can't walk away
As he steps into the day
On his own


Out of the shade
One unaccompanied flight
Too great to fade
He is etched with insight

And he's worn like shoes
Over stone
Though his bones are bruised
You just can't walk away
As he steps into the day
Having grown
Track Name: Ultramarine
Ooh-Oooooh
Ooh-Ooh-Ayy-Yay
Ooh-Oooooh
Ooh-Ooh-Ayy-Yeey-Yay

Ooh-Oooaah
Aah-Aah
Ooh-Oooooh

Mmm-mmmm
Mmm-mmm-yay-yeah
Mmmay-yaah
Taah-tikka-tikka-Taah

Ooh-Oooooh
Ooh-Ooh-Ayy-Yay
Ooh-Oooooh
Ooh-Ooh-Ayy-Yeey-Yay
Tookay-mayyey-bologna
Track Name: Falling Dream
Out of everything
You can name
There is a shape
You retain
I stretch my hand
To reach a star
Next thing I know
I freefall

I'm falling with you

On my way down I hear your laughter
You tell me something
I can’t hear
Did I forget
What brought me here
Those words that take me back to you

Those words that bring me back to you
Track Name: The Colour of Gold
The rain it tries to relieve
But oh the smoke finds its way through
The dirt is permanent residue
Reminder on my shoes

And when I turn around all I can do is
Cover myself
In ways to forget but mostly
Just in your love

The sea is more than engulfing
You're nearly always capsized
The wind is again unrelenting
Kick you around it will try

But when I turn around all I can see is the
Colour of gold
Dusted on everything really a sight
To behold

The fire the haze the wire the blaze
The bliss of it the golden mist

And when I turn around all I can do is
Cover myself
In ways to forget but mostly
Just in your love
Track Name: This Goodbye
This goodbye
One of a million
We danced on the grass
That's now worn thin
That withers under another's gaze
This goodbye
That leaves me empty
Is cast on a breeze
That fails to pass the message
I look straight behind
And see you looking straight ahead
As if the goodbye
Wasn't even shared
The tools of trade that kept you in the workplace
Are carried off to unknown places
Passed along the line to be forgotten
A laugh that starts to be
A little harder to remember
A man who doesn't listen talks to himself
His words remind me of myself
Fading just like they do
This goodbye
Is my reminder
That even memory passes
This silent goodbye
The cats have gone
As if they knew
That all goodbyes
Are said anew
All of the dreams
We wordlessly shared
Don't cover the penny I offer
For your thoughts of this goodbye
Of this goodbye
That's all
You close your book for the last time
Soon those who have forgotten you
Will themselves be forgotten
Track Name: Circle
Long
Bright
Summer

Short
Slight
Tremor

There is a place
Where you hide away
You find someone to blame

Heart
Spring
Open

Some
Thing
Given

There is a space
Where you make a circle
You give yourself a name

You can hear the stars
Calling out to you
From a square of sky
Just past knowing
Unspoken words
And if you heed the call
I will be there for you
Track Name: No Other Light (bonus download for CD buyers)
I'll stand in shallow water and welcome the sun
I'll drink to the moon when the day is done
There is no other light that shines on me
You're staring me down but I still can see

And it feels like I'm breaking ground
Like it's starting to turn around
I'm going all in
After a lifetime of dealing out

But there's a wind that's blowing through the shroud
And I hear my own voice calling out aloud
And if it came down to you
Would you go
Would you go

I've got a book of salutations and I'm working through the list
But I know you've always waited for the things I missed
You stand your ground till I stop running round
So spare me a kiss as I pass through your town

But it feels like I'm breaking ground
And though you never tried to bring me round
I'm here to let you know
That I'm hoping you'll still be round

And it doesn't matter where this river takes you
And though I don't believe there's anyone with stakes in you
I do think
Grace will follow you
Do you know
Do you know