Abysmal Lullabies

by Arctic Sleep

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"Abysmal Lullabies" is Arctic Sleep's second album. It is a solo effort written, performed, and produced entirely by founding member and multi-instrumentalist Keith D. This recording further demonstrates Arctic Sleep's signature sound of sluggish tempos, a super-heavy rythm section, down-tuned riffing, and whispery vocals all weaving a series of dynamics ranging from quiet, contemplative moments of introverted vulnerability to cosmic waves of absolute, monolithic loudness... all done with a keen sense for hooky melodies. With this release, the music reaches further beyond the constraints of any genre of heavy music, incorporating more acoustic arrangements, more psychedelic droning passages, and cello. As with Arctic Sleep's previous work, the lyrical themes continue to be rich with imagery of nature and space, all hazed with a looming atmosphere of sweet sorrow.


released January 1, 2009


Written and performed by Keith D.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joel Wanasek.

Keith D - guitars, vocals, drums, bass, cello



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Track Name: Pacific Eclipse
Amber overcast, rays in the waves
Shoreline's ashes sail by
...they're all gone
And so we sink down into the cold deep
Mountains shroud over me
...no sun
As the harbor bows down to the sky
and the forest resigns
...it's all gone
And we... are... shut down
...no sun
Track Name: Oblivion
we're fucked for good this time
and we could never stay here
so when the moonshine streams are all tapped out
i'll step into the sea

As lucidness recedes, we'll stand like concrete waves
while distance to the moon gets shorter every day
and once it's all kicked in, we'll sink into the shade
as nightfall dims the lights, despondency will fade

I'm burning up the inside world
shut it out forever
I'll burn it down for good this time
send it to the sun

I'm here for my short time
and I will die like all you
And far beneath these frozen lights
I'll burn up in the breeze
Track Name: Nightwatch Elegy
Dead stars...
this is where they all go to die.
The low, dim celestial overpass
relics, cast in the corners
as shadows drift across the cold basement wall

fade lights
i'm not coming back
sail on by
sleep forever

The attic's cold...
and cold is the comfort received.
The black window, a frame to the night.
In this solitude, no one will find me
dancing on the edge of eternity.

fade lights
i'm never coming back
sail on by
sleep forever
Track Name: Ghost Lights
A dim light in the halls tonight
the space and structure obscured
And this path is a secret
A doorway to Elysium.
A dark spot on the sun
Going blank, going numb

Can you break into this world
and abide in the winds?
All signals are sedated
A distant susurration
So when the pulsar glows at the junction
go through the door and I'll meet you
Track Name: Candlesmoke
With dark eyes burning from the sunset
and shifting sand beneath the stream
Senescence creeps up from the inside
I wonder sometimes if it's real

The sky sinks deep into the mirrors
the door is not so far away
As coldness grovels for your downfall
I keep on reaching as you fade