Derelict: A Homemade Acoustic Retrospective

by Arctic Sleep

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I haphazardly threw this recording together in my basement. I wanted to give you something to enjoy during these troubling times. Please download it for free if you like. It's my gift to you. I hope you will appreciate these raw, unrehearsed, intimate "unplugged" renditions of songs that span Arctic Sleep's entire discography. It's all laid bare here, imperfections and all.

Cheers,
Keith D

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released April 6, 2020

Performed by Keith D (vocals, guitars, bass, djembe).

Recorded and mixed by Keith D.
Photo by Keith D.
Mastered by Scott Masoner.
Big thanks to Scott Masoner guidance & support.
This is dedicated to all the Arctic Sleep fans out there.

All music written by Keith D, except for "Mossweaver" which was written by Mike Gussis / Keith D.
All lyrics by Keith D.

All content copyright 2005-2020 Keith D / Arctic Sleep.

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Track Name: We've Got A Bleeder (pt 2)
The day she stopped
humming in the barley field
The outdoors made no sound
Not a single drop
and the lights have all died down
The ether's closer now

Make it stop
The more I try to get to you, the less you are
Just take me somewhere dark
Horizons here are terminal... so shut it off

Above the waves
Polaris shining in her eyes
They glow as the smoke-stream fades
Too far gone
Now these corridors bemoan their void
and echo this funeral song
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: Mossweaver
sanctuaries shine
a cloak of greenery unconfined
a morning in deep space
moonset over dimming light rays

tending to the vines
stay so high
a birthplace or a grave
so haunting beyond the ships remains

let it all return
immersing only once
the hydrous atmospheres
collapse into you


and when it all returns
ascending to the sun
solar winds and spirits
pass right through you

compass cracks in two
empyreal radiance in lowlands bloom
confluence of the skies
eternities elapse at moonrise

catherdral of the moth
the shaded temples are so distant
contorted roots unscathed
light years shimmer in the passing waves

let it all return
immersing only once
the hydrous atmospheres
collapse into you


and when it all returns
ascending to the sun
solar winds and spirits
pass right through you
Track Name: Wolf Nature
the blackened sun
is my lifeblood
and it purifies the sound
in the hallowed
loch beyond the gray

calling us all away

the moonlit shores
are my altar
and to manifest here now
to wash the blades
a whisper from the caves

calling us all away

moving close
to ascension
when the time comes
when your time comes

calling us all away
Track Name: The Staircase
Dissolution in lucid resolve
as shadows burn holes in the wall
empty planets and shades of the mind
block the doorways inside
In the marrow of thoughts sleeps a lowland of grief
a labyrinth of creeper and weeds
And amongst walls of nightshade as spectrum collides
would you recognize?

...but you're not quite awake or alive...
(leave them bloodless)
in the empyrean you reside.
Faces fall
in a dark dissolve
and this last dream
...is not quite as it seems

Hallowed corridors' floorboards astray
to the long foreseen close of the day
As we descend to the basement
and just fall away
A disparity drips from within
in the stillness, a single light dims
With a poisoning blindness, destruction of sight
you have turned the tide

...but you're not quite awake or alive
(leave them bloodless)
in the empyrean you reside.
Faces fall
in a dark dissolve
and this last dream
...is not quite as it seems

Soaring over horizons we have to let go
and quietly whisper farewell
in a common celestial unknown
Voyagers, we arise in one great cosmic death
in the shimmering light of the grove
as the catacombs answer our call

on the night's edge
when this life ends
we can forget
all that's been said
on the night's edge (on the night's edge awake from this dream)
when this life ends (when this life ends the suffering, suffering)
we can forget (all's forgiven but please don't leave me)
all that's been said (one last look and I'm)
breathless
Track Name: Cloud Map
The setting sun, the ashen graves
A wind-swept island, I want to stay
alone among the trees
Dancing embers in the breeze
Numb and lifted up
on the inside

I feel it now
With death so close, you never know
And I’m free somehow
To fly so low, and let it go

And the emptiness, it knows no grief
There is no memory within the deep
Lucid and released
soaring high above the trees
as suffering fades far
in the distance

I feel it now
With death so close, you never know
And I’m free somehow
I'm free

The doorway looms
the space beyond, it calls to you
and so it seems
that which was, will always be
will always be...

Bending
with the branches
Hallways
and a staircase
that leads straight down

Closer
for the last time
Passed on
to the other side of the door
I'm left behind

And now I know
yeah now I know
I've always known
And I just need to let it go

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