Kindred Spirits

by Arctic Sleep

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about

Arctic Sleep's seventh album, "Kindred Spirits" dives further into explorations of universal themes... life & death, earth & space, beauty & sorrow.

Finding himself once again as a solo artist, Arctic Sleep founder Keith D wrote all of the music for the album with his closest & dearest friend by his side... a snowshoe cat named Yoda. Right when the music for the album had been completed, Yoda fell gravely ill and passed away. Crushed, Keith set to work writing the lyrics in bereavement. The result is "Kindred Spirits," a musical work intended to bring comfort and solace to anyone who has experienced loss, be it human or animal.

No matter what dark place you are in, this album is intended to be by your side and help you find your way through the mires of sadness and to the meadows of hope that lie beyond.

While still maintaining Arctic Sleep's signature sound, "Kindred Spirits" was recorded using more natural-sounding production techniques which results in an organic, honest, straightforward vibe. There is nothing to hide and all is laid bare here. Crank up the volume and let it take you away.

The album welcomes back drummer Nick Smalkowski and features guest appearances from vocalists Craig Cirinelli and Bridget Bellavia for added emotion & power. Recorded over two weeks in the backwoods of Montgomery NY with acclaimed producer John Naclerio, this is Arctic Sleep's most emotional and sincere work to date.

"a spellbinding array of moody, progressive riffs, effortlessly evocative melodies, and gorgeously harmonised, utterly heartfelt, vocals... one of the richest and most rewarding musical experiences of the year." NOCLEANSINGING.COM

"...this is Arctic Sleep's best album to date and if you like dense, moving and heavy music, then you owe it to yourself to give this a spin, you won’t regret it." - MERCHANTSOFAIR.COM

"Beautiful metal with big chords and bigger feelings" - NPR

"10/10" - METAL-TEMPLE.COM

"5/5 stars" - CAPTUREDHOWLS.COM

"Kindred Spirits is a winding array of the phenomenal beauty and artistry that can occur when we are coping with feeling our lowest. It is both full of great meaning and wholly wonderful to get lost in." - EVERYTHINGISNOISE.NET

"Kindred Spirits is a beautiful, expansive, vibrant album, full of emotional heft" - HEAVY MUSIC HEADQUARTERS

"It’s deeply emotional and sets a scene that only the utterly heartless couldn’t feel." - HEAVYBLOGISHEAVY.COM

"It’s a record to lose yourself in, a record that demands to be experienced in full, a record that’s perfect for riding out the darkness before the dawn." - MILWAUKEE RECORD

"Get on this. It's fantastic." - METALBANDCAMP.COM

"Modern doom at its very best" - GOSSIPELA.COM

"This is the coziest doom metal you’ll hear all year." - THEELITEEXTREMOPHILE.COM

"It’s well known that honest music creates life-long fans. And in 10 years, while no-one will give a shit about or remember plastic garbage like Imagine Dragons, people will still be discovering and loving this band." - DENIM AND LEATHER

credits

released July 12, 2019

KEITH D – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Cello, Keyboard, Djembe, Percussion.

NICK SMALKOWSKI – Drums.

Additional backing vocals by Craig Cirinelli and Bridget Bellavia.

All music and lyrics written by Keith D.

Recorded in September-Ocober of 2018 at Nada Recording Studio in Montgomery, NY.
Produced by John Naclerio and Keith D.
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by John Naclerio.
Pre-production assistance & consulting by Scott Masoner.
Cover artwork by Jennifer Weiler.
Design & layout by Housewithoutwalls.

Copyright 2019 Keith D, All Rights Reserved

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Track Name: Meadows
Trees bend in solitary nightfall
a song of dusk electrifies the air
and blazed these memories
within the consciousness we share

Lost you in the ether
Realms we were not meant to understand
Pathways convoy deeper
Wandering the meadow's great expanse

Lustrous and scented by petrichor
The moorlands are vivid and yes I must stay here
as the moonbroch appears, now I...
I can see it

Lost you in the ether
Realms we were not meant to understand
Pathways convoy deeper
Wandering the meadow's great expanse

And please do remember
as death sings on the breeze
that your fears are justified
and the pain is gone
as its spell sets you free
Track Name: Lantern Curse
Lullabies in the dying light
she sings to me
damaged
from the other side

Reach to the flame
I can't see and it's fading
The trees and the graves
keep their distance as they're waiting
Leaving the cove
And the water's getting colder
Slipping away
from the pain of life

Leave with me
if you can break free
a moonlit night
a pathway to the sea

Reach to the flame
I can't see and it's fading
The trees and the graves
keep their distance as they're waiting
Leaving the cove
And the water's getting colder
Slipping away
from the pain of life
Track Name: Kindred Spirits
Sun
settled on the breeze
the poison in the leaves
has calmed me down
And it's so serene
Think I could die right here, right now

Calling, broken
in the air
One day, I'll be
with you there

Moon
I know it needs me still
been sleeping on the hill
within your glow
I found my peace
Bonded we breathe, the great unknown
Track Name: Maritime Delusion
Sleepless, destinies unwritten
etched into the cavern walls
Endless, headlong into the distance
as the candle hits the floor

Coastal tides
cleansing the dregs from the mires
Oceans of night
in its depths where I lie
Out of my mind
and my inhibitions die
Open your eyes

Weathered, a castaway subsisting
Left my memory with the shore
Within the filaments of existence
soon we will be no more

Coastal tides
cleansing the dregs from the mires
Oceans of night
In its depths where I lie
Out of my mind
and my inhibitions die
Open your eyes...
Track Name: Eternal Sunbeam
Sun like empresses concealed
amongst the leaves of jade
Dust-off halos, clean the blade
a firefly's glance upon the black

The quietus within
that surrounds you
Disconnect him from the pain
Black out this day as it falls away

Through the pastures of the mind
Go to the light
It's always there
Scent of oceans will remind you

In stillness of the blood
My time has come, just this once
And couldn't I be the one
With shades undrawn, eternal sun

A dream that we sustained
beyond the deeds of Earth
Horizon's tallgrasses and cranes
the arbor's messengers

Gone into the fathoms blue
The deep expanse is near
Twilight of the sea
As voyagers, our shores appear

And if this vessel dies tonight,
go to the light
It's always there
shed no tears, for I will find you

In stillness of the blood
My time has come, just this once
And couldn't I be the one
With shades undrawn, eternal sun

Divination setting in... by our losses
To hover silent in the din... through the crosses
The vapors clear and you remain... empyreal
In the warmth of gold sunbeams... eternal
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
Track Name: Welcome To The Harbor Light
Shorelines on fire
crashing waves, reflections of the portals in the sky
The nightmare subsides,
pulled from the storm to the fathoms of your eyes
To keep it all inside
Safe with me up high
To cut us loose and fly
Track Name: As Palms Give Way To Pines
Sink into the forest floor
and leave no trace
Comburent revenants
beholden to the grave.

Some are close
still others languish far away
I've seen this place, and the light it shines
yet abandoned it now stands
before me.

Into the deep end...

It's locked within
The life I left here years ago
And dust has cleared
upon the oceans I let go.

Set a course
to where the skyline meets the sea
We could escape, and set a blaze
to the shipyards that lie somewhere
in between

Into the deep end...

Blackness covers
it rips our lives away
And I wonder
if the pines, they feel no pain?

Yet it burns
so I hide it away
Can't let it go...
it's always there.

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