Mare Vaporum

by Arctic Sleep

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Arctic Sleep's first recording, originally intended as a mere demo, was recently re-released due to demand from fans. It's an old crusty recording from 2005, but still sounds pretty neat. This album marks the band's beginning as a two-man operation between Keith D and Mike Gussis, and was recorded in a friend's living room.


released January 1, 2006

Keith D - guitar, vocals, drums, bass
Mike Gussis - guitar



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Track Name: Over The Antifreeze Rainbow
Was it just the winter stars, or did it seem so far to the gates on the moor?
Spilled that shot of apathy halfway down in the shades of distilleries
Did we just die... Or did the liquid sky sink and spiral down through the trees?
The echoes wave into the glass, a fragment of the final signal.
This ship is just a specter-shell; The trail is gone but these tracks burn a scar in the field
Openings and airlocks breathe into the bay as it’s all erased
Stirred those pools of lipid ink, now the ghosts have found a permanent host in me
Hallucinations and memories, embers sent up light-years out of our reach.

High above the tree-line, vibrations blur the gauges and LED's
sullen eyes euthanized in the calm of the twilight sky
But still we see
and somehow know.
Just stay and wait til the pain is gone
Let innocence be just this once.

Endless miles of gray shade, promises of another reality
Drops of morphine shine on the backlit dew of a dying memory
We'll slowly breathe
and cease to be.
Delay the calcination some
Bide our time by the setting sun.

Condensation forms a chandelier, reflecting tinder and waning solar beams
Ebbing consciousness, prismatic residuum and undertow
just disengage
and let it drift away.
Steal one last glimpse of the bloodless moon
Alleviation will set in soon.
Track Name: We've Got A Bleeder
a lament for the star-crossed sun
here and gone
like vapors on the sanguine dunes
It seems so serene
the way words roll from the siren's tongue
Auroras oscillate
as she pulls me from the waves

The thoroughfares are gone
pined away with dust
Dismantled as we sleep
in the languid grip of transience
I never saw them leave
addled by the haze
intertwined with ivy in this derelict place

This lack of atmosphere
is not conducive to our reverie
There must be some way out of here
Where cloud thirteen's above
a world aside from theirs
No pills in plastic cups
No straps upon the beds

Where would you be now?
Through lamp-lit halls as we drink alone
on endless moon-bathed hills
like tomorrow may not ever come.
We're circling the drain, and it's time to let it go
So set your head back down and watch the stars explode.

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: Arden's Countryside
Did time escape us here
under this canopy of evergreens?
'cause I remember everything
now that we've touched ground...
It's been so many years...
and here we are.

Have you been back since?
Nothing ever changed...
Hibernated, mummified
whispers in the breeze
here beside the riverbed

Lanterns on the shore
The flare path in the dusk
nebulous and motionless
temperate as it seems
sleeping on the anchor watch
distance and concinnity
echo in the reservoir

Back down to the bay
haunted by the memories
Illusions in the stratosphere
sinking in the sand
we've waited all these years...and here we are
Track Name: Startropics
The austral summers claws arrange itself, beckoned and repelled
deliquescence beneath the downpour
she glances back and cuts the cables to escape velocity
the terra firma melts away

And in those years we would abide it by the white noise of the tide
as nights crept by obscured by lamplight
We'd wake shipside and we'd arise with red eyes fixed upon the sky
hiding out until its lights out

The streets were cold, the island dark, met you late outside the park
bedroom eyes in lambent moonlight
I've tried to disconnect the arteries that keep memory alive
blinking lights in a mess of wires

Now in this moment we can undo everything we left behind
be unattached to ghosts and voices
Beyond these palm trees, amber lights signal a flight path in the night
I'm never coming back this time
Track Name: Splitsville
Ascensions in the overcast
a listless gaze in the hazy mass, sweeping to a fade
Stare straight up past the runway
and I'll see you at the bottom of the glass

Mainframes shattered, the graphs and patterns burn away
will you be back again
Signals break up and dust trails bleed across the sky
silencing the crowd
Systems shut down, a shower of charcoal shards and sparks
settles to the ground
Thinking someday you'll spiral back down to the Earth

And you sure don't mind the cold
you'll disappear as the days grow old, but I will wait
till the oxygen is thin
and I can't feel a thing