Chamber Music

by All My Faith Lost ...

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1.
We were grave lovers. Love is past That had his sweet hours many a one; Welcome to us now at the last The ways that we shall go upon
2.
From dewy dreams, my soul, arise, From love's deep slumber and from death, For lo! the treees are full of sighs Whose leaves the morn admonisheth. Eastward the gradual dawn prevails Where softly-burning fires appear, Making to tremble all those veils Of grey and golden gossamer. While sweetly, gently, secretly, The flowery bells of morn are stirred And the wise choirs of faery Begin (innumerous!) to be heard.
3.
Rain has fallen all the day. O come among the laden trees: The leaves lie thick upon the way Of memories. Staying a little by the way Of memories shall we depart. Come, my beloved, where I may Speak to your heart.
4.
Love came to us in time gone by When one at twilight shyly played And one in fear was standing nigh -- - For Love at first is all afraid. We were grave lovers. Love is past That had his sweet hours many a one; Welcome to us now at the last The ways that we shall go upon.
5.
06:13
At that hour when all things have repose, O lonely watcher of the skies, Do you hear the night wind and the sighs Of harps playing unto Love to unclose The pale gates of sunrise? When all things repose, do you alone Awake to hear the sweet harps play To Love before him on his way, And the night wind answering in antiphon Till night is overgone? Play on, invisible harps, unto Love, Whose way in heaven is aglow At that hour when soft lights come and go, Soft sweet music in the air above And in the earth below.
6.
Strings in the earth and air Make music sweet; Strings by the river where The willows meet. There's music along the river For Love wanders there, Pale flowers on his mantle, Dark leaves on his hair. All softly playing, With head to the music bent, And fingers straying Upon an instrument.
7.
All day I hear the noise of waters Making moan, Sad as the sea-bird is when, going Forth alone, He hears the winds cry to the water's Monotone. The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing Where I go. I hear the noise of many waters Far below. All day, all night, I hear them flowing To and fro.
8.
Because your voice was at my side I gave him pain, Because within my hand I held Your hand again. There is no word nor any sign Can make amend -- - He is a stranger to me now Who was my friend.
9.
04:05
Sleep now, O sleep now, O you unquiet heart! A voice crying "Sleep now" Is heard in my heart. The voice of the winter Is heard at the door. O sleep, for the winter Is crying "Sleep no more." My kiss will give peace now And quiet to your heart -- - Sleep on in peace now, O you unquiet heart!
10.
04:06
The twilight turns from amethyst To deep and deeper blue, The lamp fills with a pale green glow The trees of the avenue. The old piano plays an air, Sedate and slow and gay; She bends upon the yellow keys, Her head inclines this way. Shy thought and grave wide eyes and hands That wander as they list -- - The twilight turns to darker blue With lights of amethyst.
11.
Gentle lady, do not sing Sad songs about the end of love; Lay aside sadness and sing How love that passes is enough. Sing about the long deep sleep Of lovers that are dead, and how In the grave all love shall sleep: Love is aweary now.

about

Infinite Fog is happy to present this album by the wonderful Italian band. ‘Just in time’ for the longer autumn nights, their quiet, intimate and melancholic music seems like a perfect introduction and preparation for the imminent colder and darker seasons. "Chamber Music" was recorded 10(!) years ago, and it was this work that brought the group to a contract with Cold Meat Industry. The album has actually never been released until now, purely due to copyright problems that have now finally been resolved and it is for the first time that this wonderful album can be made available to everyone into the beauty and melancholy of this act. All lyrics were taken from James Joyce's collection of poems called 'chamber music' and a release was only possible with the permission of the actual copyright owner, Joyce's nephew Stephen. This permission was denied in the past even to much ‘bigger’ artists such as Kate Bush. 10 years ago ALL MY FAITH LOST… were therefore forced to write new lyrics and re-record all vocal parts again. Basic parts of this album were in fact used for the first album ‘As you’re vanishing in silence’ (Cold Meat Industry, 2005), an album that got overwhelming feedbacks and was a big success for both the band and the label. Now 10 years after its original conception and 70 years after Joyce's death, Infinte Fog finally succeeded to get all the rights to release this album!

credits

released October 1, 2013

Chamber Music

composed and recorded during 2003

music: all my faith lost ... | lyrics: James Joyce
Viola: vocals, flutes, piano | Federico: vocals, guitars, synth | Francis: guitars, piano, synth
Fabio Polo: violin on track 2 | Corrado Cicuttin: violin and viola on tracks 5,7,9,10

mastered by Peter Andersson in 2012

artwork by Federico / NoFaithVisuals / reflectedfaith.com

this album is the early version of "as you're vanishing in silence" with James Joyce lyrics


thanks to Nik at Infinite Fog Productions for making possible the release of this work.

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