The Alphabet of Movement

by Ivory Wax

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songs about dying


released December 2, 2014

all songs written, performed, and produced by matt schuman
recorded at glaciers in chartreuse in massachusetts

guest appearances

anjimile yvonne - vocals in "touching and breathing"

steve capachione - vocals and keys in "touching and breathing," keys in "jeopardy arrows"

roz raskin - vocals in "jeopardy arrows"

album artwork by kevin hewes



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Track Name: Touching and Breathing (ft. Anjimile Yvonne and Steve Capachione)
upon my birth
i cast first sin
i broke the spell
of harmony

the void was sick
an abysmal flu
go have four

decades, then ill call you back
i was Babel in the flesh
to not know how

and it's touching and breathing
for the first time
when the lights go out again
touching and breathing
for the last time
waiting for ejection

on empty plains
i named the stones
the sky was mine
to draw on

an engine planned
for eventual
failure and obsolescence

craving relief
from the burden
of being cast in flesh
Track Name: Navigate the Pavonine
it leaves me bleary eyed
a compass that makes no sense
arctic's druthers' forbear

you betrayed
when we met
in the arms underneath
time feigned its subtlety

then he says he's okay
then she says okay
okay, okay, we're all okay
one jubilant portal

you betrayed
when we met
in the arms underneath
time feigned its subtlety
Track Name: The Alphabet of Movement
we walked outside
and saw the alphabet of movement
and we wrote
letters previously unknown
to the best anthropologists
and we broke me
with the ropes
i had climbed on

from the sound of it
you knew
what you meant all along
Track Name: Cancer
my palms sweating at his velvet stride
every precious step an indication of my atrophying time
i looked at her empty face abreast
the pollen of my metastasis settling atop her thoughts

inevitably centered and i say that not in any sort of judgment
but i say that with conviction
because he said to me
well i said to myself
that i have to die

here i am in my coffin
an ironic comfort for the audience
as my nerveless body sits on some pillows
surrounded by beautiful bouquets

the mirth wrought from relativity
they versus i
i versus them
the inevitability of our personal extinction
trying to quash the idea from top taking root
because what point is there
to the charades
the uncleaned messes left longer than clock's demand
the thin fabric of bridges
Track Name: Jeopardy Arrows (ft. Roz Raskin)
paper thin
but still hope
despite being
near erasure

the onyx release awaits us
with no barbs, just max entropy

the bulb's glow sits
empty pupils

the walls caved in
that's fine
the mirage and i
are parting ways
at dusk
paving light
jeopardy arrows

two scrolls
diploma imbalance
wrought into their jewelry

cinnabarine molars
gazing back
magmatic sprite
eager for its boon

the sad truth we must countenance
is that despite the infinity of consciousness
we are subject to parenthesis