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The Weight of Clouds - 121CD (2021)

by frostlake

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Six panel card sleeve with artwork by Jan Todd. Includes 16 page booklet with lyrics.

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1.
The Ultimate Thrill Those who dare will survive as the Earth comes alive in the sudden silent dark blue, when even birds are hiding in hushed view you get that power like a chill, run through your being and you thrill to the heartbeat of the Earth From the signs in the air it’s a stormy affair when purple clouds suspended, waiting on the rush of leaf-fall, breaking, you get that power like a chill, run through your being and you thrill to the heartbeat of the Earth Love, Loot, Loathing and Lunacy Human reasons to kill Feel the power in the Earth and the Atmosphere The ultimate thrill Love, Loot, Loathing and Lunacy Human reasons to kill Feel the power in the Earth and the Atmosphere The ultimate thrill The ultimate thrill
2.
Strange Land 03:41
Strange Land We pass along the shoreline, the way is unknown The steps that take you forward will lead you home When clouds are racing backwards, winds are howling it makes the breathing faster, air flecked with foam Fear no falling, keep the pace into the light where dawn is calling you home, calling home We know ‘home is where the heart is’ what if ‘home’ is somewhere else instead in another strange land, then you try and find your way again Myth and magic, truth or lies, Smoke and mirrors will disguise ‘til you find your way, ‘til you find your way beyond the moon
3.
Always There 05:38
Always There Neon lights above, colours spin, turning scattered clouds alight spacing out towards evening chasing through a rainbow of liquid light A scent fills the air, don’t know where it’s leading A chance could be there if you’re brave and you follow into the dark, one step in the dark…always there All the city streets, window rain circling round the eyes that shine, lost in images blurring through the coloured swirls’ iridescent light A sound on the air, don’t know where it’s leading A chance could be there if you take it and follow into the dark, one step in the dark… always there always whispering Lights dissolve in the crowds, disappearing in colours A sense in the air One step in the dark, one step in the dark Moving on, don’t know where it ends Moving on is just one step nearer Moving on, don’t know where it ends Moving on is just one step in the dark
4.
Hidden Walls 05:06
Hidden Walls Where are the soulless? Where are the saviours of light? I bet they’re hiding among us in plain sight and then they all disappear into the hive mind in silent watchful eyes Why don’t we find them and try to expose them all from undercover in all their hidden walls? We only know of them by careful comments and words they hide behind Who are the soulless? Who are the saviours of light? We’ll never know them or ever know we were right We’ll never know them or ever know we were right
5.
Moth People 04:07
Moth People Like moths, good people attracted to flame and to light will appear, so let’s hope they will come even if showing less interest than cats watching telly it’s worth all the work that you’ve done Shine in the dark, songs from the heart Shine in the dark, songs from the heart Like-minded people collect in the shadows of thoughts and ideas that they wished they’d devised Going back centuries, nothing’s original much has been plagiarised, what a surprise! Shine in the dark, songs from the heart Shine in the dark, songs from the heart Like moths, good people attracted to flame and to light will appear, so let’s hope they will stay even if fluttering helpless in darkness determined to cling to the light of today Truth lies abandoned in corners like cobwebs waiting to brighten each thought that remains even that futile of questions, unanswered, if you’d done it differently what would it change? Would anything change? Shine in the dark, songs from the heart Shine in the dark, songs from the heart
6.
Blue into Gold Gold and blue gossamer threads spinning seed heads sweet vernal grass floating on air, swaying in unison, the fringe-cups wait on the edge of the field rippling in waves, the silver heads move as one Blue and gold velvet dark pales into blue the grasses rise again and lift their heads in the mist Cat’s Ear, Cowslips ,Cotton Grass Crested Dog’s Tail, Common Dog Violet Ox Eye Daisy spiralling seed pods, lazy in the golden haze the mist rises and becomes gold and blue Speedwell, Eye-Bright , Self-Heal Ragged Robin meadow gold meadow blue
7.
Another Room, Another World Been inside my head forever now let me out, let me out Locked inside are thoughts that weigh you down I want to breathe, let me breathe I’m staring at the world again, on a screen I need to lift these clouds and step beyond Looking round I see another room and quiet life, a quiet life keeps you happy but you always feel there might be more, may be more (Open your mind, go though the door) Open your mind into another world, free yourself, walking out the door Let me out Another room, another world Another world!
8.
Liquid Life 04:19
Liquid Life Rain appears on the glass see it run together falling at the last Scene distorted made unreal comes and goes in a flash Silhouettes evolve full of blurring shadows streaming, merging into one fluid moving picture screen Town appears through the glass streaks of coloured neon autographs It’s a changing water world Liquid life flowing past Liquid life flowing past The world waiting while suspended here in dream chasing, water world’s more real Tracing rain on a windowpane watching life dissolve under glass Where’s the real one? Is this the real one? Where’s the real one? Is this the real one?
9.
Give it Time 04:36
Give it Time In your case, it’s a phase so let it go, don’t let it show and let it go and let it go, don’t let it show and let it go Nothing that we haven’t seen before Nothing that will last only give it time Let the world keep moving on and let it go don’t let it show and let it go
10.
Five a.m. 04:35
Five a.m. Five a.m. and all’s not right what has pulled me back from sleeping well tonight? In my head there’s something wrong Can’t seem to pin it down we used to get along Don’t want to talk it out, don’t want to think about it any more Don’t want to sort it out, I’d rather just ignore it and drift away, in dreams… Was it something that I said? The words can tumble out sound different in my head Was it me or was it you? The facts don’t lie, I believe them to be true Don’t want to talk it out, don’t want to be forever in the wrong Don’t want to sort it out, I’d rather just forget it, keep holding on I saw them lying over there the kind of thing I know you said you didn’t like to wear Don’t want to sort it out, I might find out I’m right, who knows I’d rather dream… Drift away, lost in dreams pretend the world is never what it seems This sleepy bed is all I need sometimes I feel I never want to leave Don’t want to talk it out, don’t want to think about it any more Don’t want to sort it out I’d rather just ignore it and drift away
11.
Air-Waves 03:15
Air-Waves Out over the ocean, flowing below with more forward motion than you’ve ever known Swirl around shadows from the sun where the air is calm Right into the jet streams high up in the light while riding on thermals feeling alive Flying free into the unknown lift the air and go and go and go Dive under the white trails of mackerel skies or float upon air waves to where the light shines Feel the wind leaving clouds behind touch the air and go and go and go
12.
In the Stars 06:17
In the Stars Standing in line under trees waiting to take your turn, patiently wondering what is up above millions of tiny lights shining through the leaves It’s so far, it’s so far away in the stars All the stars are there, out there, out there Sirius, Procyon, Rigel, Capella Following breath in the air Curling up overhead, out of view While the cars glide in and out Ghostly are silent shapes passing through It’s so hard, you’re as far away as the stars It’s so hard to stay away, don’t say anything It’s so far away in the stars All the stars are there, out there, out there Auriga, Caelum, Carina, Vela
13.
Anchored 05:44
Anchored Father, Mother, Sister, Brother I am one but not the other in a bond like no other It’s the past and in the future not a choice but one to nurture Who do we become when no longer one of them? Father, Mother, Sister, Brother We are anchored to one another as time washes away it flows through the memories it’s passing through (the weight of responsibilities) Anchored, we are anchored to them all Father, Mother, Sister, Brother
14.
A Piece of Me I saw you watching me, I told you I’m not free Now, whenever you see me it makes me uneasy Don’t want to hurt you but it’s got to be said the connection’s not real, only inside your head It makes me feel fraught, I know once, we talked Maybe that gave you a small piece of me ‘cause you think we connected, but it’s not meant to be not because I’m not free So come on, just be friends I know how that story ends I never meant to mislead you, although I’m not sure I did Nor am I trying to deceive you, you must have misunderstood something I said I’m not breaking his heart, you won’t tear us apart I’m not free, don’t want to be, stop watching me
15.
What Remains 04:14
What Remains Time goes slower near feet -is what Einstein said We can have our head in the clouds and be moving faster than the speed of sound towards the sun After all, what remains when time has gone? It’s beyond our grasp, there forever in the past yet the caesium ticks on and on If you think you have time, rearrange yourself Keepers of the hours here on Earth count the seconds going forwards never backwards ‘til we all melt away We’ll all melt away in photons!
16.
Clouds 05:12
Clouds …

about

"The key ingredient in all of the tunes is Jan Todd’s singing which stops you in your tracks and is the voice of someone who knows precisely how she can use her singing to speak directly to the listener." - Chris Baber, JAZZ VIEWS

The Weight of Clouds is the third album for multi-instrumentalist frostlake (Jan Todd) and is a double length box of delights. It is a large collection of songs written 2020-2021, when staying in was the new going out.

"The Weight of Clouds is a spellbinding album from frostlake, the project of multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter Jan Todd (Orchestra of The Upper Atmosphere).
frostlake presents a beautifully-constructed album with gorgeous whispered and layered vocals, deeply inspired by British progressive psychedelia and folk-rock, along with a wide range of captivating musical instruments that include folk-style and psychedelic guitars, bass, mesmerizing electronic soundscapes, percussion and more." -
Angel Romero - Progressive Rock Central

It builds on the debut CD White Moon, Black Moon’s observation of the natural world and the second CD Ice & Bone’s reflection and personal memories. This new album takes a step into daylight towards skies and stars, away from dark dreams and horrors, but still maintains an unsettling, eerie calm in very British psychedelia.

"The sixteen tracks and well over an hour that is on offer here cover all moods and situations, but always with the bright and sunlit outlook that evokes the arrival of spring. The Weight Of Clouds is a delight from start to finish." - Mr Olivetti- FREQ

"You absolutely need to listen to the whole album.... because there are beautiful ‘hidden’ melodies to be discovered, such as the amazing Five A.M. There’s not a single weak moment to be heard, and while listening it definitely puts you in a Nordic mood, kinda celtic/folk/scandi ish if you know what I mean. Without a doubt, this is a surprising release and one to check out if you want to hear something really authentic."
Gabor Kleinbloesem - STRUTTER'ZINE

A strong song-writing partnership has developed between Jan and Terry Todd and half of the material is co-written. Terry Todd’s acoustic bass and 12 string guitar hold together rolling rhythms in psychedelic soundscapes, often made otherworldly with Jan Todd’s hushed or layered, soaring vocals. The more organic voices of assorted acoustic instruments blend into atmospheric electronics, giving that distinctive frostlake feel.

The Weight of Clouds is an eclectic mix, from the bold and upbeat cinematic, quirky or stripped back guitar and vocals, to the ambient or quietly pastoral and is one to dip into time and again.

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released August 22, 2021

frostlake - Jan Todd - vocals, voices, lyrics, acoustic/electric/12 string guitars, E-bow, floor harp, cross strung harp, soprano lyre, jouhikko, alto tagelharpa, viola, e-violin, clarinet, melodica, Hulusi flutes, Idiopan, Korg MS2000, midi keys, Korg wave-drum,
Drum creations, percussion, electronics, field recordings.

Terry Todd - acoustic-electric bass guitar, 12 string guitar.

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