Lost links & Re-ups

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Slinging tuneage like some fried or otherwise soused short-order cook

30 August 2013

A Little NSS time

Before I sail off into the Pacific & start Island-hopping my way toward Tierra del Fuego, I have some repairs I need to do here, on past posts & other tastes. See ya in the funny papers.


29 August 2013

New Zealand

New Zealand. Where the hell is Old Zealand?

Anyone who follows this blog regularly knows that I’m a big fan of the Dead C. A great band from Dunedin, New Zealand that I have posted before & will surely post again. I thought I’d post up something different here today. A couple other Kiwi acts that I also enjoy.

Dadamah was a short-lived group, started in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1990 & calling it quits in 1993. Members were Roy Montgomery – vocals & guitar, Janine Stagg – organ, synthesizer & backing vocals, Kim Pieters – vocals & bass, & Peter Stapleton – drums.

While Dadamah is often seen as another step along the way in the artistic path of Roy Montgomery, he'd be the first to disagree. He has stated: "I look back upon the Dadamah album as an exercise in weaving tunes into cacophony. The other members of the band had the energy & enthusiasm for experimentation, I had the ‘hooks’, to put it crudely…I had that at the back of my mind in trying to write tunes to go with the words & ideas of the other members."

Unlike the consistently aggro noise fests of the Dead C, Dadamah also draw on a generally more spare but no less compelling approach, positively shimmering with beautifully earthy lo-fi Velvets/ Pere Ubu sound. Roy Montgomery's droning guitars offset by Janine Stagg's gurgling synth woosh, stabbing organ-wheez, & possessed femme voice over, Kim Pieter's cavernous man-voice vocals weaving through the mix, with Peter Stapleton’s drums punching through into your waking nightmare, because this is not a dream.

Dadamah - This is not a Dream, Majora VPAG LP 5750, 1992.
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Side One –

Limbo Swing
Papa Doc
Too Hot To Dry

Side Two –

Brian's Children
High Tension House


Gydja is the name of the musical projects of Abby Helasdottir from Wellington, New Zealand. The project began with the aim of creating sounds that could be used for magickal & shamanic purposes. Her approach has since broadened, now creating music of both a mundane & a magickal nature. Works designed specifically for magickal use sit alongside explorations of sound for sound’s sake although some exploration of sound contain magickal themes, even if there is no practical magickal application intended.

This is an aesthetic exploration of dark & mysterious environments by a couple of talented, sensible, & unique visionaries who through their musical expression inspire us.

Ma-Mo Rbad Gtong was released by Chmafu Nocords in 2005. New Zealander Gydja here collaborates with Maru (Marufura Fufunjiru, an Austrian musician & founder of the Chmafu Nocords label) to create this amazing dark ambient sound. This is an aesthetic exploration of dark & mysterious environments by a couple of talented, sensible, & unique visionaries who through their musical expression inspire us.

It explores the four orders of Wrathful Goddesses encountered by the soul in the Bardo Thödol, or Tibetan Book of the Dead. The tracks bear the names of each of these orders: the eight Kerimas, the eight Htamenmas, the four female Door-keepers, & the twenty-eight Herukas. This mysterious release is constructed with multiple layers of analog sounds structured into minimalist soundscapes, where the vibe & the drones flows through an intangible space, penetrating in our skin, reaching our bloodstream, & sending an electrical current through our nerve synapses. The ritualistic sounds are used repetitively to infuse a contemplative stage of mind where momentarily we can abandon our physical body.

 Gydja & Maru – Ma-Mo Rbad Gtong, Chmafu Nocords, 2005. 
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28 August 2013

Papua New Guniea

People who originated in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago traveled to Southeast Asia & then to New Guinea. These Aborigines then crossed a land bridge from Asia to Australia which is believed to have existed about 45,000 to 50,000 years ago. The Aborigines share heritage with the native peoples of Papua New Guinea. About 8,000 years ago the Torres Strait Islands were formed when the land bridge between Australia & New Guinea was flooded by rising seas. Since then they have been separated, but their earliest traditional heritage is Papuan.

This music is from the Cape York Peninsula of Australia, the Torres Strait Islands, & southern Papua New Guinea. This is the real music before Europeans came to the area.

Lyrichord Discs LYRCD 7331, 1993. 
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Tracklist –

Malkari Song

Tara Kuikui Waru Mapagu
Wirru Wirru
Puipume Malung Inana
Tike Apuya
Extract from Bora dance rehearsals
Extract from Bora dance rehearsals
Extract from Bora dance rehearsals – Bora music

Antjali song

Malkari song

Women's Wungka dance songs
Women's Wungka dance songs
Women's Wungka dance songs

Man Ungginyu

Boala Malu Wutyuru
Timbara Lupu Intyinawa – Bora songs

Malkari song
Malkari dance song ‘Centipede'

Song associated with Bora 'Ontoimo owa'

Women's Wungka dance song
Women's Owalapatanu song
Women's funeral dance song

Djadbangari Dance Song 'East Wind'
Karidyeri Dance Song
Didgeridoo Solo (a Trial & a Crying Child)
Didgeridoo Solo (a Big Truck on the Mission)
Bunggul Dance Song 'Seagull'
Bunggul Dance Song 'Spider' (vocal)
Bunggul Dance Song 'Spider' (digeridoo) - Elcho Island music

Jew's Harp
Song about a Bird
Two Flutes
Magician Song
Mourning Song - traditional music of the Gizra People of Papua New Guinea


27 August 2013


Australia is another country with massive amounts of music to which I happen to be damn partial, so this has been kinda a challenge to narrow it down with some sort of cohesiveness. Here's my baker's dozen, my imperfect 13. Those bloody Aussies are from down-under after all, everything is upside down, standin' on its collective head. I have enough trouble walking upright & chewing coca leaves, as they say...

When this first came out I bought it on 8-track to play in my 57 Chevy. I still have the tape (though it no longer plays, even if I had an 8-track player). I’ve own this on vinyl, cassette, & CD. To me this is a ‘classic’ gem of punk rawk. I have so many memories associated with this music…

Radio Birdman was formed by Deniz Tek & Rob Younger in Sydney, Australia in 1974. Often considered one of Australia’s first punk bands, they were really predecessors of punk, much like their inspirations, Detroit’s MC5 & The Stooges. Radio Birdman were an influence on the music of many Australian indie rock bands of the 80s. They are now considered to be one of the most crucial bands to Australia's history.

Radios Appear was produced & recorded  by John L. Sayers & Charles Fisher at Trafalgar Studios in Annandale. On Trafalgar, the album received little promotion or attention. Many Birdman fans felt it did not properly reflect the ferocity & immediacy of the bands true sound. Shortly after its initial release, Trafalgar Records leased the recordings to WEA (Warner/Elektra/Atlantic) who took on the album & gave it a wider release. However, sales remained limited. When Sire Records president Seymour Stein came to Australia to sign up fellow Australian band The Saints, he saw Radio Birdman play. He immediately invited them to join his label. Sire released a new version of Radios Appear featuring a mixture of re-mixed, re-recorded & new material. The new release was a more accurate reflection of the band's sound.

 Radio Birdman – Radios Appear, Sire SRK 6050, 1978. 
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Side One –

What Gives
Non-Stop Girls
Do the Pop
Man with the Golden Helmet
Descent into the Maelstrom
New Race

Side Two –

Aloha Steve & Danno
Anglo Girl Desire
Murder City Nights
You’re Gonna Miss Me
Hand of Law
Hit Them Again


Died Pretty are often regarded as one of the great Australian acts of the late 80s & early 90s.

Died Pretty are an Australian rock & roll band formed in 1983 by veterans of the Sydney scene, deranged frontman & vocalist Ronald S. Peno, organist Frank Brunetti, & guitarist Brett Myers. The group immediately attracted attention around Sydney & drew comparisons to the Doors.

Died Pretty jumped straight out of the starting block, releasing the wonderful "Out Of The Unknown" single followed by the impossibly cool "Mirror Blues", a psychedelic 12-minute epic spread out over both sides of a 7-inch release.

However, the real critical acclaim arrived in the form of the Next To Nothing EP that earned the band accolades as a sort of modern day Aussie Velvet Underground. Next to Nothing established Died Pretty's place in the music world. Died Pretty are often regarded as one of the great Australian acts of the late 80s & early 90s.

This has always been a favorite EP of mine, being Nathan...& all.

On Next to Nothing, Died Pretty are: Ronald S Peno – vocal; Brett Myers – guitar; Frank Brunetti – keyboards; Mark Lock – bass; & Chris Welsh – drums with guest Joe Borkowsky – cello.
 Died Pretty - Next to Nothing, Citadel Records CITEP 901, 1985.
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Side One –
Plaining Days

Side Two –
Desperate Hours
Final Twist

Same Line-up here except guest musicians: Louis Tille - piano on “Life to Go”;  Graham Lee - pedal steel guitar on “Through Another Door”; John Papanis - mandolin on “Blue Sky Day”; Julian Watchhorn - violin on “Wig-Out” & “Blue Sky Day”; & Tim Fagan – saxophone on “Round & Round”, “Next to Nothing” & “Through Another Door”.
Died Pretty - Free Dirt, Citadel Records CITLP 504, 1986.

Side One -
Life to Go (Landsakes)
Just Skin
The 2000 Year Old Murder
Next to Nothing

Side Two -
Blue Sky Day
Round & Round
Laughing Boy
Through Another Door

Here Died Pretty has a new bass player, Steve Clark & also Brett Myers picks up some vocal duties.

7” 1
Side A –
True Fools Fall
Side B –
A Ballad
7” 2
Side A –
Is There Anyone?
Side B –

On Trace, Died Pretty are: Ronald S. Peno – vocals; Brett Myers – guitar & vocals; John Hoey – organ & piano; Robert Warren – bass; & Chris Welch – drums & percussion with musical guests Jack Howard – trumpet; Caroline Lavelle – cello; Sunil De Silva -  percussion & Eleanor Rodgers – backing vocals.
Died Pretty – Trace, Columbia Records 659544 2, 1993.

Side One –
Harness Up (Soul’s on Fire)
Caressing Swine
‘Til We Get it Right
The Rivers

Side Two -
A State of Graceful Mourning
Just Forever
Through My Heart
110 B.P.M.
Seize Your Way
Here long-time drummer Chris Welch has been replaced by Simon Cox.
Died Pretty - Using My Gills as a Roadmap, Citadel Records CIT 536, 1998.

Tracklist –

Slide Song
She Was
The Daddy Act
Paint it Black, You Devils

The story of Died Pretty is a tale of endurance & self, yet buoyed by a simple faith in themselves, they have remained afloat. Using My Gills as a Roadmap is both startling in approach & exciting in its musical depth. A release that clearly makes demands on the listener, it confronts any pre-existing notion about what sort of band they are, or where their limitations lay.

The most noticeable thing about Using My Gills is the disparate range of keyboard experimentation. From the start it is obvious that the distinctive guitar dominated sound the band has previously relied upon has been dispensed with to make room for this keyboard driven style. Although there is no lack of guitar, the keyboards hold sway.
This record is sure to be perceived as a radical departure, & it should be just the vehicle to open up a new world of possibilities for one of Australia's most creative groups.


Triosk were an experimental jazz band from Sydney, Australia, who formed in 2001 & disbanded in 2007. Though coming from a jazz foundation, their sound has very strong electronica elements as well as influences from the textures of musique concrete, with their using loops of hisses & crackles. They released three albums: 1+3+1 in 2003 (a collaboration with German electronic artist Jan Jelinek on Berlin label ~scape); Moment Returns in 2004, & The Headlight Serenade in 2006 (both released on The Leaf Label).

Laurence Pike is also a member of instrumental band Pivot (Warp), Roam the Hello Clouds & has recorded & toured with Flanger, Savath & Savalas, Jack Ladder, Qua, & jazz veteran Mike Nock. Pianist Adrian Klumpes released a solo album titled Be Still on The Leaf Label in late 2006.

Triosk made their international debut fronting with Jan Jelinek for the superb 1+3+1 album on Scape. Utilizing a classic Jazz piano trio formation, Triosk employs a plethora of devices both traditional & modern in their search for the perfect jazz note, gliding from condensed electronic minimalism to low-end sultriness overflowing with piano cascades, sweeping whispered percussion & some unforgettable double-bass lines. Despite being compared to everyone from the Necks to the Cinematic Orchestra & Thelonius Monk, Triosk's greatest triumph lies with their natural shape-shifting ability, morphing from one mode of operation to another with apparent ease, sometimes through delicate transitions as one hypnotic piece fizzes into another, sometimes within the confines of the same track.

For those new to Triosk's world, their sound is a post-modern view on jazz marinated in wisps of electronica, minimal techno, & lush instrumentation that all unites into abject clarity. Evidently taking advantage of an extended spell in the studio, The Headlight Serenade is perhaps their richest release in terms of production, yet rather than drown the band's charm beneath a deluge of mixing-desk trickery, it instead seems to have focused them even more than ever.

On The Headlight Serenade, Triosk are: Adrian Klumpes - piano, Rhodes electric piano, synthesizer, & sampler;  Ben 'Donny' Waples – acoustic & electric bass; & Laurence Pike – drums & percussion.

Disc 1 recorded & mixed at Paradise Studios, Gosford & BIB Studios, Sydney, Australia. Disc 2 is a live performance by Triosk from 15th June 2006 for ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio National's Sound Quality & Music Deli

 Triosk - The HeadlightSerenade, Leaf BAY 49CDJ 2 x CD, 2006. 
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Tracklist –

Visions IV                  
Lost Broadcast                       
Lost Reprise               
Intensives Leben                    
Not To Hurt You       
One, Twenty-Four     
Moment Returns
Fear Survivor

$20,000 Handshake               
The Great Cities                     
One, Twenty Four                  
Autumn Descends                 
Past Life Romantic 


The Necks were formed in Sydney, Australia in 1987. The original line-up of pianist Chris Abrahams, bassist Lloyd Swanton, & drummer Tony Buck remained stable, even though they all lead busy lives & highly different careers. Abrahams is an acclaimed session keyboardist who has released a couple of solo piano albums, has written music for film & television, has toured the world in 1993 with the rock group Midnight Oil. Swanton is a much in-demand session jazz bassist, a regular of the jazz festival circuit. He has played in The Benders & The Catholics, & has accompanied Stephen Cummings & Sting. Buck spends most of his time in avant-garde circles, with multiple collaborations & projects. His best known engagements have include the trio PERIL & the klezmer-punk group Kletka Red.

The Necks' first album came out in 1989 on their own label, Fish of Milk. The reviews were enthusiastic, most people praising the group's ability to blend simplicity and experimentation. They would play whenever the three musicians were in Australia at the same time. The next three albums experimented with their format, integrating occasional guests, electronics, & more. By 1998s Piano Bass Drums their recipe had been fixed & would remain unchanged.

Typically a live performance will begin very quietly with one of the musicians playing something very simple. One by one, the other two will join with their own melodies, all three independent yet intertwined. A piece of music usually lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, growing in volume, pace & complexity before fading out.

Featured below is a cross-section of their extensive discography. Prepare yourself for a space age journey with these releases. Experimental jazz at it's best.

The Necks second release…

 The Necks – Next, Spiral Scratch 004, 1990. 
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Tracklist –

Nice Policeman Nasty Policeman (guest guitar Dave Brewer)
Next (guest pedal steel guitar Michel Rose)
Jazz Cancer (guest guitar Dave Brewer)
World at War (guest alto & tenor saxophone Timothy Hopkins & trumpet Mike Bukovsky)

The Necks fifth release (their first live release recorded in concert at The Basement in Sydney, Australia on September 25, 1996)…
The Necks – Piano Bass Drums, Fish of Milk FOM 0005, 1998.

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The Necks thirteenth release (winner of the Best Jazz Album award in the ARIA Music Awards of 2006)…
 The Necks – Chemist, Fish of Milk FOM 0012, 2006.

Tracklist -


The Necks fourteenth release (another live set recorded on February 15, 2007 in concert at the Riverway Arts Centre in Thuringowa City, Northern Queensland).
The Necks – Townsville, Fish Of Milk FOM 0013, 2007.

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This album from Perth, Australia native electronica/doom pop star Abbe May was knocked out in five days with members of Kill Devil Hills, The Lazy Railway & Abbe’s regular band The Rockin' Pneumonia. It is brimming with spectral sexual energy, perfect for my taste in things.

Abbe’s MySpace page says: “Five days, four musicians, three chords, too many bottles of spliff wine & one Willie Dixon song.”

Abbe isn’t worried about evangelical threats of calling Satan into her life by using his name; she’s willing to play with the Big Boy if He’s willing to play with her. Well, are you, Natas, are you?

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Tracks -

Hoodoo You Do
Call Me Back or I'll Unleash Hell’s Hounds
Oh Sweet Jaysus!
You Gonna Get It
A Wail of Sirens
My Heart, it Struck Sorrow
I’ve Been Thirsty, I Haven't Found Any Yet
The Soul of a Man
Howard Moon
Wang Dang Doodle
The Ballad of Ignatius Elliot Archer
Goodnight Irene


The Shaolin Afronauts are an Adelaide based instrumental Afrobeat band started in 2008. They took their inspiration from Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band & the music of Sun Ra. They incorporate elements of avant-garde jazz & soul with traditional African & Cuban percussive rhythms.

In 2011 they signed to Freestyle Records label & released their debut album Flight of the Ancients.

On Flight of the Ancients, Shaolin Afronauts are: Lachlan Ridge, & Kahil Nayton – guitar; Dylan Marshall – guitar & synthesizer; Chris Soole – alto saxophone; Adam Paige – tenor saxophone; Jon Hunt – baritone saxophone & bass clarinet; Chris weber – trumpet; Ross McHenry – bass; Tim Wilsdon – congas; Joel Prime & Tim Bennett – percussion; David van der Zwaag – shekere & hand percussion; & Kevin van der Zwaag – drums.

Shaolin Afronauts - Flight of the Ancients, Freestyle Records FSRLP085, 2011. 
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Side A –

Journey through Time
Rise with the Blind
Flight of the Ancients
Shaolin Theme

Side B –

The Quiet Lion
The Scarab


25 August 2013


Well, after this one we're leaving Asia & heading to that land down under. But first, a few treats from the islands of the Philippines.

The Juan de la Cruz Band is a Pilipino rock band formed in 1968. The original Juan de la Cruz Band consisted of Wally Gonzalez – guitar & vocals, Bing Labrador - keyboards, Sandy Tagarro - bass guitar & vocals, Edmund Fortuno - drums, & Alex Cruz - saxophones & flute. In December 1970, the band was featured in the first open-air rock festival in the Philippines, the Antipolo Rock Festival. Shortly thereafter, Sandy Tagarro was replaced by Clifford Ho on bass. Then Edmund Fortuno, Bing Labrador, & Alex Cruz (along with guitarist Vic Naldo & bassist Marlon Ilagan) formed a splinter group, Anak Bayan. The versatile Sandy Tagarro returned to the band, now as drummer (Fortuno's replacement), as well as the band's lead vocalist; Clifford Ho continued on bass. Romy Santos – flute, sax, & clarinet replaced Alex Cruz & Rene Sogueco – keyboards & vocal was recruited to replace Bing Labrador. In the wake of this major line-up revamp, the Juan de la Cruz Band recorded their first album, 1971’s Up in Arms. Up in Arms was not a commercial success & has never been reissued by Vicor Music Corporation. Featured here is the unauthorized compact disc reboot of the LP, excellently re-mastered & re-packaged by Shadoks /Normal Music of Bonn, Germany. It has bonus live tracks from a later edition of the band. Within several months, both keyboardist Rene Sugueco (briefly replaced by Larry Martinez), & bassist Clifford Ho (briefly replaced by Tony Rodriguez) had left the band. During this transition phase that Joey ‘Pepe’ Smith returned to the Philippines from a successful sojourn in Japan & joined the group.

This state of Juan de la Cruz's flux & gradual dissolution led Wally Gonzales to reconvene an all-new powerhouse trio: Gonzales – guitar & vocals; Mike Hanapol – bass, piano, & vocals; & Joey ‘Pepe’ Smith – drums, acoustic guitar, & vocals. The ensuing album Himig Natin by the iconic trio of Gonzales, Smith & Hanopol went on to become the anthem of Manila's post-hippie culture, ushering in what became called Pinoy Rock. Himig Natin fueled the Pinoy Rock scene, which swelled into a movement. The social impact & innovations of the Juan de la Cruz Band inadvertently became the catalyst for the inception of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) & the viability for diverse, Pilipino authored musical genres to emerge & thrive in the Philippines.

JDLC’s music is totally rocked out bluesy stoner jams, with Wally Gonzales’ brilliant acid psych leads. A lot of the lead vocals are done by drummer Joey Smith who’s got the perfect  psychrock delivery for this stuff.

 Juan De La Cruz – Himig Natin, Sunshine TSP 5104, 1973. 
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Lado A –

Take You Home
I Wanna Say Yeah
Round & Round
Blues Train

Lado B –

Rock & Roll Sa Ulan
Shake Your Brains
Mamasyal Sa Pilipinas
Big Boss Man
Himig Natin

Juan De La Cruz – Up inArms, Shadoks Music 013, 2001 (reissue with six bonus live tracks).
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Tracklist –

Justice (where are You)
Stranger in a Strange Land
Mystery Roach
Requiem for a Head
Lady in White Satin
Love of a Woman

bonus live tracks –

Balong Malalim
Beep Beep
Sarap Ng Buhay


Moscow Olympics formed during the summer of 2006. The band is made up of AJ, Jojo, Melanie, & Richard. Almost immediately they drew comparisons to the likes of Northern Picture Library, Blueboy, & Slowdive for their fused implementation of shoegaze & post-punk. The group’s vocal delivery is undoubtedly within the realm of shoegaze but the bustling instrumentation are tight rhythmically inclined post-punk, yet with a polished reverb-heavy form that brings it all back to their shoegaze roots.

Moscow Olympics’ debut album Cut the World features only 7 tracks & falls just short of 28 minutes. On the album, the band demonstrates a form of musicianship that suggests that the members have been creating music for much longer than the two years Moscow Olympics was together. Their blend of modern production techniques with nostalgic odes to the 80s proves constantly invigorating. It sounds fresh, engaging, & surprisingly organized.

 MoscowOlympics – Cut the World, Lavender Recordings LAV003, 2008. 
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Tracklist –

What is Left Unsaid
No Winter, No Autumn
Second Trace
Ocean Sign
Cut the World



Hong Kong

I really hope you take the time to check out this band if you’re not familiar with them. I’ve been looking forward to posting this since I began this journey many months ago.

Kimtak Building are a Hong Kong indie band whose name comes from a building in Jordon, Hong Kong. They play instrumental rock. It is introspective & moody shoegaze at its best. Not hip, not impulsive, not hysteric.

What if you were walking down the darkness of a sonic pathway, listening to the tenderness of bodies that move over one another, while the night is too much to spell a word?...Introversion, sadness, glamor, confidentiality…like a flash in the wilderness forest, like a breeze gliding over the green. The contrasts of day & night. Here comes the different transient feelings of your existence.

Their music feels like a guide to our private artistic morphology…drawings like mysteries, songs named like fairy tales. A subtle atmosphere.

This is their debut album called In the Forest & the Field, released in 2006 by Harbour Records.

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Tracklist –

The Deer by the Lake
The Snail n Love
The Thirsty Pond
The Beast on the Frozen Lake
The Axe in the Swamp
The Kind Wolf
The Worn Dancing Shoes
The Sparkling Feather
The Misled Bat
The Song Written by a Rabbit
The Boat in the Mist