wild years of remorse and failures

by stroszek

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about

The acclaimed early works of the folk/acoustic project stroszek have been sold out and unavailable for quite some time, but now in 2013 we are pleased to reintroduce these monumental albums in the form of a special double-album reissue which includes a complete remastering of all the tracks, as well as rerecorded vocals on the “songs of remorse” album. In total, the reissued double-album will include the “songs of remorse”, and “life failures made music” full-lengths, the “the wild hunt” ep, as well as two brand new cover songs making this a must-have for stroszek fans and collectors who missed the original versions as well as for those who want to hear the updated versions of "songs of remorse" with a more apt vocal performance. Originally released between 2007-2009, this reissue, featuring brand new album art and including lyrics and liner notes allows you to embrace the darkness and melancholy of stroszek once more.

remorse - disc I
With carefully strummed minor key acoustic guitars, deliberate yet restrained piano lines, bursts of heaviness added for texture and deep, lush clean sung vocals that relay a sense of dread lurking beneath the surface, "songs of remorse" is perhaps at once one of the most melancholic yet accessible albums of 2007.

failures - disc II
stroszek returns with their second opus, the follow-up to 'songs of remorse', with the aptly titled 'life failures made music'; and with song titles like 'the unlucky ones', 'gone by the fall', and 'land of silence and darkness' its no secret that this album is filled with crushing sadness. Take equal parts Neofolk, the fatalist mentality of Black Metal, the darkness of older Alice in Chains, the beautiful acoustics of latter-day Antimatter and the painfully soft, whispered vocals of Tom Waits and it is easy to see precisely why this crushing sadness is what makes this record so damn special.

credits

released December 7, 2013

c. - vc, gtr
davide - bass
richard - drums

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Track Name: a nightwalk in partille
I can't start like this
it hurts so bad
it makes me bleed
I know you are no more
walking through landscapes of green
remembering what I hold
golden are the hands that you can't see anymore
my nerves are exposed, it wasn't meant to be
now I am exposed, I just don't want to be
Track Name: color of the street
the world keeps turning
that's the way it's gonna be
my world stopped turning
that's the way I'm gonna be
Something wishes to die
and you'll find someone else
when I'm dead and through
this is my jail
I stayed all day by the old dog's playground
something wishes to die
and you'll find someone else
when I'm dead and through
Track Name: the night porter
I am tired to play your game
so easy to feel your pain
I can't start over again
there's no one else to blame
you said you've got the right
so tired to start a fight
you're here to take my sight
will I survive this night?
Track Name: the house told me
the house told me someone was here
the house told me I should've been gone
the house spoke to me and I fell asleep
and dust grows thick as fog
the house told me friends are long gone
the house told me "your life is lost"
the house spoke to me and I fell asleep
as death came and closed the door
Track Name: stones in my throat
have you seen my shadow?
I can hardly see my face
have you seen the scars I got?
they never let me sleep
I got stones in my throat
I cannot breath
I cannot bear the weight of all this…
Track Name: the railroad track
I just can't drive no more
will you let me on the floor?
how long the sky will snow?
there's something to be done
I walked my way to the railroad track
some told me that's the place to be
someday I'll be back
you killed the light inside of me
Track Name: not even the half
not even the half of the voices are callin' now
not even the half of the weight of the universe
when I am dead and gone there's nothing for you to see
not even the half of me as I once was
not even the half of the pain that I could bear
Track Name: slow sleep
I can hear it in the moaning sigh
I can hear it in the wind
I can feel the stars touch my skin
I've been released
I've been unseen
I've been at one with the grey
I've been so clean
Wait for me someday…
I can't see it in the morning light
I can't see it through my screen
I can't see the sun on my skin
Track Name: was it worth the wait?
I drove all night
still there's nowhere to go
was it worth the wait?
you fought your way out of me
I walked all my way
still the road goes ever on
was it worth the cost?
you die every time I lie
Track Name: wheels to rust
the more I think of this
the more my head falls down
I know the hunt is on
an image of black and white
is all that's left of your red eyes
the more I think of you
the more I wish I was
an eternity of rust
…am I locked out of hell?
Track Name: sand
could you?
I've been already there
should you?
now it's dark somewhere
I got sand on my hands
kill you
not feeling any pain
dream you
my dreams are filled with shame
I got sand through my spine
Track Name: the unlucky ones
I die every time the sun is upon me
my face is old and pale
I face the end
and with every beginning, a new end
for I am the unlucky one
feel sorry for someone else
feel guilty for myself
feel sorry for myself
got a new place?
got your life back?
my things are left undone
sun is far away
feel sorry for someone else
feel guilty for myself
feel sorry for myself
...and there's nothing to miss
light a candle when I'm gone
Track Name: gone by the fall
some places I've seen in my dreams
so far that I cannot reach
the light of the pain that enlightens the dark
of the corner of my soul
gone by the fall as the leaves turn to ashes, I'll be...
some places I've never been
so near that I cannot breath
the light of the pain that enlightens the dark
of the corner of my soul
I know exactly what you mean
gone by the fall as the leaves turn to ashes, I'll be..
alone in this field
the night still talks about it
from the bottom of a deep dark well, dead silent
gone by the fall as the leaves turn to ashes, I'll be...
dead silent from the bottom of a deep dark well
there's nothing I can do
I know exactly what you mean
Track Name: undead hotel
nothing can keep this burden away
little gold prison is where I stay
I sit through this long day soaked in mud
can't close the door, everything is too far
ice in my glass will keep me from scream
sitting alone shrouded in clouds
misery, pain and voices from the past
time to sleep forever but not to rest
Track Name: turn the sky to winter
white trees like bones
mountain ghost leaves no traces in the snow
long gone vision now fades
white trees like bones
autumn nights
hunt dogs singin' their campfire song
but their howling is through
mourning song of the mountain moon
I am alone as the hills
and it's all I can do
...and it feels like far
Track Name: nighthawks and underdogs
autumn's taking over
all the trees are gone
autumn's taking over
grave stones line the road
no need to remember the rain to fall
troubled strangers on the other side
there's no need to remember the rain to fall
troubled strangers on the other side
crows are flying east
where I fall
Track Name: I'll keep everything
moon is always full and bright
the wind blows at one with the voices
a flame of a long distant past
between the rustling of the trees
on the grass, slow sleep
like an old forgotten...
twilight descends over the hills
...songs from the past
Track Name: the devil's chair
tomorrow I will be just dirt
so empty, my existence, so blank
I am a lifeless thing
so empty, so blank
got to face this night alone
I got no place to call home
so empty, so blank
got to face this night alone
Track Name: a life failure
as I lay me down to die
another cloud pass on by
got a new way to end
just too old and gray, that's what I am
and everything that I can keep
not sure that will resist
the end has came, so strange for me
and I got to face it so alone
the band is playing the last song
is hard to believe I did it all so wrong
the band is playing the last song
as I lay me down to rest
with all the things I left behind
once I travelled this old damn world
but it was a long time ago
and everything that I can't keep
I am sure that won't resist
the end has came, and that's not strange for me
the band is playing the last song
is hard to believe I did it all so wrong
the band is playing the last song
Track Name: land of silence and darkness
got to be alone, bed of cold stone
cold in my bones, no place to call home
and this will be last for me to breathe this air
I know this won't be nothing new
the light begins to show its blue
got to stay near, pass over my fear
someday, far from here...
and this will be last for me to breathe this air
I know this won't be nothing new
the light begins to show its blue
Track Name: tecumseh valley (Townes Van Zandt Cover)
The name she gave was caroline
Daughter of a miner
Her ways were free
It seemed to me
That sunshine walked beside her

She came from spencer
Across the hill
She said her pa had sent her
'cause the coal was low
And soon the snow
Would turn the skies to winter

She said she'd come
To look for work
She was not seeking favors
And for a dime a day
And a place to stay
She'd turn those hands to labor

But the times were hard, lord,
The jobs were few
All through tecumseh valley
But she asked around
And a job she found
Tending bar at gypsy sally's

She saved enough to get back home
When spring replaced the winter
But her dreams were denied
Her pa had died
The word come down from spencer

So she turned to whorin' out on the streets
With all the lust inside her
And it was many a man
Returned again
To lay himself beside her

They found her down beneath the stairs
That led to gypsy sally's
In her hand when she died
Was a note that cried
Fare thee well... tecumseh valley

The name she gave was caroline
Daughter of a miner
Her ways were free
It seemed to me
That sunshine walked beside her