Rise of the Waterfowl

by Farmhouse Odyssey

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artrockbands Absolutely fantastic! Like a breath of fresh air. Favorite track: Shipwreck.
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Sven B. Schreiber I found this interesting prog opus in Carsten Pieper's collection (erneut "danke schön"). These guys have great song ideas, and they know how to arrange them in a most appealing way, resulting in "clean" prog with the usual ingredients, melancholic and complex, sometimes getting quite close to fusion and math-rock. Especially the 16-minute epic shines with its Canterbury-inspired mood. Given the obvious songwriting skills of the band's members, it's a mystery to me why they sometimes wreck a meticulously developed composition in the end by stuffing it with lengthy and pointless improvisations, which sound, at least to me, pretty uninspired and not "progressive" at all... Favorite track: Speedbump Catalyst: Upon the Wheel, Blessing in Disguise, Energetic Tides, The Road Alone.
Carsten Pieper
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Carsten Pieper Often, prog rock comes along very somberly (whch is fine with me), but this one - might it be the Californian origin or not - has the sun shining the whole album! Quite jazzy, too, I agree! Fine album, talented guys, obviously! Favorite track: Speedbump Catalyst: Upon the Wheel, Blessing in Disguise, Energetic Tides, The Road Alone.
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Sal Pichireddu As good as the debut. Incredibly talented musicians with a jazzy, playful prog from California. Highly recommended! (You should get the début too!) Favorite track: Slumberless Sun.
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Christopher Estrada-Snyder Honorable mentions are: Daybreak and Brain Song, but the whole album is just a great experience. There aren't any weak tracks and the album has a flow to it. It doesn't have any songs that are quite on par with Sleeping Silent or Cross The Deep, but taken as a whole the album is a definite step up from the first. Lots to chew on here. Favorite track: Shipwreck.
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Artwork by Extra Maat and James Lovejoy

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released January 5, 2016

Alex Espe – Vocals, Keyboards
Thatcher Holvick-Norton – Drums
Aaron Laughlin – Guitar, Vocals
Alex Pepe – Guitar
Ian Taylor – Bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Aaron Laughlin

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Farmhouse Odyssey Arcata, California

Farmhouse Odyssey is a group of five musicians who believe in music as a guiding and transformative force in the world. Since they formed in 2012 in Arcata, California each member has brought a unique perspective to the group, coalescing into a whole that is somewhere between progressive rock, jazz fusion, and psychedelia. ... more

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Track Name: Daybreak
embrace the endless eminences
in the storm of the senses
that the sonic spectacle commences
twisting down entangled trails
setting sail through endless corridors
dancing along the sapphire banks
of our mind's electric river currents

disappearing into the dense dawn
to awake, invigorate
a tour de force turning on
at the source, urging us on
artfully cast aura of the aural
take me to become as one
singing and syncopating
into believing while never leaving

with forgotten glory
writing your own story

soundscapes create escape
from the freight

grandeur so fine it's surely destined
to hypnotize, with hope as the tool
to improvise, left perfectly blind
searching for the virtue of rhyme
sniff out the scent
of a genuine way
breathe away the weight
standing up straight
remember the way

soundscapes create escape
from the freight
Track Name: Slumberless Sun
a trillion trills
pronounced in flutters nearby
quavering at length
and resonating on high

signaling morning has come
thanks to the slumberless sun
never has it set
and I won't forget
where our pulsing heart beat
and the sun's rays meet

we could be just the same
forgetting about name
that is fabricated
all of a game
we could be just as different
feelings bent hoping
a bit of ourselves was lent
but never making a dent

in everlasting sweetness
as we take on each new day
the karmic anomaly plays
and our stories animate

letting polarities flux
different and same swirl about
Track Name: Brain Song
this mind is a terrible thing to waste
at its core rests a rose
with its sweet taste
yet the thorns sting we take
when what we do
is what fate won't conform to

a wild wind will blow
sending us lost
down time's road
at unknown cost
with a cold roar
and conflicting contradictions
concealing what is written
on this old open door
beyond its allure
is where we soar
Track Name: Calligraphy
the motion that transcends
textures that it blends
reaching higher than
the self in which dead ends

feel the past weighing down on me
admitting I was wrong
see the path thats ahead of me
time to be moving on

rearranging patterns
shedding skin begin to begin again
close the gap between
an incessant dream and a solemn senselessness
break the fall a second wind
a gust to blow the dust and rust off my soul
drenched in the essence
that makes us glow

all I did was
blink and another day has gone by
not too sure what day it was
not keeping track of time as I'm
gazing down the stream
at a once so vivid dream

I will do good by you
whenever you need i'll share the light with you
you are everything to me
each day through I feel it's true

Imagining in sights and sounds living
feeling the sound where it aches within

I will do good by you
each day through I feel it's true
whenever you need i'll share the light with you

meandering down to the source of things
stealing away to what might have been
stuck down a path where my memories
holdfast in our made up past

the moment realized
tongue's twisted and tied
what it is to be alive
finding out what's inside

close the gap between
an incessant dream and a solemn senselessness
break the fall a second wind
a gust to blow the dust and rust off my soul
Track Name: Shipwreck
feel it set in motion
the rolling rush of ocean
pouring out hope's decree
set about uncertainty

following under
swept off to untold wonders
and mysteries telling of
deep beauties that beseech
cold fluid tide
withholding truths of life
just beyond reach
invisible inside
time ticking by

oh how endings can
frighten to disbelief
as we often grieve
but this is not the end
yet still this feeling
its sting is biting

beam forward in radiance
inciting forever through the night
far and wide
knowing

for what is an end
but liberty's wings caught in
the brisk and blowing breeze
bearing something bittersweet

I can see the light shine
turning the sand to gold
composing the sky's symphony
as it beams its path is unseen
streaking with wondrous speed
endlessly colliding with the world round
Track Name: Speedbump Catalyst: Upon the Wheel, Blessing in Disguise, Energetic Tides, The Road Alone
Upon the Wheel:

glistening my love is real
turning round upon the wheel
let it flow
see it heal a broken soul
soothing caressing inside
upstream to wrestle with tides
deep down there's nowhere to hide

images divulge in dreams
innermost marks of being
let it be
to be seen instinctively
moving towards inner light

Blessing in Disguise:

shoved away in shadow to fade
where all withheld feelings have
been bent
there i'm left
feeling about for reasons of how
oh just how it's now commanding view
some longing for life spent
but for now i'll be wandering
aimlessly beneath
the light of the pale moon
letting destiny carry me free

Energetic Tides:

our love will stream across the sky
questions reflect my inner light
shown to me energetic tides
two souls which share the views of life

our love will stream across the sky
questions reflect my inner light
shown to me energetic tides
take hold for the road alone and fly

The Road Alone:

in a world sometimes masterfully mired
concealing sketches of love
there is hurt forgotten
cast deep into the trenches inside
shaping a frame, finding form
in the output of our anger and frustration
in a world shaped by
unaccounted beauty of design
humble and unhindered
grown into an entangled vine
as we breathe together
alive we are aligned
in a bond frequently belittled by
humankind's abstracted lie
and aligned we are alive
for the road alone is not forever
Track Name: From the Night Sky
rhythm can you take me?
back to where I belong
moving bounds and leaps
high among the trees
kicking up dust
to sting the eyes of unease
lead me to
the manifestation of my dreams

singing good-bye
there's no hard feelings
only mixed up emotions
that I leave to the breeze

chance it now cries
cries for the unknown
the tears fall from the night sky
small and endless worlds collide

singing good bye
there's no hard feelings
only mixed up emotions
that I leave to the breeze

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