The Art of Staying Half Awake (Album)

by Vikings in Tibet

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1.
Cannons 04:34
Am I awake Or am I cold When I’m without a fight Am I a hollow shell That shielded itself Am I sound asleep Or simply a spirit in slumber I can’t choose to look up And see with vibrant eyes I miss my own quiet enlightenments When will this dulled-out mind Turn troubled As it tries to solve A seamless puzzle Frostbitten trees A paralysed bird The fleeting warmth Of a silvering sun I will wait for the wind I will wait for the wind The blazing white A circling track The colourless vibe Of an overlit photograph I will wait for the wind I will wait for the wind I will wait for the wind I will wait for the wind
2.
Seasons 04:07
The scientists have found A new shade of blue But the breaking of dawn Brought me down with the same old blues I’m stressed, I am swamped, all I need is air Take a number and wait in the line You’ll be fine, you’ll be fine, you’ll be fine Take the seasons one season a time Over and over Keep your composure Studied the ways of the hawk To find out how the lonely Struggle but still make their way As they float around calmly I’m tense, I am tied, all I need is air Take a number and wait in the line You’ll be fine, you’ll be fine, you’ll be fine Take the seasons one season a time Over and over Keep your composure Écoutez, mes amies Rendez-vous dans la nuit Go out, have a laugh Remember to inhale Drink up your drink now Keep your composure Go out, have a laugh Remember to inhale Drink up your drink now Take a number and wait in the line You’ll be fine, you’ll be fine, you’ll be fine Take each quarter note one at a time You’ll be fine, you’ll be fine, you’ll be fine Take the seasons one season a time Over and over Keep your composure
3.
Wayward 03:16
Don’t look, but damn she looks lovely How the window mirrors her hair The raindrops keep falling sideways Or maybe it’s this train that’s heading the wrong way The countryside that seems bleaker than ever Is caught between highways A farmstead behind glass Oh why would you talk so loudly No one dares to ask Can someone explain this? How do I steer my thoughts? News flash, about war and corruption A raging fire, the blameless behind bars Turn the page, you’ve seen enough now Raise your head, to the station that we’re driving towards Please don’t feel like it all should be better ‘Cause nothing is great when you’re thinking this way... ....Wait, did she just look back at me? Either way, would it change anything? Can someone explain this? How do I steer my thoughts? Can someone explain this? How do I steer my thoughts? Can someone explain this? Someone explain this
4.
Howl / Bleak 04:00
Plastic words and printed trees Air is dull with dim beliefs Phoney smiles and painted cheeks Dreams are foul, we howl asleep We all bleed for nature's best The truth is we crawl We all dress ourselves in fur We all turn too late Hollow eyes and happy fears Blissful void, we note no tears Hungry flies and hasty lives Love’s on hold, for gold we strive We all feed on blueish milk The truth is we crawl We take pride in stolen horn We all turn too late I am taking this ghost out for a walk We all bleed for nature's best The truth is we crawl We all dress ourselves in fur We all turn too late Paper shoes and posted cars Houses creak, how bleak we are
5.
Franciscus 04:01
So how are you? My dearest friend I’ve been wondering where we are And I wonder where we’ve been Thinking back to those late-night talks That would blend in with the sound Of our record player Fields have grown tall Around Franciscus We drank We spilt Our youth We tried To come up with the words To sooth our spirits Our intent to feel Our intent to shape The way to lead our lives By our own standard Fields have grown tall Around Franciscus We walked in schools and darkness Trying to see straight Fill me in on your current state Are you still playing hide and seek On a cold, barren platform? Are you setting sail Or have you found Your way to a place unknown? We walked in schools and darkness To see straight We learned from books that blind us We spoke of sounds that stir us My friend Let's make sure we Keep in touch Fields have grown tall Around Franciscus
6.
Unwind 04:04
When the night falls upon your town And the birds sleep When your skin feels chilled And the doors are locked shut Know then, you'll awake When the day breaks in your town And the birds sing When your skin feels warm And the doors are ajar Know then, you're awake When this moment flees Know it will come back again If you You cannot help But shiver Unfold Your arms See if you can Unwind
7.
Ceasefire 04:31
Tired mind, lay down your arms It’s here To shake up all that you have known Sleep tight This violent dream It freezes time You cannot move You can't even cry out This violent night Lets out the light Come closer I don’t mind Come closer Come closer My friendly foe / I don’t mind Come closer I don’t mind Come closer I don’t mind
8.
Marigold 05:40
The firelit sky The girl that gave me a caramel kiss Has been taking a hold The firelit sky The glimpse of a smile So playfully bliss It could swallow me whole The firelit sky - The firelit sky Fluid and strange We’re floating around In a maple syrup stream The firelit sky And along comes a wave Together we gently wash ashore You take me Take me along with you You take me - Uncovering lines We’re wandering about In this cut-off world of ours Where pine resin clouds Swiftly pass by In the absence of time The firelit sky In amber hue light In amber you glow I am shaken with love The firelit sky All these unknown surroundings Are so pleasing to the eye You take me Take me along with you You take me Take me To a space, where my senses awake Where my heart feels in place
9.
Glen 04:40
Spiral shadows of stone forgotten Ingrained within the sand Our youth remains Carefully, your little footsteps weigh down The way that winds towards the endless ocean These are your days Take in all you see This is your turn To leave a trace Test these young eyes! This burning sense sighs Quench your thirst! And leap in These are your days Take in all you see This is your turn To leave a trace Lie back down upon the waves my child

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released July 10, 2020

All music written and performed by Vikings in Tibet
Produced by Matthijs Herder and Vikings in Tibet
Recorded between October 2017 and August 2018
By Matthijs Herder at FunnyBones Studios / De Biotoop (Haren, The Netherlands)
Mixed by Matthijs Herder at Electrical Research Lab
Mastered by Wessel Oltheten at Spoor 14

Guest Appearances:
Strings by Veerle Schütz & Roosmarijn Tuenter
Additional strings on ‘Glen’ by Myrthe Boshart
Laughter on ‘Ceasefire’ by Lieuwe Jongsma

Thank you to everyone who helped make this album possible.
Let’s make sure we keep in touch.

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Vikings in Tibet Groningen, The Netherlands

We are VIKINGS IN TIBET, a cinematic indie band from Groningen [NL] – We run FUNNYBONES STUDIOS, a self-built recording studio and rehearsal space that’s located in an abandoned biological centre – We make records and our latest one is called THE ART OF STAYING HALF AWAKE [released in 2020] – We ørganise SYNAGOGUE SHOWCASE, an annual event during Eurosonic ... more

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