The First Wall of Water

by Solid Folk

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about

The First Wall of Water was recorded in a small cabin in Hailuoto, Oulu, Finland.

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released December 31, 2014

All songs written by Jussi Tolonen, except Deluge by Emilia Hautamäki
All songs arranged by Solid Folk

Jussi Tolonen - vocals, guitar
Emilia Hautamäki - vocals, keyboard
Mikko Kuivala - drums, synthesizers
Pekka Leviäkangas - bass

Recorded and mixed by Ilkka Harjula
Mastered by Jarno Juntunen

Cover art by Pekka Leviäkangas
Cover art photography by Emilia Hautamäki, Saara Vanhanen

Promotional picture by Valtteri Hentilä

Special thanks to Lauri and Paula Kuivala, Jarmo Hatunen, Samuli Kauppinen and Karoline Schaum.

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Solid Folk Oulu, Finland

Solid Folk started off as a duo in 2011, expanding into a five-piece explorer of soundscapes two years later. We're working on our first LP.

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Track Name: Phoenix
You burn your skin
You hope you’ll be taken away
Chained to the cycle
Maybe this time
This time you’ll make sure
The desert sky glows
You waited for five hundred years
And no one found you

You are the Arabian bird
Alive to be born again
Golden fire consumes you

You are the Arabian bird
Alive to be born again
Golden fire consumes you

New blood flows from your heart
You tell yourself
This time it will be different
And no one found you
Track Name: Ethereal Ground
What did the city see
When you, enveloped in a cold,
Gentle light,
Left your key behind
For the final time?

One good word
Among a hundred that hurt

Vines move their hungry limbs
Slowly under the fallen
Pale, crumbling leaves
To tie you to this soil

Asleep, unmoving
(Asleep, unmoving)
Asleep, unmoving
(Unmoving)
Asleep, unmoving
(Asleep, unmoving)
Unmoving

One good word
Among a hundred that hurt
One good word
A hollow hand from the past

Restless soul,
Given time,
Your wounds might bind you

To the ethereal ground
To the ethereal ground
To the ethereal ground
To the ethereal ground
Track Name: He Who Strives
The ashes spiral in the dark
Above the branches you burnt
I hold on to your words
The ones you gave me in the fire
I’ve done what I can

You break my knees
You kick my face in
With the silence on your lips
All I wanted was your love

Give me your love
Give me your love, please
Give me your love
Track Name: Overhaul
Now sneaking tiger-like
To where you crouch in the dark
Is the weight of all that is
It rolls against these walls

Like the first wall of water
From across the sea

Begin the overhaul
Pull apart
Reassemble
Component by component
It takes time
And time is
Time’s too heavy

To move to the rhythm
Of the pounding in your brain
It drags its feet
When you know what you need
And runs off when you don’t
And runs off when you don’t

The hairs on your arms unfurl
Like children of the jungle
When lights expose you
Or sink in like teeth

The danger’s closing in
Or passed you by
It’s still too soon to say

Begin the overhaul
Pull apart
Reassemble
Component by component
It takes time
And time is
Time is heavy
Time is heavy
Time is heavy
Track Name: Arrow
One day I’ll be
Just like they are
In a house full of laughing lights
I will never be alone again

They will have my back
I can see them watching
Through the impatient distance
Where endless divisions
Haunt the lost

The halves steal your voice
To use it against you
But the earth opened beneath them
And swallowed all but two

One to irritate the nerves
Like horses, eyes about to burst
One to calm them down
With soft, flowing water

I’m shaking within
The treble stirs the heavy air
But no one else hears
I’ve tied my tongue with yarn
If they don’t hear it now
They will never know

And the less they know
The more my body will shift
To hide what I don’t want to explain
And I’m closer to the house
Where the warm lights laugh
There, in the lifeful rooms,
Than I’ve been so far
Track Name: Deluge
When the world is turned off
Your walls light up
And anyone can see you
That’s when they pour in
You’re whelmed

Within your room is another
Quiet, save for the flood
It’s where you forget to thrive
You wet your feet
When it’s over

Oh, for the flood to be silent
Oh, to have only one room
Oh, for you to be braver
Oh, for it to happen soon
Track Name: Forever
When the spirit moved within you
And brought on all your pain
It stood among your nightmares
Your nightmares by its side

Shards of its nature
Lodged in their hearts
Them gathered in a line, moving about
Shaking from all the life

Newly born, red with blood
Newly born as they were
Before the sun rose
Before the sun

I could forgive you
But I’ve kept pushing my line for you
Across the fields
Across the woods and the hills

And soon I’ll fall off this Earth
And soon I’ll fall off this Earth
And soon

You hid from me
Until all the world
Withered in this room
Time moves so slowly here
That it feels like forever

And forever is too much to bear
When you bring all this dirt
Into this house
Into our home

I could forgive you
But I’ve kept pushing my line for you
Across the fields and mountains
The sunken cities in the sea

And soon I’ll fall off this Earth
And soon I’ll fall off this Earth
And soon I will fall off