Sleeper

by The Aether Tree

/
  • Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

     $5 USD  or more

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
06:20
7.
8.
06:41
9.
10.
07:57
11.
12.
13.

about

A post-metal opera in three acts scored for guitar, bass, drums, keys, strings, and voices.

This album tells the story of a man in a coma, trapped after a horrific accident with the woman he once loved in a strange dreamworld where time, reality, and the mind collide in a violent blur. This is the story of the Sleeper Vincent's journey to find escape and redemption.

Act I - Sleeper

Prelude: Sleeper
The Comadream
Memory Ignition
Conspirator Amnesiac
Flicker Breath

Act II - Dreamer

Emulsion
Orbit Degradation
Entropy
A Dream Come Undone

Act III - Waker

Fata Morgana
Bloody Anchor
Hegire Vaporeux
Elegy: Wither

credits

released 01 February 2015

Original score and lyrics by Donovan Tousignant
Performed by The Aether Tree
Donovan Tousignant-Guitar, bass, keys, vocals (as Vincent)
Taylor Thorne-Percussion, vocals (as Ikelos)
Lee Maux-Keys, vocals (as Luna)

w/special guests:
Rachel Mallin-vocals (as Asha)
The Collegiate Shag Brass Band-vocals (as the Chorus of Doubt)

Recorded by Donovan Tousignant at The Litter Box and Centro Cellar Studios. Mixed by Wil Reeves at Centro Cellar.

Artwork and design by The Aether Tree

To our friends, families, mentors and muses:
Thank you for all you have done for us.
-The Aether Tree

All sounds, words, images, and concept (c) 2014 The Aether Tree. All rights reserved.

tags

license

all rights reserved

feeds

feeds for this album, this artist

about

The Aether Tree Columbia, Missouri

The Aether Tree is an independent post metal band from Columbia, MO. Their music blends elements of metal, jazz, indie, classical, and world music. They have released four albums to date, including their newest, Esperanza (10/8/11).

For show dates, pictures, announcements, etc., please visit our facebook. For booking email us at theaethertree@gmail.com.
... more

contact / help

Contact The Aether Tree

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Track Name: Prelude: Sleeper
(instrumental)
Track Name: The Comadream
Vincent:
We were so young when we fell into this void
Turning and twisting together like desperate magnetic strings of light
So many promises made
Each one a scale of the skin
That kept us locked away inside this diseased comadream

Vincent: And we were so in love
Asha: And we are so in love

Chorus of Doubt:
If life is a dream, in whose bed do I sleep?
If life is a dream, in whose bed do I sleep?

Vincent:
We fell so fast we thought we were flying
Amorously stumbling with clasped hands, drunk on endorphins
So many promises made
Each one a droplet of my soul
That kept us inundated beneath the sheets of this comadream

Vincent: And we were so in love
Asha: And we are so in love

Chorus of Doubt:
If life is a dream, in whose bed do I sleep?
If life is a dream, in whose bed do I sleep?
Track Name: Memory Ignition
Vincent:
Cast your heart like molotovs and burn me alive
We sail by your sight alone, we sail and ignite
We are dreamers, full of secret dread
Just one more step, just one more breath
Love under the threat of your coldest edge

Cast your hooks like anchors and lash me to the mast
We sail by your stars alone, we sail a shameful path
We are sleepers, full of secret regret
Just one more step, just one more breath
Love under the threads of your cruelest nets

Chorus of Doubt: No breath is free
Asha: Tell me you love
Chorus of Doubt: No breath is free
Asha: Promise me

Vincent:
I promise you that
I have not forgotten the lightness of your touch
Your warm embrace on summer nights spent sleeping soaked in love
Where are these things?
Where are these things?

Ikelos:
Memories won't save you
She is ballast
Cast aside this comadream
Breathe no breath you do not love

Chorus of Doubt:
No breath is free
No breath is free
No breath is free
No breath is free

Ikelos:
Pour whiskey onto the wound
Hold on to yourself
Cast yourself into blades
Bleed no blood that brings not pride

Chorus of Doubt: No breath is free
Asha: Tell me you love
Chorus of Doubt: No breath is free
Asha: Promise me

Vincent:
I promise you that
I have not forgotten the lightness of your touch
Your warm embrace on summer nights spent sleeping soaked in love
Where are these things?
Where are these things?
Track Name: Conspirator Amnesiac
Vincent:
Was it a dream or something worse?
That looped my love like a leash
Around my neck in frantic lust
To drag me to the sea

Crossing the ashen dunes
My guiding stars have all been snuffed out
Who is this temptress
So familiar, soul hidden behind silver shroud

Strings of light fraying, amorous orbit degrading
The color of whiskey that spills from your skin compels me to choke again

Ikelos/Chorus of Doubt:
Conpirator amnesiac, don't bleed the blood that you won't get back

Vincent:
I will eviscerate this comadream
And claw my way out through writhing shadows of blood
I have forgotten the love that stitched our souls together
But from you I learned the cruelty to rip them apart

Strings of light fraying, amorous orbit degrading
The color of whiskey that spills from your skin compels me to choke again

Ikelos/Chorus of Doubt:
Conpirator amnesiac, don't bleed the blood that you won't get back

Vincent:
Was it a dream or something worse?
Will I drown or just be lost?
The waves crashing at my cheek
The sea screams for my blood

Smothered in the impassioned kiss
I see her soul through my closed lids
I dream of egress, I conspirator
Hiding daggers behind drowning lips
Track Name: Flicker Breath
Vincent:
I thought I knew the shape of your soul from the shape of your skin
But clarity could only come crashing through the curves of the waters I drowned in
I'm seduced by the darkness that sparks across my vision and burns in my restless limbs
Screaming "no breath is free, love is yours to leave"
Falling is all I know

Flicker breath, flicker feet
Whisk me away to the waking dream
Bitter love, withering
Watch me fly as I break free
If life is a dream and no love is pure
I'd lose myself and drown in decadence just to be cured

Asha:
Flicker pain, flicker eyes
Plunge the blade into my side
Bitter truth breaks brittle bonds
Conspirator, still your heart

Vincent:
If no breath is free, and no dreams are safe
I'd throw myself into the sharpest darkness to escape

Asha: You promised me...
Chorus of Doubt: No breath is free...
Vincent:
Stay at arms length, don't look me in the eyes
Just leave me, derelict, dispossessed...
Dispossessed, but so goddamn relieved

Asha: You promised me...
Chorus of Doubt: No breath is free...
Vincent:
Stay outside my door, don't say the words
Just leave me here, forgotten, fragmented...
Fragmented, but lost in all the right ways

I am not yours to keep
Blind and bound beneath delusion
Something so sick should not be spared
Taste the truth, bleed for yourself

Asha/Vincent:
We were so young, and our love seemed so strong
Have we forgotten who we are?
Do we burn our wings just to stay warm?
Track Name: Emulsion
Vincent:
Drifting
Atrophied and breathing the sour air
A red fog misting from my pores
Falling
In perpetual emulsion
The dream disintegrates, loves ashes flay my eyes to blind me to escape

So few promises were kept
You and I dream not the same dream
Breathe not the same breath
Vision returns to me a stranger
How long I slept cradled in the miasmatic meniscus of your love

Longing to shed the shroud of shadows
You cast on me
Asphyxiating volition
Desire, design, despair, deja vu
The fire burns but knows not why, dying wisp by wisp and wish by wish with me

Is this all we have left?
A drive to bury malice in each others bodies
Asha: Come take your medicine love
Vincent: Sparks turn to cinders, love to lies, the sharpest desires give way to rust
Asha: Why has the spark gone from your eyes, love? Why does your touch feel dull?

Vincent: I hold you close and pretend that I still believe in what little we have left
Asha: Come take your medicine
Vincent: Love turns to lust, sex to shame, oh how my hopes glow in throes of death
Asha: Why has the passion gone from your kiss love? Why does your breath feel pale?
Track Name: Orbit Degradation
Vincent:
Count them all
Calculate the mass of your escape
To autumn's dreamless shadow
On the crest of broken waves

What awaits me worse than death?
What awaits me worse than this life?

Ikelos/Chorus of Doubt:
Withering, wilting, did you ever see the sun?

Vincent:
Drown them all, raise a toast
Speak a truth no one knows
To autumn's sleepless spirit
On the edge of sweet oblivion

What awaits me worse than death?
What awaits me worse than this life?

Ikelos/Chorus of Doubt:
Withering, wilting, did you ever see the sun?

Vincent:
I've got seventeen shimmering angels with the power to chew up my insides
And dissolve my mangled spirit into memories

But what awaits me better than death?
What awaits me better than this life?

Ikelos/Chorus of Doubt:
Withering, wilting, did you ever see the sun?

Vincent:
Everyday I practice the words that burn on the backs of my lips
Waiting for the devil to catch me when I fall from grace
Track Name: Entropy
Vincent:
We knew no good could come of this
Entropy borne on angels wings
Slicing through the air like a lover's tongue
First tasting luscious cinnamon sweat
Simmering with the heat of blood
That knows not the difference between life given and death taken
Wish by wish, lick by lick

Luna/Vincent:
I have seen your face in the shadows
A sacred light that makes flowers blossom at dusk

Vincent:
We knew no good could come of this
But we stood by fools in the fog
Chemically silenced, writhing in rhythm
All pheromones and sugar
Whispers and whimpers filled our ears
Til the beating of wings sang songs of mercy
We promised the sun the stars and love
All a cruel joke

Luna/Vincent:
I have seen your face in the shadows
A sacred light that makes flowers blossom at dusk

I have seen your face in the shadows
A sacred light that makes flowers blossom at dusk

Vincent:
Flicker breath, flicker blood
Not quite dead, but come undone
Eyes like stars never seen
Your faded scars match the cracks in me

Luna/Vincent:
Flashes of violet warmth and silence
Reaching across eons unleashing violent absolution
And fusing the fragments forsaken to sacred temptation

Your touch never left my lips

Vincent:
We collide in the dark we don't see we just feel
Moonflower breezes and cold black silk
We entwine in the dark; flickering breath, hands are shaking
My blood is racing at escape velocity

Luna:
Flicker death, flicker time
Restless hands ache for mine
Eyes like flames burning cold
The faded breath we breathe alone

Luna/Vincent:
Flashes of violet warmth and silence
Reaching across eons unleashing violent absolution
And fusing the fragments forsaken to sacred temptation

Your touch never left my lips

Vincent:
We collide in the dark, we don't see we just feel
Moonlit silhouettes and desperate skin
We ignite in the dark, gasping cold black air
The tides are rising at escape velocity
Track Name: A Dream Come Undone
Vincent:
What dream is this that dances cross my skin?
And lays down to sleep on the tips of my lashes
Such beauty does not belong in hands so broken as mine
What cruel joke is this that things thought dead yet linger?
Hope and doubt buried in my heart; stitched into my soul
Such beauty does not belong in hands meant to die alone

Asha:
It used to seem so beautiful
When you said that falling was all that you knew
What a fool was I
For I have seen the shadows in your face
Eyes aglow like newly lit moons
And the taste on your lips like some secret flower
Whispering, "escape..."
What devil awaits to catch you when you fall from grace?

Vincent:
What light is this that dances on her lips?
Her smile paralyzing me
Her touch like smoke and silk
Such beauty does not belong in a heart so atrophied as mine

Chorus of Doubt:
But your hands though broken have not forgotten the light of the sun
The warm embrace of sky
Nor the ambrosial vapors of love

Vincent:
Such beauty is all of these things

Chorus of Doubt:
Such beauty is all of these things
Track Name: Fata Morgana
Vincent:
Someone pull me down from these hooks and teach me how to crawl
Someone hold me down to the dirt before I climb into the sun
Maybe I just miss not knowing the sharper edge of love

Vincent/Asha:
Do I miss you?/Do you miss me?
Or do I just miss myself/Or do you just miss yourself?
The person I was post-breakdown/The person you were post-breakdown
Pre-addiction/Pre-stability
I used to look up and see the stars/I used to look up and see your smile
Now I only see the next fix/Now I see you don't know the strings you tug
I've never felt so great/I've never been so great
I've never bled so much/At holding on to reality
I never meant to stray/I never meant to break
Into the bramble/Addicted to the gravity

Vincent:
Someone pull me down from these hooks and teach me how to crawl
Someone hold me down to the dirt before I climb into the sun
Maybe I just miss not knowing the sharper edge of love

Pull me apart, magnetic vengeance
Weigh me down, mendicant penance
I am not a liar, I'm just so scared
To take a chance on wings, abandon my anchor

Vincent/Luna:
I must cast out beauty/No breath is free, cast out beauty
Patch up the breakage/No breath is free, patch up breakage
Eject the ballast/No breath is free, eject ballast
Try to find the sun again/No breath is free, find the sun again

Vincent:
I could insulate myself from a world beckoning with tipped glass and smokey eyes
I could blindfold myself to the beauty that unfurls itself in front of my insecurities
I could stop chasing the vapors of vipers, un voix celeste to these vociferous butterflies
Or I could stop waking up pretending she's worth it
I'm derelict on the wrong side of the surface
I've always been mere inches from home

Vincent/Luna:
I must cast out beauty/No breath is free, cast out beauty
Patch up the breakage/No breath is free, patch up breakage
Eject the ballast/No breath is free, eject ballast
Try to find the sun again/No breath is free, find the sun again
Track Name: Bloody Anchor
Vincent:
Her hair falls on my face like barbed wire
Dug in deep; anchored in marrow
If I must rend our flesh to buy my breath
Oh violet star, guide my gaze that I see no blood
Track Name: Hegire Vaporeux
Luna:
Just pull me through the silver skin of moonlit ocean waves
Into your arms where every breath is better than the last

Vincent:
Moya vsigda, moya lyubov
Prahstitye menya, please don't let go
Your touch never leaves my lips
Your touch never leaves my lips

Luna/Vincent:
Flicker breath, flicker tongue
Drank the fire, burned the blood
Biter hearts, pulsing slow
There is no shore for rippling souls

Vincent:
We found the violet blossoms of moonlit memories
In the frost where every touch is warmer than the last

Luna:
Mien pour toujours, mon amor
Je suis desole, I cannot follow
Though your touch never leaves my lips
Though your touch never leaves my lips

Vincent:
What fractures are these that crawl under my skin?
Severing hands from the heart, heart from the soul
Such beauty falls through my flesh like rain rippling in my bones
What light is this that drips betwixt my ribs?
My ballast bleeds and I evaporate, and swim into the sky

Luna/Vincent:
Please follow me now through writhing shadows of blood
Your touch on my lips could never be enough

Ikelos/Chorus of Doubt:
No breath is free
No breath is free

Vincent:
Whither go I?
Oh how I wither

Ikelos/Chorus of Doubt:
No breath is free
No breath is free

Vincent:
Whither go I?
Oh how I wither
Track Name: Elegy: Wither
(Instrumental)