Flower Crowns

by Garden Gate

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released September 21, 2018

Brian Hall (bass 1)
Dan Steinberg (bass 2)
Mark Saddlemire (add'l synth 2, 5)

'Majick Feast' stream - recorded in the Pavillion for Washing Away Thoughts at the Huntington Botanical Garden | Pasadena, California
'Flower Crown' crow - recorded in Griffith Park | Los Angeles, California

Written and recorded by Tim Meskers at Maison D'Octobre
Mixed by Mark Saddlemire and Tim Meskers at Sound-in-the-Round Studios

Album artwork | Tim Meskers

for Luna, among the stars
released to coincide with the 2018 autumn equinox


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Track Name: Majick Feast
Sweetgrass on the morning of the equinox
The sparrows flock, blotting out the golden summer sun

Humbled by the bounty of Demeter
Petals are unfolding just to greet her, see her smiling as she dances through the meadow, let's go

Vetiver and honey when the daylight ends
Obsidian shadow of the dark moon on my brow

Humbled by the bounty of Demeter
Rivers overflowing just to greet her, see her smiling as she dances through the meadow, let's go - there's a verdant world waiting

From season of shadow to season of light
Track Name: Flower Crown
Calling from the other side, seeing with a new perspective
Swimming with the changing tides from crumpled masks and circles cast
Midnight breeze come carry me away

Overturned the monolith covering the hidden garden
Everything was candlelit - my flower crown, the staircase down
Willow tree, envelop me

Midnight in the garden, found the voice that I'd forgotten

Working on a kind of bridge, servicing improper wiring
Teaching myself to forgive the shadow twin that dwells within
Stormy sea, dismember me

Digging through the sands of time, finally had the tools I needed
Aided by a yawning eye - the harvest moon drips strange perfume
Burning leaves still carry me away

Midnight in the garden, found the sight that I'd forgotten
Track Name: After the Reading
Chariot of fortune, mired in the orchard
Tangled up and tortured, glistening with dew
Maiden of the harvest, mother of the forest
Weren't these the hardest years we've ever known?

Sing to me, my distant friend
Tell me of your summer's end
Whisper like the changing leaves,
greet me in a passing breeze for now

Checking on your reference, celebrate my preference
Never less than decorous, ripened on the vine
Felt an air of mischief, nose in the hibiscus
Fragrant and persistent, growing by the gate

Sing to you as broken friend
Tell you of my dreams again
Statuesque in hazel copse,
drifting down the jagged coast
Track Name: Anthurium
(instrumental palette cleanser)
Track Name: Molting Cobras
Dancing like a cobra in the summer sun, still trying to finish all the work that I'd begun
Something in the silence, something in the wind, seasons are changing I feel it in my skin and you, I know you feel it too

Ooh, ripe for our penultimate configuration!
No flag at half mast, we'll finally surpass - let go of the past

Slinking like a cobra in the harvest moon, didn't know I'd let go of my fear so soon
Piercing my pupa, stripping off my skin, something is changing I feel it from within and you, I know you feel it too

Tomblike were we once, now we've proliferated!
Our petals unfold under scales made of gold when we shatter our molds
Track Name: Sunlight Stole
Dancing in the morning with the sun upon her shoulders, a glittering golden stole
Her eyes reflect the light

Coming from some distance, she is tending to her business, whispering to her witness
Soaking up the sight

Chase away the shadows of the evening, prism painting rainbows on the wall
Moving to her very favorite melody, is she even really there at all?

All, all, all

Locket on the mantle in the corner of the mirror, somehow moving nearer - balanced on the edge

Chase away the shadows of the evening, dandelion seedling on the wind
Blowing through the doorway to her memories
What she hears and how she moves within her dreaming, other meanings

Sunlight streaming from her eyes

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