Photosynthesis

by Oliver Kaah

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about

So we are finally here. This album has been a nearly two years journey since its start. And I am extremely proud of the evolution it took and the way it turned out to be. It was a real learning experience for me, and I find myself more mature and confident with this one. This album just started out as being a reaction to the previous one at the writing stage. But I think it became much more than that. One big difference with its predecessor is the fact that I was able to gather talents from my friends and people around me to contribute to something bigger. I am very honored to have had Gernot Fritze do the mastering job; I'm very satisfied with the punchy yet still organic sound, David Jara arrange and record a full string section for one of the songs; that is a big contribution, Ismo Heikkinen narrate the finnish section with such a deep voice, Santtu Klemettilä help me write and embellish the finnish section; Sebastian Löbbers help me write the German lyrics; and last but not least, my very good friend Alaric Déléris help me with all the english lyrics. I would also like to thank everyone who has given any kind of feedback, advice or support during the process of making that album. Ultimately, every contribution has been greatly appreciated.
I hope you will enjoy this release for a while, because as far as future goes, I don't have any defined plans. So I don't know when I'll be releasing more.
All the best.
-Oli

credits

released 02 April 2013

Oliver Kaah - Drums, Bass, Guitars, Vocals, Synths, Flute, Mouth Harp, Recording, Mixing, Music, Lyrics, Concept, Artwork

Gernot Fritze - Mastering

David Jara - Arrangement, Recording and Performance of the string section at the end of 'Esprit de Jadis'

Ismo Heikkinen - The voice at the end of 'Photosynthesis' and 'Refuges'

Santtu Klemettilä - Finnish lyrics at the end of 'Photosynthesis' and 'Refuges'

Sebastian Löbbers - Help with the german lyrics

Alaric Déléris - Help with english lyrics, and moral support

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Track Name: Photosynthesis
I've been searching...
All my life...
I've been searching...
For the Light.
And I wallow in shame
Swimming in my pain
Absorb the black light
Synthesize

Until the end of time

Light, feed from light
Feed from light

Capture the sun
While you still can
Winter is at the door
Begging for a place...
…a place to stay

Oh please stay with me babe
Stay with me...

Such a wasteful process that is my life
Running around, chasing ideas
I forget to stop by and watch the trees
They've got it all figured out

All the waste is recycled
All the dead will be reborn

It's all just a part of the process
I was blind
Now I see

Niin turhaa kulkuni on elon tiellä.
Olen vain osa liikettä,
joka minut lopulta poistaa.

Kirottuna vaellan
henkeäni vaalien,
jotta tuhota voisin itselleni tärkeimmän

[English translation:
So vain is my journey on the path of life.
I'm just a part of the motion
that in the end will erase me.

Cursed I wander
treasuring my life,
in order to be able to destroy, what is the most important to me]
Track Name: Dead Leaves
Nature is dead in this sanctum
A change of season in my garden
I have been away for so long
Yet I am still far from where I need to be
I poisoned this earth with my sickness
Tasted the venom
Wild flowers are dying in those barren fields
It used to be a palace of colors

I remember, on the way
Dead leaves caressing my bare feet
As I walked away, as my heart turned to stone
Hypnotized by my own suffering,
It crystallized...
She told me friendship is like a flower you need to feed
Will my heart ever grow again?


In retrospect I can identify with those falling leaves
My time has come
There is a way back to the palace
Just follow the steps and let go

No time machine will bring you there
You can grow your heart again
And melt the stone
But you keep ripping off every flower that grows in your garden

Yet the leaves seem to be suspended
In their flight
Unconscious of their fate,
They are dancing in the last sun rays of the dying day

I feel cursed
I heal from the raw light
To keep destroying myself
Caged in the spiral of pain and contemplation
Track Name: Amnesia
I can't remember
My skin has rotten and is falling out of me
Where was I?
I used to be there
In a different place
I can't remember
I guess
I was someone else

I can't remember how it felt
There is a path...
I followed
To find... something...
I saw into my future
My eyes predicted the destination
Not the way
I can't see in my future

But the voices keep haunting me...
*They don't have my sense of humor
But the joke's on me
Death is serious business
And my memories keep slipping away from my teeth
*

And I've been wandering
My skin took the color of a mirror
I felt the pain of the others
More than I felt my own self

It's the end of the year again
I'm trapped in a déjà vu
I just don't remember how it goes
After...

How does it goes...
After...

I've been lying under my favorite oak tree
I forgot to cope with the falling leaves
And it's been Fall for a while
I always felt like a different vegetable

How does it goes...
After...

*I heard footsteps echoing in my brain
And I forgot which are the days
I missed it
I was all your grand parents
Waiting for you to call*

I forgot to be young
I forgot to be

Say good bye
To the child
Inside your heart
Say good bye

I can't remember how to care
And then the day is done.

*I didn't count the seconds for too long
The time lapse has been waiting for me
I only heard the subtle piano music
Coming from afar

Beyond the horizon
A moment of clarity
Suddenly all is visible
I see all my life before my eyes

All these moments
Like nothing ever happened
Nothing ever happens to me*

I can't remember how to care
And then the day is done.
Track Name: Refuges
Cet endroit secret
Au delà de la ligne de mire
Du serpent qui se mord la queue

Cet endroit perdu
Sanctuaire de mes rêves déchus
Ici, insensible à son venin

Refuge
Ici, je suis sûr
Tant que je ferme les yeux

Refuge
Si souvent déjà, j'ai été ici
Je connais cet endroit si bien qu'il me semble étranger
De mes yeux vides je contemple
Ces murs que j'ai si longuement fixé
Qu'il me semble qu'ils peuvent parler

Plein de désarroi je questionne sans chercher de réponse
Le bonheur n'est qu'intérieur...

Ataraxie.


Niin turhaa kulkuni on elon tiellä.
Olen vain osa liikettä,
joka minut lopulta poistaa.

Kirottuna vaellan
henkeäni vaalien,
jotta tuhota voisin itselleni tärkeimmän
Track Name: Nachtvogel
Folge mir in die Nacht
Sandmann, lieber Sandmann
Es ist noch nicht so weit
Meine Dunkelheit ist total
Geister, der Vergangenheit
Es ist Zeit
Folge mir in die Nacht
Sandmann, lieber Sandmann
Es ist noch nicht so weit
Meine Dunkelheit ist total
Geister, der Vergangenheit

Bring mich weg von hier
Wo meine Sorgen verschwinden

Folge mir in die Nacht
Sandmann, lieber Sandmann
Es ist noch nicht so weit
Meine Dunkelheit ist total
Geister, der Vergangenheit
Es ist Zeit

Und blaue Federn werden
Auf meinen Armen wachsen
Und ich werde mich in einen Nachtvogel verwandeln
Und fliegen
Die Sonne stirbt so schnell,
In der ewigen Nacht verliert sich ihr Licht
Sommer war zu kurz
Herbst und Winter sind, wo mein Herz liegt
Ich bin ein Nachtvogel
Werde in der Dämmerung wach,
Wenn alle schlafen...
Die Zeit ist auf meiner Seite
Die Morgenröte wird nie erscheinen
Etwas in mir ist gestorben,
das mein Leben bedeutet hat.
Meine Träume und Hoffnungen,
Nur noch Staub,
Meine Seele,
verloren
Ich habe versucht zurückzukehren
Ich habe versucht zurückzulaufen
Der Weg hat sich geändert
Der Weg hat mich geändert
Die Nacht hat mich gestochen,
Hat meine Trauer in Alkohol gesunken,
Hat mich nur noch mit meiner Kotze verlassen
Folge mir in die Nacht
Sandmann, lieber Sandmann
Es ist noch nicht so weit
Meine Dunkelheit ist total
Geister, der Vergangenheit

Das Mondlicht soll deinen Weg zeigen
Zu den Träumen hin

Folge mir in die Nacht
Sandmann, lieber Sandmann
Es ist noch nicht so weit
Meine Dunkelheit ist total
Geister, der Vergangenheit
Es ist Zeit

Ich habe schöne Lieder geschrieben
Um den Weg zurück zu finden
Aber dies ist ein schweres Lied
Ich werde mit meinen blauen Flügeln
bis zur Ewigkeit im schwarzen Himmel wandern
Track Name: Esprit de Jadis
Cette fois j'ai fugué pour de bon
Je me suis enfui au milieu d'un rêve
A l'appel nocturne de la Terre
J'ai suivi ces murmurs d'entre les arbres
A travers la nuit
Vieillissant d'une éternité à chaque pas
J'ai erré jusqu'à ce que les voix meurent
Alors je me suis assis, et j'ai médité
Dans mon rêve j'allais chercher
Des pierres dans l'eau glacée
De la rivière
Pour les disposer en un cercle imparfait
Au bord de l'eau
La terre prenait cette odeur distincte
Avant que la pluie ne tombe
Au milieu du cercle, j'aperçus Jadis
Le reconnus à son usure
Sa tête hirsute d'oiseau mort se pencha vers moi
Et me souffla son secret cruel dans le creux de l'oreille
Le gout d'écorce et de résine dans sa voix me laissais amer,
Comme la caresse de l'eau de mer et la morsure du serpent de lumière