One Day, A Flood

by The Eastern Swell

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Some bands appear to arrive fully formed from the off. All their influences, musical stylings and concepts are in place, the flaws ironed out, right through to the final execution with every piece intact.

The Eastern Swell are one such beast. An Anglo-Scottish outfit, formed in Edinburgh in 2014, the final pieces of the jigsaw were the name change from Lainie & The Crows to The Eastern Swell and signing to Edinburgh’s Stereogram Recordings.

Produced by Pete Harvey (of Modern Studies, Meursault and King Creosote repute) in his own Pumpkinfield Studios, “One Day, A Flood” is an album ideally listened to right through as a whole in a single sitting. A proper album in the 60s/70s sense. Many of the tracks are linked together so that despite wide-scoping musical styles, there is an underlying cohesion.

Musically it spans many genres – folk, neo-psychedelia, pastoral-psych, punk, psych, prog and late 60s/70s rock can all be detected in places. There are some pretty interesting and tricky time signatures in there too, which add a math-rock element.

Factor in the Influences the band have cited when making the album which include Syd Barrett, mid-period Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Fairport Convention, King Crimson and Todd Rundgren through to more (relatively) contemporary artists such as the Pixies, Thee Oh Sees, Cat Power, Gillian Welch and Tame Impala and you get a heady brew indeed.

This all brings a refreshing eclecticism to the proceedings, as it flits from genre to genre, while the work of Dave Friedman and Kevin Parker proved an inspiration production-wise.

Thematically, “One Day, A Flood” is all about vulnerability and the frailties of being human. It's quite dark in parts (“What's Done Is Done” and “Run Down Country Palace”) but not without some rye smiles, and a touch of sweet joy in “Temples” (about the birth of guitarist and songwriter Chris Reeve’s first son).

Although the songs are sometimes very personal in nature, you could see the darker elements of the album as a wider reflection on the political/economic state of the world over the last few years. There's some punky social commentary in there too (“Dancing Zombie Blues”) and all out paranoia via 60’s acid psychedelia in “1000 Yard Stare”. Meanwhile, lead off single “Rattling Bones” is about the fear of getting older, and the fragility of love.
Producer Pete Harvey has also added string arrangements to a number of tracks and his cello playing brings a somber beauty to the music.

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released September 16, 2016

The Eastern Swell are:
Lainie Urquhart: Vocals, Tambourine
Chris Reeve: Guitar, Vocals
Neil Collman: Bass, Vocals
Andy Glover: Drums and Percussion

Pete Harvey plays Cello on songs 1, 2, 4, 5, And 9 and Rhodes Piano on song 4
Neil Collman plays additional guitar on song 6
All other instruments and sounds performed by The Eastern Swell

All songs written by Chris Reeve
Except song 2 by Neil Collman
And song 6 by Neil Collman and Chris Reeve

All songs arranged by The Eastern Swell

Produced by Pete Harvey and The Eastern Swell
Recorded and Mixed at Pumpkinfield Studios by Pete Harvey
Mastered by Reuben Taylor

Album Photography by Wojtek Kutyla
Band Photography by Brian Doyle

Sleeve Design by Jeremy Thoms and The Eastern Swell

Thank You: Pete Harvey, Colleen, Fionn And Henry Reeve,
Julie And Jamie Collman, Barney Miers, Margaret Urquhart,
Lisa Glover, Bob Thomson, Andy Crawford, David Miscampbell,
Maxine Branagh, Ian Brown, Jeremy Thoms and Innes Reekie

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STEREOGRAM RECORDINGS is an Edinburgh based record label run by musician/DJ JEREMY THOMS with press and PR by journalist INNES REEKIE.
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Track Name: Rattling Bones
RATTLING BONES

DEER ON THE MOUNTAIN, I FOLLOW THEM WITH MY EYES.
I'M STANDING IN THE WINTER THE SUN; BUT I'M HIDDEN FROM YOUR SIGHT.
I'D SWIM ACROSS THIS COLD STREAM, IF THAT WOULD GET TO YOU.
YOU'RE THE HARDEST STONE I'VE COME ACROSS. YOU GIVE ME DAYDREAMS IN BLUE.

AN OVERGROWN DESERTED TRACK WINDS IT'S LONELY WAY TO YOU.
HOW AM I GOING TO FIND MY WAY BACK FROM THESE DAYDREAMS IN BLUE?

I'M TROUBLED BY THOUGHTS BUT I'M PREPARED TO WALK THIS ROUGH SHOD PATH TO ITS END.
(I WANT YOU)
THESE RATTLING BONES ARE GOING TO GET ME HOME, YOU BETTER BE THERE TO LET ME IN.
(I WANT YOU)
DO YOU WANT ME TOO?

DEER ON THE MOUNTAIN. IN DREAMS THE COLOURS BLEED.
THE THUNDEROUS ROAR OF YOU TEARING A HOLE OUT OF THE MORTAL CORE OF ME.
TEETH AS SHARP AS HAWTHORN, YOUR FINGERS COLD AS ICE.
I FEEL LIKE THOSE DEER ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE IN THE WINTER'S EVENING LIGHT.
Track Name: What's Done Is Done
WHAT'S DONE IS DONE

WILL THIS BECOME PART OF YOU?
THE GOOD AND BAD THAT I PUT YOU THROUGH.
WILL THIS BECOME PART OF YOU?
THE HERE AND NOW THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH.
I SEE THAT LOOK ON YOUR FACE THAT SPACE AND TIME CAN'T ERASE.
SO HERE I GO. AND THERE'S SOMETHING THAT I KNOW.
WHAT'S DONE IS DONE.

WILL THIS BECOME PART OF YOU?
THE THING I SAID BUT I NEVER KNEW.
WILL THIS BECOME PART OF YOU?
A THOUGHTLESS WORD THAT I COULDN'T CHEW.
WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS AND YOURS IS MINE.
TAKE IT EASY ON ME CAN'T UNTIE THIS LINE.
SO HERE I GO.
AND THERE'S ONE THING THAT I KNOW.
WHAT'S DONE IS DONE.
Track Name: 1000 Yard Stare
1000 YARD STARE

THESE WALLS ARE THE WORLD OUTSIDE.
MY MIND IS JUST THE PERFECT PLACE TO HIDE.
THESE WALLS ARE THE WORLD OUTSIDE.
MY MIND IS JUST THE PERFECT PLACE TO HIDE.

YOU'RE ALL FORLORN AND I CAN SEE THE SHADOWS THROUGH YOU.
MY MIND'S A STORM.
I'VE SEEN THE FUTURE AND I SEE THROUGH YOUR SMILE.

WIDE EYED ON MY JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT.
YOU CAN'T HIDE FROM A THOUSAND-YARD EYES.

I DRAW MY BREATH AND RISE UP LIKE A STARLING.
I'M GLEAMING LIKE A KNIFE AS I CUT THROUGH THE SKY.
WITH POWERFUL EYES I'M DARTING THROUGH THE HALF LIGHT.
A SHADOW IN FLIGHT ON A JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT.

THESE HIGH WALLS ARE THE WORLD OUTSIDE.
TOWERING ON HIGH. MOUNTAINS FOR YOU.
I'M SCALING UP THE WALLS TO SEE IF I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH.
I BUILT THE WALLS, BUILT THESE WALLS FOR YOU.
I BUILT THESE HIGH WALLS OUT OF LOVE FOR YOU.
Track Name: Temples
TEMPLES

HEADING SOUTH.
CROSSING THE LANDS.
WAITING TO MEET SOMEONE WHOSE LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS.
OH, NOW.

FOR A SOUL,
ALL YOUR TOIL RUNS DEEP IN THE BLOOD,
AND RISES UP FROM THE SOIL.

TEMPLES ON HILLS.
LABOURLESS FIELDS.
A NEW LIFE, MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU'VE LEFT BEHIND.
OH, NOW.

FOR A SOUL,
ALL YOUR TOIL RUNS DEEP IN THE BLOOD,
AND RISES UP FROM THE SOIL.

ALIVE, LIKE A BIRD IN FLIGHT.
YOUR SONG IN THE MORNING LIGHT.
STAY AWHILE AND MAKE ME SMILE,
AND I'LL BOW DOWN,
SINKING BACK INTO THE GROUND WHEN MY TIME COMES AROUND.
WHEN MY TIME COMES AROUND.
Track Name: Muckish Mountain
MUCKISH MOUNTAIN

SUN'S GOING DOWN.
THE PEAT'S BLACKENED MY BOOTS.
THE IRISH TURF IS DARK AT THE ROOTS.
AND SO ARE YOU.

GRIT IN MY EYES AND SWEAT RUNNING DOWN MY NECK.
A SMILE FROM YOU AND I FORGET HOW FAR WE'VE STILL GOT TO GO.

I'M KICKING UP GRAVEL ON THE MOUNTAIN TRACK.
THE WIND AND RAIN ARE STARTING TO LASH.
DO WE KNOW THE WAY BACK WHERE WE CAME?

I'LL BE DRINKING TONIGHT ALL THE WHISKEY IN SIGHT,
IF I MAKE IT DOWN FROM THIS GREAT MOUNTAIN,
THOUGH I'M STARTING TO THINK THAT WONT HAPPEN.
I'LL BE DROWNING MY DOUBTS IN DARK IRISH STOUT
IF WE MAKE IT BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY HOUSE I'LL BE A HAPPIER MAN,
DON'T YOU DOUBT.

FEAST AND THE FAMINE ON DONEGAL HILLS.
WORKHOUSE SOULS THEY'RE GIVING ME CHILLS.
WATCHING THIS FOOL ON THE HILL.
I'M LOST AND LONELY ON THIS GIANT'S BACK.
SEVEN SISTERS ALL TURNING THEIR BACKS.
I'M IN NEED OF RESCUE.
TEARS ON THE BRIDGE.
AMERICA BOUND, LEAVING BEHIND THIS POOR IRISH TOWN.
DON'T LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE MOUNTAIN SIDE.

THE HIGHER I CLIMB THE FURTHER I FALL.
WHEN I GET BACK I'LL DRINK TO YOU ALL.
IF I GET BACK, IF I GET BACK AT ALL.
THE BLOOD RED SKY'S THE SUN'S LAST CALL.
I WANT TO GET BACK BUT MY HEART KEEPS FALLING.
IF I GET BACK, IF GET BACK AT ALL.
Track Name: Too Little, Too Late
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

STUMBLING, MY CARES GO TUMBLING.
DRIFTING ON AND ON ACROSS THE CRUMBLING GROUND.
FALLING DOWN.
HOWLING, THIS CARRION'S CRAWLING.
PULLING OUT THE MARTYR'S ARROWS ONE BY ONE.
I'M CRAWLING.

THIS SOLID GROUND WON'T HOLD ME NOW.
WHAT'S LEFT UNSAID STILL ECHOES IN MY HEAD.
THE BURIED TRACKS I LEFT BEHIND,
THEY'RE TATTOOED ON MY MIND.

CALLING OUT TO YOU.
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
I'M CRAWLING.

COWERING, KNEELING, BOWING.
IN THUNDERSTORMS I'LL HEED YOUR CALL.
THE HERE AND NOW.
I'M CRAWLING.
CRAWLING IN DARKNESS FALLING.
ARMS OUTSTRETCHED IN HOWLING WINDS THAT LEAD ME DOWN,
TO YOUR CALLING.

YOUR RUNNING’S CAUGHT UP WITH YOU.
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
YOU’RE RUNNING.
Track Name: Quick As A Whip
QUICK AS A WHIP

CAN'T FIND NOBODY.
I'M ON A LONELY, LONELY, LONELY, LONELY ROAD.
CAN'T FIND NOBODY TO HOLD.
NOW YOU'RE GONE.

CAN'T FIND NOBODY.
I'M ON A LONELY, LONELY, LONELY, LONELY ROAD.
SPINNING OUT ON YOUR TRIP, MY DEAR.
AND MY HEART'S BEATING QUICK AS A WHIP.

AIN'T NO PARTY.
DON'T SAY YOU TOLD ME, TOLD ME, TOLD ME, TOLD ME SO.
AIN'T NO PARTY ALONE.
WHERE YOU GONE?

AIN'T NO PARTY.
DON'T SAY YOU TOLD ME, TOLD ME, TOLD ME, TOLD ME SO.
SPINNING OUT ON YOUR TRIP MY DEAR
AND MY HEART'S BEATING QUICK AS A WHIP.

LINES DRAWN IN THE SAND,
A STRANGE SHADOWY LAND,
AN EVIL EYE ON THE PALM OF YOUR HAND.
Track Name: Dancing Zombie Blues
DANCING ZOMBIE BLUES

I GOT NOTHING TO LIVE FOR, I GOT NOTHING TO LOSE.
ZOMBIE WALKING.
ZOMBIE TALKING.
I GOT MONEY TO DIG FOR, YOU GOT MONEY TO LOSE.
ZOMBIE WALKING.
ZOMBIE TALKING.
DANCE!

YOU GOT SOMETHING TO PAY FOR, I GOT SOMETHING FOR YOU.
ZOMBIE WALKING.
ZOMBIE TALKING.
GONNA GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR, GONNA GIVE YOU THE BLUES.
ZOMBIE WALKING.
ZOMBIE TALKING.
DANCE!
Track Name: Run Down Country Palace
RUN DOWN COUNTRY PALACE

"GO OUT", HE SAID, "GO OUT ON YOUR OWN.”
"THIS PLACE IS JUST FOR ME. I'M SECURE. IT'S ALL FOR ME."

"THE LIVES OUTSIDE ARE FOUGHT FOR. BUT THEY ARE FOR THE STRONG,
SO CLOSE THE DOOR. THE LIVES OUTSIDE MAY BE GLORIOUS.
IT'S FOR THE STRONG. I'VE BEEN SURE OF THIS ONE THING FOR SO LONG."

"MY SMALL MINDED FEARS KEEP ME IN LINE."
"I'LL TELL YOU THIS" HE SAID "TIME'S AN OCEAN IN MY HEAD.”

"YOU CAN KEEP YOUR WARS AND WANTS, YOUR POOR AND UNWASHED.
WE'RE ALL WHERE WE WANT TO BE,
MY SAD RICHES WILL SURROUND ME.
JUST LEAVE ME HERE ALL ALONE."

"WHEN TIME COMES TO PASS AND THESE FOUR WALLS HAVE CRUMBLED AT LAST,
IT SEEMS LIKE I MIGHT STILL BE SLEEPING.
I'LL BE LYING IN MY BED, IN MY RUN DOWN COUNTRY PALACE.
MY FEARS AND ME. AND I'M ASLEEP."