Blood Dread

by Ronan Conroy

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03:58
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04:45
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02:21
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04:04

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My new five track EP "Blood Dread" is my blood on the tracks.
It's the soundtrack of a low point, looking ahead to the future.
All things ebb and flow. Things arise, and then they pass away
After the largely acoustic 2014 "Discontent," the broader 2015 "The Game," and 2016’s far more intense "not a part of anything," this EP will sound stark and stripped down, but ready to reach new crescendos.

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released March 11, 2017

Music and lyrics by Ronan Conroy
Vocals by Ronan Conroy
Guitars by Ronan Conroy
Bass guitar on #2, #4 and #5 by Charles Nieland
Synths on #2, #3 and #4 by Charles Nieland
Piano on #1 by Charles Nieland
Glockenspiel on #5 by Charles Nieland
Drums on #2, #3 and #5 by Justin Wierbonski

Produced and engineered by Charles Nieland at Capture Sound Studios, Brooklyn, New York between August 2014 and September 2016
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Avatar Studios, Manhattan, New York in October 2016
Album cover designed by Shannon Brown

Thanks to the artists who appeared on the album with me - Charles Nieland and Justin Wierbonski
Thanks as always to Fred Kevorkian
Thanks to Shannon Brown for another beautiful and amazing album cover.

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Track Name: Autumn Sun
Autumn sun on my face
Shining in the window of this empty place
Shadows move across the floor
We don’t live here any more

Boats are sailing to the bay
Clouds are moving through the sky
There is nothing left to say
Doesn’t really matter why

The day you planted all those flowers outside
You worked yourself so hard you almost cried
I was oblivious to you inside
Autumn passes - the flowers die

I want to tell you about this dream I had
You were smiling next to me in bed
Then I woke up in that empty place
Nothing beside me, just an empty space
Track Name: The Dark
Lie in the dark - darker than dark
The fireworks - fire in the blackness
My head - the blood dread
Oh - we’re in the Dead Zone

Dusty flickering filaments
Light bulb flash on and off
Light of misery - flash of anxiety
Oh - we’re in the Dead Zone

Low ebb: we’re in the Dead Zone
Low ebb: dead.

Eight feet glass wall
Between you and me
Oh, is that all?

My head - and the blood dread.
Track Name: Primordial
And always the girls face in the sunlight
And she is looking at you as the sun shines through her hair

Sun glints on the camera lens
Softly the chords breathe
Such a subtle sound of sunlight
Hum of summer one more time

This scene that never was
This scene that always is because it’s primordial

In the sunlight
And she is looking at you as the sun shines through her hair
In the close shot
And she is smiling at you as the lens of the camera blurs

This scene that never was
This scene that always is because it’s primordial
Track Name: No Friends Of Yours
No friends of yours
No friends of yours
Closing of doors means we’re no friends of yours
No friends of yours
No friends of yours
The cut and the cure means we’re no friends of yours

Get out of your head
And what you think we said
We gave you everything we gave you left it for dead

No friends of yours
No friends of yours
Silence of words means we’re no friends of yours

No friends of yours
No friends of yours
The closing of doors means we’re no friends of yours
No friends of yours
No friends of yours
The cut and the cure means no friends of yours

How you like me now?
Caring when nobody’s left around
Stuck in my head
Alliances vanished and broken and dead
Can you hear me now?
Mirror’s got something to say to me about
Words that I use that I don’t understand
Like “closing” and “cutting” and “curing” and “friend”
Track Name: Tonight
How did we get here?
Where do I go from here?
None of the choices seemed like choices at all
Stagnated in fear: my back to the wall

Across the river the city lights up
The lights in the water - it’s never enough
It’s a beautiful moon in a beautiful sky
So white and clear and the air is so cold tonight

Tonight!

The streets are full of desperation pulling me down, down!
Years of tortured voices yelling
Telling myself to “Rise! Rise!”
Now I am alone tonight

Tonight!