Dwelling Lightheartedly In The Futility Of Everything

by Matthew Daher

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Placation vacate(18) years after not being here Knots so taut to reek rot(ought) to seek shelter from Hell firing circuits obscure trust to feral dust Wiser words have been spoke(n) - kin of eggs yolk Inferred from untracea(ble) (bal)loon breasted fables of Mires purged dubious lingerings in jovial dirge Damnation placate these spears skewering sayings of seers Sharper spurs have been broken by motionless gestures Perplexed in two engines conjectures If memory serves mutilation for those holding serfs Undulation patience phages Silence stains and stones in stages Slates for dissolution range in Acclimated gyral plains Inferred from intuitions razor Suchness could not yield such favors Fingers crossed and pupils waver (Ver)acity for too few trails Change is so reined in rain so is change is so reined in rain so is…
Hanging by a thread It was always like this Only now that they've gone Nothing left but to hide it Words fall apart when I speak Not that anyone listens Thoughts like clouds waiting for Sunny days or thunder Standing there on your solid principles I'll dangle round' til someone cuts me down All alone watching the water flow I would drown if I could just let go By and by I'd hoped To harden my insides Then I'd leave you alone To build yourself a real home But the sea showed me that I am weak I'll close my eyes to all that I'm seeing All alone watching the water flow I would drown if I could just let go I would follow Looking down At the water Far away I could hold on Give and take Wash away Hanging on I'm only Hanging on Moon shining a shimmering light Stars Above I'm sleeping in Rest a while My reflection shining on all the waves How does it matter? Letting my soul fall into the water Bearing the weight of Wanting your love all for my own greedy heart How does it matter? Lavender sky in the morning after Into the greater Bottomlessness already found, 'ready found How did it happen? How does the sun rise above the mountain? How does it matter? Wanting your love all for my own greedy heart All of the beauty Blaze of the light once it's seen through the dark Coming up through me All the pieces fall apart, fall apart Oh my heart
Drip Drown 05:42
The space between Exodus and Odyssey set me free ‘Cause my mind’s under siege Gotta lead all these ‘thus so’s’ and ‘fuck no’s’ Through asymptotic tides and undertows No parting seas Odyssey and Exodus a moment of consciousness And when you really feel the heat Can you move the ground beneath your feet? Can you catch the punch-line of an amplified pantomime With one ear to your chest One to the junior-high grapevine? Give it time Drip drown, drip drown… Acknowledgement An organ harvest for the common sense Astonishment An ontological accomplishment It’s what we feel underneath the last onion peel Little spoon to the tomb where wounds and boons bicker ‘bout who’s real Omniscient vision blurred Acceleration swerving through this learning curve A monument To platitudes exchanged in confidence
Tethered to time tacet terminal Intellect’s teething toy that takes its toll Spinning round the shell that houses thee Door to what will always never be Empty steady begets plentiful Heavy shedding all the joy it stole (Falcon storm or song?) Matter-factly from trembling hands (None yet may be wrong) From fractured fingers the flowing sands Pressure on your eyes the colors glow (In the eye that sees) Hues of stars – with their structures bestowed (Not its seeing thus can it be) Mundanities ever mysterious (Multitudinous mirrors for that tower’s seed) Fertile beacons of radical trust Exhumed rudimentary reverie Found beneath thee Disconnected dots all dreaming Dreadful certainties weaving Fragments from familiar motion Refuge in what comes undone Understated secrets seeping Out from lapses in between Pulses’ pregnant poignancy Extending far beyond the yous and mes Goallessness oh humblest glory Blissfull nauseous tumbling Fickle finitudes dividing Deathlessness’ ever widening Windows spinning sky betrays Becoming’s cunning masquerade


released February 13, 2015

Matthew Daher - all instruments, vocals, miscellaneous sonorities except:

Emma Frank - Vocals (2)
Corey Gulkin - Vocals (5)

Simon Millerd - Trumpet (4)
Grace Rodgers - Violin (2)
Natalie Frakes - Violin (2)
Patrick Behnke - Viola (2)
Dave Haughey - Cello (2)

All pieces written, arranged, produced by Matthew Daher

"Hanging Over Hanging On" written by Matthew Daher and Emma Frank

Recorded and Mixed by Matthew Daher in various bedrooms, bathrooms, and basements in Montréal, QC and Detroit, MI
Vocals on "Cyclicity" Recorded by Harry Knazan at Apollo Studios
Additional Mixing by Harry Knazan at Apollo Studios
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering

Album Art by Taylor Schmidt and Matthew Daher
Graphic Design by Taylor Schmidt and Goran Butorac

Huge Thanks to: Chris McCann - for showing me the way to the depths that here have been plunged | My family - Mom, Dad, Nancy, Bob, Margaret, Julia, Katie - your support has been absolutely unconditional | Emma Frank and Corinna Gulkin - I couldn't have had greater trust in any other voices to be the voices of what I've found to be true | Simon Millerd, Grace Rodgers , Natalie Frakes, Patrick Behnke, Dave Haughey - your contributions were instrumental (LOLZ!) seriously, you took this thing to another level | Harry Knazan, Nic Godmaire, Alex LeBlanc, Maude Locat, Beavan Flanagan - for breathing life into the late Ismism material in its infancy | Harry Knazan, Topher Horn, Joseph Donovan, Reuben Ghose, Mattson Ogg, Dimitri Condax - for your sonic wisdom and guidance | Koho, Geri Larkin, Myokyo, the Still Point Sangha and Centre Zen de Montréal - for supporting my practice from which, in many ways, these compositions have sprouted | Michael Malis and Costa Sirdenis - the brothers I never had - your patience is endless, your presence in itself inspirational | Kaitlin Prest - for understanding all the things | Gary Lindner - for your jocularity, hospitality, and perspective in an age of doubt | Taylor Schmidt - for your curiosity, vitality, dedication in realizing these visual concepts | My Montréal musical family - for fostering my explorations in some seriously formative years | Thomas Bell, Christina de Roos, James Cornish, Michael Malis, Rachael Harbert, everyone who I've made weird shit with in Detroit - for welcoming me into a creative community that keeps me on my toes | Lisa Spindler for sharing your space and expertise | The patrons of the Book Cadillac - your gratuities, unbeknownst to you, funded the majority of this project | … Talia - for your faith, love, and support, your inspiration both in presence and absence. You are inside every one of these sounds.


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Matthew Daher Detroit, Michigan

Matthew Daher is a drummer, composer, producer, and improviser based in Detroit, MI. His creative endeavors and practices are driven by gnostic curiosity and are a vehicle for ontological exploration. His performance and composition work covers a wide range of sonic territory that includes ambient, electroacoustic, free jazz, hip-hop, and folk. ... more

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