Darling Darkness

by Beerjacket

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'Darling Darkness' is the brand new studio album by Beerjacket.

"This time last year, Peter Kelly (aka Beerjacket) was stealing the show at Celtic Connections' Roaming Roots Revue with a cover of Atlantic City, backed by an ensemble that crammed more personnel on stage than the E Street Band itself. Usually, however, Kelly's stripped-back, wonderfully melodic Beerjacket output is a more affectingly intimate experience. Second studio album Darling Darkness picks up from where 2011's The White Feather Trail left off, filling out the space between Kelly's voice and guitar with soft backing vocals by Louise Connell (Reverieme) and Julia Doogan, and additional playing by producer Stuart MacLeod. The footstomp heartbeat of Antlers is the perfect antidote to that stagnant Mumford sound; Two Travel slips in and out of minor chords as Kelly shifts his writing up a gear; End Of The Day even has an echo of Morrissey and Marr about it. This is folk music with roots in the 1960s, but it is never copycat or backward-looking: Kelly sits at the modern end of a long tradition, writing songs that would be equally at home in Greenwich Village or on the T Break stage."

Alan Morrison, Glasgow Herald

"no matter how much music you listen to, you rarely stumble across a musical approach that does not wear its influences on its sleeve. these songs speak in their own language." (Kristin Hersh)

Julia Doogan (Julia and the Doogans) and Louise Connell (Reverieme) guest on vocals.

Producer Stuart MacLeod, who also recorded 2011's critically-acclaimed 'The White Feather Trail', sings and plays guitar, mandolin and percussion.

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released 27 January 2014

Recorded and mixed between April-December, 2013 by Stuart MacLeod at Beetroot Studios, Airdrie.

All songs written by Peter Kelly.

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Shows have included dates with the likes of The National, Kristin Hersh, Feist, Frightened Rabbit, Guillemots, Rilo Kiley, Joan As Police Woman and Tom Vek, amongst many others.

"The new Elliott Smith." Matt Berninger (The National)
"Great, sweet tunes." Jenny Lewis
"F***ing great." Feist

Beerjacket has received regular national and international radio airplay including on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio
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Track Name: Antlers
Put your hands to my head to make antlers
I refuse to shed you to the winter
I will glue you to me, we will battle the freeze
You won't trouble us, December.
Shoot the dearest among us for leisure
And hang our poor heads as your treasure
I will pull you from tree, I'll bring you to your knees
You won't topple us for our tower.

Lay your weight upon me
Your lungs make me breathe
My back is built for breaking
Slave to what makes me free
Lay your weight upon me.

Your foot to my heart is affection
Wholly the most divine intervention
You walk upon me like a bridge to belief
To carry yourself on the ocean
Put your faith in the flux of the future
Hang as a cross on a rear view mirror
You'll walk upon seas, make a rock out of me
I'll hurry my way to your labour.

Lay your weight upon me
Your lungs make me breathe
My back is built for breaking
Slave to what makes me free
Lay your weight upon me.
Lay your weight upon me
Your lungs make me breathe
My back is built for breaking
Slave to what makes me free
Lay your weight upon me.

Dear, I believe
Dear, I believe in you, dear.
Track Name: Two Travel
The beating ticket must be torn in half
Defeat the distance on a shared born path
For when two travel, truths unravel
Truths unravel when two travel
And every journey is a blood-filled vein
Release your captive on an open plain
For when two travel, truths unravel
Truths unravel when two travel.

The world rests heavy in your hands
The great escape is to be the lesser man
Fall to knees and need no plan
Few are free the more they understand
The world rests heavy in your hands
The great escape is to be the lesser man.

An intersection is a test to friends
Divides directions to their own mean ends
For when two travel, truths unravel
Truths unravel when two travel
Love is the distance between man and cross
Two arms extended make a lie of loss
For when two travel, truths unravel
Truths unravel when two travel.

The world rests heavy in your hands
The great escape is to be the lesser man
Fall to knees and need no plan
Few are free the more they understand
The world rests heavy in your hands
The great escape is to be the lesser man.

We'll dive down to the ocean
And we'll make our home in a deep-sea cave
Our shells will all be opened
They'll be filled with song, they'll be filled with song.
We'll dive down to the ocean
And we'll make our home in a deep-sea cave
Our shells will all be opened
They'll be filled with song, they'll be filled with song.

Dive down to the ocean
And we'll make our home in a deep-sea cave
Our shells will all be opened
There'll be nothing wrong, there'll be nothing in our way.
Track Name: Glow
Darling darkness, I confess, lives in every breath I breathe
But it's the aftermath of a nail-bit past
The morning breaks for me.
A bitterness so sweet I rot my teeth and grind them in my sleep
In the aftermath was a dream that lasts
The morning breaks for me.

You are a place where I can go in my heart
I know that your face will always glow in the dark
You are a place where I can go in my heart
I know that your face will always glow in the dark
Like a star, that's what you are.

Leonard left shaking his wise head, death in every word he breathes
In the aftermath I learned to laugh
The morning breaks for me.

You are a place where I can go in my heart
I know that your face will always glow in the dark
You are a place where I can go in my heart
I know that your face will always glow in the dark
Like a star, that's what you are.
Track Name: Dog Day Star
In rented space
Your bones replace one who has gone before
But there's an open door that will clamp its jaws
When you have run your race.
A dent in time you called your life
One lived by many before
But there's a hope for more far from the cross you bore
Closer than eyes shut tight.

The ring is always boxing the fighter
The book is always blocking the writer
And the sun won't make a difference, it always keeps its distance
The dog day star will always shine brighter.

You spent your pay on rainy days
Now that you're broke it pours
But the sunglasses you wore held to your face through wars
Onwards now to grace.

The ring is always boxing the fighter
The book is always blocking the writer
And the sun won't make a difference, it always keeps its distance
The dog day star will always shine brighter.
The ring is always boxing the fighter
The book is always blocking the writer
And the sun won't make a difference, it always keeps its distance
The dog day star will always shine brighter.
Track Name: Cape
My jacket buttoned at the neck is a cape to lift myself
With one leap over tall buildings
With great unease and no real stealth
But what I may lack in delivery, I make up in discontent
I may be soft but let me off for good intent.

A man of steel would bruise your feelings
A man of feelings will be true
My super powerful x-ray vision will lead me to the core of you
But wear the Kryptonite around your neck
If my gestures are in vain
I'd sooner wait till later than be sent away.

Then I'll come through the skies
Lasers shooting from my eyes
All the bad guys will decide
To run and hide, run and hide from me
Racing through the skies
Lasers shooting from my eyes
All the bad guys will decide
To run and hide, run and hide.

My jacket buttoned front and back
Gives my movements due restraint
If I cannot move my arms I know I cannot do you pain
For what I may lack in my sanity, I make up in my madness
I may be sad but I would never bring you sadness.

A man of steel would bruise your feelings
A man of feelings will be true
My super powerful x-ray vision will lead me to the core of you
But wear the Kryptonite around your neck
If my gestures are in vain
I'd sooner wait till later than be sent away.

Then I'll come through the skies
Lasers shooting from my eyes
All the bad guys will decide
To run and hide, run and hide from me
Racing through the skies
Lasers shooting from my eyes
All the bad guys will decide
To run and hide, run and hide
Run and hide.
Track Name: Snowball
A television glows to lift the heavy gloam
No phones ringing, silence singing
An island of your own, you fill the space alone
With no doors knocking, old ghosts talking
On and on, the empty memories echo all night long
On and on, their distant voices sing the saddest song.

And in the Winter's slow fall, the heart becomes a snowball
Since your Spring's curtain call, the cart has found a new colt
In the Winter's slow fall, the heart becomes a snowball
Your voice may carry but who will pick up?

A lonely flower grows into a poisoned rose
Kills the garden, poor soil hardens
You are a bowl of fruit, still life and destitute
Pills are scattered, bottles shattered
On and on, the early memories are never gone
On and on, time's resistance only makes them strong.

And in the Winter's slow fall, the heart becomes a snowball
Since your Spring's curtain call, the cart has found a new colt
In the Winter's slow fall, the heart becomes a snowball
Your voice may carry but who is calling?
Track Name: End of the Day
There was chaos in the street
A mosaic of broken buildings
Turned out all the lunatics were right
All the cars were set alight
So no-one queued for taxis
They burned out to illuminate the night.

At the end of the day, nothing really mattered
That anything really mattered was a lie
At the end of the day, nothing really mattered
Nothing really mattered but you and I.

All the skies were black with smoke
And the birds hailed like a rainstorm
Turned all the maniacs were right
All the stars were set alight
No-one wasted their time wishing
They just stared into a single point of light.

At the end of the day, nothing really mattered
That anything really mattered was a lie
At the end of the day, nothing really mattered
Nothing really mattered.

You should have broken every silence
Fixed all your mistakes
Lived every born minute
Loved what you hate.

Now it's too late.
Track Name: Keys
We were born fully-formed, a two-hearted chest to be treasured
A lung to belong to, a song to be sung as the measure.

I still see our ghosts board the train as we drive past the station
The wind carries whispers like weights through the first conversation.

And in the cursed name of romance, we should abandon all our plans
No more thirst for flowing time, we would need no more rewind
Grab your coat, I have the keys
Do not reason with me please
There is nothing more to say, let's run away.

We'll always live on the breeze, cross seas, travel constellations
Buzz with the bees, pull rabbits from sleeves of magicians.

You'll still see our ghosts board the train as you drive past the station
The wind carries widows to wakes in your imagination.

And in the cursed name of romance, we should abandon all our plans
No more thirst for flowing time, we would need no more rewind
Grab your coat, I have the keys
Do not reason with me please
There is nothing more to say, let's run away.
Track Name: The Story Of
You sailed a ship on frozen tears, drifted into a bottle
Failed your grip on good ideas, misstepped into a pothole
Braille on wrist from a brake severe, lifted over your handles
Daily fits of shaken spears, shifts of being a shambles.

Something out of... something out of... something out of nothing at all
The story of... the story of your life
(The story of your life is the story of most lives)
Nothing out of... nothing out of... nothing of anything at all
The story of... the story of most lives.

Your ceiling drips existential fear, a pot of God to end your rainbow
Your halo slipped into your beer, rose to the top as a bubble
People that you knew aren't here, a map of time now lines your eyeball
Stealing seconds but losing years, the wave you ride is turning tidal.

Something out of... something out of... something out of nothing at all
The story of... the story of your life
(The story of your life is the story of most lives)
Nothing out of... nothing out of... nothing of anything at all
The story of... the story of most lives.
Track Name: Pelican
Wings will fly us from histories,
We'll look down on them like tops of trees
They'll become small as we become free
As we become free.

Cast your fears to the rising tide
Beak to chest, not a blood-soaked knife.

We'll we our waking hours to our dreams
We'll walk our wisdom without a leash
Walls are weak when a bad wolf breathes
When a bad wolf breathes.

Fast your tears and surprise your eyes
Beat your chest on the soul's dark night.

And I'll be your pelican.

Bring the lies, I'll unpack the truth
I'll pull the ugly words out from the root
They'll disappear as we come to bloom
As we come to bloom.

Cast your fears to the rising tide
Beak to chest, not a blood-soaked knife
Fast your tears and surprise your eyes
Beat your chest on the soul's dark night.

And I'll be your pelican.
Track Name: Men
Men, they just don't work right
Start fights and leave
Men, they're always on fire
Till it's a fire that you need.
Men, they just all tell lies
They truly do believe
Men, they're running noses
Wiped on your sleeve.

Don't let the men tell your sons that all but men are weak
Don't let the men sell your sons the lesser lessons that they teach.

Man, I'm such a cliche
Castaway
No man is an island
So men say
Man is just a grain of sand
Falling through a woman's hand
Man is God of his own plans
Speaks but does not understand.

Don't let the men tell your sons that all but men are weak
Don't let the men sell your sons the lesser lessons that they teach.
Don't let the men tell your sons that all but men are weak
Don't let the men sell your sons the lesser lessons that they teach
When the truth is men are sheep
The truth is men are sheep.