TH&S Demos Disc Four

by Tape Hiss and Sparkle

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Way in the beginning, TH&S started as a home recording solo project.

From 2009 to 2010, Tamblyn recorded 6 songs a month for 10 months. At first releasing them under his own name, and naming the collection Tape Hiss and Sparkle. It was on the sixth disc of these 10 releases that Tape Hiss and Sparkle replaced Tamblyn's name.

These songs were roughly recorded on a very small budget. They were and still are lo-fi.

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released April 1, 2009

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Tape Hiss and Sparkle Cape Town, South Africa

Tape Hiss & Sparkle was started in 2009, by Simon Tamblyn while he was still in The Sleepers. TH&S is Mandisi Nkomo on drums, Helen Westcott on bass, Catherine Schenck on cello and Tamblyn on guitar and vocals.

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Track Name: Young Man's Trouble
a young man's trouble with the world
punched his fists into pockets
staring at his steps on the road
console, flash disk, bribe

and the sky is molten red
the bible-readers cry
the city's bustle is a hum
that rises higher
so now he still believes

a young woman's trouble with the world
handbags and blonde hairdye
walking past a church tower
a sad film had made her cry
sitting at a bus stop
waiting on a platform
waiting for the sun to shine
suddenly her heart stops
visions of a pasture
valleys and mountains high

cold nocturnal world
the hotel signs flash blind
those neon embers try
to light the way inside
sitting at a bus stop
waiting on a platform
waiting for the sun to shine
suddenly his heart stops
visions of a pasture
valleys and mountains high
Track Name: Echohunter
this is a song for you
in your
cubicle you do this
you do that
and you think you don't
miss anything at all
in your cubicle

don't fade away
don't fade away
Track Name: Fantastic
we walk all of us in the line
little night to soothe the feet
red velvet wrapped a knife
the moon the smoke the stars the trees

quiet night time dancing rings
pebbles roll and knock between
in the river we undressed
washed our dirty city feet

say goodbye to the fire
go to the water alone
greet the trodden earth
speak to silent stone

walked all of us in line
made a nest from yellow leaves
we walked all of us in line
we even swam to the other side
was there ever need
Track Name: Stolen
oh dear explorer
you and i we popped a cork and let it flow
outside the government wires
abuzz like a hive
silent lightning from the windows next door
you sharpened your knife-words
and hung them at the end of every seeking
every question inward-leading

the manner of thief i am
might surprise
don't you like that
don't you like that

the manner of thief i am
might surprise you
a shy witch burning

oh dear explorer
you and i we popped a cork and let it flow
Track Name: Airports
from the word go
from the starting line shot
from the tracks the wind blew through the dust
you were running far away
far away
to a graceful swell
the wind blew you along

go now
godspeed
go safe
until we meet
go now
godspeed
i'll see you again
on a world's edge

you're far away
so far away
to a graceful swell
the wind will blow along
Track Name: Sympathies Escape
it's ten past eight i know
too late for me to go
the leaves are falling down
dark green to brown
adventures we didn't care
and everything could fix itself
we thought we won but we were wrong
you've got to love the world
lucille

pictures overgrown
black and white fade fast
sympathies escape
you know my place i measured up
these poisoned memories
i've got to relax i've got to relax
the tree grows slow
but strong you know
you've got to love the world
lucille