TH&S Demos Disc Ten

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 October 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: For My Ears Your Breath
telephone wires
send me your breath now
exhalations
like soft silk falling
millions of people
come together
millions of people
carry burdens

fear pain fear

you are all
all i ever wanted
all i'll ever need

walk through the streets to
recall your breaths now
slow inhalations
singing fingers
millions of people
need relief like this

you are all
all i ever wanted
all i'll ever need
Track Name: Hymn For Eros
every stone a prayer to please
every line too long to follow
every night and day release
every stone a prayer under my pillow
every night and day release

let me kneel and sing a hymn
let me light a candle cupped in my fingers
let me beg for forgiveness
every part of me wants to breathe you in
our clay moves together like slow smoke
Track Name: Meow
you wait a little
with the stars in your hands
Track Name: My Buddhist Cheshire Cat
i'm just trying to impress you sir
please give me some work that pays
at school i smoked and drank cos sir
they had a screaming match every day
i thought i was to blame you see
so at school i smoked and drank to sleep

burning from inside is a small hole
depression you're no friend of mine at all

i wrote ten letters for her to read
but they remain unsent oh please
i am on the edge i cry
you just think i'm tired oh my

burning from inside is a small hole
depression you're no friend of mine at all
leave me alone now
where is my break

what am i doing wrong
you think i'm never happy with a thing
should i smoke or drink or what
or should i dig a hole and wait
my buddhist cheshire cat will come
and talk to me about what i've done wrong

burning from inside is a small hole
depression you're no friend of mine at all
Track Name: Pretoria
Pretoria
I'm simplicity
the lines upon the road, the thunder beats

with greatest care
bows around the trees
the buzzing nights the swelling melodies

and now she swirls the air
sending flowers to greet me there

Pretoria
I'm complexity
the quiet moments of our urgency

and now she swirls the air
sending flowers to greet me there

now the hidden streets
guide me to your open door
Track Name: Two Geese Flying, Almost Touching
Don't be alarmed by the wind dear
You're wings are strong enough now
breathe in breathe out

the humans
wallow
in regret below

feathers drift through the wind they've come from me
dodge the billows and smog outreaching trees
take a deep breath

the humans
wallow
in misery

now we're leaving
now we're leaving
going away
sick of the sulphur

the humans
wallow
in regret below

and now we're almost touching