TH&S Demos Disc Two

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 February 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: Our Vodka Winter
the cold wet bricks of your doorstep
was our cigarette capital
our vodka city dream
the brown little leaves would follow our feet
the charge of the bitter and cold

you said that one little something
something i chose to ignore

you know one day you'll find it
with you and your friends
you are mysterious
you know one day you'll find it
just don't you pretend
we are mysterious

i took your advice and i kept it
like a holiday photograph
a pressing book leaf
brown winter leaves still follow my feet
the charge of the bitter and cold

remember that one little something
something i chose to ignore

you know one day we'll find it
its you and i then
stop, dance, 'cause here it is
Track Name: The Gasping After Baptism
he starts another line for the priest
for you were nothing but his release
towards a better day he'll stand and greet
the sun and sky, the holy breath
a chance to die at home
with relief

the clack of black shoes on cobblestone
the mountains still and grey
his face is worn from worrying now
gasping after baptism

now the bricks are piled up high
in the courtyard jasmine tangles in the light
it entices him
his eyes aware of pattern now
entices him, invites him to a chance for relief

the clack of black shoes on cobblestone
the mountains still and grey
his face is worn from worrying
the bells ring through the day
a stoic one might guess a thought
he looks the other way
his face is worn from worrying
the gasping after baptism
Track Name: Comet
burning just like a comet
you would light up the heavens
shooting star

the flame of love's alive
believe me

the sky was torn
please stop crying
we'll make it soon
someday we will be successes

i'll find you
someday we'll be great
Track Name: Evelyn My Friend
everyone will think so
my humble merry son
i have broken down in front of you
and tore my cobwebs down
but oh, it's so easily numbed
i'll tell you why it took me a lifetime to become
a step up
step down
a rise and fall
within these holes
a tired i

but what i've got
won't save the world today
it never will defend her
and what i've got
wont' kill my enemies
evelyn my friend

oh your letters and wishes for me to succeed
are cherished and written with the ink of dreams
but oh, it's so easily numbed
i'll tell you why it took me a lifetime to become
a step up
step down
a rise and fall
within these holes
a tired
Track Name: The Throat (pt 1)
i've seen you
sneaking around my woods at night
i've spied you
stealing fish from the lakes
with your sharp knives
i've smelt your
sour odour in glades from the grass blades
you saw me

i saw you
through paint dripping down from the high boughs
do the gulls cry
do the seagulls cry out for you do they

here comes the light
here comes the light
in the sky
in the sky
the one that roars
the one that roars
in the sky
for miles around
here comes the light
here comes the light
the one that roars
the one that roars
Track Name: Tumbleway
walk through the city
i smell the brine/braaing
lets see what happens this time
on your shore
on your guard
in your drawer now
is this a world for the tired
there's a sword buried deep
in your tumbleway

pick up the worms from rain road
fight the streets
explode
on your shore
on your guard
incredible now
is this a world for the tired
there's a sword buried deep
in your tumbleway

twist in water
find out
see what happens
find out
on your shore
on your guard
and it finds you like before
is this a world for the tired
there's a sword buried deep
in your tumbleway