The Hidden Year (Disc One)

by Tape Hiss and Sparkle

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The Hidden Year is a double disc of material collected and recorded after 2011's For You In Your Cubicle. Themes surround the concept of a journey or a hidden history, memory and knowledge. The songs have been remastered in order to improve the listening experience.

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released January 3, 2011

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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: In The Light of Experience
fall in jump out
we have a secret weapon
we're turned inside out
its like a sensory war

because we love and we grow

it's all turned inside out
pluck the strings of heaven
violence is not the cold answer

break these chains of pain
once you take the light
the secret in your eyes
and don't lie to me
the moon will see
our eyes around
will witness this
our house broken down
Track Name: Alkali
every door will lock the same
as the body swings in its frame
never reveal what's behind
never release the ones inside
and all the flies in the lion's mane
chose not to comb their village clean
but he'll soak them in their sleep
his muscled neck fur must keep

go chase them down
her belly aches from rotten fruit
in vines and orchards too
bodies pause and renew
little hearts drum to her tune

every war will end the same
as a slaughter not a game
in the earth or mother's womb
is life no barricades
here our wisdom breeds its half
untold in brittle carvings
majestic little show
the shadows in the cave

go chase them down
her belly aches from rotten fruit
in vines and orchards too
bodies pause and renew
little hearts drum to her tune
Track Name: A Hole For A Memory
i'm in this mood again
coarse winds through the streets
the squeal of a slowing train
and my tired words that never meet
i tie my shoelaces tight
behind the figs i see
our table's lain in clouds

our giant's sleeping
i think back to a memory
through fog driving
rhodes, the 'nek and the M3

running around in the mist
over a broken limb of a tree
over the river ford
with the water rushing down to me

our giant's sleeping
i think back to a memory
through fog driving
rhodes, the 'nek and the M3
grey clouds hanging
above the rocks
come back to me
Track Name: Treehouse
running around the tree barefeet and giggling
offering the sun our backs to warm
burning plastic and papers in the forest across the road

far from our parents
running over rocks
near-trips and falls
to our treehouse

and we dig
find shells and stones
and we fight
just like them
and we scratch
bothering neighbours
and we plan to run away
offering the sun our backs to warm
in the forest across the road
Track Name: Heart
coins are thrown in like stones
we watch the world through squares
light the tyre
punch the air
a distant palace to fear

my heart is sore without you

you once turned to me my friend
a blast of words you did defend
me in there
i pushed it back
a twisted moment to bend that
Track Name: A Perfect Mimicry
he is like a diamond hovering
balancing on a wigwam
through many days
inside the poles and velum
a sour milk carton expiry date
he is like a diamond hovering
Track Name: A Vein-like Brocade
all alone in my head
watch you moving slowly
tired but listless
we'll never leave this place unscathed
holy numbers
you burnt your fingers
but never felt free
i can still smell the venom in her hair now

you'll need this more than me
when all this disappears
but almost constantly
your shadows burn gold in the night
in the night
in the night
i'll catch you when you fall

your feel for waves and
the salty seashore
save your veins from
all the murder that surrounds now

you'll need this more than me
when all this disappears
but almost constantly
your shadows burn gold in the night
in the night
in the night
fall away i won't shed a single tear
fall away
i'll be alone from here
oh when i know that it's come but it's never too long
Track Name: The Hidden Year
there's a candle that stands alone
on our rooftop to guide you home
and i will light that twine and wax forever
while you are lost I pray to be together

i walked blindfolded through that year
step by step
marching on
fascinated by the world
my hands touched rust, cotton, marble, stone

in my dreams there's a hawk that flies high
in spiral circles
the keenest eyes
he scans the ground to look for your dull halo
then lifts you up to save you from the devil
Track Name: Black Fax
there is something i would love to be
there is something i would tear my eyes out to see
i fall into your engine
i walk into your room and i grow cold

there's a place i'd rather be than here
this goes in and that goes out
whisper in your ear
wynberg's asphalt the cbd's half dead
and i grow cold

there's some freedom on the open sea
no wire traps to trace
nowhere is your face
i lick my little finger, i lift it to the air and chase the wind

there's no safety not for all of us
the illusion of wealth
the illusion of trust
i fall into your engine i walk into your room
and i grow cold
Track Name: The Patterns in Jade
you are the leaves that fall down
you are the seedling nudging up
i am the light that flickers
and unmoving rock

softly down

fair you are and i am not
i'm a mover a grower of stone
you take the leaves and rake them up
i tear fences and build new walls