Navigating the Labyrinth

by Dolven

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about

Deep sky is, of all visual impressions, the nearest akin to a feeling. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Notebooks

...and they were oppressed by the loneliness and vastness of the dolven halls and endlessly branching stairs and passages. — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

The loneliness and vastness of life can be oppressive, and beautiful in equal measure. As we delve deeper into our lives, as the years go by, we realize that resistance is futile; we play the game or we step out. This is music for playing the game...keeping us humble, reminding us of our smallness, which is depressing and uplifting all at once. The juxtaposition of beauty (the world) and darkness (we are alone). It is in these moments of staring into the campfire, resting near a mountain stream, or standing in front of the Pacific Ocean that we feel truly alive and invigorated. Dolven's style of "acoustic doom" brings us to that place...heavy music played lightly. Melancholy, yet uplifting. Dark, yet bright. Just like this life we are living day to day.

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released December 20, 2015

Henry Lauer - vocals
Nick Wusz - guitars
JWW - bass
Tim Call - drums

Guitar solo on "Inhale" by Don Anderson (Agalloch).
Sample on "Exhale" from Alan Watts "Out of Your Mind Lecture Series".

Recorded in Portland, OR.
Mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson.

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Track Name: To Fly Free
Detachment
Floating in eternal skies
Forever Blackness
Forever bliss

Racing fast
towards my demise
all i know
behind in the past, forever gone

(chorus)
To Fly Free
Only Me
isolation All around
Fear and joy in my mind

To fly free
so far away
no problems here, goodbye to my fears
Tranquility
(end chorus)

Seeing the world
in all of it's glory
How could it have gone so wrong?
Speck of a dust
in a cosmic sea

This peace I feel
floating onwards
Towards an end
to where I will forever belong

Repeat chorus X2
Track Name: Labyrinth
On an errant quest to find my people
To fit in somewhere
But that somewhere's in a place I left behind
We are the same wherever we go (I knew this long ago)

Still I push, seeking answers
Trying to find myself
Yet here I am, stuck within the
Entrance of this labyrinth

Why did I enter this maze?
What did I hope to find?
Pressure, life moving onward
Its starting to mix and blend

This labyrinthian life
is much too strong for me
Dragging, pulling me back to the abyss
Forever confused

Maybe the dream is over
theres nothing left to prove to you
Never letting my mind take over
nothing left to dream

Repeat
Track Name: My Prophecy
Death came to me so young
I was caught unaware
How life will throw misguided darts
that seem to be curses

But a gift was given to me
oh father, oh brother
this is my prophecy
But I did not ask for this
your deaths are upon me now
the most costly of blessings
Did I choose correctly?

Now here I stand a man
Wandering aimlessly
Exhausted, pained, and confused
I cannot waste one minute more

Faster, I run
Soaking it all in
The rain is running down my back
Eternal brick wall
Surrounded by my demons
Hoping it all works out

This is no way to live a life
I think I am cursed

I am nothing, I can't stop this flood
Life is pushing me away
Weakening My quest

Time cant bring you to me
What am I running from?
Where am I running to?

My prophecy is near it's end
In my quest, I will surely fail
I will surely die

Repeat