West of Zanzibar

by Subterranean Howl

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West of Zanzibar, originally conceived and performed as a live film score to director Tod Browning’s demented 1928 revenge thriller, is Subterranean Howl’s most diverse and compelling work to date.

Full of unexpected stylistic shifts and lushly rendered instrumental moments, the album takes you on a journey into the head of the film’s revenge-obsessed protagonist - a sadistic magician played by silent film legend Lon Chaney.

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released February 18, 2014

Danelle Dullum (vocals, piano, keys)
Simon Milliman (songwriting/production, vocals, guitar, keys, banjo)
Jerrad Nash (drums, percussion)
Clae Spratt (guitar, vocals, mandolin, keys)
Robin Ziari (bass, keys, saxophone, accordion)

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Subterranean Howl Portland, Oregon

The Subterranean Howl combines dance-worthy beats, epic song writing and other-worldly tones to create their life-affirming music. The band is: Simon Milliman (vox, guitar, keys, harmonica), Jerrad Nash (drums, percussion), Robin Ziari (bass, sax, accordion), Clae Spratt (guitar, banjo, mandolin, cigar box) and Danelle Dullem (Vox, keys). ... more

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Track Name: Wooden Nickels
Is this the end?
Is the subject closed?
I don't know
Did I begin?
Where did it start?
I tell you, I don't know
When did the clouds gather?
When did they break apart?
When did your teeth sink in?
And when we pass will you remember me
or has the engine stopped?
Shall we sing dirges?
Shall we sing requiems?
Shall we sing hymns to make us stand together?
I don't know
Shall I feel happy that you're gone away?
Gone to a better place?
Shall I rejoice that you're not with me?
I don't know
Shall I miss you?
Yes
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Track Name: If I Were the Devil
If I were the devil I'd make you shout and scream
At just the thought of me
If I were the devil I'd make you clutch the earth
Just to feel my shadow
I'd make you chew my food and you would revel in the poison
That they bring to me
If I were the prince and every morning saw my glory
This Sun would set your feet on fire

If I were the devil I'd burn all your books
And you'd just read my name
If I were the devil all the soldiers would die in vain
Just to see my face
Feel my embrace
If I were the devil I would swallow every soul
And you would beg them out
Like Ruth before her king
If I were the devil I would coil and constrict you
And then let you go
Because hell is being alone
Track Name: Flatlining on a Beggar's Grave
Voices fog amid the spoken midst
Darkness burgles from the eyes and mind
Ask the fair ones where we go from here
Flatlining on a beggar's grave

My son you're born into an age of fire
With window locks and bars on every door
When piece just interrupts the tide of war
Flatlining on a beggar's grave

Lovely ghosts I'll keep for always
Lonely ghosts eternity deepens

I guess we're not the supermen
Now the earth will inherit us
Tell me, How did it come to this?
Flatlining on a beggar's grave

In this bazaar of philosophies
In this carnival of human thought
How did baseness have its way with us?
Flatlining on a beggar's grave

Between simpletons and politics
Between Zion and the desolate
We pitched our tents against death's shadow hills
Flatlining on a beggar's grave
Track Name: Vices of the Saints
When all the old truths fail you
Father step down
When stars no longer guide you
Father step down

Relinquish control over me
Blinding and false
Fleet foot and free
Separated as prisms of light
Judge with a smile
Kill with a kiss

When every home is empty
Mother step down
When everything is bracken
Mother step down

Relinquish control over me
Blinding and false
Fleet foot and free
Separated as prisms of light
Judge with a smile
Kill with a kiss

Magicians and carnival clowns
Distractions and fog
Visions of sound
As stained glass corrupting the mind
Don't let me know
Just let me believe
Track Name: Black Hole in a Box/Manifest Density
I hope you get away
I hope you can escape
There's no reason to believe
I won't keep you here with me
In this black hole in a box
black hole in a box
Track Name: Heaven Half Asleep
I hope everything will come back to me
And I hope we can retrace our steps
For I have seen trees walking away
Words floating from the page

My heart's in these words I can't recall
But I know just what they mean

I hope memories will come crying out
Crying happy, crying sad
I don't care I just want them back
For I have seen things blotted away
A worlds of disappearing ink
And blinding transparency

My heart's in these words I can't recall
But I know just what they mean

I hope everyone is coming back
And I'll see heaven half asleep
Wondering what's become of me
For I have seen worlds spinning away
Black hole devil taking things
That all used to belong to me

My heart's in these words I can't recall
But I know just what they mean
Track Name: If I Were the Devil Part II
Na morte de uma flor
Os bosques vao chorar
Mais eu sou nimguem
E a onde eu pisar
Orelhos nao vao ouvir
Olhos nao vao ver
E o mundo continua
Sem me entender

A natureza nao explica
Porque somos assim
Quero me transformar
Equal um anjo ascendendo
A alma nao vai fugir
O medo passara
Posso ver voce subir
Contigo quero estar
Track Name: I'll Choose the Silence
Beautiful day
False as sunshine falling
She was crossing the grass
Looking like springtime falling

That perfect green grass
That perfect sky
Her perfect dress
This perfect day

She passed through the heat
Knowing inside was nothing
The budding leaves
Blossoms and flowers
Nothing

My words mean nothing
My arms are flesh and bone
I'll never let you go
I'll choose the silence

When the beat is lost
Nothing can make nothing
She holding ashes
and I'm holding ashes
And it's done

My jealous heart
My ruptured chest
I'll never let you go
I'll choose the silence

Years can pass
But nothing can fill up nothing
The edges erode
Idol holes beget canyons

The distance now
Now far enough
I'll never let you go
I'll choose the silence
Track Name: Closed Book Revelations
When will I stop missing you when you're here?
When will I start sleeping with the lights out
'cuz I can feel you in the atmosphere?
I won't have to see your chest moving

When will I stop missing you when you're here?
When will i start kissing with my eyes closed
And stop looking for a girl that i once kissed?

I don't need a heart in a sling or a cold compress
No knee shall bow
This Yankee's gone home
And I don't seek revelation from a closed book
Not in the fire
Not in the storm
Not in the earthquake

When will i stop missing you when you're here?
Track Name: No Believe/Shell Shock
My eyes stay closed
I don't notice a thing
Blood in their teeth
I don't notice a thing
Hell is feeling
I don't notice a thing
Track Name: If I Knew You Like You Knew Me
Ears land upon a xenophon
They can't translate
But if I knew you like you knew
I could see through you like you see through me
I could see fate slipping away

Can't exhale
This is the tale I can't shake
But if I knew you like you knew me
If I could break through this frozen sea
The arctic waves in cold disarray

I wish I had more to say
It's been a long day

Vibrant stones that sit alone
In concert halls
Oh, if i knew you like you knew me
I would compose you as you've composed me
Timid and weak
A soul with a leak
Watching fate slipping away

I wish I had more to say
It's been a long day