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MD144 - JACKSON VANHORN "A Silent Understanding"

by Jackson VanHorn

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1.
Common Era 04:02
"Common Era" I don't feel distress I don't know how I feel anymore What follows this mess won't be different from what came before My father died today Or maybe it was yesterday I don't know Everything has changed Or maybe everything is the same I don't know I anticipate what comes next But my conjecture isn't written word I should probably expect the same imbalance as what came before My father died today Or maybe it was yesterday I don't know Everything has changed Or maybe everything is the same I don't know Common era Still life, paranoia Winter comes And stays forever My father died today Or maybe it was yesterday I don't know Everything has changed Or maybe everything's the same I don't know Common era Still life, paranoia Winter comes And stays forever
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Two Evils 01:44
"Two Evils" (Georges Bataille quote) (I think there are two opposite kinds of evil. The first is related to the necessity of human activity going well and having the desired results and the other consists of deliberately violating some fundamental taboos like, for example, the taboo against murder or against some sexual possibilities. - Georges Bataille)
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"Invisible Hand" Throw it all away like it's nothing Honestly, you'll feel better inside Slow decay ignoring your existence Retreat in disarray and fall in line Hold a match to what's left of the pieces Disintegrate like burning celluloid Only then can you begin with something Disconnect and reconstruct your life When they say that they will listen, Will they even understand? Will they ever make a difference, When they are led by the same hand? Broken minds ruling nations So divided they all stand Archaic concepts guiding masses into ruins They will be conditioned to demand Disappear and forget this ever happened In the night that mirror stains your mind Drifting embers signalling your exit Soon enough the guilt eats you alive When they say that they will listen, Will they even understand? Will they ever make a difference, When they are led by the same hand? Broken minds ruling nations So divided they all stand Archaic concepts guiding masses into ruins They will be conditioned to demand
4.
Melancholia 03:20
"Melancholia" Two worlds collide In between days Open your eyes While the overture plays In the background Everything falls in slow motion Someday this will all cease to exist Until the end of time, this will unfold beautifully No need to hide Push the vanity away And close your eyes While the epilogue fades Behind you Everything falls out of motion If tomorrow never comes Then this will be it Until the end of time, this will unfold beautifully
5.
"Lady Of Light" Holy apparition At the end of the hall Creeping over floorboards Covering us all Holy apparition Moving through us all Make us come alive Make us want to fall Lady of light Dancing with the sun Keep on dancing For everyone Lady of light Dancing with us all Keep on dancing Until the day is gone Holy apparition Sing to us in sleep Circle all around us Moving through the street Holy apparition Sing to me in sleep For when the morning comes That is when we meet Lady of light Dancing with the sun Keep on dancing For everyone Lady of light Dancing with us all Keep on dancing Until the grey is gone
6.
The Flame 05:17
"The Flame" Burning all the memories Buried at the core The flame will come to life And the past will be no more Is it any wonder Why it always falls apart When all their lives are broken before they can even start All your words are weightless spewing cowardice and shame You’re a drunkard and a liar and you have yourself to blame In a chain of circumstances that will never end, your feeling isn’t guilt because it isn’t over yet Burn, burn it all You offer an apology With sorrowful regret But now it is too late For all the words you left unsaid You can go to mass And see the priest and to repent But when your life is over Know that there will not be a next You betrayed yourself And your whole life became a lie Your fear is in control Until the day you die When i close my eyes And feel the burning at the core The flame will soon rise up And you will be no more Burn, burn it all
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Dissent 03:49
“Dissent” What lives in me Is in place of me I dream and dream Both strange dreams Shadowing Cut from me Following Anything I believe That I don’t see What you see To believe Hypocrisy Concerning Identity Industry I believe I don’t see What you see To believe
9.
Requiem 05:24
"Requiem” The dust settles in black and white Daydream spring Still the march of war Spray of roses Falling petals Greyness of death Open casket I don’t want to say That there’s nothing But there’s nothing Left inside I don’t want to say Now there’s nothing But there’s nothing Left to hide Funeral parlour birthday party Candles at the altar Tolling of bells Hospital bills Government checks I’ll let you fill in the rest… I don’t want to say That there’s nothing But there’s nothing Left inside I don’t want to say Now there’s nothing But there’s nothing Left to hide
10.
Anthropocene 03:53
“Anthropocene” Tightrope walk A new routine Strange and fragile Anthropocene This could take a while This balancing act Juggling mistakes To remedy the past Casting stones into the night Cradling fragments of your life Casting stones into the night Cradling the fragments of your life Tightrope walk A new routine Strange and fragile Anthropocene This could take a while This balancing act Juggling mistakes To remedy the past Casting stones into the night Cradling fragments of your life Casting stones into the night Cradling the fragments of your life
11.
Exile 06:50
“Exile” Well, I’m so far from having hope And there’s no way I could have known I’ve grown so tired of everyone And acting out this foolish show From this resolve No right or wrong Only what will become To any faith I don’t belong So, I will wait for this to all fall, fall “I am conscious about myself and everything, and then suddenly, or slowly, my consciousness fades out. Switches off. And it's not existing, and that's a marvelous feeling. That from existing, I am not existing. And at that moment, nothing can happen to me.” - Ingmar Bergman Well, I pay no mind at all And I’m not missing anyone When all of it is spectacle There’s no meaning to their call From this resolve No right or wrong Only what will become To any faith I don’t belong So, I will wait for this to all fall, fall
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about

Second album of the Art Pop/Post Punk Indianapolis based multi-instrumentist artist Jackson VanHorn.

The new album, “A Silent Understanding”, continues that craft by merging literary and cinematic influences with philosophical attentiveness. It peels back the veiled facade of society and holds a mirror to the self.

Both contemporary and timeless in its commentary, this record views the world through a critical lens. It acknowledges historical parallels (particularly in times of plague), while harboring frustration and disappointment with a world hurting both environmentally and socio-economically... leaving one acutely aware in a deafening silence.

“A Silent Understanding” explores the collapse of the individual within the context of a contemporary capitalist society, capturing the despondency and darkness felt by its widespread effects.

Despite the tenebrosity, this new record is not completely devoid of light.

"You can be optimistic, and totally without hope." - Francis Bacon

credits

released November 26, 2021

Written, arranged, performed, recorded, mixed, and produced by Jackson VanHorn
Music & lyrics by Jackson VanHorn
Mastered at Postal Recording
Additional vocals on "The Flame" by Heather Rose
Design by Jackson VanHorn
Images courtesy of the Finnish National Gallery, Hugo Simberg Archive
Layout by Vincent Ripoll

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