Patterns

by The Antler King

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    Patterns is The Antler King's second album.
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    Release (B) October 4th 2013 on Sel/Sync Records
    Distribution Benelux: Coast to Coast

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When The Antler King presented themselves to the world in 2011, the band surprised all of us with a much appraised debut album. Two years later it is time for their second album Patterns. Unmistakably The Antler King, yes, but at the same time in many aspects differing from their previous work. You could easily regard this album as The Big Leap forward, displaying the band’s perfect feel for craftsmanship and genuine emotion.
In comparison to The Antler King’s debut album, Patterns could also be considered as Esther and Maarten’s ‘musical marriage’, not a surprise since both are officially husband and wife. Whereas Maarten previously used to find a lot of fulfilment in his guitar-playing sidekick role, his part on Patterns has become more important, resulting in some mean finger picking passages, layers of odd sounds and genius synthesiser and key-finds.
Releasing Gold Red Circles as summer single proved to be a very good choice. It is a very catchy sing-along that easily finds its way to everyone’s long-term memory. A summer hit, with enough edge to fill fans with euphoric joy until the album release.
The spooky and eerie-threatening title track Patterns would really have fit beautifully on a David Lynch movie soundtrack. Patterns, yes. You will find them all over the album, symbolising the patterns of life in which you can loose yourself or get stuck. But there are also reflections on everyday life, on becoming older, and the art of how to put things in perspective. The Antler King’s craftsmanship lies in – amongst others - creating straightforward acoustic (folk)pop, floating on beautiful harmonies. Mind you, the band did not move to a far away log cabin to write introspective campfire songs. On the contrary; as a result from unexpected style-choices combined with Esther’s vocals - epic and demure, powerful and soothing - they have created quite a unique sound.
While searching the essence of Esther & Maarten The Antler King received a lot of help from producer/sound engineer Jan Chantrain. Fed by their die-hard DIY ethics they played all instruments themselves (Esther even taught herself how to play the drums), resulting in somewhat imperfect but passionate performances. With this approach The Antler King has shed the perfect polish of their songs and replaced it with extra charm and attitude. A wise choice, showing Esther & Maarten’s musical professionalism and their will to play whatever they feel. There is no hype, there is only music.

(Katrien Brys)

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released October 4, 2013

Produced by Jan Chantrain/Esther Lybeert/Maarten Flamand

All tracks recorded by Jan Chantrain and Esther Lybeert at Studio On the Moon and The Antler King homestudio.
Assisted by Michaël Penson

DrumSupport by David Demeyere

Mixed by Jan Chantrain at Studio On the Moon

Mastered by Mathijs Indesteege

Esther Lybeert played:
lead vocals/ drums/percussion/violin/viola/cello/organ/melody harp/concert bells/backing vocals/samples

Maarten Flamand played:
acoustic and electric guitars/mandolin/baritone guitar/vocals/bass/synth bass/cello/melody harp/ piano/philichorda/rhodes/synths


Bruno Meeus played: harmonica/vocals

Artwork&Design: Philippe De Vuyst

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The Antler King is the musical working ground of Esther Lybeert and Maarten Flamand.They presented themselves in 2011, with a much appraised debut album.Two years later it is time for their second album Patterns. Fed by their die-hard DIY ethics they played all instruments themselves. With this approach they've shed the perfect polish of their songs and replaced it with extra charm and attitude. ... more

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Track Name: Patterns
Patterns

You can put the keys in the fridge
The letters in a box
But you’re never gonna change
The memory
Of who you are

You can play hide and seek
Put some rocks in a fire
But you’re never gonna write
A poem for your father


You can use the tricks you own
You can have the latest phone
You’ll get bored of ants
and vermin in your head


You can play fire and weed
Still the wind will always blow
The ashes in your eyes
You’ve got to burn the locks first


You can eat the lemonpie
You can crush a fly
Yet the lightness of being
Is gonna get you down
Track Name: Gold Red Circles
Gold red circles

Sun comes up
Sun comes up
I’m waiting for moonrise

Moon goes down
Moon goes down
I’m waiting for sunrise

I want you to be nearby
I want you here and now
I want you here now

Gold red circles
In the water
Bringing me peace of mind

Still it would be
Nice and easy
To be with you again

I want you to be nearby
I want you here and now
You to be nearby
I want you here now


I want you to be nearby
I want you here and now
You to be nearby
I want you here now
Track Name: Chain of Memory Lane
Chain of memory lane

I couldn’t help it
Saw you crossing the street again

How could you look so peaceful
So perfect to me

My bones were bound to be broken
But I’ll never let you break my bones again

Seasons changed colors of hair
This chain of memory lane to you
Will fetter for all time

Still I have high hopes
That faith will beat malice again

My bones were there to be broken
Now I badly hope you broke your bones too

Slowly
Little by little
You became this stranger to me
Track Name: It Ain't Mine
It Ain’t Mine

No, this city it ain’t mine
I do not recognize its scent
Mountain valleys many moons ago
Only reveries in my mind

People passing by
little pinpricks on my skin
I won’t toe the line
I’ll put the horse before the cart


Everything is moving way too fast
Into forms and shapes I do not
know
Everything is moving way too fast
Into forms and shapes I do not
know anymore


No, this city it ain’t mine
I do not recognize its scent
Down the road I will be done
Riding off into the sunset

People passing by
little pinpricks on my skin
I won’t toe the line
I’ll put the horse before the cart


Everything is moving way too fast
Into forms and shapes I do not
know
Everything is moving way too fast
Into forms and shapes I do not
know anymore
Track Name: Little Shakers&Wooden Blocks
Little Shakers&Wooden Blocks

Mind the lady coming down the stairs
Morning sadness melts away like snowflakes in the sun

Giant footprints of the father
Coming home for good

Raise your voice in all its might
Break the silence with your words

Cowardice and mediocrity are taking over nowadays


Are the little shakers and the wooden blocks
Nothing but a poor remedy to get you on top?


Mind the lady coming down the stairs
Pretty faces fade away
Same pattern every day

Self-fulfilling prophecies are taking over nowadays

Are the little shakers and the wooden blocks
Nothing but a poor remedy to get you on top?
Track Name: 14:48
14:48

Checking out from head to toe
We’re digging dirt
We’re digging dirt

We won't speak of reconciliation
We get in line
For the alphabet soup

We’re packed like sardines
We’re packed like sardines
It’s a dime a dozen
This mortal coil

You wanna go left, you wanna go right
You’re digging dirt
You’re digging dirt

Dog eat dog in a railway station
Scarlet woman in a fancy car
Show us some good behavior

We’re packed like sardines
We’re packed like sardines
This war of nerves
Will get you down

You gotta make it on your own
You gotta make it all alone
You gotta keep your head up high
You gotta move
You gotta prove
Stand in line
And leave behind
Always kind
Never mind
You gotta make it on your own
You gotta make it all alone
Track Name: Never Come Back
Never come back

Step out of the shadow
Leave the darkness behind
Forever
Listen to the radio
Why don’t you love me anymore

Why did you let me down
Why did you turn your back
Why did you feed off of your doubts
No I wont stay to hold on
To what we have

If you ever come back

Step into the water
Let brightness come
Let lightness come
Forever
Listen to the summer rain
Why don’t you come home now
Forever

Why did you let me down
Why did you turn your back
Why did you feed off of your doubts
No I wont stay to hold on
To what we have

If you ever come back
Track Name: Moonbeams
Moonbeams

A little rain is painting pictures on my window
Moonbeams lightening up my bedroom,
I’m awake

Oh, how will I unlock this rage in me
Oh, how do I reveal these wounds I feel

Clock is ticking in my veins until morning light
Bring me back to places where there is no pain
Track Name: Warriors
Warriors

I fear no storm anymore, my love
I fear no fight anymore
I fear no soldier and no sidestep anymore
I fear no dark side nor nightfall



After the war we leave a barren sheet behind
After the war we leave a barren sheet behind,
My love



It’s time for closure, we’re saviors of a lost heart
It’s time for tenderness, we’re warriors of this lost cause
I long for silent nights without you in my dreams
I long for bits and pieces coming back to me



After the war we leave a barren sheet behind,
My love
After the war we leave a barren sheet behind,
My love