5cense Liner notes + a horsey sea songs mixtape for ill Mare


24 Aug 2020> We're gonna release a song 1x a month from Herd of Birds, the next Sound ƒuries album forthcoming on 12/24/2020 (our 24th anniversary), hear's the 1st single, "Mare."

We originally recorded "Mare" in the late '80s for a '89 cassette release Whorl (we called it "Skin" back then) + re-released it on the unheard tapes, but we wanted to re-do it w/ our bedder-½ singing. It was our ode to the ocean, back when we lived in Santa Cruz + used to spend countless hours staring at the waves. We changed a few of the lyrics, otherwise it's pretty much the same.

the sea
like a blanket on the globe
she rolls on the beach to meet me
put my feet under + pull the blankets over
+ let her mystery keep me


the waves wash away the pain
over + over again


so deep + heavy
so cold + yet so warm
her voice just keeps on going
the sea is forever
as long as we will know
her silence just keeps on rolling


she is timeless
she is breath
she is the cycle
she is death


i remember gliding in a boat blown by the wind
sliding across your skin
on an island almost floating
resting in her hands
we'll eat coconuts, limes + clams


the waves away the shells
+ turn them into bells


so beautiful you looked
with only the light of the moon
and your skin tempered the lashes


something filled the air
a buzzing steady glow
the fire flickered as
the wind blew the ashes

Lyrically it's diffrent then the rest of the songs on Herd of Birds (which yes, are primarily about birds, bees + our current homebound situation). We used acoustic on all the songs tho (we would of last year on 3.3 x 3.3 = S.S. but our acoustic guitar was outta commission or back + forth to Fender HQ being fixed) but most of the other tracks rock out a bit more, don't worry... perhaps weird to release a ballad as a single, but it was the 1st track we finished months ago. Hear's a video we made for it (using canned ocean footage):

+ hear's a mixtape of sea songs that inspired or share common ground w/ ill "Mare":

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