Graphite Touch

January 22, 2021

Graphite Touch (lyrics by tylea)

Sail away from the causeway
Look at the ocean turning on yesterday
You know you love to look for
Crying in the clouds

Curled up wave hits the star board side
See the salt spraying on either side
Sail away from the causeway
You’re swinging in the tide

The screeching of the pulleys
Seem to grind and crush
A silver underbelly
And a graphite touch
Will it push you any closer to the sea farer’s love
Or pull you deep away?

Aaahhh

Sail away from the causeway
Look at the ocean turning on yesterday
You know you’ll sink at the sign of grey smoke turning south

Bruised cloud cries over your doom
Still the siren wails through the flume
I didn’t know her anyway

You haven’t moved a muscle
Cramping up fear
You’re coming in between
The rock and souvenir
Revolving in an engine and rotating gears
Rolling in the
Rolling in the
Rolling

Aaahhh

You haven’t moved a muscle
Cramping up fear
You’re coming in between
The rock and souvenir
Revolving in an engine and rotating gears
Rolling in the tide

The diesel pushes toxin
Underneath your skin
You wanna breathe it out
But you can’t breathe in
(I’m still here)
The linen on your shoulder
(Yes, I’m still here)
Barely covering
Swaying with the tide

I’m still here
Yes, I’m still here

Lyrics by Tylea
Copyright 2020

Graphite Touch – New Single

January 13, 2021

It is with much adieu that I would like to introduce my first single from the late 2020 writing period, Graphite Touch. It is the first of a body of work which I have recorded, produced, played and chalked up all the music and lyrics. This track has been mixed and mastered by old mate, Goo over Xmas/New Year period.

After falling out of work late last year, I set about writing “full steam ahead”. This track was written and recorded at my dining room table around October amongst my son’s illustrating/illustrations, failed dinner approaches, dirty dishes, rubbish and leads hanging in a terrifying manner across all doorways…it was a work place health and safety nightmare for the family – a spaghetti montage which would aggravate any self-respecting audio engineer/producer with tendencies for tidiness.

I would like to think the track is a dive into my, if not “our” early life influences(and indulgences) growing up in the 80s in a coastal regional town where there was space to breathe and your friend approval rating was high when you belted out “Whitney”  on the bus. High moments there! 🙂

Maybe this track is meshing the synth pop and new romantic drama that I still seem to adore……maybe it also resonates the vocal timbre of strong, powerful, washy but lush sounding vocalists like Annie Lennox’s “Why”, The Thompson Twins “If You Were Here”, David Bowie’s monster pop track,”Let’s Dance” and power pop anthems from Roland Orzabal/Curt Smith (Tears for Fears).

Graphite touch will be uploaded to Spotify and other platforms on January 22. If you’d like to preview the song, head to tylea.bandcamp.com page the week before and give it a listen.

 

As a sidenote:

The average subscriber to Spotify may pay around $16 per month to access and support original music. The service is extremely subscriber friendly, but for an independent artist, the cost to digitally distribute one track on multiple platforms can cost around $30 for one year.

For an artist to re-coup this money (let alone the cost of producing, recording the track), one would potentially need around 5000 plays to re-coup the $30 distribution fee.

5000 plays… is that humanely possible or achievable for an ancient artefact such as myself who lacks social sass or a promotional entourage?

Regardless, I enjoyed working on all aspects of this creation and now that I have a stronger grasp on how to glue all the ideas together, I am quite excited about the future – and hopefully having more control and ownership of my creative work.

Tylea

Single Cover Photo by Magoo                 Graphite manipulation by Tylea

Safety

April 23, 2020

Why did I leave on a whim?

Strolling out on walking limbs

Nothing but a glimmer of hope

And dancing isotopes

With only scope

For downward slopes

I wish I could get rid of this hatred

And believe in something sacred

 

The only thing left I have is your image

I wish we were allowed to re-frame this visage

You are my forever wraith

And although I believed and had faith

I never thought

It would join me this late

 

The days of halcyon

Metallic and dynamic seem

Wrong now

While the silver

Shivers

On the top of the river

Like a five cent piece that glimmers

When touched by daylight

 

I am in a coma

Looking at the chroma

Of a pufferfish in slumber

As water encumbers

I doze

Without clothes

In the throws

Of each and everything I oppose

And with each action

I leave a fraction

Of myself behind

Words by Tylea (copyright)

16/4/20

 

All

December 17, 2019

All we have are words mouthed to another

All we have are hands holding each other

All we have are kind deeds which ought to be done

All we have is hope

All we have is looking beyond

All we have are the ideas that come

All we have is love

All we have are finding ways to reach out

All we have is acceptance

All we have are our shortcomings

All we have are thoughts which shape our cortex

All we have

 

Tylea

17/12/19