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"It is its own thing, completely mesmerizing. Graveyard Tapes have found their true voice in 'White Rooms'." - Popmatters

"Influences such as Radiohead and Atlas Sound creep into the music, but Graveyard Tapes have their own unreachable crypt. It wakes from combat, ready for a new day." - Fluid Radio

"Once again pooling their considerable talents for an arresting set of experimental pop songs" - Honorable mention as "Album of the Month" - Textura

"8/10 Stars - An excellent work that marks this classic music." - Son of Marketing

"Tension between traditional melody and found sound based musical backing, which always threatens to open out into rock climax but, most satisfyingly, never does, is excellent." - Cyclic Defrost

"Everything seems to be exactly in the place that it’s supposed to be, and that sort of confidence that makes the music so rewarding. It’s highly recommended for fans of Amnesiac-era Radiohead, Atlas Sound, and Neon Golden-era The Notwist." - Perfect Midnight World

"Like a subdued and shadow hugging Battles" - Mark Loses Today

Graveyard Tapes announce 'White Rooms', the follow-up to their acclaimed debut. Edinburgh based duo Euan McMeeken (glacis, The Kays Lavelle) and Matthew Collings (Splintered Instruments, Sketches For Albinos) joined the Tribe in 2013 with 'Our Sound Is Our Wound'.

Only the simplest and most elegant of ideas offer this sort of combustive force. McMeeken builds the audio structures and Collings nearly tears them back down again. Of their debut, Textura lauded “McMeeken's heartfelt singing and piano playing and Collings’ electronic and guitar colourations,” while Incendiary Magazine declared the album “a rare blend of inquisitive dark pop.” The track “Bloodbridge” inspired and was featured in Matty Ross’s enigmatic short film.

Where 'Our Sound Is Our Wound' confronted heartbreak, solitude and death, White Rooms looks to progress, even repair, restore. Collings assumed the role of primary songwriter, and here the darkly lit, fully curtained spaces of their inaugural record serve not as a wake, but a wake-up call. As McMeeken writes, 'White Rooms' accepts "the difficult
but essential challenge of finding the incongruent beauty in loss and moving forward as people.” This way the curtains are thrown open, daylight floods in, the colors of the interior come into full view, and we realize that what is left is a blank canvas, ready for our paints.

Both Collings and McMeeken have long embraced collaboration in their solo careers, having worked with the likes of Ben Frost, Old Earth, and Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX). This time around they’ve given their collaborative natures ample room to breathe. Many tracks were improvised with Ben Chatwin, who records as Talvihorros, while the song “Flicker” finds omni-instrumentalist/ singer-songwriter William Ryan Fritch (Vieo Abiungo, Death Blues Ensemble) lending his cello.

'White Rooms' releases mere months after Collings delivered his stunning 2nd solo album 'Silence Is A Rhythm Too', further solidifying his position as one of the most innovative and exciting producers around. It’s an addictive combo when paired with the searing and iconic vocals of McMeeken. It is clear from the initial moments: this incarnation of Graveyard Tapes digs ever deeper.

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released November 4, 2014

Graveyard Tapes are Matthew Collings and Euan McMeeken
with additional performances by Ben Chatwin, William Ryan Fritch, and Brady Swan

Follow Graveyard Tapes - facebook.com/graveyardtapes

All songs written by M. Collings and E. McMeeken
Except tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 written by M. Collings, E. McMeeken and B.Chatwin
String arrangement on track 1 by WR. Fritch
Drums on track 2 performed by Brady Swan, recorded by Ben Frost and Paul Evans at Greenhouse Studios, Iceland
All lyrics by E. McMeeken
Recorded in various locations around Edinburgh, Scotland
Mixed by M. Collings
Mastered by Carl Saff
Art by Shawn Stephany
Layout by Daniel Murphy
Copyrighted by Lost Tribe Sound, LLC
Published by Settled Scores (ASCAP 2014)

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Track Name: Flicker
Same old painted faces change
Same old words are gone
Still it doesn’t hurt
When this war is done

Knives are drawn again
Just like every day
But you will be reborn
With nothing left

A nothing little victory
Red moon in the night
Bruises on your heart
A pain that’s out of sight

You raise me up
In the dark
Though the walls
Are crumbling
You raise me up
Raise me up

Stay within these walls my friend
There the truest love
Grenades inside my skull
Falling from above

You raise me up
In the dark
Though the walls
Are crumbling
You raise me up
Raise me up
In the dark
Thought the walls
Are crumbling
You raise me up
Raise me up
Track Name: Exit Ghosts
On the edge of emptiness
On the end of loneliness
We admit we’re animals
We admit we’re animals

They won’t ask forgiveness, no
Speaking through the fires, love
They will raise us up
They will raise us up
In this room it’s freezing, Christ
They won’t feel a thing no more
They will raise us up
They will raise us up
Secret voices whisper words
Stay the course of all the days
They will raise us up
They will raise us up
Hell crawls through the window of
Dead without a sound days fall
The will raise us up
They will raise us up
The movement of one person kills
The movement of us all
They will raise us up
They will raise us up
Naked in the bright lights, love
We can hardly breathe now
They will give us up
They will give us up
For love

On the edge of emptiness
On the end of loneliness
They won’t ask forgiveness
They won’t ask forgiveness
They will give us up
They will give us up
We admit we’re animals
We admit we’re animals
Naked in the bright lights
They will give us up
They will give us up
They will give us up
We admit we’re animals
We admit we’re animals
Track Name: Could You Really Kill?
What they say is nothing
We don’t mind this war
Made a break, forgiveness
We don’t see the lines no more
This morning night was drowned in
Cold, grey waves
This morning night was drowned in
Cold, grey waves.

What they give’s too little
Too late to save them all
Terror in the darkness
A quiet noise is born
This morning lives were drowned in
Cold, grey waves
This morning lights went out in
Cold, grey waves
This morning night was drowned in
Cold, grey waves
This morning night was drowned in
Cold, grey waves

What they see is nothing
Nothing left to see
All the lifeless bodies
Blood dissolves inside of me
Find a new religion
Help me stop this thing
Could you kill?
Forgive me
I can do most anything
Track Name: Death Rattle
And when they rise in the night time darling
I will lay your hand in my hand
But the wolves, will keep on swarming
And the hands will keep on turning

They breathe your name lord
They breathe your name
They breathe your name lord
They breathe your name

When the void is never ending
Climb the stairs and keep on climbing
With the lights and the sirens flashing
They will run, to keep on climbing

They breathe your name lord
They breathe your name
They breathe your name lord
They breathe your name

The soul illumination
Are the words that they keep on chasing
Are the friends that they keep on saving
Is the hope that they keep on making
From the roof of the highest building
Scream my name but I’m never changing
Light that fire but I’m never breaking
Burn that cross but I’m never praying
They breathe your name lord
They breathe your name
They breathe your name lord
They breathe your name
They breathe your name lord
They breathe your name
They breathe your name lord
They breathe your name

The Secret Voices of People

It’s 98 degrees out
Standing in the middle
All the movement is gone
Cut the long piece short and sleep

The code of birth remains
Standing in the middle
All the movement is gone
Cut the long piece short

And say you can’t forget this
And say you can’t forgive
And say you don’t regret this
What more is there to give?

The living don’t arrive
The dead they do not leave
All the moments are gone
Cut the long piece short and breathe

Aged, decayed, eroded
All I want is time
All the moments are gone
Cut the long piece short

And say you can’t forget this
And say you can’t forgive
And say you don’t regret this
What more is there to give?
Track Name: The Secret Voices of People
It’s 98 degrees out
Standing in the middle
All the movement is gone
Cut the long piece short and sleep

The code of birth remains
Standing in the middle
All the movement is gone
Cut the long piece short

And say you can’t forget this
And say you can’t forgive
And say you don’t regret this
What more is there to give?

The living don’t arrive
The dead they do not leave
All the moments are gone
Cut the long piece short and breathe

Aged, decayed, eroded
All I want is time
All the moments are gone
Cut the long piece short

And say you can’t forget this
And say you can’t forgive
And say you don’t regret this
What more is there to give?
Track Name: Ruins
For all their talk
They can sleep or dream of somewhere better
This rooms inscribed with words on walls
The message is aggression
Breathe it in or
Bleed it out
Got to take our chances
The bodies yawn and stretch the light
Eliminates the poison
They wear their adult heads
With little thought or conscience
So vote for gentle light
But we will lose all colour
For all their talk
They can sleep or dream of somewhere better

It’s all these ruins
Falling from the sky above.

This is how my mind rotates
This is how the words connect with their soul
This is how the voice is heard
This is how all these words find a home

And by the way
These moments are all equal size
They will rise today
But never see the morning light

It’s all these ruins
Falling from the sky above.
Track Name: I'm On Fire
The shadows of skyscrapers fall
Music in the shadow of doubt
Reminds me of each year reversed
Tears without reason or doubt

I want to walk
You can sleep, you can sleep
IN THESE WHITE ROOMS

They will fall one day
Like ships inside the sound of waves
Like soldiers in the last of days
My mind I shot to storms

I want to die
You can stay, you can stay
IN THESE WHITE ROOMS

The shadows of skyscrapers fall
The shadows of skyscrapers fall
My mind is shot to storms
My mind is shut

I want to leave
You can breathe, you can breathe
IN THESE WHITE ROOMS
IN THESE WHITE ROOMS
IN THESE WHITE ROOMS

I’m on fire
All I want is reason.