Fallen Ash & Embers

by Matthew Ryan / Strays Don't Sleep

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Are You The Matador? Are you the matador? Or are you the bull? Are you the weapon, Or a tool? Or are you a third thing, Something like air, That's felt and fluid and moving Like a water that wasn't there? There’s the seen and the unknown The perfect haunting every time The northern wires that get lost and tangled Between the heart and the feel and the mind The maps, books, music, love, the death and sex Your voice gets lower the further you go The moon crawls across the bed you sleep in An orange bird hovers at your window That's you there, isn't it? I can see it in your eyes like scars, The barbed-wire of freedom is Where the dark blurs fractured and constant and jagged at the edges of The threshold of every star Where the dark blurs fractured and constant and jagged at the edges of The threshold of every star You see, the barbed-wire of freedom is Where the dark blurs fractured and constant and jagged at the edges of The threshold of every star That's what we are
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Warm Lightning I buttoned my shirt She laid on her side I leaned down to kiss her She put her hand over her eyes And my aeroplane Was outside the window I said maybe I should stay She said maybe you should go So I took a drive Through the lateness that night By the houses and phantoms In that quieter light 60 some years Can go by in a minute But I love a world That has you in it And it’s a warm lightning So let me be clear Wherever you are I want to be near Warm lightning I love the mornings When you’re up before me I can still smell your perfume And the fall in the trees And the traffic is thinning And so is my hair The sweet note that you left me On the floor by the stairs Said isn’t amazing, Can you believe our luck? We’ve seen some hard things But we’re still in love 600 years Can go by in a minute But I love a world That has you in it Yeah it’s a warm lightning So let me be clear Wherever you are I want to be near Yeah it’s a warm lightning So let me be clear Wherever you go I want to be near Warm lightning
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The Last Event Later on When we've all come down And the streets are just a funeral And the last event Is falling ash and embers We'll drift and waltz and twist into nothing We weren't too bright my love, but weren't we something? Heroes waved From rented black sedans Monsters crept behind tall buildings And we smiled and cheered Like nothing ever ended We were so beautiful we forgot we were human In dusk and fear amen we found our undoing Don't say it comes as any shock Things just go and go and go until they stop I'll always remember you as a song with no end Here until... Early May She was standing in the front yard The sun was perfect, the clouds gone missing And I couldn't move That's when she started crying It felt so quick and yet somehow in slow motion We're all just boats that sink while falling in love with the ocean Don't say it comes as any shock Things just go and go and go until they stop I'll always remember you as a song with no end Here until... The last event Don't say it comes as any shock Things just go and go and go until they stop I'll always remember you as a song with no end Here until... The last event
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Avalanche of Stars Workers on The evening news Ohio’s got The third world blues I’ve been hoping for the best Rolling through the acid test I climbed the ladder To hang the verse Goodwill towards men And peace on earth Black dog pacing In the yard Trails of smoke Below the stars And in my head A simple thought It’s what it was It is because I’ve been delivered From the truth There’s only words And how they’re used I’ve been delivered From the truth There’s only words And how they’re used... Call a truce I’ve been hoping for the best Rolling through the acid test

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“Later on,
when we’ve all come down
and the streets are just a funeral
and the last event
is fallen ash and embers
we’ll drift and waltz and twist into nothing
we weren’t too bright, my love
but weren’t we something?”
— The Last Event


FALLEN ASH & EMBERS:

(Fallen Ash & Embers was mixed for listening via old school “over-the-ear” headphones. But don't fret if you're without a beautiful pair of immersive audio isolation hi-tech ear muffs, these songs will sound wonderful via any system or speakers you listen through due to the beautiful mastering talents of Hans DeKline.)

Fallen Ash & Embers is an EP of 4 brand new songs gathered specifically for the cooler weather of 2019. Two are collaborations, and two are self-penned. This collection is intended as a short film of sorts for the ears. It runs right around 16 minutes from start to finish. It's inspired by the moment we're in, but not tied to. It's more interested in who we'll be after this fever breaks.


PRICING:

As I've said before, streaming is a beautiful tool for discovery. But it's getting harder for middle and working class artists to maintain sustainability in our efforts for our homes and our creative ecosystems. Please read the info about pricing below, I want you to understand why I'm doing it and what my intentions are.

So this EP is priced at $5 for all three songs. $2 per song, if you purchase just one or 2 of the songs. My aim is to treat my main collaborators (writers and arrangers, David Ricketts and Doug Lancio) as equals in this effort, what that means is for each album or song you purchase, right around $1 will go to David Ricketts & Doug Lancio. On a purchase of the full EP, roughly $1 will go to David and Doug, and about $2.20 will go to me. That $2.20 per sale of a full EP is what I will try and earn a living from and pay myself back for what I invested in these recordings, and as compensation for the endless data entry that accompanies the sharing of music these days.

If the numbers look weird or vague, don't forget that there are fees from Bandcamp so they can keep delivering so much independent music. My intent isn't to confuse you, but to try and explain the higher price and where it goes.

Hope all that makes sense. And above all, I hope these songs become good companions. I love this "short film" for autumn I'm offering to you guys. I can't wait to feel it moving along through October with us.

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released October 4, 2019

GUESTS & COLLABORATORS:

Fallen Ash & Embers includes performances by Brian Fallon (Backing Vocals on Warm Lightning), David Henry (Cellos on The Last Event), Doug Lancio (Drums, Bass, Guitars, Pump Organ and the Arrangement on Are You the Matador?), David Ricketts (Piano, Pump Organ, Synth and the Arrangement on The Last Event), Clay Steakley (Bass on Warm Lightning), and Molly Thomas (Violins on Warm Lightning).

The cover art for Fallen Ash & Embers was designed by Joe Maiocco. Joe also suggested the title of this collection after hearing its centerpiece, The Last Event.

The cover photo was taken by Frankie Fingers.

Fallen Ash & Embers was mixed by Matthew Ryan, Doug Lancio and David Ricketts.
Mastered by Hans DeKline

Film & Television interests contact Steve Nice at steve@nicemgmt.com

TRACK LIST & SONGWRITERS:

1. Are You the Matador?
Music by Douglas John Lancio / Doug Lancio Music BMI
Words by Matthew Ryan / Plastic Violin BMI

2. Warm Lightning
Words & Music by Matthew Ryan / Plastic Violin BMI

3. The Last Event
Music by David Ricketts / 48-11 Music ASCAP
Words by Matthew Ryan / Plastic Violin BMI


GRATITUDE:

A giant thank you to the beautiful friends and musicians and artists that gave of themselves to this. And of course, love to my gang. And as always, thank you to YOU who listen and welcome and purchase this music. You make this possible and more rewarding than you might imagine, I'm not talking money, I'm talking about that feel of connectedness, community. Thank you.

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Matthew Ryan / Strays Don't Sleep Nashville, Tennessee

Matthew Ryan is experiencing a renaissance. It began with Boxers then Hustle Up Starlings in 2017.

In addition to solo efforts, Ryan is a member of Strays Don't Sleep along with Neilson Hubbard. They create minimalist ambient folk music, new Strays music is coming soon.

Devotedly independent Ryan continues to grow a sprawling career that's now rich with a long list of beautiful albums and songs.
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