Little Death

by Alexander Wolfe

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Tim Mee Been very much looking forward to this album coming out since Chris Hawkins played the dreamy (ironic!) and mesmeric ‘I cant get to sleep’ on BBC 6Music a few months ago.
Jeff Buckley meets Elbow anyone?! Favorite track: I Can't Get To Sleep.
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credits

released March 29, 2019

Written, produced & performed by Alexander Wolfe 
Tracks 1, 5, 6 & 9 co-written with Hayley Harland
Track 2 co-written with Harriet Starling, Ben Roulston & Jamie Scallion
Track 3, 7 & 8 co-written with Irwin Sparkes
Track 4 co-written with Ben Roulston & Jamie Scallion
All tracks mixed by Ben Roulston except track 8 mixed by Stan Kybert 
Tracks 2, 4, 7 & 9 co-produced with Ben Roulston
Engineered by Johnny Solway. Track 5 engineered by Austen Jux Chandler
Additional engineering by Charlie Rolfe, Tris Ellis, Jack Hudson
Track 10 engineered by Rob Macfarlane
Strings & Horns arranged Alex Metcalfe
Mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios
All instruments played by Alexander Wolfe except:
Drums on tracks 2, 7, 8 & 9 by Luke Barrat, Drums on tracks 3, 6 & 8 by Steve Pilgrim
Pedal steel on tracks 1, 5, 7 & 11 by Joe Harvey-Whyte
Strings played by: Rachel Dawson (cello), Sarah Tuke (violin)
Ruth Nelson (viola) Additional violins on tracks 5 and 10 by James Hastings
Trombone on tracks 1 & 5 by Trevor Mires, Trumpet on tracks 1 & 5 by Paul Spong

Front cover painting: (detail) Minaret, 2016, oil on canvas, 230 x 174cm
Inside painting: (detail) The Cost of Living, 2017, oil and polyfilla on canvas, 230 x 174cm
Yellow booklet painting: (detail) And I, 2016, oil and polyfilla on canvas, 230 x 174cm
All paintings by Shaan Syed
Artwork: Ryan Art

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Track Name: Little Death
I have never been more than a part time lover
I have never been less than a full time friend
And when those motherfuckers said that we deserved each other
I took that to mean on you I could depend

If there’s a shadow by your side I wanna be it
If your arms are open wide I wanna feel it

I hear the church bells ring, it’s either joy or it is sorrow
Either someone has been lost or someone's found
It's an innocence departed or an experience that’s over
Says the atheist from a box in the ground

If there’s a song you need to share I wanna hear it
A little life, a little death, I wanna feel it

If there’s a shadow by your side I wanna be it
If your arms are open wide I wanna feel it
If there’s something in the air I wanna breath it
A little life, a little death, I wanna feel it
Track Name: Avalanche
I've been living like an Avalanche
I’ve been trying to get free
I’ve been running through a hurricane
I’ve been tied up by my feet
I was swimming in the brightest light
Now I’m bathing in the grey
I’ve been feeling like an oversight, like I might throw the fight, runaway

If there’s a reason why my backs against the wall
Its ‘cause I’m searching for a perfect place to fall
When the bullets come they’ll find me in my bed
We’ll either live forever or we’re already dead

I'm just trying to forget
I'm just trying to reset

I've been sleeping with the enemy
To dull the bats inside my chest
I’ve been taking all my chemicals
But they don’t ever let me rest
I've been burning like a forest fire
I’ve been lighting up the sky
I’ve was just another gun for hire, used to fire, now I can’t remember why

If there’s a reason why my backs against the wall
Its ‘cause I’m searching for a perfect place to fall
When the bullets come they’ll find me in my bed
We’ll either live forever or we’re already dead

I'm just trying to forget
I'm just trying to reset
I'm just trying to forget
I'm just trying to reset
Track Name: Your Love Is a Wheel
It's not hard to re-arrange
Battered boys and bitter sweethearts runaway
They go where the love goes
I never knew

Between a knife and a gun
My trigger finger has been pointing at the sun
It goes where the love goes
I’m black and blue

And your love is a wheel
It tears you down and eats up the ground
From above, to conceal
So open up the fist that you found
And take me back to how it used to be
Just take me back to how it used to be

So lay it down and make a change
Shattered bones and whispered voices show the way
They go where the love goes
I never knew

It’s on the tip of my tongue
It’s been there since the day that this begun
Let’s go where the love goes
I’ll slip right through

And your love is a wheel
It tears you down and eats up the ground
From above, to conceal
So open up the fist that you found
And take me back to how it used to be
Just take me back to how it used to be

I’ve been running round chasing yesterday
Staring mirrors down and turning blue to grey
Going underground but I never learned to stay
I think I’ll find another way
Track Name: Oslo
Holding
Kneeling
Breathing
Out and in

Holy wind
Won’t let you in
Sallow skin
Led astray

And now it’s broken again
Don’t know where it began
Don’t know where
Don’t know when

Anything on earth that hurts like this
Should be locked away and never kissed
‘Cause beneath this fallen empire
I’m left with just the taste of her
I’m left with just the taste of her

Fading
Reeling
Falling
Into sin

And now its aching again
Don’t know where to begin
From the shallows
To the grave

Anything on earth that hurts like this
Should be locked away and never kissed
‘Cause beneath this fallen empire
I’m left with just the taste of her
I’m left with just the taste of her
What a think it is to kill a dream
Stone cold dead and never seen
And behind this faded effigy
I hope you still have the taste of me
Hope you still have the taste of me
Track Name: Catherine
I met her in the drunken capital
With fever in my blood I thought she looked a bit like God
Though I am not religious
I asked for her forgiveness and her love

We made love in the house where she was born
Hung blankets from the window frames to keep away the dawn
She was a crackle on a whisper
A beam of light that crept under my door

Catherine we were born again in the arms of each other
And I heard that you need a friend
But you’ll have to go alone

We both had trouble living on the earth
I’d been living in her lungs since I first listened to her breath
She begged for me to choke her
She said I was the smoke she was the flame

In her sisters bed she cried when she came
For her it wasn’t pleasure it was always about pain
She was a hook to hang the sky on
She said I was the dice she was the game

Catherine we were born again in the arms of each other
And I heard that you need a friend
But you’ll have to go alone

But honestly there’s nothing that I miss
The 484 to brixton where we shared our final kiss
She was a crackle on a whisper
A beam of light that crept under my door
A beam of light that crept under my door
Track Name: Breaking The Fall
Don’t you ever look back
Don’t you ever turn back around
From the grey into black
A still river don’t make a sound

You’re on your own
And you’re drawing blood from a stone

I can balance it all on the tip of my tongue
I'm on the edge of the wall
And I can’t hear your call, its a song that’s been sung
I’m breaking the fall

I would rather go down
I would rather go up in flames
Burn it all to the ground
If you were me you would do the same

You’re on your own
And you’re drawing blood from a stone

I can balance it all on the tip of my tongue
I'm on the edge of the wall
And I can’t hear your call, its a song that’s been sung
I’m breaking the fall

And when you realise that there is no reason
You’ll be paralysed
And when you look inside and see the colours bleeding
Thought it was paradise
And now you realise that the sides are even
And you’re still alive
You thought you’d learn to fly but it was hunting season
Now you can’t remember why

I can balance it all on the tip of my tongue
I'm on the edge of the wall
And I can’t hear your call, its a song that’s been sung
I’m breaking the fall
Track Name: Jesus
I’m older than my father
But I’m younger than the sea
And I don’t believe in Jesus
‘Cause he don’t believe in me

I’ve seen the light
It’s dark as night
And it goes on forever
Born to collide
With paradise
And I’ve never felt better

You’ve been holding on to heaven
Just to occupy your hands
Had your fingers crossed for nothing
Built your house on shifting sands

I’ve seen the light
It’s dark as night
And it goes on forever
Born to collide
With paradise
And I’ve never felt better
Track Name: I Can't Get To Sleep
It's a hole in the mirror
And I don’t wanna see that face no more
It’s a drop in the river
And I don’t wanna wash up on that shore

And I can’t get to sleep
With that wolf outside my door
I wish he’d let me be

I can’t live with it
I can’t live without it

It's a break in the fever
But I don’t wanna wind up like before
Just a pull on the lever
But I don’t wanna end up ion those jaws

These pills don’t let me breath
They just stick me to the floor
And I miss that revelry

I can’t live with it
I can’t live without it

And then I realised everything
‘Cause I was sick of suffering
It’s not the wolf that’s after me
Was always me that's following
When I was barely balancing
I never swam the shallow end
The wolf was never after me
Was always me that’s following

And I can’t get to sleep
With that wolf outside my door
These pills don’t let me breath
They just stick me to the floor
And I miss that revelry

I can’t live with it
I can’t live without it
Track Name: Chin Up
I'm haunted by a ghost that never comes
Insulted like Chernobyl in the sun

If I could lift my chin up
I think I would say
If we’re all in this together
Why do I feel alone?

I’m flatlined like a car that just won’t start
And I am a grenade
Come pull the pin out of my heart

If I could lift my chin up
I think I would say
If we’re all in this together
Why do I feel alone?
Track Name: Alive
I’m dirty and she’s clean
Born inside a guillotine
I found her crawling out of her lovers mouth
Now we’re alive

I thought I’d seen it all before
Until she kicked down my front door
She was drowned by love but then push came to shove
Now we’re alive

She had given up on life
Yeah you could see it in her eyes
Thought she’d be dead by 25
Now she’s alive

I used to stay up through the night
Lost transmission satellite
But now I’m sleeping well
On this carousel

I was giving up on life
Yeah you could see it in my eyes
Thought she’d be dead by 35
Now I'm alive
Track Name: I've Already Lost What I Never Had
I’ve already lost what I never had
‘Cause the further you fall the harder you land

She’s been balancing empires up on her head
And lying awake on an unmade bed
I’ve only been here for a week and a day
But there’s something I think I need to hear you say

‘Cause you know that the fear it don’t compromise
So go squeeze another tear from those aching eyes

And I’ve only been here for a week and a day
But there’s something I think I need to hear you say
She’s been balancing empires up on her head
And lying awake on an unmade bed

You know that I’ve never been where you think I’ve been
And the higher you soar the smaller you seem

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