Little Death

by Alexander Wolfe

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Fiona Smith
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Fiona Smith Heard so much already and Catherine breaks my heart every time. Favorite track: Catherine.
Tim Mee
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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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1.
Little Death 02:53
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
2.
Avalanche 03:46
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
3.
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
4.
Oslo 04:28
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
5.
Catherine 05:28
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
6.
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
7.
Jesus 05:16
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
8.
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
9.
Chin Up 03:28
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?
10.
Alive 06:01
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
11.
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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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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