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Petrichor

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1.
Hours 04:56
We went to bed, I couldn't sleep It's just skin touching skin The clock read 4:03 Just three more hours, to decide what to keep I swam, was out of breath Buried my face, in your vest My fists, blood meets stone It's just a house, not a home Strangers dancing at night Sweat dripping, arms up high It's just a dream, it might I've tried, I've tried, I've tried We went to bed, I couldn't sleep It's just skin touching skin The clock read 4:03 Just three more hours, to decide what to keep I swam, was out of breath Buried my face, in your vest My fists, blood meets stone It's just a house, not a home Strangers dancing at night Sweat dripping, arms up high It's just a dream, it might I've tried, I've tried, I've tried
2.
Poison Ivy 04:01
The sweat slowly trickles down, making tiny rivers across my arms As it makes its way through the dirt, my hands gathered from the ground I've got bruises on my legs, from climbing onto that bridge Poison ivy woven in its bars, a crown made for good luck And september Tangled members, of this family Mother wait for me The sweat slowly trickles down, making tiny rivers across my arms As it makes its way through the dirt, my hands gathered from the ground I've got bruises on my legs, from climbing onto that bridge Poison ivy woven in its bars, a crown made for good luck
3.
Sunday Kid 04:10
Sleep until the morning sighs Your back turned and folded against mine The writing on your arm Some lost poem you recalled The tepid water coats your knees I balance and wholeheartedly agree When you state the night makes free Magnolia blossoms before the heat A darksome puzzle enfolds your spine You deny it but I feel it as I slide My hands down to your thighs My dear this longing wasn’t mine Different matters mind from heart Unbelieve as I pick them apart Cause it’s allright You embrace me as we meet Your familiar scent it entirely engulfs me As you wrap your coat around A Sunday kid who’s new in town Different matters mind from heart Unbelieve as I pick them apart Cause it’s allright
4.
Ruins in blue, near the sea Hundreds of lilies, spread out in front of me I walked across, the pier Waiting for you, to reappear The shadows danced, on your face Deeply mysterious, a swan without grace Ruins in blue, in my stride, A proud demeanour, a wolf without a hide A siren song, for the bold A silent ceremony, left without a word I had a hunch, you might call No, I didn't change my mind, I'm still without love
5.
Petrichor 04:42
There is beauty in the lines you can’t read Sudden hesitation finds its peak As the bells chime right there in the street I rode down the hill braking with my feet As we rode to the carnival I fell asleep Making tiny resolutions with my heart The children made the bonfire crack and growl And I watched them dance around it all night long Crack a bone and then set it right A million pieces dust in light And I only ever needed time I feel fine, I feel fine, I feel fine There is beauty in the lines you can’t read Sudden hesitation finds its peak As the bells chime right there in the street I rode down the hill braking with my feet As we rode to the carnival I fell asleep Making tiny resolutions with my heart The children made the bonfire crack and growl And I watched them dance around it all night long Crack a bone and then set it right A million pieces dust in light And I only ever needed time I feel fine, I feel fine, I feel fine
6.
In the Cold 06:00
This silence, it fills the air The bed, we used to share A stale coffee, and the morning is gone Along with, the promise of home In the cold, of sleeping alone Your body, I used to know It unfolds, and turns to dust A cry for, a love long lost And comfort me dear, when I am wrong When you're the one I've sent away And comfort me love, when in doubt, I'm as much lost as you are These two years, I've been a king So lost in, the lines on your face But I needed to see, you leave So hard when, you won't believe And comfort me love, when I am wrong When you're the one I've sent away And comfort me dear, when in doubt, I'm as much lost as you are
7.
Pulse 04:23
The pencil slips through your fingers, as you draw your childhood home The wine you drink slowly lingers, and softens your voice While sweetly whispering Your hand on my back And my pulse races The things I neglect, while fighting the lines No sudden movement as I might scare you But there’s need for motion as you kiss goodbye When silence forms ice Creeping and crawling its way in your eyes It’s silver and gold This mighty not knowing although it holds, my heart in a knot and it won’t come off
8.
Hospital 05:23
Last night, in that hospital room You took a sigh and locked eyes with the nurse across your bed She said you're in luck my dear boy, one more day and you'd be far away from us all And take all the time, you need to calm your mind And I do know, that the sirens will call but not show When you're looking at the shore Your parents took us to the coffee machine We sat down in that bleak old dining room The sliding doors, they opened up and they closed You appeared and controlled your every move And take all the time, you need to calm your mind And I do know, that the sirens will call but not show, when you're looking at the shore Your face full of hurt and disdain You threw a rock it made waves till the end of the stream We slept all day slowly drifting away In the car with your feet, curled up, next to mine
9.
Scales 06:21
Lay your heart in the scale Will it tip over? Or will it fall down? Just to heavy for holding Your palms touch mine So easy to wonder, if it's all worth while, or better just to hide Don't you worry Your lungs will fill up in time Don't you worry I'm here and I won’t divide I've seen the lighting strike, all over the river and into the night

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released February 19, 2016

Myrthe Luyten: vocals & guitar
Bert Hornikx: drums & percussion
Toon Vanotterdijk: bass guitar
Bert Vliegen: keys, guitar & backing vocals

Additional musician: Gerd Van Mulders, horns on ‘In the Cold’ and ‘Hospital’

All words by Myrthe Luyten
All music by Astronaute
All songs recorded by Bob Hermans at GAM Studios
All songs mixed by Bob Hermans at Studio Paris
All songs mastered by Pieter de Wagter at Equus Studios

Photography by Myrthe Luyten
Design by Tim Broothaers

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Astronaute Hasselt, Belgium

Myrthe Luyten, the voice of Astronaute, had been searching for a while. Not just for herself, but also for the right way to magically transform her comfort into music. She wrote, she deleted and re-wrote. The result is called ‘Petrichor’: nine songs that read like short stories, with a soundtrack that swings from Sam Amidon to Sharon Van Etten. ... more

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