Flutter

by Black Lake

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With Flutter we're exploring the dualities of light and dark, surface and depth, urban and rural. Flutter is the wings of a bird, swaying of trees and lights shining on a dirty puddle at night.

(Hey, if you click on the individual songs you'll see some of our own Black Lake multi-media art.)


"For the first song, Sea-Change, Black Lake develops the theme of transformation in Arial’s song from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” changing the context to their own iconography ending with poetry and noise guitar. The second track, “Energy EQUALS” is a spoken word rant/percussion cacophony of a pseudo science equation, "Energy EQUALS the bird of prey TIMES it’s prey MINUS the death of it’s prey.” Secret Trees references chaos theory and the sensitive dependence on initial conditions known as the butterfly effect. This song is exuberantly played with two electric guitars and sung in naïve unison, almost like a school chorus. Another track, The Dawning is a fast-driving and intense 43 second song showcasing Black Lake’s musical economy and Slink Moss’ velvety voice as the duo takes you on a quick trip from dawn to nightfall."
-Gunnart Quicke

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released May 20, 2012

All songs written by Slink Moss and Susan Jennings
Guitar, vocals, percussion - Slink Moss
Guitar, vocals, percussion - Susan Jennings
Electric bass - Tom Costa
Acoustic bass - David Humphrey
All songs engineered by Mitch Rackin of Seaside Lounge, except "Magic in the Darkness, engineered by Josh Clark of Seaside Lounge, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Mitch Rackin
Thanks to Alex Ross and sue-ellen stroum for production advice
Photos by Kiersten Chou

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Black Lake New York, New York

Black Lake is an inter-media duo whose performances fuse video, music, poetry, sculpture, and shadows to create an immersive otherwordly environment. Their signature style is at once sensual and gritty, quotidian and exquisite. Their soundscapes fuse pattern and exploration, building textures with wild guitar riffs, neo-Beat word-scapes, and the haunt of the human voice. Photo by Kenneth Smith. ... more

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Track Name: Sea-Change
Eyes of pearls bones of coral under the sea sea change sea change transformation iridescent colors that swirl pink and blue twist and twirl under the sea sea change rich and strange sea change never fade transformation iridescent transmutation opalescent seaweed dancing with shiny bones under the sea the blue black sea sea change rich and strange never fade there is no separation there is no divide you can never be lost
Track Name: Mystic Eye
Don't forget the fall what we've been through abyss and don't regret the well what you didn't do just look inside the black black lake just take a dive in a black black lake just look across the black black lake with your mystic eye is a mystic eye fire is an answer always changing like a fire now I can see through my black eye so let's take a drink mystic eye with a mystic eye the well is deep and let it sink trust in life into your spine the lake is a dream mystic eye is a black black lake black lake on the water at night at night
Track Name: Open
Underneath the mountain there is a tunnel in the tunnel there is a light underneath the glacier there is a tunnel in the tunnel there is a light open open open open a key to a box on a string
Track Name: Secret Trees
There are trees out there no one knows about like the stars everywhere that haven't been named yet secret trees they know what it's all about silent leaves they know what it's all about like the robber bank robber with his bills stained and the beat of the wings of a butterfly fly secret storms here there and all about sleeping seeds here there and all about when the wind blows then the trees show that the stars glow and we all know there's a shadow blue shadow everybody knows that the tears in the hand are the stars on the ocean and a flutter in china is a tornado in texas or new york city there are trees out there no one knows about like the stars everywhere that haven't been named yet secret skies we know what it's all about
Track Name: Energy Equals
Energy equals the bird of prey times its prey minus the death of its prey
Track Name: Magic in the Darkness
There are trees out there no one knows about like the stars everywhere that haven't been named yet secret trees silent leaves they know what it's all about like the robber bank robber with his bills stained and the beat of the wings of the butterfly fly secret storms here there and all about sleeping seeds here there and all about when the wind blows then the trees show that the stars glow and we all know there's a shadow blue shadow everybody knows that the tears in the hand are the stars on the ocean and the flutter in china is a tornado in texas or new york city there are trees out there no one knows about like the stars everywhere that haven't been named yet secret skies we know what it's all about
Track Name: The Dawning
Reflect refract drawing in the morning drawing in the light drawing in the dawning drawing in the night in the night in the night wax and wane
Track Name: Seek / Urban Rain
The mermaid lost her voice in the shell the walrus bark muted the sailor blinded the angel of the depths is a sea snake i see rain i see water i see rain i see water on the bottom of the ocean

Puddles flecked by taxi yellow gray ashes paper wrapper paper wrapper fur we live here city of fog city of rain microscopic frog
Track Name: Dark Night
voices ask about the color of the blackest blackest black it's words words poured over words over and over the light of the night it's a dark light such a dark light not a moonlight not a starlight it's a dark light in the night the night of the light it's a a dark night such a dark night not a daylight not a sunlight it's a dark light such a dark light it's a dark light in the night over and over and over the words blackest blackest black the color the voices ask
Track Name: Rain and Oil
Rain and oil do not mix rain and oil do not mix black rainbow gray rainbow rain and oil do not mix do not mix
Track Name: Metal Bird
Under mountain in a cave I changed out of the darkness into the black I changed metal bird like a train going back going back again different yet the same out of the morning into the glow into the light out of the morning into a dream I changed metal bird like a train going back going back again different not the same there was a lake now there is a black lake
Track Name: Valley
Valley on monday drinking the air tuesday shining over the sea wednesday traveling out on a train thursday vanishes into the rain friday lives out on the coast and saturday out of a city of two streams plant life electric valley on monday drinking the air tuesday shining over the sea over the sea
Track Name: Fly
drops droplets water light angled angular night!