SYNÆSTHESIA

by City Of Souls

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alandlolsdad
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alandlolsdad There are so many good tracks on this album. Intricate and nuanced guitars and an amazing vocalist makes City of Souls stand out from the crowd. Favorite track: Sleep.
Deej
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Deej Been waiting for something from this band for what feels like ages, i was so excited to find out this was out and I’m thrilled at listening to more.

A little prog, light on the shoegaze with a tinge of dream pop, wonderful and catchy, this is what my soul craves. This might be album of the year for me. Favorite track: Sleep.
Stéphane Gallay
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Stéphane Gallay Synæsthesia a le potentiel d’ouvrir à City of Souls les portes de la scène musicale de l’hémisphère nord. Ce n’est peut-être pas une tuerie majeure, mais c’est un album très équilibré, servi par des musiciens de haute volée (notamment un très bon chanteur) et par une production de grande tenue. (Chroniqué sur alias.erdorin.org) Favorite track: Wolf.
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    Auckland alt-rock outfit CITY | OF | SOULS have dropped their mammoth 16 track debut album SYNÆSTHESIA, now available on 180 gram vinyl in a first pressing limited to just 300 copies.

    Deluxe double vinyl pressing of our album SYNÆSTHESIA.
    Packaged in a single sleeve printed with high resolution album artwork.

    SIDE A
    1. LIFEBLOOD
    2. FERRYMAN
    3. WHISPERS
    4. CRUELTY

    SIDE B
    5. SHIMMER
    6. WOLF
    7. WHITE GHOST
    8. SLEEP

    SIDE C
    9. WATER
    10. LONG GONE
    11. TYING TONGUES
    12. BRUSH STROKES

    SIDE D
    13. L W T U A
    14. MOUNTAIN
    15. IRON HEART
    16. SYNAESTHESIA

    [AVAILABLE 31st JULY 2020 DUE TO COVID-19]

    Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered our album SYNÆSTHESIA on vinyl to date, your support means the world to us.

    We previously listed this merchandise item as being available from mid-June based on the production timelines quoted to us by the manufacturers. As you well know, many best laid plans have been derailed in recent months due to the necessary restrictions put on day to day business by the New Zealand government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    As a result the production of our vinyl release has been delayed by a month, and all pre-orders will now be shipped in the second half of July 2020.

    We apologise for the delay, and will do everything we can to ship your order to you as soon as we are able.

    Includes unlimited streaming of SYNÆSTHESIA via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • USB Flash Drive + Digital Album

    Our limited edition SYNÆSTHESIA 32GB 3.0 USB Cards are here!

    Each SYNÆSTHESIA USB comes loaded with digital content ready for you to plug the album into your car stereo to listen in full uncompressed .wav quality, or into your TV to watch the complete set of our official music videos and visualiser videos in 4K.

    - All 16 album tracks in uncompressed .wav quality [16 Bit // 44.1 KHz]
    - All 16 official UHD visualiser videos [4K]
    - All official music videos released to date [June 2020]
    - Highest resolution 22-page album booklet of artwork and lyric sheets
    - Dimensions: 4cm x 4cm, perfect for keeping in your card wallet or on your keychain

    Only 200 SYNÆSTHESIA USB cards available.

    Includes unlimited streaming of SYNÆSTHESIA via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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1.
Life Blood 04:37
Bathed in the deep Seeing through tears I conceal we'll find a way We can hide the weight Drained out of me All of the bruises and all the blame you tried to place Keeps a pride of place Beside you Fade in the dream Smooth blue black lips In the Paris sun Ever my love I would have kept you in my arms Left you in my heart Life Blood Know that you were Life Blood Waking the seas have died away We can't hide away here Time has come for us Pale in the gleaming tide again This time is getting thin Smooth blue black lips In the Paris sun Ever my love I would have kept you in my arms Left you in my heart Life Blood Know that you were Life Blood Disarm me
2.
Ferryman 04:44
Bearing witness seems to suit you best Tender touch of the skin In new robes you're dressed These days have been making me A lesser man than I can be Heartbreak has got the best of me It buried me and I can't speak And the world sleeps As the ferryman sets sail And we ride the distant sun I'm lost I've lost time Glowing our lonely lungs Peering at your face so pale In the shine Smeared as your teeth show A happy pantomime These days have been making me A lesser man than I can be Heartbreak has got the best of me It buried me and I can't breathe And the world sleeps As the ferryman sets sail And we ride the distant sun I'm lost I've lost time Glowing our lonely lungs Bearing witness seems to suit you best Tender touch of the skin In new robes you're dressed You will own my body You alone As we ride on As we ride on And we ride the distant sun I'm lost I've lost time Glowing our lonely lungs And we ride the distant sun I'm lost
3.
Whispers 03:47
Carried on in you Is part of her truth And the kingdoms left behind Wouldn't have eased her heartache Come and go like the moon Spinning round our tomb Lay down Beneath your weary hands Running from the whispers in your head So long Release my yearning friend Running from the whispers in your head Burying your teeth Dig in with your heels Resolute your blackening Never to shine for a lover Nothing changes around here Nothing left but all your fears Lay down Beneath your weary hands Running from the whispers in your head So long Release my yearning friend Running from the whispers in your head Lay down
4.
Cruelty 03:55
I see the whites of every eye Spinning machine I smell the blood upon the tongue In the breeze I hold the key in I touch the rust I shut the lock and swallowed everything To dust But your eyes still sing This time you run With proud indifference You're still out On the streets A bride in the distance Alive in me It might just be a drop But that makes a wave Shelter as cold as bitter winds Drive the slave Kneel to the ground Foot on your throat This isn't us it's not how love's supposed to grow When your eyes still sing This time you run With proud indifference You're still out On the streets A bride in the distance Alive in me
5.
Shimmer 04:46
A blaze of light And you're still with me I feel you in the trees like rain I hear you in my dreams I am change Change is coming, turning My bright eyes bloom You're part of the world again Out of this empty room I've thrown away some precious things This beast just keeps me awake I never seem to learn I just feed Listening to the devil speak to me Change is coming, turning My bright eyes bloom You're part of the world again Out of this empty room So long Get me out of this empty room So long I've had enough of this place So rob and rid me of this burden Let the sun shine down on my back again Let the sun shine Let the earth shimmer
6.
Wolf 03:46
I keep my eye on the wolf Drawing in the air Grey glint in the eye Biting the words Black blood on the tongue Lips coiled for the strike Now you're twisting in the grave In the word regret No light in the void Buried out by the wind Clutching your grudges Empty of voice My stretching grip Into the flood I slip Now you're twisting in the grave In the word regret As I give in Ashen hands again How we drift into the grave And the word regret Has been worn out Just one slip And I'm snared One slip Now you're twisting in the grave In the word regret As I give in Ashen hands again How we drift into the grave And the word regret Has been worn out I keep my eye on the wolf
7.
White Ghost 04:35
This is our last chance We'll batten the hatches down And pray for the ocean's forgiveness As we're battered around The time for hope Has become a matter of life or death The weight of gold I fear the burden it will break us all Into the river There's blood on their dress The snake is in the grass again I know Waiting at every corner for you To come stumbling in We gorged ourselves On our mother's health The trap is filled The weight of gold I fear the burden it will break us all down Into the river White ghost Into the river You run To the river You run Forever The weight of gold I fear the burden it will break us Erode my world Take us all White ghost Into the river You run To the river You run
8.
Sleep 04:13
You and I We've let our connection Get so volatile I see the cracks begin to show And I fear tonight Could just be the last time That we bury the knife Bury the blade again Sleeping Carry us away Heart of ice Desperate and dying Cool night Sun will rest your emptiness And burn it dry Burnt into our memories And open eyes Strain to see the birth Of all that blinding light Exiting our bodies Sleeping Carry us away Heart of ice Desperate and dying With a final word See no other way With a final word See no other way for us To escape Wait for me alone Sleeping Carry us away Heart of ice Desperate and dying For the sun to rest your emptiness For the sun to rest
9.
Water 04:17
Everywhere I turn There you are colliding with me Fill you up to let you down I wouldn’t have it any other way Out on the water we both run to ground Feel the sun burning Feel the breath of fire at your cheek I threw you out and run you round I threw you out just to chase you down Out on the water we both run to ground I’ll steer on through deepest ocean bound Take a deep breath In this salty grave Help the numb embrace us A deep breath In this salty grave help the numb embrace us Out on the water We both circle down i’ll steer on through Deepest ocean bound
10.
Long Gone 04:25
Buried in the bottle and I'm lost in a sea of cheshire grins A flash of red in the lions den That sound of crumbling dreams again A million miles from hope A masquerade until the blinding sun Another message to daylight Is drowned in the mire of hours long gone I am long gone Once again the party is spent Your loss the joker won't speak of it Tired and raw our bodies bent over The dog is waiting at your door A million miles from hope A masquerade until the blinding sun Another message to daylight Is drowned in the mire of hours long gone I am long gone
11.
I lie awake again tonight Running everything over and over And my will is made of iron Lacking ambition Eyes are on the prize shattering Born to rise to shine Rusted in position Watch the world go by Through other people living Hoping I don't burn my tongue Tying every word up Reading too far into things I've done Tying every word up in your arms I collected all this junk To only wear it once I watch it pile up But i cannot say stop Staring back at me As I try and wash it off I'll always keep clean Dust free Hoping I don't burn my tongue Tying every word up Reading too far into things I've done Tying every word up in your arms Tying every word up
12.
Drawing you into a monet frame The edges are blurring On a kiss that never could last Hey you, do you want to sever the dream? I don't You left my body in flows Like brush strokes Curling cracking as your sorrow speaks The morning light carries me Another memory Searching over empty ground Till there's nowhere to go Weeping like a willow Bending and shaking In ransacked home I wade through my brush strokes And I know you had to go And I had to stay I know Drawing you into a monet frame Aloud our movement frozen in place We are frozen in place You left my body in flows Like brush strokes And I know you had to go And I had to stay I know
13.
When routine bites hard And ambitions are low When resentment rides high And emotions won't grow Yet we're changing our ways Running different roads And love will tear us apart Why is the bedroom so cold? You've turned away on your side. Is my timing that flawed? Our respect runs so dry Yet there's still this appeal That we've kept through our lives And love will tear us apart Our love You cry out in your sleep All my failings exposed There's a taste in my mouth As desperation takes hold It's just that something so good Just can't function no more And love will tear us apart
14.
Mountain 04:47
Hiding in self esteem's thin veneer Head in the sand in my dreams You appear Hollow eyes of green Dripping fingernails Into horizons Staining Slip away I will go Wherever you go Blending waves Ebb and flow Through mountain and stone Let them say you lost your road To never be found again Let them say you are alone On this journey home You're a weakling of a man Yeah it's true A little secret keeper Turning blue A poison apple's sheen From behind the veil Into horizons Staining Slip away I will go Wherever you go Blending waves Ebb and flow Through mountain and stone Let them say you lost your road To never be found again Let them say you are alone On this journey home
15.
Iron Heart 03:27
Face in the glass Tasting you will not fill my cup In the dark All my insides turning out Just a ride But it's one I want off of With a sigh and a kiss goodnight This fire can wash me clean To this iron beneath Follow my will Take me to pastures in the sun Keep me still There's no need to chase or run With the sky And the moonlight on my tongue We can hide out On endless light This fire can wash me clean To this iron beneath There's a sight of you all alone Tied up tight in the stars above Brighter than all these diamonds We'll stare on and on This fire can wash me clean To this iron beneath
16.
SYNÆSTHESIA 04:43

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SYNÆSTHESIA 

City Of Souls have dropped their mammoth 16 track debut album.

SYNÆSTHESIA has been an album five years in the making.
Marcus Powell elaborates:
“City of Souls have hit every single obstacle and block you can imagine. For us, this album is about endurance, passion, and a deep love for music.
“We have had these songs written and recorded with (producer) Forrester Savell for a long time but for whatever reason our timelines and plans kept changing. What I love is the solidarity and persistence within the City of Souls family has pushed through. No matter what happened with the cancelled tours, shows, album deals and record labels we, as a collective, have stayed strong and loyal,” Powell says.
“To say we are excited to release this album is an understatement,” Powell continues.
“I am so proud of the boys and the extended families for sticking this out and being here for each other. I am grateful for the support of the fans for carrying us through as well. I can not wait for everyone to hear and experience our journey to date. Thank you to City of Souls, the Street teams, the fans and everyone involved to bring this Taonga (treasure) to life!”

City Of Souls formed in August 2015 by guitarists Trajan Schwencke (Cold by Winter, In Dread Response) and Steve Boag (In Dread Response, Blacklistt). Vocalist Richie Simpson (New Way Home) found their existing tracks immediately captivating and joined the band. Guitarist Marcus Powell (founding member of multi-platinum bands Blindspott and Blacklistt) then joined, and the line-up was complete with Daniel Insley on Bass (Solstate) and Drummer Corey Friedlander (In Dread Response / 8 Foot Sativa).

The City Of Souls sound is a true amalgamation of the members bringing something from each of their projects. Creating one of New Zealand’s heaviest and most loved rock bands.

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released May 1, 2020

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