Underworld Floods

by Melanie Pegge

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Now here lies an unquenchable warmth to the day as it passes away and the particles gather together as one from afar you astonish the broken silence and time became measured by the weight of our need and a mountain of terror cries out to our feet and we were once spacious our souls hid the stars like the old skies on midsummer evenings when everything lingers
Castle 04:42
We were inside the ruins of a castle there was an empty table with six vacant chairs surrounding and we were telling the stories of the people who once lived there listening to the mysteries of the ones long gone entering the ruins of a young woman empty space loomed where there once was a back door stones piled upon stones forming a steep drop down towards a trench suddenly he appeared in the doorway and called us back home
Earthbox 04:08
White washed soil rain on the ropes a cause for laughter is a forceful hope burial service transfusion of blood the kindred slain of a sweet young girl stay with me it is all dark and it is all strange inside the earth box we will all rest and in peace nagging doom in the splendid clouds a hollow shock concussed thoughts sun dips sky bleeds out we must not draw back a kiss from dead lips comfort is strength from a tall woman stay with me it is all dark and it is all strange inside the earth box we will all rest and in peace
Midlanders 06:37
The sky was prussian blue but there was no moon hazy ochre were the street lights shining down onto the well-trod paths of the town here lie the midlanders they that came before us… salty white were the feathers of the ancient swans haunting the murky water the bold chimes of the church bells echoing over towards the eye of the beacon
Dust 03:32
though my mind’s not hoodwinked with marvels I do think there are more things in the dust the air the flood than will let a frail mind say than what wise man who walked so proud as if his form alone filled the wide temple of the universe
Stairwell 05:23
We were in the old house talking with the people our attention was distracted the whispering woods stood through the window let the wolves devour let the deluge roar towards us the piano lay opened standing in the stairwell climbing up was not an option the stacks of books became unruly let the wolves devour let the deluge roar towards us
Two Shadows 05:00
Pale light blue veins returned with them a wall wreathed in darkness resting peacefully two shadows towering between them two shadows soaring between them seaweed salt stained trickling trailing ashen remains shooting sailing
Inclines 06:32
Underneath the land in between the seams a ghost lay lowly rendering within an ancient sacred thought enclose it there when the third day came the incline was unstable the spotlight shines strangely straight through secret wounds into our crumbling tombs


Songs searching for some beauty in the dark.


released March 20, 2020

All songs written and performed by Melanie Pegge & accompanied by Christopher Thornhill.
Recorded by Tom Mapes at Stone Dog Studios, Loughborough

This recording is a collection of spacious, ghostly songs performed on meandering classical guitar, accompanied by the subtle and mystical improvisation of a drysalter. With thanks to my friends and long-time collaborators Christopher Thornhill (a drysalter) and Tom Mapes (Stone Dog Studios).


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