Wilderness

by Samuel Escher

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about

The wilderness has always held my attention, often as a passing muse or idle thought. But, increasingly, that relationship has changed. I find myself longing, wanting to be part of it. Not a casual observer, removed, but a functioning part of a greater system. No longer governed by the human construct, but by something older and more ethereal.

This album is the first of three albums in a series exploring life. The songs on Wilderness were created and accumulated throughout my journey, reflecting introspection and my place within an increasingly complex world.

Samuel

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released January 11, 2019

Instrumentation:

Acoustic Guitar
Cello
Drums
Electric Bass
Electric Guitar
Piano
Vocals

All music on this record was written and performed exclusively by Samuel Escher.

Recorded in a 19th century tenement flat, October 2018.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Cover art by
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Mastered in LANDR.
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Produced by
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Track Name: Wilderness No.1 (Heart)
A sinner with hope
I wander on for days
Convinced of the fact
That there is another way

To hell with the fear
I focus on the pain
Follow the tracks
To uncertainty

I vowed to find myself in the wilderness
(of my heart)

The sinner remains
As I journey on for days
Each step I take
Thoughts fades away

As I follow the stars
The lights in the dark
I’m a thousand miles
From any place

I really don’t know where I belong
Or when this is supposed to end
I really don’t know where I went wrong
Or whether I can comprehend

But I vowed to find myself.
Track Name: Throne
In the fading light,
I look into your eyes,
And although you say the words,
I know our love has died.

I don't need my throne,
Or the other things I ever did own,
You can take my blood,
You can break my bones,
Because without your love I'll never feel whole.

In the broken dawn,
Heavy hearts, forlorn,
I turn to you,
But I forget that you're gone

Wake me up, this can't be the end,
Take me back, don't make me beg,
To love me back is all I'd ever ask of you,
Whilst I would do anything you need me to.

Heal my heart, refocus the lens,
Tell me now, you cannot want this to end,
To love me back is all I'd ever ask of you,
Whilst I would do anything you need me to.
Track Name: Kin
I wake to the south with my back against the wall
Gather myself as I stumble into a fall
Let out a sound akin to caterwaul
As I return to the ground

Head out North under familiar haze
Nights alone only rivaled by the days
Too far in to consider being afraid
I made this mess for myself

On my back I carry my whole life
But my thoughts weigh on me more than my supplies
I think back to when everything was fine
Your words echo in my head

"Don't go when we both know that you'll be back again
It's a long walk through the dark in the bitter rain
And I know you would rather be by the warm hearth with me"
Track Name: Wilderness No.2 (Gods)
There are gods in the wilderness that I haven't seen for days
They burn the underbrush, they drench the many lakes
They do everything that comes to pass
I doubt them to the very last, ashamed
There are gods in the wilderness I haven't seen for days

There are gods in the wilderness I haven't seen for years
They're watching over us, the heart of many fears
They were everything we ever knew
Now talked to by the seldom few, in tears
There are gods in the wilderness I haven't seen for years
Track Name: Mountain
Forgive my choice
My ascent from life
Of all my wounds I almost died
For all your love
For all your lies
I had forever on my side

After all the pain of the last four years
I needed to end my endless fears
I forgave myself for past arrears
And so, I climbed the mountain

Admired courage of the pinnacle climbed
Redemption found by shedding life
I take my seat on the mountain

Followed the path, above lodgepole pines
I climbed until the air turned dry
A shroud of fog reaches from the sky
Fortitude in the face of everything

For all the times in the last four years
I could not say what you needed to hear
I could not overcome my fear
But now I climb a mountain

Admired courage of the pinnacle climbed
Redemption found by shedding life
To reach the peak of impossible heights
To change myself, my everything

As I survey the town, far below
I rise above my broken soul
I take my seat on the mountain
I take my seat on the mountain
Track Name: Sink
I see the ebb, the flow
Pause, reflect in the surface below
How to declare a life alone

Lake lines, pebbles shores
Sandbanks catch the ores
As I push the boat out on my own

To sink unknown
Is to live alone
By my kind of reckoning

Bow strong, stern afloat
Waves lap against the boat
Lower self, break surface below

Drenched wool, heavy bones
Pockets weighed down with stones
Last breath before anchor pulls me down

I sink to the silt from a life unknown
Pockets weighed down with pebbles and stones.
Track Name: Wilderness No.3 (Flare)
How this came to be
I cannot ask you why
But you paint the stars
In the night sky

You've shown me a truth
Amongst the many lies
I still look to your hand
In the night sky

But I should have seen
That life goes on for me
Whether I am present or not

For so long I felt alone
How you might've tried
I suppose you gave me hope
In the night sky

And now I look again
I ask you for a guide
You point to the stars
In the night sky
Track Name: Embers
Embers, silhouette a quiet night
Consumed by thoughts of you and other lives,
You've moved on and maybe so should I
I muse, watching as the embers die.

Oh, what it is to be alone.

Refrain, birds serenade the morning light
I wake, glance fleeting at the fireside
Your verse, singed but never quite alight
Even words could not keep embers alight

Oh, what it is to be alone.
Track Name: Pioneer
I cannot keep my head above the water
I cannot feel my legs under me
I cannot find my way through the forest
For I cannot see the wood for the trees

I cannot fill my lungs I am drowning
I cannot breathe my body's under siege
I cannot find myself I am floundering
Its hard to find the truth surrounding me

But in my heart I am the pioneer
I'll overcome my doubts
The many fears
In my heart, I am the pioneer

I cannot find myself a home to live in
I cannot make a fire for the heat
I cannot warm myself I am shivering
I suffice to find a pine to lay beneath

I cannot find my way upon the apex
For the cannot kill the food that I should eat
I cannot find my way, I am dying
Dying to find the truth surrounding me

But in my heart I am the pioneer
I'll overcome my doubts
The many fears
In my heart, I am the pioneer

And if I'm being honest
If I'm being sincere
To you I make no promises
I am the pioneer
Track Name: Wilderness No.4 (Reprise)
Follow the river, the path to sea
An endless current lined by trees
I consider for a moment, what befell me
Then head downstream to where I’m supposed to be

Beyond the mountains, amongst the pines
Through the valley, past old lake lines
Under the heather, watchful eyes
Life surrounds in its own reprise

My path grows thinner, wade by fallen tree
Traverse the line to head out East,
Left the city, the last to see
To live a life amongst the beasts.

Beyond the mountains, amongst the pines
Through the valley, past old lake lines
Under the heather, watchful eyes
Life surrounds in its own reprise.

I do not intend to return.

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