Ghosts Hang Low

by Max Davies

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"Rock-poet-minstrel Max Davies makes searing soaring resonant relevant sense in this driving new album, Ghosts Hang Low. It's a synchronized sensory achievement. Indeed "forget your pieces of silver", and let's return to the "wild, the "shore". A  powerful dirge/ paean for the times."
- Anne Waldman

Lyrically inspired by early 60’s protest songs and early punk rock, Ghosts Hang Low aims to help re-inject a sense of social awareness and commentary into 21-Century music. Addressing such issues as unity, pollution, art, technology, corruption, disenchantment, creativity, mystery, selling out, materialism, inspiration and love; Ghosts Hang Low is an attempt to examine these topics through Rock & Roll.

Ghosts Hang Low features “deep, rich lyrics” and”gorgeous tones” and scintillates with dynamic feeling; exploring quiet acoustic contemplations and raw, gritty electric guitar, the album resonates with emotion and vibe. It was recorded in a hybrid fashion and produced in tandem by Max Davies and Kwest. A sort of “old-school” meets modern digital technology production style was employed. Wherein vocals, acoustic guitar and drums were all tracked live and then some overdubs were added. The music harkens back to a style of production that is becoming less of the norm in the ultra-loud, zero-decibel world of today. Ultimately, these songs were built to say something (not only lyrically, but sonically) about where things were, where they are, and where they are going.

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released January 6, 2015

Produced By Max Davies and Kwest
Engineered/ Mixed by Kwest and Max Davies
Recorded @ Trevarton Ranch Studios, Spring 2014
Overdubs @ The Stuart's and Bas Couture Bunker, Boulder Colorado
Tape transfer by Vinoth Vasanthakumar @ Powerplay Studios, Switzerland

All songs written by Maximilian G. Davies, except Ghosts Hang Low
written by Maximilian G. Davies and Clay Rose

Artwerk by: Kwest

Musicians:

Max Davies: vocals, guitars, synths, bass, rhodes, piano, percussion

Toni Oswald: bass, drums, noise guitar, toy piano, percussion

Jonas Leuenberger: drums, synths, percussion

Donnie Mortimer: background vocals, spiritual guidance

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Track Name: Root Cracks Pavement
No you can't
Take it away from me
With well laid plan
or mediocrity
With false sleeved hearts
Or bloody diamond thrones
Twisted screams
Extorted radios

So give me something sacred
Gimme something pure
Give me back my magic
and a place to burn

A place to burn

A place to burn

So I'm a taking back what
Was stolen long ago
Just as a root crack's pavement
I'm claiming what was sold
for nothing picture postcards
and fracture-charted minds
broken lipped bylines
and empty charted signs

So gimme something sacred
Gimme something pure
Gimme back my magic
and a place to burn

A place to burn

A place to burn

A place to burn

A place to burn
Track Name: Time Has Come
Wayward dream children
Won't you lay your big money down
Silver coins and neon signs will cycle back to the ground
There's a trembling current that is searching to be found
in between the reasoned word and the pretty pennied sound

Hey now
Hey now
Hey now
Time has come

For you and I
Yeah
We are as one

Hey now
Hey now
Time has come

For you and I
Yeah
We are as one

Broke down emperor
The tangled pearls of your line
Whispered down in beaded dreams
offering truth
offering lies
There's a rising currency within
And out of time
Just west of the darkling gold
For which we're taught to climb

Hey now
Hey now
Hey now
Time has come

For you and I
Yeah
We are as one

Hey now
Hey now
Time has come

For you and I
Yeah
We are as one
Track Name: Desert In The Shape
Open all the windows
Open all the doors
Shake your bell and string now baby
Make your light unfold

Spit the dark horse backwards
Bend your will anew
Rise up from the shore and dance
From what you once knew

When you smile on
Well you know that they can't kill you
When you smile on
they can never break you down

Let us see your beauty
Under tangled vine
While the candle floats above
Wicked tide and time

A desert in the shape
Between the sand and sea
Like a letter from the air
You're shining, wild, and free

When you smile on
Well you know that they can't kill you
When you smile on
they can never break you down
Track Name: Shadows & Fate
Well your way's gonna stumble
And your will's gonna rise
And the truth of the matter is
Difficult to surmise

Crooked winds gonna shudder
Simple smiles gonna shine
And the way things are going there's
Little reason or rhyme

But shadows and fate
Don't hesitate for
It's hard to define
The curve from the line
Line

Porcelain's gonna crumble
Silhouettes gonna slide
But the path we have chosen goes
Up and down thru the tide

Well your pain's gonna flutter
and your fear's gonna fly
and the course of the moment takes
a blink of an eye

But shadows and fate
Don't hesitate for
It's hard to define
The curve from the line
Line
Track Name: Orpheus Descending
Hey can't you see
These lines they're not me
They're just a shadow
Of who I used to be
When the time comes
and you softly descend
I step aside
And hear what you intend

And when the light it comes shimmering my way
And the snow on the ground is so clear
With the wind building up on the highway
And the thoughts on the mind of the seer

Hey, hey it's so real
Blue sheets and the lights and their feel
Well it's understood
That what you learn you steal
It's coming fast
The pink and the tongue and the lash
Into the room
With ghosts and scents of the past

And when the light it comes shimmering my way
And the snow on the ground is so clear
With the wind building up on the highway
And the thoughts on the mind of the seer

We've got no right
And we've got no wrong
Just a couple of chords
and the words to a song
Track Name: Selling Out Again
The people in this town don't wanna know
The ugly truth, the hunger and the show
So if you think you've finally got the lines
Don't waste your time dealing other peoples lies

The people in this town don't wanna see
The widening gulf, the greed, the misery
And just like that your ethics down the drain
Don't speak the needs that feed that business game

Under no illusions
Under no denials
There's a freedom ringing
In a simple style
But the way you're walking
And the way you're talking
are a little suspect with that
corporate style

You're selling out again
Forget your mother, brother, reason, and your friends
You're selling out again
Forget your mother, brother, reason, and your friends

The history of all that came before
Is pressing itself firmly at the door
And if your mind is tangled like a wire
Well sing like your ancestors are on fire

The people in this world are all in need
Come together share our unity
And if they beat and break your heart's and minds
Endeavor to find beauty in all times

Under no illusions
Under no denials
There's a freedom ringing
In a simple style
But the way you're walking
And the way you're talking
are a little suspect with that
corporate style

You're selling out again
Forget your mother, brother, reason, and your friends
You're selling out again
Forget your mother, brother, reason, and your friends

You're selling out again
Forget your mother, brother, reason, and your friends
You're selling out again
Forget your mother, brother, reason, and your friends

You're selling out again
Forget your mother, brother, reason, and your friends
You're selling out again
Forget your mother, brother, reason, and your friends

You're selling out again
Forget your mother, brother, reason, and your friends
You're selling out again
Forget your mother, brother, reason, and your friends
Track Name: Material Calling
This endless desire
Keeps eluding me
and when I have what I want
Is it really what I need?
Oh oh
You thought something might change
Oh oh
You thought something might change

This hole without end
The one I cannot fill
I've been gazing for days
With barely a thrill
Oh oh
You thought something might change
Oh oh
You thought something might change

But the high water's rising
And the Shit's gonna hit the fan
Material is calling
'Cause a heart rarely changes hands

This master and this slave
The mind fuck and the din
Aren't easily erased
But you can buy your way in
Oh oh
You thought something might change
Oh oh
You thought something might change

But there's a recourse and a vibe
Can't you see by now?
Everything is on the line
Can't buy your way out

Oh oh
You thought something might change
Oh oh
You thought something might change

But the high water's rising
And the Shit's gonna hit the fan
Material is calling
'Cause a heart rarely changes hands