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The Sky Is Blue

by The Valery Trails

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1.
Jaisalmer 02:11
What is this foolishness? Why are you taunting me? What is this foolishness? Why is it haunting me? I have no right to ask you anything I have no right to tell you anything What is this restlessness? What does it mean to me? What is this restlessness? Empty heart and open seas Where do we go from here? It could be anywhere Where do we go from here? Broken streets and desert air
2.
See Me Fall 04:12
Take the vision from my eyes Take the compass from my hand I will still know where I’m going I will still know how to land And you are here You see it all And you are near You see me fall It’s the end of the beginning Or the beginning of the end Have I found myself a savior? Have I found myself a friend?
3.
Zancudo 04:10
It isn’t easy to get here Where the driftwood lands on black sand Where the water is around you Where the memories expand And every night the sun goes down We watch it sink into the sea And I don’t know what brought you here And I don’t know what set you free It must be easy to live here If you’ve left it all behind You must have everything you need I hope you find your peace of mind I don’t know what set you free
4.
The sky is blue not just for you But for everyone who lifts their eyes And I have found some common ground With the people who are caught by surprise You don’t know where you’re going In a city by a river You don’t know where you’ve been There is treasure to be found You say life is for the living There are people who belong here But you don’t know what that means Who have found the common ground And the sky is blue The Sky is blue Not just for you But for everyone who lifts their eyes And you can see the vacancy And the people who can empathize And the sky is blue Feel the universe expanding Feel a chill inside your bones See the people understanding See the people leave their homes
5.
Sometimes it seems the sorrow tries so hard to find me And it comes creeping up until it’s right behind me Throws dust into my eyes and tries to blind me Some time ago the sorrow tried to drown me It tried to cover and surround me But that’s the moment when you found me So I’m still holding on
6.
These Times 04:21
These times (things they are changing) These times (things stay the same) These times (things they are changing) These times (things stay the same) Eyes on the prize Prioritize See through the lies And change Two steps forwards and one step backwards One step forwards and two steps backwards Two steps forwards and two steps backwards
7.
Make no mistake, that’s what I want To make no mistakes, unlikely as that seems It’s the hand of God tugging at my sleeve It was an act of grace, telling me to leave And it’s the hand of God that slaps me in the face It was an act of God, reality replaced If I don’t regret anything Maybe I didn’t try hard enough If I don’t regret anything Maybe I didn’t push far enough Make no mistakes, at least that you admit Make no mistake, choose your hopes and dreams And it’s the hand of God that slaps me in the face It was an act of God, reality replaced You get a lifetime time to prepare And then a moment to decide Wishing you could see What’s on the other side Who do you believe When your heart is on your sleeve Better hide it all away Keep it for another day (Which never comes) For goodness’ sake, everything I do Each step I take, leading me to you
8.
Maybe 03:37
Maybe this is how the world ends Not with a bang but with a wheeze Blood red sky and a gentle sigh of thoughts escaping Our hopes all vanish in the breeze Ch: Hold me up, tell me things will be OK Turn me around to face the coming day When I am strong, I will sing a new song Together we can make the music play Maybe this is what I wanted Splash of color on the monochrome Nights like these I can hardly breathe for fear of falling As the sun sets deep I feel so far from home
9.
Sometimes 02:34
Sometimes I realize That everything I know is wrong My convictions aren’t as strong As they were And it makes me wonder why I wanted to believe the lie Never even thought to try Another way Sometimes I realize That everything I know is wrong I like the singer, not the song But that’s OK And I’ve seen some wicked ways Through a smoky haze Laughing at crazy days In between
10.
This is something I can do With my hands and my heart working together This is something I can do Find a melody to last me forever A small stage in a narrow room Electricity and wood And after the show The bar is closed After the show We all go home And wait Like so many times before I can see the power and the fashion Like so many times before I can see the action and reaction Bright lights and a big machine The room fills with hopes and dreams I am not afraid to sing a simple song The melody will tell me what to say I am not afraid to sing a simple song The melody will carry me further, further along

about

The Sky Is Blue is The Valery Trails’ most ambitious album to date, with the band working without a deadline and taking the time to produce each song to its logical conclusion without strictly adhering to a rigid sonic framework. Help was enlisted from Brisbane friends Tim Steward (Screamfeeder, We All Want To - guitars and vocals) and Skye Staniford (We All Want To - vocals) as well as online collaborations with a horn section in Atlanta, Georgia (Terminus Horns) and strings by Swedish musician Filip Magnusson.

The album was mixed in North Carolina by Scott Solter, who has recorded and mixed an eclectic array of artists including The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, St Vincent and his own avant garde / ambient projects such as Boxharp and The Balustrade Ensemble. Scott was the perfect choice to bring together the diverse elements and different ideas explored in this set of songs, honouring each song’s direction while bringing them all together as an album.

The maturity and poise of Andrew Bower's songwriting provides the canvas for the band to layer sparkling guitars, fuzz-laden riffs, cascading melodies and a weighty and fluent rhythm section. There's a muscularity to the music but one that's equally tempered by sensitivity and, at various times, a dreamy sway or a surge of electricity.

The strength of the album lies in the way the band imbue the songs with their various international influences, seamlessly blending and embedding them in the songs. There's the sound of Brisbane in the 70s and 80s, the textural shoegaze side of UK indie in the 90s, the literate jangle and fuzz of some of the New Zealand Flying Nun bands, the rhythm and drive of Melbourne's Underground Lovers and the nuanced guitar sounds of US college rock.

Even as the band’s lives change and the world around them changes even more, The Valery Trails continue to strive towards their goal to build a body of work on their own terms.

credits

released August 12, 2022

The Valery Trails are:
Andrew Bower - Guitars/Vocals/Keyboards
Sean Bower - Bass
Dan McNaulty - Drums/Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Tim Steward - Guitars/Vocals
Skye Staniford - Vocals
Terminus Horns - Horn Section
Filip Magnusson - Strings

Recorded by Darek Mudge
Additional Recording by Andrew Bower
Mixed by Scott Solter
Mastered by Scott Craggs

Album Artwork by Tim Steward. Cover photo by Andrew Bower

All songs written by Andrew Bower

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