LULLING SKULLS (digital album download)

by GHASTLY CITY SLEEP

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Ghastly City Sleep's epic new double album released February 2nd, 2016 on both Exotic Fever Records EFX056 and NoMoonOn NMO001, stirring deeper into their witchy cauldron of mood shifts than ever.
“Lulling Skulls” is an introspective immersion into the mind’s murky, haunted corners. Fear, loneliness and failed, lost, or unrequited love run deep amid the search for grounding, light and hope within these 10 tracks. Blanketing dense electronic beats and warping synth manipulations beneath haunting melodies of diverse guitar rock, Ghastly’s latest creation suffocates noise into a beautiful explosion of wide-open space.

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released November 28, 2015

Recorded between multiple studios and engineers:
Seaside Lounge, Kutch 1 Studio, Translator Audio, and Ghastly Space.
Charles Burst, Mike Kutchman, Andrew Schneider, Alan Siegler, and Ghastly.
Mixed by Alex Aldi and Andrew Schneider.
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering.

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Track Name: BENT
We gotta quit slipping down the sheets, to the darkest pits of the bed.
Flip the molded forms of this mattress again, my little sea-anemone.
We're lovers not enemies. You said, "We'll make it to the shore one day." You surely wouldn't lead me astray, in such disarray.
Let's go for a walk in the sand, collecting pockets of seashells, sharkteeth, spirit-rocks, and seaweed, my little girlfriend.
Anything to pull us out of the deep-dark, blue-black sea.
Lift our dizzy-leaded heads again, and back to believing believing believing believing believing. Well don't be-lieve-in-be-leave-ing me again. uhuhuhhhhuhhuhh.

I can't pull you out. Lying in a crater.

I don't wanna fight. We're two moths attracted to the night.
We're grasping for the lights. Sinking in ourselves.

I don't wanna fight. We're two moths attracted to the night.
We're grasping for the lights. Sinking in ourselves. Come back to me. Cos' this isn't how it ends…
Track Name: CLUMSY ONE
You poor, clumsy one
Don’t you know you lost the habit of acting happy
You see you’re wrong
You think it’s one way, but it’s not
It’s the other way

How you not gonna get stuck
When everything ends, in a hole
It’s a hole again
Feeding the black loneliness
A head is a rock, sitting, waiting to drop

Over the edge
Over the edge we go, we’re like lemmings
How far we’ve come along,
And how much further do we gotta go?


You’re simple ideas they spread
Like a temple, like a tumor in the head.

Just wait in line
To be swallowed from behind

Over the edge
Over the edge we go, we’re like lemmings
How far we’ve come along,
And how much further do we gotta go?
Track Name: WHITE OWLS
I often feel the loveliness of your eyes
What’s their size? Do you see in color?
Do you see my aura?

Do you swoop down as we scurry around
Curiously in the dark skies?
Watch me loop around
As you sit and hover

Do you get a grin when we can’t comprehend
What’s a future to hold afterall?
It’s all so small,
Does your mind wander?

I often wait gazing out an open window
For you to drift inside
With your heavenly eyes
Locked in the pull

Are you plugged in
Savvy that you’re getting in my head?
Are the secrets we hold burning the holes in night
Shining, blinding, bright as stars?
Can you coax us out?
Are we ever to be more than it seems, or are we just animals?
Are we sucking out?

(Can you feel, can you feel my pulsing?)

I often feel a loneliness I can’t describe
It blooms inside
Do you have a lover?
Do you get pulled under?

I’m often bearing down a path wearing down the grass
Glancing up so desperately
To catch your eye
Wearing to a thin

Are you plugged in
Savvy that you’re getting in my head?
Are the secrets we hold burning the holes in night
Shining, blinding, bright as stars?
Can you coax us out?
Am I ever to be more than I see, or am I blurring to black?
Am I sucking out?
Track Name: RETROGRADE
All eyes will gravitate
With your dark gaze
You were whispering things
All these things are gonna change

You’ll save me
I saw a backshift, lost my place
It left a space

Where the dust settles in
and sets it’s warm embrace
like it never really matters

So I just lean in
I get lost in your spin
like it never really mattered

Will it ever feel the same
All these orbits are in retrograde
I get lost in your spin
Gotta slip off backwards to begin


With your feverish face
Seas will magnetize
Casting light on the weights that rise
lifting waters and the tides

It’s a numbing of the poppies
Lilting of the bodies
You will save me.
You’ll save me

You alter the course of my trajectory
into your ecstasy
Its a cold, dark fleck in the world’s dust
Into all that really matters

Will I ever feel the same
All these orbits are in retrograde
I get lost in your spin
Gotta slip off backwards to begin
Track Name: WITCHERY
Ah hush now,
She grabs him by the hand
Bewitching fingertips
Slowly tracing his lines
Slowly changes her mind
Then she shifts into the psychic land
Screaming, “When will it end”
Casting shadows from the ceiling to the floorboards
Screaming, “I can’t take it anymore”

It’s the clatter of the wind
The way this world spins
It’s so persistent
Can’t I just end this existence

It’s hexing on my heart

Ah hush now,
It’s a red, howling transfixation
Now we’re swaying to the powers that shame
It’s a piling of the limbs
And she’s pitching up the mood again
Pleading, “You don’t deserve this”
And she leads him up the back stairs again
Witching up the end

It’s the clatter of the wind
The way this world spins
It’s so persistent
Can’t I just end this existence
Track Name: DIFFERENCES IN ELECTRICITIES
I enter an empty low-lit room
your currents of electrics I see
echoing to me
Centering my mind
Centering my mind

I exit that empty low-lit room
slip back in the halls
the dark corridors
your pulse, it pulls my course
Centering my mind
Centering my mind


I enter that empty low-lit room
I get carried away
I get carried away
I can’t carry on that way

Circling my mind
Circling in my mind

I exit that empty low-lit room
with nowhere to lay
There’s no one to say
just what, takes what, things away
what things away…..

(away)….. you float in and out of my white walls
… you float in and out with your pulse

turn off your engines
turn off; there’s children breathing here
just idle your mind
just idle away

What happened to you?

turn off your engines
idle your mind
just idle away
in the department of the lost
you keep me breathing,
you keep me breathing
i will find you

What happened to you?
Track Name: LULLING SKULLS
STOP it now…
You’re prying down the doors, Bruising with your teeth.
All these sinking beliefs, You’re coming back to me.
Flicking lights flash your image on my White-walls, Keep me company.
I’m a tortoise of a shell in the basement of a well, I will circle the seas.
You know you’re gettin’ to me, 27 lulls of the skull.


All these cracks in my mind, Keep hatching helpless eggs in the lungs.
Turning monsters into beasts, As they lick up the limbs,
Scratch and Sniff, Slip and nest as they please.
You know you’re gettin’ to me, 27 pulls on the soul.
…on the soul…

Someday I will lose it all.
There’s a cloud in your gaze.
It’s bursting rainfall. Bursting rainfall.
See my wishes like a wall in the way.

I’m losing it aaaaallllllll.

Your glass-pool eyes, I dipped in, (I capsized)
Skulls screaming to be baptized.
I will stay with you always (always)
But I slipped up on my fence again. ( Floated down, Flopped out)
I was wormless, I was wingless. I was drifting towards the river.
(Like the voices in my head)

I will… (I will)… I will circle the seas. (you know you’re, you know you’re getting to me)
I will… (I will)… I’ll be there in the lulls of your skull. (you know you’re getting to me)
I will… (I will)… I will lise it all. (I will lose it all). I will circle the seas. (circle the seas)
(You know you’re gettin’ to me.)
27 lulls of the skull.
You pull my soul.
Track Name: RED ROADS DARKLY
I won’t leave the lights on for you
I’m left where the darkness sets deep into
I said, “Take anything you want to”

So you gathered up all the animals
and like a pack you fled
on a night with no moon.

Big eyes stuck in the biggest of struggles
Disguised along the creeping of silence

Driving Westward, pulling all warmth along with you
Grays are desperate, blurring all that’s left inside from you

I swore, I heard a door creaking it’s hinges
“Oh no”, you said, “It was there from the start”

Oh man, how’d I never understand…
Track Name: MOONLESS
Your moonless eyes reflect the blackness
Our love’s become
What have you become
A point of reference
A distance separate
Keep the kittens off of that
Now we’re right back off the path

The rustling of heart’s leaves
Oh fuck, don’t leave
The dishes are stacking up,
The tube is droning
What did we wish for while we were pulling up the floors
It’s a lonesome world

Why are we so afraid
So afraid of it
We’re water-damaged at best

We’re Moonless, we’re caving in,
The ceiling sags, sillouhetting limbs,
So Moonless

Bring back the butterflies
Bring back the nausea
Wanna smash my head in like a window
Let the thoughts splash out
And Float down, float down the kitchen faucet
And kick it in, kick it in the face one more time you said

Bring back the butterflies
Bring back the nausea
Wanna smash my head in like a window
Let the thoughts splash out
And Float down, float down the kitchen faucet
And kick it in, kick it in the face one more time you said