Sunny Ash

by Sculpted Static

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Sunny Ash, released only a year after Sound Check, represents a major step in the band's songwriting and production abilities. The psych/prog experiments have given way to a new focus on concise, accessible pop songs, such as "Distance" and "Not Enough." Even the overtly Floyd-inspired song "Neanderthal," with all its spacey guitars and sound effects, still follows a standard verse/chorus song structure. Lyrics have also become more poetic and reflective - "Lucy" tells of a lost friendship, "Follow The" talks of a journey, "Apart" explores themes of expectations and separation. The album ends with "Refrain," clearly a nod to Radiohead, a key influence of the band at the time.

The 2012 re-release includes non-album tracks "Save the Day," "Sad," and "Portrait," originally released shortly after Sunny Ash in 2004.

credits

released December 28, 2012

Written, performed and produced by Sculpted Static
Ian Asbjornsen: drums, percussion, voice
Steven Chow: voice, keyboard, bass
Andy California: guitar
Mark Williams: voice, guitar, bass
Except "Follow The" written by Elisa Morimoto and Sculpted Static
Additional musicians on "Follow The":
Elisa Morimoto: voice
Alan Lawrence: keyboard

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Track Name: Lucy
Lucy we knew we couldn't have walked out alive
Oh Lucy from the beginning we walked on the fire
Oh Lucy Lucy Lucy Lucy
Little by little the rain disappears
Out of the shelter emerge without fear
One tiny moment the radiance is near
Without you the walls start breaking
The house it will crash down burning
How can they find us and say yes again?

Can we still be together like stones and the water?
And can we just fall apart like we're dust to each other?
Oh Lucy Lucy Lucy Lucy
The rising moon flown in out of the blue
The sinking sun face the smile of the moon
One tiny moment that seems to hold true
Without you the windows blocking
The house that goes beatless and starving
Inside they will find us and say yes again

Lucy you know that we could have walked out together
Oh Lucy if we had never by chance heard each other
Oh Lucy Lucy Lucy Lucy
Track Name: Distance
Say you don't know
And say you don't need
But I do
And then you go but you don't lead me
I should know
And I do care
I am stone
I am stone
I am stone

Though I hoped
And though I came
You didn't seem to see or feel or notice
I was pulled
From a happy distance
Distance
Distance
Please know me
Please know me
Please know me

I am stone
I am stone
I am stone
Track Name: Not Enough
We could talk all night
But would it matter
We could see all the sights there are to see
But would that fix it
I just want to walk alone
That could change it

We agree on many things
Just not enough this time
We picked each other up so far
That's not enough, oh

It could be a little stranger
I suppose
But then we'd live in even greater danger
Of falling off the earth
I don't want to make it better
Just want to let it slide

We agree on many things
Just not enough this time
We picked each other up so far
That's not enough, oh

We agree on many things
Just not enough this time
We picked each other up so far
That's not enough, oh this time.
Track Name: Apart
I want to see everything
I am supposed to
So I do what I am told to
Sleep on a bed of nails
To see the sunrise
I cannot wait
I cannot wait

And when it must be
It must be

Streets that could only
Be praised in the thick of night
Spell out that we are apart
On a foreign ceiling
In a lost room

And when it must be
It must be
Track Name: Follow The
Savoring the brevity
Of a breeze
And with open arms
This moment I seize
Letting it travel to other far off lands
I wish I knew just where it goes
Where it goes to

So I followed the breeze
Round corners and trees
Because my thick skin
Is craving the feeling
And I can't seem to just let it go
Oh, just let it go

Soaking the warmth from the rays of the sun
He takes in some heat
As it moves on
He picks up his head and looks all around
And begins; wishing he knew just where it goes to
Where it goes to

So he follows the sun round corners and trees
Because his thick skin
Is craving the feeling
And he can't seem to just let it go
Oh, just let it go

You'd think that we'd realize that we're far from home
What I'll soon learn doesn't matter right now
Cause now is when I'm loving
And when I'm following
And I don't wish to know just where it goes to
Where it goes to
Track Name: Haste
Early morn the sun is in my room
And never mind that it sheds the light on doom
The clinic clean unpainted walls that silence
Hopes and lives that lived before

Somebody said that if you would go into your head
And you cry that your life is a mess
Then you suffer the feelings you dread
Anyone else who believes in that just wait until
You’re alone and you’ll find that you will
Not be able to swallow your pill

Everyday I go downstairs to greet
The same old fools but no one new to meet
And they’re all so full of themselves
I don’t want them I want someone else

Somebody said that if you would go into your head
And you cry that your life is a mess
Then you suffer the feelings you dread
Anyone else who believes in that just wait until
You’re alone and you’ll find that you will
Not be able to swallow your pill

Stay away and leave me here to find
The joy of doing nothing in my mind
The smiling face the staring eyes the scary climb
Upon the wasted time

Somebody said that if you would go into your head
And you cry that your life is a mess
Then you suffer the feelings you dread
Anyone else who believes in that just wait until
You’re alone and you’ll find that you will
Not be able to swallow your pill
Track Name: Neanderthal
Voice: "If you want to live the world that you like, you need to get up and say something. You know? So that's definitely the end of my rant."
Voice: "People don't make their voice heard."

Humans aren't fun
When you're like one of us
From humans you're shunned
When you're like one of us
They yell at me
Cast stones at me
They laugh at me
Throw blades at me

I hate those so-called human beings
I hate those so-called human beings
Them with their smaller brains, ridge-less eyes,
Violent minds, button nose, social lives
They think they are wise

Humans aren't ones
That you could joke around with
They think we are dumb
They think they have such a wit
They step on me
They steal from me
Talk back at me
And lie to me

Voice: "I think we're just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Humans look down
Especially if they are smaller
They spit on the ground
They think it will make them tall
How I hope that they
Will go away
I'll see that day
I'm here to stay

I hate those so-called human beings
I hate those so-called human beings
Devoid of humanity, turn away from those in need, surviving on their acts of greed.
Pathetic indeed.
Track Name: Salvo Social
Don't you know that Jesus Christ, that Jesus cried, that Jesus died
And just suppose that Jesus rose and Jesus knows and these our foes
And don't you know that Jesus Christ, that Jesus cried, that Jesus died
And juxtapose that Jesus rose and Jesus knows and these our foes

Save me, our lady of Moab
Save me, holy mother of all
Save me, our lady of Moab
Save me, holy mother of all

Embed in bed my head the reds the reds the reds the reds are coming
Set the war they fed the war they said the war they said the war
Embed in bed my head the reds the reds the reds the reds are coming
Set the war they fed the war they said the war they said was over

Save me, our lady of Moab
Save me, holy mother of all
Save me, our lady of Moab
Save me, holy mother of all

Go watch the news on CBS and NBC and CNN
They put your head inside the noose of ignorance and your consent
Go watch the news on ABC and FOX and MSN
They put your head inside the noose of ignorance and pull it

Save me, our lady of Moab
Save me, holy mother of all
Save me, our lady of Moab
Save me, holy mother of all
Track Name: Nothing
The sun will burn off the day all day
The day will fall off the night all night
The week peels off another week
You can count each and each
But they're
Well nothing
Well nothing
Well nothing

My head is thicker than my spine
Is heavier than my leg
Slower than my feet
I coil in and in and to
Well nothing
Well nothing
Well nothing

The sun is just as big or small
As any car or rock or bed
Or sun or hand or glove or junk or
Well nothing
Well nothing
Well nothing

The sun will burn off the day all day
The day will fall off the night all night
The week peels off another week
You can count each and each
But they're
Well nothing
Well nothing
Well nothing
Track Name: Thank You
When we stood in the cold and talked in the park
Till the stars froze above
With bated breath
It was everything I needed

I was so tired I couldn't see
And your voice went soft like a velvet dream
I knew you know
It was everything I needed

Oh thank you
Oh thank you
And thank you
And thank you

When I was lying in a sick little ball
And you hardly knew my last name
You said, oh you're a person
It was everything I needed

And thank you
Thank you
And thank you
Thank you
Track Name: Refrain
He broke down altogether
One year ago to this day
I never knew how I could stay
He tried to blot the sunlight
One thousand times his counting
And then you saw him standing blue

I woke to sounds of laughter
Inside my mind and your smile
All shadows flee as we rejoice
I wake inside the same bed
Where he was last laid to rest
And only wish you knew him too

No I'll never regret my patience
Cause it brought me back to you
(Never never never cry, for forgiveness, no need for forgiveness)
No I'll never regret my patience
Cause it brought me back to you
(Never never never cry, for forgiveness, never for forgiveness)
Marisol

Oh...

No I'll never regret my patience
Cause it brought me back to you
(Never never never cry, for forgiveness, no need for forgiveness)
No I'll never regret my patience
Cause it brought me back to you
(Never never never cry, for forgiveness, never for forgiveness)
Marisol

The magic spells were no use
Those days to kindle lanterns
And shine a light upon his way
The breeze was right that morning
You helped him redefine faith
And see he was me all along

No I'll never regret my patience
Cause it brought me back to you
(Never never never cry, for forgiveness, no need for forgiveness)
No I'll never regret my patience
Cause it brought me back to you
(Never never never cry, for forgiveness, never for forgiveness)
Marisol
Track Name: Save the Day
I'd say sometimes
I feel turned off and down
Things I have
Well, have had me

This constant swagger of tired and haughty days
Holds back and holds off and doesn't crush because

You are my love...

Missed the bus
Missed so much
Did I hit the books
or just ignore the looks

The burning back of my mind could turn
The tide of oceans
If not for solace, `cause

You are my love...

The music I have helps
and the books I have help
and you seem to save the day
you seem to save the day
Track Name: Sad
Simplicity
Sing to me softly
I won't care
I won't care anymore
Track Name: Portrait
I wanted to tell you
That you have something special
That you have something we all want
That you have something we can't have
You filled the hole so well