Sisyphean

by Lamniformes

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    This Furhoof: Sixth Man pressing of 'Sisyphean' on cassette is limited to 105. This clear cassette with gold liner comes packaged inside a beautifully designed double-sided cross-box designed by Joseph Klomes. Upon opening you will find a set of 3 double-sided lyric cards. Lamniformes dedicates the album to the city of Chicago, and so, you may find a special Chicago Bulls surprise inside...

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Picking the pieces of gravel from my feet I lift up my head, heavy with both hope and dread I take another step through the doorway to where we first met Barefoot and blinded but completely unsurprised At the way that the mountain stretches to the skies You tell me that you’re glad that I want to try again Even though we both know exactly how this ends It’s just that the alternatives don’t have the same appeal I’d rather take the hard road then stay down here I know I’ll never make it, I know I’m going to die But what’s the point of living if I don’t try To push this wretched boulder all the way to the top And keep my heart pounding until the day it stops Suddenly you’re gone and I start my ascent With the echoes of your words ringing in my head “Nothing ends, but nothing lasts the future becomes the past”
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An exercise in futility When muscles all have atrophied There is no poetry only pain No force of will could make it change A vain attempt to justify The slowest road to suicide There is no poetry only pain No force of will could make it change I'm not afraid of burning out I've been aflame for hours and hours now When all the weight comes crashing down I'll bear the pain for hours and hours A scythe, a sigh No light no life All the iron in my hands Won't save me when the meteor lands
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I keep thinking that I see mountains in the distance Shrouded in blue I’m looking for something that doesn’t exist I leave behind small pieces of myself at every stop we make What will be left when I get back home? The future dies one day at a time It can’t be stopped and we’re still stuck inside Stones cut the floor Branches crush the roof A coffin fit for three
4.
Hypothermia 07:01
I only need you at my coldest When the earth has frozen solid When feeling leaves my fingers I will learn to let each breath linger So wrap your arms around me To keep the heat from running away And when my grip is losing ground A glorious sound I only need you at my darkest When the sky has been swallowed When my limbs have stopped shaking I will learn to love my organs failing So wrap your arms around me To keep the heat from running away And when my grip is losing ground This is the sound of arms unfolding Nothing ends but nothing lasts, the future becomes the past So warm A golden glow Sunlight From the snow So wrap your arms around me To keep the heat from running away And when my grip is losing ground...
5.
Diminisher 06:05
You cannot choose the company In which you have epiphanies Morning sunrise, light through the trees Burning away insecurities No way to hide, no illusions No escaping who we’ve become And at the end, a irony We always are who we pretend to be Diminisher Smoking from the start Now I watch you burn Down to ashes in the urn I am soaking wet Watch me melt away I should know some tides never turn An open mouth Taking in and spilling out
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Sisyphus you fucked it up Abandoned us again To be honest you’ve made no progress But we are still your friends It doesn’t matter how high you climb You’ll fall back to the floor Don’t despair though it isn’t fair We’ve all been here before Measure my life in rings The ones I run and the ones around my eyes And when they seal shut The world will know that I tried Sisyphus just let it go You can’t do this alone The rock you’re pushing is not a prison Draw beauty from the stone Measure my life in straight lines The ones that start and never seem to end But before they stop I’ll break my back trying to make them bend Don’t be afraid Nothing ends and we’ll still be here When gravity brings you home

about

Lamniformes, the songwriting project of multi-instrumentalist Ian Cory, has its feet in two worlds. Informed as much by Cory’s experience in the Brooklyn indie rock circuit as by his love for the sounds of sludge and post-metal, Lamniformes is a band that defies easy categorization. Picture Old Man Gloom writing bedroom pop, or Mount Eerie on a Neurosis binge. The project’s newest release, 'Sisyphean' is both heartbreaking and head-banging, an achingly beautiful collection that combines melody with soul-crushing distortion.

To bring these six songs to life, Cory recruited a crack team of musicians from Chicago’s art rock scene and the world of Brooklyn indie pop. Recorded at Chicago’s Pallet Sound studio by Seth Engel (Options, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya) and featuring performances from members of Gabby’s World, Bellows, and Small Wonder, 'Sisyphean' is the product of a multi-regional musical community. The record’s sonic landscape reflects this communal effort. Cellos, organs, and electric piano share space with booming electric guitars and Cory’s own drumming. Above it all are layered vocals and midi programming that give the album a distinct melancholy tone.

Despite taking its name from Albert Camus’ absurdist essay 'The Myth Of Sisyphus,' 'Sisyphean' isn’t an academic affair. Cory’s lyrics are rooted in the issues of modern life, including physical and mental health, addiction, toxic relationships, and the struggle to find hope in hopeless situations. The combination of these human themes with Lamniformes’ cathartic music makes Sisyphean an album for both the head and the heart.

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"To call it stoner/sludge would be accurate yet also reductive, but to call it interesting would be on point." – Revolver Magazine

"...whether that's something reminiscent of the crushing post-metal of Neurosis or the slow-burning instrumentals of This Will Destroy You, Lamniformes is all about riding a vibe out to its full conclusion." – No Echo Magazine

"Sisyphean is equal parts post-metal soundscape exploration and emotional, striving indie rock." – Scene Point Blank

credits

released March 15, 2019

An album by Lamniformes.
Written from spring 2009 to winter 2012.
Recorded from summer 2016 to summer 2017.

For Chicago, shrugging off the cold under yellow light.

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Ian Cory - Drums, vocals, organ, piano, rhodes, percussion, toy piano, midi programming, glockenspiel
Parker Langvardt - Bass
Mike Lambert - Guitar
Logan Bloom - Guitar
Terrence Alexander - Guitar
Daniel Lee - Cello
Henry Crawford - Vocals
Oliver Kalb - Vocals
Gabrielle Smith - Vocals
Seth Engel - Engineering, mixing
Greg Obis - Mastering
Joseph Klomes - Design

Music and lyrics written by Ian Cory

Sisyphean was recorded at Pallet Sounds and mastered at Chicago Mastering Service.

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