Asteroids

by Richard Haswell

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"wonderfully inventive and anthemic pop music of the kind few even try to make any more...like a journey through a peculiarly personal, and tasteful, history of great indie/pop/rock of the last 40 odd years...one of the best of the year. Richard Haswell is a man to sit up and take notice of." Scots Whae Hae

“… has an edge unlike anything else currently on the radio...it has an epic appeal, making waves across ages and miles… it consumes your being.” Skope Magazine

“a menagerie of brilliance, Asteroids is an album that grows in stature with each listen…The Thinner the Ice is about as perfect a closing track as you’d want on an album. Atmospheric and conveying emotion with each word, it is nothing short of stunning.” Jason’s Jukebox

“…a voice that strikes the listener at once…what a very good, engaging and enjoyable album this is.” Terrascope Online

“Each song is so packed full of instrumentation and layers, the time and effort that has gone into making the album is clear…Haswell’s relative obscurity after 22 albums seems pretty unfair; he’s able to easily write catchy, radio worthy songs, and is obviously not short of ideas! ‘The Undreamed Of’ wouldn’t seem out of place amongst current popular indie acts, and it the seeming ease with which he creates a song like this that is so impressive” Americana UK

“… precision-crafted electronica fastened with acoustic sensibilities…each track is rich with unique arrangements of instrumentation that you can only imagine would be incredible live… demonstrate’s Haswell’s immense, genre-spanning talents as a multi-instrumentalist….a barrage. Eight rocks, none like the other, bounce off of your ears for forty minutes…an instrumentally diverse and holistic album …Haswell is an inventive performer and writer, a craftsman and a precise perfectionist – an engineer. Asteroids is the result of his dedication to ensuring every piece has its place.” 7bitAracde

'Asteroids' sounds like a debut album…fresh and energised. It doesn't feel like a mid-career, treading-water album. It sounds new and it sounds like Haswell is still trying to prove a point…contains plenty of vitality…unveils hidden depths upon repeat plays. 'The Distance Between You And I' has the feel of a centrepiece: it's big, bold, serious, powerful and a little psychedelic. Make no mistake, 'Asteroids' is an album full of very good music.” The Sound Of Confusion

“a finely polished and intelligently crafted album that manages to plant itself nicely between the familiar and the ever-so-slightly unconventional, and pulls it off very well indeed. Hear-Feel

“The Thinner The Ice - an understated gem of self-expression and sonic talent. Profound." FreshOntheNet

"...his music still strikes a positive chord and yet also sounds rather “out there” after two decades …some surprisingly infectious indie/prog rock…there’s a tunesmith at the heart of this record…like the sonic result of Peter Gabriel entering a 1990s indie club.” Leonard’s Lair

“…his music has a satisfying, retrospective feel reminiscent of Nick Cave, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel…imaginative…musically rich with interesting effects, good riffs and pounding guitars.” AAA Music

“…pretty impressive…like mid 70s Bowie - cosmic and spacey in places, kosmisch in others, equally melodic and noisy with a very good downbeat closer The Thinner The Ice. “ Bagging Area

“a pretty tight collection of tracks that take their cue from the spacier side of 1970s rock. By the time you hit The Thinner The Ice, Asteroids has already taken you on a roll, and this is a comedown that doesn’t lose the qualities of the earlier tracks.” Earthings

“a brilliant writing style, both lyrically and instrumentally…a wonderfully strong album...a rich and rewarding experience… echoing remnants of big artists such as David Bowie, Nick Cave and/or perhaps Peter Gabriel.” The Cd Critic

“extremely well produced…imaginative…much is moving and mellow, especially the closer The Thinner the Ice.” The RockClub

“.. trademark downbeat guitar crashing melancholy … sheer force of directed sonic emotion … our Mr Haswell writes a good song and of that there is no doubt.” Bluesbunny

“..a blend of droning space rock, shoegaze, and electronic pop. Somewhat reminiscent of something like The Big Pink and Wild Nothing's Golden Haze, particularly in the vocals: smooth, emotive, and very capturing." Moosickrevoos

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released July 1, 2013

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Richard Haswell has recorded 22 albums under his own name as well as the pseudonyms of Rhubarb and G For Gnome.

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Track Name: Jarvik-13
Observe the sun that keeps you living
Observe the hand that kindly feeds
Observe the trees that keep you breathing
And know what you've received
I was once a god before you
Amongst your kind I walked tall
Now you never come to me for anything at all
This is the pain you've given from a heart
that's driven by selfishness and pride
Eternally ungrateful
You'll one day realise
I was never born to follow
But I was never one to vent
I'll just quietly remember every word you've said
This will feed my motivation
I'm moving on to pastures green
I just need the room to function
I just need the space to breathe
I was your erstwhile vote, the great white hope
I was the apple of your eye
Now in 30 seconds your lifelong dream has died
I'm the fallen traitor in a fake container
but a real heart beats inside
I am walking wounded
My own peace I must find
Track Name: The Undreamed Of
Does the colour of the sky or the pressure shift suggest imminent change?
And in this newly altered state, my immediate concerns are out of range
And in those final fleeting seconds before I embrace the great unknown
There's a final resignation that this rarest of birds has finally flown
This is the undreamed of and this is where I lie...
Now there's a line drawn in the sand and I've reached the point where now there's no return
So with nothing left to lose, I am happy with fresh air and lessons learned
Why should I fear uncharted waters when I'm free to stop and stare or walk on by?
I will risk what is uncertain and savour these brief moments in time
This is the undreamed of and this is where I lie...
This is the undreamed of and this is where I'll die.
Track Name: Routinely Armed
I will consider second opinions
I will not take as gospel truth
Just for you to brush your ego
and lord it from your pulpit booth
Your only chance of elevation
You're a bird that's briefly flying by
A fleeting whim, a cursory glance now
vanished in the blink of an eye
They are gathering with their knives out
We will rise with fists flailing
I would no doubt find my feet
if the ground beneath me stopped moving
Surrounded by domestic comforts
You refuse to budge an inch
You have battened down the hatches
now your crew are feeling the pinch
When your concrete opinions crumble
to dust and rubble around your feet
And your sharpened words have come back to
haunt you with the weight of empty calories
I will scavenge lonely morsels
of your very existence
And the hazy images that shimmer
briefly in the distance
The moon may be 14%
larger in the sky tonight
But in my space there's faintly glowing
The dimmest of all lights
Your efficiency's depressing
Where is your humanity?
I'm tired of being told to focus
when I can't spare the energy
C'mon policemen
There are many faults to pick
C'mon policemen
There are many shins to kick
C'mon policemen
Make a name for yourself
There are so many tales to tell
Track Name: One More House From Happiness
A sudden urge to voice my opinion
I just want clean lines, no additions
Cut out the fat, no margin for error
Just want straight talk
and to find the quickest route
And I will reach my goal of pure contentment
which has eluded me
A search for inner peace and freedom
One more house from happiness
One more payslip and I'm more or less there
I'd like to wake up with a clear head
No overhanging cloud, no worry or restrain
No harbouring of doubts, no aches or pains
Don't need a pinnacle, just a happy medium
I understand the meaning now
This doesn't need repeated
I must find my own way through this mire
and settle this.
Track Name: The Distance Between You And I
All things carefully measured and measured out
will come back to you in spades
So you've turned your back now on your past
but its former glories you still hail
Where d'you really want to be now you've arrived?
I can see ever clearer
the distance between you and I
They say that I was born with a skin too few
But I've been building layers to deal with the likes of you
Now I fully understand the reasons why
I comprehend the gulf that exists between you and I
Track Name: Surfacing
This comes in colours
This comes at speed
This comes so unexpected
with a force you won't believe
This is not me
Those vicious dogs have been unleashed
Call your mothers, call your brothers
for there's nothing to tame me
Track Name: The Thinner The Ice
There is damage
There are scars
There are permanent scars
Where there's hope there is reason to believe
There exists a way to understand
and to wilfully erase
Back then I wanted to embrace you
I wanted to forgive you
I wanted a new start
But we both know this boat has drifted
The boundaries have shifted
The water's deep and dark
And there roam the sharks
Those hungry sharks who wish to feed
So let them feed
For to resist I have no will
So let these creatures have their fill
So now no more covert disguises
No unwelcome surprises
Unveiled at every turn
No time to see which way the wind blows
I cannot stem the blood flow
This body's fit to burn
This is damage
This is permanent damage