Asteroids

by Richard Haswell

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1.
05:52
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
2.
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.
3.
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
4.
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.
5.
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
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7.
03:23
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
8.
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

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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 Edinburgh, UK

Richard Haswell has recorded 30+ albums under his own name as well as the pseudonyms of Rhubarb, G For Gnome and White Noise.

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