Safety In Movement

by Richard Haswell

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"...a remarkable thing - a strange lo-fi tardis of an album whose nine subtle songs unroll from the speakers like a soundtrack to some bedsit kingdom...the thrill here is great songwriting with an appearance of effortlessness." The Word

“… like a bedroom Radiohead…an inspired arranger and sonic visionary throughout these nine DIY voyages into sound… skittering electronic aesthetics, experimentation, and impressive shards of noise.” Americana UK

"… solid from start to finish, there isn't a bad track on the album… his level of consistency over the years without any major financial backing is something that can only be admired. Acoustic fans could do worse than to pick up this long player.” AllGigs

“ …accomplished and grown-up, his 20 self-released album experience shines through .” Joe’s Big Toe Fanzine

“...echoes of classic Scottish guitar pop …a soundtrack for the shadows, I can see this album having a resonance for a lot of people in these days of recession and depression.” Bluesbunny Music Reviews

“uncommonly delicate …there is a lot to enjoy on this album, especially if you have some spare time to lie perfectly still.” Is This Music

“…subtle…a pastoral dreamlike atmosphere... rich with experience …different enough to mark him out as a true independent artist.” Leonard’s Lair

“Haswell's voice is a cracked, expressive instrument ..consistently engaging ... there are some great melodies and hooks hidden amongst the records layers of loops, synths and guitar.” Subba-Cultcha

“... reveals an admirable lightness of touch based on quite simple but endearing guitar motifs…what he does best is understated acoustic guitar-based musing particularly on highlights like “Arise” which is how you guess Roy Harper and Pink Floyd might have sounded had they renewed their musical collaboration beyond “Have a Cigar”. Terrascope Online


released June 1, 2010


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Richard Haswell has recorded 23 albums under his own name as well as the pseudonyms of Rhubarb, G For Gnome and White Noise.

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Track Name: Magnetic North
There's a shifting sand
There's a changing light
There's a rising tide that I don't want to fight
We will gladly share this small pocket of time
And if he comes for us
We could hide a while
And we would welcome change
Because nothing stays the same
If I could halt decay
Then I would have found a way
But the tide is turning
You can sense the shift
The current's pulling me
I can't fight the drift
Track Name: Cause And Effect
From simmer to boil, I cannot rationalise
with the inner beast that's burning inside
I have crossed the line
and now there's no way back
This is my surrender, a blind endeavour
The heart attack
Cause and effect, this is life and death
Only one direction, so what do we have left?
Safety in movement, gather what's mine
Scan the horizon, we will leave it all behind
As the red drops on my chest lying in the bath
I willingly surrender the last paragraph
and wallow in the haze
For all of life's tension and immovable thoughts
The last hour will be erased
And for those few precious minutes
With wings I will soar
And old synapses will even the score
A minute's inspiration for a lifetime of grief
It was worth the wait
This is the first day I sense relief
Track Name: Arise
Oh you may see me as dangerous
But what is a life without desire?
Safety in thought, hide behind your hedge
Tiptoe around all that we have found
and what needs to be said
And they will talk of circumstances
Of squandered words and chances
And then they will know
That there was nowhere else to go
Too many plates spinning in my head
Under this crushing weight something must give
I have that knot in my stomach again
The blister will burst
And out will come the worst you've yet seen
So feel the chill of winter season
Where feelings, not reasons determine the flow
Now there is nowhere else to go
And you will see the phoenix rising
Your worst fears materialising
And then you will know
That there was nowhere left to go
Track Name: Dream Hill
The last thing he ever said to me
was you must flush this system clean
The clock is ticking my son
You may have only 6 to 8 weeks
There is too much clutter round here
You need the space to breathe
and think in peace, this I know
So you've tasted your dream
and you're still not satisfied
In your race for this dream
You've wasted all this time
The last thing she ever said to me
was that she'd never come back to here
I'll put a million miles between myself
and the trash round here
This is what keeps driving me on
I will achieve this higher plane and run
This I know
So keep running to the top of the hill
You may even get there first
Where you can enjoy the view
and never feel the thirst
But be careful of who you pass
and the shallow things that never last
This I know
Face to face with this loss
Now time is chasing you
Stood on top of the hill
The future is haunting you
In these dreams I am lost
But there's a moment of clarity
As I rest on the hill
For that moment I am free, this I know
Track Name: Driftwood
Faceless and distant, I can't figure this
Unscrambled signals and politics
Too many conflicts raging in my head
As I think of all the things I should have said
A belly full of words and all those grand statements
that no-one ever hears
Over-rehearsed , then abandoned
They're now lost at sea
I've gathered material, now I'll bury it
I've bathed all the wounds, now I'm fully fit
Put it down to driftwood, put it down to chance
Put it down to timing and circumstance
In this space I will linger
Wrapped in a warm blanket of memories
Now they're safely stored
No-one will ever take them from me
Track Name: Post Goldrush Blues
Hey John, hey Barclay
I hear you've passed on
The doors may be closed
But the memories live on
Some people fight wars
Others save lives
Some people sell records
that are going to change your life
Tim Buckley, Eric Taylor
Lee Clayton, The Velvet Underground
If you like that Dylan record
Wait 'til you hear Townes
Ditch those Beatles records
and buy some Neil Young
Invest in a vinyl copy of Old No.1
There's a chill wind in Kinnoull Street
There's no shelter from the storm
Those computer hard drives
Have swallowed everyone
Bring me back analogue
Bring me back reel to reel
Bring me back conversation
beyond a laptop screen
But we have these treasured memories
and the vinyl plays on
For the sake of the music
We'll just soldier on
Track Name: Embers
In the light of the same moon
This will be over soon
I'm alive, you're alive
And it's good enough
I've learned to live with this growth
and love it as my own
I can rise above it all
Way too weak to cut the wire
If left alone it may expire
Either way, it's good enough
As my thoughts turn homeward bound
and the answers I first found
I feel alive, I'm alive
And it's good enough

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