Black Summer

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In the summer of 2016, Seattle WA band Crystal Desert teamed up with producer Simon Nicol to create a series of recordings which explore the darker corners of their manic psychedelic rock sound. Originally released incrementally as singles on limited-run cassettes, all of the BLACK SUMMER songs are now available here as a definitive collection.
Coming off of a tour in support of the "Four Corners: A Split" compilation and their February 2016 debut EP "What Is Crystal Desert?," the band invested their energy into a series of songwriting and audio recording experiments which became the BLACK SUMMER sessions. All of the songs were recorded in pairs in the foyer of a 115 year old house in Everett, WA. Each pair of songs makes use of a different set of audio engineering techniques.


Time is getting heavy
In the age where dreams go to die
Clutch your evil nature
And hang on for your life

But when we say goodbye
You'll wash your accomplished hands
You'll make a new life
Forged out of the sacred times

Life becomes one black summer after the other
And you can't fight the vertigo

Don't let your thoughts dry
Soak them in the sacred brine

Without a purpose...
Without a fear...
Without redemption..
Your soul is clear...

And when we say goodbye
I'll wash these disheveled hands
You'll make a new life
Corrupted by the endless sky

Eulogies and epitaphs you gotta write
Tell the world their fathers are gonna die
Hide your eyes, the black stains are turning white
Generate the sickness of your own...


from BLACK SUMMER, released September 24, 2016
:: Ryan Alexander - Guitar & Vocals ::
:: Josh Ihler - Drums ::
:: Christian Smith - Bass ::

:: Recorded in Everett, WA ::
:: Produced by Simon Nicol & Crystal Desert ::
:: Mixed by Simon Nicol & Crystal Desert ::
:: Mastered by Levi Seitz @ Black Belt Mastering ::
:: All songs written by Crystal Desert ::
:: Lyrics by R. Alexander ::
:: Track 3 originally written by Wipers ::
:: Tracks 5 & 6 Produced by S. Nicol, Crystal Desert, & Alex Taschereau ::
:: Additional vocals on Track 5 by J. Ihler & C. Smith ::
:: Additional lyrics on Track 5 by J. Ihler ::
:: Additional keyboard on Track 6 by R. Alexander & C. Smith ::
:: Additional percussion on Track 6 by J. Ihler ::
:: Art & design by R. Alexander ::




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