Sleepy Creature

by Tispur

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Recorded to tape in a half-flooded concrete basement Sleepy Creature is an honest and lulling testament to Carlson’s childhood obsession with fantasy, and conversely, their morose and oftentimes disconnected disposition toward the stark realities one experiences entering adulthood.

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released April 24, 2017

All songs written and performed by Samwise Carlson
with additional accompaniment by:
Jake Saunders - Cello on Dewhorn, Queen of the Moons, White Maned, and Sun Stirs
Riley Johnson - Accordion, Vocals on The Hills Are Alight
Kathleen Williams - Vocals on White Widow

Recorded to tape and mixed by Brett Hawkins
Mastered by Azimuth Mastering
Art by Quinn Ahn Lucas

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Tispur Boise, Idaho

Tispur is a dream-folk project fronted by Samwise Carlson from Boise, ID. It combines intricate guitar-work, dream-like vocals, and ornate lyricism to excite evocative imagery of imaginary worlds. Samwise is known for their angelic vocal style, impressive range and gently hypnotic, moving performances akin with the spirits of Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan, and Joanna Newsom. ... more

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Track Name: Dewhorn
They caught it speaking to the trees
the night they dreamed the same things
When it roamed on the back of the Dewhorn
they caught its whispers in the dirt
All they could hear;
“Soon I shall leave
Soon I shall be forgot”
The lords of a tumultuous land
see light in the dark of all things bad
When it tries to flee from the county
they’ll catch it by its long, long hair
All it will hear;
“Last of your kind, you will be used for good meat”
Track Name: Sea Foam Pillow
I hid under the bridge, blowing my thoughts to the sea
I awoke in the water with the crumbling moon hanging over me
How high could it be?
I dove under the blue
Glowing, the moon in my arms
I dove so deep I broke a surface to our fading star hanging over me
How high could it be?
Track Name: Queen of the Moons
I was queen of the moons following my mothers before
I was a sea stirrer like my mothers before
Once when young I hung from the wrong stars
Never doing what I was told
And fell I did
La la la landed in your fold
And you were my first lover, silver finned creature
Silver finned creature
Shy one wished for the stinging of feet
Why shun all this Atlantis?
And he spoke of all his dreams to be leaping tree to tree to leaves to leaves
So back I went, the moons afar, to make a spell to make it so
‘cause he was my first lover
Sliver-foot creature
Sliver-foot leaper
Track Name: White Widow
In the shallows lies a rook
I’m a white widow, legs are crossed
In the windows, wooden walls
I’m a white widow, legs are crossed
Could I live so long that my body becomes a river?
Could I reach so far with bones that never wither?
Though they are not with me
In a street light, I’m the ember as the moths die in the umber
Fill the shadow
Could I live so long that my body becomes a river?
In the shallows lies a rook
I’m a white widow, legs are crossed
Track Name: Sleepy Creature
Sleep so softly in the summer time
Sleep so softly when the sun is high
And we dream until the stars all light up
Oh we dream and we forget that we wake up
Sleep so softly in the winter time
Sleep so softly when the wind is high
And we dream until the stars all light up
Oh we dream and we forget we wake up
Track Name: White Maned
What roams the deep woods white maned?
Whats hooves trot the rot that calls the cold rains?
I rise a river, rise
No creature sings a wild sorcery like this one
No king knows under kingly brow
They enter not the forest, so they meet not the white maned
Nor see whence came the rain
I rise a river, rise
Rise a river, rise
Track Name: Sun Stirs
Sun stirs - resonates like thunder
Valleys - shadows off her lashes
Lashes out upon the umber
Ashes settle in our bodies
Flaunt it, die and drift to haunt it
Whisper, nature listens
Do you listen to it storming?
Is it anything to hear?
If you don’t see it, you don’t see it
Is it anything to see?
To the hills I will go
Thigh-high in the brush with no lungs in me
Sun stirs - resonates like thunder
Valleys - shadows off her lashes
Lashes out upon the umber
Ashes settle in our bodies
Flaunt it, die and drift to haunt it
Whisper, nature listens
Track Name: The Hills Are Alight
Wispy sun, you have shone too long
Your glow is unravelled, fallible
Like all affable little lights, you’ll become far-faded figures
Mammal things, you have grown too tall
Your arms have reached too far for the rising sea, the flooded forest
The hills are alive and the brush is burning
There was painted a stormy sky
The earth smolders, the oil dries
Starry night, you are aged unfathomably so
Unfathomably so