The Promise of a New Land

by Gothum & The Noise Pollution

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1.
We took the misty mountain trail right up to the peak, We searched for miles and miles to keep this state of clarity, But after sometime we realized it was all effervescent to see. For this moment had to pass just like the rest of the scenery. And now we waste our days, searching for that same place. About a week or so we waded at the top, We watched the trees as they turned, marooned to auburn. A palate of colors so rich in suspended animation, Then we climbed back down and left without any hesitation. And now we waste our days, searching for that same place. Glad we found our way home, We ate the fruit and let the chaos unfold, Sweet to the taste, Bitter it'll never taste the same again. And round and round, we'll take you around but there's nowhere left to go. The misty mountain trail has taken us right back to shore.
2.
You said you would be coming home, So I waited at your front door, Just to see you weren’t coming there, You left me waiting in despair. I asked you where’d you go, You told me you didn’t know, Said you wanted to flow free in the night, Said you wanted to be free of my might. So go little girl, go be free, But don’t expect that you can find yourself, Walking back to me. You see I am tired of trying to hold on, While this world around me moves on, But sometimes it’s so hard to forget, That’s the curse of a true romance. I have seen so many others fall, And maybe I thought our love could conquer all, But from this dream I’ll wash ashore, And learn to spend my nights alone.
3.
Baby please, can you please come home, I need to feel your touch once more, And baby please, can you pick up your phone, I need to hear your voice once more. And baby please, can you please not be gone, Some lives are taken without any cause. And when will they know, when will they know that they're wrong. Some don't even question after they hear shots. How much longer must we wait, For all of us push for a change. How much longer can we ignore and go on, It’s only when it hit’s us at home, Then we’ll know.
4.
Memoriam 05:26
And she saw his face, it’ll be the last thing she’ll know, And he held her hand as they walked down her last road, Sometimes it rains, sometimes it pours, Sometime you can’t feel anything anymore. So she makes her way into the dark, Hoping to find a bridge to get across, But maybe she’ll find that there is only one way to go, To accept her place in the endless unknown. And he wanders this land with no place to go, Searching for a life like he had before, Sometimes you’re on the run from something more, Sometimes you can’t anything at all. So he makes his way into the dark, Hoping to find a bridge to get across, But maybe he’ll find that there is only one way to go, To accept his place in the endless unknown. There are some pieces that you have to leave behind, And there are some wounds that can leave you colour-blind, Sometimes you’re on a search into the unknown, Sometimes you want to feel anything at all.
5.
Nomad's Way 04:13
The sun has faded now, And left us fallow grounds, The sky turns purple then grey, The eagles foot will lead our way. We must set fire to our homeland, Rebirth can clean your hands, Home can get swept away, But loss can bring new things, It seems our time here is over now, We must head south to fertile grounds, The promise of new lands always awaits. It seems our time here is over now, We must head south to fertile grounds, The promise of a new life always awaits. We are a people without a home, A people forced to roam. To weather storms on our road, To fend off those who want to own, Their rule confines your mind, But comfort breeds only the blind, We must break these tethers and fly, For time erodes all empires. It seems our time here is over now, We must head south to fertile grounds, The promise of new lands always awaits. It seems our time here is over now, We must head south to fertile grounds, The promise of a new life always awaits.

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The Promise of a New Land is an album about displacement in the personal, physical, and socio-political sense of the word. The initial concept of the album came out of my travels to and around Australia living out of a van. It's about the loss of and search for a home whether that be a person or a place. Ultimately, The Promise of a New Land is about displaced people trying to find their way.

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released February 24, 2018

Gautam Jain: Vocals, Guitars & Keyboards
Tim White: Drums
Finn Baulch: Bass
Nick Evangelou: Slide Guitar
Aoife Murphy: Violin
Jane Cameron, Tracey Hogue, & Greg Steps: Backing Vocals

String Arrangements on track 4: Dylan Burkleberry & Gautam Jain
Harmony Arrangements on tracks 1 and 5 by Jane Cameron, Tracey Hogue, Greg Steps, & Gautam Jain

All songs written by Gautam Jain
Produced by Gautam Jain
Recorded and mixed by Finn Baulch & Dylan Burkleberry at Sonic Fingerprint Studios
Mastered by David Briggs at The Production Workshop, North Melbourne
Album Art by Giovanni C. Lorusso
© Copyright Gautam Jain 2018


I would like to thank all the musicians and artists who gave their time and energy to fulfil my vision for this project. Special thanks to Nipa and Dean at The Jam Hut, Anthony “Off To Battle” Robson, Camilla Sullivan, David Roper, Leo Zhang, Gerardo Oidor, Daniela Tantalo, Alex Lohrmann, Lijun Tan, Laura Sevin, Mathilde Escudie, Marte Barends, Avi Ganesan, Mike Spellman, Chloe Empson, and my family back in NJ.

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