Mice In The Walls EP (debut)

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First EP of Midnight Magpie. An eclectic mix of songs displaying their penchants for experimentation with different styles.

Many of the musicians featuring on this album are not the current members of Midnight Magpie, as this EP was recorded before the band was properly established.
Current members are Leander Jones, Richie Smooth, Hamish Campbell-Legg, Heather Hughes and Dan Williams.

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released October 9, 2014

Leander Jones: clarinet, saxophone, vocals, guitar, lyrics, composition. Richie Smooth: bass, arrangement. Mohammed Kubbara: drums. Ahmad Kubbara, Siobhan McManmon (Redkite): backing vocals. Eric Hagley (Sidemuncher): artwork.

Production: Daniel Moore, Leander Jones, Siobhan McManmon. Mastering: Kevin Paul and Siobhan McManmon.

also thanks to Hamish Campbell-Legg, Heather Hughes, Dan WIlliams, Alex Wright, Joe Bergson, Alex Whybrow, Jonathan Shi, Joffy Girling, Matt Cheshire, Nikita Laura Seaside, Karl Marx, baked beans, pneumonia and insomnia.

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Midnight Magpie Birmingham, UK

More than your usual set up. Unprotected sax, smooth clarinet, and jazz piano float over grooving bass lines and unexpected rhythms. They fuse this with electronic sounds, melancholic vocals, and guitar that ranges from acoustic finger-picking to screaming electric solos, in an experimental mixture of styles. These elements blend to create a new deviant genre of music ... more

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Track Name: Walk Beside You
I wonder why you,
left without reason,
you left without warning,
you left without cause?
I am ignorant of your feeling,
I know only my remorse,
now i can't hold you i know what I have lost.

I'm falling down down down down down,
the world's spinning round round round round round,
down down down down down,
don't let me drown drown drown drown, here without you.

I walked beside you, for a little while,
we grasped the melodies of today,
we danced all day to the sound of the future,
but when the sun drowned in the ocean, you walked out the door.

Now i lean my head against my reflection,
all i can see is you and me,
but that's where you will stay, hand resting on my shoulder,
guiding me to where i should be.

And i pray unto you,
there's little i can do, to reverse this fortune,
i pray unto you,
there's little else i can do.

I walked beside you, for a little while,
we grasped the melodies of today,
we danced all day to the sound of the future,
but when the sun drowned in the ocean, you walked out the door.

Life goes on and on and on around us,
with one less smile, one less mind,
the whole world is oblivious,
noone is shouting and noone is crying.

It's driving me insane,
I'm trying to maintain
my place in this game,
my days are mundane,
my nights are filled with pain,
you were my shelter from the rain.


down down down down down,
the world's spinning round round round round round,
down down down down down,
don't let me drown drown drown drown, here without you.

You were a moment of moonlight in a cloudy sky,
you were a moment of silence in a lullaby. X2

I don't know where this train is going,
all i can see is your eyes,
i don't know where this river's flowing,
i'm fixed on your timeless smile.

And now I'm chewing,
but i'm not swallowing
my food or my fears,
i should be talking,
but i'm not bothering,
i'm wishing back those years.

You were a moment of moonlight in a cloudy sky,
you were a moment of silence in a lullaby. X2

I walked beside you, for a little while,
we grasped the melodies of today,
we danced all day to the sound of the future,
but when the sun drowned in the ocean, you walked out the door. X2
Track Name: Not A Wrinkle
Not a wrinkle on my face, yet I'm old and I'm fading,
and I can't concentrate, I don't know who I'm blaming,
under the thumb of this old mighty one,
I keep my eyes down away from laughs and shaming.

My time would be going to waste, but I've got nothing to waste my time on,
and I can't keep up with this pace, yet nothing's moving and there's only silence,
nowhere to run, and when all is said and done,
I'm all washed up and disgraced, but hell, let bygones be bygones.

I grow cold and shut down,
to stop the hate behind these eyes,
numbness lies behind this frown,
for joy is my demise.

Not a wrinkle on my face, and yet I'm old and I'm fading,
And I can't concentrate, I don't know who i'm blaming.

Someone's stolen what you've chased,
and left you unembraced, in this month of May,
But don't let your anger waste,
there'll always be a new face, treasure in a new place, don't throw it all away.

Today is a hard day and I am weak,
a moment of relief is all that I seek,
a gentle trill of some sweet folk,
I yearn for a whisp of smoke.

Because I love you, don't let me down, (weak)
Because I need you, don't leave me here to drown, (seek)
No I can't bear to look you in the eye,
As I see how you crumble and die.

(weak)
(seek)

I would die right here,
to watch the anguish on all those faces,
I would die right here,
and leave the world my bitter traces.

No I don't want to cry (weak),
No I never wanna go (seek),
Just force that smile and I
will do anything that you tell me,
I'll put on a good show.

Wisp of smoke

Now that the sun shines,
light up your life, and I
will do the same to mine. X 4
Track Name: Guilt
Lyrics:

"This guilt is killing me, it is far worse than being wronged,
I'm sick to my stomach, I'm tired and I'm not strong,
I need to escape, but where shall I go,
I can't run from myself, this weight makes me too slow.

With elegance and with grace
worry rests her hands on my shoulder.
An old friend, a familiar face,
her hold was never closer.

Am I a monster?
Do I belong under this earth?
How can I look in the mirror?
What can I be worth?

I moan about my broken heart when you are collapsing,
You are rotting alive and I tell you I am hurting,
I demand that you indulge me, when I want indulging,
but I have not the strength to give you life when you need saving.

Your words are the difference between peace and war,
you stand one side of a swinging door,
your heart is rich and mine is poor,
just hold me here and we will move no more,
in this spot you are mine and I am yours,
of this place is all that I'm assured.

I'm sitting here alone, scared of the creaks from the floorboards.
This quietness drills a hole, it bursts my eardrums and tortures.

I wish I could turn back time,
I could live without just this one mistake,
My bones can't support this much fear,
And I am going to break.

Doubt masks every word I hear, I can't see
smiles or tears, monsters hide
behind every glance,
demons jump out at every chance."
Track Name: Outro
Lyrics:

"My cushioned world,
has no wooden floors, paranoia
infects my thoughts, and
corrupts my tongue,
uncertainty is a blind man on a tightrope.

What do you say, when your loved one is crumbling? We got
carried away, we flew mighty high with candlewax wings, and
out of the fray, heavy thuds and droplets tumbling,
oh how I've wasted myself on the little things.

I've suffered, nothing, it's not me that has been ravaged by fiends,
it puts me to shame how i've been complaining,
when ghosts of the past do not haunt my dreams,
so forgive my sins, I am not the one who should need to lean,
oh how I've wasted myself on the little things.

Doubt masks every word I hear, I can't see
smiles or tears, monsters hide
behind every glance,
demons jump out at every chance."