Orphic Hymns

by The Phantom Broadcast

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Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music. The Orphic Hymns are a set of pre-classical poetic compositions, attributed to the culture hero Orpheus, himself the subject of a renowned myth. These Orphic Hymns are not descendants of the actual Orphic Hymns. The concept of this album deals with the common themes of perseverance courage through discouragement in hopelessness that we as humans are faced with in our everyday lives.

The Phantom Broadcast is a collective that takes form in many different shapes and sizes. It began as the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and composer Evan Opitz. A full band came together to record Orphic Hymns over the summer of 2013. This is a group that deals with expanding on musical styles such as Jazz, Post-Rock, Emo, and Indie.

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released November 1, 2013

The Phantom Broadcast on this album is:

Evan Opitz: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Tambourine, Programming
Nicholas Soria: Bass (except for tracks 4,8)
John Merikoski: Drums and Percussion (except for tracks 4,8)
Joseph Meland: Piano, Strings, Keyboards (except for tracks 4, 5, 7, 8)

Mark Hartsuch: Tenor Saxophone on track 1
Matthew Allpow: Guest Vocals on track 2
Joseph Delamora: Guest Vocals on tracks 3, 6
Alexandra Dufoe: Guest Vocals on track 7

Produced by Evan Opitz and Nick Nativo
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Nick Nativo
Recorded in 3 days at The Nook Recording Studio in New Lenox, Illinois by Nick Nativo

Artwork and Layout by Natalie Quach (ntiquach@gmail.com)
Photograph by Dan Ouimette

All songs written and composed by Evan Opitz
thephantombroadcast.bandcamp.com

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Track Name: Wish
You can’t keep giving in to fate
When you streamlined out of your cavalcade,
You can’t even remember the words you said
Kiss me once before you leave
We’re all liars and thieves marching into the sea
You’re all waging a war to belittle me

The memory escapes me
The drowning brain in my skull

For tomorrow is the day she leaves,
And simply you just cannot see
That she will never be able to erase you
Casting pearls out of rain
Waiting
Hoping

You can’t keep giving in to fate
When you streamlined out of your cavalcade,
You can’t even remember the words you said
Kiss me once before you leave
We’re all liars and thieves marching into the sea
You’re all waging a war to belittle me

The memory escapes me
The drowning brain in my skull

I never win, even when I do
I looked into the mirror
My reflection is misshapen
(Barely, I become. Why am I so dumb?)
I was the human sum
And now my eyes go numb
(Barely, I become. Why am I so numb?)

Cuz tonight I won’t be wearing white
And you always used to run the shore
But similar to my second sight,
You breed of passion, midst of flight

Memory abandons me
I’m trapped inside this cage
Cerebral shifts and guillotines
Leave wounds upon my own screenplay
What I’d give to have you here
Your eyes a T.V. screen
Bandage me in newspaper
Like a gift on Christmas Day

(Oh, Why don’t you answer my call?)

Just know these broken wings will heal
And when your bones begin to mend,
Blackened wings will turn to white
And from my bed I’ll fly away

Wish upon this burning house
That you’d wake up okay
How could he abandon you?
Just know that I am here to stay

You can’t keep giving in to fate
When you streamlined out of your cavalcade,
You can’t even remember the words you said
Kiss me once before you leave
We’re all liars and thieves marching into the sea
Track Name: The Wax Fox
I’ll just sit down in the morning
With you and a cup of tea
The sun gently rises
You’ve done well, Chroma

Seems like it was just yesterday
I went for walks along the train tracks with you
Taking trips on roller coasters
Away from our home

Please take me with you when you go
You’ll save us all with all the love that’s on your mind
Sometimes you need to let it go
To start another show
It’s on the back burner
…And the answer is “No.”

A kiss away from a false safety
We were love
And now we’re just another song
I still think of you today
How our lives used to be
We became a vehicle for destruction
And it had to end
See our heart near beyond repair

Please take me with you when you go
You’ll save us all with all the love that’s on your mind
Sometimes you need to let it go
To start another show
It’s on the back burner
…And the answer is “No.”

Well, I guess there is no hiding anymore
You see the child in me
You helpless boy
Little boy, know it’s time to take back control
You’ve killed enough birds to walk upon a path of steppingstones

How could I walk along this road?
(Even offer you my soul)
Our last conversation in that funeral home
Well, I’m sorry, but I guess that’s just the way of the world
Because this hurts me more than my own pain

(Do you understand?)
You kill me every time you walk into my life
Cuz I’ve been starting to open up
And the world seems know
Because this hurts me more than my own pain

This constant silence that we once shared
Is broken by the silence that we once feared
Because this hurts me more than my own pain

Please take me with you when you go
You’ll save us all with all the love that’s on your mind
Sometimes you need to let it go
To start another show
It’s on the back burner
…And the answer is “No.”
Track Name: Clocks & Colors
All these words are blown out of proportion
I thought you should be aware
Under these conditions I am not fit to think
What seems like a nightmare is only a dream

Constantly creeping through constellations
Words do not matter when you go insane

The sky meets the ocean
The sun is so bright
This constant emotion
Brings me to new heights

Clocks and colors in my mind
Clocks and colors in my eyes

Constantly creeping through constellations
Words do not matter when you go insane
Track Name: Blue Tree
Set in stone from the start
Born with this broken heart
Hung like needles in the hay
Kerosene will ricochet
Falling quickly into your hands
Won’t make quicksand sink less
Track Name: Sleepwalkers
Some say this isn’t the best way to write
From here this is the only light
Then trying take what seems my only friend away from me
Straight to the point there is not much to say
These noises keep me sane twenty-four hours a day

The more you repeat,
The more you deceive deceit
The words are distorted
You hear what you want to
You think what you see
You see what you need to
Believe you can be…

Show me the way
I made the point, so you showed me
Close the heart, you’ll catch a cold
From the start, so young and bold
So very smart
You ruined art
You made the mark
You feed the shark

The genius we create
Will bring us to our fate

Dying - is being reborn to a world
That we understand (we don’t think we understand)
Killing - is making a choice that you have broke
Your agreement to fulfill your master
Track Name: Life In Transit
Skipping all your secrets and casting for stones
Like I wanted to weather the forgotten storm
Never thought that we would have to worry so much
About the twisting, downtrodden, hedge maze of our home

You light the candle
Walk the creaking floorboards
Picking up the shards
This house is haunted
Never should we return
Dancing ‘round the auburn,
You walked down stolen roads

Sipping on your coffee you stare into space
“How could I ever mistake this forgotten face?”
I will travel down to the creek below our home
Reliving every past memory, every little acorn

On the forest path
Stuck in city traffic
Waiting for the green
Tank exhaust in my lungs
What happened to the pastures?
You smell of broken branches
Of neighborhoods burned down

Take my crown and wear it on your scalp
You’ve got your misdemeanor and
I’ll never learn to salvage
All the tiny clouds chloroformed on the brink of this
Hell that we call this four-story building

All the times that I heard you sing out,
Was your smile the answer to what we’re all about?
What are we but a weathered human-race?
Is the cosmos and we’re all actors or puppets in a play?

Go away!
Don’t ever speak another syllable to me
You and your Diamond-Back deserve each other in
Hell that we call this four-story building
Track Name: Ephemeral Eyes
(The Arrival)
It’s that time of year again
Ever changing seasons when
Fixed on one familiar star in the sky
So confused with all the reasons why

Left in the night for we kissed the light goodbye
Left in the light for we kissed the night goodbye

Every time you see glow
We shortly burn at the midnight show
Ephemeral eyes will glow
As we shortly burn at the midnight show

Falling into a hole with the rest
He sees his knowledge be put to the test
Should he either walk or run?
He will venture straight into the midnight sun

Virtue is left on the cutting-room floor
As we pick up the pieces, swim straight to the shore

Every time you see glow
We shortly burn at the midnight show
Ephemeral eyes will glow
As we shortly burn at the midnight show

(Aftermath)
Narrow-minded warrior
This is no way to fight
Just be yourself
Let your conscience take flight

Single-minded believer
Nature must take its course
Rip off my pathetic wings
Informal full force

One day you will realize what you have done
One day you will realize what you’ve become

Crossing ‘overreacting’ with ‘nothing I can’t lose’

He speaks in riddles
Just misunderstood
Stuck in the middle
Of the greater good…

Goodbye