“Waiting for Miracles” by the Flower Kings

Водена от вездесъщия ROINE STOLT, шведската прогресив рок група FLOWER KINGS е сред знаковите за стила прогресив рок в наши дни. Тя се появява в средата на 90-те години на миналия век под влиянието на британската класика Yes и бързо спечелва вниманието на слушателите и музикалната критика с епичните структури на своите композиции, наситени със звучността на широк диапазон музикални инструменти.

Към края на 2019 г. е издаден техният 14 студиен албум “WAITING FOR MIRACLES” („В ОЧАКВАНЕ НА ЧУДЕСА“) с две нови попълнения в състава: пианистът ZACH KAMINS и MIRKO DE MAIO на барабаните, които внасят свежа струя в звуковата картина.

ROINE STOLT, който освен че е основен автор на музиката и текста, изпълнява партиите на соло китара, също така е продуцент на албума, и ето какво заявява в интервю:

„Заглавието на албума ни хрумна по време на процеса на работа. Вече имахме колекцията от песни, правехме техните демо версии и през цялото това време си говорехме за нещата от живота – от произведения на изкуството до заглавието на албума или как трябва да наречем песните. Защото заглавията на песните, които имаме сега в албума, всъщност не са заглавията, които бяха по време на работа. Тогава някой от групата предложи няколко възможни заглавия за албума и понеже ни се струваше, че мнозинството хора се чувстват сякаш са в очакване на чудеса (тази фраза я има в текста на една от песните), решихме, че е доста подходяща. Ако изслушате албума, бихте могли да кажете, че много от текстовете са някак песимистични и отразяват състоянието на това, което виждаме днес по света на много места. И така по някакъв начин всички ние очакваме нещата да се подобрят, може би чакаме някакви чудеса. Мисля, че това беше основната идея, по-скоро размисъл за това какво и къде сме сега в рамките на еволюцията на човечеството и на съвременното общество.

Що се отнася до музиката, опитвам се да мисля по-малко и просто се оставям тя да ме води. В сърцето си съм блус китарист, но смятам, че днес моето свирене и звук не приличат на блус. Звукът и фразирането са най-важни за мен, същевременно има много духовни моменти в музиката ми – и в текстовете, и в моето свирене, подобно на John Coltrane. Разглеждам музиката като духовен ритуал, като разговор с Бог по някакъв мой си начин“ – завършва ROINE STOLT.

Албума “WAITING FOR MIRACLES”, или „В ОЧАКВАНЕ НА ЧУДЕСА“ ще чуем в предаването “Картини от една изложба®” на програма “Хоризонт” на БНР в събота, 14 март, след новините от 21.00 ч..

 

В предаването на 14.03.2020 г.: the Flower Kings и албумът “В очакване на чудеса“

THE FLOWER KINGS
WAITING FOR MIRACLES
Date of Release: November 8th, 2019


SONGS/TRACKS:

Disc 1:

01. House of Cards (01:56)
Bass – Michael
Electric Guitar – Roine
Fazioli Grand Piano, Synths, Mellotron – Zach
Written-By – Kamins

02. Black Flag (07:40
Bass, Vocals, Moog Bass – Michael
Drums – Mirko
Electric Guitar, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Roine
Fazioli Grand Piano, Synths, Mellotron, Hammond B3 – Zach
Vocals – Hasse
Written-By – Stolt

03. Miracles for America (10:03)
Backing Vocals – Michael
Drums, Timpani, Vibraphone – Mirko
Electric Bass – Jonas
Electric Guitar, Vocals – Roine
Hammond B3, Synths, Mellotron, Minimoog – Zach
Vocal – Hasse
Written-By – Stolt

04. Vertigo (09:59)
Drums – Mirko
Electric Guitar, Sequencers, Vocals – Roine
Fretless Bass – Jonas
Synths, Rhodes, Mellotron, Minimoog – Zach
Vocals – Hasse
Written-By – Stolt

05. The Bridge (05:31)
Drums – Mirko
Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass – Jonas
Electric Guitar, Nylon String Acoustic Guitars, Vocals – Roine
Synths, Mellotron, Hammond B3, Piano – Zach
Vocals – Hasse
Written-By – Stolt

06. Ascending to The Stars (05:41)
Drums, Orchestral Percussion, Timpani – Mirko
Electric Bass – Jonas
Electric Guitar – Roine
Synths, Mellotron, Guitar, Hammond B3, Orchestration, Minimoog – Zach
Viola – John
Violin – Paul
Written-By – Kamins

07. Wicked Old Symphony (05:47)
Bass, Vocals, Moogbass – Michael
Drums – Mirko
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Roine
Wurlitzer Piano, Synths, Mellotron, Hammond B3, Grand Piano – Zach
Vocals – Hasse
Written-By – Stolt

08. The Rebel Circus (05:50)
Bass, Fuzzbass – Jonas
Drums – Mirko
Electric Guitar, Percussion, Taurus Bass – Roine
Synths, Mellotron, Hammond B3, Rhodes, Yamaha GX1 – Zach
Written-By – DeMaio, Stolt

09. Sleep with The Enemy (06:02)
Bass – Jonas
Drums – Mirko
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Pipe Organ, Strings, Percussion, Vocals – Roine
Synth, Mellotron, Grand Piano, Rhodes Piano – Zach
Vocals – Hasse
Written-By – Stolt

10. The Crowning of Greed (04:49)
FuzzWha-Bass – Jonas
Drums – Mirko
Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Mellotron, Vocals – Roine
Synths, Mellotron, Rhodes, Minimoog, Marimba, Glockenspiel – Zach
Vocals – Hasse
Written-By – Stolt

Disc 2:

01. House of Cards Reprise (01:21)
Bass – Jonas
Drums – Mirko
Electric Guitar – Roine
Piano, Synths, Mellotron, Minimoog – Zach
Written-By – Kamins

02. Spirals (05:06)
FuzzWha-Bass – Jonas
Drums – Mirko
Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Mellotron, Vocals – Roine
Synths, Mellotron, Rhodes, Minimoog, Marimba, Glockenspiel – Zach
Vocals – Hasse
Written-By – Reingold, DeMaio, Stolt, Kamins

03. Steampunk (06:31)
Bass – Jonas
Drums – Mirko
Electric Guitar, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals – Roine
Synths, Mellotron, Minimoog, Rhodes – Zach
Vocals – Hasse
Written-By – Stolt

04. We Were Always Here (07:35)
Bass – Jonas
Drums – Mirko
Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Synth, Vocals – Roine
Fazioli Grand, Synths, Mellotron, Hammond B3 – Zach
Vocals – Hasse
Written-By – Stolt

05. Busking at Brobank (00:52)
Acoustic Guitar – Roine
Upright Bass – Jonas
Harmonium, Mellotron, Theremin – Zach
Table & Plate – Mirko
Written-By – Stolt

©2019 Century Media Records Ltd. / Inside Out Music GmbH


CREDITS:

Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals – Roine Stolt
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Hans Froberg
Keyboards, Guitar – Zach Kamins
Bass – Jonas Reingold
Drums, Percussion – Mirko DeMaio

With:
Backing Vocals – Michael Stolt (tracks: 1-2 to 1-4, 1-7)
Bass, Taurus – Michael Stolt (tracks: 1-1, 1-2, 1-7, 1-10)
Viola – John "Zach" Dellinger (tracks: 1-6)
Violin – Paul Cartwright (tracks: 1-6)
Engineer for String Session – Bradley Dujmovic

Produced by The Dude Azzaro, Roine Stolt

Recorded at RMV Studio Stockholm June 2019
Engineered by – Daniel Reijmer, Linn Fijal, Vilma Colling

Album Artwork – Kevin Sloan
Photography by [Photos by] – Lilian Forsberg
Design, Layout – Thomas Ewerhard


LYRICS:

Black Flag

We have come to pray for wind
One more wild adventure to begin
There’s a hundred million stars
A thousand grains of salt upon my skin

And the seagulls pave the way
As we lost the track of days
There’s a full hand of enemies
But no allegiance to majesties
As the sweet sound of cannons roar

When the bells and whistles sounds
We set sails for another town

Just a bunch of wayward souls
Hunting for the treasure-troves

You can see where the smoke is rising
We just boarded another schooner

Looking death straight in the eye
You will never feel that much alive

There is nothing like a clean good fight
As we’re the kings of the open water
Leaving nothing and no one there
That’s thunder is a lifelong love affair

You can see where the black smoke is rising
We just boarded another schooner
Looking death straight in the eye
You will never feel as much alive
There is like a clean good fight
As we’re the kings of the open water
Leaving no one and nothing there
That thunder is a lifelong love affair


Miracles for America

Look at what you have
Show some greater love
Holding up is tough, more is not enough
Gold is holding you ransom as dust turn to dust
You can hear them thinking…

I’m a simple mind
I look for what might shine
And the bells might ring
A fool is a fool there is no schooling

Save you miracles – for America
Tell you brothers they must go carry on!

So – you got to give, endless is the river
There’s enough for all’ round that waterhole
The sun beats down on YOU like all the rest!
Can you hear them calling?
You think you can manage on your own?

Save your miracles – for America
Tell your brothers they must go – carry on
Play your miracles!
Play your miracles!

Save your miracles – for America
A bright and radiant new America
Just one more miracle
Save your miracles – for America
In your mind – you beg for time
Reason may just look for rhyme


Vertigo

Conceal the night – the world goes’ round
You’re feeling helpless – goes round and round
You feed the blind – the grid goes down
You feed the rages – to hell we’re bound

Heat it up – you knew what was coming
Even days you’re not asking for much
There’ll be days when you have to be honest
You feel lost at the end of the day
As you keep forgiving it
As you keep forgiving it
You let nothing stand in your way
So don’t you judge a book by the cover
Find your way out dismay

You’re fine by night – but find a good reason
As vertigo hits you again
Flying your rockets into the wasteland
Fear means nothing – with nothing to gain

Shame will find its minister
And all the world will know his name
As the world embrace the sinister
You keep on dragging that ball and chain

You’re fine by night – but find a good reason
As vertigo hits you again
Flying your rockets into the wasteland
All or nothing – but nothing remains

Conceal the night – the world goes’ round
You fear the darkness it’s all around
You fly the rockets into the night
The sky keeps falling – before your eyes
The sky keeps falling – before your eyes
Your fear the darkness it’s all around


The Bridge

One soul on a bridge between the light and dark
Two hands reaching out waiting for that spark

Once a man on a ledge waiting for the flight
One step – leap of faith brings a different light

How long now will you wait
I’m swaying on a fence
How long before we stand
Before the end of days

Those who will follow have God on their side
The river is darker – as I feel inside
Waiting for miracles

One soul on a bridge with angels on each side
This river ain’t deep enough
So slowly sink and hide

Those who will follow have God on their side
The river is darker – as I feel inside
Waiting for miracles

Wicked Old Symphony

Aww – when you see the rising violence
You confine yourself in silence
And you build your fences higher
In your dream – your afterlife is waiting you
Inner thoughts are shaping you
You know where to go to find me

I looked for you
Make believin’ – without you
Something wicked about you
But we all have our blinders on
You played for me – this wicked old symphony
Thinking always about you
And the things that has gone before

Huh – there’s a cynic rising fences
While we come back to our senses
We go building fences higher
In your dream – the afterlife is awaiting you
Inner thoughts are shaping you
You know where to go to find me

I looked for you
Make believin’ – without you
Something wicked about you
But we all have our blinders on
You played for me – this wicked old symphony
Thinking always about you
And the things that has gone before

High flying birds – do you ever learn?
Showing some concern – while flying?
High flying birds – do you ever learn?
While the engines burn – I’m flying

You played for me – this wicked old symphony
Thinking always about you
And the things that has gone before


Sleep with the Enemy

You may look for feathers white
And a distant halo
Like a second coming – waiting to rise
What arrives in thunderclouds
May not be ‘the promise’
Will the fines hour
Bring you the light you’re awaiting

It’s scary world out there
If you know know what’s coming
It’s the same old darkness
That has come to pass – once more

You can hear it in the wind –
A dark and distant humming
And that age of wonders
Don’t seem to last that long

Sleep with me
‘Cause tomorrow I’m the enemy
Stay with me – and I’ll hand you this world
You’re just that boy but you claim the stars
Burning like ever?

Grave old arms of grief and pain
Waiting to embrace (surround) you
Bury all the deepest thorns in your heart
Find your friends in war and peace
But close the doors behind you
Our loyalty can shift in hours of need

Sleep with me
Cause tomorrow I’m the enemy
Stay with me – and I’ll hand you this worls
Afraid of thee – in the sharpest light of vanity
So drown with me
And I’ll hand you this world
You’re just that boy but you claim the stars
Burning like fever?

You’re just a boy but you claim the stars
Claiming forever


The Crowning of Greed

Two souls on a bridge
Between the light and dark
Two hands reaching out
Waiting for that spark


Spirals

Call on miracles – for America
Call on miracles – for America


Steampunk

Guide me thru the darkest waters
Guide me thru the darkest waters
Greet me like a friend
Wash me up the silver shallows
Make me whole again

Stand down now the waves of time
The salty seas and plains
Another glorious end…


We Were Always Here

Ride on – to the horizon
Fly home – from this island
Come back to your senses
Look straight thru the lenses
There’s lots to understand
This evolution of man

It’s so simple in its purity
All that genius – life energies
Like forgotten springs of melody
We were always here

All these lines of illusions
Hide them – or use them
It


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