Ogham Inside The Night (2005)

by Sieben

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Ogham Inside the Night was originally released through Iceflower/Trisol (Tri 240) in 2005. It came as a double digipack CD, the second half being a re-issued Sex & Wildflowers. I don't think I've ever put as much research into the themes of an album as I did with Ogham. Each letter of the Ogham alphabet also represents a tree and a musical note. This made it perfect for the themes of nature, music and language that I explored in this album. Many of the same musical themes also reappear in the songs across the album. It was also the first album where I wrote, practised and performed the loops live before committing them to a recording. Something I have just repeated with the 2014 album Each Divine Spark (DVLP-7/Redroom 012).

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released March 17, 2015

I also invited lots of guests to contribute to the album, many of whom were artists I was working with at the time. Jason White deserves special mention. He features on many of the early Sieben albums, providing beats with his cajon, this time on pretty much all the tracks on this album. Other guests are as follows: Ogham The Spirit - Manos K on guitar, Stamos A on bass, Kostas T on clarinet, Manos V on french horn, Viki S on cello, Sofia S on flute. Recorded at Active Studio, Athens. Ogham In The Soul - Carlos Boll and April Howden provide vocals. Ogham the Melody – Contributions from Italian band Larsen: Fabrizio Modenese Palumbo on e-bow and slide guitar, Marco 'Il Bue' Schiavo on xylophone, Paulo Dellapiana on accordion and keys, Paul Beauchamp on synth, Roberto Maria Clemente on guitar. Recorded at OFF, Turin, Italy. Ogham The Knowledge – Contributions from U.S. Band Faith & The Muse: Guitar and vocals by William Faith, and vocals by Monica Richards.
Ogham On The Hill – The late Andy Weaver on vocals. R.I.P. Andy. Ogham Inside The Night – April Howden, Carlos Boll and Simone Salvatori on vocals. Ogham The Blood – Carlos Boll on guitar, Jane Howden on vocals. Ogham The Blade - Simone Salvatori from Spiritual Front on vocals. Ogham Carved The Tree – Chris Eckman from The Walkabouts on vocal and guitar.
The songs on this album were inspired by, and inspired photographs by Danish photographer Kristine Haffgaard. (www.palimpsestphoto.dk) My heartfelt thanks once more, to all the contributors to this album.

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Track Name: Ogham The Sun
Ogham The Sun

The lines of power withdrawn • the night page white to notch what we are in dot to • dot of star • tolos to the sun • end where we’ve begun • the light stone white we ogham score ratchet the returning sun • the sun divine sprang a single word • the • sun divine to light our way • the sun divine sprang a single word • the sun divine to light our way • from gort the rays down to suckle ailm leaf • from the fern sail root dair the rising shoot • from sail grazed beast to colled for the feast • from the belly to the voice to the sky we implore • the sun divine sprang a single word • the sun divine to guide our hand • the sun divine sprang a single word • the sun divine to guide our hand • from fearful night to overwrite the mess of stars • their spás their empty page hewn to mesh a face • form driseg fears into fochlac stone • and with our entreat supplant the blank of night • with the sun divine sprang a single word • the sun divine to light our way • the sun divine sprang a single word • the sun divine to guide our hand
Track Name: Ogham The Spirit
Ogham The Spirit

The power centre of the world • crossworded in star riddled with night • leylined in leaf has dominion in root • leylined in leaf has dominion in root • spark gouged in flesh • we templum centre our world • engraved with hope doubt lame we cling • limmet nion to rock and stream • harnessed to the field whittled by straif season • harnessed to the field whittled by straif season • harnessed to the field whittled by straf season • fuel for the spark • the power centre of the world • lights our eyes stokes the flame charms the wood • licks the spirit that fuels the world • is hacked in the soul emblazoned on the sun • hacked in the soul emblazoned on the sun • hacked in the soul emblazoned on the sun • is harvest in the word
Track Name: Ogham In The Soul
Ogham In The Soul

This larch land the elm can’t mark • there is no tainted ground • a lake of sleep our domain • a bay of dew our mark • a lake of sleep our domain • a bay of dew our mark • eyebright we fern journeymen vervain in the black • a lake of sleep our domain • a bay of dew our marka lake of sleep our domain • a bay of dew our mark • here beyond staved alphabet we’ll forge new bluebell words • a lake of sleep our domain • a bay of dew our mark • divined in field meshed in star • harnessed from the spark • here the bloodroot heals the line • here bright hope will grow • a lake of sleep our domain • a bay of dew our mark • divined in field meshed in star • harnessed from the spark • divined in field meshed in star • harnessed from the spark
Track Name: Ogham The Moon
Ogham The Moon

Sit with me in the evening sky • sit with me scead by apple tree • sit with me soft melody drawn by tide • sit with me oghamed in moonlight • touch me pirikit the tranquil sea • touch me bow to the string • touch me soft melody drawn by tide • touch me us vega through the stars • kiss me the spark runs through the lovers • kiss me quert the fuel for lust • kiss me soft melody drawn by tide • kiss me my mare cognitum
Track Name: Ogham the Melody
Ogham The Melody

The ivy thriving our song dair grow • looper moth flit the sun • bellies full our loose strife joy • melody warming the south • the apple blooms cobweb emancholl • the word synedoche the world • oghamed corn on curving hill • beyond nature round and sure • score the melody • weave the spell • quert our harmony to a higher realm • elder bears a sea of nectar • we will harvest from the sky • tundra ploughed our harmony sown • cherish ivy’s tangled tie • score the melody • weave the spell • quert our harmony to a higher realm • score the melody • weave the spell • quert our harmony to a higher realm
Track Name: Ogham The Knowledge
Ogham The Knowledge

The cauldron of knowledge tipped • but spilt only contents from golden lips • ollamn will not split the wood • or strip the trees of meaning • weight of words supplant their place • songs we sang we scored with grace • set the ogham gainst the dark • here my boundary • this my mark • set the ogham gainst the dark • here my boundary • this my mark • fear ailm awe reined in with bark • rough dissection yields no spark • slit grauballe no secret seeps • tight-lipped tollund his secret keeps • set the ogham gainst the dark • here my boundary • this my mark • set the ogham gainst the dark • here my boundary • this my mark
Track Name: Ogham On The Hill
Ogham On The Hill

We chose the song over the score • traded meadow for highland moor • round tongue over square cut word • we did not amass we survived • boundless nature will not descend • and when it does will rise again • mark our boundaries’ end in braille • we will not see the sun prevail • our arithmancy did not tally • grid too square • our words too coarse a net to catch the world’s full force • varves we honed wits and thrived • boundless nature will not descend • and when it does will rise again • mark our boundaries’ end in braille • we will not see the sun prevail • we chose the song over the score • we sang the moor till song was done • round tongue over square cut word • pure we slipped away • boundless nature will not descend • and when it does will rise again • mark our boundaries’ end in braille • we will not see the sun prevail
Track Name: Ogham Inside The Night
Ogham Inside The Night

The trees said grian and grain • the moor replied the ploye and pain • harness to field • whittle season straf • the trees said a sea of nectar • the moor replied coll fuel for lust • score melody woven spell • plough tundra and hail root • ogham in the arm • still prisoner of our flesh • sun divine guide our hand • who referees the maul • overwrite the mess of stars • end where we begun • answer ciphered in star • question riddled in cycle • the trees said forge new bluebell words • the moor replied a bay of dew our mark • the trees said find new words for our rough tongue • the moor replied eite thuathail the final score • quert–muin–huath
Track Name: Ogham The Blood
Ogham The Blood

Blazon our field of gules • losers fell as fruit from the ash • proper in red we rampant perennial • while sabling death per fess a sinister hand • ogham the blood ogham the line • our cult of the fallen will triumph over time • blazon our dexterous arm • threaten gort destined to depose • self azure our cloth a rag of colts • the king throat-notched on the seventh moon • ogham the blood ogham the line • our cult of the fallen will triumph over time • brazen our or over vert • ogham gash chevron emblem flesh • we gang to forge eternity • slash our mark to stave off death • ogham the blood ogham the line • our cult of the fallen will triumph over time • ogham the blood ogham the line • our cult of the fallen will triumph over time
Track Name: Ogham In The Ground
Ogham In The Ground

We fought Death in the field fired with our spark • we said we’d out-do death armed with gods and bark • we saw Death in the field and ciphered in the stars • he said he’d plant a seed to show us • how it ends is how it must start • on the seed he scribed in brown ‘touch death gingerly’ • per fess his bony hand slit-throat grauballe • ageless he presses lindow our compressed woe • leather strap futhark oghamed in the ground • and he planted the seed in Århus soil • seed belly harnessed to the toil • he carved the face from peat • sleeping palimpsest • formed the mouth as his own • tired of the living • and he crowned his kingmud regulus to rulegold of plenty to grow • our fears to fuel • and he planted the seed in Århus peat • seed belly noosed to the field • tollund sacrifice to bear new words for our rough tongue • no crime except he whispers • “eite thuathail Death’s final word • eite thuathail the final score” • and he planted the seed in Århus soil • seed belly harnessed to the toil • and he planted the seed in Århus peat • seed belly noosed to the field
Track Name: Ogham The Blade
Ogham The Blade

Anrad we have stripped the birch • to supplant with branch of steel cold sun spurge the spark extinguished • score another notch on haft and shield • we drunkship of cobblers on a sea of rain • our marsh of diseases our magic a blade • iconotroph the blade harness the pain • burn down quert and sail gort in the rain • anrad we cast down the gentle thorn • for scarred gods’ seasoned bark • bonfire burn the stars extinguished • we ogham piss the land our mark • a disorder of sparks • our will firebrand red • our fire is survival • all magic is dead • iconotroph the blade harness the pain • burn down quert and sail gort in the rain • iconotroph the blade harness the pain • burn down quert and sail gort in the rain
Track Name: Ogham Carved The Tree
Ogham Carved The Tree

Buried in leaves of coll ogham woke • marvel limbs bronze branched • hail the sun the arm cut hawthorn in the ground • suckle the land arms ailm mid the soil • buried in need we spell to cast the world • marvel limbs gort the rays down • hail the root delphic plugged to the core • suckles the land suckles our ailm awe • ogham carved his body • ogham carved the wood • ogham carved in stone • ogham carved her body • ogham carved the tree • ogham carved in stone • bury the seed we notch into the earth • ogham alphabet fear and hope • hail the stars illume the mesh our cage • coll to the spit suckle ailm the land • ogham carved his body • ogham carved the will • ogham carved in stone • ogham carved her body • ogham carved the land • ogham carved in stone