The Atlantis Experiment EP

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released May 20, 2013

All tracks recorded, mixed, arranged, programmed and produced by Apollo.
All tracks written by Apollo.
All vocals, violin and piano performed by Apollo.
Additional production on tracks 1 and 2 by Alicia Jane Turner.
Additional engineering on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 by Alicia Jane Turner.
Additional backing vocals on track 2 by Jenna Dobson.
Additional backing vocals on track 1 by Alicia Jane Turner.
Cover image photographed and edited by Jamie Abraham-Brett.
Styling, hair and props by John-James Laidlow.
Make-up by Jenna Dobson.

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Track Name: Thundering Water
And so it starts, a gunmetal trigger
A strongly worded letter, a knife in the leg
And so it professes to be the final moment
And so I prepare myself, I am sure I’m chosen

(CHORUS:)
Thought I could bat my eyes and you’d come like dragonflies
Like they come to cool water, come to cool off
Thought I could offer up a smile and the seas would part a while
But not a drop, honey, not a drop moved

I feel everything, I feel everything
I feel everything, but it’s never enough, never enough

Thundering water, heavy as oceans, wider than rivers, hotter than jets
Slower than glaciers, colder than ice floes, holding my head under the wet

And so it unfolds, a calm invocation
A circle of gemstones, a face in the shade
And so it professes to be the final moment
And so I prepare myself, I am sure I’m chosen

(CHORUS x1)

As a slender and mild kid, I found an octopus washed up on the beach,
I held it in my hands and pushed it into my face
I invoked Amphitrite, calling her so that she could
Grant me tentacles and three hearts

She poured out of me in cold jets of thundering water
I begged her to take me with her, between her waves,
Pull me down, where I could no longer breathe, push me into the depths
So that it might finally be enough

And you can pull apart my skin, rip the tarpaulin, dig your nails in
Pull out the flesh, revel in sin, grapple my cartilage and push your tips in
And you can tug at my tendons, splay them out and play with them
Like a blown fan of red ribbons, scratch my bone with your thumbs

I feel everything, I feel everything, I feel everything, I feel everything
I feel as if I’m pushed out feet first, sending ripples both ways
As I search for a raft half-hidden by haze,
I feel everything, I feel everything, I feel everything
Track Name: Blue Lips
Loss of innocence, well I don’t believe in innocence anyway
Crucifixion, well I crucify me every day
Getting dirty, well I’ve always been dirty
I wade through it, I live for the self-pity

(CHORUS:)
Blow me away with your kindness
Give me an eyeful, beat me a real heart
Nurse me to health, teach me how to love
Like a human who isn’t just playing the part
Kiss me on my blue lips,
Masochist me on my blue lips
Sucker for punishment, deaf to encouragement
Kiss me on my blue hands, blue heart, blue lips

Blue hands, oh blue heart
Blue rose, oh blue lips

Spoilt spoiled, I was born to an oil slick
So self-absorbed it’s enough to make anyone sick
Damaged goods, well I’m not convinced everyone isn’t
My self-awareness is so warped it is a double prism

(CHORUS x1)

What doesn’t kill me makes me hunger
Hunger for a silence
A silence old as mountains
Loud as it is quiet

What doesn’t kill me makes me violent
Violent with a vengeance, vengeful with resentment
Biting at your heels like the jet, black dogs
Whose teeth are all that I feel

(CHORUS x1)

Blue hands, oh blue heart
Blue rose, oh blue lips
Track Name: Lighthouse
I know not what I want
I want not what I have
I have not what I want
I want not what I know in here with a light on

I know not what I fear
I fear not what I know
I want not what I have
I have not what I want to have is a light on

Lighthouse with a light on
A light on in the lighthouse
The lighthouse has a light on
A light on in the light house

I fear not what I feel
I feel not what I know
I know a little less
A little less than you
You, you with the light on

I have a little fear
I fear a little house
I house a little cold
It’s cold without a house in here with the light on

Dear Captain John, dated 1939
It has been four months since last you wrote
When I saw your letter I could have cried
My heart swelled up like a billow of gold dust blown through glass

I was sorry to hear your plans
To hear your mother’s plans
For you to marry that dreadful girl
Oh god what was she called
Something dire like Cornelia

It’s painful to accept
That you won’t return to me
We’ll only ever meet serendipitously
And even then I’ll have to be courteous and clean
No more searching for you beneath the froth and waves of my sheets

Thank you for your interest
In my legs, they’re getting better
Already, yesterday I walked as far as
The church where last we met

I said a prayer to God knows who
I lit a candle so a light would be on

I wake up in the night
I’m cold I need a light
I run out to the yard
I stumble in the dark
Why is it that no matter where I run I can always see the sea?

I’ll have a little house
A house upon the shore
A wife, three kids or more
I won’t see you no more,
More, more with the light off

I know not what I want
I want a little more
I need a little more
Signed sincerely truly yours evermore, with the light on
Track Name: Rope
I can’t control you, if I could I’d tie you down with rope, with rope, with rope,
I want to own you I don’t want to feel requited, I want to be the one
Don’t flinch or struggle, if you do you’ll feel the rope burn, rope burn, rope burn,
But if you like it, which I suspect you do, then struggle away

I can’t control you, if I get the rope out will you let me burn you
I can’t control you, if I get the rope out will you let me own you

(CHORUS:)
All that’s left for us to do is elope
You can bring the flowers my love and I’ll bring the rope
State of emergency only way I can cope
Is if you bring the camera and I bring the rope

(x4)
Intricate, intricate, intricate delicate in the cut

My brain, my heart, like blood in rain
Like artichoke hearts, one wilts, one starts
Like rosebuds, in bloom, unfurl, slow zoom
It stings, relents, refurls, extends

I can’t control you, if I get the rope out will you let me burn you
I can’t control you, if I get the rope out will you let me own you

(CHORUS x1)

(x4)
Intricate, intricate, intricate delicate in the cut

All that’s left for us to do is elope
You can bring the flowers and I’ll bring the rope
State of emergency’s only way that we can cope
Is if you bring the camera and I bring the rope
Track Name: Paper
I’m used to feeling strong
California redwood strong
I’m used to buffering wind and rain
I’m used to withstanding storms

I'm used to clenching nettles
I’m used to enduring cold
I’m used to resting my chin on the curb
I don’t know how to fold

My veins channel mercury most days
My thighs are wrought from lead
My lips withstand persistent gnawing
I’ve weathered the darkest dread

But before you I feel like paper
You could rip me straight in two
Before you I am tissue thin
I break like I am taught to do

Before you I am paper
You know I’m at your mercy
You rip me just to see me rent
And float me out to sea