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Inchoate With The Light Go I

by He Was Eaten By Owls

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    Also comes with 'Inchoate, With The Light Go I' - a 25 minute studio documentary by Toby Bakare following the recording of the album at the Union Chapel, the Crypt and Shaken Oak Studios.
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when they let me in to see you the blood upon your chest had dried in patches and with my hand upon your head i brushed the morphine tube and fell to pieces i've never seen you like this - never seen you vulnerable and cold in a wide room with bruises on you from the i.v i'm lost in motion like a spin-top - a screaming in my ears that i can't place - ground rise to meet me in the car park and i wanted them to tell me you'd be fine
cartwheeling to deny for a time laws we're obliged to abide half-reeling to overthrow lines we were told we should toe memory sweeps irreversibly in between you and me (sometimes it makes me feel like all the better parts of me are hid and only the bits i hate exposed to everyone define me in their eyes never who i really am at all and i feel so lost) while all we know runs sweet and serpentine beneath your blood and mine (i get stuck in my head caught up in the subtle turns of endless doubt 'til the riptide does forcefully pull me under and the silence in my dreams threatens to wash up and over me and i feel like ice) run to me fold in on everything you doubt - let that lost part of you out and i'll try to make you okay (whenever i'm alone something comes and shatters through the core of me with such a force that i am scared oh for my sanity - i am free to take my prison with me everywhere i go and i call it home, now)
i = soprano / ii = alto / iii = baritone i: stop time i have changed my mind, i can't i: it's the right thing to do and - i: maybe there is another way? ii: i know that it hurts so much, still iii: i'll light the way for you to follow i: if i could i would take your pain from you ii: months spent bracing for this day and yet and yet i'm not (nearly) ready iii: lay your head by mine together we'll i: you can rest now safe in my arms forever ii: there but for the grace of you go i iii: lead you from the unreal to the real i: and dance as dust before before the sun forever ii: trembling in the light of what i've done (to you) here iii: he would come anywhere i'd go with me and now - i: moments go by so slowly without you with me ii: reeling in the sounds that call your memory to me iii: he took a piece of me away with him i: let him rest, let him rest let him feel peace ii: forever - your shape is in my heart forever, your shape is holy to me iii: what if i could have could have saved him just like he saved me? i: when will i sleep when will i dream without seeing him there? ii: and when i am alone i feel you with me iii: shadows coalesce in shapes that pull my heart out from me i: in that rich earth a richer dust concealed there ii: everything carries me to you now iii: my arms still make the shape the space where he lay dying i: at the setting of the sun i'll (always) remember (you) ii: my heart my heart has, my heart has joined the thousand for my friend stopped running today iii: open up let the light inside out
then they took away your body and left me with my arms clutching nothing and i was frozen in the lobby just screaming at the ground to pull me under


apologies for the delays.

the second instalment of the 'inchoate trilogy', funded by PRS for music, released by fu inle records and sweaty&cramped (asia)
dedicated to my friend bruce


press release:

"for all intents and purposes 'inchoate' was envisioned to be the conceptual follow up to 'chorus 30 from blues for the hitchhiking dead' - a continuation of its political themes and its queer-leaning intersectional feminist stance on contemporary issues.

but something happened in november of 2016 that changed the development of the existing record significantly while the composer grappled with a deep personal loss.
pieces were re-imagined through this new lens of grief, others were developed as conceptual continuities from earlier output as nowiseebeesiwon and from solo instrumental pieces performed in folk and jazz clubs in the mid 2000's. more still came about in 6 months of cathartic self expression - and the main recording sessions that had been booked for march 2017 instead took place in july of that year with only one short part of one composition remaining from the originally conceived album.

the work itself is a sometimes jarring, sometimes comforting journey through the composer's years of grief - with the last piece to be composed (the short and gentle refrain of the opening track 'in the grey of ones matter') written a year and a day after the tragic event that underpins the record.
like the group's debut album, the works are written to be heard as one complete composition, conveniently labelled into shorter sections only to assist a greater understanding of the piece in general. each title refers to something quite specific - be it a poem, a piece of graffiti or a caption from a children's book - and are there to lead the listener into the world of the composition itself.

expanding out with the ensemble seeing the inclusion of harp, contrabass, chamber choir, pipe organ and more electronics and vocals than ever before, 'inchoate' is the sound of a composer grown comfortable with their range and understanding of contemporary music and emboldened by the reception of their d.i.y-chamber-punk debut around the world"

fu inle records press release, oct 2018


released November 10, 2018

composed and recorded by kyle owls 2016-2017.

electricity generators recorded on the upper clapton road some time in 2016

acoustic guitar recorded at big pink between february and march 2017

henry miller pipe organ recorded at the union chapel april 2017 (additional assistant: claire m singer)

manipulated pitched percussion & main vocals recorded at murder mile april 2017

u.o.l chamber choir recorded at the crypt may 2017 (engineer: george perks)

drums/percussion, strings, horns/woodwind, group vocals, backing vocals, piano and harp recorded at shaken oak studios july 2017 (engineers: arthur young & joe proudlove)

additional contrabass, clarinet, flute, violin, viola, electric guitar, electronics/beats & keys/synths and backing vocals recorded at big pink august-november 2017

nylon string guitar and keys/synths/vocals recorded by loraine james and sam ashton at their respective homes in july and october 2017

edited and mixed by kyle owls at big pink november 2017-january 2018
final mix by arthur young and kyle owls at shaken oak february 2018
mastered by jobina tinnemans april 2018 at supergloss


violin: maria kroon
viola: martin ash
cello: stevie alice mitchell
contrabass/vocals: robin g breeze

trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals/percussion: tom morley
clarinet/vocals/percussion: ben sellers

harp/vocals: natalie evans
piano: mahsa salali

nylon string guitar: sam ashton
electronics/keys/vocals: loraine james

soprano: xenia spencer-milnes
alto: stella fiorenzoli
baritone I: mathew barker
baritone II: ian buchanan

vocals: kelechi anucha, elena agulla gil, reyhan yusef, toby bakare, okala elesia

drums/percussion/vocals: vilius kancleris
acoustic/electric guitars/electric bass/piano/electronics/pipe organ/keyboards/synths/percussion/field recordings/vocals/clarinet II/flute: kyle owls

visuals: toby bakare, elena agulla gil, malwine helene jaroszewski

background lyrics on track iv written with help from georgia lassoff and an anonymous friend
libretto on track v co-written with margaret perry

front/back cover artwork 'fragments # i & ii' by kyle owls
liner artworks - 'graphic score for o.t.p pt iii' by kyle owls, 'master wav 2018', and 'keepsakes' by lesley greening lassoff

huge thanks to all involved, and also:

prs for music, fu inle, sweaty & cramped records, young/dead, esther and lesley, georgia, map, elena, toby, mette, okala, kelechi, reyhan, maria, mahsa, natalie, robin, ben, tom, stevie, martin, sam, loraine, arthur and jenny, joe, george, claire, the uol choir, malwine, yvonne, luke, pat, my friends and family - i love you and couldn't have done it without you x


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He Was Eaten By Owls London, UK

Supported by the PRS For Music Foundation and the UK Arts Council.

Experimental ensemble from London, blending Chamber music with Post Punk, Electronica and Jazz. 'Chorus 30 From Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead' available thru Fu Inle (UK/EUR/USA) and Silent Project (ASIA).
'Inchoate With The Light Go I' available thru Fu Inle and Sweaty And Cramped (HK)

contact: hewaseatenbyowls@gmail.com
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