Downhill from Here

by Heliophile

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Second synthpop EP by Heliophile

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released June 10, 2014

Written, performed, produced and mixed by Gijs van Ouwerkerk.
Mastered by Ken Porter.
Additional sound design by Ingmar Kops.
Photography by Gijs van Ouwerkerk.

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Heliophile Enschede, The Netherlands

Heliophile is Gijs van Ouwerkerk, a synther-songwriter from The Netherlands. Consistent with his geographical location, between Great Britain and Germany, his music can be described as a cross between the more accessible British synthpop and the slightly darker stuff made in Germany. Heliophile has a 4-piece live line-up. Similar artists: Diorama, De/Vision, Mesh, VNV Nation, Tenek, Pet Shop Boys. ... more

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Track Name: Econocide
Once the bespectacled shy mathematic
Spat in the face, slapped and kicked in the dirt
Entered the battlefield meritocratic
City boy dressed in a designer shirt

On market floors in a kingdom despotic
Make them believe it's a victimless crime
Synapses firing, hormonic narcotic
Deaf in the face of the warning bell's chime

Hail the living gods, rule the slime running through the troughs
Our eyes prowling their paths as lions, as lions

While the stocks shall rise, towards the flame we fly

Life is just patterns and dead cold transactions
Cycles of “you scratch my back, I scratch yours”
Miles away I can foresee your reactions
Made sure I'm scratched just a little bit more

Can't seem to back off my foot from the throttle
Frenzied and due to pay back borrowed time
Sorry, your message got lost in a bottle
Thought that our marriage would age just like wine

Failed deliverables, derived leveraged assets gone
My life I spent out on an island, my island
Neglect the wife, our newly born, and sign separation forms
Now take my life and salvage your horizon, horizon

It's my econocide, into the flame I'll fly
It's my econocide, time to expose the lie
Track Name: Haligonian Rain
Chilled to the bone, rain all day
So let's waste away
In comfort zones, where broken bones can heal
Cold as stone, we're alone, swept apart
If the car would start
We'd take a ride past where dandelions weep

Buy a little time
'Cause it's pissing down rain again
And shit has come our way again
As the water falls
We’ve got to buy a little time
'Cause it's pissing down rain again
And life is looking plain again
As the water falls

Roads steeply rise and then fall
With the dry stone walls
Misfortune's angry clouds drift close behind
Driving down 'nto the dales, light is veiled
Past the boarded-up pubs
Where misery once had some company

Buy a little time
'Cause it's pissing down rain again
And shit has come our way again
As the water falls
We’ve got to buy a little time
'Cause it's pissing down rain again
And life is looking plain again
As the water falls
Track Name: Sackcloth Saints
High in our fortress, disguised and once free
Suffered scars of bombardment by king's decree
In a fortnight the legions of cross and fleur-de-lis
Will have raised up a garden of severed trees

The savagery of inquisitor and crown
Won't bend our knees
We'll descend by the side of the sackcloth saints
Swear the vows, complete the final rite

Twenty-one, the laymen turned to heresy
Recount the days of those that burned here
Twenty-one declined the path of sanctuary
And braved the flames and soldiers' spurning cheers

Pray now, pray now, venerate the faithful
Our legacy is safe, to die another day

Fumes rise, the anger of flames is set free
But the murmur of prayer soothes our agony

The savagery of inquisitor and crown
Won't bend our knees
We'll burn by the side of the sackcloth saints
Walk the charred sacred pathway to the light

Twenty-one, the laymen turned to heresy
Recount the days of those that burned here
Twenty-one declined the path of sanctuary
And braved the flames and soldiers' spurning cheers
Track Name: So Far to Fall
Far, we've come since we're cured of our scars
A long way removed from loneliness, from loneliness
Here, the downward skew it feels so near
I brace for the fall, not knowing when
We have been up so high

Here, where skies cannot be cleaner
Pastures can't be greener
Anticipate the storm
And there, where lights cannot shine brighter
The hand of death grips tighter
And dissipates the warmth

Our judgement call on the horizon
We climbed so high, so far to fall
The distant siren

Near, an abundance of all that is dear
So firmly immersed in cosiness, in cosiness
Our careers set to shoot for the stars
Uncertainty is not knowing when adversity will strike

Here, where skies cannot be cleaner
Pastures can't be greener
Anticipate the storm
And there, where lights cannot shine brighter
The hand of death grips tighter
And dissipates the warmth
It kills the warmth
Track Name: First Strike (You're Out)
I told you so that this would end in violence
A tender war between a conflict and a lie
Is this the thunderstorm that comes and brings the silence?
The flash that strikes, it burns and parts both you and I
First strike, you're out

I told you so that this would end in violence

The surge of pain that hit me with the tidings
I never crossed my path with treachery so sly
Now play the casualty and force me into hiding
You left me down and out and hung me out to dry
First strike, you're out

First strike, you're out, you're out
I gave you one try, now you're out, you're out, you're out

In time the snowflakes will stop falling
Our time ran out and we were young
The rain erased what it fell upon
Let your desire keep from crawling
Intangible the memory
The weathered hands worn and marked with grief
Remind of you and me

I told you so that this would end in violence
A tender war between a conflict and a lie
Is this the thunderstorm that comes and breaks the silence?
The flash that strikes, it burns and parts both you and I
First strike, you're out, first strike, you're out