by Heliophile

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Heliophile's debut EP of catchy melancholic synthpop with profound lyrics.


released July 5, 2013

Written, performed, programmed, arranged, produced and mixed by Gijs van Ouwerkerk.
Mastered by Ken Porter.

From November 29th 2013, you will receive the bonus track 'The Silence' with your download of the "Nebula" EP!



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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 the UK 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: An Exercise in Exorcism
Tonight I sleep with my demons and their malicious words
The tantalizing whispers they amplify the hurt
Pain overload leaves me jaded, please let me hibernate
Oh how I long to be sedated, to float in hyperspace

Into the lair of the scorpion
There I’ll find my shelter
Out of this makeshift utopia
I’ll regain my peace
In the vast dreamscapes of Morpheus
I’ll tear down your statues
Dethorn the roses that graze my scars
Your very being I exhale

Your name’s not carved in stone
It’s written in the sand
The beating waves will wash the pain away
The tale is left untold
I know this love will be an anachronism
An exercise in exorcism, now

Trapped in sleepless fixation, I feel so out of place
Your sweet reverberations resound in vacant space
As you walk by you stir up a storm
I reside in your trail of broken men
The lost that gasp for air and call your name

I cannot wait you out
I cannot spit you out
I cannot sweat you out
I cannot bleed you out
This love won’t die!
Track Name: Nebula
In the ion silvered cloud

Afloat amidst the stars is the shrouded shade cast from afar
Uncontained, unexplained, destroyer of the gravity laws

Far beyond the covert dark
The ghost rays converge
Distorted to a lambent arc
Arcane shapes emerge
(In the nebula)

It grows in the cold, in dimensions not for us to behold
To dilate, self-inflate, bask in creation’s afterglow

At countless blackened spaces
We gaze back in time
Ancient wayward haze
Counting down our days
Track Name: Kingdom of Light
As the kingdom of light falls down
The shadow that hides the glimmer inside
We’ll lift, we’ll breach
Unmask the divine, the pristine
As the kingdom of light falls down
The shimmer ignites with the thundering tide
A gift, a reprieve
From all the anguish you conceive

Hey mister pope man, preaching to the choir crowd
I try to speak, but my voice never makes a sound
When dawn will break, will you wake from your ignorant wayward dream?
Do you not see their plight from dogmas black and white
Your pillars drift astray within a sea of grey
As they break, will you bathe in reality’s graceful waves?

Hey mister pope man, preaching from unmanly heights
What makes you think that your temples still entice?
When they’re brimmed with your symbols of agony, hate and fear
And as the maelstrom spins, avenging cardinal’s sins
And masses congregate to set the record straight
Dawn will break and you’ll wake as the “profligates” take your throne

As the kingdom of light falls down

To bridge the sea that divides us
Track Name: Trampled Garden of Delight
Are you alone, are you divided
Do you seek me out to find yourself again
Do you feel whole when we’re united
Or do I leave another void to fill?

Although our church is open day and night
Our deeds cannot be sanctified
Am I truly yours as you are mine?
Our pearls are cast before the swine
I want to beat the odds that you have stacked
Amend the clauses of our pact
Is there a cause for your effect?
Some common ground for us to connect

Do trees still bear the fruit of love
In your trampled garden of delight
Are we dead inside?
Is there a gift still worth receiving
One that only for me you hide
Is it worth the fight?

Our roads are paved with good intentions
But life’s misbehaved with love’s false pretensions
Do I have to tumble down fathomless highs
Do I have to sway and watch as innocence dies?

Kill the visions of the things that I can’t stand the sight of
Explore intimate places to try to fill our empty spaces