Cipher

by Gabriel Tavares

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Guitarist, singer and song writer Gabriel Tavares has been quietly listening, preparing a hybrid of darker musical strains under the title Cipher. With this, his debut solo recording, Tavares limns that part of the mind veiled beyond the grasp of pure reason where shadowy memories and painterly images circle, endlessly informing every tick and gesture of what we are. Cipher is a tale of curiosity and the humbling discovery of a shifting nether world, alternately imbued with eerie grace and awesome surges of the mindless and the faux. It is a homemade legend of crudely rendered symbols gathered along a labyrinthine walk in the dark.

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released May 1, 2001

Gabriel Tavares: vox/guitars/zills/castanets, Steven Curtis: tabla, Sim Redmond: mbira/vox, Uniit Carruyo: vox, Rick Hansen: vox, Tim Collins: vibes, Sri Priya Sundararajan: vox, Matthew Saccuccimorano : drums/xylorimba/samples, Brian Dozoretz: upright and earthwood bass, Judy Hyman: violins/violas, Lisa Shenouda: cover art, Elizabeth Fogarty: moth wing microscopy, Brian Dudla: graphic design, Engineered by Matthew Saccucci Morano, Sim Redmond and Chad Crumm, Mixed and Mastered by Matthew Saccuccimorano at Electric Wilburland

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Gabriel Tavares Ithaca, New York

Thank you for coming to explore. Here you will find a new Sisu Powder the Moon record with 2 bonus tracks plus a diverse discography ranging from polished studio records like "Cipher" to an intimate Lo-Fi EP called "Sisu for You," a LIVE record made at the historic CBGBs 313 Gallery and a power trio called The THiNS recorded to 16-track analog. Happy Listening and I hope to see you at a show. ... more

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Track Name: Dry Teeth
all my dry teeth / dry teeth are narrow / as I bite into the apple of my eyes / emooyee please don't go / all my dry teeth are narrow / as I bite into the apple of my eyes / and the wily alligator / smiling crocodile / and the lazy armadillo / they been chasing me for miles / 'cause I got wild cats in my kitchen / pepper in my stew / and I been cooking up my tongue / now it's creeping into you / I'm creeping cold like a tree root / like old locomotion / where the river runs deep / the weeds grow high / I feel like a firefly / spattered on a windshield / got the glowing green guts spilling from my head / I feel like that poor boy / working in the corn fields / breaking his back for the dreams of the things / that he never had / with the pollen sticking to his sweat / the fever sun begins to set / the cricket and the earthworm dig their beds / in my body and my soul / in my body / and my soul / emooyee please don't go / eudemonia please don't go / all my dry teeth are narrow / as I bite into the apple of my eyes
Track Name: Loom
suntan smell / salt is in the air / sleeping with her shoulders bare / open lips / are flowers in full bloom / in the kitchen memories loom / try to change her / don't try to change her / she's not gonna change her mind / hail stones fell / the day I packed my things / down the street a church bell rings / all was said / and everything was done / fly into the sinking sun / try to change her / don't try to change her / 'cause she's not gonna change her mind
Track Name: Sleepwalk
in twenty-one days I'm coming back home / I been a long way / I'm coming on / jackrabbit jumps and the sparrow she flies / I seen it all through the cricket's eyes / from the silent leaves / where the moonlight waits on the sycamore trees / it don't need no door / it slips in through the cracks run along the floor / moving behind things and inside things / there are no things / there is everything / slippery wet things are behind things / are inside things are in everything / I got fever on my cheek / I hear voices in the trees / unforgotten when you sleep / crickets in the darkness / voices in the trees / walking through the darkness / quiet in the leaves / moving through the gas pipes / aching in your knees / coldness of the ocean / fever on your cheek
Track Name: Halloween
florescent light in a hospital room / darkness and light split the face of the moon / like in the beginning / like in the end / 365 times in a second / halloween is come / and the knot slips undone / collapsing shades of a colorless day / condensing droplets of clouds turning grey / languages fusing / symbols erase / no way to speak of the spirits that you face / halloween is come / and the knot slips undone / babylon in your brain / colors colliding / cycling cylinders / consciousness sliding / difference falls apart / one thing's the same as everything / abyssmal equivocating / fusing confusing / erased misplace / flayed unfamiliar fading / florescent light in a hospital room / darkness and light split the face of the moon / light is a particle / light is a wave / turned into energy / sanity to save
Track Name: Ultra High Frequency Aureole
angels! tele satellites! open up your fragile insect wings / choir voices trace the cold of a marble curve / like a woman's form fits into her jeans / frequencies fall in a perfect equation / vacuum tubes speak equivocation / you cannot pull your eyes away from the flashing screen / as the cameras focus and the mammon gleams / dissolution is disseminating / while the world is waiting / staring at them screens / looking for somebody / who's good and ready / to do it like they do in magazines / like glowing pixeled mosaics / like flashing flames of a burning bush / that calm me like a silent brother / oh lord and I won't be afraid no more / I'm breaking out of the darkness / and into the light of day / help me work out what it is that I'm trying to say / oh lord and I won't be afraid no more
Track Name: Doppel Dream
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Track Name: Ocean Waltz
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Track Name: Apple
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Track Name: Cross the Divide
there were miles of silence to fill / with the tangents of our minds / that climbed slowly up the walls / up to the corners / up to the ceiling / I could feel with the hair on my arms / christmas light glowed / from all directions / and quiet as snowflakes / whispers drift across / and the heat came on in your room / and noisily blew the serious away I had never been there before / I could not find my way in that land / but you reached out / with your guiding hand / and you helped me across the divide / and a siren cut through the night / and the fire engine groaned / and the walls flashed with red light / the universe was still / a timeless vacuum / we looked too long / and our stares shifted black and white / I had never been there before / I could not find my way in that land / but you reached out / with your guiding hand / and you helped me across the divide
Track Name: Echo
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Track Name: Morning Bird
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