Dark Matter

by Tree River

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released December 9, 2016

Produced and mixed by Greg Dunn
Mastered by Mike Kalajian

Album artwork by Charlie Wagers

Tree River is Trevor Friedman, Phil Cohen, Serge Terentev and Julie Rozansky

Guest vocals: Brian Warren (Come Home)
Guest vocals: Karsyn DuPree (Dreamstate)
Cello: Kate Rears Burgman (Sine Wave, Dreamstate, Deep Blue)
Violin: Daniil Davydoff (Sine Wave, Dreamstate, Deep Blue)
Additional production: Ivan Basauri (Temple)

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Track Name: Outward
Rise
From love inside.
New you, new I,
New reason why.
Track Name: Skybound
High moon, the sky was growing blue
When my wide eyes opened to your wild tide, broken,
And I finally noticed that the night’s unspoken truth was holding you.
So I fastened up and flew.
And my heart was racing ‘cause the stars were taking me to vastness, make believe.
The plan had you going too.
But I knew...

In deep space was the face I was chasing.
How could I reach out to you?
The cloud mist of galaxy memories grew around me.
And I pulled inward, to try to see our picture.
But all that came was dust rushing through.

Night hound, I howled and pounded ground.
And I leapt into the evening with body heavy breathing.
I climbed above the ceiling and cleared the disappearing sounds, skybound.
So my atmosphere turned round.
Then my body burst comet. I launched into the cosmic with sights set on your consciousness.
I longed to track your gravity down.
But all I found...

Was deep space, and the face I was chasing
Was shadowy phantasm truth.
The soundless surrounded the absence of you and drowned it.
And I pushed outward to try to make it louder.
But all I heard was wind that I blew.

I’m alone, float, no signs of anyone.
I love a ghost.
Go, fall, I never had come for you at all.
Crawl, swim out and sprawl.
I let go to hold all that is myself.

Silent, violent, my head is spinning like abandoned planet.
I shed my threads, I fend off memories but can't disband them.
Time flows, I slow, I hold on heavy while your glow grows unclear.
I know my low, but I'm hopeless climbing if there’s no up out here.
Track Name: Come Home
Paint sky.
The colors bleed while the city breathes.
Faint cries.
You're coughing clouds, throwing thunder down.
Same mind,
But the high is gone, and the crash is strong.
Brain sigh.
You're scanning, stray, for the open gate.

‘Cause you can be a new man.
Eyes free, open wide to see it
Through, and live where you land.
Break ground with a raining sound.
A future song and two hands.
Tight fist with a bag of tricks.
And you can be a new man.

One note
Voice your deep inner fountain. Speak
Up, grow.
Into the night with a belly cry.
Come home
With a power stride and a mountain mind.
Don’t hold
Your breath or hide while the stars align.

‘Cause you can be a new man.
Eyes free, open wide to see it
Through, and live where you land.
Break ground with a raining sound.
A future song and two hands.
Tight fist with a bag of tricks.
And you can be a new man.

Hey, the day is coming down.
When you soar to some town,
Never leave the now.

Your home's outside.
It’s roaming wide.
It's cloudless sky.
It's boundless lines.
It's blending light.
It's stretching sight.
It's empty mind.
It’s endless time.

And you are a new man.
Eyes free, open wide to see it
Through, and live where you land.
Break ground with a raining sound.
A future song and two hands.
Tight fist with a bag of tricks.
And you are a new man.

Hey, the day is coming down.
When you soar to some town,
Never leave the now.
Track Name: Sine Wave
My brain is a sine wave, a roller coaster mind.
Thoughts in the water, lost in the tide.
And our love was a dark one under a breathing sky,
Bleeding meteorites, and falling into

Ocean.
Are we still in motion?
When will we breathe open air and see the breaks in our time?
Ocean, free me, I feel frozen.
When will I see golden sun reflect off waves in my mind?

‘Cause my size is a cycle, a full circle of life.
On top of the mountain then dropped from the sky.
And our love was the same song I always ever write.
I sing the seeds into sight, and river into

Ocean.
Are we still in motion?
When will we breathe open air and see the breaks in our time?
Ocean, free me, I feel frozen.
When will I see golden sun reflect off waves in my mind?

Open your mouth.
Breathe in the sound.
When it's right, let it out.

You infant tidal wave.
You riptide waiting to darken the day.
You will awake the sky.
I submit and keep my sails high.

Ocean, waves roll my emotions.
Will I swim below them, safe from every crash that I find?
Or ocean, will I find the moment the wave has barely broken,
And ride into horizons inside?
Track Name: Brainstem
My mind is melting
Into light, into skyline-lit night.
The empty’s ending
Redefined, with new eyes and lines aligned.

No tree.
New streets.
Strong strings,
Strange and streaming.

Holy high and I'm alive.
Polarized but now a side’s been taken.
Awoken island mind arise.
Now I’m finding time, and mine I’ll make it.

You molten mirror
Woven tight, we are broken open, bright.
The coast is clearer
We ignite when our frequencies combine.

You need.
I’m free.
I see
The road and reach it.

Holy high and I'm alive.
Polarized but now a side’s been taken.
Awoken island mind arise.
Now I’m finding time, and mine I’ll make it.

Past universes breathe echoes into the current one,
which is why it expands and contracts like waves of an endless ocean,
and interdimensional horizons that seem to extend into infinity
are just pins in the maps of the watchers that perceive everything at once.

Light-years of wasted waiting.
I hear the channel changing.
I’ve come to live, not think thoughts. (I can’t stop.)
I’m one. A brainstem inkblot.
Track Name: Dreamstate
Walking slowly home, my heartbeat and breathing were feeding on footsteps and drums.
Softly voices approached from off in the night and a fire ignited in front.

We sat down and passed around a flashlight.
I sang true about you, Unknown.
In my smoke, a white ghost materialized.
Above me your body arose.

Watching omen glow, I stood up to walk as the stars laid in watery rows.
Calmly rowing a boat through air, you were looking and pulling the words from my throat.

You lowered down an oar and found me shoreside.
I held tight and hauled myself on.
As sky grew around you and drew in the tide,
You kissed first and whispered in song,

"Tree, you know that this could be a dream.
But that could always ever be.
Whether awake or deep asleep,
The truth is something you won't see."

"Oh, you're right, Unknown.
There's no clear home.
Oh, I may not know what holds below.
But oh, I choose to go."

Then I felt the night melt to twilight.
Your face was replaced by the sun.
“My face was replaced by the sun.”
I leapt off the edge, falling head to the sky.
Did I end up right where I was,
...Or wake up?
Track Name: Sunrise
Wide woods.
Night rain.
No vision but I sense it anyway.

Sunrise.

My love.
Light wave.
Slow motion when I dive into my day.

Sunrise.

Surrounding sounds are safely sung.
This dense forest is slowly waking up.
And then everything I see, clearing wide,
Stares back at me and I realize
I'm never alone.

Sunrise.

We all breathe light.
Track Name: Deep Blue
The basement of the tide is growing faceless in the night, under moonlight gold.
The space in your eye, an open ocean, pulls me placeless and I am an anchor’s fall.

Slowly sinking into your sea skin.

The longer I hold breath, your pull gets stronger.
I’m fed to your darkest water.
Conquered, my head goes heavy hollow with your song heard, surrendering to your bed.

Pushing feelings through to your deep blue.

The bottom of the universe hides inside the lines of your mind.
The moment that I touch the earth, my freezing lungs free and breathe again.

My senses bend when the rolling floor is broken.

And then from the reef you rise.
Find my hand with smiling eyes.
And suddenly, I'm dry.
I see the ocean's turned into sky.

What was all around me? What was all around?
What was all around me? What was all around?
Track Name: Temple
Safe, this place.
There’s nothing to say.
Embrace.

The rise and fall of high white
Water peaks through darkness, free.
The lighthouse deep in full night’s pulsing beat.
You’re close to me.

You breathe.
Call me to your clean body.

I blink, I’m too thick to think.
Soundlessly, I’m balancing.
The thoughts that hide my blind spots
Wash into the endless view.

I need to feel my way to see what’s inside you.
Bloom and show me something new.

I watch as you open darker eyes.
You stand and the night flows through my spine.
We run back to land and back into the light,
Back to the room where we had first arrived.


Then every sound gets louder when I shed outer space’s crowded head self.
Your body’s flowing, golden, glowing, growing close to another one.
You’re uncovering me and humming freely, welcoming me into your shell.
There is nothing left but our drumming breath and high temple senses, private love.
Track Name: Opening Eye
My rolling eyes are always open wide.
But holding ocean ghost inside.
For the day I rise or hide my night.
The sun I see, it glows inside of me.
Pulsing rhythms etched by the sea.
But the ocean breeze I breathe in need.

And I’m connected.
I’m projected in light.
When the morning’s born, I’m fine.
But sweep and swallow,
I’ll dive to follow the night.
To balance out my howling life.

The lens that aligns with my endless sun dimensional eye,
It’s always deep and folding the time.
And the wormhole's right to ride into night.

In the space in me, I'll find the face that I aim to see.
And launch me right on out of my dream.
Into a place I can be free of need.

‘Cause I’m connected.
I’m projected in light.
And my fateful hailing halo's bright.
A sweeping swallow,
I dive to follow the night.
But the fullest moon is always inside.

My opening eye spirals to a wide world, and hurls me to the other side.
And I’m inverting time into a vertical line as I find the portal pouring my mind.

The night and the blinding day fuse into a hue of light inside my brain.
A force from the foreign black swells, expelling every star from orbit path.
And a gate opens wide into a tunnel undulating space and time.
As I bend and then disappear, every speck and lesson in my atmosphere

Is inside! Is inside!