The Wind, As Now, Is Silent

by The Red Fetish

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Themes of interpersonal relationships, gender roles, met and unmet expectations are explored throughout The Red Fetish’s 17th album overall and first for Etxe Records, “The Wind, As Now, Is Silent.” The DC-based band specializes in crafting spacious arrangements, providing the songs’ contents with room to breathe and flourish.

Difficulties in forming intimate human connections while burdened by prescriptive gender roles are considered throughout the album. Still, much of the album’s uncomfortable subject matter takes the form of love songs, offering a paradox.

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released April 30, 2016

This album was made by Alejandro Castaño, Kris Kagei, Bryan McTiernan, Kai Filipczak and Daniel Suhre, with the help of Alison Lowell, Claire Blaustein, Faheem Moghal, and Kylene Kiang.

It was recorded by Greg Svitil at Empress of Sound studios in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington DC, mastered by James Plotkin, and includes artwork by Curry Hackett.

The lyrics of South Virginia were written by Kris Kagei. The album was otherwise written by Alejandro Castaño.

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Track Name: Starlight on Skin
I thought you’d come home to me if I gave you pleasure.

I knew you’d come back to me
 if I sang of pleasure.

Ate a ghost on your way down
, Stumble at your leisure

Ate a ghost on your way down, 
A standard you can measure.

All the men you know they'll say you know just what you're doing
All the men you know they'll say you know just what you're doing
With their hands around your neck, remember what you're proving
With their hands around your neck, remember what you're doing.

'cause the road is long you've got to walk alone, you do
'still I'd like to walk with you
As you carry on, your heart, it turns to stone, it's true
'still I'd like to walk with you, in the dead of night

When the rumors stir you up, you know where I'll be hiding
When the rumors stir you right, you know where I'll be hiding
In a midnight daydream, I'll be hoping you confine me
In a midnight daydream, I'll be hoping you come find me

'cause the road is long you've got to walk alone, you do
'still I'd like to walk with you
As you carry on, your heart, it turns to stone, it's true
'still I'd like to walk with you,
'cause when the rain comes down, the stars still do their part, it's true
They know just what to do
and if you'll have me too, I think I'll marry you, I do, I do,
I want to walk with you, in the dead of night
In the dead of night.
Track Name: South Virginia
Billy, go back to South Virginia.
Build your house with your own two hands.
There's plenty to catch out on the lake.
In time, become a better man.

Billy, go back to South Virginia.
She’ll wait around til you come home
And maybe tie a ribbon round the old oak tree,
Pray you ain't feeling all alone.

Oh, the island of right and wrong.
You’d stay there by yourself
and never know silence.
Billy, listen.

Billy, go back to South Virginia.
Read the news that's at your door.
Remember hills and thrills and lovers long forgotten.
Crack a bottle and let it pour.

Oh, the island of right and wrong.
You’d stay there by yourself
And never know silence.
Billy, listen.

Billy, go back home.
Track Name: Mary on the Muddy Ground
Soft rain, on the muddy ground,
Your lips will quiver when you think you’ve found
That silver tongue in a smoke-stained room
The flower you’d expect to grace your tomb
Eye to eye, you’ll rope him in
Around your finger and, sight unseen
To give you faith, and light your way
Until the morning when you hear him say

"Don't you know who I am?
Don't you know me?"

My sweet Mary, virgin named
How many ways can you lose this game
You drag your heels all through the muck
and still you seem to have so little luck
Until a shackle around your skin
His ring will spare you from a life of sin
But your eyes, they’ve changed, you look away
All since the morning when you heard him say

"Don't you know who I am?
Don't you know me?
Don't you know I will always get you home
To the loving embrace of your own
But I will always get you?"

Soft rain, on the muddy ground
You look for something that don’t wanna be found
Into my arms, you’ll claim to stay
Until the morning when you hear me say

"Don't you know who I am?
Don't you know me?
Don't you know I will always get you home
To the loving embrace of your own
But I will always get you?"
Track Name: It's Snowing
Outside the rain slowing starting to turn into snow
Reminds me that it might soon be time for me to go
You don’t seem to mind it, If you did you would have let it show
And I can’t understand it, when we were fine just a week ago

And the sun will shine
It'll all be fine
'cause if the sun don't shine
All life would be over

And then the moon glaring down says “you’ll reap what you sow”
But it stares right through me, I wonder what it could know
You don’t seem to mind it, if you did you would have let it show
And I can’t understand it, we were fine, just a week ago

And the sun will shine
It'll all be fine
'cause if the sun don't shine
All life would be over
Track Name: Firmament of Flesh
It’s safe to say she felt like Faith

But she’s got no faith in this

We met at somebody’s house

Away from those
 we had gone there with

"I know what she wants
I've seen it before."

I’d like to label her a Leigh

She came to me and asked to stay

Claimed to have a broken home, a stable one

I can’t remember what she’d say

"I know what she wants
I've seen it before."

All she ever asked of you was love
But all she ever gave was truth
And it went right over our heads

And your wife she does the same

Her feet are cold, cold from the tile

She sings songs you’ll never hear

And feels no shame, 
and why should she?
She cracks a smile.

"I know what she wants
I've seen it before."

All she ever asked of you was love
But all she ever gave was truth, so cold
And all I ever asked of her was love
But all she ever gave was truth
And it went right over our heads.
Track Name: Whispered Warning
I wish I knew you then

Back when we were young

Restless, ruthless, and dumb

I wish that we were young

And I wish I could recall the things you told me
And I wish we were alone
And I wish I could recall just why you left and
Lord I wish we were at home, but

I don’t remember, I don’t remember, I don’t remember you

From the bar above the fray

Where we would mean all the things we would do

But none of the things we'd say

And I wish I could recall the things you told me
And I wish we were alone
And I wish I could recall just why you left and
Lord I wish we were at home, but

You don’t remember, you don’t remember, you don’t remember me

From the bar above the fray

You don’t remember, you don’t remember, you don’t remember me
And I guess that that is a-ok, so
I just wish we were at home
Lord, I wish you would come home.