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1.
The Ritual 03:01
The Ritual On the horizon Sun sets it’s fire Wind whispers red Blood runs dry Waiting to meet you where the whole world ends Face painted and naked In a dry riverbed I wear your BONES in my hair Rattle fistfuls of car parts And BONES I wear your BONES in my hair Black as the void Black as my mind Future is infinite Past is a lie Perception is suspect Ears, nose, eyes I draw a line at the edge of my mind I come and go I wear your BONES in my hair Rattle fistfuls of car parts And BONES I wear your BONES in my hair Rattle fistfuls of car parts And BONES I wear your BONES in my hair
2.
The Question 03:41
The Question In all my searching Not a truth that I can point to In all my questioning The only answer I’ve found That I will likely never know The past is a lie The future’s infinitely wide I draw a line At the edge of my mind And on the other side An artists depiction of the truth And I could be a painter Cosmos or consciousness Which inside the other? Cosmos or consciousness Verity or consequence?
3.
Retrospect I 00:58
4.
The Great Tower Oh great tower We worship at your alter Snatch up what you offer We are eating from your hand Steel and wire Like God without the kindness Worse than Satan’s finest Wash us in the blood of the land Air and water You lead us in our blindness Kill us with your kindness Leave us high and dry Oh great tower God has shown his hand, but hides his face Great tower of Babylon Move us at 100 miles an hour To our graves
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Beware the desperate people hunting in the forest We will not hesitate To kill for our family You are just meat to me I have my children and my poor sickly mother Even cannibals Love Don’t get confused I have not mercy for you I will drink your blood I found a campfire And the dog has caught a scent You’d better move in a hurry For we hunt with the Devil now (Might end up someone elses food) We will drum upon your still warm dead body Our hands wet with blood Tear out your heart right there if we’re hungry enough And I’m hungry enough I will play with the kids Distract them while your flesh is prepared Keep them happy and laughing I wear your BONES in my hair Rattle fistfuls of car parts And BONES I wear your BONES in my hair

about

When he isn't holding down the complex afrobeat of Big Mean Sound Machine as their lead guitarist, Ray McNamara tinkers away at his avant-pop solo project, The Ghost of Electricity. His upcoming release, BONES, is distinguished by tUnE-yArDs-esque vocal hooks, thick Dirty Projectors harmonies and Kid A sound collages. But what really sets BONES apart is its beats. Ray samples the sounds of car parts and bones to form the bulk of the music's freaky rhythmic skeleton. It is roughly the percussive palette of Bone Machine Tom Waits, but grooving to a logic foreign to most rock listeners.

BONES marks a leap forward for The Ghost of Electricity. It is a six track conceptual suite, a big-ideas spiritual treatise working within (most) of the boundaries of the three-minute pop song.
The music of BONES is set in a philosophical realm of elemental forces, dark technologies and an indifferent god. The album closes with a blend of Nigerian highlife, Zimbabwean chimurenga, American electric guitar, and electronic sampling of a South American tribe of cannibals singing. It is the joyful musical fulfillment of the lyrics that precede it:

I will play with the kids
Distract them while your flesh is prepared
Keep them happy and laughing
I wear your bones in my hair.

Not for the faint of heart.

credits

released February 3, 2016

Spark & Fizz Records 2016

Written, performed and recorded by Ray McNamara

...with additional performances from:

Kevin Dacey, Bobby Spellman, Paulie Philippone, Ryan McNamara, Leigh McNamara, Dave Fiore, Ryan McNamara and Jordan Lenes (Car parts & Bones)

Lucas Ashby (Hadgini)

Andrew Klein (Drums)

Some samples on "Retrospect I" supplied by Kevin Dacey from his pieces 'A Swallowing' and 'Stuck Down Deep'

See individual tracks for specific credits.

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