The lover, The stars & The citadel

by Deleyaman

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    Side A
    Escape
    Secret treasures
    Galaxy
    La mer et l'amour

    Side B
    Beautiful dawn
    Autumn sun
    Summer flower
    La plaine

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about

"...shrouded in mysterious melancholy, an album full of narcotic beauty that threads together climax after climax." De Subjectivisten (11/2016)

Aret Madilian and Beatrice Valalntin both self-taught musicians, come from different backgrounds. The Istanbul born Aret, an American of Greek-Armenian roots who grew up in Los Angeles and the poetic french influences of Beatrice, play a strong role in Deleyaman's alchemy.

Their seventh album paints a sonic picture of a brief day spent in an old dwelling visiting memories and dreams.

The 57 minute album contains 11 tracks, three of which are sung in french inspired by the poetry of Paul Verlaine, Pierre de Marbeuf and Paul Eluard. All other lyrics were written by Aret Madilian.

The lover, The stars & The citadel includes a prestigious guest and friend Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance), making an appearance on two of the album's tracks (Greek bouzouki on Escape and percussion programming on Autumn Sun).

The lover, The stars & The citadel was recorded in Deleyaman’s studio located in a rural coastal village of Normandy, France.

credits

released November 18, 2016

Aret Madilian : vocals and all Instruments
Beatrice Valantin : vocals
Gerard Madilian : duduk

Brendan Perry : greek bouzouki on Escape and percussion programming on Autumn sun.

All songs written and performed by Deleyaman
Lyrics by Aret Madilian except
La plaine : words from the poem Dans l'Interminable ennui de la plaine by Paul Verlaine.
La mer et L'amour : words from the poem Et la mer et l'amour by Pierre de Marbeuf.
Summer flower : words partially taken from the poem The vanities of life by John Clare.
L'amoureuse : words from the poem L'amoureuse by Paul Eluard from the book Capitale de la douleur ⓒ Editions Gallimard.
With the kind permission of Mme Cecile Eluard-Boaretto and Mme Claire Sarti.

Special thanks to Brendan Perry.

Recorded, mixed, mastered & produced by Aret Madilian between October 2015 and June 2016 at Kurna Hata Studio, Normandy, France.

Graphic design and illustrations : deniin
Compact Disc : TTOR 716
ⓒ 2016 TTO Records ⓟ 2016 Deleyaman
Vinyl : TTOR 717V
ⓒ 2017 TTO Records ⓟ 2017 Deleyaman

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Track Name: La plaine
Dans l'interminable
Ennui de la plaine
La neige incertaine
Luit comme du sable.

Le ciel est de cuivre
Sans lueur aucune.
On croirait voir vivre
Et mourir la lune.

Comme les nuées
Flottent gris les chênes
Des forêts prochaines
Parmi les buées.

Le ciel est de cuivre
Sans lueur aucune.
On croirait voir vivre
Et mourir la Lune.

Corneille poussive
Et vous, les loups maigres,
Par ces bises aigres
Quoi donc vous arrive?

Dans l'interminable
Ennui de la plaine
La neige incertaine
Luit comme du sable

Paul Verlaine
Track Name: Silence
Come back to silence
Come back to the sea
If the storm is violent
The wind will set you free
When you feel like an island
Come back back to me
Be a fool lay beside my window
Meet the rest of me

So you believe in nations
Who kill for you and me
You buy into their religions
And their insanity
There are no chosen ones
No promise land prophecies
Those lies are poison
Demented fantasies
Track Name: Morning light
Morning light through my eyelids
Another bright and sunny day
I remember the stars from last evening
They almost took my breath away

What is this thing we call time
In more than a way slips away
What is this thing we call life
Leaves the lover stranded and drifts away

Dusk and dawn for all seasons
Forsaken hearts and souls betrayed
They see the sun and feel the treason
Broken in spirit and cast away

What is this thing we call time
In a thousand ways floats away
What is this thing we call life
Leaves a lover stranded and drifts away
Track Name: Secret treasures
Don't let the hands kill forever
Don't let the eyes look the other way
Don't let the hearts die and shiver
Don't let your conscience run away
I'll always stand with the broken
I'll always be on the other side
Don't you forget that the fallen
May be the price you pay for your pride

I feel the cold and the wild winds
Storms brewing from under the stones
I hear the sound of the woodwinds
Echoing amongst the gravestones
I ain't no mercenary troubadour
Singing for your passing pleasures
I ain't without purpose or a tool
I have my own secret treasures

Don't wait for hope to fall from the heavens
Don't fear the rage or the wrath of Gods
Don't let your culture become your terror
Don't let your silence be their guiding light
I'll always be by words unspoken
I'll always stand across your pride
Don't you forget that the shaken
May fall and shadow your fiery light

I feel the cold and the wild winds
Storms brewing from under the stones
I hear the sound of the woodwinds
Echoing amongst the gravestones
I ain't no mercenary troubadour
Singing for your passing seasons
I ain't without spirit or unmoved
I have my own secret treasures
Track Name: Galaxy
Galaxy of dances burning bright
We catch the passing hours in flight
And a sense of urgency
Now replaced with smiles of useless words

No place holds a trace
Nothing keeps the memory
What of these hours we face
Of thought employed in reverie

How sweet is the power
To nurse a thousand dreams

Antaram abril ku serov
Karnan kunavor tzaghigneru mod
Gabuyd yergrin ardivan luso
Kisherneris yergnain hazar asdgherov
Track Name: La mer et L'amour
Et la mer et l'amour ont l'amer pour partage,
Et la mer est amère, et l'amour est amer,
L'on s'abîme en l'amour aussi bien qu'en la mer,
Car la mer et l'amour ne sont point sans orage.

Celui qui craint les eaux, qu'il demeure au rivage,
Celui qui craint les maux qu'on souffre pour aimer,
Qu'il ne se laisse pas à l'amour enflammer,
Et tous deux ils seront sans hasard de naufrage.

La mère de l'amour eut la mer pour berceau,
Le feu sort de l'amour, sa mère sort de l'eau
Mais l'eau contre ce feu ne peut fournir des armes.

Si l'eau pouvait éteindre un brasier amoureux,
Ton amour qui me brûle est si fort douloureux,
Que j'eusse éteint son feu de la mer de mes larmes.
Track Name: Escape
She's escaped from the shallow dreams of men
Before they turn her inside and out
From the sleepy masses and their spite
To find a place of soothing light

She's escaped from the darkest shades of love
From the cold grasp of glamourous nights
Before the day cleared of the morning fog
To find a place of soothing light

Now dressed in a new silence
Watches the movements of the hands of the clock
She feels the deep rooted loneliness in the twilight sky
She's come to a place of soothing light

She's escaped from the hollow fears of men
Before they turn her inside and out
From the raving mortals of the night
To find a place of soothing light

She's escaped from the barren fields of love
From the blinding lights of glamourous nights
Before the night called the moon in flight
To find a place of soothing light

Now draped in a cool silence
Watches the movements of the hands of the clock
She feels the deep rooted loneliness in a twilight sky
She's come to a place of soothing light

She walks where meadows are in bloom
Bittersweet and tired by desire
Her breath stolen from her chest
She lives her life as if walking on fire

She's got nothing she cares to speak of
Has no will and no reason left to fight
She moves slowly like the morning fog
In this place of soothing light

Now dressed in a new silence
Watches the movements of the hands of the clock
She feels the deep rooted loneliness in the twilight sky
She lives in a place of soothing light
Track Name: Summer flower
What are life's joys and gains
What pleasures crowd its ways
That man should take such pains
To seek them all his days

Is pride your heart's desire
Is power your climbing aim
Is love your follies fire
Is wealth your restless game

Do you think that beauty is power
Is forever the way it feels
Go pluck the summer flower
And see how long it lives

Hold ice up to the sun
And wax before the fire
Neither will triumph or reign
In this world no matter the gain'

Do you doubt the bird's song
Do you doubt that sun gives light
Doubt truth to teach you wrong
And wrong alone as right

And if they still possess
Your mind as worthy things
Pick straws with your hands
And call them diamond rings

Between all the take and the give
It is clear as the morning sky
The lesson of how to live
Is but to learn to die
Track Name: Beautiful dawn
Something's is changing outside my door
I feel it rise from under the floor
A thousand years and men still with fears
Empires fall cities on fire

A thousand candles burn and still no light
We're lost and scattered and loosing the fight
I swallow my words and I feel colder
And a beautiful day is getting older

Flowers are still scattered on the sea
No roses nor the waves will set you free
There ain't no way out for the fool
Now the day sleeps and the night may be cruel

Destinations missed destinations gone
You'll shed some tears and walk until dawn
Destinations missed destinations gone
You walk until the last beautiful dawn
Track Name: Autumn sun
If I could see the world
Through your gentle eyes
Would it all be the same
Or would it break my tired heart
The rain and the light
The wisdom of the sun
You know the times to come
Equal the times gone by

Give me the autumn sun the winter wind
This world is illusion
Give me a summer breeze just when the spring is here
And again gone too soon

If you could make the world
A bit warmer and true
If she could take your hand
And lead the way for you

Give me the autumn sun the winter wind
The world is illusion
Give me a summer breeze just when the spring is here
And again gone too soon
Track Name: L'amoureuse
Elle est debout sur mes paupières
Et ses cheveux sont dans les miens,
Elle a la forme de mes mains,
Elle a la couleur de mes yeux,
Elle s'engloutit dans mon ombre
Comme une pierre sur le ciel.

Elle a toujours les yeux ouverts
Et ne me laisse pas dormir.
Ses rêves en pleine lumière
Font s'évaporer les soleils
Me font rire, pleurer et rire,
Parler sans avoir rien à dire.