From the Vaults

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I don’t have designs to define you
To try to catalogue or confine you;
I don’t want to express myself
And end up sounding like everyone else.

I don’t want to pick words from stock
And feel that they are left, left in hock
I don’t want to be in anybody’s
Debt but yours. So I give you these.

Like a vintage wine or inherited wealth
These words come up from the vaults.
By design and not by stealth
In their perfection, in all their faults.

Not kept in the dark like last year’s apples
Not rusting away like hoarded scrap metal,
Sequestered, deformed, decayed – 
Blinking into day, pale and afraid.

More reliable than recovered memory
More valuable than any stashed currency:
Words that unearth that uproot
Words that open up like a parachute.

Like a lost film reel, or an analogue spool,
These words come up from the vaults.
Unearthed by feel and not by rule
In their perfection, in all their faults.

Does this sound familiar?
Have you heard it all before?
Too pedantic and old fashioned
Because listening to words is a chore.

Like a tapped desire, like a channelled id
These words come up from the vaults,
Always aiming higher, keeping nothing hid
In their perfection, in all their faults.

This one comes up from the vaults
This one comes up from the vaults.


from Slow Medicine, released December 20, 2016
Telecasters, piano, string synth, Saul's bass, tambourine, varispeed vocals: Slow Medicine.
Drums: Oliver Betts and Paul Cook.



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Slow Medicine London, UK

Slow Medicine creates music that ranges from art rock to ambient, avant garde to piano ballad, disco to folk, tweaked and twisted via electronics and sound-effects.

Slow Medicine blurs the lines between live and studio, outside and inside, electric and acoustic, organic and processed, analogue and digital.
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