A Cathedral Of Hands

by Oskar's Drum

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10 new songs co-written by Yves Altana and Patrick Fitzgerald

"The welcome return of Patrick Fitzgerald from Kitchens Of Distinction. Gorgeous heartfelt songs that swoop and soar. Lovely stuff!"
PICCADILLY RECORDS [Manchester]

"Patrick's voice still sounds really, really good and the whole album has such a timeless feel about it"
BBC 6 MUSIC [Gideon Coe]

"strong stuff indeed"
Q MAGAZINE

"feverish and transporting"
MOJO

"sweeping soundscapes of melodic, distinctly '90s alt.rock"
UNCUT

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released November 7, 2016

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Oskar's Drum Manchester, UK

Oskar's Drum are Yves Altana [Chameleons Vox, Wonky Alice] and Patrick Fitzgerald [Kitchens of Distinction, Stephen Hero] with live accompaniment from multi-instrumentalist Danny Ashberry

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Track Name: Green-Veiled Mirror Ghost
Green-veiled Mirror Ghost

See the fine foods and swimming pools
At her Californian domain
Taste the chlorine
Her teeth and tongue have touched
Savour the space
A perfect warm day
To swim alone
Under these fringed LA trees

A knock on the door
Which her servant will get
Stands a smile just like her own
A green-veiled mirror ghost
That mistake from long ago

It's hard to breathe these thick
Gasoline waves
At her Californian domain
Where's the soft green
Of her dollar machine?
That planted this house and lakes
I see the fine food and swimming pools
Savour the taste

Swallow down
This bitterness
Soften me LA trees
A green-veiled mirror ghost
Staring back right through me

There are no regrets
No back steps
There's only the fog ahead
The welcoming fog ahead
Track Name: Infernal
Infernal

Can't stop watching the accident,
Over and over online
Watch the tower collapsing,
The awful dust of lives

They bring out the caged animals,
Lipstick tracing smiles
I'm stuck in a Liberace nightmare from 1975

And I can't stop watching the idiot's
Undressed drunken chants
Stick his head in the corpse of a hive,
Till he's stung by infernal knives

Not a living thing can breathe
Hold your breath don't breathe

Lost in the obvious forest,
Of middle year panicked nights
Climbing down the circles of hell,
Till the judgement matches the crime

Down and down we go, down the Devil's thighs
I can't stop watching the accident
The bit where he loses his eyes

Not a living thing can breathe

The dust obscures the action, we wait for it to lift
It swirls around uncertainly
Not a living breathing thing

Hold your breathe don't breathe
Track Name: Quartz
Quartz

I brought two quartz
But the water did not bubble
I sip ice drips
But my mind still troubles
I'm deaf megahurtz

Cure me, cure this madness,
Cure me I'm a mannequin
Just a hollow dummy
Who’s half asleep
I can only function outside this grief

I baulk, deep well
Winter swim still spluttering
Unmarked, unfed
Is that you still coughing and coughing

Cure me, cure this madness,
Cure me I'm a mannequin
Just a hollow dummy
Who cannot swim
I can only function within this grief

You want to know, you want to be sure
If you take a sip, then you’ll find the cure
I want to know, I want to be sure
If I take a sip, I will find a cure
Outside there’s griefs that I can’t stand
What the fuckers have done
To our beautiful land
What the cunts have done
To our beautiful land
What the cunts have done
To our beautiful minds
To our beautiful minds
To our beautiful
Track Name: In Water
In Water

I think of you in water
And coming out of water
Hair slicked black
Wet, I gasp

I think of you in wartime
And coming out of war
Your hands in knots
Red and can't grasp

The well is deep
Let's bathe in it
The well is deep
It'll hold us up

I think of you in wonder
And when the wonders explode
Stripped of mystery
What are we without eyeliner
And silvered endings of hope?

The well is deep
Let's bathe in it
The well is deep
It'll hold us up

Let's swim in the water
Savour the wonder
Track Name: Blackouts
Blackouts

Look at her dance in black
And gold and purple
Kaleidoscope wild
She shades her eyes at midnight
Scatters the floor before
The searching eye can find us

She break me, I fracture
I worship, her laughter
She turns off completely
No place to dance in her sadness house

Colours her world in blood
And sperm and spittle
Burst your balloon just to
See the fireworks sparkle
Triple her tickle
Until you turn to marble

She break me, I fracture
She glue me, I'm captured
She bite me, I'm poisoned
Nowhere to dance in her madness house

Look at her dance in purple
See her charm a snake
Right out its basket
Kaleidoscope wild
She shakes her eys at midnight

There's no space to dance
Lost in a trance
In her sadhouse
There's no space to dance
Lost in a trance
In these blackouts
Track Name: The Last Time I Saw Roger
Last Time I Saw Roger

Jesus Christ I'm sorry, I didn't see you there
Glare at me hard like the years hadn't passed

I guess that we could talk, sort this trouble out
But there's you with your screw loose
And me with my sobs

Hanging there so cold
From a rod that simply broke
How could you think
That your friends here would not choke?

The mess that we created
A bitter voyage to harm
You with your habits
And me with my drums

Where's that desert isle,
Pacific free and wild
Palm trees to shade
From the horrors that we made?

We'd end up eating each other
Like Ralph and Piggy and Roger
We'd let out the fire
There's no one here in charge

The mess that we created
A bitter voyage to harm
You with your habits
And me with my drama

Jesus Christ I'm sorry, I didn't see you there
Glare at me hard like the years hadn't passed
Hadn't passed
Track Name: Arms Of The Dark
Arms of the Dark

We dissolve in the arms of the dark
That surround us
Codeine sleepiness follow us
Hills alive with the hum of pylons
Time to fly outside and dare the
Dreams we lit last night

The night is a cloth of stars
A blanket for the curious
A pillow of amnesia
A whiskey glass of lead
Please turn off the kitchen light
There’s a full moon and satellites
Gas clouds and pale moth wings
A life outside the sun

We’re not scared of the heart of the dark
That surrounds us, drugged sunk Dinosaurs and paramours
Don’t let’s sleep till this glow is fully gone
On the ink black flight from
Our beds out to the moon

Don't let go of my shirt
I may fall to the ground
I won't let go of your shirt
You won't fall, you won't fall

Please turn off the kitchen light
There’s a full moon and satellites
Gas clouds and pale moth wings
A life outside the sun
Track Name: Porcelain (The Last Queen Of Vietnam)
Porcelain (The Last Queen of Vietnam)

Why don't they turn these crowds away?
I'm not in a vitrine on display
Not an ivory curiosity

Bring me my morning baguette
Bring me mulberries
I can weave this silk myself
My thumb is hard
I'm not made of ivory, not a curiosity

They think me feeble
For I was born a Queen
They think me useless
Corseted [Ornamental] charlatan
Idiots I'm iron in every tendon and crossbeam
A perfect scheme
Not mere porcelain

My fist is pulsing now
Your flesh it's desiring
Remove the veil
You'll not find me quivering
There's no modesty
In my ferocity

Where is my way out?
My way out of here?
Track Name: Shadowlight
Shadowlight

Shadowlight
On display
Hiding handfuls
Of treasured grey

Shadowgraph
On the screen
A simple outline
A darkening

In this gown I am cold
The floor is sticky I'm feeling old

When are the people coming?
What in the hell is coming?
When are the people coming?
What in the hell is drumming?

Is my hope displaced?
Ready to escape?
A sense of ending, a sense of fear
I put on my opera cloak
My fateful cheer

An explanation, a set of rules
Requiring attention
But my head's left the room
I hear their words
Their kind solution
But it's a starting gun saying
Run run run
Track Name: Floating
Floating

I'm not going to be sad
Not taken for a ride
In the long black car
In their television nightmare

I'm not going to be sad, I'm taking a ride
On a silvery ship to the starblack night

The bow and arrow geese fly
To the lakes they fly, and I'll follow

I'm not going to bed
Too much damn thinking
Watch the candle splutter out
Its sunshine to the dead

I'm done if I stay, my heart is freezing
I need the sway of a terrifying ocean

The bow and arrow geese fly
To the lakes they fly, and I'll follow
The bow and arrow geese fly
To the sea they fly in the snow

See the lighthouse beam, I want to sail there
Push me out to sea, come adventure with me

We’re going to sail on a silvery ship
We're going to sail where the sun never sets
Out to the Arctic where the ice breaks flow