Degenerate Art

by Oskar's Drum

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Degenerate Art is the second album from Oskar's Drum. The first album - A Cathedral of Hands - was released to critical acclaim in 2016:

"strong stuff indeed"
Q MAGAZINE

"feverish and transporting"
MOJO

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

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

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

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released October 26, 2018

Written by Yves Altana and Patrick Fitzgerald
Produced by Yves Altana
Harmony vocals on This Is The Pillow by Danny Ashberry
Monumental Photography by Karl Harris

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

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Track Name: This Dancing
If you touched me
You’d turn my bones to buttons
If you moved me
You’d muffle bad screams
Butter my jeans
With your slingback strutting
I’d succumb if you touched me
I’d belong you big thug

There’s only this dancing, dancing, dancing
To keep us sane
There’s only this dancing, dancing, dancing
To keep us sane

Just keep swinging
K-keep yourself on your feet
Let's stick to the dance floor
Let's stick to the beat

Get out of the game!
Gotta get out of here
Get out of the game!
Gotta get out of here

There's only this dancing, dancing
To keep us safe
There’s only this burning, burning
Deep inside my veins
There's only this yearning, yearning
Deep inside my veins

Deep inside my dancing
Deep inside my dancing
Track Name: Hotel
Stuck in the dark
Hotel window
Turn down the heat
I’m sweating for two
Night sweats are leaking
T-shirt is dripping
The corridor’s quiet
I must get ice

Breathe in, breathe in
My phone is asleep
There’s no frequency
Burning, I’m burning
Call it a night
These neon shadows fight

Hiding behind
These rancid curtains
They flicker back
Just stale cigar
Don’t get caught
I’m always learning
Don’t give the boys
Any clues or cards

Nothing opens up in here
Everything is locked
Inside this cubicle
The simple truth is dodged

Nothing opens up in here
Everything is hot
Outside the air is sweet
In this hotel I rot
I fret and rot

Breathe in, breath out
My smoked lungs are shot
There’s no getting out
Burning, I’m burning
Call it a night
These neon shadows frighten the heart out of me
Track Name: Of Their Bones
I’ve been here before
Before the wars
This very square
Where they burned the books, then the boys

We’ve been here before
1932 once more
This is the forest
But now there’s no sign of it

Of the men, of the women,
Of the boys, of the girls
And their bones
Of their bones

You come here again
Bringing your people
This time we’ll win you say
Your banners spinning
You can’t see the fire
The scorched lands behind you
And their bones

He’s come here to heal
To lead his people
They look like him
Not like other people I know
We’ve been here before
It's 1932 once more
The camp where we gathered
Now there's no sign of it

With these men, with these women
With these boys, with these girls
And their bones
Have my bones
Track Name: Walker
Blackthorn wants my jacket
Hawthorn wants my hat
Bramble wants the skin of my shins

Magpie wears his crown
Black Crow wears his knife
Goldfinch wears his bright yellow gown

She flew in July
Fern, foxglove, butterfly
She drew me a blueprint
Simple yellow worlds
In the hospital sun

You hear the murmurs?
There is no time
It has poured and will pour
Through fingers for years
Water and sand
Carbon and diamonds
Longer than breaths
Please relish every little flash
A kingfisher leaping
A dancing blue jay
Goldfinch in his bright yellow gown

We go out walking in the woods today
Carry the body, carry the clay
Track Name: Suffocation
Out in the cold night the porch lights glitter
You press toward me I feel you shiver
Thought we were done, then this touch
Could years of isolation be losing their frost?

Mad, bad at times, achingly blind

Here in the warm house
We sit in quiet
Who’ll be the first now to break the silence?
The fire is warm, invite me close
You stare and stare and stare till my blood runs cold

How much silence can I take tonight?

Oh god I missed you, oh god how much
How much kindness in your hands?
Oh god I missed you, oh god how much
How much sadness in your eyes?

The cat is curled up tightly
The dog is twitching limbs
Come watch the moon rising up
Let’s dance, sway, dance to its silvery beat

How much anger sparkles in your eyes?

Let me in
Don’t suffocate
Track Name: Dome
An empty world
Coloured ice pale blue
Frozen forms
No me, no you
A glass white sky
Thinned out and airless
A glass white life
Skinned off and careless

I want a dome
To sleep beneath
To sleep to sleep
To sleep without meds

It's not the fighting
That leaves me feeling cold
I haven't lost my courage
I have no second soul

I want a dome
To sleep beneath
To sleep to sleep
To sleep without meds

You left I closed the dome
You left I closed the door
You left

This fight for breathing
One lungful at a time
I ask for moral oxygen
One truth of his to match mine

This empty world
It's pale paler blue
I watch these empty skies

No planets no stars
Track Name: Magnetix
The lamplighter comes, spill on fire
Kerpow and zapping with his neon hands
This city needs its light, he says
It’s time to illuminate, he cries
The dark electric parade.

The cages are open, the animals are out
Electric lions and software cows

If you're coming
Make it soon
And if you're coming
I'll keep the doorway open for you
If you're coming make it wild
Magnetix thighs majestic lies
Please don't ground us

We want space
We want outer space
Make the robots safe
Make our robots safe
For the children
No bites, no shocks, no sharp cuts

Tonight it's every light
Lit and bright

Here we come
Track Name: Nailing Her Hands
Her eyes, her scowl
Blow me down

Her sisterly conspiracy
She takes the key and leaves

She's smashing
She's nailing her hands
To the piano
She's smashing
She's chaining her hands
To the piano again tonight

Let's crack the bedroom door
Let's crack the bathroom walls

She's cut his head, she's cut his head off, hoppla!

Her tongue, her crown
Hold me down
Her thumb, her frown
Blow me down
Track Name: This Is The Pillow
This is the pillow
That will hold your head
As your tongue recedes and your skin contracts
The pallor waxes and the livid spots bloom
Your eyelids retract leaving discs of brown

This is the pillow
That will hold our heads
Our tongues are cracked and our jaws are slack
Arms and legs with so much skin
Will lie unaware, they won’t twitch again

This is the pillow that’s wet with lover’s tears
And this is the normal way
Life disappears
This is the pillow that's wet with lover’s tears
And this is the normal way
Life disappears

This is the pillow
That will hold all our heads
Track Name: Say No
Say no in a haircut
Say no in your morning song
Say no in your walk to the park in the morning
Say no in your poem

Saying no on badges
Saying no, over and over again
Saying no, until it’s numbing
And the lights come up at the end of the show
And the lights come up and it's time to go
Say no

It’s tiring but resistance
Is the joy of holding your breath
Until the orange man is frozen
Reaches enlightenment or death

The terrible beauty of a tiger’s teeth
A bird pecking on glass
The snow falling in Outer Mongolia
The rainbow at your baby’s birth
All gone

Let’s sing no in the morning
Let’s sing no together at night
On the streets where we silently gather
Till the lights come up at the end of the show
Till the lights come up and it's time to go

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