atongue[

by Luke Williams

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atongue[ is an album that plays with fragmentation, degredation, memory, distance, love, and dementia. It came out of the years I spent taking care of my grandmother, re-translated through the lens of Anne Carson's brilliantly spacious translations of Sappho.

I made this album in Utah, Missouri, and Spain.

For Jane.

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released February 3, 2017

music by Luke Williams
words by Sappho (via Anne Carson)
drums — Jesse Quebbeman-Turley
alto saxophone — Logan Hone
voice (track 3) — Spencer Harrison
voice (track 15) — Jane Reynolds

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Track Name: ruinous ]God
and this ruinous god i swear did not love
but now
because
nothing
much

frequently
for those I treat well are the ones who most of all harm me
I want to suffer
crazy?
in myself I am aware of this

and on a soft bed, delicate, you let loose your longing
and neither any
nor any holy place

no grove, no dance, no sound
Track Name: letter mentioning wool
if you say so
I'll go
Track Name: guard her
guard her
bridegroom

kings of cities
with what eyes

and on a soft bed
Track Name: ] golden crowned[
if only I could win this lot oh golden crowned Aphrodite

pity trembling flesh by now old age covers flies in pursuit noble taking sing to us the one with violets in her lap she mostly goes astray
Track Name: list of words explaining
to give
yet of
the glorious
of the beautiful and good

you
of pain
me blame


swollen
you take your fill

for my thinking

not



thus
Track Name: hands of persuasion
sweet mother I cannot work the loom
I'm broken with longing for a boy

but go there
much talks
it's not easy for us

that two equal goddesses in lovely form
Desire and Aphrodite
nectar poured from gold
with hands of persuasion

Pan to tell tongue
to tell tales greater
if not, winter
no pain
and I bid you, Gonglia
Track Name: weave crowns
I used to weave crowns
but if you love us
choose a younger bed
for I cannot bear
to live with you
when I am the older one

do not move
Track Name: beautiful he[
two states of mind in me
almost dead
drumming fills our ears
I don't know what to do


beautiful he stirs up still things
settles down
exhaustion in the mind
but come oh beloved
for day is near

I am not someone who likes to wound

rather I have a quiet mind