Further Up, Further In!

by Twilight Fields

Now it’s the end of time No more straight lines There’s nothing to know And there’s nowhere to go The sun is burning out The air is getting thin But there’s still a universe That can be found within The end will come for us As though we never were All this I can see Now I know my worth Now there is no future Nor is there a past Now I search for a place Where there’s no first and no last
You stumble through the streets, drenched in rain To find a way to ease this mortal pain Somewhere far away, the sun is setting fast Sometime years away, you think about the past Somewhere far away, she looks down on you alone Living out your life on this tiny stone Melancholy minds pass you by in darkness They’re empty souls with no sins to confess Somewhere inside them a spark is still glowing Somewhere inside them a love may be growing Light years away, a star implodes in silence If we could see it, the mysteries might make some sense Somewhere ahead, you foretell your end Stars, as they fall, lead you further up and further in Now comes a message from another world From the mind of a lonely girl Somewhere outside she felt you calling Somehow she knew that you were falling Sometime far ahead, you witness a birth and you’re finally glad that you graced this Earth Somewhere ahead, you foretell your end Stars, as they fall, lead you further up and further in
The Earth keeps on turning As empires rise and fall No lessons ever learned By man who stands so tall Hear the voices of the millions Sacrificed in vain If you really want to You can feel their pain Let it come down Let the black rain fall Let it come down Bring judgement on us all The ice is quickly melting But profits must be made All things that live and die Are just a balance on a page The few, the lucky ones Rule over all as kings But the spirits of the fallen You can hear them sing Let it come down Let the black rain fall Let it come down Bring judgement on us all The Earth recoils at what we've done to it The unborn cry to us for rescue The hand of time will sweep the record clean Yet you still ask us What does this all mean? We told you Let it come down Let the black rain fall Let it come down Bring judgement down on us all We told you it was love We told you it was kindness
When we were young We sat up in a tree Gazing down on the busy The busy world below At peace When we were young We ran through the cemetery Over the grass And hiding behind the bushes We were alive When we were young All things were our friends The sun and wind and clouds and sky Our companions We were real And now that we're old Let's go back in time Let's let go of all the pain All the pain and sorrow And be free to be children again
When we were young they told us that We’d inherit utopia That they’d make with their blood, sweat, and brains Now we’re older nothing’s changed Now your wars have all been won You’re hiding in your mansion in the sun The sun still looks the same This world will never change We try to get used to it Postwar dreams soon turn to rust Compassion changes to mistrust Our leaders tell us to get used to it Now our light is growing dim And our poisons fill the air It is a legacy your child will find so hard to bear But don’t feel bad if we don’t seem so grateful to you It’s not like we could have done any better The sun still looks the same This world will never change We’ll have to get used to it As we watch our world devoured By lust for money and for power We can’t get used to it They told us we’d all walk on the moon They told us all poverty would end soon An end to toil, an end to pain But their dreams were washed away in acid rain The sun still looks the same This world will never change We’ll have to get used to it Now our souls no longer fly And no one’s asking why They’ll just get used to it Another century rolls by And we’re no closer to the sky We’ll just get used to it The stars are still so far away and this distance we can’t change We’ll never get used to it
Moor Spirits 05:04
Now as you lie down to sleep, little one The bloody phantoms of the night, hear them come Gathering outside your room Whispering words of doom A cold wind blows across these barren hills Faint voices from the other world call you still Come with us, they moan Whispering, sobbing cold as stone Bar the door, build the fire This is the night they come to life All who sinned, all who killed Raped and maimed and felt no shame In a wave of darkest hate Like a tide over this land If you let them in, they'll take you away To dwell in the shade Till the end of time Open your eyes and have no fear, little one Come out from under the sheets, now we are come Gathered around your bed Now you must join the dead
Under grey skies, the skyscrapers loom Beacons blazing like rabid eyes Factories lurk there on the shore Always working, always wanting more Our gazes fixed to our screens In data lies our faith renewed Financial gods have blessed our lives With promises of more to buy We deny our destiny We only believe in what we see False mantras fall from our lips We see heaven in a microchip Ring in the bright new age No saviours to hang on a cross No words to soothe us as we die Just product placement all around This empty heart is what we’ve found We build vessels of steel and glass And we tie ourselves to the mast Gaze deep into the siren’s eyes We cower under accusing skies We dreamed of heaven or rebirth We never looked for ours on earth Cried out for love on radio waves Man kills but money saves
The City Hum 04:39
Somewhere in this still cold night A drug enters a vein Somewhere in this sea of lost souls Someone cries a lover’s name Down in a lakeside park A body lies so still While up in the penthouse The champagne starts to chill Hear the city, hear it hum Somewhere in a stairwell A knife flashes through the air Somewhere a man with head in hands Cries oh why can’t life be fair Meanwhile in a bright-lit room New life opens its eyes And over in a lonely bed A spark rises and then it dies Hear the city, hear it hum Stay with me, my only one Let’s make the most of our time Let’s take what we can take From the moments we’ve been given From the errors we have made For the end is surely coming The sharp edge of the blade Suspended over our heads My baby don’t you be afraid On the northern border Lights dwindle and fade The vast and empty answer to the prayers that we have made While underneath the distant stars A million lives start and end Please don’t ever wipe away the lies on which we depend Let the city, let it hum
Life is a deceptive span It's here and then it's gone So all the things I want to say Will be in this song We feel our way as we go All I know is you are here And when it's over for me I hope that you'll still find me near I hope the dream is real This life is not the end I can't believe that we must part That I won't still be here with you Some people live in loneliness In fear of never finding the one But can they imagine the sorrow That comes when the song's been sung I hope the dream is real This life is not the end I can't believe that we must part That I won't still be here with you This is not the end
You're not the only one who finds this life hard The vision of perfection still so far away The stories your mum told you When you were young And by your bed the songs she sang Told of a child under a guiding star We still hope to find our place Far away from the toil and waste There's a piece of land that's going cheap The ferry only comes once a week The hills roll on till they reach the sea That's the only place where we can be You can keep searching here for solace But you need a place where you can finally rest Sometimes it feels like the weight of a thousand years All the people who learned to restrain their tears Still we're hoping to find the right way To say to each other the things that we mean to say We wander dazed through long grey halls Before the flood, but after the fall We still hope to change this place And make our lives more than toil and waste


“Further Up, Further In!” is the debut full-length album by Twilight Fields.

Philosophical in tone, the songs deal with the crises of a crumbling human world and damaged environment, but also humankind’s place in the greater universal context and the need for a drastic upswing in compassion and love to help us find our way.

The expansive sound and reflective, philosophical tone of this record stem from many influences, from psychedelic and progressive rock to eighties neo-psych and alternative, psych-folk, and even ambient and shoegaze. My way of musical thinking has been strongly affected by spacy prog acts like Pink Floyd, Strawbs, Barclay James Harvest, and The Moody Blues, the cosmic psych of Hawkwind and Amon Düül II, but also the intelligence, passion and depth of eighties bands like The Waterboys, Midnight Oil, New Model Army, and The Church, and the wistful sounds of seventies British folk songwriters like Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny — as well as the vocal arrangements of The Beach Boys.

The Bandcamp version of the release contains a bonus track.
Mouse over "lyrics" beside each song for the words.


Allister Thompson has been a solo folkie but also a member of cult 70s-style glam band Crash Kelly. He has recorded Krautrock under the project name The Gateless Gate and a psych album as Khan Tengri, as well as several solo folk albums. His 2009 progressive rock album Shadowlands was well-received by progressive rock reviewers. Teri-Lynn Janveau is a classically trained pianist who also has composed and played as a member of The Gateless Gate. Tim Timleck is a veteran Canadian drummer with such playing and recording credits as Carole Pope, Emm Gryner and Universal Honey, amongst many others.
See also: thegatelessgate.net

VIDEO for "Our Anthem (99)"


"'Further Up, Further In!' is a beautiful album, but much more than that it is a deeply thoughtful and intelligent one."
-Dayz of Purple and Orange

"'Further Up, Further In'! ... definitely offers a lot of food for thought that one might not be too keen to dwell on during the summer months, but which is rather fitting for the more reflective season in front of us. And don’t you despair: 'We still hope to change this place and make our lives more than toil and waste' – these are the record’s final lines. stating that transformation is still a possibility. All it takes is determination and hard work - and kindness..."
-Find a Song

"This album has so many unique attributes, along with mature lyrics, and beautifully constructed songs and music. For anyone who loves progressive, ambient and even modern folk music (and a fair number of other genres), I cannot recommend this album enough."
-Beehive Candy

"Never, ever allow anyone to tell you that there is no good music being made today. Ever! Twilight Fields is a band out of Northern Canada, but you wouldn’t know it judging by the influences they’ve sponged up into their body of work. One can easily hear touches of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the acid folk of The Incredible String Band, and more modern psychedelic fare from groups like Spacemen 3 and Spectrum.
The crisp recording adds to the pleasure of hearing this recording on a great set of headphones. A highly recommended release"
-A Miscellany of Tasteful...

"OK, they hooked me with the droning psychedelic core sound, romantic vocals, light glockenspiel accent, AND a mellotron. You really can’t screw that formula up if you can write songs. And this Canadian band from way, way up in North Bay can write the songs. And with that cold rugged terrain surrounding a beautiful lake, they have plenty of inspiration. And there is a lot of beauty in the music."
-DC Rock Live

"Twilight Fields debut album Further up, Further In! is an entire album of sincerity, reality and some of the most heartfelt vocals I have ever heard from Allister Thompson and the musicianship presented here is astoundingly beautiful throughout as the record keeps your heart beating in ways you have forgotten over time because you have allowed technology to replace your feelings at times, many times, most of the time or even all of the time these days. This album brings you back in to the fold of the pack of emotions and allows you to let them loose and free once more in a joyous expression of non-regret that you are teary eyed in a few or many points throughout this album."
-Progressively So

"...a perfect balance of 70’s psychedelic music with modern contemplative shoegaze ... psych-fuzzy guitars, psych-acoustic songs, shoegaze delays, vintage organs and nice melodies, everything that you psych-heads over there love to listen."
-Oblique Musique

"His broad influence of musical styles is melted down to a beautiful symbiosis on this record. There are sweet and fragile moments, and some wonderful melody lines such as on Ring in the New Age. Your mind jumps from some late-60s flower power memories, to the classic rock styles of the 80s, and finally to the ambient/post rock radio songs of today. Spacey and psychedelic parts underline dark moods or find themselves being an intro. All-in-all this is a cool sounding, mostly slight-grooving album, that is packed with musical ideas and lovely tunes."
-DPRP Weekend Prog


released September 6, 2016

Allister Thompson - vocal, guitar, keyboards, bass
Teri-Lynn Janveau - piano, vocal
Tim Timleck - drums
The Celestial Choir - background vocals

Drums recorded at South River Sound, Toronto, Ontario (southriversoundrecording.com)
Cover illustration and design by Emma Dolan (emmadarkandweird.com)
Special thanks to Michael Dilauro of South River Sound for his technical assistance.


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Twilight Fields is from Northern Canada and makes "ambient rock" with influences from progressive rock, ambient, dream-pop, psych-folk and shoegaze. This music asks big questions about life and loss. Look for party-rock elsewhere. See also thegatelessgate.bandcamp.com ... more

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