Songs from the Age of Ruin

by Twilight Fields

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wc_helmets Twilight Fields here takes his combination of progressive, dream pop and 80s alternative and really turns up the folk to tell a message that is frightening, direct, and necessary. Wonderful arrangements and artful production adorn every track. Best album full of mellotrons you'll hear all year. Favorite track: Lazarus.
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The year 2019 finds the human species standing at a crossroads, with only two possible directions: survival or extinction. It is the proper place of artists to contribute their strong and clear voices to dialogues that could lead to our survival and renewal.

“Songs from the Age of Ruin” is an uneasy but compelling song cycle that begins with the bombing of Hiroshima and the absurdities of the atomic age and proceeds to tackle such difficult topics as homelessness and economic inequalities (“Lazarus”), the evils of populism and political repression (“Demagogue”, “Taken Away”), the toxicity of social media communication (“Offended”), animal rights (“The Animal’s Song”), and the utter stupidity of war (“Soldier Song”). It concludes with a three-part “climate change suite” (“Why Did We Do It?”/“Loss”/“Barren Planet”) that lays bare the tragic human consequences of catastrophic climate change.

The album also contains two cover versions, of Bruce Cockburn’s immortal classic “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and Thin Lizzy’s “Holy War”.

In order to convey these sorrowful, angry messages, Twilight Fields utilizes a wide range of genre influences such as progressive rock, folk and folk-rock, psych rock, post-rock and shoegaze.

“Songs from the Age of Ruin” is a warning to the present and an apology to a possible future.


Allister Thompson of Twilight Fields says: “Growing up, certain passionate, activist musicians were very influential to me. So much so that I’d say they changed and shaped the person I would eventually become. In addition to my usual ambient, dream-pop and progressive rock influences, this album pays grateful homage to such artists as New Model Army, Billy Bragg, Killing Joke, Midnight Oil, and The Levellers, as well as older influences like Leon Rosselson, Bob Dylan, Robert Wyatt, and Phil Ochs. There has never been a more crucial time for musicians to step up and add their voices to the chorus of reason necessary to take us back from the brink of total destruction.”

VIDEO FOR "Demagogue":

"Cloaking dream-pop motifs and evocative shoegaze in something subtly sinister and spectral, it is easy to see why the Canadian [band] tell listeners to 'look for party rock elsewhere.' But what it lacks in good-time disco grooves it more than makes up for with its aqueous beauty."
- Prog Magazine

"Thompson, whose vocals often recall Tim Booth of James, covers plenty of sonic ground, from folksy laments (Taken Away, The Animals Song, The Holy War), propulsive alt-rock (the catchy Lovers In A Dangerous Time), and ambient instrumentals (Maximum Darkness) all of which cultivates a mood that is alternately hopeful and fretful."
—Smells Like Infinite Sadness

"It’s a timely album, dealing with the modern versions of age-old issues and doing so in interesting new styles...remember when music could entertain and inform in equal measure, when it could raise more questions than it answered, when it gave you something to think about? I do and thankfully Twilight Fields does too. Maybe it’s not too late after all!"
—Dancing About Architecture

Demagogue single:
"A loud and clear attack on demagogic politicians and their deceitful modus operandi to misinform people and create hate,
non-solidarity and inequality ... the president of The Divided States Of America, comes to mind but it’s actually about the evilness of the universal and timeless DEMAGOGUE. About nationalistic ‘Me, Myself and I‘ leaders worldwide. Gripping song, alarming video clip…"
—Turn Up the Volume!

Demagogue single:
"...a creative blend of indie rock with a hint of Krautrock and it all adds up to the idea that protest song is alive and well."
—Stereo Embers

Demagogue single:
"What a hard hitting song. When we keep silent about the abuses of a demagogue, we become that demagogue, and we are just as of the most politically charged songs since Dylan and Pete Seeger. The whole album is brilliant."
—Audio Fuzz

review of "Why Did We Do It?"
"Lament and anguish are painted with acoustic guitar, piano, mellotron, and electric guitar strokes on a progressive folk rock textile, as Allister holds nothing back in his direct heartbroken portrayal of one of the last humans in their doomed journey for survival in a dying world, seeing nature decimated around them and abandoning their dead beloved."
—RIde the Tempo

"The instrumentation is sweeping and broad, painting a picture perfect complemented by their stunning vocals and lyrics. This is an album that recounts our failures but encourages us to do better."
—Indie Voice Blog


released February 1, 2019

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Lovers in a Dangerous Time
by Bruce Cockburn
Copyright Rotten Kiddies Music, LLC

The Holy War
by Philip Parris Lynott
Copyright Universal-Polygram Int'l o/b/o Pippin the Friendly Ranger Ltd


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Track Name: Prologue: The Ruined City
Black rain invades through broken windows
It washes some more of the paint away
A mound of earth covers all the signs
Of the countless lives spent in this place

They are gone now
They are gone now

A murder of crows wheels across grey sky
They’ve never seen anything move on two legs
They perch on the steeples of our arrogance
We cast the gods in our image, such folly

We are gone now
We are gone now

The road, though broken, stretches on
Leading nowhere, it fades into tall grass
The forests stretch on unharmed and unrazed
No one to take and to hate and to hurt
To destroy everything

They are gone now

The earth reclaims what they stole from it
The earth has forgotten they ever lived here

They are gone now
Track Name: Bomber
(NOTE: In these lyrics I have taken on the historical voice of people in wartime using the dehumanization of their enemy to justify violence against them. This does not in any way reflect my own views — it is a device.)

In 1945,
I’d been in that war for three long years
Dropping bombs on the Japanese
So that their sun would never rise again

Everybody knew the score
Don’t think too much about what you’ve done
Don’t think about the people you’ve killed
Just dream about your sweetheart at home

Shadows on the ground
A bright new sun in the sky
Nothing would ever be the same again

One day they came to me
Said we’re looking for a good man
Someone who’ll live in history
For fixing those yellow bastards for good

It was an honour to serve
All I had to do was fly that plane
Just another mission
Raining down death from the sky

Shadows on the ground
A bright new sun in the sky
Nothing would ever be the same again

The stars were so bright
As we rose into that beautiful sky
I prayed this mission meant
I’d be going home soon

Over Hiroshima,
I thought of the people down below
Trying to survive, just like me
Then we let it go

Everything turned to light
I thought that the kingdom had come
Now I had become death
Destroyer of worlds

And I will deny
That I did anything wrong
I just followed orders
But there’s so much blood on my hands

Shadows on the ground
A bright new sun in the sky
Nothing would ever be the same again

Nothing could ever be the same again
Track Name: Lazarus
It’s dark here under the overpass
Among the weeds and trash
Your modern world left me behind
My dreams all turned to ash
You walk by me in silence
As though I’m not even there

But someday I will rise
Someday I will rise

The winter morning wind is so cold
It cuts right through to my bones
The daylight comes so early
And I wake up so alone
The train goes rushing by
Taking you to your life

But someday you will fall
Yes, someday you will fall

The meek shall rise
And take their due
And when we do
We’ll take it all from you

When all hope seems lost for you
You cling to what little hope you’ve got
As this sad old empire of man
Slowly dies and rots
There’s a home that waits
Beyond this hell you’ve made for me

Someday I’ll be free
Someday I’ll be you and you’ll be me

Some day I’ll be free
Someday I’ll be you and you’ll be me
Track Name: Demagogue
Here’s the new boss on the scene
Always raging, lying and mean
He knows five wrongs erase one right
Just give the masses someone to fight

Someone to hate, someone to hurt
Someone who’s different, sound the alert
Pick those traitors out of the crowd
Make an example, make us all proud

The demagogue is coming

He’ll give you riches at no expense
He’ll cut your taxes and build a fence
To keep out foreigners who’d take what’s yours
Your plastic and metal, all you adore

He’ll usher in the bright white new age
He’ll fight progress and turn back the page
To a past that never really existed
A vision of glory so evil and twisted

The demagogue is coming

Take to the streets before it’s too late
You can’t beat him with status updates
His followers ride his wave of hate
This fight is eternal it never will abate

The demagogue is coming
Track Name: Offended
I know you come from a different place
It’s just the face of another race
I know you just do things differently
But you’ve offended me

I don’t like views that are contrary
To what I’ve come to passionately believe
You have your own ways to see
But they’ve offended me
That’s all that matters to me
The way things make me feel

On the virtual frontier of mob mentality
The shallow and the cruel spread their hatred freely
Exercise their ignorance from the left and the right
(but mostly the right)
There’ll be no end to this pointless fight
Until we’re all dead

I know you are a human just like me
You just have a different way to be
But we’ll never get from us versus them to we
‘Cause you’ve offended me

From now on it’s you or me
That’s all that matters to me
The way you made me feel
Track Name: Taken Away
We saw it coming but we wouldn’t believe it
So wrapped up in each other, we just couldn’t see it
Mundane life was so important, nothing else mattered
Until the day came when they took you away

The men in the van came and took you away
I pleaded and cried, but they wouldn’t let you stay
With me

The signs were everywhere, but we wouldn’t heed them
Heads in the sand distracting ourselves, always buying
Buying love, buying happiness, a false, deluded life
While the powers were waiting for their moment to strike

Something you said caused them to take you away
And I’ll never know what until my dying day
What you said

We saw it coming but we wouldn’t believe it
Our world of false freedom came crashing down
While the sheep were led through the gates to the slaughter
The end of all dreams of peace and order

The men in the van came and took you away
And I’ll never know where until my dying day
And what they did
Track Name: The Animal's Song
I was born on the streets of this old city
In a dark alley I came to be
In the dust and the dirt of the human world
Hiding and running away in fear

I scratched out a life in the gloom and the trash
Eating the scraps that I could find
Dodging their spit and their kicks and their curses
Living in fear of their cruel kind

One day I was taken from the street in a trap
Caged up and stolen with others away
To a place of light so bright and so cold
It was there I would spend my short life

So come all of you that know no evil
Listen now please to our cries
Save us from torture, anguish, and pain
Make us all whole again

The others around me were crippled and maimed
Reduced to mere shells of their being
Used and abused for the human purpose
Not pets, not friends, only victims

They came in their white coats and took me out
To a room full of sharp tools and a foul smell
They burned me and cut me as I cried out
For hours I whimpered then I died

Some come all of you that are not evil
Listen now please to our cries
Save us from torture, anguish, and pain
Make us all whole again

No one will mourn me for I was nothing
My long, painful death already forgotten
Used by the cruel ones that stand so tall
So they could feel safe, that was why I died

So come all of you that know no evil
Listen now please to our cries
Save us from torture, anguish, and pain
Make us all whole again

Make us all whole again

Make us all whole again
Track Name: Soldier Song
I’m the archetype of a soldier
My story’s often told
My parents needed money
So to the army I was sold

I serve my masters well
Spreading fear across the land
Don’t know how many children
Met their deaths at my hand

I’m the willing tool of leaders
Who care only for power
But I’m a human just like you
I want to cherish every hour

I want to spend my days in peace
And feel a lover’s hand
But if your lover’s in my way
I’ll shoot him where he stands

I’m the archetype of a soldier
My story’s often told
My parents needed money
So to the army I was sold

Every minute of this life, like you
I’ve felt love and pain
But when I have my orders
I'll steal your life away
Track Name: Why Did We Do It? (The Last Ones)
Here on this shore, when we were young, we could still see the sky
Watching countless stars glow above and beautiful birds still flying
I stood there with her, hand in hand, she gave herself to me
The world was ours, no end in sight, as far as we could see

But the sky was poison, the seas were plastic, the ice melted away
And the time finally came when we knew that we just couldn’t stay
A long march in search of shelter and food, we starved along the way
Some stumbled and cried and fell down and died every single day

Why did we do it?
Why wouldn’t we listen to the wise ones?
Why could we not change?

Living on trash, the detritus of the damned, finding whatever we could
We cursed ourselves and our kind for not doing what we should
But still I had her to light my hope, happiness could be found
Until her strength gave out and she died and was left abandoned on the ground

Now I stand old and tired by a dead, brown, choked sea
And I wait for the mercy of death to claim what’s left of me
One of the last of a ruined species that destroyed this whole earth
That raped and cut and bruised and finally killed the place of our birth

Why did we do it?
Why wouldn’t we listen to the wise ones?
Why could we not change?
Track Name: Loss
I long to see your face again
I long for times that won’t come again

Never again

I long to touch your hand again
Your image recedes from my mind again

I long to feel your love again
But I’ll never know that life again

Never again

I wish I’d known what was coming
I wish we’d hidden ourselves away
I wish we’d lived a thousand years ago
I wish we’d lived a thousand years ago
Track Name: Epilogue: Barren Planet
The sands have run down the glass
The long day fades into sunset
The wind blew all they had built away
When they decided not to pay their debts

They never found their way home
The barren planet mourns alone

They were like animals trapped in a cage
And they grinned at death like mannequins
While those who foresaw the future wept
They knew too much, they’d worn too thin

They never found their way home
The barren planet mourns alone

They’ll never return
They threw it it away
They watched it burn
And danced in the flames
And laughed in their pain

Who will watch now in the withered land
As deserts engulf the city streets
Who will mourn now for a finite world
And laugh in the face of the fate
That he must meet

They never found their way home
The barren planet mourns alone

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