Shadow Box

by Quentel the Cryptid

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1.
An artifact that's kept in a drawer From someplace you lived at sometime before It's just a recollection, a thought A list kept for connecting the dots It's a splinter left neglected inside And it's that face seen in the darkness at night So while you're cycling through the ups and the downs There's still a frequency that drowns it all out Won't you be here? Come home- a place that's hiding just out of sight It's in the afterglow, illusive but still beaming with light And it's not far to go... Do you feel that you have been here before? The walls fall down, you fall through the floor And all that you kept buried inside It finds you there and eats you alive Like secrets hid in your shadow box Through doors now closed, and some that are locked And all the things that no one could know It's time for you to let them all go Won't you be here? Come home- a place that's hiding just out of sight It's in the afterglow, illusive but still beaming with light And it's not far to go You're insistent that you will and you might I think we're almost home.
2.
Follow the trail back down Finding the long way out A call, a connection Step back, don't interfere These are lessons from yesteryear Still you keep on drifting All the trees tower overhead So replay that thought again- "No time like the present" I said that I meant it And I call out for change I ask for forgiveness 'Cause you said I'm to blame So you taught me a lesson And now I'll let go this way I'll embrace new direction The wind takes us whichever way. No time like the present And no words left to say I'm alive and insistent This is my time and my place So you taught me a lesson And now I'll let go this way I'll embrace new direction The wind takes us whichever way.
3.
Clutching tight to these delusions A safer space, a home inside It's for these reasons I keep moving From place to place, a name unrecognized With intersections in the traces left behind So if these notions seem confusing It's 'cause there's pieces I forgot From time to time, I might remove them And I'll re-sequence details, rearrange the plot But with names and faces that I thought I'd lost But I know your crimes. And I know your shame. Can you learn to let this go and walk away? "Yeah, I'll tell you all about it someday" Just hit rewind, try another way Your secrets kept up in the rafters Away from all who would find them now I dissolve in the absence of change This is a call to my list of estranged For every path I've known, I let you go each time To be absolved as I wander my days Be self assured in your decisions 'Cause once you leave, you can't return It's not the same, no it's some place different Like a memory or a fragment overheard A distortion of the way you thought things were I'll ask you one more time- Will you show your face? Can you discard your lies and hold your past at bay? Forever hiding from the truth in your shame You're like a pantomime Or a match in play Your secrets kept up in the rafters Away from all who would find you out I dissolve in the absence of change This is a call to my list of estranged For every path I've known, I let you go each time To be absolved as I wander my days
4.
Lunar 04:38 video
The blankness in a date and a time Some fragments that I hope not to find A specter that arrives unannounced It's saying something but the frequency's out I don't remember- just a voice on a tape Maintain your silence, catalogue it this way I lost the sequence- come on and figure it out Felt every second on the way to the ground. I'm taking last looks back at the living world and that's all. It's a long way back but it's not my trek anymore. I'm taking last looks back at the living world... And that's all. Some distant voice in the dark It's unfamiliar and faceless We've been trying to reach you but can't find your location So are you coming or not? I'll never live to regret this now Our days are numbered and they won't let us forget it So we'll just give it our best I'm absent only in stasis I've been trying to reach you but can't find your location You did whatever you wanted Forgive us all our revisions Dear correspondent, please stand by for our transmission. Can you still hear it now? I think it's over and out.
5.
Telefax 05:45 video
Do you remember? Yeah, sometimes I think I do Was it some other lifetime? Or some feeling half removed from us? So can we go backward? Can I recount these days for you? As they fade into miles of half thoughts- in this maze Some unlearned, some unchanged And so we find a way to go But could those days come back if you want them to? Could you erase the dark and find the time? It's in this way our fates unfold And so you're face is changed each time I see you I hear the tones repeating on the line So be here now, and every time So forgive my silence It's not like this everyday In each step I'm trying And in some moments find a way to get back home Or almost It's your conscience that nurtures the ghost Some unlearned As they fade And so we find a way to go But could those days come back if you want them to? Could you erase the dark and find the time? It's in this way our fates unfold And so you're face is changed each time I see you I hear the tones repeating on the line So be here now, and every time And so we find a way to go But could those days come back if you want them to? And I do. Could you erase the dark and find the time? It's in this way our fates unfold And so you're face is changed each time I see you I hear the tones repeating on the line So be here now, and every time So be here now, and every time So be here now, and every time.
6.
Looks like you're coming undone The vaguest recollection in the darkness where they run So tell me how to begin A labyrinth leading endless, a spiral I fell in Still something beckons you on A voice that softly whispers your secrets 'till they're gone A half lit world kept inside Hands guide you through the darkness, they keep your path aligned I'll do my best here to trust you Identifying the things that I must do They said- all the world is your stage You had the time of your life spent Watching the rise and the fall What dreams may pass through here Make paths for us all And there's still stories to tell A list expanding endless, no wishing in the well I think the body's a cage A prison I'm all tangled in that holds me all my days So only claim what you need here Be careful with the intake, it rents a room in your head It's your space, fill the page You had the time of your life spent Watching the rise and the fall What dreams may pass through here Make paths for us all Blue Flowers. The Haunting. The places you saw. I hear a voice in the dark calling after me Is it trial by fire cause it has to be? Are your imaginings joy? Do they find you peace? Let it embolden your hope 'fore it atrophies I don't know your name Let all of the world be your stage.
7.
Glow 04:07 video
Horizons awaiting Deconstructing outlines 'Cause it's not what you're saying It's what's on your mind All the world starts inside Paths intersecting Thoughts on their way out Should they ask you directly Where are you now? What did you find abound? Faces coming and going On this mobius strip But there's some things worth know Amidst perpetual drift I'm always talking about leaving And would you look at the time But a fragment worth saving it can keep you alive So underline the cause and make amends We are tired, we're unsure Let us rest You are my fading days And the sum of grace and time Your mind, forwards and backwards Or forget me nots Sent from astronauts In time, in lives reversed hereafter now 'Cause I think that I'm changing And I think it's about time
8.
Telepath 06:02 video
No sudden movements, keep focused There's eyes in the trees down below You saw them first, but they noticed Now they wait for you in vast undergrowth We found you alone Forget what you know. With a silence in your heart A face shown in the dark And soon enough the pieces break. Trust not your eyes or the past tense Our offer is only escape Once you've seen what's behind the curtain Soon all of your thoughts fill that space With a silence in your heart A face shown in the dark The passing of some numbered days With eyes now stitched apart A self set to restart And some things never seem the same When the ending comes, don't look away. In oblivion, you hold your gaze. In all of these shadows still wander In way posts uncharted find truth These storm winds may take you apart, oh dear martyr The vortex will come back for you With a silence in your heart A face shown in the dark The passing of some numbered days With eyes now stitched apart A self set to restart And some things never seem the same So be here how you are And own up to your scars No sense in acting you're unscathed So be here how you are Maybe that's a place to start Maybe there's an exit to this maze The passing of some numbered days. Oh, I assure you Telepath- it's my mistake I'll see you at the curtain call.
9.
So you cried nevermore And it all changed so fast You spoke of futures and no turning back Got yourself a plan Something hard to ignore Set out defiantly to even up the score But now the path's overgrown And I think you've lost your way Circling the chalk outline 'round the place Won't you try it again? Come on, get this thing right. Escape your feedback loop of a life. So is it time spent in your limelight... Or you're lost, up in your head? Did you lose something you had ignored? And will it come back? One of these days I think we'll know for sure, but until then... Spending time up in the limelight My god, I'm so lost Tell me when does this end? Say it again, like you've said it before And count up to ten I'll keep my secrets safe under the floor And locked in my head One of these days, you can't take anymore But until then.

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Shadow Box includes a series of videos available to watch at www.quentelthecryptid.com

*GHOST TRAP [animated video]
youtu.be/ff6hcQrONLU

*BLUE FLOWERS [puppet video]
youtu.be/-dOY3JUFfGU

*MEMORY LOSS [behind the scenes]
youtu.be/TZyPaTmkJKE

*LIVE FROM WITCHCENTIPEDE [full set]
youtu.be/0GKIqABhYGU

12 pages of artwork and companion zine are both included with digital download in PDF format. For physical copies, purchase an ENVELOPE [includes CD, zine, letter, and download] or CD [includes download].

credits

released December 13, 2020

Written and performed by Quentel the Cryptid
Drums by Jamey Blaze
Mixed by Ryan Perras
Mastered by Robert Rich
Illustration and design by Elly Russell

Vocals, guitars, bass, piano, and glockenspiel recorded at District Recording [San Jose]

Drums recorded at Vantana Row

Synthesizers and electronics recorded at WitchCentipede

Thanks to Jamey + Volly [Vantana Row], Adam [Omnigone], Justin + Mikey [Red Door], Jonathan [Ale Industries], Studio 23, 3Dot, Up the Creek Records, StarCrash, Nathan Derr, Genie, Crystacular, Matthew Abaya, Mark Pasko, Elma Rico Kasting, Chris Franz, Katie [Panic in Polkadots], Jay [Beautiful Red Panda], Bobby, Trudi, Tyler, our families + all of the animals, and anyone else who has shown us support. Thank you <3

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