Spirals Of Silence

by Angelo De Augustine

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released 18 November 2014

Angelo De Augustine knows there’s more than one way to get someone’s attention. The 22-year-old L.A. musician affects through simplicity, captivates through lack of adornment and intrigues through hushed tones. It’s like that old piece of advice to speak softly so those listening to you will have to lean in—it’s an easy way to create intimacy. But De Augustine’s debut album, Spirals Of Silence, is more than quiet trickery. It’s proof of the nostalgic, heart-wrenching power of a finger-plucked guitar and a whispered voice.

There’s a delicate obsession running through every song on the album. On Spend Days, De Augustine breathily croons, “I spend all of my days thinking of our love,” over a delicate, climbing guitar. The Beginning And The End sees De Augustine layering in soft atmospherics to agitate the space around his bruised vocals. But Spirals Of Silence isn’t all nervous white space. Album single Old Hope recalls the shy optimism of Cat Stevens with lyrics like, “It was the best piece of you that came in from the rain,” over a dewy, brand-new-day guitar lilt.

It’s hard not to hear some Nick Drake or Elliott Smith in there—and De Augustine will inevitably get these comparisons—but he’s more optimistic than both. In Collections, De Augustine adds a haunting churn to his voice, repeating words in a muted refrain like a subconscious tick. On Clay Dad, he hurries his guitar pluck so it ends up sounding almost like static. You Open To The Idea threatens to break De Augustine’s tissue paper vocals, but it’s his own doing. It’s in these small moments that De Augustine illuminates his precise attention to detail—it’s the little things that count.

And, in the end, the album works because De Augustine understands his stylistic vulnerabilities—his easily crushed vocals, his one-man instrumentation—and turns them into the essence of his sound. It works because De Augustine is confident that even without bright colors, shiny baubles and loud sounds you’re going to pay attention.

- Lizzie Plaugic, CMJ.com (www.cmj.com/reviews/angelo-de-augustine-spirals-silence/)

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Angelo De Augustine Los Angeles, California

Spirals of Silence is the debut album of Angelo De Augustine. “The title, to me, means to be caught in the endless loop of silence, where you very much desire to live in the world, but are too afraid to be the one to initiate the first step, and are therefore sent back to the beginning. ... more

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Track Name: Old Hope
IM WAITING FOR
YOU TO COME DOWN
FROM THE HIGH
THAT YOU FOUND
IM WAITING FOR
YOU TO LET GO
AND FIND YOUR OLD HOPE

IT WAS THE BEST PIECE OF YOU
THAT CAME IN FROM THE RAIN
IT WAS THE BEST PIECE OF LOVE
THAT CAME IN TO SAY

IM WAITING FOR
YOU TO COME DOWN
FROM THE HIGH
THAT YOU FOUND
IM WAITING FOR
YOU TO LET GO
Track Name: Collections
ITS OVER OVER WHEN YOURE OUT
AND YOU WILL TAKE TIME
WITH ALL YOU NEED AND WANT
FINDING OUT WHO BELONGS
IN MANS COLLECTION

ITS OVER OVER WHEN YOURE GONE
YOUR HEAD HAS RUN
UNTIL YOU FIND OUT
AS QUIET KID READS ALOUD
ON MANS COLLECTION

YOU
YOU KNOW
HOW
HOW HOLLOW
YOUVE BECOME

ITS OVER OVER WHEN YOURE GONE
AND YOU WILL TAKE TIME
WITH ALL YOU NEED AND WANT
FINDING OUT WHO BELONGS
IN MANS COLLECTION
Track Name: I Spend Days
I SPEND ALL MY DAYS
THINKING OF YOUR LOVE
YOU WERENT MY AGE
BUT WE GET ALONG

THE MOMENT THAT I LEFT
I COULD SEE EVERYTHING
HOUSE THAT MADE A HOME
BECAUSE OF LOVING WIVES

I SPEND ALL MY DAYS
THINKING OF OUR LOVE
YOU APPEAR IN DREAMS
BUT YOU DONT TURN ON
NOT IN MY WORLD
YOU LEFT ALONE
TIME AGO
WHEN I WAS YOUNG

THE MOMENT THAT YOU LEFT
I COULD SEE EVERYTHING
AGAINST YOUR WORLD
YOUR MEANNESS WASNT JUSTIFIED

I SPEND ALL MY DAYS
THINKING OF OUR LOVE
Track Name: The Beginning and the End
ITS
ALWAYS RIGHT HERE
FOR YOU
ITS ALL THAT WE KNOW
TO KNOW
THE BEGINNING
AND THE END
ARE MADE UP WORDS
BEING SIMILAR
IF MADE UP WORDS WOULD DIE
SAY GOODBYE

REACHING OUT
FOR THE KID
ALL OF SKY
LITTERS STARS
LETS EXPAND
ALL THE SPACE
TO FIND THE ONE YOU ARE

ITS
ALWAYS RIGHT HERE
FOR YOU
ITS ALL THAT WE KNOW
TO KNOW
Track Name: Married Mother
GO DOWN TO
YOUR MOTHERS ROOM
SEE WHAT SHE HAS AROUND
MEN WHO PASS THROUGH
DONT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU
NO THEY DONT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU

I TRIED TO FIND
SOMEONE NICE
BUT IN THE END

THEY TRY TO SNEAK IN A KISS
AT THE END OF CHRISTMAS DINNER
IM SORRY BUT
SHES A MARRIED MOTHER
A MARRIED MOTHER
A MARRIED MOTHER

GO DOWN TO
YOUR MOTHERS ROOM
SEE ALL YOUR FRIENDS AROUND
PUSHING YOU
THEY DONT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU
NO THEY DONT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU

I TRIED TO FIND
SOMEONE NICE
BUT IN THE END
I MARRIED MOTHER
I MARRIED MOTHER
I MARRIED MOTHER
Track Name: Clay Dad
HES A DAD
SO THEY SAY
BUT I WONT
WHATS A MAN
I DONT CARE
I KNOW IM NOT ONE

WAKEN UP ONLY TO RISE AGAIN
DREAMS OF UNITY HAVE FADED

TURNING AROUND TO SEE
THERES A HEAD I
N THE BACK
LOOKING AT ME
LIT A FIRE
IN THE KILN
MAKE SOMEBODY
TO WATCH OVER ME
Track Name: You Open to the Idea
I SAID ID WAIT
LIKE BEFORE
SAME AS THE OPEN DOOR SAID ID WAIT FOR
THIS IS A SHOCK
ITS ALOT
TO TIGHTEN UP THE LOCK
WHEN IN RARE FORM

FOLLOWING
YOU SAID YOUD OPEN WHEN YOU FOUND SOMETHING
YOU OPEN TO THE IDEA
THE IDEA

AN OLD FRIEND
NOW PRETEND
BECAUSE IT HAD TO END IN A BAD WAY
THEY SAY ITS WRONG
BUT ITS A START
IN TAKING UP THE PART
FOR YOUR OWN SAKE

PROMISING
YOURSELF YOUD OPEN WHEN YOU FOUND SOMETHING
YOU OPEN TO THE IDEA
THE IDEA
Track Name: How Past Begins
TAKE SOME TIME
HURRIED UP ON
THE LIGHT YOU MAKE FOR ME
PEACE OF MIND
IS THE ONLY THOUGHT
THAT WE TRULY NEED

HAS
IT
REASSEMBLED LIKE BEFORE

STAINED GLASS EYES
HAD THEIR SOUND
AS LASHES BEAT AROUND
MAKING LIGHT DANCE INSIDE
THE MIND
TILL TIME IS THROUGH

HIS
BODY IS
STREWN ALONG THE FLOOR

TRAVEL BACK
TO THE PAST
KEYMARAM SAID
PAST IS DEAD
BUT ITS REAL
TO ME
I FEEL
INTEREST IN
HOW PAST BEGINS

TAKE SOME TIME
TO REINVENT THE LINE
THAT RUNS TOWARDS THE MOON
SLOWED DOWN
LIKE CLOUDS IN WIND
REVEALING TRUTH TO YOU
Track Name: Please Know That I'll Be Around
WHEN THEY SAY
YOU RADIATE ONLY MISTAKE
TO CHANGE THE PAST
YOU MUST MAKE YOUR LOVE LAST

IF YOURE GONNA DO ANYTHING
PLEASE KNOW THAT ILL BE AROUND
WHEN YOU OPEN UP THE DOOR

STAY AT HOME
CREATE IT ON YOUR OWN
TO SHARE
WITH FAMILY WHO CARE

WILL YOU REACT LIKE A MOTHER
WILL YOU REACT AS A SISTER
OR WITH LOVE FOR ANOTHER
Track Name: Tucked in at Home
I TRIED TO THINK
AS THE LIGHT
BOUNCES AROUND FROM TIME TO TIME
YOU HAD A DREAM
THAT YOU SHARE
WITH US FREQUENTLY

THINKING YOU WERE SOMEONE ELSE
WHEN YOU WERE ONLY YOURSELF
IS IT ENOUGH?

YOU GAVE UP
ON THE DREAM
SEPARATING YOU FROM EVERYTHING
WILL YOU TRY
AND BEND THE LIE
SAYING THAT THINGS ARE JUST FINE

SAYING YOU WERE SOMEWHERE ELSE
WHEN YOU WERE BY YOURSELF
TUCKED IN AT HOME
Track Name: It's a Life
I HAVE BEEN OPEN LIKE A DOOR
NOBODY WANTS TO COME IN
MAYBE IM MEAN
AND CANT SEE
AT ALL

ITS A LIFE
IVE GOTTEN USED TO

IM BECOMING CLOSED LIKE BEFORE
AND EVERYONE WANTS TO BE LET IN
MAYBE I DONT HAVE ANYTHING
YOU WANT AT ALL