The Reduction

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The full album entitled "The Reduction" was self-released on 4/27/2012. The first full length album by Micaiah von Walter as ElkTest. It also features Jeremy Steinmeier (of the The Harkenbacks) on horns, and classical cellist Rebecca Espinoza.

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released April 27, 2012

All music written and composed by Micaiah von Walter, except cello on the Bothnian, All My Nations, and Glass Tentacles by Rebecca Espinosa. Tuba, Trombone, Trumpet, and Cornet on Introduced 1689, Pangaea, and CW Mouse by Jeremy Steinmeier. Recorded and mixed by Micaiah von Walter in Various locations in San Francisco, CA. Mastered by Paurl Walsh at Exex Audio, Seattle WA.

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Track Name: Checkers and Chess
open the blinds
look back outside
an aperture opens wide to see out in the dark
woe oh
sign me up
sign me up
an open chest
with checkers and chess
caught under your bed
laying awake at the thought
saw the shades drawn
saw the sun begin to come out
woe ho
sign me up
sign me up
woe ho
sign me up
sign me up
woe ho
sign me up
sign me up
saw what work brings
saw how love stings the way out
saw the whole world
wasted on your drink
saw what life's like
with the bottom pulled out
saw my feet sink
saw fit to see my way out
woe ho
sign me up
sign me up
saw the whole world
never really measured up
saw what life's like
with my chin kept up
saw my feet sink
saw borage float again in my gin
woe ho
sign me up
sign me up
woe ho
write me down
write me down
Track Name: The Bothnian
oh balmy metal
in his greatcoat
heeding the rhythm
of the kettledrum
the beating
its cadence
doesn't tell you
the time,
but time
is running somewhere evil
my arms swing
they hold
they carry you
sometimes we fall in place
my arms swing
they hold
they carry you
my arms swing ‘round and ‘round and ‘round and ‘round
in the siege-works
the standards
we took
all my thoughts
are red and without
any reason
or any meaning
my arms swing
they hold
they carry you
sometimes we fall in place
my arms swing
they hold
they carry you
my arms swing ‘round and ‘round and ‘round and ‘round
aloft in the air
shot whistles
like a melody
for no one
but me
for my time
it will all
come back
to what i know
to be real
my arms swing
they hold
they carry you
sometimes we fall in place
my arms swing
they hold
they carry you
my arms swing ‘round and ‘round and ‘round and ‘round
Track Name: And With Aplomb
why oh why
is my world another kind
finches sing and harmonize
why try and fight
she says
and I know
i'm lost in all these photographs
fixed in this silver halide
so i keep
all the mystery inside
but the moments are so few
oh my lover said I thought so too
but the moments are so few
oh my father time was absent like you
but the moments are so few
why oh why
I’ve no faith in summer time
finches sing and harmonize
all night
i love my solitude
but i've got some things to say
i'm steeped in nobel gratitude
but i've got a past to shake
i love i love my solitude
but lonely has had it's day
why do i find
i’m talking to myself
but the moments are so few
oh my lover said I thought so too
but the moments are so few
oh my father time was absent like you
but the moments are so few
Track Name: Wallenstein
it washed up on our shores
coming up from the deepest sea
and people hailed dishonest words
as so far we lost our minds
and we took to something new
though i fail my envelope of time
we split our minds in two
fall on your sword
fall on your sword
and through our june time
and through the coronation day
it took the last bone off our plate
as so far we lost our minds
and we took to something new
though i fail my envelope of time
we split our minds in two
fall on your sword
fall on your sword
it carries on intrepidly
buries reason with penalty
cried the sheep
we found the truth
and all the while we lost our youth
and as the empire took its roots
we planted our own truth
you must fall upon your sword
it washed up on ours shores
coming up from the deepest sea
and people hailed dishonest words
you must fall upon your sword
you must fall upon your sword
Track Name: CW Mouse
your just a creature always in the dumps
your always reaching to me
you lost the cause
and i….
for longing
better times
you better
reach your winter
your winter rhymes
little mister did you
catch the math?
and if you ever needed
what you lack
pretend that you are!
didn’t always
seem so
isolated on these
frigid dim light evenings
in the spring
your just a creature always in the dumps
your always reaching to me
you lost the cause
and i….
melting action figures
in the kitchen stove
when your done
you file them
with your clothes
little mister did you
catch the math?
and if you ever needed
what you lack
pretend that you are
pretend that you are
pretend that you are
your just a creature always in the dumps
your always reaching to me
you lost the cause
and i…..
Track Name: All My Nations
this is a song
for all my nations
sovereign to you
sovereign to me
we collected so many dispositions
like a congress of uncertainty
follow you away
and follow me
we will split hairs
and toss them into the sea
all my expectations
all my doubts
forever no matter
just a ransom to be free
this is a song for my love
i lost her now like i lost her then
this song for my nations
all in arms
for our treason
this is a song
for all my nations
you matter too much to me
though my heart quips along with the day
it finds no moment for solemn restitution
my galley cooks a sigh for the pastime
this is a song for my love
i lost her now like i lost her then
this song for my nations
all in arms
for our treason
Track Name: Glass Tentacles [or call it Agnefit]
you were buried in the covers
like a starlight hungover
with my glass tentacles
around your heavenly rolls
under your pillow
like a half eaten carcass
was the bloodied things you say
was the bloodied things you do
she led me out
the lord’s daughter
to a damp meadow
on the ocean’s side
never managed to measure your contempt
your undead rant let loose
clawed at my love and bit my last good nerve
killed any hope with your slight of your hand
you cast dirty spells
emasculate the hell
of anyone who you couldn't tell
(hymn)
you were buried in the covers
like a starlight hungover
with my glass tentacles
around your heavenly rolls
under your pillow
like a half eaten carcass
was the bloodied things you say
was the bloodied things you do
she led me out
the lord’s daughter
to a damp meadow
on the ocean’s side
all too true
what she told me then
that never after
would i be back
Track Name: Sung Violins
reinvention
entropy
autumn gods
spring sex
begging for
relaxation
best selling
excuses for evasion
push back off that
sung violins
sung champions
sung red trojans
nothing concerns me
like loss of life
loss of time
whether i am
venus or zeus
or being the recluse or
fewer
fewer
reinvention
entropy
autumn gods
autumn gods
push back off that
being with you
sung violins
sung champions
sung trojans
sung always
pushing back
pushing back
reinvention
and entropy
autumn gods
spring sex
begging for
relaxation
best sellers
best sellers
nothing concerns me
like loss of life
loss of time
whether i am
venus or zeus
a total recluse
always
always
always
sung violins
sung champions
sung trojans
sung trojans