Black & amber

by tjeckleberg

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Following three adrenalin-fuelled years in Berlin, the Australian singer-songwriter’s 7th album finds him in the calm of Kyoto, Japan, delivering his most focused album to date. Black & Amber marries the rush of new adventures with the loneliness and loss of leaving things behind - offering darkness and beauty in equal measure.

On Black & Amber, Eckleberg explores what it is to trade a world you know for one you don’t. In Someone I’m becoming, he asks ‘Was it something I was becoming? Something I’ve become? Someone coming undone?’. It’s a soulful, lush guitar-based album of sparkling tremolo, ragged radio speaker vocals, rippling sunshine delay lines and Eckleberg’s knack of balancing world weary whisper with fragile wail. From the disorientation of I swallowed the ocean to the sweet nostalgia of Mini Moke, the album merges a lost sixties garage soul with an off kilter indie aesthetic - magnifying small details into glimpses of what it is to make it through the day.

“Berlin was a crazy endless summer, but Kyoto is a different world - I’m walking past centuries old temples and sculpted gardens by the river, past Maiko and priests catching bullet trains. The silence, the detachment, the confusion throws a curious light on who I was, and who I could be…” - TJ Eckleberg

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released August 30, 2016

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tjeckleberg Kyoto, Japan

TJ Eckleberg is an Australian alternative singer / songwriter, producer and guitar player. 'Black & amber' is his seventh independent album. Originally a regular on the Sydney alternative scene, he lived in Berlin from 2010-13, and currently lives in Kyoto, Japan. ... more

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Track Name: St Christopher
St Christopher

I was dreaming of the falling water
four times taller than Niagara
and clouds of blackbirds black and amber
and falling from my hands a treasure

I know not so much
I know not so much
I know not so much
I know not so much but I know this

I had St Christopher beside me but I couldn’t hold on
The lonely stars above to guide me
bit I couldn’t hold
I couldn’t hold on


I was dreaming of a burning fire
a dragon tail of sleepless nights
a shaking off of clothes in fright
and shaking heads so sure of wrong and right
they cannot set their worlds aside

I know not so much
I know not so much
I know not so much
I know not so much but I know this

I had St Christopher beside me but I couldn’t hold on
The lonely stars above to guide me
I couldn’t hold
I grabbed my coat I grabbed my hat
I couldn’t hold on
I couldn’t hold on
I couldn’t hold on

I had St John on a pale horse beside me
I couldn’t hold
I was calling for the cavalry
I couldn’t hold on
I was speaking in tongues, fainting and falling
I couldn’t hold on
I couldn’t hold on
Till I met you etc
Track Name: Delay & tremolo
Delay & tremolo

I watched you falling from the wall
I let the magpies steal your bread
And when you said those stupid things
I wouldn’t promise to forget

When you asked me questions patiently
even still I didn’t bend
Can we be, can we still be friends?

So you shouted some mean things at me
So loud even the neighbours could quote you
And when the black boots kicked down our door
I was the one who sold you

I always thought one way or another
you wouldn’t take it personally
can we be can we still be friends
can we be, can we still be friends?

And the storm comes
and the rain falls
and we try our very best to keep our heads above it all
as it overflows

I pulled you back on the stairs
to reach underneath your dress
in the the dark your breathe was lemonade
we were holy hushed and breathless
even when I drove away
you said you didn’t want the night to end

So can we be, possibly
can we still be friends?

And the storm comes
and the rain falls
and we do our very best to keep our heads above it all
and we do our very best to keep our heads
delay & tremolo