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The Endless Sea

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From Rebirth and a four track recorder in the year 1999 to broken tape machines, untuned guitars/synths and extreme signal processing an eternity later, Terminal Sound System has remained the primary musical outlet for musician/producer Skye Klein.

It is about stories. There is a narrative, albeit disjointed. Tends to come in threes, like dramatic characters; introduction, exploration, disintegration. It’s about stories, creating a world with sound and words and exploring that until it (inevitably) folds back on itself and starts to self-reference, decay, but also sprout appendages, potentialities.

Roughly a dozen releases have tracked the evolution of Terminal Sound System from post-techno dub experiment to post-everything world-building/destroying. The Endless Sea is the third part of a trinity that began with 2013's 'A Sun Spinning Backwards'. Worlds fell, necessary actions were taken. What happens after exodus, when all is left behind and you get a blank slate? Do we replay the past? Recreate or reimagine?

2015's 'Dust Songs' and 'The Endless Sea' bleed into one another, drawing to conclusion this particular arc. The wave curls back on itself, corrosion amplified.
There are more questions here than answers, far more uncertainties than truths. Post-industrial folk stories from a barren earth. Scorched and infinite.

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released April 6, 2018

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The Terminal Sound System makes music for the spaces between moments; quantum timeshards, proto-apocalyptic hymns and love songs for robots.

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Track Name: For the Silent
There’s no time
For the silent
For the silent
(...)
Track Name: Verses
We passed the last of the outliers three days ago
Silhouettes in negative against space
Burnt out and open to nothingness
They drift on their final trajectory
Perhaps to enter orbit around some distant body
But for now, spent and useless

We are now the last
Life support, as always, perpetual
Everything that ever will be contained within our sphere
Impossibly thin solar array ten thousand kilometers long drift behind, invisibly wicking energy from nothing
Heat from hard vacuum, to push us forever onwards on a silver thread

We are the last, cast blindly into the future
All I see is light
A million, trillion points of light staring back
Track Name: Living Light
We saw light
A living light
A living light

We saw light
A living light
A living light

All our time
All our lies
All our lies
Track Name: Sunlight We Fall
(intro vocal loop)

We hold the light
We rode the light we were given
We told the stories
We spoke the words we were given
We became
We became what we were given
We became
We became what we were given
What we were given
We are forgiven
We are forgiven
Track Name: The Hum
(unknown, changes with each performance)
Track Name: The Endless Sea
(intro monologue, unknown origin)

We lie down to sleep
Become the endless sea
As we fall from dust
Become the endless sea
Taste the light of love
Become the endless sea