The Hidden World

by Amy Duncan

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fjthom I have been following Amy's career for years. This is by far my favourite album. The production is lovely, every sound is clear and atmospheric. The songs draw you in to their world. It's a real grower which reveals new joys each listen. Favorite track: The Dark Room.
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Diana de Cabarrus Glorious album by intensely talented Amy Duncan. Favorite track: Labyrinth.
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Nelson Fantailfeather Beautiful and interesting lyrics, lovely music, great arrangements, superb percussion and amazing bass playing. I think this could be Amy's strongest album yet, and that's up against some stiff competition! Favorite track: I'm Not An Alien.
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1.
The fabric of life The threads and the folds The rips we stitch To keep from the cold How it becomes A veil before the eyes A barrier between here And the limitless skies The hidden world Is on the other side Beyond the fold Life is wide I catch a glimpse of an opening In the twilight And watch it dissolving Into the night The hidden world Is on the other side Beyond the fold Life is wide There is an opening portal Now is the time for I am only mortal Out of the comfort zone And into the unknown
2.
A crack of light shines through the blind In the window of my mind I see a door in the dark room Opening into something new I’m on my toes trying to see through Death stands in his black coat Awaiting by his boat He’ll take my hand one final day Even though I will want to stay We’ll step on board and we’ll sail away There is still time on the clock Before I head down to that dock I will keep walking this old wynd For myself I am trying to find In the labyrinth of my mind The mind controls But what does the body want? A crack of light shines through the blind In the window of my mind I see a door in the dark room Opening into something new
3.
I’m outside your door but you won’t let me in Look through your window I see your fire burning I’m so cold and lonely and I feel that I might die But you won’t let me in and I don’t know why I’m not an alien I lost my way and got off at the wrong station But I’m not an alien I might look ok but I think you misunderstand I don’t know how to ask for a helping hand Silently I’m screaming behind my face I feel like an outsider from another race I’m not an alien I lost my way and got off at the wrong station But I’m not an alien
4.
I climb to the top of the mountain From this view I can see the whole town From this view problems seem so small now I can see the whole town all around The narrow streets twist and turn like veins And I will be lost in the stream once again From this view problems seem so small now I can see the whole town all around
5.
White Horse 03:50
Fast as the train Through the window Her angel mane Is white as a cloud In the tunnel we hide I can’t see her She’s on the other side And then we’re home In the quiet of a dream I find her down by a stream Waiting for me In the garden we play I’m horse riding She doesn’t go away When I go in In the quiet of a dream I find her down by a stream Waiting for me
6.
A Forest 03:03
I can’t reach you The lines are down And you’re so far away And I am in a forest I still don’t understand The lay of the land These maps are like a foreign language And I’m a tourist I can’t hear you The noise in my head Is drowning out your words Like a million birds I rip my skin on the rambling briar I am held within the deep mire Wading So low I can’t see you The branches Are keeping me behind In this state of mind
7.
Butterfly 02:37
I awoke in a dream Saw a butterfly land close to me Oh the colour of the wings The beauty and grace of living I wanted to capture I reached for my image collector As the creature flew into the ether Oh the colour of the wings The beauty and grace of living I wanted to capture
8.
Medusa 04:24
Medusa turned me to stone I became an effigy in my own home Even when I tried to speak I found my tongue was tied in my cheek But now The feeling is returning Like an awakening in the mourning My heavy heart is stirring Like a flutter of birds conferring The tangle is uncoiling From the centre I am unspoiling Perseus cut off her head Now she is dead she is dead she is dead From the mess new life is born Pegasus and Chrysaor! The feeling is returning Like an awakening in the mourning My heavy heart is stirring Like a flutter of birds conferring The tangle is uncoiling From the centre I am unspoiling
9.
I told you a secret In the dark room You held the connection And I felt in tune You listened and you heard me You took me as I am You don’t need to say anything at all I know that you heard me And you can’t fix it all You cannot soften the fall Your face was hidden From my sight Like a reflection In a window at night You listened and you heard me You took me as I am You don’t need to say anything at all I know that you heard me And you can’t fix it all Without you my words would mean nothing at all
10.
Make It Good 03:15
The critic in my mind Has kept me far behind But I find that I don’t have to listen I can switch it off again I can switch it off again This is a choice to make Make it good or watch it break Even though I feel like I’m falling And I want to get off my head I want to get off my head The future is a mystery Past is the history It did all this to me But I’m here now And I have to switch it off again This is a choice to make Make it good or watch it break Even though I feel like I’m falling And I want to get off my head I want to get off my head Make it good Make it fit This is it

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released June 12, 2020

Amy Duncan - piano, guitar, electric upright bass, synths
Guy Nicolson - Percussion, tablas.
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Cameron Malcolm

Photograph by Jannica Honey
Design by David MacKenzie

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Amy Duncan Edinburgh, UK

"The Scottish multi-instrumentalist's eighth album sits between Cocteau Twins and the Blue Nile, its broad cinematic sweep, folktronic textures, crystalline vocals and lyrics imbued with introspection and memory-lane inventory-taking yielding moments of breathtaking beauty." Dan Cairns, The Sunday Times ... more

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