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The Isle of Ailynn

by Mappe Of

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Chris Knight One of my favorite albums, period. So beautiful, it literally brings tears to my eyes. Reminds me of some of the best progressive rock of the 70's and 80's, in all the right ways. Soulful, deep lyrics, perfection in mixing and mastering. Please keep making music that touches the soul. Favorite track: Unkno.
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released November 1, 2019

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Mappe Of Toronto, Ontario

An acclaimed avant-folk artist based in Toronto, Mappe Of (aka Tom Meikle). 2017 debut, A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone, established a songwriter striving for deep emotional connections with his listeners. On the new Mappe Of album, Meikle has created a modern progressive folk album situated in a universe of his own creation: The Isle of Ailynn. ... more

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Track Name: Estuary
Woke up with a gasp
And my lungs fill with water
Choking and grasping my throat
I rise to the surface
And as my vision clears I witness
Such majestic trees are crumbling
Suddenly a creature fills my thoughts
And he whispers,
‘Stay close to their leaves,
Earth will keep you warm here, that’s a cold sun
Stay close to their leaves
Earth will keep you warm here, that’s a cold sun
Stay close to their leaves
Track Name: Ailynn
I’ve crossed ancestral plains
I’ve seen the pearly gates
Seeking the edge of the earth
Marking with stones in the dirt
Drawing a line in the sand
Carving the cracks in your hands
Ailynn

All these sacred temples crumbling down
I never knew this place to be so violent
So cruel to the comings of strangers
And all the creatures that comforted you in song
From the charred black mounts of the Omvak
To the plains of Thessalon
Ailynn

Visions of lost and holy lands
Emerging from machines
Another being or a spirit spoke,

‘You must go now to that forest
Find your brothers who marched before us
There is much left to discover
Of this temple’s ancient wonders
We have seen such ghastly horrors
When will you come back to haunt us?
Track Name: Kintail
All your questions will be answered
For now just follow me and listen
And as your feet ascend the ladder
Look above to the leaves

Now see the fires and the ocean?
See the distance between sun and sky?
Now you can see why
We built these towers in the forest
We’re the masters of our demise
Does that settle your mind?
To those who seek to destroy us
Build their castles on our sacred ground
We’ll be nowhere to be found
Track Name: Thessalon
She was a sheep in her mother’s clothes
But she didn’t harbour the same kind of guilt
‘Cause her brother left before she woke

He left a light on in the den
And he stepped out into the night
Never knowing if he’d be back again

Thessalon
In your houses and hay bales
You hold faith

She saw a ghost in the waterways
And it crawled to the shore, to her feet
Asking if she’d known her brother’s song

She stuttered and started to reply
When the mountains in the distance cried
Spouting gas and clouds of black smoke

Thessalon
As your valleys and your lakes grow old
They raise the dead

She left his body in the undertow
Didn’t seek the source of that red glow
Well it seemed to her she’d already known

And as those distant fires burned the wood
And her eyelids filled with soot
Well it seemed to her the cause was lost
Track Name: Unkno
Cautiously place our heels in the sand
Waiting for someone to greet us
We’ve come bearing gifts from the civilized world

No startling
No sudden steps
They will be waiting for us
With open arms and sunken chests

Waiting for someone to greet us
They will be waiting for us
Waiting for someone to greet us
They should be waiting for us

All your ancestors have failed you
Left you high and dry
We have come to teach and save you
Bring you towards the light

Waiting for someone to greet us… have you been waiting for us?
Track Name: Volcae
I was born in magma
Baptized in the mire
And the swells of lava
Washed away the ire

I was born in magma
Bleeding from the eyes
I was born in magma
Children of the fire

To my only daughter
Crawling through the mines
It’s a long way to the water
To the caves where mother hides

I was born in magma
Bleeding from the eyes
I was born in magma
Children of the fire

Trespassed on sacred ritual
They destroyed our ancient staves

And the monoliths fall
Onto the graves of our children
Littered with obsidian and hideous remains
But our carbon coated cloaks are impervious to stone
And our scorched bones
Endure infernos in our homes
Track Name: Icovellavna
Icovellavna
In your endless serpentine
What sort of secrets could you hide?

Icovellavna
With your fibres worn to hell
You’re an ornamental shell
Of Icovellavna
Where by the grace of god
Or by the weight of shame
Have mercy on us all today

Father said,
‘You’ve made poor choices all your life
Maybe you deserve what’s coming to you
Maybe if you’d hurt just one fewer
You could usurp this holy light’

I was a guardian of the light
Till a heathen clothed me

I was a guardian of the light
Till a heathen clothed me
I was the keeper of the rites
Till the mountains rose before me
I was a sentinel in the night
For the love you’d shown me
Track Name: Faesulae
Open the gates
I’ve returned to read you the roads
The shadows and valleys and smoke
The towering trees
The beauty if left alone
The wild and the still unknown

Heavenly stares
(Feel your love materialize)
Luminous lair
(Where your ancestors stood)
Heavenly stares
Luminous lair

Welcome home
Rest your bones
The world will know
Why you kept us waiting for so long

Longing I stare at the ripples in the river
Tracing the lines from Thessalon to Keeper
How could I leave?
How could I rid the weight
Of the people who cared for to guide me
Over their desolate and their depriving homes?

Welcome home
Rest your bones
The world will know
Why you kept us waiting for so long

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