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No Fire in the Sand

by Black Sea Dahu

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Drowning can also be a form of surrender. You choose to wade deeper into the water and, with this, you also allow the waves to consume you – submitting to their forceful tenacity with your entire being. Because there is nothing awaiting you back on the shore! No Fire in the Sand, the follow EP to Black Sea Dahu’s critically acclaimed debut full-length White Creatures, is about this type of submission. This is post-relationship deep-water type of trauma painted and examined with pointillist type poetic accuracy. The material ebbs and flows between expressions of denial, guilt, anger, anguish and self-pity. But the ability, the will and the drive to speak on these agonising truths is also strangely empowering.

Like its predecessor, No Fire in the Sand was recorded in the same remote studio located in gorgeous Giske, Norway. It was also produced and engineered by Gavin Gardiner of Wooden Sky. Musically, it’s still rooted in that raw, impassioned urban folk of White Creatures, but overall it’s just more intense. A shade darker and deeper. Some songs more explosive. And although, the arrangements remain vigorous and layered, emotionally this material is even more direct and revealing. And it demands complete submission.

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released September 27, 2019

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Black Sea Dahu Zurich, Switzerland

Black Sea Dahu is a singer-songwriter called Janine and her band. They're based in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Track Name: Rhizome
I’ll carry the load
Heavy as a stone
When the only thing I leave behind are weeds and broken bones


Black trees lining the road
Silent and secretly I stole
I dug holes to feed my soul


It was me
It was me
Slowly you fall asleep


And the fool got caught in the trap
Just a glow in the night
Oh you always strike the matches like a villain


It was me
It was me
Slowly you fall asleep


The venom I spread could kill a whole pack of wolves
And your head is full of it
Oh I swear you are so precious to me
But this is as far as I can go my love
This is as far as I can go my love


Rough cheeks rubbin’ the cold white ground
Shallow we’re breathing in and out
I sow the seeds of a rhizome


The ivy has grown up the walls of your house
And I outline our story so as to make it sound like nothing really happened
Things that you know to be true


It was me
It was me
Slowly you fall asleep
It was me
It was me
Slowly you fall asleep


This is as far as I can go my love
This is as far as I can go my love
Oh this is as far as I can go my love

Oh this is as far as I can go my love

Track Name: Thaw
Oh honey you
You keep me in the dark
Thaw in the morning hours
Warm hands in sleeping bags
I’ve spent the night tossing and turning
Oh you were on my mind


Take me back to when I was still what you needed
When you carried me through the corridors round and round in your four walls
Now I am alone
Watching the cloud cover form into a storm
Oh baby I’m unwell
Can’t you hear the thunders rumble above my town
I wait here for them


Oh honey you
You’re scattered to the four winds
Tar in the morning hours
And the white ridges of my home
I’ve altered and I know that you have too
And I’m thinking maybe I should’ve stayed gone


Take me back to when I was still what you needed
When you carried me through the corridors round and round in your four walls
Now I am alone
Watching the cloud cover form into a storm
Oh baby I’m unwell
Can’t you hear the thunders rumble above my town
I wait here for them to gather me in


All of the lines on your wall will fade
When you get wrinkles around your eyes my friend
All of the lines on your wall will fade
When you get wrinkles around your eyes my friend
Track Name: No Fire in the Sand
See I only smoke when I’m in trouble anyway
And ever since I’ve met him that’s the case
By tomorrow he’ll be loving someone else
Maybe I’ll be fine with time
But now I sink down deeply


So I’ll leave this place and soon see the waters
Run away from the sorrow in my mind
Give me those big waves I’ve always been scared of
I don’t hesitate anymore, more
I am ready now
I’m ready for you
There ain’t no fire in the sand to come back to


Let them break now right over my head
Pull me out to sea


Speak to me and lock your gaze on the small small city
God knows I don’t judge him
Yes I know I lack in so many things
And we’re getting older day by day and bones they will decay
And we will say that some things they are only magical for a moment


So I’ll leave this place and soon see the waters
Run away from the sorrow in my mind
Give me those big waves I’ve always been scared of
I won’t hesitate anymore, more
I am ready now
I’m ready for you
No there ain’t no fire in the sand to come back to


Let them break now right over my head
Pull me out to sea
Track Name: Demian
Sometimes it takes up all I have inside to focus on what’s good in life
Appreciate things and love and laughter
We used to have so much fun
It seems to me that I was just fine when I was around you

Now comfort me and bar my way to the door
Threaten me with your dark eyes my dear

Push me towards the ivory colored wall
And make me sob and cry for mercy oh I’m sure
I’m gonna go insane right there in your arms
You rip up my body
I believe it was always yours

I wish you would throw stones at me
So that I’d stop showing up at your door every night
So starved to the bone of love and laughter
But I can’t breathe oh and I know I brought this on myself

Now my voice fails and I’ve got a feverish head
And you drive me out
Out in the cold into a fuckin’ snowstorm
Have you lost your mind my dear?
Have you lost your mind?

All of the words we said are strewn across the wooden floor
And it seems like everything falls apart these days

The ground I’ve conjured up for us
It’s going to rot if I don’t stop wreaking havoc
We’re running up and down
Up and down
Up and down the whole damn time my dear

Now comfort me and bar my way to the door
Threaten me with your dark eyes my dear

Push me towards the ivory colored wall
And make me sob and cry for mercy oh I’m sure
I’m gonna go cuckoo’s nest right there in your arms
Now rip up my body
I believe it was always yours
Always yours to have

I’ve opened all the gates
And letting in all the agony that I could find
And oh I tried to connect to anyone for so long
Track Name: How You Swallowed your Anger
I didn’t mean that I don’t want you here with me
And all I can see is a man who wants to give himself to me


And I can’t give anything back
I’m so sorry but I swore by my mother
That I wouldn’t believe in love again


You tell me that you want me too
And that you hate me for I find comfort in this lonely place I’m in
And all I can do is push you far away and guard my borders even more now


I often think of how you pulled me to your chest so tightly
Oh help me god how you swallowed your anger that day
When we met in the park and I was so worried
For a long while we just sat and neither of us could manage to talk


I can’t give anything back
I’m so sorry but I swore by my mother
That I wouldn’t believe in love


I can’t give anything back
I’m so sorry but I swore by my mother
That I wouldn’t believe in love


I can’t give anything back
I’m so sorry but I swore by my mother
That I wouldn’t believe in love


I can’t give anything back
I’m so sorry but I swore by my mother
That I wouldn’t believe in love

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