Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing

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released March 20, 2020

All Songs Written by Neil Stephen Thomas. Music by Pavey Ark.
All String compositions by Chris Heron except (5) by Alexander Simpson (2) by Chris Heron, Alexander Simpson and Neil Thomas; (6) by Chris Heron and Neil Thomas. Additional arrangements by Bethany Nicholson (1,8) and Paula Bowes (1,5).

Neil Thomas - Vocals and acoustic guitar. Plus lead Guitar on track (2,3,5,6,8), bass (5), ukulele (10)
Sam Handley - Drums. Plus backing vocals on track (2)
John Hamilton - Bass guitar. Plus lead guitar on track (2)
Alexander Simpson - Violin (2,4,5,8,10)
Chris Heron - Violin (1,2,3,4,6,7,9)
Bethany Nicholson - Cello (1,2,3,6,7,8,9)
Paula Bowes - Viola (1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9)
Vicky Berry - Violin (Live shows)
Kieren Iannidinardi - Trumpet (2,4) AND flugelhorn (2)
Sophie Hodson - Tenor saxophone (2)
Jenny Thomas - Backing Vocals (10)
Finley Thomas and Juniper Handley - Heartbeats (5)

Produced by Neil Thomas. Recorded and mixed by Neil Thomas and Ashley Cantwell. Additional mixing on track (6) by Daniel Spooner.
Mastered by Lawrence Gill at Fat as Funk.
Photography by Patrick Mateer (Hollie and Patrick Photography).
Artwork by Neil Thomas.

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Pavey Ark Hull, UK

Pavey Ark are an alt-folk band from Hull. Atmospheric vocals and violins glide over fingerpicked guitar, melodic bass and complex percussion. They have played major UK festivals including Glastonbury and Cornbury and Bearded Theory 2019. The Unsigned Guide included the band in their 2018 ‘Ones To Watch’ list. Pavey Ark’s debut album is due for release in March 2020 x ... more

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Track Name: Wallflowers
Days flow like a stream
Float like a dream
Roll like a wheel
And nights glow like a screen
Skip like a beam
Tick through machines
And space is this place we’ve
been taking

And time, just a line I’ve been tracing
But fate draws a line that escapes me
She escapes me

A flower picked for the wall
A ship for the shore
A fix on us all
But time looks for us all
And cuts like a saw
Cuts through your walls
Where space is this place
You’ve been saving

And time just a line that contains me
When fate rolls her eyes and escapes me
Till you saved me

If thoughts are for storing
Then words are for pouring
If arms are for folding
Then sleeves are for rolling
Then eyes are for watching
When feet are for walking
But feet don’t fail me

Cos time’s just a line I’ve been pacing
Till fate throws a line that can save me
Till you save me, girl you saved me
Track Name: Cuckoo
The future paints a crooked smile
The colour painted thick to hide the process
The truth is drying quick behind
The rushed strokes and the scribbled line of progress
But you and me we see behind
The frame that hangs this work of art hang broken
We’ll leave this picture far behind
The landscape of your troubled mind eroding

They say we’re cuckoo, they do
We live in cuckoo, me and you

The forest air was thick with pine
The morning tide reflect the mind awoken
A city island far behind
The ripples of their troubled minds their ocean
But you and me we see inside
The frame that hang this master plan is breaking
We’ll leave this picture far behind
The portrait of your troubled mind reframing

They say we’re cuckoos, they do
We live in cuckoo, me and you
We live in cuckoo, glad to

Truth-blind, tongue-tired, we’re waiting
Held back or fast-tracked, we’re waiting
With the sun, star, moon, tide, we’re waiting
In the deep, black, wild, calm, we’re waiting
Yeh we’re all just waiting in line
Yeh we’re all just playing for time

Yeh we’re all just waiting in line
Yeh we’re all just playing for time
Track Name: Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing
If I could just close my eyes
And think of nothing for a while
Then I might see clear behind
These last branches
We needed space I hoped
Space conceded build a home
On backdrops of city low
Whoa, panic rising

If I could just fold my mind
And check the reasons from behind
Then I might see clean behind
These lost chances
We needed space I hoped
Space repeated feed the hole
She backfill with talent shows
Clothes, panic buying

Seek something real
Think something pure
Speak something clear
I hear nothing
To seek something real
Think something whole
Speak something clear
I see nothing

If I could just close my eyes
And picture nothing for a while
Then I might see clear behind
These last branches
Track Name: Leaf by Leaf
We’re turning up the sunrise beam by beam
We’re turning down the darkness in between
We’re tearing up the bad press sheet by sheet
Making up for times they don't repeat

And when I’m home, I’m whole, I’m home
When we’re alone, I know, I’m home
Uh ha, I’m home

We’re waking up the springtime leaf by leaf
Taking in the harvest wheat by wheat
We’re painting up the backdrop scene by scene
Making up for times they don’t appeal

And when I’m home, I glow, I’m gold
When we’re alone, I fold, I’m home
Uh ha, I’m home, Uh ha, ha

And when I’m home, I’m whole, I’m home
Where we’re alone, I know, I’m home

Uh ha, I’m home
Uh ha, I’m Hull
Uh ha, I’m home
Uh ha, ha
Track Name: Two Blue Lines
Words to describe
Tongue get tired chasing
From two blue lines
Cold meet bright, lip shaking
Boy you and I satellites
Orbit she

Words to surmise
Proof divine, two maybes
Pulled to these times
Truth rewind, trust in we
Boy you and I side by side
Till the
Track Name: Hidden Hills
These hills rose long before we come
And they will roll after everyone

This stream flows a thousand years ago
But it still knows home

This sun rose long before you come
This wind blows
This sea roams far beyond control
But it still rolls
Darling you know out of everyone
I’ve ever known you’re the only one

On all scores
We’re here and then we’re gone
But on all shores
You’re the only one
You’re the only one
You’re the only one
Track Name: Lost in Blue
Watched the words rush you too
Brief refrain wrapped in blue
Deep the waves tumble true
Sink with old and crash with new

All is not lost, all is not lost on you
All is not cast, all is not lost in blue
Burn Ursa Minor guide her
From the rocks we’re drifting to
Polaris shining blind me from the
Waves that rip from you

Wax the moon lost in blue
Pushed away and pulled back to
Bright with old and black with new
Blue the waves rumble true

All is not lost, all is not lost on you
All is not cast, all is not tossed into
Shine Ursa Minor blind her
From the rocks we’re drifting through
Orion sliding guide me from the
Words that rip from you

Burn Ursa Minor guide her
From the rocks we’re drifting to
Poseidon find me hide me
From the words that rip from
The wake that rips from you

Hush the waves storm pass soon
Brief the days washed by you
So all is not lost in blue
Time is just lost like you
Track Name: She's Already Flown
I’m not really sure if I’m that predisposed
To accept these ritual woes
If nothing for certain they’re not predetermined
These paths,These rivers, these roads
Well I’m of the mind, if you’re of the mind
We could combine, crack these mirrors and moulds

You’re a bright spot on a dark clock
You’re a burning face
Girl what you’ve got is what I’ve not
Had the time to chase
All that you want is what I want
It’s a broken chain

I’m not sure for certain we’re all that determined
To scratch the purpose below
I’m lost on the road, losing control
And wheels spinning in holes
But I’m on the line if you’re on the line
We could decide to pull this trigger and go

You’re a full stop in a dull plot
You’re a burning page
Girl what you’ve got is what I’ve not
Had the mind to face
All that you want is what I want
It’s an open cage

But she’s already flown
She’s already flown
Track Name: Breaking Out
Starry nights and pissed-up fights
Hope we make it home alive
Nine till five in vacant eyes
But ten till two we’re out our minds
Flashing lights and flashing lives
Will we make it out of here
some day or night?

We’ll make it out
We’ll make it out of here

We’re breaking out, we’re breaking out of here
From words on paper and beeps on servers
We’re breaking out, we’ll make it out of here
From ghosts with cases and far off faces
From rats in races to far off places

Frozen bones and long walks home
Feels like fifty miles to go
And heavy hearts are heavy loads
When you shoulder on your own
Then heavy words from two unknowns
Makes us wonder if we’ll even make it home

We’ll make it out
We’ll make it out of here
We’ll make it out
Please take us out

We’re breaking out, we’re breaking out of here
From thumps and fractures to rolling pastures
We’re breaking out, we’ll make it out of here
From leaking cisterns to seas that glisten
From one way systems to ears that listen
Track Name: Jenny Let Go
Take us back out to the sea
It’s where our thoughts hang recently
Under distant bat-filled trees
Stuff a bottle with our dreams
They all look tangible to me
And they’ll hit home eventually

Hold on my love
Hold on, Jenny just hold on
Hold on, Jenny hold on

Dig a hole out in the sand
And fill it deep with lesson plans
We’ll watch the flames from distant land
You took my heart now take my hand
Back to where it all began
We’ll trace our steps back
Trace our steps back through the sand

Go now my love
Go now, Jenny let go now
Go now, Jenny let go
Go now, Jenny let’s go now
Go now, go now
Jenny let go
Track Name: Consider Your Hand (Bonus Track)
Consider your hand, it don‘t hang around
For your heels to follow your head
When bird in the hand is worth ten of these sirens you’ll tread
Your system is flawed it’s a circular course
It’s feeding you back on yourself
Where the start is the end and the end is a space on the shelf
Then I’ll be your ghost and follow this road
Till it yield some kind of light
But a fork in the road and I’m taking the easy way out
It’s a glimmer of hope but I’m taking the easy road
We're taking the easy road
You’re taking the easy road out

You gotta choose, choose a hand
Or you will lose, lose yourself
You gotta choose, choose a hand
Before you lose, lose your mind

If fiction were fact and this deck wasn’t stacked
Full of queens with jokers for kings
Would the deal look sublime and be hanging like fruit in your mind
But truth is a light and it’s blacker than night
When you tell me that everything’s fine
Cos the end is the end and it’s burning a hole in this line
Yeh the end is the end and it’s burning a hole
It’s burning a hole
It’s burning a hole in my mind

Choose, choose a hand
Or you will lose, lose yourself
You gotta choose, choose a hand
Before you lose, lose your mind

It’s burning a hole, it’s burning a hole
It’s burning a hole, it’s burning a hole
It’s burning a hole, it’s burning a hole
It’s burning a hole, it’s burning a hole
It’s burning a hole in my mind

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