A Chain of Islands EP

by Brothertiger

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Andrew Kruse
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Andrew Kruse A warm breeze. A prayer to the sun. A harbinger of spring. Perfect. Favorite track: Southern Song.
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Ryot John (Brothertiger) is way ahead of his time with his sound, and this album is an incredible precedent I imagine will stand the test of time. Favorite track: Prideland.
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Seth "I'm not an ordinary bird.. I wanna fly high.. dive into the water.. ride the ocean tide" Favorite track: Southern Song.
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Patrice Bourget This is becoming my favorite Brothertiger album. It's shorter than previous releases but there is no filler in there. Plus, there is a consistency in style and theme that make it a proper concept album, while every song has a distinct color. It's the sort of album that takes several listenings to really grasp it, but afterwards becomes a classic. Favorite track: Bottom of It.
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released February 22, 2019

All songs written and produced by John Jagos.
Co-produced and mixed by Jon Markson.
Mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room.

Trumpet on "Prideland" by David Levy.

Artwork painted by John Jagos, Sr.
Art design and layout by Kenny Phillips.


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Track Name: Shallow
Breaking down my shell
You open up my life
You pull me out to the dim lit
The shallows sleep tonight

I’m afraid I’ve lost myself
A desolation high
Floating out in the open
I could go for miles out here

Opening out to me all around
Goin' out to the wave
I'm holding out it's coming down
Cycling over again

I can open wide
A shallow dive into open arms
And I will follow down
Right on target
I'm right on target

Two lines interwoven
Sailing out through the inlet
I am a dot on the ocean
I strike the sail and swing over the water
I bridge that emotion
Captured in the slightest gale
Called to be chosen
Man overboard, you've fallen away

Opening out me all around
Goin' out to the wave
Hold me down it's coming now
Cycling over again
Track Name: To Dust
So many things I'd like to be taking over
Can't get a hold on life
Hear me out

Seems everything's left up to me, getting closer
Can't help but feel my life
Running out

I don't wanna be somebody else
I'll take it to the highest high
Tear it open wide
Can it be like it always was?
I'm always looking back
Always looking back

It breaks me down
But I'll come around
It breaks me down
To dust

Some days I feel I can't reach what I'm after
I don't wanna feel my life
Breaking down

I can't help but feel like everything doesn't matter
I wanna feel that light
Breaking out

I just want to feel how I always felt
Can't believe I try and try
To tear it open wide
Can it be like when we were young?
I'm always lookin' back
Always lookin' back
Track Name: Southern Song
The beckoning call
Came down from the highland
The lights on the wall
With shadows running down

The southern song
All around me in my life
Gathering my thoughts
As I drift out through the brush

I'm not an ordinary bird
I wanna fly high
Dive into the water
Ride the ocean tide

Unsettling flight
It flows to divert me back to the quiet life
That I left behind

I soar through the night
Still I rise with the morning tide
To gather up my thoughts
As i drift out to the sun

I don't want to live like an ordinary bird
I wanna fly high
Dive into the water
Ride the ocean tide
Track Name: Bottom of It
Shadow on the floor and
I open up my eyes
To the sun streaks in the morning
I don't wanna rise

Following through the door and
I don't wanna get behind
Can I get back to you tomorrow?
When I feel alright

Everything that was broken
It all comes back in time
Didn't always know what I wanted
And I still can't make up my mind

My eyes they are wide open
I swallow all my pride
Gonna get down to the bottom of it
In time

But I will carry on
Drifting around in the dawn always
I will carry on
Shadow, you can follow me

I'm trying to live in the moment
Capture it on my mind
But I'm always waiting for somethin'
That'll bring me a stable life

I stubbornly go through the motions
I'm hanging on to life
Gonna get down to the bottom of it
In time

I always say to you, "I'll get away from this."
Can I get away from this?
Before I sleep?

I always say to you, "I can handle this."
Can I handle this impossible dream?
Track Name: Prideland
I was a boy with a very big dream
Didn't know about bad times comin'
Always thought I could do anything
Never thought I would amount to nothin'

When I crawled out among the reeds
Couldn't hold me back, couldn't hold me back
Still I hoped I could take the lead
Then I fell off track, I fell off track

Then I found life in my disease
Got away from my past life comin'
When I felt that island breeze
I knew I could finally go there

Feeling older at seventeen
On a wave of life I recognize
And I really hope that you'll guarantee
That I'll stay in sight of the waking light

Ya I found life echoing
All the way back the past outrunnin'
When I drove down my old street
I knew I was finally closer

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