Under the Last Tree on Earth

by Reanimation

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Eric Benac Michael's superior senses of melody, experimentation, and tasteful arrangements make this a standout among self-produced rock artists. In a world of its own. Favorite track: Abigail's Ashes Came Home Today.
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    UNDER THE LAST TREE ON EARTH - Now available for purchase! The album's nine tracks run nearly 60 minutes and take the listener on a deep, reflective, emotional journey – a revealing look inside a heart and mind that teeters on the brink of exhaustion but somehow clings to never-ending hope. This limited-edition, 4-panel digipak CD-R (with 8-page booklet) arrives at your doorstep shrink-wrapped and ready to provide instant gratification.

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Soft stroke, caress the soul; feel the pulse moving faster Dark heart, souvenir; heal the wounds driven deeper They don’t share the pain; no no no it’s just for show Slipshod, ease the mind; feel the surge from below The light will come again, let it shine down on this day The song that sleeps from within your mind drifts away Everyone we know is like a mirror with a soul, and as we move beyond the narrow, walk the storm clouds from below The other way of knowing, nothing but the primal glory, what’s the truer price of freedom, not the motion or the form Turn it up and spit it out, another punctured fairy tale, the hearts will ease and sorrows end, where day and night will meet as one Crawl inside and letting go, it’s not about the words you just borrowed She pushed away and she’s so much alone [The light comes from way down low] Dead heart, souvenir; heal the wounds driven deeper Low hum melody; turn it up in a frenzy Everyone we know is like a mirror with a soul, and as we move beyond the narrow, walk the storm clouds from below Memorize and improvise and slip away and hear it grow louder Turn it up and spit it out, another punctured fairy tale, the hearts will ease and sorrows end, where day and night will meet as one Crawl inside and letting go, it’s not about the words you just borrowed She pushed away and she’s so much alone [The light comes from way down low] ©2013 Reanimation/Michael Shanahan
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When the sun comes up again Where night and day collide Watchers of the sky today I swear that she was crying The birth of life and love Rejoice in what it’s saying Form of strength and beauty She’s coming home today ©2012 Michael Shanahan/Reanimation
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In the eye of the storm Iridescent eyes Now awake from hiding Chase us through the maze Challenge what I know Connecting to the silence We hear the music Dawn leads to darkness Fingers dissolve from my view Surprise hitchhiker Surging from within me Wants to taste the breath of you [We’ll never give it away] Beyond the bounds of time I grab the closest hand Increasing concentration We couldn’t let it go Followers were burned Or in their hiding places Turning and turning Heal all that wounds me I became strong through dreaming Surprise hitchhiker Surging from within me Wants the world to finally see [We’ll never give it away] ©2014 Reanimation/Michael Shanahan
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Trespassing into my life Held up for everyone to see Disapprovingly The seeds so deeply buried Sadness stands where sympathy died You think there's nothing wrong We're drifting away So wide awake for the first time And break the silence with very few words And yet that's nothing new No drug can take us this high No words, in motion, the blink of an eye And rise on winds that roar We're drifting away Let go, dissolve, follow, sorrow, did you, did you, redo, renew, run through, undo, untrue, you do, and you, and you, and you, and you A spark, in bloom, to love, too soon, to kiss, to fly, too high, too high, unchecked, undone, unloved, a gun, and you, and you, and you, and you ©2014 Reanimation/Michael Shanahan
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Growing with the growing light A past just screaming for a way To breathe tonight When once it seemed the world conspired Forced to tear the heart That was yours and mine All the years, all the doubt Shared the pain apart Away from what pushed below But now we float between the worlds Life on life we come and go Let it find a way out – Let it shine again Let it rise above now – Let the time begin Let it reach inside you – Let it drown the cries Let it cut so deep now – Show the dream that lies behind And through it all you held your breath All the while we sought the chance To feel the flesh Above it all you drew me back To crawl inside, to see you dance Our souls undress Growing with the growing light A past just screaming for a way To breathe tonight To touch, to feel, to come alive You turn your face, so much to say And open your eyes ©2013 Michael Shanahan/Reanimation
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I'm wide awake and understanding A dying god, nothing to say Will someone stop the noise in my mind This red light kiss won't wash away Was this our dream or only borrowed You drag your nails across my skin Flooding through the body, and touching every nerve Before you go, you let me in As everything fades Light revealed destroys the shadow No rhythmic dance, when hearts burned bright Collapsing with the silence, a door without a key That is was and ever shall be As everything fades ©2014 Reanimation/Michael Shanahan
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Crashing down around your heart Letting go but won’t forget Floating on the breath from you Dancing through my head She never sleeps She’ll never close her eyes She cannot sleep No matter how she tries She never sleeps She weaves the thread of seasons She cannot sleep She needs you to believe in Memories of where she came A path straight to the sun Never changing point of view You were always the one Red felt heart my valentine The decades seem just stolen Washed aside by auburn waves Her promise can’t be broken ©2012 Reanimation/Michael Shanahan

about

Michael Shanahan has returned in 2014 with his strongest and most ambitious effort to date—the reflective, often dark and mesmerizing UNDER THE LAST TREE ON EARTH. These nine songs dig deep under the skin, taking the listener on a deep, emotional journey of self-exploration and discovery. Heavy and hypnotic, with expertly assembled textural grooves, the new release is a more purposeful and focused result. Still, it remains true to the trademark REANIMATION use of thickly layered sounds and circular song structures. UNDER THE LAST TREE ON EARTH picks the scabs off of old wounds, confronts new struggles, and attempts to heal, exposing tension-filled themes that examine isolation, despondency, fear, regret and love. The songs weave, dance and stomp through a revealing look inside a heart and mind that teeters on the brink of exhaustion but somehow clings to never-ending hope

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released June 29, 2014

All songs written, performed and produced by Michael Shanahan

Mastered by Mark Beazley at Trace Recordings, United Kingdom

Michael Shanahan: vocals, drums & percussion, electric and acoustic guitars & effects, bass, piano, synths, mridangam, violin, tin whistle, Chinese zither, recorder, e-bowed zither, harmonica, 10' corrugated perforated drain pipe, aluminum can and kalimba

Album title inspiration from the poem "It's No Wonder How Things Turned Out" by Casey Wade Carver (2011)

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REANIMATION is the vision of Michael Shanahan. Since 1985, the music of REANIMATION and its forebears has resisted easy categorization by combining elements of psychedelia with progressive, experimental, alternative, and pop rock. With REANIMATION, Shanahan melds these influences into a unique experience based on groove, space, atmospherics, and tension. ... more

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