by Coulisses

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Recorded in London and Gävle to provide that both metropolitan and down-to-earth feel. We as a label think that this record really displays the power of Per-Eriks songwriting, and have spent our last resources to bring the evidence to your choice of playback equipment.


released April 15, 2012

All songs by Per-Erik Söderberg.
Produced by Mattias Beijmo
Recorded in The Pool, London and Grounds For Divorce, Gävle
Engineered by William Blackmon and Joe Rodgers
Mixed by Mattias Beijmo at Grounds For Divorce
Mastered by Zvi Mazel at Grounds For Divorce

Guitar: Per-Erik Söderberg
Vocals: Per-Erik Söderberg
Bass: Nick Bergin
Drums, keyboards and other stuff: Mattias Beijmo

Album art by Jens Räsänen.
Cover photo by Pontus Olsson.

Thanks to: Nick Bergin, Will and Joe, Christian Smedlund, I&N, and people we are currently forgetting to thank.



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Coulisses Sweden

Inspired by European and American folk music as well as movie soundtracks Coulisses has grown into a vehicle of Per-Erik Söderberg's inner self, with his trademark vocals and lyrics leading the way.

A bare-boned, naked, sound is to be expected, especially when compared to his day-job with psych/post-rockers Isobel & November.
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Track Name: Sanctuary Grounds
Feather hooves
Hammer down
For the sake
Of her safe return
To sanctuary grounds

Long before the wretched
She left to tend
To fearful woodlands yonder
While time was short

Tell these lands
Growing vast
Ancient hosts
Make clear her path
To sanctuary grounds
Track Name: Shadow Tree
The breath of your shadow tree
You remain
Loyal as always
Pledged guardian of the kingdom
While none beneath
You were close to the spirit

Hand before the sermon mouth
Hear the earth tremble my brother

New light in your sacred crown
Oh soon for their pleasures
Tearing up the truth
By shame forbidden
So you were banished

Hand before the sermon mouth
Calm your thrashing mind
Hear the earth tremble my brother

Herald sun
Morning ember
Your crown to sway
Nothing withheld
Track Name: Dare the Sway of Tongue
Few are the vast maroon
Thus forlorn
The lowly left
Pale hands towards the sun
Armor for the robes
Shepherd’s finger flare
No solace in thirst

Dare the sway of tongue
Ornament the trees

Faith in the blinded glance
Woe the vulgar devilry
Wash clean the ashen face
Fleshed out by the olden
Four paths
Together one
No blade to mind

Dare the worn out writ
Born again

One hand to turn the page
The other to live out the word
Together all maroon
Track Name: Desire & Truth
Through grave
Once name beloved
Sift patience
From the soil
Take to the tales
The myths on trial
Will to further kingdom hymns

Oh Desire
Oh Truth
I ask
Forever in severance?

Give arm to trace the whispers
Ancient prose mystique
Feign to halt

Chamber chest
Days spent inside
Know your many flames at stake
Read the written
With the waking eye
Let alone the empty womb
Track Name: Meadow Pale
A heavy breath
All shades of red my love
These visions painted
Naked and fearless
Back and forth
From the deepest well and home again
I did not dwell upon
The spell of the crow

Lust as flame
Carried out the message clear
These hymns will be written
Upon a meadow pale
A flow deep and wide
How soft and lovely the voice
While numb and baffled
Neath the spell yet again
Track Name: You Will Find Me As a Ghost
The sentence falls to all
Blood calls out for more blood
Riddle is no riddle at all
You will find me as a ghost

So keep walking my dear boy
You have seen nothing yet
The fairest sights to come
You will find me as a ghost
Track Name: Sunken Ships
Whispering Madness
The light of the spirit
To yield as remnants
Echoes of the past
Mouth as the mother
To homeward river black
Tongue lies dry
In heavy sleep

Sunken ships all over town

Whispering madness
The light of the spirit
To yield as remnants
Drowned by waves
Thrashing upon these
Humble open palms
Leave this host
On with your own
Track Name: Haven
You are still the guidance
I’ve felt since I was a child
Doubt to dust when mute
Leaves me solemn

Known as the endless
Treasures of the mind
These through loving hands
The grand devotion

So barren are these words of mine
In every grave attempt
To render what I’ve found
Beyond the spoken

Set my loud aside
For this my warden care
Track Name: Woe the Day
Devil the one who has fallen
Righteous the one to cast out
Nature and man
Nature and man

Demon far too lightly spoken
Scriptures are read with one eye
Darkness disguised
Darkness disguised

Woe the man
Who denies another his breath
So tie up the rope
And do unto him

Rid us all of these horrors
Rid us once and for all
Bless our own
Bless our own

Woe the day
When we all are hung from the trees
Blood begets blood
Whichever the reason