The Adversary

by Ekstasis

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Grasping at menacing shadows Hobbled by anger and fear Tangled in visions that haunt us Taunting and weaving their webs Let them taunt and wrap a cocoon Swaddling us in our wounds Smoke clearing, leaden wings growing Embers to glow from the breath Rapt in the liberty of your snare Shadowed by an enemy who is not there Wrapped and bound in threads silken and still Breaking our skin on the enemy’s shell Unveiling the reflection; our selves within. Is this the gift of the challenge? A prayer for growth out of pain? Is death a gift for the hopeless? And life for all who remain? Open the bliss of the moment Open the abyss of change Chains are the weight of our freedom We who offer struggle, open space We grasp at the weave of our chrysalis And may these walls we pierce have strength A blessing in adversity From The Adversary’s arms; a Gift.
Skylark 05:42
A Ladder 07:23
With every brush against your grace A lifetime yearning For every moment of embrace A candle burning With every breath of open air Your name upon me These veins of lightning, striking Earth A ladder, rising home. With every glance upon your face A mirror watching With every crash of breaking waves A flood of memory These woven scars upon your skin A solemn path winding Through every moment of this life A dream, and nothing more.
Pride 05:43
Long ago, before time began We named the stars and knew our births And kept the spirits close at hand We have a name, we have a song And we write our futures With all the colors in our blood Now the rainbow’s drained of light And stories have no home The birds get lost in pilgrimage And the trees roam on their roots We have a name, we have a song And we write our futures With all the colors in our blood We have a name, we have a song We paint our elders With all the colors in our blood We have a name, we have a song We lead our children Through all the colors in our blood.


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Recorded and mixed February through April, MMXVI, at Dub Narcotic Studios by Sam Gray.
Mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering.
All photography by Alex Mody Photography.
Design by Ekstasis.
All music and lyrics by Ekstasis.
Copyright MMXVI.

Ekstasis is:
Johnny DeLacy, Mara Winter, Ray Hawes,
Mae Kessler, Michael Korchonnoff,
and Marit Schmidt.

This record was written across the western half of America throughout MMXIV, MMXV and MMXVI ~ written at home, on the road, in dreams and visions, in private and in public. We would like to extend thanks to everyone who housed us, shared meals with us,shared memories and dreams, who came to our shows, and let us practice in their living rooms, backyards and basements. This would be nothing without you. Special thanks to Pablo, Buffy, Webi, Raina and Nas, Peter Kessler, Sam Kates-Goldman, Sam Gray, Alex Mody, Tanner Anderson, Blackbird Raum.


released June 21, 2016


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Ekstasis Olympia, Washington

Ekstasis is a group of musicians and mystics centered around Olympia, WA. Our music consists of transcendent meditations and crystalline harmonies beating to the rhythm of open hearts.

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