Wildheart

by Lost Ox

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"Wildheart", the first full-length offering from Portland, OR-based rock quartet, Lost Ox, is both reflective and prescriptive in its nature, representing years of accumulated songs and musical stories and simultaneously calcifying a roadmap for the band's further growth and exploration. Like the band, the album cannot be encapsulated into one genre or one mood, and defies simple thematic explanation. It is, like many albums, a collage of histories, interwoven and interspersed amongst each other, all the meanings confused and corroborated, all the conclusions both simultaneous and singular.

Sometimes exuberant, sometimes melancholy, the album takes many turns; the music billowed by lofty ascending chords to tight and incisive climax only to be rapidly spun southward to a dissonant, chromatic stalagtite with a punchy foot-moving rhythm part. The next song’s cool, funky feel seems a world to itself, independent of the preceding madness, until the end, when the improvisational portion of the song rapidly cascades to a similarly moving height, recalling the vibrant nature of the previous tunes.

The dramatic variety is a hallmark of the band, birthed in early 2017 from the vibrant music scene of Portland, OR. Like the various facets of the scene in Portland--bouncing from gutter punk-rock to airy Burning Man-esque tribal bass music, or from cowboy-boot wearing country rockers to neo-funk psychedelic shredders--the music of Lost Ox can't quite be put into one hat. And, just like the scene itself, is something that can only be experienced.

Darby Doowop
March 2017
Muse Cycle Monthly

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released March 22, 2018

Lost Ox is Reed Bunnell (bass, vocals), Dylan DiSalvio (guitar, vocals), Mark Mullen (keyboards, vocals), and Mike Stavish (drum kit, percussion). “Travelin’ Blues” with Sydney Nash on slide guitar. 

Recorded and mixed by Justin Phelps at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR. Mastered by Jack Yaguda in New York, NY. Produced by Lost Ox.

Front cover art by Amber Anderson (@love_embargo). Back cover art by Cara Sheahan (@carasheahan.art)


Special thanks to Greg Allen, Ido Avraham, Joel Davis, Kari Goldstein, The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge, The Starday Tavern, and Pieper Cafe

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Genre-blending Portland, OR-based Lost Ox have been cooking up their own all-original mix of prog rock, country Americana and funk since early 2017. The band brings their own brand of inventive playfulness to performances, weaving dark, murderous yarns in the same stride as delightfully groovy jive numbers, saturated richly with improvisation and interplay. ... more

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Track Name: Wildheart
Through thicket trees and cobblestone seas
down trails yet unsung
with bramble brush in vernal flush
rise my young green ones
Just to break their newborn layer for that
warm breath of the sky
The bloom that burst the ages first
still flowering tonight

Wildheart
Awake in the trees
alight in the woods
alive in the seas
Wildheart
Afloat on the breeze

Listen here to the water clear and the
rhythm of the tide
In the swamps and fields and mountain heels
in woods and desert high
in between the woven green with
tooth and bitter maw
The water wakes in every shape that
swims flies and crawls

Wildheart
Awake in the trees
alight in the woods
alive in the seas
Wildheart
Afloat on the breeze
Track Name: The Edge
You with that hunger in your eye
You looking for a place to hide
You can come around, you can come inside
We all been broke down and hung out to dry

We can keep it cool laugh and talk real sweet
But if you come to hurt my brother well
then you gonna feel the heat

You with that violence in your step
You with your ragged bated breath
You been hanging round like a wolf amongst the sheep
Your twisted eye fixed by your hunt for easy meat

I'm a quick draw razor high-stepping from end to end.
and if you come to hurt my sister well
then you gonna feel the edge
You gonna feel the edge
Track Name: Blue Dream
water wash them waves wide
across that country side to that
solitary island
dream prison of my mind

climbin up them peaks and
busrsting at the seams but
I just can't wake up from this blue dream

lying on your back
turned out on the street
well it ain't much different than being
big boss on top of the heap

gonna lose that feeling gonna
drop out of the scene
gonna float away on that blue dream

now them clouds are in full cover
in their prismal plated greys
a chill hangs in the air and it's
cold on lightest days

even when that sun shine thru well
just as soon it leaves
gonna be one more morning of that same blue dream
gonna be one more time it'll be just like it seem
the ocean is calling me, way out to sea
gonna float away on this blue dream
Track Name: Passin' By
she give me some
but just a taste of what i need
yeah but just one taste
ain't enough to satisfy me
i catch a quick foot fox
with fire in her eye
but i was the one who got
caught in a trap so sly

and that lovins just passin' by
don't you wanna take it for a ride?
and that train goes by so fast
don't you want that lovin' to last?

when that night falls
when that sky does moan
when the earth shakes
when the tempest rips the stone
when the fire goes out leaving
nothing all alone
feel it deep down, deep down in my bones

and that lovins just passin' by
don't you wanna take it for a ride?
and that train goes by so fast
don't you want that lovin' to last?
Track Name: Emerald Sun
in the valley of the emerald sun
where the ruby river rolls
by the banks where the river bends
lie the waters of my home

dark is the night and cold is the storm
I dream a land so gentle and warm
where the sun don’t burn my eyes
salt don’t taint my tea
out past the emerald sun
beyond the crystal sea

I taste that bitter southwind feel the dust on my skin
every castle tall will fall and bleak to a battered ruin
the last words our captain wept before he
sailed into infinity
farewell to the emerald sun
so long to the crystal sea

this whole world of colors, lights and sounds and electricity
it’ll never be the same as home sweet home to me
merrily cried the mariner as he paddled out to the deep
farewell to the emerald sun and
so long to the crystal sea

many nights I spent there just
rollin’ in her arms
the green wood tumbling with glee
just laughing out my woes on honey-bottled mead
while the river rock me slowly to sleep

in the valley of the emerald sun
where the ruby river rolls
by the banks where the river bends
lie the waters of my home
Track Name: Travelin' Blues
each night when that moonlight hits
and the sun is sinkin low
and you don't know where to lie
where your bed roll gonna unroll
let the song of the road teach you
what you wanna know
and the rhythm of the wheels gonna
show what needs to show

got them travelin blues
got em most all the time
wont you bring that good stuff
I'll bring the wine
I'll be digging on some half-struck verse
riffing on the line
I got them travelin' blues and
I got 'em most all the time

half-spun up that crooked branch
I was so high I couldn't see
I'd lost about half my sense but
I was damn sure I was free
now I lie awake each night well with
lockjaw and sore feet and
my bunkmate snoring up a log
like he's sawing down some tree

got them travelin blues
got em most all the time
wont you bring that good stuff
I'll bring the wine
I'll be digging on some half-struck verse
riffing on the line
I got them travelin' blues and
I got 'em most all the time

got them travelin blues
got em most all the time
wont you bring that good stuff
I'll bring the wine
I'll be digging on some half-struck verse
riffing on the line
I got them travelin' blues and
I got 'em most all the time
Track Name: Sleepwalker
the words come without pronunciation
and it all goes down just like a dream
I’m floating thru these moments that I’m waking
My body keeps on moving but it aint me

wake amongst these crumbs and ruination
all them empty bottles and dirty old beer cans
I don’t know where I’ve been or what’s been happening
But I know damn sure I am what I am

I’m the sleepwalker
the dream talker
I’m the sleepwalker
and this dream seems so real to me

if I awake from this sleep
what other dreams my heart may keep?
what other songs my voice may sing?
when did it start and when will it end?

now atop that hill in confrontation
all them animal eyes stare straight at me
hanging man says son one last consideration
we’ll write your words by the stone where we lay you be

I’m the sleep walker
dream talker
I’m the sleep walker
and this dream seems so real
this dream seems so real
this dream seems so real
to me

(Reed)
if I awake from this sleep
what other dreams my heart may keep?
If I awake from this sleep?
what other dreams my heart may keep?

(Mark)
words come without pronunciation
all goes down just like a dream
floatin thru these moments that I’m waking
body keeps on movin but it aint me

(Dylan)
Sleepwalker
I’m a dreamtalker
I’m a Sleepwalker
I’m a dream talker

sleepwalker
dream talker
sleepwalker
and this dream seems so real
to me
Track Name: Run Me Wild
i seen that noose upon my door
it seemed the latch had come undone
i can't fake it anymore
it seems that race too quick to run
and sometimes it feels like I'm moving
much too slow

run me sleepless, run me wild
run me hot, run me down
run me till my legs break till I’m
6 feet under ground
turn and twist my senses
pull my closed eyes open wide
cuz the wick’s been lit
the spark’s been switched and
now the motion don’t subside

can’t slow it down
no I can’t stay
My short life keeps ticking away
ticking away
ticking away
ticking away
ticking away

rising ever faster, ever higher
past the moon
reckless ride the serpent
light the frigid fuse
straining every muscle
every fibrous sinew
but the pace it ever quickens, ever hastens
it’s coming to

can’t slow it down
no I can’t stay
My short life keeps ticking away
ticking away
keeps ticking away
ticking away
and away and away

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