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fourth strike song jam 2022

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1.
still 04:26
take off the world, be what you are a small speck of dust on a small speck of star try to be still, try to sink down a rock in a pool, you stay deep but don't drown make your own way, though some of it hurts don't let the pain make you doubt your own worth small flecks of light can be seen in your eyes small flecks of joy, to hold on, to get by are you what you dream of when you sleep? are you all the old times that you seek? take the lock off your heart and hold out the key why's it so strange to say what you mean? and when will you feel it? when will you grieve it? sit on a bench, pick up a snack say hi to a friend and find your way back there's far too much you can think of to fear you don't need to be fine, you just need to be here are we what we wish for when we cry? are we just a way to pass the time? you hold on to hope like you don't have a choice you find it so hard to be still in the noise just know that we love you, and all that is of you just know that we love you, and all that is of you
2.
beef 03:03
I don’t even wanna get out of bed today it’s just that boring bullshit anyway it’s just that boring bullshit everyday all of the same things every single fuckin day I don’t wanna call you on the phone today cause all you say is bullshit anyway yeah all you say is bullshit every day all of the same things every single fucking day open up my chest compartment go ahead dig in take apart the circuits darling fix me from within I don’t know if I could ever be a person like you I don’t know if maybe I just need a hard reboot I don’t even wanna get out of bed today it’s just that boring bullshit anyway it’s just that boring bullshit everyday all of the same things every single fuckin day I don’t wanna call you on the phone today cause all you say is bullshit anyway yeah all you say is bullshit every day all of the same things every single fucking day
3.
svalbard 07:06
you’re out there searching, all alone on this in this cold endless night, glittering stars you dream we share, but we’re worlds apart, the lights dance in the sky, oh but it’s you I see, in this desolate quiet, what if it was meant to be? the lights dance in the sky, but it’s you I see, in this desolate quiet, maybe it was meant to be. maybe it was meant to be. maybe it was meant to be.
4.
time 04:00
it’s been ten years and I still haven’t healed the shadows of your hands still linger on my neck no cigarettes will wash away your breath so how am I supposed to breathe? I thought I could tune out the part of me you made to worship all of you you made to crave the things you took I thought that I could heal from you but the memories still keep me awake at night how does it feel to know I’ve still not put my past behind all this time it’s been ten years and it’s just like you said not one day passes by without you at the edge my consciousness got too used to being hurt so how am I supposed to heal? I thought I’d find at least a part of me you haven’t bent and split in two something kept away from you anything you haven’t used but the memories still keep me awake at night how does it feel to know I’ve still not put our past behind all this time
5.
the garden 03:22
I’ve been feeling unstuck in time I’m concealing a shift, I’m adrift, it’s a mystery how did I get here? where was I going? and what else did I miss? held up by feeble bridges, swaying in the wind fraying lines and metal screeches, I think I’m falling in I thought I’d sit out back this afternoon what month is it? I’ve lost track; oh, the garden’s in bloom when did that happen? I hope that I helped you I hope that at least I tried held up by feeble bridges, swaying in the wind fraying lines and metal screeches, I think I’m falling in it’s not déjà vu, it’s a broken mirror I’m not getting through, I wish that I could disappear endless iterations of the same same old things muted conversations, not concerned with what each days brings repetition spoken in rhyme (spoken in rhyme) and I’m sorry for wasting your time falling hurts but failure teaches, the clouds are rolling in a daring flower sunward reaches, everything ends and begins held up by feeble bridges, swaying in the wind fraying lines and metal screeches, I think I’m falling in I think I’m falling in I think I’m falling in
6.
hear the rain fall don’t say a word singing silent lullabies into your ears we’re barely holding we can’t be heard and the melodies of hope are laced with fear and you might grow up to sing someone else’s song well, who could blame you? what else could you hear? and if you grow old and find that something else is wrong at least you’re there at least one more year hear the storm call feel the pressure mount remember when the skies were always clear our days are numbered so we learn to count Hoping numbers that we don’t know might appear Can we still breathe with just soft and dying song Like a fleeting memory Soon to disappear We left a broken home, but we couldn’t fly for long But at least we’re there At least another year And all my cousins, silent as me Hiding from the horrors that we meet Deceptive hymns resounding through the trees Though the words are wrong, I hope you hear the underlying beat So, hear the sunlight Speak your mind Hold on to the rhythms you hold dear Stumble forward If you feel blind If you’re lucky, you can make it out of here And if you grow old singing someone else’s song Well, sing it loudly It’s your song now And if there’s a day when nothing else is wrong I hope you remember My song somehow
7.
when is the subtext just text? I’m caught in the crossfire and I can’t get over your insult to injury, this slope is so slippery I can’t stop this now ‘cause I’m in it too far so let’s go (insult to injury) now I am gone (now I am gone) everything’s changed (everything’s changed) what am I if not myself? (If not myself?) a subject of pilgrimage (of pilgrimage) now I am gone (now I am gone) transformed in death (transformed in death) virginal in verdigris (virginal in verdigris) corrupted fertility (corrupted fertility) (insult to injury) (x6)
8.
dumb 03:00
made the same mistake i always do i reached out and touched him too soon after we met for a second all the seconds stood still until they caught up and he left i’m not smart i do the same things over and over again i’m not smart i’m digging until i’m numb i’m feeling i’m getting angry with these hands these fingers don’t dance cross the keys like they used to i still remember how it felt to paint sound now i’m an artist with no muse i’m not smart i do the same things over and over again i’m not smart i’m digging until i’m numb i’m feeling i don’t know what i am doing days keep passing i’m not clued in now i’m older going nowhere losing my skills getting worse i’m not smart i do the same things over and over again i’m not smart i’m digging until i’m numb i’m feeling
9.
brooklyn 02:44
artists all around me anyone need a muse? its my first week here in bushwick and i wanna make the news i’m young, depressed, and pretty in six-inch platform shoes im new to drugs and rock and roll but so far rave reviews can you hit me with something strong, barkeep? i wanna see a bruise he said my days are numbered here and he’s right but who’s counting? i won’t live my life in fear so tonight there’s no pouting if you’re searching for trouble you can stop lookin hey there cutie i’m new to brooklyn i missed being a fuckup i never got the chance my senior prom i took a friend and didn’t even dance so now’s the time for catchup and halfhearted romance i want to break a lovely thing and babe i caught your glance can you hit me with something strong, barkeep? i wanna see a bruise he said my days are numbered here and he’s right but who’s counting? i won’t live my life in fear so tonight there’s no pouting if you’re searching for trouble you can stop lookin hey there cutie i’m new to brooklyn nobody here knows im boring yet do you think i can put on a show? i’ve never been angry once in my life so i’d like to give it a go if i shotgun beer and shake out my hair will anyone ever know? he said my days are numbered here and he’s right but who’s counting? i won’t live my life in fear so tonight there’s no pouting if you’re searching for trouble you can stop lookin hey there cutie i’m new to brooklyn
10.
a dream of what we saw below desolation, afterglow things that never were and never will over over again and now i walk into the fog without you by my side into the fire that knows my name over over again where i once stood tall something else remains you followed it in to the darkness and buried me there all alone when i fell into the void between us i saw who we were then over over again and now you walk into the fog without me by your side into the fire that knows your name over over again where i once stood tall something else remains you followed it in to the darkness and buried me there all alone
11.
night 05:28
it’s not me, I can tell the world falls down while you sleep I can’t reach out to you there’s nothing I can do waking nightmare, you won’t speak I don’t know what it is you need we are trapped in this house there’s nothing I can do and if you leave me I won’t complain it doesn’t feel like we’ve been together in months and if you need me then I’ll be by your side until the dawn breaks and you open your eyes I sit next to you (x8) you lie there like I’m nobody special (x4) can’t you tell I’m here say anything I’ve got nothing left I’m waking up in a sweat I can’t hold the tears back I look at your face asking myself should I wake you from your sleep and let it all out my fears and my doubts I decide to wait until morning as I drift off to sleep the voice in my head bites at me but when I wake up and see the bright sun
12.
it’s a tragedy that you’ll never see the tire tracks in the snow ‘cause you drove too fast and didn’t look back or tell me to let go see, i listen too carefully for things i won’t hear so how should i have known that your word wasn’t gospel as you disappeared my last-straw mortal blow (let go) dare to ask why (let go) but a question, a weight (let go) i pictured your sigh (let go) how you’d say always the good guy never to blame always the wrong side never the game always the new dawn wasting to shame always the bleach blond ash in the flame, ash in the flame it’s a travesty that you’ll never see what’s left behind at home ‘cause time flew and my mind’s new fits to a tee the cage it won’t outgrow all alone, i’m still shambling to pieces could never find peace unless i could finally show ‘stead of waiting to melt until after the freeze i was more than what you know (you know) dare to ask why (you know) but an answer, a weight (you know) i pictured my cries (you know) how i’d say always the good guy never to blame always the wrong side never the game always the new dawn wasting to shame always the bleach blond ash in the flame, ash in the flame ash in the flame, ash in the flame doesn’t matter anyway if i could meet myself, i’d scream don’t waste your life on faith say your goodbyes, but know your someone isn’t there hold on tight, but know you’re clinging to thin air say your goodbyes a silhouette now if you stare hold on tight, you know your world’s got room to spare that you’ll fill with empty prayer always the good guy never to blame always the wrong side never the game always the new dawn wasting to shame always the bleach blond ash in the flame, ash in the flame ash in the flame, ash in the flame ash in the flame ash in the flame ash in the flame ash in the flame, ash in the flame ash in the flame ash in the flame ash in the flame ash in the flame
13.
*cool synth noises*
14.
*yet more cool synth noises*
15.
POINT NEMO 04:16
you always knew how to send me to the stars you knew my heart now the beacon that burned so steady has gone dark we're going dark closer to home than I've ever been yet so alone, floating gently wondering if our trajectory was faulty from the start? looking back it feels inevitable heavy in your arms, your dreadful pull at the mercy of burning words, your heat, all the worlds of possibility now in the cold embrace of gravity you lost me, you lost me you've forgotten all we ever were but I still remember can you hear me? over I still need you, over I can't believe it's over it's over it's over lost at sea since you left me slowly bleeding hydrazine you ran me out of delta-V at the pole of inaccessibility sinking since you crashed me down where dreams of the future are left to drown no longer of any use to you you threw me away in the deep blue when our words would fill the empty space between microwaves and cosmic rays images in infrared still resonate in rusted memory now in these crushing depths I cannot breathe, I can't breathe (I can't breathe) all the oxygen I'll ever need and nothing left to say can you hear me? over I still need you, over I can't believe it's over it's over it's over lost at sea since you left me slowly bleeding hydrazine you ran me out of delta-V at the pole of inaccessibility sinking since you crashed me down where dreams of the future are left to drown no longer of any use to you you threw me away in the deep blue can you hear me? over I still need you, over I can't believe it's over it's over it's over
16.
this is not an elevator song it's not about how they go up and how they go down like the notes on the board and the sound of these chords and the path yet explored goodnight, town what it is is a sweet little song it's not too short and (oh god i hope that) it won't be too long there's a chill to the air and i just can't bear moving on so long, so long not a day may pass us by where i don't stop and sweetly sigh and think of those end-of-summer nights but the night's just comin' right on down and autumn's in its bright red crown will wear itself until it's dead and brown and i'll be by your side and i'll be by your side
17.
castle hill 08:47
a graveyard kind of fits what I think of it now as all my disparate bits finally take their due bows we walked amongst the dead more alive than ever “all horrible” we said so why’d you take whatever “you can’t leave me with them” is what I should’ve said I followed every whim to get that boy in your bed no you’re not an angel I think I learnt that long ago but I crawl up in a shell when you pop in to say “hello” do I miss you, or do I just want to apologise? for fucking everything up, the girls, the girls forever. 1578 days later I’ll find your name in my phone I’ll find the things we used to say and the guilt will bury me whole and the guilt will bury me whole and the guilt will bury me whole and the guilt will bury me whole
18.
belfast 04:43
small change in a silver bowl water laps at the end of it all droplets that dare you to sink into something more comfortable i'm in love with a new word multisyllabic, like something unheard a key for a box that i promised would always stay closed but things change when i let them life rafts to the centre cutting of clothes that are in the way of chest compressions i said i'd be happy either way - that was only half true. so why don't you leave i heard you asking why don't you leave if spirits haunt you why don't you leave i heard you asking why don't you leave this city is killing me belfast is sinking straight into the sea exorcists line up to break down every door on the street and i've picked up a new plan something little, that does things i can't like make air for itself as long as i give it water but things change when i let them floating point rounding errors deleting software to make room for the singing lessons i said i could live anywhere - and that was true. so why don't you leave i heard you asking why don't you leave if spirits haunt you why don't you leave i heard you asking why don't you leave so why don't you leave i heard you asking why don't you leave if spirits haunt you why don't you leave i heard you asking why don't you leave so why don't you leave i heard you asking why don't you leave if spirits haunt you why don't you leave i heard you asking why don't you leave (why don't you leave i heard you asking why) so why don't you leave i heard you asking why don't you leave if spirits haunt you why don't you leave i heard you asking why don't you leave
19.
we bleed like the sun messy, hot, and fast you, our golden child out there us, an icarus to laugh at baby bird, adrift in vacant winds buoyed by the unknown while we choke and drown and sink our buildings burn; did the fires make it in? transmitting now; is there anyone listening? astronaut can you feel the walls cave closer they're getting closer in the light of the shuttle, the world’s too calm a gentle reminder of a home that was scared of the answer, but silence kills i’ll take anything over the chance no one’s left (transmitting now; is there anyone listening?) when i'm gone, will anybody notice? would you notice? before i go i’d like to bleed to feel anything at all i’m not afraid don’t feel anything at all (anything’s bearable in the end as long as we’ve got a way to look forward to, forward to) i’m not afraid to feel anything at all

about

In Q3 of 2022, we held the second Fourth Strike song jam. Like last year, members of the discord were given a prompt, a title, and 7 days to write, record, and mix a song. Yet again, something incredible ensued.

Here were the challenges:

Week 1: MULTITRACK MINIMALISM
CHALLENGE: Produce a song with a maximum of four tracks (no bouncing!)
TITLE: Your song title must be one syllable

Week 2: NEW FRIENDS
CHALLENGE: collaborate with someone you haven't collaborated with before
TITLE: Your song title must be a place name

Week 3: BREAKING GROUND
CHALLENGE: use the song genre generator bot (we made one, it spat out such fun genres as nu-bedroomgaze, ocean prog ambienttronica, and post-elevatorcore) to come up with a brand new genre to write your song in. Generate as many as you like and interpret them however you like.
TITLE: Your song title must include one of these words: summer, map, famous, tomorrow, bird


Week 4: NO SOLO ACTS
CHALLENGE: each song this week must have at least 3 collaborators
TITLE: Your song title must include the word "song"

credits

released January 20, 2023

still by Jennifer Cat (@CattiferJen, jenandrolo.bandcamp.com)


beef by June September ( juneseptember.bandcamp.com )


svalbard by The Jazz Cat(girl)s,
Bellatrix Melody (composition, lyrics, piano, drums, vox, mixing,
twitter.com/GlttrShotSunset ,
glittershot-sunset.bandcamp.com )
Rosie Drown (soprano sax, guitar, @ap_pussyeatin)


time by fox (@slavfoxman)


the garden by Erica and Andrew


someone else's song, with composition, lyrics, vocals, guitar, and mixing by Vigilant Baker ( vigilantbaker.bandcamp.com )

bass guitar by Bertie ( @HeyItsBertie )

vocals and guitar by arlen ( @RATWEDNESDAY )


the recumbent effigy of victor noir with production and composition by LCS (@cosmoptera on twitter, lordcakespy.bandcamp.com) and RaccoonFink (RangerRick#6987 on discord, raccoonfink.bandcamp.com, @RaccoonFink on twitter) with lyrics and vocals by RaccoonFink


dumb by zack.ry


brooklyn, writing and vocals by Louisa (@louisablatt)

synth and drums by Astrid (@AReblase)


tomorrow's yesterday by Tonal Chroma (Deidra Skye and teganeden) ( tonalchroma.bandcamp.com ), and MQ (@QueenMucus)


night by Rosie Drown (@ap_pussyeatin)


this song will burn before you hear it, written by klaude (@seraphoniic) and klaude's sibling

produced by fox (@slavfoxman)


the last song at the end of the universe by LCS (@cosmoptera on twitter, lordcakespy.bandcamp.com)

piano by Neil Bickford (neilbickford.bandcamp.com) and Bellatrix (@GlttrShotSunset on twitter, glittershot-sunset.bandcamp.com)

bass by fox (@slavfoxman)


the seabed mapper by elliot (@itselliotsk8s)


point nemo by Everywhere But Here (ebhband.bandcamp.com)
lead vocals and lyrics by amadis
backup vocals, guitars, and lyrics by ras
guitars, bass, and production by Sci-fi Boyfriend


lonely longing for end-of-summer nights by arlen (@ratwednesday)


castle hill with writing, piano, guitar, bass and drums by Azure Aster ( azuret.bandcamp.com )

writing, lyrics, vocals and guitar by Riley ( lidocaineleeds.bandcamp.com )


belfast with lyrics, music, rhythm guitar, keys, vocals by rain ( no-risk.bandcamp.com )

arrangement, production, bass, lead guitar by fox (@slavfoxman)

guest vocals: riley (lidocaineleeds.bandcamp.com )


song with an astronaut as the world burns by ras (ebhband.bandcamp.com)

lead vocals by Louisa Blatt (@louisablatt) and riley (lidocaineleeds.bandcamp.com)

bass by fox (@slavfoxman)

transmissions by amadis (@amadis), Vigilant Baker, Danielle, Monthenor, RobNotes (robnotes.bandcamp.com)

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