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Back with a sharp rise in temperature, the new ESP Project album, THE RISING, is upbeat and powerful. This tight four piece band roars through a landscape sculpted by the evocative and moving music of Tony Lowe, coupled with insightful and heartfelt lyrics of Damien Child with his versatile and poignant vocals. With guitar and keys by Tony Lowe, the passionate grooves of Pete Clark’s bass, underpinned by the intense energy of Greg Pringle’s drums, this album takes the listener to another level in the ESP catalogue.

"This is an album brimming with invention and imagination, where exceptional instrumental artistry embraces a rich lyrical poetry to create tantalising musical sketches to surprise and delight in equal measure. Highly recommended." Review - Rob Fisher - The Progressive Aspect

"...the whole album sparkles with musical, lyrical and vocal delights. Lowe and Child seem to have both drawn each other’s talents and created the most rounded, enjoyable ESP album to date." - Review - Jason Ritchie - Get Ready to Rock

“The Rising will without question lift your spirits towards the sky, injecting both pace and energy at exactly the right juncture. It’s a real pleasure in this age…that the likes of ESP Project are still crafting well considered albums that flow and engage both through each individual song but also from the mood they create as a cohesive whole.” Review – Sea of Tranquility

"An album that promises to deliver on everything that the band has previously worked on and more." Review - The Median Man

"It's a prog rock fans dream...a great performance by new vocalist Damien Child...with Lowe's guitars and keys tastefully dominating...there's nothing to dislike on The Rising" - Geoff Wootton - Powerplay Oct 2019

“The Rising album launch – another beautifully crafted addition to the canon from Tony Lowe’s ESP Project” - Gareth’s Prog Blog

“...an album of poetic finesse chiselled on topical themes of our planet and our everyday life...the album is a great artistic success that will surprise and delight...” Prog Critique

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released October 11, 2019

Tony Lowe : Music/Guitar/Keys
Damien Child : Lyrics/Vocals
Pete Clark : Bass
Greg Pringle : Drums

Produced by Tony Lowe
Drums Recorded by Fill Ross at Mill Hill Recording Co
Mastered by Nick Watson at Fluid Mastering
Cover & Booklet Image by Pete Linforth - The Digital Artist
Photography - Design & Layout by Cheryl Stringall
Recorded and Manufactured in England
Lyrics printed by permission
All Tracks Copyright Contol MCPS, PRS, PPL

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The Rising 'a prog rock fans dream'(Oct 11/19) follows ESP 'three' a "stunning" 30 min EP.
The ESP Project began in 2015 with ‘Invisible Din’ featuring well-know prog guests.
Followed by ’22 Layers of Sunlight’ in 2018, a collaboration between Tony Lowe & Peter Coyle. ESP albums have over 26, 4-4.5 * reviews by music press, voted into top 10 Prog Rock albums of the year and top 10 albums of 2018
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Track Name: The Rising
Spark the fuse
Ignite the sun
We’re on our own now
Reaching out for something true

The time has come
The shadow’s long
The journey’s onward
Risking all to start anew

The Universe is calling
And soon we will be
Free from all identity
There’s only one destination

The stars align
The way is drawn
There’s only forward
Burn the sky for no return

Orion’s waiting
The speed of light
Is our new home now
Tear reality in two

The Universe is calling
And soon we will be
Free from all identity
There’s only one destination

A premonition where we’re always on the run
The future’s closing in
The future’s closing in

A resolution that the Earth turned us away
We can’t go back again
Can’t go back again

A premonition where we’re always on the run
The future’s closing in
The future’s closing in

A resolution that the world turned us away
We can’t go back again
Can’t go back again


The stars align
The way is drawn
There’s only forward
Burn the sky for no return

Orion’s waiting
The speed of light
Is our new home now
Tear reality in two

The Universe is calling
And soon we will be
Free from all identity
There’s only one destination

The Universe is calling
And soon we will be
Free from all identity
There’s only one destination

We are dandelion seeds
Floating on the winds of space and time
Passing through,
The parallel lines
Dispersing blindly
Through hydrogen skies

See it all so clearly now

We are dandelion seeds
Floating on the winds of space and time
Passing through,
The parallel lines
Dispersing blindly
Through hydrogen skies

See it all so clearly now
Track Name: Connected
Never thought I’d see the day
When it all came down the line
Shapes and colours fill my frame
Fluid strands of time

Never thought we could be afraid
In corridors of mind
Were we ever so contained
Walking through the lines

Past lives remembered
Answers lie in fields of gold

Follow me
Don’t
Follow me

Follow me
Don’t
Follow me

Close your eyes and see for miles
Connected to the line
I can show you hidden signs
Legends left behind

Sight clouds horizons
Regrets what came before

Follow me
Don’t
Follow me

Follow me
Don’t
Follow me

Out from the silence
There are whispers chanting, wanting to be friends
Breathe in
Last skies of winter
Signal fading coming to an end

This will all become real in time.

Hand prints in the darkness
Footprints in the sea
Promises of rapture
Spirits fear to be free
Dying fever dream

Haunted by the water

Hands prints in the darkness
Footprints in the sea
Promises of rapture
Spirits fear to be free
Dying fever dream

Haunted by the water
Track Name: On Lunar Tides
Words float on the lost and found
Soar on the thermals
Quiet observers called to ground
Seen from the air

Hillsides fall away
Outstay their welcome
Murmuring circles have their say
Embracing the town

A strength to believe in
We’re sailing on lunar tides
Pride has no meaning
Free from the earth

I laugh at my misfortune
I got what I came here for

Names fall out of time
Faces grow distant
Crows sing, sowing lies
Warmth from the stone

A strength to believe in
We’re sailing on lunar tides
Pride has no meaning
Free from the earth

I’m grateful for misfortune
I got what I came here for.

The woods are quiet
The ground below, resounds in line
To a beat the transcends time
Tuning to the undertow where
Waves wake up our minds

Take shelter, closed within the wings of life

Too late for flight
The trees below wear the night
For the beating of small hearts
Sleeping in the undertow
Waves make up our minds

Stand quiet, whispering the name of light


There we dance around in circles
Where the stones surround the heart of oak
Where green men lie, protecting all
The lore they can hold.

Beneath the Morning star
Beneath the Morning star

There we dance around in circles
Where the stones surround the heart of oak
Where green men lie, protecting all
The lore they can hold

Beneath the Morning star
Beneath the Morning star

Secrets in the country lines
Doing all I can to get me through the day
I’m drawing lines around my ego
Doing all I can to face a better day.

A fleeting carnival
An echo of a spark
For one, glorious life
Each moment is where we belong

Secrets in the country lines
Doing all I can to get me through the day
I’m drawing lines around my ego
Doing all I can to face a better day.

A fleeting carnival
An echo of a spark
For one, glorious life
Each moment is where we belong
Track Name: Flowers in Snow
Déjà view outside his window
As above, so below
Traced his steps to absolution
To be the man he always wanted to be

Thinking he can change the world
Talk it down and watch it burn

Enemies on the borderline
Once again
Forever changing shape
Truth made by design
Embers in his head
The stream turns red

Anger locked in fake nostalgia
No cricket on the village green
A scene he’s prompted to remember
Editorial artillery

Thinking he can change the world
Talk it down and watch it burn

Enemies on the borderline
Once again
Forever changing shape
Truth made by design
Embers in his head
The stream turns red

Send a message to the Sisters
Bring us safely from the dark
All that lives within sound
We need you now

Send a message to the Sisters
Bring us homeward to the Suns
All our days are defined
Like flowers in snow

Send a message to the Sisters
Bring us homeward to the Suns
All our days are defined
Like flowers in snow.
Track Name: Stranger in my Skin
Who will I be today
I don’t recognise my face
Don’t know which life to choose
Lay in the dark awake
Synapse firing away
No sign of slowing down

I feel so unmade
The pieces all look the same
Endless halls of you

Changing with the shade
Re-write the same old page
Another read through

I’m trying to catch the waterfall
But it eludes me
Passed right through me

Need to rehearse what I say
Practice the smiles I make
I’m always feeling fine
Walking the streets in a daze
Reflections lie to my face
Borrowed space and time

I feel so ashamed
Around me a sea of blame
An open door for you

Changing with shade
Re-write the same old page
Another read through

I’m trying to catch the waterfall
But it eludes me
Passed right through me

I’m trying to catch the waterfall
But it eludes me
Passed right through me

There’s a stranger in my skin
I don’t know where to turn -
Holographic memories
Of the bridges that I burned


There’s a stranger in my skin
Seen through compound eyes
Lost in the Cloud

There’s a stranger in my skin
I don’t where to turn
Holographic memories
Of the bridges that I burned

There’s a stranger in my skin
Seen through compound eyes
Lost in the Cloud

Stranger in my skin
I don’t know where to turn
Holographic memories
Of the bridges that I burned

A stranger in my skin
Seen through compound eyes
Lost in the Cloud

Take down the sky
Deny the time
Formless

It’s only waiting for your world to come undone
Sitting in your shadow
We are one.

Breathe the ecstasy of letting go
A life lived in reverse
A bed made from your words

Breathe the ecstasy of letting go
The spiral leads you by the hand
Track Name: New World Disorder
The line we crossed
Isn’t where it used to be
Please keep the questions to yourself
Building walls around hypocrisy
Hold the page and shame someone else

A new world disorder
And it seems like only yesterday
We were running for the moon

They don’t stand accused of only killing time
Still they sing the blues
Turning tear drops into wine

Thought’s a prisoner to electricity
Storing neurones on the shelf
Common sense over eccentricity
We’ve only ourselves to blame

A new world disorder
And it seems like only yesterday
We were running for the moon

They don’t stand accused of only killing time
Still they sing the blues
Turning tear drops into wine

A new world disorder
And it seems like only yesterday
We were running for the moon

They don’t stand accused of only killing time
Still they sing the blues
Turning tear drops into wine

These are new horizons
But they’re charging by the hour
So we move along
Queueing for the chance to start again

We know there must be more than this
We feed our minds with empty choices

Fighting for the chance to start again
Track Name: A Million Heartbeats
Beneath the city of paper crowns
Tired and hungry origami lives unfold
They’ve never seen the sky before
Staring at the pavement cracks for signs of gold

Above the towers of prayer and hope
Polishing their Poundshop halos by the score
They’ve never seen the ground below
Whispering their fallacies behind closed doors

Together we start re-building
Close the gap and turn it all around
No time for deities descending
Light a candle for the past and tear it down

Together we start re-building
Close the gap and turn it all around
No place for deities descending
Light a candle for the past and tear it down.

Trust your heart
A new day is coming

Trust your heart

A million heartbeats turn a tide

Trust your heart
A new day is coming

Trust your heart

A million heartbeats turn a tide.

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