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1.
The Rising 09:17
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
2.
Connected 05:44
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
3.
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
4.
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.
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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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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 mysterious phenomena - 14/08/20 follows The Rising and 'three' a 'stunning' 30 min EP.
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 46, 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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