Radio Dues

from by Eliot Cardinaux

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD comes packaged in a beautiful digipack designed by Espen Friberg, with photography by Michelle Arcila Opsvik. Includes one track not available through download.

    Includes unlimited streaming of American Thicket via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • A beautifully crafted poetry chapbook designed by the author, with photography by Monica Frisell, including the lyrics from the album and more.
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Seven summers,
bad luck in the ripples,
hairline returns…

If you had read my faults
in the book of breathing,
felt me teaching through my fall,
the water’s surface
would have so eluded you,

I cannot follow footprints
that have all been washed away;
walk out, Narcissus
from the water’s edge –
these are your new eyes,
here your blues guitar,
dust has a way of scattering
upon the breeze.

And so our thoughts ascend the dizzying heights
that rise up out of deep primordial roots,
and rearing like great vultures, often we
pretend to stare, surrounded by a
lashing flood, our eyes agape, at cities
toppling at our apathetic feet.

In the silence you’ve made
nothing stirs but her bones
and the flame
in your heart
is a shadow;

and something perverse
and perversely cunning,
tugs at your heart,
and everything in you,
to claim that it is real.

The backdrop and the muffled shouts,
All scraping at sunlight,
In a muscle of determination…

He entered that city like spit.
Like so many asleep.
He was a punk called rose.
He used to pick the feathers off of chickens –
He would rub it in, O he would rub it in,
A scent into Oh-high-oh.
He was camouflaged by superstition
And drowned the rest of the time
By his own ammunition…

SIT DOWN. And reminisce.

O blackboard of roses
and cardboard of wasted years,
he was a punk called rose…


from American Thicket, released July 8, 2016



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Eliot Cardinaux Boston, Massachusetts

Pianist, composer, poet, improviser Eliot Cardinaux has worked in the free-music and avant-garde world for over 10 years. His piano sound is characterized by a light-handed touch and tone, as is his poetry similarly subtle. His love and study of many musics as well as poetries, but specifically those which innovate, has helped him grow both lyrically and imagistically in his writing and his music. ... more

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