Inphantasia


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Release
21. Oktober 2016

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Credits


Produced by
David Merz & Jana Frank, 2013-2016.

Mixed by
Christian Moos at Spacelab Studio, Grefrath.

Track 11 mixed by
Klaus-Dieter Keusgen at Keusgen Tonstudio, Rees.

Mastered by
Eroc at Eroc‘s Mastering Ranch, Breckerfeld.

Edited by
David Merz, Nils Völcker & Klaus-Dieter Keusgen.

Lyrical Coaching by
Jason Nye & Dettmer Fischer.


Illustrations by
Sonja Krutyholowa-Richter at medianoir, Adelsheim.

Photos by
Volker Wilke at EML Photographie, Bünde.

Photocomposing & Artwork by
Lakirzz Design, Bremen.


Record Label & Product Management by
Martin Kleemann at Artist Station Records, Hannover.

Distributed by
Soulfood Music Distribution GmbH, Hamburg.



Liner Notes


Jana Frank
Bass | Vocals
Kaja Fischer
Flute | Vocals | Tin whistle (5)
David Merz
Electric and Acoustic Guitars | Synthesizer | Piano (1,3,6,11) | Backingvocals (2,4-7,10)


Guest musicians
Frank Alpers: Drums (1-9)
Mike Thorne: Drums (10)
Wanja Brinkmann: Violin | Viola (1-8,10,11)
Alexander Schuhmann: Cello (2,3,8)
Lür Tischer: Cello (11)
Martin Breuer: Contrabass (2,3,5)
Ulli Torspecken: Accordeon (5)
Christoph Riedlberger: Flute (6)
Klaus „Doc“ Kessler: Bagpipes (7)
Liv Wiescholek: Child vocal solo (7)
Harald Möller, Jens Gatzenmeyer & Klaus-Dieter Keusgen: Backingvocals (7)
Kim & Inge Merz: Backingvocals (10)
Jugend Gospelchor am Bremer Dom: Choir (1,4-7)


Vocals, Drums, Bass, Guitars, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bagpipes, Flute (6) & Childrens Choir recorded by Nils Völcker at Access All Areas Studios, Bremen.

Vocals, Flute, Tin Whistle, Piano & Acoustic Guitars recorded by Klaus-Dieter Keusgen at Keusgen Tonstudio, Rees.

Guitars & Synthesizers recorded & programmed by David Merz at David‘s Place, Bremen.

Contrabass recorded by Martin Breuer at his home studio, Essen.

Accordion recorded by Ulli Torspecken at his home studio, Rhadereistedt.

Drums (10) recorded by Mark Pezzelato at Pezmosis Music Productions, Toronto, Canada.


Thank you

Artists are just as good as their team. So thank you, Martin Kleemann, Nils Völcker, Kim Merz, Daniel Sebastian at Sub Sounds Hannover, Marius Ludwig at M-Music-HB Bremen, Jordanis Sountoulidis & Stefan Kühn at Sound Service Rangsdorf, Karl Heinz Menzel at Sonor Bad Berleburg for your magnificent work, your loyalty and your confidence.

Thanks to Birgit Hofer, Bernie Zylka and all the great people at DMC Music Munich, Michael Sadler, Jim Gilmour, Mike Thorne, Jim & Ian Crichton from SAGA and to everybody on Manfred Mann‘s Earth Band and their crew for providing chances to go ahead!

A big hug and thanks to everybody who was involved in the production process of this album in any form, especially to our guest musicians on album and tour: Frank Alpers, Mike Thorne, Wanja Brinkmann, Christoph Riedlberger, Alexander Schuhmann, Martin Breuer, Ulli Torspecken, Klaus ‚Doc‘ Kessler, lovely Liv and Bettina Pilster and her children‘s choir (Jugend Gospelchor am Bremer Dom) – You really rock!

Our most profound thanks to all the people supporting us by visiting our concerts and also to everyone contributing to our crowdfunding campaign at startnext, especially to Bernd Rosendahl, Ems Event Harsewinkel, Janni und Uwe, Juergen ManRay Schmidt c/o SAGA network fangroup, Matthias Plicht, Mr. Most Money Man, Norbert Giese ‚Der Kuhhirte‘, Rudi Aubermann, Sascha Simeonov, Simon Boudreau, Ste Ven, Uwe Sabrowski.

Special thanks from Jana: To my husband Markus for your all-embracing patience, common sense and love. To my daughter Liv and my unborn baby for your inspiration, love and joy! To my friends, especially David, for your creativity and time. And to all of you out there who trust and believe in this band.

From Kaja: To my family for your continual encouragement, your love and trust – especially to my husband Gordon and my lovely son Hannes for your inspiration – you make my life complete. To all my musical friends who share my dream.

From David: To God, Kim and Inge, the whole Merz-Rossmann-Münch-Arnhold-Edwards-clan and friends and fellow musicians from all over the planet – you know who you are! Special thanks go to Jana, Benni and Dennis!

Dedicated to Michael Dürrschmidt.



 

Lyrics


Prologue

Music by David Merz & Kaja Fischer
Lyrics by Jana Frank

I awoke – as if from a dream
Bruised and battered by the exertions of recent days
My complexion felt damp … wet from my tears … but softer and gentler than before
I beheld my hands – my feet …
All things were smaller and more delicate.
My body felt so light and so relieved – where the blows and kicks my body suffered should feel different.
The pains from my wounds had gone
I felt I had arrived – finding a beginning whose ending was not yet visible, but almost certainly existent
And this ending will open up into another beginning and yet another ending, which I hope will again remain invisible for a long time …


La Cage

Music by David Merz & Jana Frank
Lyrics by David Merz & Jana Frank

The punishment I get for leaving
The torture of keeping me safe
It‘s a prison gate I believe in
It lets me out, it‘s keeping me brave

Head and heart fi ghting a bittersweet struggle
In this time full of decadence
While there‘s never been a need for discussion
There‘s more and more to this dance

Pressure on me, pressure from you
The game I‘m losing it‘s keeping me in
Feel bulletproof until there are shots
The heart beats on, but drowns when it‘s caught

Head and heart fighting a bittersweet struggle
what‘s the meaning on this sacred page
Wanna look hard, I wanna look closer
on the other side of this gilded cage

It‘s hard to overcome
The pressure makes me numb
Each day left to survive
The dreaming of the night
It‘s easy to stick to rules
Plenty of things to do
Reason could be a friend Afraid
until the end
Clocks can tick a different way
Paths can end and lead you astray
Every leaf‘s been born to a certain tree …
The calm before the storm
The warm before the cold
A plan slowly unfolds …

The misfit in the mirror maze
It‘s hard to tell the difference
The black sheep in a white disguise
It can‘t hide from it‘s demise
The silent cry in the loudest roar
The white flag in the blackest war
A green light in a sea of red
The dividing stone in the riverbed

Reason can drive your mind
Reason can make you blind
Reason can twist your soul
Reason gets you out of control

Now reason strikes to tear me down
My belief dosn‘t need solid ground
The Iron fi st of rage destroyed
The gilded cage, I used to enjoy

Head and heart fighting a bittersweet struggle
What‘s the point if I feel lost
I need a place, I need a shoulder
Now it‘s time, I have to face the costs

A plan finally unfolds


The Star

Music by Jana Frank & David Merz
Lyrics by Jana Frank

Fighting a battle, that was lost from the start
It‘s thrilling the thoughts and aching the heart
It‘s bitter sweet, the taste of your lips
And it shakes me to feel your hands on my hips
Damn!

Forgotten dreams you saved me from my ground
Who would have thought there‘s magic around
Again again again the well known game
But starting from scratch is never the same

Before we reach the target, we‘ve gone too far
You played the ballad on your blue guitar
So complicated, so short and so long
A hopeless glimmer‘s burning, growing strong

What will be the price we‘ll have to pay
There‘s no place left, where we can stay
What can I be for you in this tale
How mighty the waves we‘d have to sail

Why was it me who lifted the curse
Trenching and hunting, fight for better or worse
Your blue haunting fate into my guilty red hands
Maybe it‘s up to me to say where this ends

Head and heart fighting their bittersweet struggle
Our friendship lost its innocence
Something‘s gone that wasn‘t there before
Who is the offender within this game
If two sufferers fuse, will they be healed after fusion
If two warm hearts meet
Will there be coldness after all

Why was it me who lifted the curse
Trenching and hunting, fight for better or worse
Your blue haunting fate into my guilty red hands
Maybe it‘s up to me to say where this …

And what ever will be, I know, it can‘t be fair
So let me be what I know best:
A star that‘s always there …


Inphantasia

Music by Jana Frank & David Merz
Lyrics by Jana Frank

In the beauty of a poison dripping lies the true-bred petal
In the tightness of a hanging noose, you‘ll find your native mettle
Between the take-off and the bounce the insight, you‘re addicted to life
It‘s the wisper and the calling from over there – words as sharp as a knife

So close your eyes, calm down by breathing deeper
Fold your hands and push away your fears
Take a running start and – head-off to Inphantasia
Maybe forever, maybe short or maybe never

Take the cold hand of the queen her snow will guide you across the mirror
With every breath of dust another step, that brings you subtly nearer
Holding back the basic human needs is your near-death experience
Isolation, urban solitude, your faithful, true inferiors

close your eyes, close your eyes
close your eyes, calm down by breathing deeper
take a running start and – head of to Inphantasia


Tartarus

Music by Jana Frank & David Merz
Lyrics by Jana Frank

Can you see the lights outthere?
Dancing fires everywhere
Their tongues are feeding on my fears
The firestorm‘s drowning in my ears
Indistinct whispers – growing loud
Time is spinning back to its sprout
Naked, huddled, stained lying here
Seduced, abused – I‘m lost in fear

Can you see the lights outthere?
Dancing fires everywhere
Their tongues are feeding on your fears
The firestorm‘s drowning in your ears

Lost without reason, my eyes empty sockets
Gotta find a way out of this endless night
Hand me a weapon, a knife in my pocket
Where ever I am, whatever I must fight

All my might has gone
I am a little girl
Morrigaine is coming
Eyes are going pearl

A laughing devil on my mind
All my senses goin‘ blind
I can see myself, I’m dead
Fadin‘ away into the black

Father, how could you cause all this ache
Mother, why did you made that mistake
Mother, I‘m trapped in solitude
Father, I yearn for you

Morrigaine, goddess of this ground
Spare me, forgive my sins and bare the thoughts I‘ve drowned

Leaving my vein is one bloody scream
Out of a memory, an old tarnished dream
Empty my senses a hollow shell rests
Losin‘ a life which seems pointless at last


Elysium

Music by Jana Frank, Kaja Fischer & David Merz
Lyrics by Jana Frank & Kaja Fischer

Calm down, take a breath
Let your limbs dangle around
Don‘t speak, just rest
Lay your head on the ground

Your swollen eyelids heal away
Dark, frightening temper‘s turned to spring
Morrígaine is taking wing

Open the door into my dreams
Bring back the days and nights of gorgeous extremes
I wanna be a human, wanna shake off my dust
I‘m lost in your arms
You fade out my harm

Mother, you led my up to Frayia
Brother, my hand through Inphantasia
Mother, the glory on earth thou art
Father, lead my heart

Open the door and pave the way into my dreams
Bring back the days and nights of gorgeous extremes
I wanna be a human, wanna shake off my dust
Just a wing away from your kingdom

I‘m a slave to your treasure
I‘m lost in your arms
Rise by rise you fade out my harm
Frayja, goddess of love,
you‘re the one I trust

Dive myself into white, comprehensive bliss
Bring back the prime and spirit, all I sorely missed
I wanna be a woman, wanna spread out my roots
Just a wing away from your crown

I‘m a slave to your treasure
You fade out my harm
From shore to shore basking in your charm
Frayja, goddess of love, let me taste your fruits


Mundalis

Music by Jana Frank & David Merz
Lyrics by Jana Frank

My friend, watch out, these fires all around
But glorious now appears their sound
The time seems right, let‘s follow up the light
Let‘s face the spirit, the brightening of the night

It‘s not my deranged fantasy, that rules this venture
But part of my reality, a feast sublime
Laughter, joy and pleasure in a sweet surrender
Syrona, now is your time

A flickering shine behind the borderline
Turning blood into my wine
My time has come, the measure of the drum is leading me
into the sun

Dance into the grey of dawn and feast your triumphs
Shout the words of victory into the air
Live and toast your cups, come and
break the silence
Syrona, take our despair

I seeded love to raise a tree
`Cause only love is setting free
When I‘m gone, I‘ll leave a trace
Recovered trust beyond the haze

Take forgiveness, a fruit ripend by your heart
Nothing less than love and hope
Share the love and keep the hope

Mother, my journey has come to an end
Father, extremes are going to blend
Mother, epiphany was your grace
Father, bless this place

Into the sun, onto the run
Into the ray of hope, into the light …


Pictures

Music by Jana Frank & David Merz
Lyrics by Jana Frank

Almost forgotten how to touch
It must have been a touch too much
At this time in life – maybe it‘s strange
A flower‘s blossom in it‘s twilight age
Moving pictures through my mind
Dyed in facets from a world behind

I sense you, your aura
Like from another world a thousand moons away
Obsession, like rapture
Constant companion, my guide through night and day
A thousand moons away

Lined up futures in a row
Memories could have been ages ago
Floating whispers in the air
Do you originate from here


Human

Music by David Merz & Jana Frank
Lyrics by David Merz & Jana Frank

A word from my mouth
A glimpse to my right
Care has been taken to blacken the light
Angst-ridden lies
Ill-fated guise
like a thief that has stolen the night

I am the sinner, and the shamed
I am the guilty Pleasure to blame

Are we equal
We are human
Aren’t we equal on the inside
No-one is equal, we are human
We are the others walking side by side

A second too long
An unblinking eye
Dried out and blurry the sight of the blind
Back to the wall
To fight or to fall
Where is the right place and when is time

The dark side in person, a scapegoat in the game
Perverted monster – ain‘t we all the same

We cannot change it
we can‘t escape it


The perfect empire

Music by Jana Frank & David Merz
Lyrics by Jana Frank

Fallen, revived – Like a phoenix born in ash
Burning golden – Tasted trouble and pleasure on my flesh

A neverending quest now ended by eternity
The perfect empire crumbled into bliss

Hold on liberty – Hold on happiness
Don‘t hide away from the light
Embrace the fortune, shine in white

A neverending quest now ended by eternity
Just hold on, please go on, liberty
The perfect empire has crumbled into bliss
Oh, hold on
Let‘s count on happiness

Hold on, don’t hide, don’t hide, from the light
Hold on liberty – Hold on happiness
Don‘t hide away from the light

Hold on – A neverending quest now ended by eternity
The perfect empire crumbled into bliss


Hope

Music by Jana Frank
Lyrics by Jana Frank

When winter‘s gone, the snow starts to melt
The trees outside are getting greener
I will release all my hope and the heat,
I hold in my heart, that‘s what I dream of

I promise I will show you the sun in my soul
And I will try to recapture your spirit, I am losing control

I want to feel your heart beating next to mine
And I will heal all the tortures of our times
So give me your sorrows, I will toss them away
Tell me your dreams and I will make them real today

When love grows deep, the walls start to crumble
And passion will fill your lifetime
You will release the sadness and pain,
replaced by my garden of sunlight

I will dry, brush away all the harm
that drips down from your soul
And you will sense the reasons for love,
it‘s a feeling that will grow

Hand me your sorrows, I will toss them away
I‘ll tell you my dreams and you will say …

And if you wonder is salvation a sign
I will be the answer – slowly – time after time you will be mine

So lay down your sorrows, I will kiss them away
Tell me your dreams and I will make them real today