Beneath the Shadow It Casts

by The Chemical Mind

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Beneath the Shadow It Casts is The Chemical Mind's first full-length album. It is the culmination of my 6 years working on the project and incorporates thematic, stylistic, and lyrical elements from each of the EPs leading up to it. It also features contributions from Sam Meador and Matthew Earl of Xanthochroid.

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released February 22, 2019

Nick Krueger - Composition, production, vocals, guitars, bass, piano, lyrics, mixing/mastering
Sam Meador - Vocals, vocal arrangment
Matthew Carl Earl - Vocals
Julie Sanders - Album art

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Nick Krueger Dallas, Texas

I'm a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. I'm involved in multiple projects spanning a variety of genres. Here you'll find releases for The Chemical Mind, We're All Thieves, and of course my solo projects.

This page is for album releases. To hear the music I've written for Backward-Compatible.com, visit my SoundCloud. For miscellaneous music, visit my SoundCloud or YouTube channel.
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Track Name: Still and Silent
If you can’t lift my doubt
I’ll drown it myself
in the sanctuary beneath the shadow it casts
where no one sees me
where I pray in supplication
where I am repelled by this glorious force

Withered skin, crippled hands
Left alone in your arms
Which couldn’t carry a sword
Let alone my cross

Stand beneath the shadow
Where I find my shattered being
Wet my withered skin
Mend my tattered, crippled hands

Be my fascination
Cleanse me of my imperfection
Cast a burning light
Realize all my grand delusions
Track Name: Saccharine Fruit
In the shadow of the sacred tree
Bearing saccharine fruit, uprooting stone
I will follow in the footsteps of
the shepherd leading me to home
where I will hear my own voice
where I’ll remember all that matters to me

Arise and come away
The tree ripens its fruits
And they give forth fragrance
Let me see your face
Let me hear your voice

If you can’t lift my shame
I’ll drown it myself
in the seclusion beneath the shadow it casts
where no one sees me
where I hear my own voice
where I remember all that matters to me

Arise and come away
Let me see your face
Let me hear your voice
Track Name: By the Footsteps of the Flock
How many shapes do you see in my face?
How many lines must you draw
before my form is rendered?
How many more before I am unrecognizable?
Were I to change them, would I maintain my identity?

Am I nothing but the formless expression of my desires?
An abstract statement of sanguine lust?
My mind presents me with no understanding
All I know is the cycle of my breath
the rhythm in my ears
and your tongue on my neck

Am I redeemed by your body?
Am I freed by your blood?
By the nectar dripping from your lips
or the wine now flowing through my teeth?

If I can’t lift my pain
We’ll drown it together
In the shelter beneath the shadow it casts
where no one sees us
where the lines of our faces blur
where our words enrapture yet repel
where we wet our withered skin
where we mend our crippled hands

Of you, nothing can be said
Of you, I can’t stop speaking
Track Name: Reflection
Your name is oils poured out
Your fingers drip with myrrh

Name him Solomon after his father
He will follow in the footsteps of the flock

Why should I look upon you?
What have you to offer me?
Track Name: Refraction
The sight never reached my eyes
The sound never reached my ears
A meager vignette
Like a faded memory
Was all I had

Come and let me see your face
Come and let me hear your voice
Come where no one sees us
Where we’ll sing aloud

Touch my mouth with your crippled hands
I need to taste your pain
Track Name: The Mirror of Simple Souls
Stand beneath the shadow
Where I find my shattered being
Wet my withered skin
Mend my tattered, crippled hands

The shadow cast by this mountain
is cold and dark

I turn my face to you
as a flower to the sun
I turn my face to you
but your gaze is fixed away

I can’t see the light
But I can find it by its warmth
I can’t see the light
But I can sleep right through the dark

Be my fascination
Cleanse me of my imperfection
Cast a burning light
Realize all my grand delusions

The shadow cast by this mountain
is cold and dark