The World Without

by SJS

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about

SJS frontman Stuart Stawman is an English musician, songwriter and producer currently living in the Blue Mountains of Australia. With a style easily described as ‘genre-blending’, but with feet firmly planted in neo-progressive rock, the music of SJS takes in elements from the worlds of post-rock, folk, world music and modern electronic textures.

Stawman honed his studio skills as a London-based sound engineer across the nineteen eighties. Alongside encounters with the likes of David Gilmour, Tears For Fears and many more, he was in the unique position of watching Talk Talk record a project that would become the stuff of music mythology, their ‘Spirit of Eden’ album.

Fast forward and we find him combining with the talents of Douglas Skene [Hemina, Anubis), Graeme James [Tramtracks], Christopher Soulos [Espirito, Flatwound, Masha’s Legacy] and others to create a distinct, impeccably-crafted new voice in contemporary progressive rock. A voice that takes inspiration from Anathema to Zappa, from ‘Talk’ era Yes through to ‘Spirit of Eden’ era Talk Talk.

The World Without’ is infused with themes of loss, but never the loss of hope. While this musical journey encompasses the loss of relationships and meaning, the loss of ecosystems, and the loss of enchantment, it is not an album that sinks beneath the weight of the losses we face in contemporary life. Rather, it acknowledges the place of loss within a celebration of life, within a world without.

( NB There's a bonus free track available at: sjs.staw.mn )

credits

released December 8, 2017

Produced by Stuart Stawman 



Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Stuart Stawman
at Studio 29, Blackheath, 
NSW

Music and lyrics by Stuart Stawman

- Graeme James: Drums (Tracks 5 to 13)
- Douglas Skene: Guitar Solo (Tracks 5 & 7), Rhythm Guitar (Track 13),
Backing Vocals (Tracks 4, 12 & 13)
- Kevin Sale: Guitar Solo (Tracks 9 & 11), Backing Vocals (Track 12)
- Christopher Soulos: Bass Guitar (Tracks 8 & 9)
- Jessica Martin: Backing Vocals (Tracks 12 & 13)
- The Fat Cat Strings: Strings (Tracks 6, 8, 12 & 13)
- The IMN Choir – featuring Iris Pixley: (Track 12)

Website (www.sjs.staw.mn) - Jack Pixley
Graphics & Cover Design - Stuart Stawman
Acrylics & Rice - Aline Stawman
The Broken Bearings - Felix Stawman

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Track Name: No Half Measures
I heard you say,
"There's no half measures, nothing in between”
If we could start this whole thing over
From the opening scene
I would take a thread of you
And sew it through my days
You could take the rest of me
And throw it in my face
Track Name: The.Blaming.S06E01.Nobodys.Fool
He still worries about his passport photo
And the approval of a man who died many years ago
She still worries about the dress she'll wear
And all the nights she's promised him she never really cared
He hates the thought of making waves
But when he counts out the cost, it drowns everything he saves
She falls asleep thinking back to school
‘Smiles’ were two-a-penny, she was nobody's fool

The season has ended soon
Too soon
I thought this sky would last
The clouds have come undone
Begun
There's something moving fast

He carries heartache like it makes him different
Still can never find the words to tell you what went wrong
She carries daydreams and a list of questions
Living by the ocean, being swallowed by the sea
He carries shame from the school of hard knocks
The school of just desserts
She carries him, thinks it’s what she needs
She's never known the feel of people walking by her side

The season has ended soon
Too soon
I thought this sky would last
The clouds have come undone
Begun
There's something moving fast

The fields have fallen shy
Don’t cry
There’s nothing left to save
It’s all in nature’s way
The day
We moved beneath the wave

Accelerate past the stars
Too far
I swear I heard you shout
No matter how far you are
You’ll be
Within a world without

Chase the hunter

Moving slowly

Chase the hunter

Moving slowly
Stretch this moment out
Bent on heaven
In the world without

She tries to catch him out, he feeds her with suggestions,
Maybe this and maybe that, he'll always dodge the question
But then she'll argue that her honesty's a curse,
Truth has never set her free, it only made things worse
He sits in silence with his father’s smile
Some disenchanted evening with a heart shaped hole
She catches feathers on a lonely hilltop
He thinks it feeds her soul
Track Name: Circle Seat
You know we're drifting out of orbit
- You got me slipping from the thermosphere

Your smile, elliptical as daydreams
- But then these feelings go and interfere


When all the earth quakes finally finished
- The TV counted dead like counting sheep
- I still had trouble getting back to sleep

I watched the oceans growing stronger
- Then I think I fell into a dream
- Tectonic jigsaw bursting at the seams

I guess there's no one down there listening
- I'm up here watching all the lights go out
- A darkness falls across the world without


I think I'm starting to feel homesick
- My perfect touchdown that won't make the news
- A season ticket that I'll never use

But if there's really no one listening
- I'll tell you all the things I never said
- These things go round and round inside my head

Track Name: Forty Days
Hey now, hey now
It's raining, it's pouring
When you make your bed and you bump your head
You don’t get up in the morning

Hey now, hey now
It's raining, it's pouring
When you make your bed and you bump your head
You don’t get up in the morning

Chase the hunter
Chase the final drought
Move through hunger
To the world without

Chase the hunter
Chase the final drought
Move through hunger
To the world without
Track Name: Two Postcards: Canada & The Goldilocks Zone
Chase the hunter
Chase the final drought
Move through hunger
To the world without

Moving slowly
Stretch this moment out
Bent on heaven
In the world without

Watching daylight
Twisting inside out
Casting shadows
On the world without

Dancing closer
Held the race throughout
Make your move now
In the world without

Packed since midnight
10 a.m. checkout
Take the old road
Through the world without

North Star driving
Signal soon dropped out
Guess we made it
To the world without
Track Name: Air & Water
I want to see you in the water
I want to see you in the air
It’s not so easy to present my case for changing
I want to see you everywhere
I want to live under the water
I want to live under the sea
And while the rest of you all drift in to disorder
We will breed successfully
I want to live up in the air
I want to join you in the sky
And while the rest of you are tumbling to the slaughter
I want to shed these doubts and fly

I want to meet you in the ocean
I want to meet join you in the air
It’s not so easy to present my case for drowning
I want to see you everywhere

I want to meet you in the water
I want to join you in the sky
I want to feel these wings unfolding
I want to shed these doubts and fly
I want to meet you in the ocean
And I want to join you in the air
I want to summarise this message
I want to see you everywhere
Track Name: Cain & Abel
I don’t think I like this
She said, “I’m not so sure you should”
But it’s easy to remember
When you feel misunderstood

There's a robber in your heart
There’s tyre marks on the road
A river cuts the mountain
A runner takes the load

Catch the laughter of the mystic
Watching certainty arise
But no one cheers a misfit
If he only points out lies

‘Cos I've lost my faith in oxygen
I've lost my faith in love
I've lost my faith in gravity
Nothing good comes from above

I spy with my little eye
Something beginning with me
You spy with your little eye
Something beginning with you

(Start with me, start with you
Start with me, start with you)

Measure time in numbers
Measure wealth in debt
Advance two squares in peacetime
And trade up your regrets

‘Cos when home lies between fences
And when home lies between walls
It’s ringa-ringa-roses
And everybody falls

The King is in his counting house
Counting out his karma
He lived the life he wanted but
It only made things harder
Knowing what we know
We do what we do
Survival of the unfit
It’s the demolition crew
I spy with my little eye
Something beginning with me
You spy with your little eye
Something beginning with you

(Start with me, start with you
Start with me, start with you)

Could I shelter you to get even?
Its just simple mathematics in the long run
Should I run from you to get heard?
Evolution rolled the dice and missed out

You missed out

I don’t know how to dream this
She said, “Try to hear me out
It’s hard to find good reason
In the shadow of a doubt”

“When you’ve lost your faith in oxygen
You’ve lost your faith in love
When you’ve lost your faith in gravity
Nothing good comes from above”
Track Name: In My Name Pt. 2
Light
Will run to you
Slip away from you
Ah ha

Light
Will run to you
Slip away from you
Ah ha

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