Ocean Spirit

by Gus By Heart

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"Ocean Spirit" is the first full-length album from Gus By Heart, the alter ego of acclaimed Swedish singer and songwriter Gustav Svedung. Following up the 2012 EP "Rather be Singing than Thinking", this release offers a more direct and somewhat rougher sound. Featuring both haunting piano ballads and full indie rock tracks, the music is still centered around Gustav's singing voice, which is sounding even bigger than before. The band backing it up is made up of Martin Öhman (Klabbes Bank) on drums and Edvin Edvinsson (Fibes, Oh Fibes!) on bass, alongside guest appearances by many other talented musicians (there's even a string quartet!).

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released October 8, 2014

Written & performed by Gustav Svedung

Additional musicians:
Edvin Edvinsson, bass
Martin Öhman, drums
Daniel Skoglund, guitar & background vocals
Adna Kadic, lead vocals
Anna Engberg, strings
Johannes Tärk, percussion

Recorded by Kristofer Göransson, Gustav Svedung & Johannes Tärk
Mixed by Gustav Svedung
Mastered by Hans Olsson Brookes

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Gus By Heart Gothenburg, Sweden

Gus By Heart is the work of Gothenburg based singer and songwriter Gustav Svedung.

The four-track EP ”Rather Be Singing than Thinking” was released in 2012 and got recognized in a lot of places. It was often compared to the sound of Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and The Tallest Man On Earth.

The new album is called "Ocean Spirit" and was released on October 8, 2014.
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Track Name: Believer
Tell me all about believing
Tell me everything you know
So if I make it there,
if I once see it for myself,
I will know what it's about

I have walked over the mountains
I have sailed across the sea
I've been searching,
I've been looking for that place,
I've been looking everywhere

No pattern I see
No marks in the tree
No shapes in the clouds
No light in my eye
No star in the sky
No reason in sight

So, tell me all about believing
Tell me everything you know
So if I make it there,
if I once see it for myself,
I will know what it's about

Behind the colored curtain,
an empty space
Beyond the music,
a silent place

No pattern I see
No marks in the tree
No shapes in the clouds
No light in my eye
No star in the sky
No reason in sight

So, tell me all about believing,
'cause I really want to go
Yes, I will make it there
and I will see it for myself
and I will know what it's about
Track Name: Train in the Sky
On a train to see a distant place
Bought no ticket in advance
Fell asleep as soon as we rolled out of the station

In my dream I saw a woman's face
She looked old, but still so young
She called out my name and grabbed me by the hand

Suddenly skies appeared,
we were flying through the air
I looked for the ground below,
but it just wasn’t there

Fast awake! ”May I have your ticket, sir?”
My dream was dead and gone
Somewhat sad, I never got that lady’s name

Standing on the back of the train, watching the tracks disappear below my feet
Looking out in the cold, dead night
I’m gonna lay it all, gonna lay it all behind
I’m gonna lay it all, lay it all behind
Lay it all behind...
Track Name: Way to Fade
I saw the beaten one
I watched him fall
Left with the fear of becoming a fading one
Out of the light, into the grey

We called for another fight
Show must go on
Stakes are high, winner takes it all
No time for losers in our show

You wrap it up and send it off for distribution
You pay someone to make it look real good
You make a noise, provocative and populistic
You post it to your blog
You take off all your clothes and start a minor riot
Despite the fame, you’re only human after all

Some say ”We will never learn”
Some say ”We are doomed
to smash our heads against one another,
to race for the top and never be free”
Track Name: Belong
I believe
I belong
I believe
I belong

Here
With you
By your side
In your arms

Day and night
Night and day
Day and night
Night and day

No fear in my heart
No load on my soul
No black in my sky
No shadow on my ground

'Cause I've been walking the garden where love is
I've been sleeping with heavens above me
I've been hearing the birds, their story
I've been watching your eyes, their glory

I will never need nothing more than this
I will never ask for another wish
I'm just gonna lie down and close my eyes
And go to sleep by your side...

I believe
I belong
I believe
I belong
Here
Track Name: Daybreak
Trees are growing in my yard again
Growing high up to the sky
Rising up against all evil men
Standing tall and reaching wide

Planes are flying across the ocean
Bound for London and New York
Filled with spirit and devotion
to teach a different kind of walk

Let go, let go, let go of jealousy
Look me in the eyes
You're holding the key, your remedy
A love that never dies

See the golden new horizon
A shining queen in the Far East
Warm our hearts, ease the tension
May the daylight never cease

Let go, let go, let go of jealousy...

Trees are growing in my yard again...
Track Name: Follow the Sparrow
I head out in waters of amber
I leave all behind
I'll drop you a line by the end of november
I'll be so fine

I walk through the meadow
I sleep on the ground
I follow the sparrow
I'm guided by her sound

Southbound, I'm running away
Away from this cold night
I'll return with a brighter day
I will bring back the sunlight

These are my anxieties
My old and innermost fears
I look for the sun in a big, grey sky
But nowhere to be found
Nowhere
Nowhere

So I set sail in the evening breeze
I'm sailing away
Release the stern line, please
I'll see you in may

Don’t be saddened by my leaving
I’m still your beloved friend
I just got to get away from this feeling
Get away from myself

I walk through the meadow...
Track Name: Days of Sadness Times of Peace
We went out walking
In early may
We started talking
Along the way

The salty waters
A southern sun
Your older brothers
My only one

In days of sadness
Through times of peace
My streak of madness
Your soothing breeze

The turning season
The traveling star
I don't need a reason
I'll be where you are

In days of sadness
Through times of peace
My streak of madness
Your soothing breeze
In days of sadness
Through times of peace
My streak of madness
Your soothing breeze

I won't be leaving
I'll stay right here
I trust this feeling
I have no fear
Track Name: Me and My Guys
Open my eyes in the hour of sunrise
Entering life once more
Dreaming is nice, reality somewise
Entering life by default

Me and my guys got a thing of our own now
Hiding away from you all
Leaving this place, walking away now
Walking away from it all

Farewell to you people
Farewell to you all
May the good Lord watch over you
I've seen what you're made of
and what you can do
Yes, I have seen the things you do

No one will smell the trees or the flowers
growing inside of our yard
No one will hear this music of ours
Playing inside of our hearts
Playing inside of our hearts

Farewell to you people...

Open my eyes in the hour of sunrise...
Track Name: All I Need
It's not all that much I am asking for
It's not all that much I need
It's not very many things I dream of
It's not very many things at all

It's not how you always have known me
It's not what I was like in the past
It’s not even something you have seen in me
It’s not really like me at all

Still in those eons and seconds
When I heard your call
Got all that I need in your presence
You bring it all

Ocean wide
Sea and sky
Reflecting in your eyes
Moon and sun
My only one
Fills my mind with stillness

Not any of the items in their window
Not any of the pictures on their wall
Not anything they can offer me
Not anything like that at all

Lost in those eons and seconds...

Ocean wide...

Moon and sun
My only one
Sea and sky
Ocean wide
Track Name: Your Kind
Can you feel how everything just, tick-tack slow?
Every time we meet in places like here
Though it’s really long since we spent time
I still can hear every sigh in your heart

So you ask, what changes have I made since last time?
What about love and friends and hopes and plans and dreams
Well you know, some days have passed me by
but I have not found any more of your kind

Though some time has passed
I sometimes wonder why our story did not last

Will you be a shadow in my past a ghost
Haunting me tearing my mind in pieces
Will you be a mirage to my eyes
Since I have not found any more of your kind

I’ll walk along
I’ll keep it up
I’ll do my time