Utøya EP

by Western Haunts

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It was just last January that Western Haunts released their 2nd full length album Shed Your Summer Shell, receiving critical praise and national CMJ radio airplay. This summer stirred by the tragic events that took place in Norway and Japan, Western Haunts returned to the studio to record new material and release the Utøya E.P. in honor and celebration of their friends and family whose homes were impacted by tragedy.


released October 22, 2011

Horns on Sakora:

Scott Morning - Trumpet
Matt McDowell - Saxophone



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Western Haunts Seattle, Washington

Western Haunts’ KEXP-approved dream-pop sound is a call to Midwestern revival, drenched in reverb and the haze of psychedelia and shoegaze. Across two EPs and their recently-released debut album, the Seattle quartet have slowly sharpened their sweeping harmonics into something that’s nothing short of gorgeously gauzy. ... more

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Track Name: Pharaoh
Bones of the pharaoh are showing
The Horizon glows, an uprising grows
Bones of the pharaoh are showing

Growing eye of the storm is blowing
The Horizon glows, an uprising grows
Battle cry in our blood is flowing

Bedouin wives with wildfire eyes calling
Full moon rise and lone wolf cries howling
Red Seas rise and waves capsize the fallen
Baptized by the wildfire eyes

We're live with wildfire eyes
Live wires and battle cries
We're live with wildfire eyes
Track Name: Utøya
Oh Utøya, Lost island
Oh Utøya, Rise up from the sand

Bow Our Heads
But remember to stand
Karl Johan, Flood the gate with beds of roses

Oh Utøya, Young island
Oh Utøya, Rise up from the sand

Oslo roses bloom new children
Lille land protect from poison
Of the fires from false messiahs
Young sons lost they will inspire
Track Name: Sakora
Most of the time feeling restless
Burnt out like wild grass fire
In with the tides of the ocean
Out like a candlewick wire

Sea blistered ruins of the city
Stampede of waves with bull's horns
Then suddenly floored by the fury
That acts of god seem to inspire

Rising Sun
Holding on
How will you care for me
Flooded sea
Will you remember me

Bright petal clouds of Sakora
The flower whose blooms wash away
Uprooted lives won't deter us
The Fallout of neon lit days

Sea water shower me
And settle my core
Crumbling Babylon, brittle as bone
Steam hissing rapidly
It seeps out my pours
Battle oblivion, off Sendai shore