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The Magma Chamber

by sfiiinx

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Eel 04:30
The course of the creek often takes me To float from the fringes From the heat But sometimes it works to grease the hinges To free the eel like thing from where it’s taken to nestle within me All slither, voltage, electricity So that I must sit, sleep, eat with the beast Until it’s seen, sated, feasted Only when I get to the gravel, the grit, the pit of it Does it seep out of me Like a selkie from a green sea Does it seep out of me Like a selkie from a green sea Until it goes, you must know How it moves, how it grows As you don’t know, until it goes I’ll tell you How it moves, how it grows How I walk with it Perched on my shoulder A feathered thing How it’s talons grip Tight Gleaming How I get it from my body, from my blood, from my bones Like a stone it won’t draw It draws slow And then seeps out of me Like a selkie from a green sea And then seeps out of me Like a selkie from a green sea
The tie you tangled into a noose Now wears you too tight But too loose to succeed Stainless and clean But not lost on me Allow me my anger too Allow it to simmer And to sooth not yours But my wounds Too soon, I’ve seen the ghost of you Now you creep among the living How could it be, death to undo Icarus And Lazarus too Fly into the fire And fall scalded and bruised But how do you rise on the fourth day From your tomb Icarus And Lazarus too Between the pit and the pendulum How am I to know which is you?
Flux 02:57
With you comes the flood Swallowing the sea walls As we fall Not under, but in And I won’t hurt you But you don’t trust me Do you With you comes the storm so fierce Rips through the town Silences the street Still it won’t sleep The quiet of the city Is deafening and bleak When the snow has melted Then we’ll speak
Womanchild 03:12
Oh the innocence, the cavalier womanhood Oh the trusting eyes of a womanchild Never did I know how sweet she did look How could she have known What he could take he took But I had mastered the art of speech with a severed tongue I could cut a fable precociously young As sharp as a tack, I grew to outsmart the enemy A sixth sense, it guarded me Oh the innocence, the cavalier womanhood Oh the trusting eyes of a womanchild Never did I know how sweet she did look How could she have known What he could take he took Oh strong and steel and sharp Is the wire round me Winded and binded, for safety But how do I free the frozen sea Trapped inside me Oh the innocence, the cavalier womanhood Oh the trusting eyes of a womanchild
Precipice 03:47
Only the birds roam the streets now Silence the stranger reigns Nothing to be got or gained Only but shadow work waits Nothing to be got or gained As we behold the parade On our ghostly terrain Where we once stood Where we once stood I’ve never been to the precipice And nor have you What is it to bathe in an eerie bliss What is the darkest depths of the blue That you’ve ever seen Only in Eden could it grow this green But if we are to trade in truth To be alone Is to be alone with you Silence unknown Enveloping Deafening Hear it ring
Rosebriar 02:32
There it lies, hearth of the home Beware it’s thorns, they’ll cut you so But it’s love is pure Poison it may be If I prune it with heed, it sustains me There it lies, frosted in ice It’s lost its glow, it’s lost its bite But it always grows back Fierce it thrives Poison it may be If we give it light, it can learn how to breathe Harvest and harness it All the love, rip through me Enveloping as a velvet sea All the love, rip through me Enveloping as a velvet sea
Shipyard 03:22
I would rock you to sleep But you wouldn't hear the melody We both know you and I Songs travel neither beyond the skies Or where the corals lie I find myself Chasing your shadows To walk as you I must remove Each poison thorn of pride From my side The thorned crown Of resentment too To love like you Fierce and wild and true I no longer build ships to wreck But to sail into the blue


Ergodos is proud to announce the release of "The Magma Chamber", the debut record from sfiiinx, an avant-pop ensemble performing the music of Irish composer-vocalist Síobhra Quinlan.

The sonic world of "The Magma Chamber" is by turns delicate, shimmering, propulsive, and combustible. Quinlan’s vocals soar above and weave within the intricately scored ensemble textures, offering rich lyrical imagery infused with mythological motifs.

Whilst perhaps relatable to both the chamber pop tradition of Joanna Newsom, and the post-Impressionism of Toru Takemitsu, "The Magma Chamber" is, above all, a song cycle of striking singularity and charisma.

"The Magma Chamber" was recorded intermittently throughout the pandemic with an ensemble of luminaries drawn from the worlds of classical, improvised, and indie music.

Working in various studios in both Ireland and Iceland, Quinlan produced "The Magma Chamber" in collaboration with producer and sound engineer Adrian Hart (IRL, Crash Ensemble, I Draw Slow, Nava), and sound engineer Albert Finnbogason (ISL, Grísalappalísa, Sóley, Damien Rice, Gyða Valtýsdóttir).

Quinlan likens each song in the cycle to excavated artefacts: “These seven songs pull on various threads that were tangled together throughout my twenties. In unearthing and unravelling these threads, each song revealed itself as a little piece of archaeology, small gems of mental excavation.”

She continues: “I offer up this collection of work as an intimate, honest, vulnerable and visceral encapsulation of my inner-world, bookending the past decade. It was a true privilege to collaborate with such a cracker of a team in bringing these compositions to life, and I’m thrilled that my debut record has found its musical home in Ergodos.”

The music is accompanied by equally vivid visual components: a selection of still images created in Iceland in collaboration with Reykjavik-based artists Juliette Rowland (photographer) and Darren Mark (fashion designer), and an extended music video (visual album) by filmmaker Laura Sheeran, shot on location at Middleton Park House, Westmeath, Ireland.

Stream visual album: tiny.cc/ergodos34video

The creation of the music on this record was supported by a Music Bursary from The Arts Council / An Chomairle Ealaíon.


released January 20, 2022

Music, lyrics, and vocals by Síobhra Quinlan, with:

Nick Roth – saxophone
Dewi Jones – French horn
Dylan Lynch – drums
Kevin Corcoran – piano
Claire O'Donnell – harp
Maria Ryan – violin
Cora Venus Lunny – violin, viola
Lisa Dowdall – viola
Yseult Cooper Stockdale – cello
Aran O’Grady – string arrangements (tracks III, VII)
Michelle O’Rourke – vocal consultant

Produced by Adrian Hart & Síobhra Quinlan.
Recorded by Albert Finnbogason & Adrian Hart.
Mixed and mastered by Adrian Hart.

Music recorded at Hellfire Studios & Temple Lane Studios, Dublin, and an array of home studios in Dublin and Reykjavík, between 2020 and 2021. Mixed and mastered in Dublin, late 2021.

Stills photography shot in Iceland by Juliette Rowland, featuring fashion design by Darren Mark.

Extended music video (visual album) directed and edited by Laura Sheeran, featuring dancer Lucia Kickham, and fashion design by Darren Mark. Shot on location at Middleton Park House, Westmeath, Ireland.


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