Destrier

by Agent Fresco

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Agent Fresco's anticipated sophomore album, entitled Destrier, is out now!

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released August 7, 2015

Music by Arnór Dan Arnarson & Þórarinn Guðnason
with Hrafnkell Örn Guðjónsson (Pyre, Bemoan and Mono No Aware)
and Vignir Rafn Hilmarsson (Let Fall The Curtain)
Lyrics by Arnór Dan Arnarson

Destrier was recorded at E7, Ginger Palace, Hljóðriti, Orgelsmiðjan, Ómstöðin and Finnland Studios between September 2013 and December 2014. Produced by Agent Fresco & Styrmir Hauksson
Engineered by Styrmir Hauksson
Additional engineering by Bergur Þórisson & Þórarinn Guðnason
Mixed by Styrmir Hauksson at Ómstöðin Studios
Mastered by Glenn Schick, gsmastering.com

Art direction & graphic design Dóri Andrésson, andresson.com Photography Marino Thorlacius, marinothorlacius.com
Model Heba Eir Kjeld

Agent Fresco
Arnór Dan Arnarson vocals
Hrafnkell Örn Guðjónsson drums / percussion
Vignir Rafn Hilmarsson bass / upright bass
Þórarinn Guðnason guitar / piano / programming
String arrangements Viktor Orri Árnason & Þórarinn Guðnason Strings performed by Viktor Orri Árnason
Brass performed by Bergur Þórisson

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Track Name: Let Them See Us
Carry me
Now, more than ever
Thin are breaths of crimson air

Cover me
With fallen feathers
Skin the last of heavens glare

Color my
Gloaming eye
Be the gush of moaning flames

Release the restless roam in hands
Arise all limbs of sin to the highest fall of man

The beast walks with me
Track Name: Dark Water
We hold by skinny hands
Trying to warm what age has chilled
Weary wintry lands
Where breaths collapse, arise and thrill.

Our sighs fly high above
The sea leaves salty licks and pale lips for the weak
We no longer let us love

Be the end of heartache…
Be the end of heartache…
Be the ember
Anew us
This dark water drags us together

Hope cracks with every breath
We’ve bathed our eyes on darkest shores
Crude waves with lengths of death
Washes over us once more

Our sighs fly high above
The sea leaves salty licks and pale lips for the weak
We no longer let us love

So linger
Let the worst of us collide
So linger

Be the ember
Anew us
This dark water drags us together
Track Name: Pyre
I see your ghost
It finds no rest
Leaning close
From crest of bed

“So lonely is the night, pull me in tonight”
Loneliness has…

Chest races
My best evades
Tongues will climb
And we taste escape

Own me for this night
Hold me close tonight
Loneliness has only shown me I can’t let you go…

Tainted nails paint the red of tails
You’re guiding gust through every trail
Writing lust through every trail

Deep screams underneath these sheets
Pull us tautly
Leave us thrown
Haunt inside me
Leave us thrown

We both belong to longings of past
Can you see the pyre below?
We both belong to longings of wrath
Can you feel the fire grow?

“Lonely is the night, pull me in tonight”
Loneliness has only shown me I can’t let you go
This burning paints us wet with silhouette sweat
Own me for tonight
Hold me close tonight
Loneliness has only shown me…
Loneliness has only shown me I can’t let you go
This burning paints us wet with silhouette sweat

We both belong to longings of past
Can you see the pyre below?
We both belong to longings of wrath
Can you feel the fire grow?

Loneliness has only shown me
I can’t let you go
Slowly show me
How to let you go
Track Name: Destrier
Sweat is thick on hide
Setting sun alights
I’ve combed each hardened hair with crooked fingers and shed my share

Tameless, still I climb
Reinless beast is mine
And we ride to face the stark blank sky

Blood is in our eyes

Blood is in our eyes
Death is all we see
Catacombs arise
Destrier and me

Galloping through night
Devastation breathes
Cannot close our eyes
Destrier and me

Blood is in our eyes

Not a word we need
Numb is a world of speed
Wild wind leaves licks of steel
When it is whistling with racing love

We won’t slow our haste
When there’s blood to taste
Let us ride to face the stark blank sky

Blood is in our eyes
Death is all we see
Catacombs arise
Destrier and me

Galloping through night
Devastation breathes
Cannot close our eyes
Destrier and me
Track Name: Wait For Me
I’ve lost control
Had the heaviest heart on hold with the weight of gold
I’ve slowed my feet on these tired grounds
Where deep dread still grows

I can’t be near
With these flowers I’ve picked, I fear
They all lost their colors
Time spread their arms toward the heavens
And bowed down to hell

Have I been giving you up for more?
Have I been giving you up for more?
Have I been giving you up for more?
We’ve all lost love
Words would be withered without you
Wait for me
Have I been giving you up for more?
You know I’m keeping you all inside this light of mine

I can’t see clear
The rage of rivers roam every tear
They all fall through vague and vast tunnels
With hurts of hatred came blinding years
Will they disappear?

I’m far away
Treading a path I’ve made
And it’s laid with stones of fallen love
I need to feel and to make atonement
Before coming home

Have I been giving you up for more?
Have I been giving you up for more?
We’ve all lost love
Words would be withered without you
Wait for me
Have I been giving you up for more?
You know I’m keeping you all inside

Will you wait for me?
Will you wait for me?

Have I been giving you up for more?
Have I been giving you up for more?
Have I been giving you up for more?
We’ve all lost love
Words would be withered without you
Wait for me
Have I been giving you up for more?
You know I’m keeping you all inside this light of mine

Have I been giving you up for more?
Track Name: Howls
I’ve escaped
Sundering the face of cadence
Impatient
to find the place where I was found

No longer skin to dull the pain
Adrenaline reclaiming aging sirens

I remember
Still I remember howls of youth
How pasture gleamed with pearls of dew
When everything was vibrant
When life would run with lawless legs to race the sun
Let’s escape

I’ve escaped
Sundering with waves of violence
Defiant
Now I’m in place and I am found
No longer skin to dull the pain
Adrenaline reclaiming aging sirens

I remember
Still I remember howls of youth
How pasture gleamed with pearls of dew
When everything was vibrant
When life would run with lawless legs to race the sun
Let’s escape

I remember
Still I remember howls of youth
How pasture gleamed with pearls of dew
Track Name: The Autumn Red
We lie here pressed by our bough and whisper
Wows that wither with every branch we break
We lie undressed and barely whisper
Wows that wither with every branch we break
The autumn red reaps more than heads
The forest falls with leaves of surrender
Let all be said before regret
These bloody bandages will bury us forever

I can’t let you fall asleep
Keep your eyes on me
Keep your eyes on me
Can we all agree
Our dreaming tree bleeds

I can’t just let you fall asleep
Keep your eyes on me
Keep your eyes on me and please
Can we all agree
Our dreaming tree bleeds

I can’t let you fall asleep
Keep your eyes on me
Keep your eyes on me
Can we all agree
Our dreaming tree bleeds

I can’t just let you fall asleep
Keep your eyes on me
Keep your eyes on me and please
Can we all agree
Our dreaming tree bleeds
The autumn red reaps more than heads
The forest falls with leaves of surrender
Let all be said before regret
These bloody bandages will bury us forever
Track Name: Citadel
Be the last length of strength for me
Be the last line of walls and defense for me
Be the last length of strength for me
Be the last breath of wrath and revenge in me
Be more than us
Be powerful, patient, proud

And end the slaughter
Track Name: See Hell
I woke up with charcoal hands
Clouds of grime crimes crown their hatred
Fingers bound by iron bands
In palms they stay clenched through the night

Wounds are green, neglected while I
visit never-ending scenes, where the frenzy speaks
Words of just repeated till bloodlust floods us

We open up to see hell
Keep my teeth so deep into the lips where fury cries;
“I want to see hell”

Pour your oil into their lungs
Let it boil black, blistered tongues
We both know nobody returns home from war

We open up to see hell
Keep my teeth so deep into the lips where fury cries;
“I want to see hell”

I know my hands still reach for hell
Should I feed them the fire?
I know my hands still reach for hell
To condemn or to crown?
To condemn or to crown?
To condemn or to crown?
To condemn or to crown?

Drops of bleach, discolor their eyes
Leave them never-ending seas of uncertainty
Still we know nobody returns, home, from, war.

To condemn or to crown?
When will metronome count alone?

We open up to see hell
Keep my teeth so deep into the lips where fury cries;
“I want to see hell”

I know my hands still reach for hell
should I feed them the fire?
I know my hands still reach for hell
Should I feed them the fire?
I know my hands still reach for hell
should I feed them the fire?
I know my hands still reach for hell
See Hell
I know my hands still reach for hell
should I feed them the fire?
I know my hands still reach for hell
We’ll leave you for now
We’ll leave you for now
We’ll leave you for now
We’ll leave you for now
Track Name: Let Fall The Curtain
Seats are rusty wails
There is no light
There is no north
There is no guide
He’s no more
Never did his tongue pave roads for us
To mend his broken heart
When golden tears crescendo
Let fall

The curtain calls your name
They waited then
They’ll wait for now
Your time on stage enslaved forever
Let fall
Track Name: Bemoan
I don’t know if I know you all
But our blood and our battles still bind us
Why have you come and why have you brought our uninvited fears?

And I know faith can’t help but fall
For our phantoms grow taller behind us
Can’t even see the white skin of walls
They’re far too many here

When will they leave me in peace?
When will they leave me in peace?

Nightly hours bemoan
While demons roam inside my home
Nightly hours bemoan
While demons roam inside…

It’s every time when I lay to rest
Within these waves with a call for surrender
The quiet sun claims no aching steps
They’re all still here

Nightly hours bemoan

Will tomorrow come with no one else, but me?
In this house of drums, they’re all I hear and see
Don’t let them ring the bell of age for me
Don’t let them ring the bell with hearts debris

When the pale appears
Their cries are enough to echo nightly skies
Erase sunrise and cloud the clear
When the pale appears
Their cries are enough to echo nightly skies
Erase sunrise and cloud the clear

Nightly hours bemoan
While demons roam inside my home
Nightly hours bemoan

Will tomorrow come with no one else, but me?
In this house of drums, they’re all I hear and see
Don’t let them ring the bell of age for me
Don’t let them ring the bell with hearts debris

Will tomorrow come with no one else, but me?
In this house of drums, they’re all I hear and see
Don’t let them ring the bell of age for me
Don’t let them ring the bell with hearts debris

Don’t let them ring the bell of age for me
Don’t let them ring the bell with hearts debris
Track Name: Angst
These words wear subtle wreaths of sweat
When will they reach reset?
Detest this helpless lull of fear
Beset the angst in tears
Forevermore leave my heart
Leave my heart
Track Name: Death Rattle
You are mine and I am yours
Stars have darkened
We eclipse

Let your eyes rest forevermore
Leave the battle at your lips
No longer you carry me through the fiery flames
We roar, no more

Mountains once so undeterred
Now, but broken, blackened ribs
So real…
Can your rattle be heard?

Oil arises deathly kiss
Lungs of night breaths beds of mist
Love fades before my eyes
Sorrow celebrates your sounding ail
So now, exhale

You were mine and I was yours
Nothing ever stays the same
What was mine is nevermore
As the bell tolls out your name

No longer we cover loss with feathery shame
They soar, no more

Can I conquer all with words?
Am I crowned with wreath of wings?
So real…
Can your rattle be heard?

Wept in mane a thousand tears
I can’t reclaim those blinding years
Hate has bereaved me
Sorrow celebrates your sounding ail
Track Name: Stillness (Bonus Track)
We have slept with waking eyes that calmly quiver
Dear are desolated nights
We’re all there is

We let the sorrow sing
Through the stillness
Conquering
The sunken sun inside us will follow the hollow
For sorrow sings…

We have celebrated death, our fallen feathers
Reminding us each day is best
We’re all that’s left

We let the sorrow sing
Through the stillness
Conquering
The sunken sun inside us will follow the hollow
For sorrow sings

We’re greeting the grief tonight
We’re bleeding by bitter bites
We’re screaming with heights tonight
With open strings

The sunken sun inside us will follow the hollow
For sorrow sings