Sketches Of A Renegade

by Jay Fraser

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"hugely needed, freshly invigorating" - 9/10
- bluesrockreview.com (US)

"brilliant" - 4.5/5
- tomatrax.wordpress.com (Aust.)

"a breath of fresh air"
- pigeonnote.co.uk (UK)

"Nauwelijks vier nummers staan er op deze ep met Jay Fraser in de rol van verhalende troubadour, enkel met instrumentale begeleiding van zijn akoestische gitaar."
- rootstime.be (Belgium)


Nine months since the release of his colourful long player 'Buildings of Dreams' Jay now kneels before the altar of the blues with stripped back tales of a renegade.

The 4 tracks capture Fraser's solo performance live off the floor at Wavelength Studios in Doncaster (UK) and were intuitively engineered by renowned folk/roots producer Keith Angel (Kate Rusby, Martin Simpson, John Boden, John Tams, In Fear Of Olive). Fraser says of the EP, "the songs are dark and gritty, and I love that about them".

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released November 17, 2011

All songs written & performed by Jay Fraser
Produced by Jay Fraser & Keith Angel
Engineered & mixed by Keith Angel
Recorded at Wavelength Studios, Doncaster UK.


www.wavelengthstudios.co.uk
www.buildingsofdreams.com

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Track Name: Devil's Play
There’s lightening on the ridge and thunder in his heart
as lions close in around the fire after dark
He, the sinner man hangs from a judgement post
With fire at his feet and his head plagued, full of ghosts

Oh, oh... now his judgement has come
Oh, oh... now his judgement has come
A broken man, beaten down by devils on the run

Overhead vampires circle in the sky
craving for his blood for this poor boy was born to die

A war for his soul breaks the heavens from the earth
Vultures peck his eyes while his guts are tossed into the dirt

Oh, no... now his judgement has come
Oh, no... now his judgement has come
A broken man, beaten down by devils on the run
Track Name: The Dark Wood
Step out of the firing line
Into a beam of pale moon light
Lift your head its time to howl
Hear it echo now

Dodge a bullet but don’t break your neck
From the wreck by hand you’re led
Lift your head its time to howl
Hear it echo now

Fighting for your life how your body shakes
Running from those monsters - do what it takes
Oh, I need a witness

A lone wolf stumbles through the dark wood
To the valley of death where his home once stood
Lifts his head and cries a howl
They've killed his spirit now

Fighting for your life how your body shakes
Running from those monsters do what it takes
Oh, I need a witness
Track Name: The Taunting of Del Toro
If you should desire to know what its like to pine
Well then lose your legs but keep your mind

Or if you should desire to learn how to sigh
Well let them cross your heart and then hope to die

If I was to take all that I want
I’d be freaking out
Or if you were to give all while I taunt
I’d be breaking down
Breaking down

If you should desire to sacrifice your soul
For warm shoes and blankets when you’re outside in the cold

Or if you should desire to never grow old
Well this life will break you my dear, and that can’t be sold

If I was to take all that I want
I’d be freaking out
Or if you were to give all while I taunt
I’d be breaking down
Breaking down
Track Name: Breaking the Reigns
He’s stealing an eye for an eye
He kills or he dies
each day he rolls the dice

His ceiling is crumbling away
He’s changing his name
He knows a heretic’s pain
He’s a renegade breaking the reigns

He’s a renegade out on his own
At will he turns a man into stone

In feelings he puts not his trust
He's owned not by lust
Lets nothing rest on luck

He’s reeling under the rain
No stratosphere claims
Or breaks his soul unstained
He’s a renegade breaking the reigns

He’s a renegade out on his own
At will he turns a man into stone