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Thousand Yard Stare

by Stephen Hummel

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watching the people go by fading into the city is this what she wants? how did it come to this? thousand yard stare a lighthouse in the trees over and over over and over it all falls to pieces slipping through the crowd dissolving in the rush she's not here anymore how did it come to this? thousands of stairs a lighthouse in the trees over and over over and over it all falls to pieces
Found 06:29
I found me inside of you
Coming Down 11:17
oh, can you feel it coming, baby? oh, can you feel it coming down?
feeling so small used to be tall nothing at all hitting the wall taking the fall nothing at all missing the call learning to crawl nothing at all when everything is said and done where will we be? how does it end? when everything has come undone where will you be? where do I end?
Make It Stop 08:59
breathe it in bring it down shake it off let it go bring it here force it down push it hard show it off feel it move take it out shut it up make it stop
eyes open hands closed tight around the rope spinning she touches the ground bare-feet on the sand hot sun beating down she finds shade in the tall grass lost to the world she slips away into the trees cooler now and darker still she hears the sound of water fast and deep she finds the edge where the land gives way to the stream cupping her hands she drinks the water cool in her mouth the world spins her chest burns she is falling the stars above and the earth below she reaches for the rope that is not there opening her mouth to scream but sings instead a song strange and beautiful as she opens her wings to fly she turns around and there he is standing in the road arms reaching the air electric bees buzzing by the roadside he is gone through the door and it locks behind him with a click that echoes off the buildings that surround her slipping through the crowd dissolving in the rush thousands of stairs a lighthouse in the trees she starts to climb but gets nowhere looking up she can see the waves crashing above her feet planted in the mud at the bottom of the sea she feels her roots digging deeper as the earth rises beneath her she is a flower on a mountainside reaching for the sun tiny creatures explore her deepest parts and steal her secrets night falls and the moon rises closer than ever before she finds the rope and climbs toward the light she opens her eyes to the morning


Thematically darker, with passages of cathartic energy, "Thousand Yard Stare" is Stephen Hummel's followup album to "MELD" (released in 2012). Showcasing a more stripped-down aesthetic, "Thousand Yard Stare" was born out of late-night drum machine jams, arranged live and then punctuated with sparse vocals and layered synth lines. Hummel's hands-on production approach lends the album a physicality and live energy throughout.

These mixes are the high-res masters and FLAC listeners will enjoy 88.2 kHz / 24 bit fidelity.


released February 10, 2015

Written and produced by Stephen Hummel

Mastered by Shahin Al Rashid at Medicine Man Mastering


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Stephen Hummel Vancouver, British Columbia

Music has always been a central part of my life. Over the years, as I have developed as an artist, my music has become the primary filter through which I process my experiences and emotions. My creative approach is to use the recording studio as an instrument of expression - to use technology as an extension of physical performance. Improvisation is always a core part of my creative process. ... more

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