Midas Rise

by Joseph Ruddleston

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"The sun will set. The sun will always rise."

'Midas Rise' is Joseph Ruddleston's first studio album, with ten unique tracks of intimate, honest projections.

"It’s not just about changing. It’s about learning, developing, forgiving, knowing more than you knew before. It’s about feeling all that you’re given and letting it move you, instead of holding you back.

It’s a paradox of strength and weakness in human relationships, and of a gift and a flaw in personal analysis. But the hardest one to figure out is moving forward by remembering it all. The beauty, the beast and the broken trail you leave behind you.

King or cottier, a person not only grows from their strengths, but also from what they learn from their weaknesses."

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released December 5, 2015

Music & Lyrics: Joseph Ruddleston

Co-producer/assistant music director/musician: Robert J. Mills
Backing vocals: Lexi Scherr
Backing vocals: Jerzy Jung
Musician: Andrew Keeble
Drums/percussion: Oskar Häggdahl
String Quartet: Violin 1: Hannah Yang; Violin 2: Laura Channing; Viola: Hanna Khogali; Cello: Clare Durgan

Management: Millennial MGMT
Recording Studio: Fireplace Studios, NY

Fireplace Studio engineers: Joshua Sadlier-Brown, Jayson Taylor, Rene “Dezzy” Desrivieres
Wax Studios engineer: Robert Strauss (Strings)
Mixing/Mastering: Joshua Sadlier-Brown

Album Artwork Design: Brandon Elrod

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London-based Folksinger-songwriter forever making the Atlantic commute for love, music and the pursuit of bliss.

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Track Name: From The Embers
I'm looking well ahead, as far as I can go,
I follow where you led, but slowly on my own,
Wait for me, I need company,
Sometimes you do too,

I wish I never knew all the colours I cannot see,
I've pulled myself apart and now I cannot remember where everything should be,
Maybe so, but give me one more go,
And I'll create another shade of me,

It's nearing summer now, and my stitches closed the wounds,
I've got friends about, all gathered in one room,
But even now, I couldn't tell you how,
I cast my curse away and found another way to be.
Track Name: Mango Hill
When I'm buried under, alive and buried under,
I'll move to Mango Hill,
Now that I think about it, I wouldn't know to find it,
Took far too long and still mid-spring is in your hair,
Blanket bound, what a day to

Run for cover, under blue and green,
Eyes changing focus on our back, leaning inwards,
Alone on Mango Hill,

Right within the city, alive and in a hurry, hurry,
Lines form to join the lake,
But we're across from getting lost, fresh lemonade and honey,
I'm counting on a Cake for when the moment comes again,
Not a sound, smiling as we

Run for cover, under blue and green,
Eyes changing focus on our back, leaning closer inwards,
Light over Mango Hill,

You kept me after all,
You kept me after all,
As we run for cover, under blue and green,
Eyes changing focus on our back, leaning inwards,
Run for cover, under blue and green,
Eyes changing focus on our back, leaning closer inwards,

Alone on Mango Hill,
Alone on Mango Hill,
Alone on Mango Hill,
Alone on Mango Hill.
Track Name: The Pearl With No Earring
I want just to talk with you for some much more than this,
Like when you sat, to sketch my shoe,
Beside the road but in the green we both so sorely miss,

I want just to cover you in one single lavender kiss,
For all the marks, across the blue,
From wild and wishful lips, we know the meaning of a distance,
The other side of bliss,

But you've got me and you have me and I am yours,
And you've seen me and you see me and I'll be seeing you more,

I've found the tide within my tea, it's high and heaven's near,
Forget your magic medicine,
Tell me where you're headed and stare right into your fear,

Finally it's back to me, I know myself once more,
But tables turn and buildings burn,
And I know we're not the people that we once were going to be,
Or ever were before,

But you've got me and you have me and I am yours,
And you've seen me and you see me and I'll be seeing you more,
And I'll be seeing you more,
Track Name: Catharsis
Send me straight to bed,
Sleep on what you said,
I know, it was a long day,
And I know, we weren't thinking,

Never used to cry,
Now every long goodbye,
I know, it's a catharsis,
And I know, it's just my tiredness,

Send me straight to bed,
Sleep on what you said,
I know, it was a long day,
And I know, we weren't thinking,
Track Name: My Friend (What I Owe To You)
My friend,
What I owe to you,
That touch you don't give out unless it's true,
The sorrow wasn't sweet,
Never quite complete,
Even through the winter and when the year is new,

I'm here,
Steady as a lake,
Reeling in the ropes of my mistakes,
Watching for a note,
Remember how we wrote,
You'd see me off to bed,
And I'd greet you as you'd wake,

I cannot heal your pain,
Draw the poison from your vein,
Yet still I don't forget you in the end,

Still,

Still I know my friend.
Track Name: All The King's Memories
I must have missed my chance to feel welcome,
In any case I've found my shelter for the night,
Show me the time that I might leave early,
Why should I wait for morning to show mercy with the light?
Why should I wait for anything at all?

Throw me a bone that I will see it buried,
Not just today but all the days that I remain,
I jump the wall and what puts me back together,
Is making promise after promise I will never jump again,
And making certain I am grounded after all,

I should have known, I should have known better,
Now looking back, I should have done so much better,
Not that it helps, I should've known in an instant,

All the King's hopes and all the King's memories,
Lost in the laundry run but never gone for good,
I've tried to cope, forgetting so contently,
Somehow I treat my love like I said I never would,
Sometimes I wonder why I even love at all,

I should've known, I should've known better,
Now looking back, I should've done so much better,
Not that it helps, I should've known in an instant,

Not that it helps, I should've known in an instant.
Track Name: The Silver Salute
Gather all the paint and all the
Praise that you can find,
And light the dark,

Cornerstones and microtones,
It's filling up, I'm feeling it,
At the start,

Wait for it, due now,
Wait for it, any second now,

Cleverly, embroidery,
Emblazoned on the wall,
One long work of art,
Gather all the lanterns,
And the streetlights combined,
To fuck up the dark and

Wait for it, due now,
Wait for it, any second now,

Show them what you've done,
Now the dark is gone.
Track Name: The Golden Lament
Here on the grass where my love does rest,
I will lay myself beside,
And I will watch as our hands grow cold,
As the sun bows to the night,

Still she remains in her Sunday best,
As her eyes are fastened closed,
Still I cannot bring myself away,
While the dawn begins to show,
Darling, never will I go,

Fill up my head with her fantasies,
So she always will live on,
Lord, you don't know what she meant to me,
You would not believe,
Or she wouldn't yet be gone,

Here on the grass where my love does rest,
I will lay myself beside,
And we'll look up at the sea of gold,
And the sun bows to the night.
Track Name: Corner Baby
Must I leave my knees so weak,
Must I fall for you once again,
I've no company I'd ever rather keep, my love,
Than the arms that knew me like you did then,

Will you have me on first sight,
Will you hold out what I lost,
You know intentions were held so close on the flight,
Now I wanna feel them warm, warm again,

Just to lift you up, Corner Baby,
Featherlight in your head,
Looks like we're finally looking steady,
Don't you think I aught to get to you,
To you,

I look alive, I feel alive,
I look the part but I'm surely not,
If only you could've seen me,
I'm not so comfortable all over the inside tonight,
That's not the way you thought I'd be,
No, no, no, no,

Take me over there where you fed me,
Choke to cheek as it snows,
The place to ourselves, we're ever so ready,
Don't you think a night is overdue,
Don't you think I aught to get to you,

Will you have me on first sight,
Will you hold out what I lost,
Now I wanna feel them warm,
Now I wanna feel you warm,
Now I wanna feel your warm.