The Holding

by Cotton Aerials

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released October 9, 2015

Trevor O'Neill: Songs, Vox, Guitars
Sébastien Brésil: Drums

'The Holding'
was produced by Jérémie 'Poulet' Mazan with Trevor O'Neill at a studio based at ‘Useless Pride’ Records in Toulouse, France. They also make t-shirts and sell hardcore records. Nice guys.
'The Holding'…or 'Holding Environment' is a concept that was developed by Donald Woods Winnicott (7 April 1896 – 28 January 1971) an English paediatrician and psychoanalyst.
“…fostering the ability to experience the body as the place wherein one securely lives. Extrapolating the concept of holding from mother to family and the outside world, key to healthy development "the continuation of reliable holding in terms of the ever-widening circle of family and school and social life"

This concept was very present during the recording of this album.
Special thanks:
To Laure, Enzo, Molly and Nils (for their love, patience and listening to the same guitar lines repeatedly without ever complaining),
To Kathy and Mathieu (for helping to cut the songs down to size),
To Andy (for his continual and ongoing support and for getting this album ‘out there’! via ‘Fabriq.fm’),
To Jérémie (for his implication, generosity and belief in the project),
To Lionel (for his photos and thoughts on conveying ‘The Holding’ concept visually)
And finally to Sébastien for ‘Standing Tall’ over these past few years as a strong and supportive collaborator.
Copyright September 2015. Cotton Aerials (Fabriq.FM)

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Track Name: The Dark is Afraid of Itself
Once I felt you walking by the kitchen light
But when I saw you, you ran quickly out of sight
What could I have done wrong?
Should have whispered a song?
I wonder, I wonder because

I’m more afraid of myself than you

Once you came as far as the corridor
But at the threshold you were simply gone before

Before I could ask you to stay
Before I could even explain that

I’m more afraid of myself than you
It’s not fun in the dark
With no one to hold on to

What could I have done wrong?
Should have whispered a song? I wonder, I wonder
Track Name: I Hold Your Horses
I’d hold a bible
If it could keep the reins
On your heart in the dark
I hold a candle
That will not blow out
These flames that you allowed
I hold your horses
So they won’t run and bolt
And break all that you uphold
I hold a feeling
That I cannot explain
That you cannot contain

It burns out screaming
It burns out screaming

I hold your horses
Take turns but please don’t fold
It takes all that you can hold
I hold this feeling
See now the whole host
Sing my heart, let it go

It burns out screaming
It burns out screaming

That stitch in time is fine
To run free all our lives
Knots and ties won’t hold us down
All pumping hearts and cries
Just jump outside the lines
That locked us in our minds

I hold your horses...
Track Name: At the Track
My heart dreams when I open my eyes
Blinded by invisible trials
My heart bleeds when I close my mind
Chasing hilarious lies

You’ve never placed a bigger bet
Now you’re lost at the track
Of your own device

You wage the weary choices
And the people that you cling to
With stakes so high
As high as expectations fly
They fly high...

You can’t drop the pace now
Or call it off
You run for the finish line
The race never stops

You really ought to keep poised
Why just lash out meaning to?
Riding high on in betweens
Fly on expectations that dive

You can’t drop the pace now
Or call it off
You run for the finish line
The race never stops…
Track Name: The Weight
I wish I could grow wings
Every time the siren sings
Even when I try to
Taking flight is hard
Every time the siren sings
Walking down that street
It’s not simple when we
Blab and lie so you won’t stay
And pray for wings to get away
The siren sings...

The weight of my world
Is on your shoulders
You didn’t know that
I’d blind and drive you
Out of my mind

Tried to scratch you off
The picture inside my head
Tried to shake you free
Of the hell inside my dread
The siren sings

The weight of my world
Is on your shoulders
You didn’t know that
I’d blind and drive you
Out of my mind

Tried to scrape you off
The picture inside my head
Tried to shake you free
Of the hell inside my dread

Out of my mind...
Track Name: Talk 'Til Blue
You talk ‘til I’m blue
I don’t know where to turn
To reach for air, to reach for truth

Even if I poured your soul
And made you pay
You’d still find a way to say
The things that sting, that crush

Walk upon tightropes here
May as well hang from them
While I wade waters wide
With knots slick and sly
Lose my way
Stuck in standby