Released

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'Released' is the debut album of Ocean Iris: a 14-song compilation which lyrically spans the strings of dischord, harmony, and a desire for connection, which are woven so intrinsically across the framework of adolescence and growth.

All songs written, performed, recorded and mastered by Elise Beckman, 2015.

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released May 24, 2015

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'Ocean Iris' is the musical identity of Elise Beckman, singer/songwriter and artist living in southeast Michigan. Her songs relate to themes of connection and identity within the human existence, of living amidst the vastness of the oceanic universe, and of the beautiful spaces that breathe within us all. ... more

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Track Name: Apparition
Something’s happening... it’s happening to me.
I know, something’s happening to me!
because when i walk the light rains down in a beautiful sheet,
and all i notice from the echoes of my eyes is the wake my atoms leave.

i said something’s happening, i can hear it when i speak,
and all my words get caught up on lines,
yeah they’re floating like angels out of me...
and there are dreams shuffling, shuffling, shuffling away
on the atmosphere! and in the distance, is it you i hear?

well look here comes another lover, look here comes another lover, look here comes another one who’ll look right through you,
look here comes another lover, look here comes another one,
he’s leaving...

sun pressing down on all sides, holding in a million tethered lights, ecstatic souls like static touch me and walk by, it’s their beautiful goodbye... and all the people passing by, they try to hide,
they try to hide, but there is something: the most beautiful things...

I am wandering with ambulating light... in the invisible sea...
...they’re looking right through me
Track Name: Firelight
You felt the fire’s light...
you watched the stars come out tonight...
in the distance, a sudden existence-- soft resistance...

you watch the fragile flame...
and you know that this is why you came...
the fire’s motion, a burning ocean of pure emotion.

when you listen to me,
when your eyes shine like burning waves, colliding in the sea,
when you can’t contain the dusky glow that burns within your being, you’ll come to me. you’ll come to me...

from the depths of another moonless night...
felt it pull you from the darkness to the light...
fire burning, this tide is turning, but soon returning.

when you listen to me,
when your eyes shine like burning waves colliding in the sea,
when you can’t contain the dusky glow that burns within your being, you’ll come to me, you’ll come to me
Track Name: New Ion Sun
Walk through the dark, all the light you’re holding in,
all the sparks that you conceal to shield your skin.
i see you walk, i hold a question but i don’t know where to begin...
was it dark that let me hear the rising wind? or was it storm...

fast reflections flash before, break the silence of your shore,
fragile motions as you hear the nearing of the downpour,
but there is friction in the air now,and a storm is moving in,
as i’m watching for the signs that you might be giving in
to the storm...

charged ion particles they’re swimming to your shore,
charged ion particles, they’re searching for something more--
but is there more? is there more, something more!

...

is it you or is it me? should we stick around and see?
as the air that blows the tidal waves is rising, threatening,
every breaking of the water that is breaking through your door;
every flash of swift connection, questions,
with the answers waiting for:

for the charged ion particles, they’re swimming to your shore,
swift collisions in the air as they are searching for something more,
for the element combustion waiting in the lightning of your eyes,
for the endless sea vibrations, for the shifting of the tides,

the new sunrise! new sunrise, morning rise up morning,
rise morning rise.
rise, morning rise, morning, rise to the day...
rise, morning rise oh don’t you every go away,
from the light i finally found here, in the storm we sheltered in,
from the oceans that collided, from your tenderness in skin,

our tide rolls in... as light shines again and again...
our tide rolls in... as the light shines again... our tide rolls in.

this light shines again
Track Name: Temporary Song
Song, anything gone, will go on, will go on.
it’s a temporary song, to turn along, but then it’s gone.
there’s a whistle in the breeze, as it tries to turn the leaves
into a song... it’s a temporary song, i saw you!

saw you on your own,i saw you turn into a song,
it’s a temporary turn to say but the words just fade away,
i saw you walking through the leaves, i saw you talking to the trees,
i saw you-- saw you saw me--

i saw you crashing like the waves, an eternity to save,
a single song crashed through your days,
the ocean turned to walk away, you turned to stay.
you said goodbye to the tide, you tried to see:
through the animal light, you saw me shifting like the waves.
i saw you shift, straight-forward gaze, i saw you.

walk down brother, you’re guided to another
to find your other home,
will you walk down brother and fly to another
to find your other home?

i saw you walking through the leaves,
i saw you talking to the trees, come talk with me
by the sea, by the temporary breeze--
turn the sound to another channel, see
how the light grows soft, in this temporary sea, i find you.

walk down brother, you’re guided to another
to find your other home, i find you--
walk down brother and slide to the other
side of your stereo, i find you--
walk down brother and fly to another
to find your other home, i find you--

ooh... saw you saw me, i find you
in this temporary sea, and you find me
Track Name: Pantheistic Being
He is a pantheistic being, was born inside a dream,
he believes: in everything he meets an entity is released to the sea...

he was the lover in the stream, in his reflection he saw her--
and the water-pearl she wore.
in the most majestic trees, he recognized her:
their promise made before...

the goodness two can seek, as warm compassion speaks,
through gentle forms; the woods enclosed their place,
as every move they make, the wisdom of the shore.

surrendered to the beach, he’ll walk beside her, into the waves.
and everything he sees, through eyes as vast as deep: eternities...

inseparable in space, surrounding their embrace, the ocean’s core... the lovers’ hands will trace the wonder all contains,
and kneels before...

he is a pantheistic being, was born inside her dream, he believes:
in everything he meets, an entity is released to the sea
Track Name: Birds (Iridescence)
Miles and miles away, there is something clear,
and i saw it in your face, iridescence, in that smile--
i watched it fly from you... in that moment, i could see
miles of warm eternity...

there’s a bird i recognized in the light as you traveled by,
and there was a kindness that circumscribed that miles that disappear. and i wanted to speak, but there was something:
and this smile illuminates for you.

the bird in your blue eyes likes the dawn,
the bird in your blue eyes, that came to sing his early song.
a thousand separate lives, in his energy: as he turns to me! iridescence, like the shore, eyes of wonder like we’d met before...

the space between our wings... the space between our wings,
and the light it brings. and tell the bird who softly sings,
and all he sees: as he turns to me!
iridescent energy, i hear your songs, and i believe.

miles and miles away, there is something clear,
and i saw it today, in that warmth-- another wing of my kind
Track Name: Mirrorsphere
Walking in a raincoat, but there’s no rain,
and i can hear the world inside wanting to breathe.

walking in a raincoat, beneath the perfect sky,
i stare up and wait for its cry. despite my empathy,
the rain refused to fall.

the earth is a beautiful place-- so wide... sometimes,
i feel like i don’t know where you are.
the earth is a lucid stage-- divide... each side is a narrow cage,
but then, where am i? where am i...

i’ve known thieves, and i’ve known places,
and i’ve known leaves that have fallen, graceless, from--
but they’ve only known pieces of me...
on the ground, so many traces, reflecting their lives,
oh but they could never see the entity in me.

oh, the earth is a beautiful place. so wide...
its a fragment place, searching for some fleeting reason to hide... outside it’s a gathering rain-- so fine... it’s a fragile plane for you and i. until we hear its cry...

walking in a raincoat, when the water came,
i searched for its synthetic veins.
protective structure, was lost in the rain.
and every droplet that trickles down my face:
a sphere and a mirror of space;
the place you stand with me; the light
pervading all.

and i, can hear the echoes in your eyes.
and i can feel the world coming alive, inside
Track Name: One Talisman Eye
Oh, time... it’s going under.
oh, time... under the sea waves.
oh, time it pulls me up, so i could feel like any rope could cross eternity.
oh, time turnsthrough this landscape.

oh, you! you’re talking in numbers, oh and you! you circumnavigate. but the light on the ground could be lost above a cloud, unless
you turn today... and the light weaving down
will trace your face, until you turn away.

oh, this time it’s a confidence i soon would sail to miss,
and then be sad.
oh, this time it’s a raw defense i’d turn this tide
to kiss these honest hands!

could you wash my hands, oh by the sand?
could you wash my hands, the salt drips to the dusty land.
there is beauty in the sea, it swells inside of me.
there is beauty in everything, and it’s in me.

oh, this time there’s a flight to fill this empty space.
this time there’s a warmth that we should radiate.
oh and this time there’s a light your eyes communicate,
and it tells me very soft, it’s not too late: for you...

and the sea, it’s watching over me,
tossing white with its one talisman eye, it turns eternally
Track Name: Solace Pantomime
I do not speak, but do i seek you,
walking on these lines to meet you,
every though so beautifully contained.
there were footsteps in the leaves,
there was time left to believe
in the everything your song was meant to bring.

in your beauty sing, bring me a song...

well try to speak, i do entreat you,
walking on these lines to meet you,
will you seek-- a moment’s left to say...

well, i veered off to the seas,
heard your promise on the breeze
of every simple song the sun’s retreat could bring.

in silence, sing!
(in this solace pantomime, your song was yet to find,
when all i wanted was a sanctuary sign!)

i do not speak, but true i seek you,
watching the horizon, every waves’ retreat
can never be the same.
incandescence left a burn when all i wanted:
to return to all the lines you left in sand to comfort me.

ooh, bring me a song-- in this solace sea, you’ve captivated me...

every line now washed away
with every sign of subtle play in light,
the shore’s retreat could never be to blame.
entire nations strive to be the single circulating sea,
could turn this silence into something else to me!...

you do not speak, i cannot reach you,
watching the horizon greet you,
every though so beautifully contained.
well, i tried to fill the seas for you,
i tried to make believe, but only beautifully composed foot-tracks remain. in your beauty, sing-- bring me a song
Track Name: The Lost Song
Walking in my room, i wonder what’s keeping me inside.
where i don’t feel anything-- what it means to be alive.
try to make you understand, but every time
you’re looking right through me, like i don’t have any thoughts.

but i do... oh, i do love you... and it’s strange, yes indeed oh but it’s true... but it all gets broken up inside. and i don’t know why.

looking at the moon, there is so, so much space left to assume--
ooh, anything could float away.
look you in the eye, and i could easily deny-- ooh, everything.

but i don’t know what’s true, in the dark spaces
and the shadows in you, what is wrong what is right and what is pure? and when this song hits the light then i’ll be sure, and i’ll be gone.
or else be lost inside.... hide!

walking in my mind, i know i tried, but it’s like you never knew me,
and i don’t feel anything for you at all. look you in the eye--
resigning thoughts! hiding questions behind the moon.
how could i know the reasons why?

ooh, but i don’t, and yet i do,
when my love is so wise and so true,
and it’s so hard to run away but when i do,
and when this song hits the light then i’ll be sure,

and i’ll know: that i don’t owe you anything
Track Name: Making Sense
Straighten up your mess-- where do you feel like you went wrong?
and it’s not your best. but it’s a little bit better,
but does it all make sense? i guess...
does it all make sense? guess not.

i was wrong, i know you feel like hanging on,
but i know that you’re not that strong.
and i’m tired of this setting, yeah, but does it all make sense?
i bet that this will all make sense--

oh when you see where we went wrong, see where you were wrong, see where you were wrong, wrong, and i’m gone. i’m gone.

you make your bed, fold the surfaces where you sleep
but you lost what you would keep. and it’s a little upsetting yeah
but does it all make sense? not yet... when does it all make sense? when did you find yourself so alone? no one to be home?
no one to belong to, and i’ll sleep better when i’m free...

so what’s next? i know you feel like hanging around,
but go back with your friends. they’ll help you sleep a bit better, yeah, but does it all make sense? well yes. i hope it all
makes sense, to think we’ll be much better off...

alone. (i know)...
i think it’s time we were getting on, time to move along, time to turn ourselves along, and i’m gone! i’m gone!

hope it all makes sense, or better yet, you should do your best, to
let it rest
Track Name: Oxygen Depletion
Silence at the start, at the thought of you that gathers on my inside. and in silence we part, with the breath that moves to carry you away.
if not for you... if not for you, then fade away... okay...

song of the way that two molecules might balance for an instant,
but these motions separate, send arrangements into
patterns of escape!
if not for you, every part of me would long to be
with the atom of your disguise.
if not for you, every face would be the strings of me still wanting
to replace.
it’s the great reaction, it’s the great handshake, then separate.

something at his side, a second shadow hides
from the mirrors of my outline.
and there’s songs in his eyes, but it’s the silence
that is keeping him away.
if not for you i would not have seen the silent dream
in the blue that jumped in after...
if not for you, through the greenest light, recognized
your fragile eyes in shape.

but i will never stare too long at the hopes that blind my insight.
and i will never tear at the bonds that hold my elements in place.
yes, and i will never shake my lungs with the ones that hold their breath-- rise!
and i will never break into the air that held your oxygen away!

it’s the great refraction, and it’s this dream that was keeping me awake! and this state of inaction remains, and was keeping me in place!
and it’s silence as it starts! yes, it’s silence as it starts, without you!

yes, it’s silence as it starts, past the part of you that hollowed
at your inside. and in silence we part, with the dream
that wholly vanishes away.

the space between every particle is the solitude
that offers up my insight.
the space between... every breath we ever take
Track Name: Two Good People
He watches out his window view,
through the darkness that’s frozen in his mind.
he watches out into the street,
but the beauty and the light that resides inside of every passer-by... pass her by... passing by... deflects off of his eye.

she wanders out into the rain, after hearing the birds
from outside her window, she feels the water in her veins,
and every broken branch returns the echo which eludes
her silent night... her silent night... and she will fight...
and she will fight, from the solitude of sleep.

but she has mirrors in her eyes, every time she sings.
but he’ll climb out onto the rooftop when it’s dark,
and he’ll stare out from his back into an ocean made of stars,
and he’ll sing: “two good people can be two good people apart”.
and he’ll sing well, ooh...

but i’ve wandered to the sea: this is what it means to be alone.

well, the story’s just as beautiful with two good people
falling out of love, nobody right or wrong, just wingflaps of the dove,
fade out of sight, into the light...

but i’ve wandered to the sea. this is what it means to be alone.
and i’ve wandered to the sea. this is what it means to be alone.
and ive wandered to the sea! this is what it means to be alone!
and i’ve wandered to the sea, this is what it means to be my own!
and i’ve wandered to the sea! this is what it means to be alone!
and every shore and open stone alight, aglow with wonder!
this is what it means to be alive! a sea of mirrored lives,
and every heart is part of me!
this is what it means to be alive!
this is what it means to be alive!
this is what it means to be alive... this is what it means to be alive
Track Name: Released
The hollows of your chest pulled like strings of broken nests,
holding tangles of a place, trailing ribs of endless space,
homeless bones once strung in air that felt more buoyant
in their blessing, only tenderness, centripetal, could take me in its hands of sight... i flew with you so i could see
the deep and hollow waves still holding me.

and the hollows of your cheek feel still hollower in me,
subtle pressure on my eyes, petals clinging to the sight of
your solitary stride to catch the edges of my pride,
wrapped around your forward limbs: hold my elements
with strings inside, rise, holy ocean tides sigh,
to feel the sweet promise of release in me...

close the ribs of endless space in me.
tape the threads of an eternity.
to wrap them twice around my skin again.
fill these hollow bones from within.

and the hollows of your chest unraveled strings of broken nests, releasing patterns from inside me, holy visions and inseparable sight.

silent seas believe in me, and i can feel
all the cold and clearest streams; sleeker lungs to breathe,
saturating everything, and gleaming with satiating flight...

cupped up to the light i see my hands as calm transparencies,
these barriers are thin: drink the water through our skins and oh
the halos of his chest await, like golden nests of endless feeling,
water that's inside me is a sign of soft and endless healing,

i drift awake from sleep, i hold my hands up to the light, released