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H.L. Before I turned irrevocably to the dark side of metal I listened mainly to gothic, electronic or darkwave music. There are only few remains of this phase today, but I never lost sight of Monica Richards and her work. This compilation swings between electronic tracks and ambient ethereal pieces, some even reminding me at Faith and Muse. Favourites: "We are the Mighty, remember!" and "A strange Offering". Favorite track: A Strange Offering.
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Monica Richards & Anthony Jones: AESTUARIUM


The first full-length release from the artists together, the title means water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it that flows out to the open sea… When Anthony Jones reached out to Monica Richards about doing a special live show together, neither one had any idea how far this idea might go… and their collaboration, like the title, allows for their singular talents to flow together.

Anthony Jones is a versatile artist with a phenomenal voice, best known for his performance art project MONASTIC. His cover versions of Suicide Commando’s “Love Breeds Suicide,” and L’ame Immortelle’s “Love is Lost,” and vocal contributions to :Wumpscut:’s “Killuh,” has exposed Anthony to a larger European audience. A long time Faith and the Muse fan, as well as a close friend of singer/composer Monica Richards, Anthony wrote her about playing a live show in San Francisco in 2016. The two began to chat back and forth about their mutual admiration, and a new duo emerged.

With Anthony's solo albums featuring old world instrumentation fused with darkwave synths and beats, and Monica’s solo work in such a similar fashion, it was very easy to merge their musical styles to create some new songs for their performances. And now with their very first European show at the 2018 Wave Gotik Treffen, they decided to put out a special CD featuring some of their song fusions. The CD was called SYZYGY, an astronomical term for an event in which one astronomical object is lined-up with another, as the Sun and the Moon.

Their first musical merging happened when Monica added her piece “The Mighty” from her solo album, Naiades, to Anthony’s “We’re the Vikings, Remember?” from his own album, Guardian of the Wolf. The subsequent combination, which they titled for this release, “We are the Mighty, Remember!”, became a sensational live piece. This made them join together other songs, with Monica even singing new variations from her work in Faith and the Muse.

Aestuarium features the release of two new songs, Avalon and Petrichor, as well as some incredible collaborations. Each song featured may have its beginnings in Anthony’s and Monica’s earlier works, but the final result is something altogether new.

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released October 31, 2019

Credits are available track by track. All Vocals by Monica Richards and Anthony Jones. Mixed and Mastered by Anthony Jones and Daniel Price.

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Original Painting by Louise Patricia Crane
Graphic Design by Monica Richards

Song Image Designs by Monica Richards

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Best known for her musical work as half of the critically acclaimed duo, Faith and the Muse, and her own solo releases, Monica is a composer, writer and artist living near Los Angeles.

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Track Name: Avalon (Aestuarium)
They say you need a sword to rule this land
And the king who wields it has the kingdom at his command
But those who rule by the blade shall fail
In their violent pursuit of the unholy grail

On to Avalon, where we belong
On to Avalon, where we belong
Let's Go
Over the Lake
Let's Go

All the magick has left this solemn place
It's now a worthless world of pain and waste
Time to depart, it's time to leave
To the island where we can forever grieve

On to Avalon, where we belong
On to Avalon, where we belong
Let's Go
Over the Lake
Let's Go

Sorrowed for it all, since the fall
Of The Old Ways and The Blessed Days
Now just death, as the kingdom takes her final breath
Take your final breath

On to Avalon, where we belong
On to Avalon, where we belong
Track Name: We are the Mighty, Remember!
Ripped from the root:
I am with you

I feel her alive and venus behaved
Magic the guide to expect as she makes her entrance -
Did you not bask beneath my gaze?
Oh the wind can cause the rails to creak like a ship in Arctic duress
Then a slavedancer, beaded and perfumed
Metal-cold bracelets upon each battered wrist -
The question of my deity rewarded
With every wave of her hand to the audience

In 200 AD, I am yet just and fair in the language of trees
A soldier in respite while they plotted my death
Then a simple Bard shackled yet still able to sing
Trimmed, and perfect and haven't eaten in three days
I know what it is to lose my heart
Now reaching up to that lovely, lovely place
Where all answers await capture
Believe in Me
And I'll take you with me
----
Are we defined by misunderstandings?
A thousand or more Chant the All
The Mighty Rise and Fall
Rise and Fall
Track Name: Thalassa... Bliss is this Drowning Moment
Here, thoughts cling airborne
To a sea of voice so glorious; mesmerizing
This is my body; this is my inner mind
What lies beneath my eyes
Discarded years of elemental faith
Beckoned to a watery embrace
With love upon his face
My appetite's unchanged
Sink into dream; these enchanted depths
The realm of muted wisdom
Slowly descend; trust ignites the darkness
And bliss is this drowning moment
Believe me I am sorry
To charm with bitter eyes; mesmerizing
Careless magic turns upon itself, washed down in ritual
The coin and prayer can't feed the wishing well
The silence glistens on my skin
The water urges charity
I crave a grander offering
My appetite's unchanged
Sink into dream; these enchanted depths
The realm of muted wisdom
Slowly descend; trust ignites the darkness
And bliss is this drowning moment
Here I remain
This is my body; this sea my inner mind
Find comfort in my arms
Winds beckon above the surface
Storms wane forsaken
My gaze is baptism; mesmerizing
Come to me
Greet me with open arms
Mesmerizing
Track Name: In the Dominion of the Furies
When you left our Sun did set for all time
But from my love there’s no escape you are mine
And if you take my hand I will bring you into
Pull you in to my Dominion
My Dominion

My heart, my soul, my body was yours for all time
But our love and death is there within the stars
You’re still mine
And if you take my hand I will bring you into
Pull you in to my Dominion
My Dominion
Track Name: Branwen in the Temple to Burn
O my dear brother I am damnified at Caer Siddi
For mine husband hath this twelfmonth treated me with cruelty
Albe to please thee I didst cheerfully accept his proffred hand
I was ne'er wary he was ruler of y Uffern land
For when his gastful subjects they didst first espy hir friendless Queen
Eftsoone they wept for I to them was noughte but a living thing
Hence with despight his consorted kingdoms stony heart eshewde
And I am thrall'd to sufferance in poverty and servitude
For I am one of three great queens of the Cymry
Loneliness
Patience
Wisdom
Happiness
O my brother thou art King of y Island o the Mighty
Alfeare of thy rage hath placed silent sentinels at Caer Siddi
Ynow for bane or worse that may betide I send my gentle bird
Whilst I bemoan mine outcast state tho hold my tongues unthrifty word
And I am one of three great queens of the Cymry
Loneliness
Patience
Wisdom
Happiness

In the sands, you said you felt free
That this somehow led you back to me
But time and again you left me playing the fool
Now I know that your heart is cruel

You should have left me
In the temple to burn
Should have left me
In the temple to burn

Will the desert call you back, my friend?
Then will you feel the same about me once again?
But I won’t be here waiting for you
The fires have come and they will burn me through

You should have left me
In the temple to burn
Should have left me
In the temple to burn

Loneliness
Patience
Wisdom
Track Name: Lureinlay Lament
Long have I dwelt o'er the
Realm of the Drowning Man
Still I was empty...
Long have they been dashed against my shores
Still I was waiting...
And to my wat'ry depths they sadly sank
And I was sinking

I put them all to sleep
One touch of my voice
Then dead at my feet
It was nothing...

In the early hours
A grey dawn misty morn
The turning tide
Surveyed with flooding eyes
The sky breaking through
The morning silent

And yet I hear the sound
The faintest beat
Of heart that sank itself
Beneath my waves
There was something...
I realize I'm nothing like my kind
Your heart is still beating

(Ocean lament, hear, hear me.
Lost in your waves, send him your waves
Send him waves, ocean.)

You gotta sing out strong
You've got a voice that melts the glaciers down

Keep your heart alive I'm almost there
Keep your heart alive and I'll bring you home
Track Name: End and Begin
Through the cracks in the wall I'm going back to Nature
Through the holes in the floor my roots search for the waters
Along crumbling brick I'm building back my forest
Over collapsed walls I'm stretching myself homeward
To me
To me

The trees are burning and the wars unseen
What we know and what we believe

As the sidewalks break I'm dropping down my anchors
Along rusting wires I'm stretching out my fingers
From the rotting beams I'm reaching towards the answer
Upon broken glass I may walk forever
To me
To me

The walls are blurring and the lines between
What we know and what we believe

Leave a bounty of fruit at the bottom for the cinders
When the oceans die, your tears will fill the rivers
Track Name: The Colder Sun as My Guide
Guide me to your galaxy
Where your star shines brightly

Lead me to our destiny
Where our stars shine brightly

Wake me from this fantasy
Where my star shines brightly

A thousand dreamers crept as one
Journey’d by the Colder Sun

Stars fall on me
Your star falls on me

We are Divinity
We choose to be
Track Name: And then I Remembered… Salem
You know this.

You know this.

It’s in her eyes.

It’s always been there.

I have no reason to tell you one more time.

Your conspiracy theories all too human, still she destroys your homes, your cities.

The faceless judgement spins onward and outward spreading their mental illness.

The emotional jungle builds all around you.

And civilization will change to its deepest core.

Nature will rise and heal herself.
Nature will rise and heal herself.


So now that you're done with me
You think I'll go so easily
You don't know me well
I've clawed my way back up from hell
Accuse me of all you will
It doesn't matter what you do
I will be here still
even if you

burn me, I rise with the fire
hang me, I'm free if I desire
drown me, I control the see
kill me, try and kill me.
Bleed me, I can stand the pain
break me, I'll never admit the blame
damn me, in hell your face I'll see
kill me, try and kill me

It's double double and you're in trouble
You're never gonna figure out this puzzle
This isn't some practical magic
I've seen your fate and it is tragic
Track Name: A Strange Offering
There's something strange about you
But that's a good thing
What they don't know about you
I can see
And when no one is around
I know you're magic
You speak to animals
And they understand
I I was you
I was there
It feels like lifetimes ago
When there was music in my head that no one else could hear

There's something strange about you
But that's a good thing
What they don't know about you
Is their loss
And when they laugh at you
Make you feel worthless in your own skin
They don't know you're going to do some amazing things
You are me
You are here
It feels like ages from now
When your strangeness turns to strength
And it all becomes so clear

Everyone is lost until their heart is found
Everyone feels weak
Everyone breaks down
Everyone needs love and a place to call their own
Everyone is tired
Everyone feels totally alone

They say we're the Strange Ones but we are the lucky ones
We grew up stronger
We grew up knowing what the others take their lifetimes to understand
There's nothing strange about us at all
Track Name: Petrichor
Sitting here as the crowd flows by
People flowing like water
Like tiny stars towards the universal light
Our lives flow along something great and unseen

Where have we been going all this time
Just close your eyes.

People flowing like water

I just need a moment.
Just close your eyes.
And we will all return

(We flow
We breathe
We laugh
We fall
We burn
Always we return)

Where have we been going all this time
Just close your eyes.

Cities growing like the wind
Rising up and gone again
Like the scent of desert rain
The sand will cover us again

We are all just tiny cells
Flooded by our raw emotions
Our anger is an energy like fire
Destructive and all-consuming

Where have we been going all this time
The Secret Garden…
I just need a moment.
Shhhhhh…
Just close your eyes.
And we will return
Something in you something deep remembers…

Sitting here as the crowds flow by
People searching for answers
Drowning as they see different colored skies
Addicted now to cold attention

Where have we been going…?
We flow
We breathe
We laugh
We fall
We burn
Always we return

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