Dark Horse

by Biggi Hilmars

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released October 31, 2017

All songs written, arranged & produced by Biggi Hilmars, 
except Detached co-written by Maria Kjartans & Calm co-written by Scott Twynholm. Imagine written by John Lennon.

Words by Biggi Hilmars & Maria Kjartans, except Freedom Is A Distant Dream & Protection by Biggi Hilmars, Calm co-written by Scott Twynholm & Imagine written by John Lennon.

String arrangements by Biggi Hilmars.
Brass arrangements on Spegilmynd & Protection by Veigar Margeirsson. Brass arrangments on Freedom Is A Distant Dream, Grow, Dark Horse, Calm by Biggi Hilmars.
Brass arrangement on Dark Departure by Arnar Guðjónsson.
Piano arrangement (outro) on Freedom Is A Distant Dream by Scott Twynholm.

Recorded at Aeronaut studios & Herbergi 7 at E7 studios by Arnar Guðjónsson & Biggi Hilmars, Reykjavik 2014-2017. Drums, brass and woodwinds on Grow and Spegilmynd recorded at Orgelsmiðjan by Magnús Öder. Drums & percussion recorded by Finnur Hákonarson at Finnland. Piano on Freedom Is A Distant Dream, Dark Horse & Calm recorded in Glasgow. Soft Entrance mixed by Biggi Hilmars.
Mastered by Finnur Hákonarson at Hljóðriti. Grow mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon studios in London.

Biggi Hilmars - vocals on all songs, piano on all songs except Grow, Feedom Is A Distant Dream and Spegilmynd, electric piano on Protection, Dark Horse and Dark Departure, electric guitar on Freedom Is A Distant Dream and Imagine, acoustic guitar on Grow, Detached and Imagine, synths on all songs except Grow and Spegilmynd, bass & percussion on Imagine, programming & arrangements on all songs.

María Kjartans - vocals on Detached, Grow, Spegilmynd & backing vocals on Calm & Imagine.
Arnar Guðjónsson - bass on Detached, Calm, Protection & Dark Departure, backing vocals, bongos, autoharp & synth on Calm, electric guitar on Protection and Dark Departure and synth on Dark Departure.
Haraldur Þorsteinsson - bass on Grow.
Hallgrímur Jón Hallgrímsson - drums on Grow.
Kristinn Snær Agnarsson - drums & percussion on Freedom Is A Distant Dream, Spegilmynd, Dark Horse, Calm, Protection & Dark Departure.
Hallvarður Ásgeirsson - slide guitar on Freedom is a Distant Dream.
Sigtryggur Ari Jóhannsson - grand piano on Grow & Spegilmynd, synth and Yamaha CP-70 on Grow.
Scott Twynholm - upright piano on Freedom Is A Distant Dream & Dark Horse.

Strings performed by:
Hallgrímur Jónas Jensson - cello on Imagine & Detached.
Karl James Pestka - viola on Detached.
Margrét Soffía Einarsdóttir - 1st & 2nd violins on Imagine & Detached.

Brass performed by:
Jóel Pálsson - saxophone & baritone saxophone on Calm & Protection.
Óskar Guðjónsson - saxophone on Grow and Spegilmynd.
Kristjón Daðason - trompet on Grow, Spegilmynd, Dark Horse & Protection & trombone on Freedom Is A Distant Dream & Dark Horse.
Einar Bjarni Björnsson - trombone on Spegilmynd.

Artwork photography by Maria Kjartans.
Cover design by Isak Winther.

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Track Name: Freedom Is a Distant Dream
Freedom Is a Distant Dream

All across the universe
Someone’s watching over us
We might not share the same believes
Yet we sleep at night and have our dreams

Now is the time to face our fears
The streets are filled with blood and tears

How did this war begin ?

A country once so beautiful
Has turned into a hell, what for ?
Everywhere there’s people suffering
Abondoned children hurt and crying

How did this war begin ?
Track Name: Grow
Grow

We are born...again 

Then we grow 

Then we learn 

Then we love 

Then we fight 

We get hurt 

And we cry 

We forgive 

Then we find 

And we stay 

And we live 

Then we die
Track Name: Dark Horse
Dark Horse

Came into this world
uncarved little souls
excited to explore
and find out who we are

I'm becoming strong
can view what is beyond
Feeling that I belong
It's who I have become

Together we will ride
and leave no trace behind

It's my time to choose
the darkest horse I'll find
Together we will ride
and leave no trace behind

Together we will ride
and leave no trace behind

Don't underestimate
the life that we will make
This journey will be long
but it will make us strong

We share our heat and sweat
Have no time to rest
We give it all our best
competing with the rest

I guess I lost my strength
I’ve been in angst and pain
You've carried me all this way
it did lead us astray

You have to carry on
leaving me behind

Together we will ride
and leave no trace behind

No matter if I'm lost
You're the darkest horse
I will ever find
Track Name: Detached
Detached

I am awake, you are sleeping
Try to wake you up, you're still dreaming
There is something in your smile,
I sense that is fading
Caught by the fear, I feel that you're changing

Where are you now ?

I'm still awake, helpless I call
sense that you're dreaming, not hearing at all
There is something in your smile,
I sense that is fading
Caught by the fear, I see that you're changing

Where are you now ?

You know that I love you, please come back
You know that I need you, back on the track

I'm still awake, helpless I call
Know that you're dreaming, not hearing at all
There is something in your smile,
I sense that is fading
Caught by the fear, can feel that you’re changing

Where are you now ?

You know that I love you, please come back
You know that I need you, back on the track

I am awake, you are sleeping
try to wake you up, you're still dreaming
Track Name: Calm
Calm

Looking under rocks for signs of gold
Believing all the things that I’ve been told
Always felt I had so much to prove
a manic dreamer always on the move

On my journey restless I have grown
shaking off my devils as I go
Everything around me still remains
though something deep inside of me has changed

Now I’m feeling comfortable and calm
I guess it doesn’t do us any harm

It’s alright, it feels alright…

What happened to excitement and the thrill
Feels like time is standing still
On my journey gradually I’ve grown
through people and the places I have known
Everything around me still remains
though something deep inside of me has changed

Now I’m feeling comfortable and calm
I guess it doesn’t do us any harm
Track Name: Protection
Protection

Don’t think about me
cause you can’t have me
Don’t try to fool me with your charm
If you don’t stop it will do you harm

Don’t listen to me when I’m drunk
Don’t think about me you might get hurt
You need some protection

Just let it be now
You’ll manage somehow without me
I didn’t mean to play with you
some day I’ll make it up to you

Don’t listen to me when I’m drunk
Don’t think about me you might get hurt
You need some protection
Don’t think about it afterwards
Don’t think about me

You need some protection
You really need my protection
You need my protection
You really need my protection

Don’t think about me
You need some protection
You really need my protection
Track Name: Imagine
Imagine

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one
Track Name: Spegilmynd
Spegilmynd

Líttu í spegilinn
Horfðu djúpt í augu þín
Og seg’ mér hvað þú sérð
Ert þetta þú?

Fortíðin er hluti af þér
Nútíðin er hér hjá mér
Framtíðin er þín
Þitt er valið
ó Þitt er valið
ó Hvert er valið?

Jörðin snýst um sjálfa sig
Stjörnur falla í svartholið
Máninn lýsir þér
leiðina heim

Sérðu heiminn í sandkorni
eða himinn á hafsbotni
Er eilífð fyrir framan þig
Hvað sérð þú?
Ó Hvað sérð þú
Ó Ert þetta þú?

Nú skaltu staldra aðeins við
Og líta vel í kringum þig
Ef þú lítur inn á við
Þá muntu finna sálarfrið
Eitt skref í einu framávið
Þá sérðu að það birtir til
Nú skaltu staldra aðeins við
og líta vel í kringum þig

Eitt skref í einu framávið
Þá sérðu að það birtir til

Líttu í spegilinn
Horfðu djúpt í augu þín
Og seg mér hvað þú sérð
Þetta ert þú
Track Name: Dark Departure
Dark Departure

I've come a long way
to find consciousness
I feel intense joy
increased emotion
a full blown rage

I have the power
to heal myself
to hurt myself
Am I loosing it ?

I crash, am lost again
Depression's back
and all my fears

Refuel, take off again
Just got to get away from here
Come on and join me

it's beautiful, it's beautiful…

I'm so tired of fear

I just wanna belong

I just wanna be loved

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