Sea Hames

by Oceanallover

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Foaltal 02:45
Foaltal Waiting to fall foal kicking it hard getting the boot strap and leaning out sheathed in horse flesh a roan child heavy in the hoof shod and broken Hand on heart I’m no rare breed common as grass or chicken weed shoe soles of steel a studded ox keep my feet well footed and a plait in my locks
The Grass Is Dry Hay pressed into the book of summer but reading it now hard to believe a fiction in blades. The grass here died and lies indisposed upon the earth in a suspended reality between growth and decomposition. This made frame looks down as if from a great height, from heaven perhaps, where judgements are made because in hell no one cares enough. Hay to hay and grasses to grasses life moves fast and nothing lasts this grass is dry and pressed flat so add water and stand back.
Upon the back of one thought Upon the back of one thought rides an idea I thought the lack of dreaming led me to here a place with remnants lying like fallen leaves grown through and through by grass blades a lapse of time carried with force and energy both ends and means the impetus divided by a furrowed line.
Power and more to your elbow; one step, one hoof and then breathe.
Outertown 01:43
Fresh Blood 02:50
Stop Horsing Around Stop horsing around you old mule you’ll make a donkey out of me I’m yours and a pal o’ mine, oh gave me a home with a smoke controlled zone and we’ll get along just fine, so spur on the finer feelings hitch ox to share and heave power and more to your elbow one step, one hoof and then breathe. One step, one hoof and then breathe and we’ll all be merry alright you’ve got to think quick and keep moving or the neighbours will notice you’re tight stop horsing around you old mule get up, get on or get knackered bisect by quadruped motion the turf from the earth when I ask it.
(Not) Talking Goats Horse hair stick tails trails along the ground in some primeval swing that’s half rock and the other billy not talking goats so saddle me up or halter me over I’m shaking fit to rearrange the molecular soil quaking in fear here come the heavies haul through black red brown ground the stone shard or bevelled steel no matter what cut but by all that is power I’ll huff and throw the dark earth over like a side parting and slap down the sod sweat beads along my flank rank is what some would talk but labour makes heat and cool is the breeze upon my side standing now at the field gate waiting for the sun’s slide into the sea.
By All That Is Power By all that is power I’ll blow the horse round collar and hames hung back on the stall wall the ground is sliced and folded over to make a seed’s bed.


Sea Hames is a performance project made by Oceanallover. It was inspired by a moment in time in 1984 when two horses ran down towards the sea on Orkney, standing up on their hind legs and dancing.
The project was designed and directed by Alex Rigg with creative contributions from all of the cast members:

Florencia Garcia Chafuen
Guy Veale
Joel Sanderson
Laini Chrismas
Lewis Sherlock
Jen Farmer
Phil Alexander McDonald
Anders Rigg
Sarah McFadyen
Breezy Elthalion
Richard Merchant
Cammy Sinclair
Judith Milligan
Anna and Pete Tagg
Aaron Jeffrey
Oliver Rigg
Jane Simpson


released November 1, 2017

Mixed & mastered by Stuart Hamilton
Produced by Guy Veale
Recorded at Castlesound Studios
© Oceanallover 2017

Lead vocals - Joel Sanderson, Breezy Elthalion & Sarah McFadyen
Bass & saw - Joel Sanderson
Trumpet, helicon & vocals - Richard Merchant
Banjo - Sarah McFadyen
Electronics & field recordings - Guy Veale
Percussion & vocals - Anders Rigg
Guitar, percussion & vocals - Cammy Sinclair

Lyrics & album design - Alex Rigg

Track 1, 2, 3 & 12 by Breezy Elthalion
Track 4 & 9 by Joel Sanderson
Track 5, 7, 10 & 13 by Sarah McFadyen
Track 6 by Richard Merchant
Track 8 by Guy Veale
Track 11 by Joel Sanderson & Sarah McFadyen


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