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about

This is the canonical "...things got out of hand" project. Sure, Bone Walker is a soundtrack album, made for the Free Court of Seattle fantasy novel series. But that leaves a wildly misleading impression. It's no accessory, no side-merch, no dip into the cash till - it's a standalone music project in every sense of the word, one that took over our world for two years. People have been after us a long time to do an instrumental and/or a folk(ish) music album, but one in our particular and distinctive high-energy style - and this quite unexpectedly became that album.

Ironically, Bone Walker was envisioned as a quick project. It was something to do for fun between gigs, it'd take maybe six months, involve a lot of live-in-studio and maybe live-in-concert tracks, and be a really cool and overachieving Kickstarter stretch goal reward. But, as they say, that trick never works, and it didn't work here.

We put so much into it. Sure, it's coming out later than we planned, and some of that involves things like eye surgery. But we brought in guests like Alexander James Adams, and Sunnie Larsen of Bone Poets Orchestra, and Sarah Kellington of Pinniped, and Ellen Eades and Klopfenpop and Leannan Sidhe. We stacked layers of orchestration onto the instrumental tracks, and invented a new mixing technology that does something so apparently impossible people don't believe us until we show them. We built a custom microphone and amp out of aluminium and copper and steel and magnets and insanity because the fiddles needed - no, deserved - it.

We also went way, way over budget, and there is no way we are apologising for that.

We were pushed, hard, and we pushed back. The result is an album we listen to and go, "...how did we do this?" People ask how we got a sound this big in a studio this small. We tell them not to get so hung up on technical details and just enjoy the music, because really, that's what all this is about. Struggles and inventions and genre-bending and writing new "trad" to join Japanese to Scottish folk in the same tune and surgery and stacked choral bricks and hammer dulcimers that sound like orchestral strings and 4am editing sessions and Memphis mastering engineers saying "the musicality on this is AMAZING" aren't what matter.

In the end, the music is all that matters. And we think we got that. We think we got that nailed.

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released January 30, 2015

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Music by Dara Korra'ti/Crime and the Forces of Evil except for:

Alexander James Adams - percussion on The Burke-Gilman Troll, Hail the Thunder/The Seelie Queen, Bring the Storm/The Bone Walker; fiddle on John Barbour, Kitsune at War; vocals on John Barbour.

Ellen Eades - hammer dulcimer on The Burke-Gilman Troll, Hail the Thunder/The Seelie Queen, Bring the Storm/The Bone Walker.

Sarah Kellington - lead fiddle on Kitsune at War.

Sunnie Larsen - fiddle on The Burke-Gilman Troll, Hail the Thunder/The Seelie Queen, Bring the Storm/The Bone Walker.

Leannan Sidhe - vocals on John Barbour, Anarchy Now.

Klopfenpop - additional composition, arrangement, production, electric guitar, bass guitar, and drum programming on They Have A Rock Troll/The Burke-Gilman Troll (Klopfenpop Remix)

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We are one bunch of seriously pissed-off elves, writing the songs of the supervillains. Enjoy our rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, or our GeoIP-driven heat ray. It's up to you.

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Track Name: Something's Coming (2015)
Something's Coming
(C)2009/2015 Dara Korra'ti/Crime and the Forces of Evil

Something's coming, do you hear it in the wind?
Something's coming, does it shake you to the bone?
Something's coming, do you see it in the sky?
Something's coming, is it here to take you home?
No.

Aren't you watching as your friends turn into silence and
Aren't you speaking as the air turns into stone
Aren't you howling as the gods turn to madness
Aren't you keening as you're going it alone
Do you catch the rustles in the distance?
Do you hear the padding on the stairs?
Do you feel the breathing on your pretty neck
Creeping slowly catching you so unawares?
No.

Something's coming, do you hear it in the wind?
Something's coming, does it shake you to the bone?
Something's coming, do you see it in the sky?
Something's coming, is it here to take you home?
No.

Don't you notice as your friends all turn away
Don't you notice as your allies look aside
Don't you notice as the rules apply to no one
Aren't you counting all the times you've been denied?
Do you catch the rustles in the distance?
Do you hear the padding on the stairs?
Do you feel the breathing on your pretty neck
Creeping slowly catching you so unawares?
No.
Not you.

Won't you look around to what is happening
Won't you see what's going in your life
Won't you hear the turning of the government
Can't you bear to see the shining of the knife?
Did you miss the rustles in the distance?
Did you miss the padding on the stairs?
Did you miss the breathing on your pretty neck?
Were you blind or did you simply want to not
know?

Something's coming, do you hear it in the wind?
Something's coming, does it shake you to the bone?
Something's coming, do you see it in the sky?
Something's coming, is it here to take you home?
What do you think?
I've got a pretty good guess.
I bet you do too.
Let's hear it.
No.
Track Name: Song for a Free Court (Anarchy Now!)
Song for a Free Court (Anarchy Now!)
(C) 2012-2015 Crime and the Forces of Evil

I don't care about your classes
I'm just not into your rules
I'm not afraid of your power, honey, and
your money's simply no good here because
a new millennium of pointless grudges
Is simply not my idea of fun

We're gonna
START! ignoring all your strictures
START! by sitting all this out
We're gonna
START! by bailing on this conflict and
START! by drawing our own maps

I've been seventeen years of wondering
Just where the hell my mother went
The best you fuckers can bring on board is
Twice that long in unpaid rent but
I don't give a damn about family money and
this long-missing heir is not impressed

We're gonna
START! by sending back your offer
START! by turning down your deal
We're gonna
START! by acting like some grown-ups and
START! by building our own space

I really don't think that you see this picture
There's something wrong inside your set
The video's blinking an eternal midnight
and I know what you think I don't get, oh,
And maybe someone else might nibble
at the candy toys you give away but I
have some idea of what you're trading
and you won't get me on hook today

Because we'll start
START! by throwing off your dictates
START! by adding none of our own
We're gonna
START! by tossing off these titles and
START! by calling our own court

I so hear what you're saying
But you've got this whole thing wrong
I won't be another stupid monarch
'Cause I don't need a crown to make me strong oh and
maybe now our best course of action is to
just to leave every one alone!

We're gonna
START! by tossing out your rulebook
START! by letting people know
We're gonna
START! by minding our own business and
START! by building somewhere to go

FREE THINKING SIDHE OF ALL WORLDS! HEAR US!
THE TIME FOR MASTERS HAS COME AND GONE!
THE FREE COURT OF SEATTLE CALLS TO ALL OF YOU -
RAISE THE BLUE AND GREEN FLAG AND SHOUT
ANARCHY NOW!