Smoke (Portrait of Rachmaninoff)

by The Archive Ravens

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Dedicated to Eva


A wisp of whims, smoke rose on high
Its trembling petals etched in sky

The figure, dressed in night’s cowl,
Fleeing, bled from a cracked inkwell
Writhed into a towering scowl
From a once-meek cower beneath a stairwell

Passing, irresolute, through life’s rungs
With winding fingers yearning to latch on
For everything they touch becomes
A ladder from this world to beyond

Meandering, its mangled path blurs
But only spirits can travel in straight lines
The rest of us are all migratory birds
Forever bound to keep wandering thru strange lands


released November 14, 2020
Ava Sauer, keys & vocals
Thomas Andolsek, guitar & vocals
All tracks recorded, mixed & mastered by Cole Oppedisano at More Sound Recording Studio in Syracuse, NY


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The Archive Ravens Rochester, New York

The Archive Ravens are an acoustic duo act whose strength lies in our thoughtful lyrics and beautiful harmonies. Our unique sound is a culmination of classic and contemporary influences, drawing on personal experiences and the fables that inspire us.

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