Cairn (feat. Keith Sweaty) | (2017 LP)

by East Forest



A collaborative album by East Forest featuring Keith Sweaty - "Cairn"

Releases Sept 8, 2017 -- CAIRN -- a full length LP in collaboration with electronic producer Keith Sweaty -- a collection of beat driven tracks, analogue synths, acoustic piano and a wealth of vocals and lyrics by East Forest.

The timing of Cairn coincided with a time of deep personal change for Oswalt as he left a long-term relationship of many years and found himself in unexpected emotional depths. You can hear in the lyrics of Cairn a highly personal and honest dive into the world of loss and individual choice. With the added rhymes by Scarub of Living Legends, trumpet by Brad Lee of The Album Leaf, the analogue synths of Lorna Dune, along with stings by the ‘Bizarre Star Strings’ trio (Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket, Joanna Newsom) as well as Thacher Schmid (Emancipator), Cairn transformed into a grooved out electro-acoustic experience that is as simultaneously booty shaking as it is genuinely introspective -- both a personal and societal call to arms exploring contradictory truths such as destiny, choice, and personal responsibility, all against the backdrop of a civilization undergoing fundamental transition and transformation.


released September 8, 2017

Music by East Forest & Keith Sweaty
Trevor Oswalt - vocals, piano, keyboards, percussion, string arrangement (track 2).
Keith Milgaten - synthesizers and beat programming, background vocals, bass guitar, nylon guitar, string arrangement (track 7) percussion.
Scarub - vocals (track 5)
Brad Lee - trumpet (track 5)
Mirabai Peart - violin (track 2, 6, 13)
Kyleen King - viola (track 2, 6, 13)
Anna Fritz - cello (track 2, 6, 13)
Thacher Schmid - viola, violin (track 1, 7, 9)
Lorna Krier - synthesizers (track 11, string arrangement (track 13)

Mixed by Keith “Sweaty” Milgaten with additional mixing by Trevor Oswalt and Steven Comeau
Artwork & Layout by Darius Twin
Mastered by Jared Hirshland at JLH Audio

Aquilo Records AR014
© 2017 East Forest (p) Long Lost Tricks Music (BMI) Keith Joseph Milgaten SESAC

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East Forest Boulder, Utah

East Forest plays electro-acoustic orchestral ambient-pop coined "blissful" (NPR) and "immersive" (Wired). His work has appeared on 1631 Recordings, Aquilo Records, as well as Tender Loving Empire & Universal/Decca.
He has three #1 albums that charted on iTunes as well as multiple top ten Billboard releases. He is a Nord Artist & tours internationally.
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Track Name: Fresh Start
When you depart
I want a fresh start
May I erase, make my case
I want a fresh start

Can you let it go, of what you know
It’s just a phase, a passing wave
It’s just a stage, of my age
Can you let it go

I want a fresh start
Before you depart
The back of my mind
It’s not a sign
I want a fresh start

Can you let it go, of what you know
It’s just a phase, a passing wave
It’s just a stage, of my age
Can you let it go

If you could let it be
It’d fall away
I could stay
I want a fresh start

Is it my fate to satiate my desire
My inner fire
I want your heart
Track Name: Karmic Sequel
Moving parts, change their hearts, creates a tidal wave
An energy, released to be, races towards the shore
You cannot see, the changes are meant to be

To higher ground, espace the sound, run up to the hills
You can’t escape the choices you make
Wipes away our lives, erase it all, everything will fall,
don’t fight this

From deep below the pressures build, something’s got to give
Death and birth is life on earth, the pleasures and the pain
You can’t outrun the waves

These cycles recycle
Makes equal, karmic sequel

The waters rise
Run to the hills
You can’t escape
Don’t fight this

You wasted time
Ignored the signs
To higher ground
escape the sound
Don’t fight this
Track Name: Cairn
It starts today
Every journey starts with one step
I can't see beyond the fog inside
all my choices seem to collide

I want to know where it's all going to
Why all these hoops that we must jump through
Why all these answers we can't understand
What does it mean today to be a man

All roads lead to Rome / the path is wide
Everywhere is your home
Can not lose your way / the path is wide
Everywhere is your home / one foot in front of the other

The choices I did make
The promises I did break
I can't turn around and change my mind
Can't make a blind man read the signs

This is not the show I wanted to see
This is not the best part of me
Can you forget and let me walk away
We're just two souls in this spiral arm, milky way

Sometimes you might feel lost, not know way
Looking back you regret the choices you make today
Where are the signs
Stack of stones do light my way
Track Name: Good Things To Come (feat. Scarub)
I’m running a race that can’t be won
Flying with wax wings into the sun
Gonna catch my breath now
Gonna catch my breath

I’m treading the line between truth and lies
Running my past and man I despise
My heart is large enough to hold it all
I can’t be confined to one love so small

Gonna catch my breath now
Gotta catch my breath
Good things to come

(Scarub) The head races through a track of recollection
Hundred laps a second
Circle round old memories It’s hard to get a breath in
Resting makes it worse, I pace the Earth
to chase the nervousness away
Anxious when in empty space,
must take the time to breathe today

Catch a breath and save what’s left
Still standing, I attest, barely cheated death
distressed in this mess but I’ve survived off less
Feel like a cardiac arrest, I’m alright I guess

Running in a race that can’t be won, unless
I’m honest and get this weight off my chest
upon us, time is not promised, so i stay modest at best
I'm not flawless, a novice, with a shortness of breath

so weird how normal this feel, when all is chaos, and peace is strange
this isn't how it always was for me, can't say how this became
room for growth and change, I truth will come, once done with mental strain
the mind's detained, wrapped in chains, times the key, to free the brain

When my past catches up to you
It’s a mirror that I see through
To the confusion in my mind
Pure answers only time can unwind
Track Name: 100 Arms
I woke feeling that I couldn’t believe that it was a dream
the Love Medusa, 100 Arms
And I just couldn’t believe that it was a dream
When she blew his heart open

Two people who love each other
Who can’t tell each other that
After years and years
Of not speaking their own truth

Are you ready
It’s an invitation
The love medusa
Track Name: Tiny Choices
In a ship set out to sea
the cargo's loaded, it's just you and me
fifty fathoms below
the world is round so there's nowhere to go

grab the wheel you are drifting away
let the wind take these sails
let the stars show us where to go
foreign lands we have yet to know

small degrees change your hemisphere
tiny choices will change your life
you cannot see where these currents go

running circles in this blue abyss
our destination we cannot miss
just beyond the horizon
is the new world we're bound to find

grab the wheel and choose where you want to go
your heart's a compass
your heart's the compass
let the wind take these sails.
Track Name: Snake Skins
why must it end like this
I can't remember our last kiss

hard conviction
can't let go

shed this snakeskin
and this need to win
no original sin
shed it off

the end of the line
where I pine for what is not mine
it's greener on this grass
and our past went by so fast

how can I rule my mind
when I cannot find in the wreckage I've left behind
in the truth that I said was mine
when I cannot read the signs
Track Name: Equatoreality
You always told us you dance to your own beat
Always moving, Occam's razor cuts your feet
Into a corner demanding all the answers now
You poke a tiger you get a spider, get bit anyhow

You play these games
You walk the line
Don’t underestimate
The power of changing tides


Black and white, it’s how you see the world
Ultraviolet, infrared, still invisible
You’re a victim to the stories that you tell
Never ending novellas that you sell
Track Name: Higher Heights (feat. Lorna Dune)
Don't come down.
Track Name: Hearts Are Won
Feels so strong
Right is wrong
The setting suns
Comes undone

Hearts are won

Out of time
See the signs
We can win
Hearts are won

This is not the end
We can win

Hearts can be won

Life is long