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”Matthew O’Neill follows his vision here, a potent mind-meld of early Pink Floyd space-rock, Jerry Garcia-esque laid-back roots music, and Native American-inspired earth-and-sky spirituality....a sort of mystic shaman sketching out his dreams and hopes for the earth he loves in the language he knows best: music.” - The Daily Vault

"With so much creative musical diversity flowing through, it's appeal will undoubtedly last for many generations." ~ No Depression

"Cosmic Americana meets interstellar yacht rock and soulful psychedelia…." - Post to Wire

"Matthew O'Neill evokes a bittersweet emotion that is absolutely addicting. The fourteen tracks move effortlessly through Freak Folk, Alt-country and Indie rock...This is an album that has huge stylistic depth and a very high level of musical accomplishment. A definite must have.” ~ Big Bad Buckle 

"Trophic Cascade expertly melds the psychedelia of 70’s Appalachian rock with the gritty and earthen roots of more recent times..." - For Folk's Sake

"Imagine, if you will bear the indulgence, Bon Iver and Shakey Graves coming together in the forests of the Catskills with Crosby, Stills, Nash, & mostly Young to create a modern southern soul album. Lots of wailing guitars, layered vocals, some horns, and trance-inducing rhythms and melodies that soar and twist." - Fervor Coulee (Canada)

"Alzheimer Blues" takes my deepest fear and grief and turns it into a groovy neo-soul banger." - Adobe and Teardrops

Fluid, groovy, and slightly psychedelic modern pop. Matthew O'Neill's music is different from much of what we hear, mainly because of the cool grooves and rhythms. If there are particular influences in this man's music, we can't hear ‘em. - BabySue.com

"mythical..a powerful, dreamy album" - Patrick Struijker Boudier, BluesMagazine

"The sincerity within his music shines through as it goes hand-in-hand with his message of appreciating and protecting our world’s natural beauty." ~NYSmusic

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released May 5, 2017

TROPHIC CASCADE
All songs written by Matthew O’Neill
Produced by Diko Shoturma and Matthew O’Neill
Matthew O’Neill : Vocals / Guitars
Jacob Silver : Bass
Ryan Scott : Guitars
Frank LoCrasto : Piano / Rhodes / Synth
Robin McMillan : Drums & Percussion (1,3,4,9-14)
Ray Belli: Drums & Percussion (2,5,6,7,8)
Shayna Steele : Vocals
Dave Eggar : Cello
Stuart Bogie : Tenor Sax / Baritone Sax / Contra Clarinet
Jordan McLean : Trumpet
Michaela Anne (11) / Dora Shoturma (2,14): Background Vocals

Recorded early 2016 by Diko Shoturma at Atlantic Sound Studios
Assistant engineer: Matthias van Ente
Mixed by Diko Shoturma and Nic Hard at Atlantic Sound Studios
Mastered by Dave McNair
Vinyl Cut by Scott Hull at Masterdisk

Album cover painting by Thani Mari
From a photo by Chris Carlone
Album cover design by Stine Westergaard

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"Matthew O’Neill follows his vision here...a sort of mystic shaman sketching out his dreams and hopes for the earth he loves in the language he knows best: music.” - The Daily Vault

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Track Name: Bridge Builder
Breaking open the windows
Knocking down this house
And starting over
Without the fear of a grouse
It was in the containment
And it was in the road
They set us up for arrangements
Lariat my code

And we’re breaking free now
The judgement abounds
And we’re breaking free now
Your the perfect gal
And I’m a bridge builder
I’m a lonely star
I’m a wildcat criminal
Kicking down your stall
Kicking down your stall

We’re going back upstream
To another dream
Going back upstream
To a wild ass dream

The pack hunts together
But I gotta new crew
Stand and Deliver
With courage to boot
Flora and fauna
O Na Tah and Heynoh
The Sky Woman
and the Great Thunderer
John Trudell said it well
John Trudell said it well

We’re going back upstream
To another dream
Going back upstream
To a wild ass dream
Track Name: Golden Boy
There's a lion out on 62
By the culvert on the soft south slope
Gonna say goodbye to the place he knew

Trying not to rush as he goes
Trying not to rush as he goes
Trying not to rush as he goes
Trying not to rush as he goes

I like to start off slowly
When I really care
I like to start off slowly
And feel the magic there
Right through your fingers
Up through your toes
Feel it as it lingers
A blessed moment so

There's a golden eagle feather lying by the falls
There's a golden eagle feather lying by the falls
There's a golden eagle feather lying by the falls

Making our own chance to ride on
Under the charter oak
The pilgrim, the Mohawk, and the Cherokee
And the Viking in her boat

The Viking in her boat The Viking in her boat The Viking in her boat

The corner of an eye is all you got from your father
I heard the stories you told
But that don't mean you don't deserve somebody
Who'll treat you for what your worth
Who'll treat you for what your worth
Who'll treat you for what your worth
Who'll treat you for what your worth

There's a spider crawling up your lower arm
Coming off the web
And you feel accomplished because your reaching out
and they're coming
And they're coming with protection
And they're coming with connection
And your safe always
Even though you know you'll know suffering

You cut off the antlers
And cut out the loin
Your roasting the shoulder
And the kids are playing in joy
Way out on the Missouri
And on the banks of the Delaware
And on the banks of the wide Yellowstone
And the Hudson river chair
Track Name: Poisoning The Well
Now you're poisoning the well
Now you're poisoning the whale
Now you're poisoning the well
Now you're poisoning the whale

I woke up starving
On a crescent moon
What a good feeling
Leaving too soon
There's and alligator
Down in the sinew
The drums she’s pounding
Reframe me and you

Now you're poisoning the well
Now you're poisoning the whale
Now you're poisoning the well
Now you're poisoning the whale

And you got that blood stained white t-shirt
From when they took her from you
And I got those guilt ridden old sneakers
Hanging on the line
Hanging on the line
Hanging on the line

Now you're poisoning the well
Now you're poisoning the whale
Now you're poisoning the well
Now you're poisoning the whale

One more labor of love
For the seeker
One more labor of love
One more labor of love
For the seeker
One more labor of love
Track Name: Gates
Broke the window to my soul
Your constant lack of faith
Vitriolic sunrise tore down our gate again
The captions on the goat
psychotic dismay
The only one who goes there is a quaker they say
And I lost you in the war
sailing back to your shore
New pirate woman on the high seas
New pirate woman she ain’t meant for me
God bless the anchor in my soul It’s the loving that sets apart
God bless the trees
Dancing in the cold
Far too much business left to lay down and fold
And I lost you in the war
sailing back to your shore
New pirate woman on the high seas
New pirate woman she ain’t meant for me
When you lose the faith
That’s when belly aches
And I got to get out of Natchez
Cause the sea it takes with pearly
Deep down knowing its gonna succeed
And I lost you in the war
sailing back to your shore
New pirate woman on the high seas
New pirate woman she ain’t meant for me
Track Name: 1000 Years
I’m driving back there from my loves house
In the spring rain
The guns are growling all around me now
But I know they will refrain
1000 years have come and gone round here
But the end is still not here
Still we ride on

Won’t you come
Won’t you come
Won’t you come over my house
Won’t you come over here

There’s a dead deer lying on the ground round there
Gestating youth
Full of the spirits of dead plants
Still living through their roots

They drug the old ones through the dusty town No fear on any face
The creeping phlox bloomed out slowly
The rocks slid into place

Won’t you come
Won’t you come
Won’t you come over my house
Won’t you come over here
Get up on the mount right now
Get up on the mount right now
Get up here

The contradiction in the prophecy 1000 icicles were glowing
Turning into green
Out here we scout and we discover
A hungry raged thriving

Won’t you come
Won’t you come
Won’t you come over my house
Won’t you come over here
Get up on the mount right now
Get up on the mount right now
Get up here
Track Name: Ain't No Way
Ain’t no way there gonna find me now
There just ain’t no way
I’ll be running on the edge of the clouds till the end of all days
Ain’t no way there gonna find me out
There just ain’t no way
I’ll be riding back and forth cross town and you’ll never see anything
But I can see though your windows
and I can see through your doors
and I can see right through to what’s really yours
Oh my low
We had to go on

Gotta place we’re dreaming about
Down along they prance
It’s a bluff above forgotten creek and beyond there is everything
Not leaving for a minute
Not leaving for a day
I’ll be gone forever
you won’t see me

Ain’t no way they’re gonna fence me in
There just ain’t no way
I got nothing but the lion’s grin and a porcupine in my face
Oh my low
We had to go on

Swore we were gonna get back to it
but we never did
There was something that left the room and you went and made supper for the kids

Oh my low
We had to go on
Track Name: Alzheimer's Blues
What was your name my darling
It wasn’t the same
It wasn’t the same as all the rest
I held your hand
We walked across the sand
It’s there I stand for evermore
It was a trophic cascade
The petroglyphs that never fade
And the herd is tumbling down the falls
Hammerheads, dead relatives
What happened to the old you?

Stages ahead, pages behind
Always a memory on the line
It was a trophic cascade
The petroglyphs that never fade
And the herd is tumbling down the falls
What was your name my darling It wasn’t the same
It wasn’t the same as all the rest
Track Name: There You Go Again
There you go again
You swing out on the limb
Out on the hands of time
Clouds are glowing and I am whispering
You know not where I ride
There’s a lady riding on the back of a white buffalo
The start of a good night
Your a crooked sad one, I saw the way you move
Your silver colored hooves
Track Name: Telepathy
Looking for Telepathy at the far end of the chorus
Fighting for the legacy of the ones who came before us Watersheds sopping
Boats are riding high above the wild night
When they finally found us there was no confusion
The coats were dripping
The wolves were licking the chops of the groomsman
Vapors red that the goddess sent
And the heart of the lonely hunter
went another million miles farther through the door
Sundance litigation enchanting slowly
Subtle is the information advancing holy
You love for the Earth
‘The dance is the church
Fire in the face and left without a trace
Looking for Telepathy at the far end of the chorus
Fighting for the legacy of the ones who came before us
Watersheds sopping
Boats are riding high above the wild night
Track Name: Tunkashila
Don’t you mess with Tunkashila
Don’t you mess
Our Great Mother loves us all
Don’t you mess with Tunkashila
Don’t you mess
Our Great Mother loves us all
Let is all hang out children Let it all go
Let it all hang out children Let it all go
Track Name: Breakstride
She’s coming to break your stride
She’s gonna be screaming lies
Malia
And out there your friends still hope for a better way to cope
That they don’t yet know
Seems like all the falling stars are aiming at our cars
and the violence in their tears is eating at my peers
The marmalade is sticky sweet
It’s on your fingers and on the seat
you found yourself a treat
and when you lay back in the meadow dew your fur is cool your breath is blue
and the pheasants come to you
Seems like all the falling stars
are aiming at our cars
and the violence in their tears is eating at my peers
She’s coming to break your stride
She’s gonna be screaming lies
Malia
Track Name: Relaunching
You were gonna take me
You were gonna take me out
Now there’s no one there there
But I can feel so many about
Close as can be, in the air I breathe
Throw it to the man over deck
He’s in it for more than just a paycheck
Throw it to the man overboard
A new umbilical chord
Just relaunching
Just launching again
Just being born now
Just being born again
So I can see you
So you can see me again
The way things promise
To bring back all your friends
Throw it to the man over deck
He’s in it for more than just a paycheck
Throw it to the man overboard
A new umbilical chord
Still the legs are dancing across the cree
That place is coming to us
We can still believe
Oaks are shading thimbleberry

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