Shadow Shaker Vol. 1

by Fort Atlantic

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1.
Rip tides are building a current strong Pulling me gently and holding on There underwater I found July With lungs wide open Heartbeats and concrete are constant change Somedays as strong as a hurricane Love walking lightly through open doors You thought were closing Give me all you got Give me all you got Give me all you got Everybody knows our love is true I will never give up on you I will never give up on you I will never give up on you I once believed I was in control I was the skyline unchangeable Locked up behind your secret words Until you spoke them Give me all you got Give me all you got Give me all you got Everybody knows our love is true I will never give up on you I will never give up on you I will never give up on you
2.
Just Hold On 05:23
On my way through the darkest night I keep moving on, I keep traveling light It was a great escape through my own mirage High beams in the distance flashing on and off Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black Just hold on to the light Just hold on to the light I speak these words with an autumn tone The falling leaves feel like home We all want spring and perfect aim We all want love just like a runaway train Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black Just hold on to the light Just hold on to the light Just hold on to the light Just hold on to the light I want to be secure, I want to never look back I’m afraid my heart can’t do that Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black Just hold on to the light Just hold on to the light Just hold on to the light Just hold on to the light
3.
Silhouettes and shadows rest Waiting for the sun to set I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night Before we start, before it’s dark Know that I have come too far I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night I’m not afraid, I will not break I won’t be moved, I am awake I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night Ain’t no river gonna rise today Ain’t no valley gonna hand me shade Ain’t no wind gonna turn me ‘round Ain’t no fire gonna burn me down I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night
4.
Fifteen after midnight Full moon over the headlights Oh the wheels spinning counter-clockwise Like the ground beneath my feet Roll the dice, come on, place all your bets Living like you don’t have a regret Shake the shadow from your footsteps Put it all out on the line Anyway, I was thinking we should go Drive away, down the long and winding road Cause there ain’t no use in fighting You either chase that wind or ride it It’s been raining all your life Raining all your life Standing in the desert A painted moon is present We stand, we look, we comment But only as a scream Anyway, I was thinking we should go Drive away, down the long and winding road Cause there ain’t no use in fighting You either chase that wind or ride it It’s been raining all your life Raining all your life Cause there ain’t no use in fighting You either chase that wind or ride it It’s been raining all your life Raining all your life Raining all your life Raining all your life
5.
I Still Run 04:25
We were kings we ran the night It was all we knew Down every path we’d run them blind Under spotlight moons I am, I am still running oh oh oh oh I am, I am still running oh oh oh oh We were born of the restless hearts Born of the restless hearts Born of the restless hearts Born of the restless hearts Standing on abandoned heights We would touch the stars And swear our souls would come alive When we feel too far I am, I am still falling oh oh oh oh I am, I am still falling oh oh oh oh We were born of the restless hearts Born of the restless hearts Born of the restless hearts Born of the restless hearts Oh what I’d give to have Oh what I’d give to have Take me back one more day Take me back one more day Take me back one more day Take me back one more day These streets: asphalt and concrete These streets: thicker than my blood stream These streets: telling the stories These streets: forever you are with me me These streets: asphalt and concrete These streets: thicker than my blood stream These streets: telling the stories These streets: forever I still run
6.
When my time is here at last When my present becomes the past Out of the flood Out of the night Bathed in sunlight When my chains have been released When my voice is free to sing Out of the cage And into the sky Bathed in sunlight Oh to be forever gold! Oh the peace my heart will know When that time And place collide I’ll be bathed in sunlight
7.
Back to You 06:11
Down the boulevards and the open road Gonna find my way back home Wind at my back, wheels to the west Gonna find my way back home And I don’t know how And I don’t know when But I’ll come back to you I’ll come back to you Under starry skies where I get lost Gonna find my way back home I’ve always been a wandering soul I’ve always had a restless heart When I get home I swear I’m gonna Wrap you in these arms tonight And I don’t know how And I don’t know when But I’ll come back to you I’ll come back to you And I don’t know how And I don’t know when But I’ll come back to you I’ll come back to you I’ll come back to you I’ll come back to you
8.
Passing Time 04:47
You arrive Walking up the stairs with tears in your eyes We fall apart We will always be one broken heart We will always be one broken heart Gonna stand on the mountain high And scream at the oceans for running dry If you lost your way And the passing time is standing still I’m on my way Just reach out, honey, I hope you will Don’t close down Don’t carry all the sadness we’ve found. Near or far We will always be one beating heart We will always be one beating heart Gonna stand on the mountain high And scream at the oceans for running dry If you lost your way And the passing time is standing still I’m on my way Just reach out, honey, I hope you will I was on my knees Tears were rolling down my cheek. Of all the pain I’d felt before, Your words, they put me on the floor I’ll never be the same again. I’ll always bear the scar beneath my skin Gonna stand on the mountain high And scream at the oceans for running dry If you lost your way And the passing time is standing still I’m on my way Just reach out, honey, I hope you will
9.
I was standing in the Mission The walls were closing in A winter night would be the story’s end Another breath and one more step I’ll soon be free The world started spinning backwards The ground began to shake The sleeping giant, he began to wake I was just about to let it all fade away Now I’m going home torn apart with a busted lip and a broken heart but I am alive.

about

Recorded in a secret location on the Oregon coast, SHADOW SHAKER, VOL. 1 tells of perseverance in the face of unrelenting trials. Crashing waves of cymbals and guitars frame lush forests of analog synths, mirroring the landscape of Black’s adopted home. Primal motifs in the lyrics (darkness, water, sunlight) evoke the anxieties of life in 21st-century America, themes that presaged the storms to come.


In 2015, the band was abruptly dropped from their label, the newly-completed record still unreleased.


As old plans were scrapped and new plans hatched, Black’s pregnant wife went into emergency labor. They spent two long months in the NICU. Those songs of perseverance and hope, recorded for the rejected album just six months prior, were newly visceral.

The album was released on the band’s own Hot Garbage label in October 2017. The video for Bathed In Sunlight is an Official Selection in the 2018 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and was submitted for a 2017 Grammy Nomination.

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released October 3, 2017

Music by FORT ATLANTIC
Words by JON BLACK

JON BLACK: Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Programming
TIM COULTER: Bass, Vocals
EVAN RAILTON: Drums, Percussion

Recorded by FORT ATLANTIC in a secret location on the Oregon Coast.

Mixed by GUS BERRY
Mastered by JIM DEMAIN

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Eight years into his career, Jon Black stopped working under his own name. His music had outgrown his singer-songwriter persona, so he released an album of new material under the name FORT ATLANTIC.

The debut surpassed every expectation. Black put a band together and went on tour. Soon they had all new material, bigger and bolder still.
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