Songs of Devotion and Betrayal

by Ryan Costello

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Ryan Costello's second solo album is his most intimate yet, comprised of 12 stripped down folk-based sonic explorations. Songs of Devotion and Betrayal explores the dichotomy at the heart of what it means to be human - brief glimpses of selfless beauty, but also a hidden capacity for deep darkness.

The arrangements here are sparse and bare, each note expressing something essential. This is an album to take your time with, and as you do you’ll find room to explore in its spacious warmth, heartache, and ultimately, truth.

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released July 3, 2012

All songs written and engineered by Ryan Costello
Mixed by Kevin Alan Matley
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI

Special guests:
Daniel Morse on vocals on tracks 3, 4, 9, and 11
Jessi Furlo on vocals on tracks 1 and 9
Katie Hadley on viola on tracks 7 and 9
Greg Willson on sax on track 4
Phil Costello on trumpet on track 12
Matthew Antolick on drums on tracks 1 and 4
Joe Cannon on drums on tracks 9 and 12

Special thanks to Paul and NW Hills church for the use of their grand piano

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Ryan Costello Oregon

Ryan Costello is the former lead singer of FL indie-folk band the OaKs. His solo albums weave folk, jazz, and indie elements to mine themes of contemplation, loss, regret, and ultimately hope.

For the Oaks:
theoaks.bandcamp.com/releases
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Track Name: Before Its Time
i broke my heart
before its time
i broke my heart
before its time
and once the thread
was pulled
i felt it unwind
i broke my heart
before its time

i pulled on the door
one winter's night
i threw all my weight
and felt it unwind
and all the wild wind
had gathered behind
i pulled on the door
one winter's night

i woke the beast
i kicked the lion
o to go back
to that space and time
a boy in body
a man in his mind
i broke my heart
before its time
Track Name: Unfaithful Man (I)
i've felt the earthquake
i've seen the walls break
i've felt the sway
i've stood and trembled
before the power
on full display
i've seen the visions
the holy ascensions
in the still of the day
silence descends and
all of the noise
is swept away
but then i fall
i fall away

i've heard the walls creak
i've heard the voice speak
no one else could hear
i've felt the shudder as
the unseen world is
drawing near
the veil was lifted
i saw the thin-ness
of all my thoughts
the breath that life is
the dust that man is
and what he's wrought
but then i fall, i fall
away
Track Name: Unfaithful Man (II)
o unfaithful man
o unfaithful heart
what have you done now
what you done now?
Track Name: Friday Prayer
lord, chain me up
don't let me walk away
lord, chain me up
don't let me walk away
i know free will
is a gift you gave
but i'd give it up today
lord, chain me up
don't let me walk away
Track Name: Get You Back
i'm waiting
for the dust to fall
i'm walking
through the empty halls
the words
are spoken and are gone
the walls
have swallowed up the songs

o the light has fallen
away from my eyes
i can't say when
but i do know why
i just wanna get it back
i just wanna get it back

i know now
fragile things can break
i was careless
with a gift you gave
but someday
i'll win your trust again
i'll wait on you
to open up and let me in

o the light has fallen
away from your eyes
i can't say when
but i do know why
and just wanna get it back
o i just wanna get it back
Track Name: Keep The Devil Away
from the devil's lair
a voice beckons to you
every pleasure is there
but the darkness is too

sing a song
o sing us a song
sing a song
to keep the devil away

by the devil's lair
the shades are mixed in grey
and truth and lies
entwine along the way

to the devil's lair
is a sloping gentle ground
when i think i'm standing still
i find i've been drawn down
Track Name: Pick You Up
o when the heart falls
and it breaks in two
o when the heart falls
and it aches all through

i will pick you up
and wipe your face
i will pick you
and straighten your dress
i will pick you up and wipe
the hair back from your eyes
and give you my best

o when your eyes fail
and the road is long
the snow covers up the trail
you're sitting all alone
Track Name: Fire/Dream
the voices fade and the dark
has swallowed up the stars
i climbed the bending arc
and made the kindling start

fire in the night
lay my head down
let the smoke pull me
into a dream
fire in the night
the branches are bending
the leaves are curling
all around me

the needles waft their pitch
and the air is dry and crisp
the smoke melts in the mist
and wraps me in its fist
Track Name: Waiting for You
at night
when the night is
still in the room
and i can't understand
help me understand
the walls that i've built
up like a tomb
they hold me back again
and keep me from your hand
but i'm waiting for you

at night
when my thoughts are deep
on the ocean floor
and shipwrecked on the reef
wave-tossed like a leaf
i know that there's a rope
but i can't reach for it
i have such small belief
help my unbelief
and i'm waiting for you
Track Name: Those Days Are Over
o deceiving heart
i don't believe you anymore
there was a day
when i would listen
but now those days are over

o wreckless thoughts
i won't heed you anymore
i walked the edge
of the canyon
but now those days are over

o straying eyes
i won't follow you anymore
i paid the price
when i was younger
but now those days are over
Track Name: Hold On
hold on to what you've known
hold on to what's been shown
don't let the world
take it away from you