by James Teague

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James Teague releases his first new single in two years, ahead of the release of his sophomore album. ‘Heaven’ is a delicate, acoustic dirge woven with ethereal pedal steel guitar and an enchanting vocal performance. The track’s dynamic range, coupled with Teague’s lyrical prowess distinguishes him from his folky counterparts and presents him as one of Australia’s most intriguing songwriters.


heaven was a place I came to unfold
from the prison of my youth and a thousand lies of old
a golden crucifix to nail to my wings
does a child ever question the praises that he sings

the answer is followed closely by a shattered light bulb
moonlight emerges and let's the spirit go

ripening youth evolves upon an oak pew
as the Father promulgates his sermon to the blue
men professing love with words that slay peace
writhing from within my universe deceased

this feeling it smothers every inch of me in doubt
plead with my shadow to let this spirit go

heaven was a place I came to unhinge
for a child soon must question the praises that he sings

the answer is falling taking shape as it drops
tears down the curtains and let's the spirit go


released July 3, 2015
Written by James Teague

Recorded at the Abandoned Fireworks Factory, by Tony Dupé
Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe

Vocal/guitar - James
Cello - Tony
Pedal steel - Shane Reilly



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James Teague Melbourne, Australia

...his music is as complex as the self; one moment whimsical and dreamy, with shades of 60s psychedelia and 70s progressive folk – the next, they’re wrought with mortal gloom and adorned with hints of jazz and howling blues. It’s difficult to describe Teague’s style, but it usually consists of unpredictable melodies that stray, intricate, dynamic arrangements and a soaring, vocal tremolo. ... more

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