Till The End, My Dear


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A meditation on Igor Stravinsky’s legendary masterpiece “The Rite of Spring.” Each song takes strands of music from Stravinsky's score and weaves them into shimmering, bombastic, and profound songs about sacrifice.


released July 15, 2014

Sophocles - piano/vocals
Maxwell Gualtieri - guitars
Jake Rosenzweig - bass
Corey Fogel - drums
Louis Lopez - trumpet
Melinda Rice - violin
Andrew Mcintosh - violin
Heather Lockie - viola
Saba Alizadeh - kamancheh
Sheila Callaghan, Justin Asher - background vocals

Written and produced by Sophocles Papavasilopoulos

Engineered and mixed by Justin Asher
Recorded at Kingsize Soundlabs and Soniferous Studios, Los Angeles
Mastered by Mark Chalecki, Little Red Book Mastering

Album artwork and design by Vasili Tomaras, Byzantine Design Works





Sophocles is a producer, composer, and arranger. He's contributed to projects by artists such as Surrija (Jane Lui), Sondre Lerche, Brother Sister, Nita Chawla, Maxwell Gualtieri, Same Animal, and Hazel Iris. His own music has been described as “melancholy reverie rattled now and again by swelling dissonance” (Steve Smith). ... more

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Track Name: Lightest Plate
Oh, look at them order from the lightest plate.
Say it again. It's over when the short stacks carry through.
Oh, can't believe. Cinders in the afternoon rain pockets.
Nothing to it. Cracking on river boat steam pipes.

Stand on massive drained out skids on the brighter side
Weighed down on the brighter side.
Sing another dropped down chorus when the kids smile
Make it up as we wait to die.

Is there another kind of victory we'd like to choose?
Is there another kind of victory that's best to lose?

Stand on massive...

I had an incident that I didn't say I had.
Would you come in here?
Miss Green
Track Name: Ugly Element
After all the frayed disguises rest assured it's a lie
Alarmist. By the way they sympathized. Rose sky

Hope in knowing what an ugly element's on our side
For the moment it's enough to realize we're satisfied

Step aside. Don't look that way.
Suicide. No one's to blame.
The world is magic. More than you can imagine.
Forget the past.
Citizen. Don't love so fast.
Discipline. Consigned to ash.
The world is magic. More than you can imagine.

You are the smallest things you do

Oh, don't be late today.
I want you here. I want you.

While the time counts backwards slowly
On again, off again, on again.
Wild eyes blink back the tears
Come on again, off again, on again. Never end.
Down the line sits darkly, staring
One in a thousand who understands.
Fried mind belonging to the
One in a million who won't return.
Tries to burn inefficiently.
An official physician for show fills a fissure with fissile shivs
Track Name: Jolanta
Hand out and broken
Cheers in the main room
Answer to something unmistaken.
All your papers are in order.
Turn a nod into a ticket.
Once for over, twice for underneath.

Crazy over sunshine
Amazing, amazing
A sight so overtaking
A softer bite down
Allaying, allaying
I count myself among them
And wait for one
I count myself among the lost

Drink up this mirror
Tears in the morning
Stand by the corner. Count to thirty.
Wait your turn to run in panic.
Desperation moves in circles.
Shutters fold and mothers grind their teeth.

Oracle unleash your tongue
Grey my mind. Don't fray my mind.
If only for one more night.
Then let me fall away.

Crazy over sunshine...
Track Name: Anointed Season
Don't lie so close
There's a shadow in my corner
Oh, I want you though
You don't get to know

Out of ways to rewind
A defiance that wasn't there
Wasn't there
You remind me how
Fair's not fair
If it wasn't there
Ever there.

I found my way out
I want no other
A perfect reason
A shrine to cover
More on the way

Forgoing a way out of here.
A delightful lesion.
Unknowing. Repeat and believe.
This anointed season.

Don't say you know
There's a chance I might be lying
Oh, if you only knew
I'm not done with you
I won't watch you shaking my branches away.
A reliance that wasn't there
Wasn't there
You remind me how
I'll never care
If it wasn't there
Ever there.

I found….


While you stand to say
A bright, cold thing
I want you to stay
But never say
Track Name: Luz Maria
I want to make you warmer
Undream your every danger
Fear can make you stronger
No one speaks for things undone

You're made of something better
Oh, what's left to say about it
Virtue loves a stranger
It won't weep for what it's lost

More awake I stay by the formless end of your face
Held to waste adorning a shoulder's weight with my gaze
Until you go away

I want to make you softer
Mitigate your hardened tilt
Carry other burdens
Let the helpless find their way

Far framed anointed sorrow
Oh, what's left to say about it
Virtue loves a stranger
What a price to end no pain

More awake…..
Held to waste…..
Until you go away

A city loves its people
Sends them angels