The Casket Letters

by Monkey Swallows the Universe

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MSTU's second album, released on Loose Music, 2007

"Bloodline is reminiscent of Stereolab's Ping Pong, but MSTU's heart still lies with stripped-down folk, Nat Johnson's gorgeous vocals draped over acoustic guitars, cello and violin. The band are ghostly on Gravestones and giddy on Matterhoney's waltzing pop, but it's their maturity and restraint that impresses." - The Guardian ****

"In the wrong hands this could be all too saccharine, but singer Nat Johnson has a voice that can do withering as well as whimsical...proof there's more than one primate-monickered South Yorkshire outfit worth listening to." - NME

"Beneath the cosy wool can lurk some nasty, if always softly spoken, surprises. This Sheffield band's lovely second album abounds with these, wrapping Nat Johnson's at times vaguely Smiths-like melodies and beautiful, Tracey Thornesque voice in lovely, lilting folk-pop." - The Times

"On their ravishing second album, you can't help but think The Beautiful South - but there's no doubt this lot are way cooler." - The Sun

"Aimed at fans of The Decemberists, this would be equally satisfying to fans of The Beautiful South. And that's more of a compliment than it sounds." - Independent on Sunday

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released August 5, 2007

All songs written by Nat Johnson
Recorded by Alan Smyth at 2Fly Studios

Monkey Swallows the Universe are: Nat Johnson (vocals, guitar), Kevin Gori (guitar, mandolin), Cate Tully (violin, vocals, glockenspiel, recorder), Andy George (cello) and Rob Dean (drums)

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"Sheffield's loveliest band" - The Guardian

MSTU are: Nat Johnson, Kevin Gori, Cate Tully, Andy George & Rob Dean.

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Track Name: Bloodline
These years of mine run red like a bloodline if I was the last son
Prostrate, I wait, but silence is not for me - I shout til they come

Oh stop leaving my heart on the ground
Oh stop needing my eyes to follow you around
Oh stop leaving me behind

Cos someone's got to come and take us all out of here
Before there's nothing left
Someone's got to come and take us all out of here

These years of mine beat fast as a heartline, getting faster with every one
And you might think it's foolish, sometimes I think it's foolish, so what? So what?

And it's not all we've got
It's not all we've got
It's not all we've got
But it feels like it sometimes

Bah bah bah...

Cos someone's got to come and take us all out of here
Before there's nothing left
Someone's got to come and take us all out of here
Track Name: Science
How the sweet birds fly, they have hollow bones
Made for the sky, not like you or I
I don't want to be in a tin can over the sea
But if we all believe in technology we'll stay in the sky

So there's more monsters in the sea as the planes fall down

Any fool knows it's better not to look below
But oh those poor, poor souls who still have blind, blind faith in science
as they all fall down

We all have insides that we cannot see
Surely no one can understand how we can work so perfectly
If we don't believe someone can explain how we do all this stuff
cos of the size of our brain, we'll die immediately

And so ends humanity as we all fall down

Any fool knows it's better not to look below
But oh those poor, poor souls who still have blind, blind faith in science
as they all fall down
Track Name: Little Polveir
How you stole my gaze on the first day,
You were everywhere like a Subway
At the summer's end when things start to fade and die

On the second day we saw shooting stars on the arm of a tattooed boy
By the afternoon we were starry too - starry dizzy from the things we saw

Suddenly you're not mine
Suddenly we're into winter

Well did you always know I'd never be right?
You've taken your time to put on the brakelight
What if the days draw in and you haven't found your one?
Will you come back and see if I could be someone?

We had sunny spells and occasional rain, you were overcast throughout
We had BAH BAH BAH DOO WAH! You wanted la de da de, la de da da

Suddenly there's bad times and I have to pull the bunting down
Good thing there's no time to make a song and dance

Well did you always know I'd never be right?
You've taken your time to put on the brakelight
What if the days draw in and you still haven't found your one?
Will you come back and see if I could be someone?