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by Jay Tholen

we love raising the highest spires only to watch them melt with fire fervent jealous holy fire we think we've got something new to show this world we're passing through it's really such a vain pursuit do whatever you think you can it won't mean a thing go ahead and work on your masterpiece it's nothing new to me all the works our hands complete have been and will be obsolete meaningless, yeah it's meaningless we'll compose the prettiest songs about some love for which we long but Jesus Christ has been here all along
YHWH 02:06
the sweetest flood of flavor spilling from Your side it seems you knew that someday we would taste Your wine it's so nice to know we were on Your mind i was - they were - we are on Your mind the only Bread worth breaking broken just for me partaking of this feast is the only way to be it's so nice to know we were on Your mind i was - they were - we are on Your mind
leave those old ways that are making you be what you don't want to be cause i really love you and i will gently caress you and bring you pleasure until the end i am so mysterious and you can be too just chase the wind and you'll find me just follow your heart and you'll find me do what you will and you'll find me do what you will and i'll take you do what you will and hold you here do what you will until the end flickering hypnotic lights are all aglow to draw the kids away deep into a shallow grave the city's arms are stretching wide artfully inviting us to die in the most delightful way this love isn't real
these evil days i find no pleasure in them my window watchers grow dim cause there is nothing here for me at all our fathers given to sleep processions wail in the streets and there is nothing here for them at all grasshoppers no longer stir faint grow the songs of the birds cause there is nothing here for us at all there's only You


Jay Tholen’s increasingly eclectic body of work touches upon the chip music world in the same way a master chef touches upon a spice in a four course meal. The five tracks here in 'Vainglory', his first EP for Pause, dance effortlessly from melody to noise, from ecstatic joy to existential dread, in tessellations so subtle, so intricate, that at the end of its slight 20 minutes you will marvel at the distance you’ve sonically covered. - Peter Swimm


released September 10, 2011

Jay Tholen - Vocals, Tracking and Sequencing, Samples and Found Sounds, Keyboards, Percussion, Melodica, Ukulele

Christine Tholen - Vocals

Mrenc - Guitar

Zan-Zan-Zawa-Veia and KOOL SKULL- Miscellaneous Sonic Contributions


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Jay Tholen Brunswick, Germany

Jay Tholen is a person who can't get a real life prog/art rock band together so he makes electronic music instead.

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