The Greatest Show On Earth

by Kontiki Suite

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    Sunstone Records are proud to present a limited vinyl press of the second album ‘The Greatest Show on Earth‘ by our favourite, North Lakes troubadours Kontiki Suite.

    After initially approaching the band as fans this is the realisation of something incredibly special - their 2012 debut ‘On Sunset Lake’ was and still is a favourite and to be involved in the follow up is a majestic feeling – musically and lyrically it feels like a follow up to the debut with
    added colour and swagger: think Byrds / Emitt Rhodes / Brewer and Shipley / Beachwood Sparks / Teenage Fanclub

    The LP will be housed in a wonderful Luke Insect designed gatefold with a free digital download. This is the sound of deep Northern England and the bands love of melody, harmony, country rock and psychedelia takes us to the next level of their trip.

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"Three years on from their debut, On Sunset Lake, Kontiki Suite return with another immaculately crafted album of shimmering songs, blending country-rock with their brand of Cosmic Cumbrian Music

They've kept some of the Laurel Canyon campfire vibe ("Pages Of My Mind") but they're more muscular this time as they head into the city to flex their chops. 'Free From Sound' and 'All I Can Say' jangle and slide with sharpness and precision, whilst epic, cloud-bursting 'Burned' adds extra thrills to the trip. 'Under The Rug' mixes it all, opening delicately with lap steel and finger-picking until accelerating with quicksilver lead guitar out of the country, onto the Fillmore stage, soaring stratospherically into the stars, before floating back down to earth.

Closer 'Years Roll On' is achingly beautiful, "I'll write a song that no one will hear", tenderly suggests Benjamin Singh. Do yourself a favour and prove him wrong." ****

Shindig! Magazine December 2015.

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released October 2, 2015

All tracks written by Benjamin Singh except Bring Our Empire Down and Keep Up With My Old Self written by Jonny Singh and Burned by Benjamin Singh and Marcus Dodds.

Produced by Jonny Singh for Lonesome Blue Jay Productions, UK. Recorded at The Kontiki Rooms and and Blue Jay Studios, Carlisle, UK. Mixed at Blue Jay Studios, Carlisle, UK. Mastered by Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA, USA.

Chris Brown: Drums
Marcus Dodds: 6 string electric guitars
Mario Renucci: Bass guitar
Benjamin Singh: Lead and backing vocals, 6/12 string acoustic and electric guitars, organ, mellotron, harmonica.
Jonny Singh: Backing vocals, lead vocals on Keep Up With My Old Self, lap steel guitar, 6/12 string electric guitars, organ, mellotron.
Craig Bright: Percussion

Artwork and design by Luke Insect • www.lukeinsect.com

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Kontiki Suite Carlisle, UK

Kontiki Suite hail from the isolated outskirts of the Lake District in England's “Deep North”.

13-track debut album On Sunset Lake furthers their rampant collective love of melody and harmony via psychedelia and country-rock.

Follow-up 2015 album The Greatest Show On Earth sees the band taking their art onto the next level. If you liked On Sunset Lake, you're sure to love the new album.
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Track Name: Bring Our Empire Down
Can't sleep tonight
Too much for my eyes and ears
From the night before
Had a front row seat
To the greatest show on earth
I've been here before

'Cause all that we need is around

We were racing against time
But it was close across the line
Call it a draw
From me to you, I love you too
My empire of good fortune grows
All down to you

'Cause all that we need is around
There's nothing you can say to bring us down
'Cause all that we need is around
They're never gonna bring our empire down

A sight you can't get tired of
The beautiful adventure
Can I take you there
Take my hand, come with me
See the sun rise up completely
Breathe that country air

'Cause all that we need is around
There's nothing you can say to bring us down
'Cause all that we need is around
They're never gonna bring our empire down

Please don't save me 'cause
Who'll watch over me then
If you think I'm saved you might move on from here
Failed to remember but I did not forget
The smoke was rising from those embers
Those years ago
When I first met you
You stole my soul
Track Name: My Own Little World
It's all doom and gloom
At least that's what I'm told
So clear out the room
The party's over now

I'm trying to get out
Out of my own little world
And we're all strung out
Out in this whole wide world
And the system's burning down
While the world is turning round and round
Where'd it go wrong?
All the money is gone
It's all gone

What more can I say?
Our future's blown away
As we slide down this road
While others hang on to their thrones

I'm trying to get out
Out of my own little world
And we're all strung out
Out in this whole wide world
And the system's burning down
While the world is turning round and round
Where'd it go wrong?
All the money is gone
It's all gone
Track Name: Free From Sound
Maybe one day I will run away
From everything that I know
And when I come back
I will sit right here and write a song 'bout it all
It’d be bittersweet

And it would be nice to pass the time
Now's the time I could pass
But you can't claim it back

Maybe one day I will hide away
From all the songs in my head
In the silence of night
I'll be free from all the melody and the rhyme
I'll be free from the sound

And it would be nice to pass the time
Now's the time I could pass
But you can't claim it back

And all I do is listen out
All alone on the road I shout
'Cause the sound is all it's about
And my days fill with doubt
Track Name: Here For You Now
Many times I'd hit the wall
And I couldn't go on anymore
But you helped me out
Now I'm here for you now
Here for you now
If you want

I've been down on the tracks
And I couldn't get up off my back
But you helped me up
Now I'm here for you now
Here for you now
If you want?

What else could I do
Than pay my debt right back to you?

Many times I stood up tall
But from up there it was a hell of a fall
But you picked me up
Now I'm here for you now
Here for you now
If you want?

What else could I do
Than pay my debt right back to you?

Don't ever doubt, I'll be there
Helping you out when you're down
In the darkest of nights I'll be there for you

I've been lost along the way
And I spiralled out to another day
But you dragged me back
Now I'm here for you now
I’m here for you now
If you want?

What else could I do
Than pay my debt right back to you?
Track Name: Under The Rug
And I never worried for your soul
But I just can't take this anymore

You sweep it all under the rug
And there ain't nothing left when you're done

‘Cause I’ve never known anyone like you
You keep doing things I don't need you to do

You sweep it all under the rug
And there ain't nothing left when you're done

And all those gamblers and cheats
They've got nothing on you
You crawl out the woodwork
And you make everyone blue
You’re swimming in waters far too deep

You sweep it all under the rug
And there ain’t nothing left when you're done

And all those gamblers and cheats
They've got nothing on you
You crawl out the woodwork
And you make everyone blue
You’re swimming in waters far too deep
Track Name: Pages Of My Mind
I turn the pages of my mind
I’m searching for something that I can’t find
I stand alone in the crowd
Staring at my feet
And I don't make any sound

And all my senses are telling me to leave
But I know, but it all comes back again
And I try too hard to be what I ain't
And I know this but it all comes back again

‘Cause I could live for one hundred more years
And never find those pages in my mind
I don't wanna burn any bridges
And I try not to
But no one's ever listening

And the second that I found that out
Then I knew
And it all comes back again

All my problems have an answer
The trouble is I don’t know where I'd find such a thing
And as I stumble through solutions
I'm searching for a revolution

And I don't know if I'm playing out of time
But I'm sure you'll let me know
And I try too hard to be what I ain't
And I know this
But it all comes back again

‘Cause I could live for one hundred more years
And never find those pages in my mind
I don't wanna burn any bridges
And I try not to
But no one's ever listening

'Cause I could stand at the top of a hill looking out
And I won't see anything
‘Cause I could live for one hundred more years
And never find those pages in my mind
Track Name: Keep Up With My Old Self
She says she loves me
She tells me all the time
I don't know why
Hasn't she seen me lately
To know what state I'm in
I no longer feel fine

It's getting pretty hard to keep
Up with my old self
Hear me plead
I never want to leave here again
Demons are waiting for me
To take my soul away

Past sins they haunt me
Stitching’s coming loose
From reality
See my reflection
It's been there all along
I just would not see

I'll never be the same again
This is for my crimes
I'm guilty of them
My knees are creaking, back aches again
Refocus my dreaming
Take that carpet ride, amen

She's all that I've been missing
All that I've been dreaming of is her
She's all that I've been missing
All that I've been thinking of is her
But they'll find
She's all that I'm hanging onto
She's all that I've been missing
All that I've been dreaming of is her

She says she loves me
She says she loves me
Track Name: All I Can Say
All I can say is I'm feeling let down
And I can't believe how it hurts
One fine day I was on a crest of a wave
Oh man I must be cursed

And I don’t need someone hanging 'round
‘Cause I just need something that makes me proud

All I can say is my pride's in the way
And I know a fall is coming
'Cause rose tint nostalgia is all that I have
I can't keep up for running

I don't need someone hanging 'round
And I just need something that makes me proud

And all I can say is wasting away in my head
Words can't be said
And all that I know will remain unknown 'til it's said
And it leaves my head
It leaves my head

I don't need someone hanging 'round
And I just need something that makes me proud

And all I can say is wasting away in my head
Words can't be said
And all that I know will remain unknown 'til it's said
And it leaves my head
It leaves my head
Track Name: Burned
And I’ve got you under my skin
How’d you get in?
And I’d never have known
'Til you made it your home
And moved right in
Now I can't escape this haze
Spaced out in a daze

My blood it boils, a hundred degrees
And I'm begging you please
To cut me loose
Down from your noose
And give your final salute
Now I can't escape this haze
Spaced out in a daze

There were times I got burned in the fire
Scorched my soul in the heat of desire
There were times I got burned in the fire
Scorched my soul in the heat of desire

The room it shakes, it rattle and rolls
It rattle and rolls to the beat of your drum
And then it goes boom like a gun
Boom like a gun, now I’ve nowhere to run
Nowhere to run, and no time to run
There’s no time to run and I can't
I can't escape this haze
Spaced out in a daze
Track Name: Years Roll On
I heard the news today
A friend of mine she ran away to be someone
She wanted to be a star
But I'm not that kind
I'll keep dreaming of the things I could have
Should haves don't spring to mind

As the years roll on
My feet get stuck in the mud
But rock’n'roll it stays in my blood

When the Sunday summer sun
Shines right through my window
Well I think of you
And wonder where you are
Even though I'm glad for you
Jealousy it eats away from out the blue
And not much else remains

As the years roll on
My feet get stuck in the mud
But rock’n'roll it stays in my blood

And I’ll write a song that no one will hear
All my blood, sweat and my tears
And how I might be broken
None of it matters anyway
Not a single word that I say
I'm the book you haven't opened

As the years roll on
My feet get stuck in the mud
And all I've learned ain't done me good

There's not much left for me
So I'll keep playing all those little melodies
And dream of might have beens

As the years roll on
My feet get stuck in the mud
But rock 'n' roll stays in my blood