Celestial Wolves is working on a new album and A Thousand Arms released a first brand new song on their latest Open Language compilation. Porcupine Bank comes with a small story written by Steve Molter from Beware of Safety.
“Sinead kept the liquor bottles hidden in a chest in her closet. There were twelve of them covered by a winter blanket her grandmother had knitted for her as a child. The bottles were glass, some clear, some with a greenish tint, others dark brown and hardly translucent. Individual pieces of paper, rolled into straws, tied neatly with blue string sat idly inside each bottle. Each had a secret message that she couldn’t bear to be found.
Beneath the bed laid a small stack of parchment paper—similar to the paper in the bottles—a quill, a bottle of ink, and a bundle of red string.
Sinead held a thirteenth bottle in her hands while she sat on the floor between her bed and the wall. The bottle was green glass, streaked with salt and earth from its journey through the sea, but the cork was tightly packed into its mouth. Sinead uncorked the bottle, tipped it upside down, and a note with a blue string fell into her lap. She placed the bottle on the floor next to her, picked up the note, grasped it, and held it expectantly to her forehead. She breathed quietly and gently pulled on the blue string. The paper unfurled out of its tightly wound scroll, and she let the string fall to the floor. Sinead slowly pulled apart the sides of the parchment to reveal one word written in ink: “Today.”
Her eyes closed gently and air passed smoothly between her smiling lips. She was ready for her new journey. She was ready for her new life.”