Crossing The Great Water 利涉大川

by W. Y. Huang

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Crossing The Great Water draws from imagery of Chinese magic and philosophy. The rhythms and melodies are heavily inspired by Taoist ritual music heard around Singapore the city where I grew up and its curious interplay with the highly globalized, futuristic landscape of the country.

With this record, I set out to create a vision of the future through a spiritual Asian lens; a vision not bound by Western identity politics or orientalist fantasy, but one that is rooted in an ancient, enduring philosophy. The process has taken me through my own personal journey of discovering spirituality in a way that has been life changing.

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released May 24, 2019

All songs written and performed by W. Y. Huang, except: "Vision From The Depths" written and performed by W. Y. Huang & Meuko! Meuko!

All songs produced & mixed by W. Y. Huang
Mastering by Al Carlson

Artwork photography by Brian Vu
Design by Currency
Additional Visuals by Kao Cheng Kai

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Track Name: Vision From The Depths (feat. Meuko! Meuko!)
觀自在菩薩
行深般若波羅蜜多時
照見五薀皆空
度一切苦厄
舍利子
色不異空
空不異色
色即是空
空即是色

everything gone
still don't understand

everything over
still don't understand

give me a chance
just give me can
give me can

everything no more
i'm dead where I (am)

揭諦、揭諦,波羅揭諦,波羅僧揭諦,菩提薩婆訶
Track Name: Intoxicated {48} (The Well)
intoxicated
there’s something in your drink dig deep for clearer water
dig deep for clearer water

intoxicated
that’s something don’t you think dig deep for clearer water
dig deep for clearer water

break down
the life you might have found

this time maybe the dream will stick

you scream
but there’s not a sound

you’ve fallen in the wastelands

intoxicated
there’s something in your drink
dig deep for clearer water
dig deep for clearer water

intoxicated
that’s something don’t you think
dig deep for clearer water
dig deep for clearer water

breathe out
and sink into the ground
the hours pass just like the pain

this shadow is cast in stone

intoxicated
there’s something in your drink
dig deep for clearer water
dig deep for clearer water

intoxicated
that’s something don’t you think dig deep for clearer water
dig deep for clearer water
Track Name: Mercy {开光}
mercy
been searching but I was so blind you know I was looking for

mercy
in front of me this whole time you know I was looking for
Track Name: Translate
I stumble translating your feelings
I stumble translating your thoughts
it’s only what gives me your meaning that brings with it endless song

if I could find a sound that could capture
if I could find a name for this rapture

oh let’s take it somewhere
oh let’s take it somewhere slow
we take our time to know
we take our time to know

oh let’s take it somewhere
oh let’s take it somewhere slow
we don’t need words to show
we don’t need words to show

like children we reach for the answers
we never learnt to break the rules
I trace on your skin for the patterns
I trace on your skin for the clues

if I could find a sound that could capture
if I could find a name for this rapture

oh let’s take it somewhere
oh let’s take it somewhere slow
we take our time to know
we take our time to know

oh let’s take it somewhere
oh let’s take it somewhere slow
we don’t need words to show
we don’t need words to show
Track Name: {Hexagram 25}
lines in the sand she wrote
now my feet are wet and
I can’t find it

still as the grass she spoke
now the moss appears but
I can’t leave you
I can’t leave

how do i find my way?

wash all the rags you stole
when the water’s clear
that’s when you’ll find it

sit till the morning grows
then the light is near
so close your eyes and
close your eyes

how do i find my way?

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