Islands of My Soul

by Jason Barrows

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The landscape of “Islands of My Soul” the debut release from Jason Barrows is as he would humorously describe it. “Sort of pretty, but sort of creepy...”

Growing up playing in psychedelic and americana bands in the Midwest he spent most of his time shaping blurry sounds to support other songwriters. After spending time with fellow Midwest musician Josh Garrels he started to discover that there was a potential to marry his spirituality and his taste for iconic musical expression.

Colored walls of synthesizers and 80’s era new wave guitars break through Barrows stunningly potent lyrics about redemption and the world that we are living in.

“These songs started out as my way to make sense of faith, and over time I used every sound I’ve ever wanted to try to turn them each into their own story”

The end result takes the listener from hauntingly slow to brightly epic.

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released October 23, 2014

Jason Barrows // Guitars. Synthesizers. Harmonicas. Vocals. Beats

Jonathan Class // Bass. Synthesizers. Pianos. Beats

Isaac L. Vining // Drums

Thom Daugherty // Guitars

Alex Dobbert // Drums. Beats

Mike Barrow // Guitars

Isaac Joel // Guitars and Synthesizers


Production // Jonathan Class. Alex Dobbert. Jason Barrows

Mixing // Steven Potaczek. Alex Dobbert. Jonathan Class

Mastering // Alex Dobbert

Artwork // Neil M. Kjeldsen. Rachel Leigh. Erik Anderson

Photography // Austin Warnock

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Track Name: Voyagers
Into the fog we escaped, to become Voyagers of the unknown
For when the home that you know, grows dim
Its time….to travel on

In the quiet corners of the soul, is the cry to touch the unseen
Reach past the hands of the grave and stare out
To the face of the deep

Oh…

So abandon all of your fear and set sail
For a city of light
Now the door to those lands
Is the heart that you carry inside
Track Name: City of Lost Children
Turn my eyes back, to the place where I belong
My dreams are lucid now
Pale blue and creepy
Will you hold me in your arms

Tell me Great One, where did my faith begin
So many voices here, so sure but so empty
I close my eyes, reach beyond them and listen
Let you awake me

So let me die inside the light
Be reborn inside Your dreams
Cause I've lived a thousand years
In the soul of a city of lost children
Until you found me
Redemptions calling...
Track Name: Golden Light
Hang another mirror up upon your wall
The old one has fallen down
Sit there in the dark, waiting for the dawn
To creep in from behind

Out there in Your eyes, the endless sea of time
Speaks without a sound
Whispers to your heart, come back from where you are
Believe once again…

I don't mind that I can't see
The way the wind is bling through the trees
This is life and this is faith
The darkness comes and then the darkness fades

This is how it starts, a sees falls from the heart
And sinks into the earth
Rain falls from the clouds, they roll back and resound
With golden light…With golden light

I don't mind that I can't see
The way the wind is bling through the trees
This is life and this is faith
The darkness comes and then the darkness fades
Into golden light. light. light. light.
Track Name: Promised Land
I'm a man
Sent from the promised land
Here to tell you all the secrets of the universe

I'm the master plan
You wouldn't understand
If you won't even love your brother
Burying yourself in comfort gold
Its meaningless

Cause everyone knows
Or maybe they don't
That redemption is the high road
And you never pay one bleeding dime
So children laugh and sing
Fill it with light
I already payed the price for your life
Don't carry the cost on till the end

Im the wine
The blood of the crimson vine
So go and bury all your judgment
And let love make you a drunkard
Till the end of time

I'm the words
The voice of the universe
So come and die upon my doorstep
And i'll give you all the beauty that you never earn
Track Name: License to Kill
The cross
It was the license to kill
Where all of hell was gunned down in a field
And all my foolish deeds forgotten
Left for dead upon the hill

The price
Was more than robbing the bank
Cause when your buying life
It might cost yours to get it paid
And so he laid it down in silence
So we would never taste the pain

The license to kill is held by The Man
Who plunders the night with blood on His hands
Carries the broken inside His own ribs back home
The license to kill belongs to The One
Who forsook Himself to fight for our love
Sparing all of His heart so that He could call us His own

The fight
Well it is over and won
So hold your head up high
Into the setting sun
And love your brother like your Maker
Till theres no breath left in your lungs….
Track Name: Up From The Sea
I'm jumping off this ship
Don't know what the strangest part of it is
The ship they call the modern age
It fills you up with darkness
And it just throws you away

Too many years my hands had slaved
Weathering themselves while digging up myself a fancy grave
One night I heard a voice ringing clear
Its said "I am Your Maker c'mon son now lets get outta here"

Up from the sea
Rise with
We're in deep
In the eyes of His hurricane

Of all the fantasy in my mind
Every grand illusion never thought that I would ever find
The Spirit of the Infinite
Keeper of my heart who set a fire to my sinking ship
Track Name: Hearts on Fire
I just want to stare into The Son and get faded
I just want to stare into The Son and get faded
I just want to stare into The Son and get faded
Oh, oh hearts on fire
Oh, oh hearts on fire

The light that we became well it don't ever stop shining
When we're hanging by a thread He is always there shimmering brightly
So open up your eyes now
See the flames rising
Oh, oh hearts on fire
Oh, oh hearts on fire

I just want to stare into The Son and get faded
I just want to stare into The Son and get faded
I just want to stare into The Son and get faded
Oh, oh hearts on fire
Oh, oh hearts on fire