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Empty City

by Tor Lundvall

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Pica Pica Standing in half light
the land beneath my feet
the stars above me
what decays and changes below
what is eternal above
yet each is a mirror
silence reflected
refracted into soft faces
grass, moonlight, and foxes
and her, still standing beyond me
hand on my shoulder
telling me not to feel alone
my deafness echoes
into a tempest of thoughts
dissatisfied, confused
longing to open my hands
reaching into the darkness
where no reaching is required
still she whispers
"all you have to do... is let go." Favorite track: Scrap Yard (String Version).
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Scrap Yard 03:55
Platform #3 03:12
Running Late 03:10
Night Work 02:30
Early Hours 03:53
Grey Water 04:05
Wires 03:03
Empty City 02:58
Open Window 03:51
2:00 AM 03:26
Clearing Sky 02:55
Machinery 03:47
Sunset 03:53
“EARLY HOURS” In the early hours The night page white In the early hours The light stone white


Originally released as a limited CD edition of 955 hand-numbered copies on Strange Fortune in 2006 (SF3). Reissued by Dais Records as part of the 5-CD box set "Structures and Solitude" in 2013 (DAIS052).


I've always been fascinated by cities in the Northeastern U.S. and how the structures interact with what was once a natural landscape. I used to take the train back and forth between Newark, NJ and Washington DC in the late 1980s. During the night trips, I'd stare out the window at abandoned factories, empty warehouses and other structures bathed in the dull orange or greenish glow of streetlights. I wanted to crawl into that hidden world.

Several years ago, during the mastering session for "The Mist", I was captivated by the view from my brother's apartment window which overlooked the Jersey City skyline. The sun was slowly sinking behind the cold and lonely buildings below, casting brilliant orange and crimson light across the room. I watched the luminous patterns drift across the walls while I listened to my music echoing down the hallway. I knew I had to create an album which somehow captured the essence of this moment. The result was something slightly different and more interesting than what I had originally set out to do.

Tor Lundvall
January 14th, 2006
(Amended March 2018)


Matt Howden and I discussed collaborating after he contributed his distinctive and evocative string arrangements to "Autumn Calls", so in 2003, I sent him some of my working tracks for "Empty City". The collaboration never took root due to other commitments, however Matt added a beautiful string arrangement to my early mix of 'Scrap Yard' and a short vocal verse to 'Early Hours'. Both versions are included as bonus tracks on the "Empty City" reissue along with two out-takes; 'Machinery' and 'Sunset', the latter was originally intended to be the closing track on the album.

Tor Lundvall
September 12th, 2013


released March 9, 2018

Recorded between April 2003 and May 2004.

String arrangements on track 15 and words / lead vocals on track 16 by Matt Howden.

Artwork and Design by Tor Lundvall.

Mastered by Kurt Lundvall.

© Tor Lundvall, Eternal Autumn Editions (ASCAP).


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Tor Lundvall New York, New York

American painter and composer on Dais Records.

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