Vanity Project

by inFictions

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Alrihkh This is a decent album, but it just doesn’t check as many boxes for me as “Maps of Revenge and Forgiveness” does. I love the fact that it makes a concerned statement about the current, alarming state of the world due to our race’s negligent behaviours. Kudos for that and the added link for our enlightenment! There are definite similarities to Thom Yorke and Radiohead here. 7/10. Favorite track: Airtight.
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Deej Amazing release from an incredible band, possibly my band and album of the year. I can't pick a favorite yet, they're all good. This music is my happy place.
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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) The songs of Ed Cartledge, who's also known as the main songwriter of the "Early Cartographers", undoubtedly have some properties of progressive rock, while at the same time sounding quite like post-rock. This is an interesting intersection of genres, occupied by just a few bands commonly tagged as "post-progressive" - a musical terrain opened up by "Radiohead" and the likes. It's a fascinating variant of progressive music that doesn't rely on the legacy of 70's rock, but rather explores new paths into the unknown, thus taking the term "progressive" literally. Favorite track: RedList.
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Airtight 06:45
Clouds. Inverted skies. A sleight to sunrise while Holes allow some stones To pass through airways. NO... Which bears a cross. Defeat devices And all the falsity flown in my town. Hazed at the walls. Ignore the neighbours. Connect more suburbs. It's all a subtle sign That nothing's airtight. All the lessons now in our towns. Aches in the walls. They'll...soak it in Close, close the doors And don't...don't let them out. Their cries. Who am I to turns the brakes on, To salivate through my own crimes untried? A survivor. Snow drifts turned black again. Pile ups all the way: Abandoned while warm. Would a driver Open a door for me? Oh where’s the shore? And how’s the breeze? I’ll freeze as I speak. All I'd ask for. The sea's on my back. Calls me home. In the future, Harness what’s yet to come. Calibrate According to transparency Take a dive in The water is soft and warm. All knives dissolve here. All lies are jokes. This says of the now: Bare eyes, the wasters are down. The sea is our home and all we know.
DeadZones 03:41
N/A (Instrumental)
RedList 04:50
Look down. You'd see me carve stones of birdsongs. Use your headlights To illuminate your latest kill. Just look down kindly. I'm a glance away from a name. I've devised a cunning sign, marked in the mind. I'll soon be found and categorised and locked in a vault. These arms will be pinned to your memories, hope-filled And I'll wake up all renewed in a vacuum, a glass tube and... Use your lamplights To illuminate your new kills Just kneel down slowly. I'm a glance away from a name. Look down. You'd see me. If not for the concrete fields. What flood? Which ark? I'd kill for a space for me. Brush away those shores. Recall what they were but don't think more. Waters on the rise. The key to success is line of sight. I've never known such waves. I can't look down. There's eyeballs on the fishing line. All the silent rooms. All I've got is common dogs that weirdos loved. Right on time: The chaos saved my life and I'll write a line To glorify my name.
Antarctica 03:40
Where I stood I could see all light. All concerned. Depletion signs We all know. I could measure the changing size, Put holes in ice. But this alone's not cool enough. The white out. All the way. They're all going down And soon and on my watch. When passing waves decide to prioritise a threat to life The laws can close such doors. But to sleep's to be paralysed. To let fears in And believe the lie That water waits. All the white. Down, better days Uncommon and unpaid. There's a cat on a wire some days With calves below. Don't look down, jump. Then a cat and a whale for a while Without the sun's rays. With all the white, gone. Why you cannot heal these graves I'll never know.
Formaldehyde 03:54
Preserve me. May I always be this young. I deserve it Cover up girl, put it on. My formaldehyde: It’s a better side. Complements From a follower and the brands I love. Change my eyes. Can I blind you? Can I turn comments off? Design you. Keep you inside for a whole day. Align you. Copy what I do, copy how I move. Turn away. A new face where lakes reflect the pines. Can I burn away My memory box Where minds have gone. Alive in Formaldehyde. Complements From a follower And the brands I love. Change my eyes. Can I blind you? I should turn comments on.
Freshwater 02:56
N/A (Instrumental)
Desrted 04:00
The sand can scratch my eyes to see the worst things I've done. The land has changed become detached, derailed, deserted now. I can't wait to sail through the line in the sand. It's all mine. You'll come around when you see my hopes, the soldiers of my heart. And soon they'll come, hold my court. My builders, my architects. What do I know? I'll circumvent.
Oceans are the wise of the world. They don't mean a thing. Oceans can be trusted. In spite of their ways. Miles away, The surface thinks about its soul. Cast away, Arise now from the deepest hollow. I'm the one, the Leviathan: A chemical. I demand some blood! Some cuts in the coral. If I await, Assuming anyone remains, Castaways Might rise now, lift their eyes to the sun. There's a wire, I'll bite down if they cede control. Congregate Dissuade me from extinction And I see pyramids and sky towers. Bearing down, palaces and dust towns. And I'll could a whale deny it? Oh masters, slaves, Declare once in a while, you're wrong. Then, down below, The chaos subsides, it slows. All Castaways: You know I couldn't mean you harm. But every frog Should treat me as a scorpion.
Climatics 05:28
Cracked a rib on stones below. Fingers, faces, no means no. Crushed to diamonds, oils and animals. Bleach to eyeballs, fields to town halls: all's revealed to citizens. Waiting for them boys To sort it out. Jesus, can't you settle down? And bring friends round? fine tune tests and construct queries and raise your heads and raise your hopes and Cracked ribs...on stones below and Faces...and no means no and Deep's beneath your homes So switch see what comes.
The weight of hurricanes. The wait for spring. The wash of citizen's stories And pensive wings. And lifts the human air To circulate. Amongst our pasts and ruins The seeds come calling in. Carpitur acclivis per muta silentia trames arduus obscurus caligine densus opaca. Be loud. Be loudest. Be a lighthouse through the darkened footpath.


The second album by inFictions is an attempt to offer something on both a more expansive and yet also more intimate canvas. It borrows from a range of genres, compositional styles and songwriting approaches and digs into themes of responsibility, self-obsession, stasis and collapse.

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released August 6, 2018

Music & Lyrics by Ed Cartledge
Arranged and Performed by inFictions
Additional arrangements and production support by Nick Cox
Produced and Engineered by James Fosberry at BigDog Studios, Sheffield
inFictions are:
Ed Cartledge (vocals, guitars, percussion, accordion, synths)
Tom Chaffer (guitars)
Gareth Hughes (bass, percussion)
James Fosberry (drums, percussion, lap steel)
Vanity Project also features:
Hannah Cartledge (flute, backing vox)
Ben Eckersley (cello)
Nick Milne (muted trumpet)
Nick Cox (piano)
Naomi Fearon (viola)
Kat Hurdley (violin)
Olivia Shotton (violin)


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