Remember, there was a time before us. In this old world, a sense of belonging and feeling of oneness kept us together through storm and flood. Remember, there was a place; a center in the cycles of life, a portal to the inner earth. Marked with stone monuments, such places stood aligned with the pathway to the stars. Remember, there was a name at the beginning: Omphalos, the navel of the earth.
A bridge between the old and the new, Omphalos is the long awaited follow-up to Cesair's debut Dies, Nox et Omnia, featuring 12 original songs performed by former and current band members, as well as a guest appearance by FAUN's Stephan Groth.
released September 1, 2017
Produced, recorded and mixed by Fieke van den Hurk at Dearworld Studio in 's-Graveland
Mastered by Darius van Hefteren at Amsterdam Mastering
Graphic design by Fieke van den Hurk and Monique van Deursen
All lyrics by Monique van Deursen, except:
Boudicca – Q. Horatius Flaccus, 'Carmina' & William Couper, 'Boadicea: An Ode'; Chorihani – part traditional; Isolde – Anon.;La Luna – Federico García Lorca, 'Romance de la Luna, Luna'; The Ruin – part Anon.; Rúnatal – 'Poetic Edda: Hávamal'; Troll Kalla Mik – 'Poetic Edda: Hávamal' & Snorri Sturluson, 'Prose Edda: Skáldskaparmál'; Umbra – George Coşbuc, 'Umbră'; Surya Mantras - 'Upanishad'
All music, compositions and arrangements by Cesair, except:
Rúnatal, part traditional
Monique van Deursen - vocals, bodhrán, frame drum, darbuka
Sophie Zaaijer - violin, viola, cello, vocals, jew's harp, glockenspiel, percussion
Thomas Biesmeijer - acoustic guitar, Irish bouzouki, vocals, frame frum
Jan de Vries - drums, davul, djembé, percussion
Faber Horbach - piano, nyckelharpa, vocals
Luka Aubri - slideridoo
Fieke van den Hurk - accordion, hammered dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, percussion
Cesair's music incorporates the musical, spiritual and historical heritage of cultures from all around the Orient and Occident, creating a mixture of eastern sounds and rhythms and traditional as well as modern European folk music.
A pool reflects the passage of the morn.
Young women smile anew, now the children have been born
and on the fields appear their fathers fading in the sun.
It's time to live the dream, now the vision has begun.
Our lives we spend by running with the deer.
The Earth has given bessing, the time that we lived here.
The rhythm, which pulses, like waving of the rye
as heading for tomorrow is a message in the sky.
Ours are the meadows and forests of the land.
New colours and sounds weave a pattern where we stand,
of places untouched, a kingdom of our own
until the sun goes down and our time has outgrown.
Track Name: The Ruin
Upon the grim hill,
a shadow is cast by the moon's pale embrace.
Lofty and still
and scarred to the root by the wind pouring days.
gecrong gebrocen to beorgum.
on þas beorchtan burg.
Remember the morn,
when princes were born and the poems were sung.
Good men they were torn,
the voices of ever lament years of young.
Track Name: Rúnatal
Við hleifi mik sældu
ní við hornigi,
nýsta ek niðr,
nam ek upp rúnar
fell ek aftr þaðan.
Veit ek, at ek hekk
vindga meiða á
nætr. Allar níu,
ok gefinn Oðni.
Sjalfr sjalfum mér,
a þeim meiði
er manngi veit
hvers af rotum renn.
Oðin með asum
en fyr alfum Dáinn
Dvalinn ok dvergum fyrir
Asviðr jötnum fyrir
ek reist sjalfr sumar.
Betra er obéðit
en sé ofblótit.
Ey ser til gildis gjof
betra er ósent
en se ofsóit.
Svá Þundr of reist
fyr þjoðr rök
þyn hann upp of reis
er hann aftr of kom.
Track Name: Boudicca
When the British warrior queen
bleeding from the Roman rods,
sought with an indignant mien
counsel of her country's gods.
Sage beneath a spreading oak,
sat the Druid, hoary chief,
every burning word he spoke
full of hate and full of grief:
'Princess, if our aged eyes
weep upon thy matchless wrongs,
'tis because resentment ties
all the terror of our tongues.
Rome shall perish - write that word
in the blood that she has spilt:
perish hopeless and abhorred,
deep in ruin as in guilt.
How sweet it is for fatherland to die!
True Virtue opens heaven to worth.
She makes the way, she does not find
the vulgar crowd, the humid earth.
Lady, o lady, child of sea-born, all nights I have come.
Embrace this face of noble storm, let the wait be done.
Longing years of lonely lament, absence of your touch.
Herein lies a vital end, can one heart bear as much?
Though the sea now keeps you nearest,
though the ocean holds you close;
my arms still can feel you, dearest,
my heart with you still overflows.
One day the moment finds us, our lives begin all overnew.
Until this moment binds us I will remember you.
Princess, sweet Ahes, light of life, open the gate to me.
Make me enter, make me free, together we shall be.
Then reveal yourself, lonely prince, king of dark abyss.
I have heard you long since, so steal from me a kiss.
My father, father, mortal man
around his neck the key.
I must steal it, he won't see,
together we must be.
Ahes went to the chamber,
took her father's key;
left him there in slumber,
for together they must be.
In came the lover flowing free,
with waves of cold embrace.
Paving the dark streets of the city
and drowning the Ysian race.
Take me lover, bring me under,
life is no more for me.
My last breath will leave yonder,
together we must be.
Track Name: Mardochaios
Mardochaios, bel belim.
Track Name: Isolde
Tristan muose sunder sînen danc,
stæte sîn der küniginne,
wan in der poysûn dar zuo twanc
mêre dan diu kraft der minne.
Des sol mir die guote danc
wizzen, daz ich solken tranc
nie genam und ich sie doch minne
baz danne er, und mac daz sîn.
Wol getâne, valsches âne
lâ mich wesen dîn und bis du mîn.
Sît diu sunne ir liehten schîn
gegen der kelte hât geneiget
und diu kleine vogellîn
ir sanges sint gesweiget,
trûric ist daz herze mîn
ich wæne, ez wil winter sîn,
der uns sîne kraft erzeiget
an den bluomen, die man siht.
In lichter varwe, erblichen garwe;
dâ von mir beschiht, leit und anders niht.
Track Name: Surya Mantras
aum bhuurbhu vahsuvah
aum tatsavitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhiimahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayaath