The Oakfoot Running

by The Oakfoot Running

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Recorded in a variety of bedrooms, closets, concert halls, and rehearsal spaces in Chicago and Berlin (plus one Swedish sauna).

Mixed through a variety of speakers, headphones, and monitors along the road through Sweden and Norway.

Yet to be mastered.


released December 18, 2012

Written, Arranged, Recorded, and Mixed by Matthew Gember

additional violin arrangements by Viola Rötzsch

Matthew Gember - vocals, guitar, piano, drums/percussion
Viola Rötzsch - vocals, violin
Natasha Jaffe - cello
Lars Seniuk - flugel horn
Christina Pawlowski - vocals
Maria Perlick - vocals
Elisa Marschall - vocals
Miro Bernatek - drums/percussion

Cover art collaboration between Anders Nash, Jeffery Haas, and Matthew Gember.



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The Oakfoot Running Berlin, Germany

The Oakfoot Running is a projection of the ongoing experience not at all limited to, but simply channeled through and assembled by nomadic singer-songcatcher Matthew Gember. In fact, it encompasses every artist, listener, host and companion this experience encounters.

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Track Name: Open the Door (way or..)
I was alone in the yard 10,000 years ago
I couldn't see very far out in the snow

Under the forest and out over the snare
I was a a fawn in a pond helpless and scared

Forty nights scratchin' the timber from
mo(u)rning eyes; searchin' for kingdom come

Open the door (way or..)

Sought by the nine burning arms beneath our feet
I forged a sword out of yarn beyond their reach

Forty nights scratchin' the timber from
mo(u)rning eyes; searchin' for kingdom come

Open the door (way or..)
Walk back home...
Track Name: Ingredients
Tossed in a bowl with crystals and greens
Dressed with rainy days and searching
For the courage and the grace
of a nutrient

Drizzled and drained
Open hearted but bursting with flames
This is what we claimed
In the days of our fame

The universe is cooking
And we're being sauteed
But it's OK
Because were only ingredients

Gentle is the dish we make
Omnipotent is the flavor
Each of us the same
Tenderly woven


I was raised under the redwood
We were laden with conifer and soot

Those were the days when each of us were able
To walk along the forest floor on intuitions brail

Track Name: He was Me,
7 years since I first had a vision of a man
sitting with a mountain in his hands
He was the reason I would strive to be better
He was Me and in between was forever

13 years since I first felt a girl
Fill me up with only her
She would introduce me to my fears
and wash away with a hurricane of tears

25 years since I first took on my senses
and I've yet to have made sense of them
Still I know that the power they hold is just beginning
to unfold a higher form of being