Slanting Ray

by Winter Severity Index

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Released by Blood Rock Records and Manic Depression.


released April 19, 2014

Simona Ferrucci - voice, guitar, bass guitar, drum programming
Alessandra Romeo - synths and keyboards
Pierluigi Ferro - saxophone

Recorded and mixed by Luciano Lamanna at Subsound studios, Roma.
Mastered by Andrea Merlini

All lyrics and music by Simona Ferrucci, except for synths by Alessandra Romeo.



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Winter Severity Index Rome, Italy

Winter Severity Index is a project by Simona Ferrucci ( voice, guitar, bass guitar, drum programming). At the moment Simona collaborates with Alessandra Romeo on synths and keyboards.
In their music a cold vintage drum machine rhythm section meets the liquid melancholic atmospheres of Simona's guitar and the ethereal Alessandra's synths.
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Track Name: At Least the Snow
On the ancient garden where
we used to feel the fire
my hands livid as the earth,
a robin sings on thorns.
I watch this silence by the window,
I'm so tired to bleed inside,
bleed inside.
I call you on the telephone,
The city streets closed down
on the frozen land.
You're always been so kind
to deal up with my absence
on and on.
I wished upon the snow,
I wished upon,
I wished upon the snow,
At least the snow.
Sclerosis of the skin:
I hear something crackle
and I'm afraid for my soul,
from my hole.
My father's cheeks are red again,
I need his strength to live in this frozen land
I hold grandmother's hand,
she's wrapped on her shawl,
seems like a child.

I wished upon the snow,
I wished upon,
I wished upon the snow,
At least the snow.
Track Name: Ordinary Love
Strap the razor,
wash the hands,
wear the slippers,
brush the hair,
squeeze the toothpaste,
have a shower,
lift the seat,
clip the nails.
I'm naked and helpless,
with these flesh and bones.
Don't stare at my weakness,
but don't leave me alone,
…don't leave me alone.
A vague psychosis
runs through the line:
these are the best days
of my whole life.
Don't want to listen,
there's never time.
And you won't listen,
if I will cry.
set the alarm,
turn it off,
set the alarm,
turn it off.
I'm tired and dejected,
I'm feeling depressed.
Don't judge my stagnation,
but don't leave me alone,
don't leave me alone...
Washing up
and watch Tv:
this alienation
is killing me.
You say you love me
and so do I,
A shiver runs,
runs down my spine,
'cause I am alive,
I am alive,
I am alive...
Track Name: A Sudden Cold
After loosing every shelter
remorse will be the only gift of pride.
Is that all that you remember?
sometimes it's really too late to change your mind...
Fall is lying by the river,
the morning is sad as it has lost a friend.
so it's time to clean your eyes,
being a master of disguise,
No-one understands your tears and whispers...
Silence cuts dreams with its shears,
Life reminds me to forgive and survive
But all you left to me is my fear:
Solitude is a shield
and it's cold enough to freeze the tears I've cried.
Summer vanishes in a lie,
No one seems to feel the weather quickly changes:
Wind blows into my heart,
It blows into my cheeks
and you will find my tear
falling from your perfect sky, today.
Track Name: The Brightest Days
Just like a diamond on the forehead
staring at the ground,
my lucid violence is coming
twisting all around,
My quite damnation is waiting
for a punishment:
the wiser's compassion and laughters
and confinement.
As windows steams on the evening
of a winter day,
or stars keep crying in the ceiling
their blasphemous prayers,
I could still hear my voice screaming
from the other room
and could remember the close hugs
of a tired womb.

I was still living the brightest days,
I was still living the brightest days.
The more you push me to the light
The more my blackest part is bright.
Track Name: Fishblood
From the darkness,
the wind of lunacy
blows its secrets,
whistling in my ears.
Far away from wisdom,
the mud laces my ankles down.
Far away from sunrise,
the stunning sea waves all around.
Drowning softly
into the lure of death,
'round the corner
I see the final green ray.
Far away from my will,
the only shelter for my soul:
Track Name: Lighting Ratio
Branches shade
stretches out in the twilight,
memories of the pristine fire,
day by day walking past power line,
yellow lights, pale blue skies.
The pain grown in my breast
still burn inside,
The cold that blaze my face again
still makes me smile.
Fragile sketch made of light,
leaves and water:
let it dazzle,
let it dance.
On my coat, freezing hands,
tighten shoulders…
There's no need of anyone
to keep me alive
A drop shines in the thin air,
a given sign.
A step forward on the stair
of peaceful times.
Track Name: No Will
All my wishes,
All my prayers,
All my stars,
All my cigarettes
Wear my clothes,
step outside,
pick up the bus,
step inside,
eat my lunch,
go to sleep,
where's my cigarettes?
All my projects,
All my details,
All my truth,
All my blood,
All my cigarettes
Wear my clothes,
step outside,
on the underground,
go inside,
vomit my lunch,
go to sleep,
never find a place.
Strange reflections
on the wall,
Strange is the taste
of the floor.
They lend me a hand,
They lend me a hand,
lend me a hand...
Track Name: Compulsion
In the winter evenings
Solitude devours my nerves
in large painful bites.
An endless dismay
deep in the eyes,
a sordid hunger
leads my furious sadness.
My arms
beside my body,
like a turned off merry go round.
Dreams are too precious to be dreamt again,
everything becomes forbidden,
the crime of living
makes me eternally convicted,
while the pornography of the common pride
abuses us.
We are the naked men.
Mute carnages
hidden in every face:
nothing changes in thirty years
but the awareness that this sensation
is no longer a menace
but a bitter truth
to face with.
There are no real victories,
In our past as in our future.
Our empty hands
desperately try
to hang on a so far womb,
to hang on a likewise loser:
We toss our bodies
against each other
like in a car crash
and we call it love,
and we call it life,
when it' only
Track Name: Embracing the Void
Tonight my shoulder will be weak
'cause I'm always weak
as I always used to.
Perhaps I'm gonna hold you close
and silently listen to your voice
saying that you care about me
swearing you will save me from the pain,
but it will be hard
standing by my side
because my eyes
talk always too much
about my secret life.
Melancholy has poisoned my heart
and it made me worse
despite all my choices,
but please forgive me
for this fault
that I can't avoid,
'cause I can't forgive me
the fact that you decided to run away
from me,
like everyone I loved made
in these miserable years
spent condemning myself
to this mute slavery
to every dusk to come.
Please forgive me
for this lack of words,
because words will miss
or they'll turn into lies
I can't explain any longer.