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The Killing Sun

by Still Return

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Come In 05:03 video
Pry myself apart To look for damage And I leave a hole There you enter There you grow Come In Hold me Come In I'm ready Defy my defenses Relieve the guards Bring your baggage Let me know you
Give me space So I can see I don't know what's going on Let me breath Someone died In these woods Now I'm heading through the dark To bring him bacl Man down I was scared Of the night Because the life that I have led Hides a crime The evidence Will certainly reveal There's a tragedy inside Every heart Man down
Lunar Life 03:07
There was a moon in the vacuum of space It was home to a gentle people Lunar life was all they'd ever known Nothing had ever really gone wrong Down and down we go To the lowest part Of what's below Then physical forces beyond conception Made Two what was just One And over time The Two were pummelled TIll nothing was left at all But dust And the population was left Spinning in darkness Wondering what they would become
Wednesday night and you're in our time Rituals may not be used in this house Magic and Forces are checked at the door We have one god And he is vicious Wednesday night and You are in a foreign land There is a chill in the air, so sharp Where did the king go? Has he been slain? Will you wake at all in time for school? Nighttime feels like I might die Tomorrow comes And I'm all alone No one sees me I'm so small
I don't know you at all Were you man or ghost? Left to kill your pain I needed you more I took all the blame It was not my fault Incomplete, we hurt This is who we are
Slain King 01:30
Escape Pod 03:57
Crush You 02:54
We don't want you anymore Don't come here at all Look what you did Look what you did You're so small I could crush you Wait till you see We erase you and start again Don't think of you at all Nothing is wrong Now that you're gone You're so small I could crush you Wait till you see
Exile 02:30


released September 8, 2020

all tracks by COLLIN RUFFINO
mixing track 1 JIM ORSO
layout and font DAVID GROSS, LYDIA STONE
drawing by CR


Influenced by immersion as a kid in the sounds of 90s sci-fi/fantasy soundtracks, my parents' New Age music cassettes, and the ubiquity of the DX-7 and D-50 synths, "The Killing Sun" metabolizes that audio (and visual) DNA into a deeply personal and counter-New Age portrait.
With this album I wanted to create a grammar from those sound-memories, detached from their popular referent and reconfigured to a minor language of my own experience: to twist sounds that have been associated with lightness and, often, a shallow positivity and turn them to express something contrasting and dark, more akin to how I experienced life soundtracked by them.
Maybe one of the ways to break free is to utilize the sounds of the oppressor to make a new song.

Begun in 2015 with a rough piano sketch for "Come In" (track 1), this album is the culmination of years of earnestly seeking something personal. After putting my band Home Video on indefinite pause, this is the first album I've made with singing and lyrics.


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Still Return Brooklyn, New York

A solo album of Collin Ruffino, singer for the band Home Video. Dark vocal, synth lamentations.

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