Dark Days - EP

by Hill & The Sky Heroes

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After spending the better part of a decade touring with the likes of Serena Ryder and The Weeknd, directing music videos for Mother Mother and Sass Jordan and producing/writing for The Cliks and Eh440, Hill Kourkoutis is harnessing her many talents and experiences into one creative endeavor. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, the award-winning songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker began performing and recording under the nom de band Hill & The Sky Heroes in 2011. Following a three year hiatus, The Sky Heroes are releasing the sequel to their 2012 debut, ’11:11’, a collaborative effort that featured many of her peers from the Toronto music scene including Adrian Eccleston (Drake/Kylie Minogue), Doc McKinney (The Weeknd/Esthero), Serena Ryder, Donna Grantis (Prince and 3RD EYE GIRL), Saidah Baba Talibah and Martha & The Muffins.

The follow-up, appropriately titled ‘The Great Year’, consists of a trilogy of EP’s to be released over the of course of twelve-months, slowly revealing the body of a sophomore LP. Engaging an eclectic amalgam of alt pop, electro and surf rock, ‘The Great Year’ shows a departure from Hill & The Sky Heroes’ debut collaborative effort. Mirroring Kourkoutis’ introspective personal journey during the project’s hiatus, the self-produced, written, performed and mixed EP’s exemplify an evolution from melancholia to revival.

'Dark Days', the first EP of the series, explores a period in this passage conveying the dichotomy between contempt and resistance and a longing for love and purpose. Bear witness as ‘The Great Year’ unravels in 2015 and Hill & The Sky Heroes’ quest from darkness to light reveals itself.

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released January 29, 2015

Produced, Written, Performed and Mixed by Hill Kourkoutis

*except "Don't Be The Mistake" written by Hill Kourkoutis and Derek Downham. Guitars and bass on "Don't Be The Mistake" performed by Derek Downham.

Recorded and Mixed at The Lair (Toronto, ON)
Mastered by Brett Zilahi at Joao Carvalho Mastering (Toronto, ON)

Artwork by Hill Kourkoutis (get your 3D glasses on!)

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Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Hill Kourkoutis, award-winning songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker began performing and recording under the nom de band Hill & The Sky Heroes in 2011. Following a three year hiatus, The Sky Heroes are releasing the sequel to their 2012 debut, ’11:11’, a conceptual series of EP's collectively known as "The Great Year". ... more

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Track Name: The Flame
THE FLAME
(H. Kourkoutis)

There was a time when these eyes would cry
For a life they would miss
If you should leave there would be a hole
Where my heart is

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
What you don’t know
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Is that I want it
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
We could take it slow or burn down the wall

‘Cause when you’re calling out to me
I cannot help but think that you want me to be
That someone out there that's for you
Maybe I could be the one your heart is given to
Your love’s like chasing a flame

Our dreams rained down in a new-found sky
The picture so clear
I want to sleep every single night
And wake with you near

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
We both know
Oh-oh-oh-oh
That we want it
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Let's let it go and burn in the fire

‘Cause when you’re calling out to me
I cannot help but think that you want me to be
That someone out there that's for you
Maybe I could be the one your heart is given to
Your love’s like chasing a flame

I feel the flame
I feel the flame comin'
I feel the flame
And you are bringing it

‘Cause when you’re calling out to me
I cannot help but think that you want me to be
That someone out there that's for you
Maybe I could be the one your heart is given to
Your love’s like chasing a flame

© 2014 Hill Kourkoutis
Track Name: Don't Be The Mistake
DON'T BE THE MISTAKE
(H. Kourkoutis/D. Downham)

Why'd you think you could come onto me?
Am I wearing a sign?
I'm not an invitation for one of your lines
What makes you think you would come home with me?
Just go step behind the line
It's not that kind of situation

You're gonna say what you say
But I could never be swayed

Oooh
Why'd you wanna be the mistake and take what you fake
Oooh
Why don't you just give it a break
Don't be the mistake
Don't be the mistake

What makes you think it's a good idea
To get up in my face?
You're not part of the conversation get off of my case
It's time a woman stood up to you
And called you out on your game
We don't need another altercation

'Cause when you say what you say
I will never be swayed

Oooh
Why'd you wanna be the mistake and take what you fake
Oooh
Why don't you just give it a break
Don't be the mistake
Don't be the mistake

You probably think that you are something great
That you have some privileged personality trait
But I wanna know when you come to me
And you say what you say
Would you talk to your own mother that way
If the answer is no-- just walk away

Oooh
Why'd you wanna be the mistake and take what you fake
Oooh
Why don't you just give it a break
Don't be the mistake
Don't be the mistake

© 2014 Hill Kourkoutis and Derek Downham
Track Name: I Do I Do I Do
I DO I DO I DO
(H. Kourkoutis)

The stars exploded landing in my eyes
And with the stab of an arrow my tears ran dry
The beats pound so hard
The rhythm's oh so fast
How I hope, I'm hoping we can make this last

You ask me if I feel it to, I do
I do I do I do I do
You ask me if I feel it to, I do
I do I do I do

Is this what they mean when they talk about the bees
And the birds and the sun and the one and one
Sweet love, this night is young
And the moon is new
I saw it written in the numbers it has to be you

You ask me if I feel it to, I do
I do I do I do I do
You ask me if I feel it to, I do
I do I do I do I do

I'm trying to fly with wounded wings will you catch me?
I'm falling fast, I'm falling hard, oh will you break my fall?

I wanna be what you need, just like I need who you are
I wanna see what you see, yeah we could have it all
I wanna be what you need now that you came along
That you came along

You ask me if I feel it to, I do
(I do I do I do I do)
I gotta ask you if you want it
'Cause baby I do
I do I do I do

I'm trying to fly with wounded wings will you catch me?
I'm falling, falling hard
I wanna fall into you will you break me?
Or will you be the one to break my fall?
I'm trying to fly with wounded wings will you catch me?
I wanna fall, fall into you
Fall into
I just wanna fall into you

© 2014 Hill Kourkoutis
Track Name: Hurt Me
HURT ME
(H. Kourkoutis)

Blame me
For all that’s gone wrong
‘Cause we're two passing ships that will break at the hip
In this swan song

Shame me
For all that has passed
‘Cause the tears that went dry when I swallowed that cry
Were my last

When the dark comes to rip you apart
And the shadows consume all your heart
When there’s no sunlight left in your days
When there’s no other way—

Just go on and hurt me
Hurt me
Come on and hurt me
You know you want to

Hate me
I know you want to
I can see in your eyes there’s that look you despise me
You do

When the card’s pulled and you hold The Tower
And you’re facing your loneliest hour
When the voices come warring in the waves
When there’s no other way—

Just go on and hurt me
Hurt me
Come on and hurt me
You know you want to

When there’s no other way—

Just go on and hurt me
Hurt me
Come on and hurt me
You know you want to

© 2014 Hill Kourkoutis