Phoenix Starlight
“The rules have changed in silence, you’re one half of the pawn. The king he stole your bishop and rode out on your horse”
Phoenix Starlight is PBS’s first sonic voyage written about the resurgence of the symbolic Phoenix who rises from the ashes. I had diaries full of prose after a 3 year hiatus of non-writing. It was a real tough period of my life, when all I’d ever known previously was songwriting and for it to leave you; it becomes a very empty space for me even if it’s full. This was the song which broke the silence. I collected every word I had written from that 3 years or so to put the lyric together. I still remember the day. Meantime Pna had created the tune on acoustic guitar in the lounge room, piece by piece whilst the harmonies flying around the room like a music rainbow. It was a majestic moment. ’Phoenix Starlight’ was the gift to us.

Words & Music by  J. Kitto / P. Andersson (Apra/Stim)
Kitto – Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Bass / Percussion
Andersson –  Vocals / Electric Guitars / Drums / Percussion / Moog
Oakhill – Electric Piano

Kingdom
“So rule your kingdom with a question coz the moon will soon reveal all lies”
“Friends for work, friends for play and friends for life – it’s just know the difference”. This lyric somewhat describes the superficial hungry ghosts which identify themselves within the realms of various scenes.

Words & Music by J. Kitto / P. Andersson / D.Oakhill (Apra/Stim)
Kitto – Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Bass / Percussion
Andersson –  Backing Vocals / Electric Guitars / Drums / Percussion
Oakhill – Organ

Rock And A Tide
“Erode me for the better. Take away the old, wear me to the letter”
Rock and a tide is a somewhat “tongue in cheek” lyric written by Aussie front man for ‘Pearls & Swine’
Ex-Johnny Teen and the Broken Hearts Robert Gale, who is also a long term friend of mine. We had co-written a cache of tunes since we have known each other. However this song was one of Rob’s floating drafts which we implemented into a catchy “OMG, Why am I writing this”? Ask Rob.

Words & Music by R.Gale / J. Kitto / P. Andersson (Apra/Stim)
Kitto – Vocals & Backing Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Bass / Percussion
Andersson –  Harmony Vocals / Electric Guitars / Drums / Percussion
Oakhill – Organ

Bend Me Your Sky
“Now I see with new eyes, how the perfect sky always was my home”
This is more of a classic track. A story of the realization of what we have in our lives all along from the beginning. The sky above reminds us of this; a kind of
‘coming home’.

Words & Music by J. Kitto / P. Andersson (Apra/Stim)
Kitto – Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Bass 1 / Percussion
Andersson –  Harmony Vocals / Electric Guitars / Bass 2 / Drums / Percussion
Oakhill – Electric Piano

Science Man
“For a puzzled guy, there’s so much for him to do. He says not to be afraid of a room with a starlight view”
The song ‘Science Man’ is about a ‘not so common, common guy’ who is actually someone close to us. It explains a brilliance of mind tempered with solving the basic daily tasks of living whilst accompanied by his muse – Ziggy Stardust as his interpreter”.

Words & Music by J. Kitto / P. Andersson (Apra/Stim)
Kitto – Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Bass / Percussion
Andersson –  Backing Vocals / Electric Guitars / Drums / Percussion / Orchestration

Hence Your Body
“Driving home, I guess the dawn was on my side”
Hence your body is about those momentary attractions which we can be a little afraid to admit to at times. You choose it then it chooses you. Pna delightfully stumbled upon a catchy 60’s retro hook which L immediately dived upon and penned the lyrics almost as quick in a hotel room one afternoon before sound check. Confessions of ‘Classic Pop’

Words & Music by J. Kitto / P Andersson (Apra/Stim)
Kitto – Backing Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Percussion
Andersson –  Vocal / Electric Guitars / Bass / Drums / Percussion
Oakhill – Organ

Gospel Of The Waves
“And we all shall carry the wave”
Gospel of the waves was written in one evening at the studio by Pna. Whilst I was busy in the kitchen penning lyrics to
‘Bend Me Your Sky‘, Pna struck gold inspiration in noodling to this theme; something about ‘All carrying the wave‘. His first ever ‘blues Infused’ tune. At the time, my head was somewhere else trying to solve another lyric. But it caught up with me; this song completely blew me away with its simplicity and Pna’s guitar execution and feel, how his voice summons us all to listen.

Words & Music by J. Kitto / P. Andersson (Apra/Stim)
Kitto – Backing Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Bass / Percussion
Andersson –  Vocals / Electric Guitars / Drums / Percussion
Oakhill – Harmony Vocals / Piano / Organ

The Flight Of Vladimir
“Stretch your wings out for your height of your life and fly those seasons. Until the night arrives to say goodbye”
This song is inspired by the true story of a male dancer from the Baltic states, who spent many years performing away from his wife and children in the hope that one day he may afford to eventually be united with them in one country. As time went on, he finally decided to take a job instead as a cleaner in the same place where he had previously danced. I had got to know ‘Vlad’ the dancer in the video during my travels, when on one occasion; he saw me and rushed over most excited to express the news about his lucky break to have a secure job as a cleaner. He glowed with such a humble happiness, that I felt immediately moved to write this song about him. A dedication to a true phoenix spirit!

Words & Music by J. Kitto / P. Andersson / D. Oakhill (Apra/Stim)
Kitto – Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Bass 1 / Percussion
Andersson –  Backing Vocals / Electric Guitars / Bass 2 / Drums / Moog / Orchestration
Oakhill – Electric Piano / Organ

Aquaria
“Every glance shall pass its seed upon the fence of yesterday’s poets. And darkness is just wounded light “
Aquaria is the first highlight track from the PBS album ‘Emerald’. As an eight minute trilogy, it set the tone for the creative playground that I believe is the sound of our Perfect Blue Sky. I got a chance to weave the spirit of the vocals into Pna’s beautiful song craft wizardry. This song is the love story of the creative muse; she eludes and beckons us; the agony and ecstasy in nurturing a dream, something that I longed for always to capture in poetry. It happened on the Greek isle of Tilos September last year 2014. We are grateful for Aquaria. Ps. It was actually the very last track written for the album (! Week) and consequently the first released.

Words & Music by J. Kitto / P. Andersson (Apra/Stim)
Kitto – Vocal / Acoustic Guitar / Percussion
Andersson – Harmony Vocal / Electric Guitars / Bass / Drums / Melotron / Organ / Orchestration

Solomon
“And the days of conform when only true law is that which leads to freedom”
Solomon is an adaptation based on the book
‘Johnathon Livingstone Seagull’ written by pilot author – Richard Bach. I wrote this song sometime back after reading Bach’s Novel and presented it to Pna with a view to create a finishing theme to the album ‘Emerald’. Pna was able to capture in production, the excitement and symbolic life of the seagull which is no ordinary bird – but one who defies convention and ridicule from the flock in seeking his higher purpose and destiny; to complete the flight of his life and soar toward the dream. We both relate and live by this code.

Words & Music by J. Kitto (Apra)
Kitto – Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Bass / Percussion
Andersson – Backing Vocal / Electric Guitars / Orchestration / Drums / Percussion / Orchestration
Oakhill – Piano

Ps. I wanted to mention that I make all my own lyrical music videos of the songs and story. I think it lets our listeners in to a more personal perspective of PBS.

Thank you for reading xx