Hatching Under the Stars

by Clara Engel

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1.
I’ve been trying to be brave to keep the ghost at bay I tried to feed you starve you sing for you locked you out on the coldest night but here you are again hollow eye sockets filling with light I’ve been trying to behave to keep the ghost at bay memory rises up like smoke and falls in a full-blooded tide ossified forest floods with light fly away with me this tired old world isn’t all it’s cracked up to be no pumpkin caravan no magical seed no spacecraft glowing in the moonlit trees let’s find a new way to see we still have our eyes we can still breathe I’ve been trying to be brave to keep the ghost at bay
2.
our selves burn our leaves turn remind me of who I was can a songbird ever change its tune? our cells change our hells bloom sea of dead languages swell of white noise and red roses laps at your teeth but you cannot speak sign of life ascend descend rewind have you ever heard the story of the blind mole under the starry night? (neither have I) our selves burn our leaves turn remind me of who I was can a songbird ever change its tune?
3.
ancient horse preserved in ice returns to life under scalpel cold forensic light your flickering eye nerves electric and alive recall forests deep and a glittering sky you never ate an apple from a hand never blinkered or saddled or raced to death once upon a time you died for a long long long time what is time? what am I? worlds go by carved up and flatlined ancient horse preserved in ice returns to life under scalpel cold forensic light
4.
baby alligators hatching under the stars all the love songs never written sung by skeletons in an underground mall still life in a laundromat cold fluorescent glow news station static and a burning world where there’s nothing to be sure of nothing to hold in silence we fold our fading clothes baby alligators hatching under the stars all the love songs never written sung by skeletons in an underground mall at an all-night diner dead stars meet for old times’ sake drink black coffee under a full moon can’t sleep or stay awake this beast, it has no number this feeling can’t be named do the twist the whole soul shakedown in the maw of a hurricane baby alligators hatching under the stars all the love songs never written sung by skeletons in an underground mall
5.
Any Creature 06:17
any creature who loves dilating eye opening mouth any creature who loves flutter of wings quiver of gills a bruising a blessing of bells tiding of magpies in a snow white field am I the kindling, am I the flame? the darkening sky, the gutter of rain? any creature who loves dilating eye opening mouth any creature who loves flutter of wings quiver of gills I fell asleep in a fallow field magpies ferry my eyes to a greener world vale of frozen time I try to walk beside you but I always wake up too soon any creature who loves dilating eye opening mouth any creature who loves flutter of wings quiver of gills
6.
time is a putty in your grizzled claw old feathered devil you are you’ve been kind to me before so throw me a good scrap I’m a hungry wolf let me out of this cage let me run around the glowing lake until the morning comes and I’ll be on my way I saw a sunbeam caught in a snare rescued it with my bare hands all I got was a third degree burn and a terrible fear of daylight let me out of this cage let me run around the glowing lake until the morning comes and I’ll be on my way the noonday demon stops by for tea with the old feathered devil and me we play blind man’s bluff and charades as the sun creeps away and rises again let me out of this cage let me run around the glowing lake until the morning comes and I’ll be on my way old feathered devil eat out my heart I’ll pick a ripe new one before it gets dark
7.
there’s a snow angel in the oven dark curtains undulate like wings you wear your chains so well, my dear they gleam and sway and sing what time is it in Moscow? what time is it in Spain? it’s seven minutes past sunrise here and a black cat waits for a train there’s an ice changeling in the cradle the clocks are all bursting into flame you won’t sell me on a higher plane or some rarified and holy brand of pain what time is it in Moscow? what time is it in Spain? it’s seven minutes past sunrise here and a black cat waits for a train there’s a sapling growing through the floorboards soon it’s going to break through the ceiling you never once dreamed when you dropped that tiny seed of this beast reaching for heaven even as you sleep what time is it in Moscow? what time is it in Spain? it’s seven minutes past sunrise here and a black cat waits for a train
8.
little blue fox with eyes of amber you circle my house in the morning before I rise you circle my bones in the morning before I rise my heart is so heavy your feet barely touch the earth little blue fox with eyes of amber one day I’ll wake up early and I’ll follow you to a valley beyond all nightmares and dreams and rules where there’s nothing to carry and no one to bury where the sky is vermilion and the grasses are laughing one day I’ll wake up early and I’ll follow you little blue fox with eyes of amber
9.
what happens now? the mystery will carry on without me there are gifts along the shore you’ve got to search under every stone let dirt seep into your blood a sack of moonbeams on your back sometimes it gets so heavy what happens now? the mystery will carry on without me shake off your cobwebs everyday go outside even when it rains let your pastures go to seed flower and fade fences decay what happens now? the mystery will carry on without me with the indifference of fire and the weightlessness of smoke pulses ebb and flow dawn chorus fades what happens now? the mystery will carry on without me

about

All songs written and performed by Clara Engel.

Voice, guitar, and drums recorded live off the floor at Lynx Music over the course of two afternoons in November 2019.
Both live sessions were engineered by Paul Kolinski.

Additional overdubs by Clara engineered by Mitchell Girio at the Slow Cooker.
Mixed and mastered by Mitchell Girio at the Slow Cooker.



A big thank you to patrons and others whose support made this album possible: David Buchta, Joel Cuthbert, Jay Dee, Konstantinos Diamantis, Chris D'Iorio, Andrew Erlich, Nicholas Field, Lys Guillorn, Sophia Harman-Heath, Jane Heath, Nancy Heath, Marc Hosemann, Brian King, Paul Kolinski, Larry Lamb, Malin, Jeff McGivney, Taylor McLaren, Stephanie Merrin, Jefferson Ogata, Karol Orzechowski, Emmett Pearce, Rob Raymond, Jarret Ruminski, Michael Lawrence Senchuk, Tim Shea, Anne-Marie Soucy, Oliver Strahl, Ander Swift, Adam Szott, Milo Voo, Astor Wolfe, Barrett Wolski

credits

released April 5, 2020

Clara Engel: voice, electric guitar, hammond organ, keyboard, acoustic twelve string guitar, chromonica, harmonica, banjitar.

Paul Kolinski: drums on all songs

All overdubs were recorded in the homes/studios of the contributors, and all contributors wrote their own parts, except for the clarinet arrangement on "Preserved in Ice," which was written by Sylvia Haynes, but performed by Stéfan Hoïmes.


Tsinder Ash: accordion, celtic harp, and backing vocals on Oiseau Rebelle
Brad Deschamps: ambient guitar on Little Blue Fox and Preserved In Ice, onde magnetique on Little Blue Fox
Mitchell Girio: bass on To Keep the Ghost at Bay, Any Creature, Baby Alligators
Lys Guillorn: lap steel on To Keep the Ghost at Bay and Old Feathered Devil
Sylvia Haynes: classical guitar and bass on Preserved in Ice, bass, electric guitar, and ocarina on Oiseau Rebelle, glockenspiel, toy piano, electric guitar, and backing vocals on Baby Alligators
Stéfan Hoïmes: clarinet on Preserved in Ice
Josh Marchant: ambient harp on Little Blue Fox
Piers Oolvai: bass clarinet on Any Creature
Alexander Paquet: "whale sound" guitar on Seven Minutes Past Sunrise
Chloé Seyrès: violins on Baby Alligators
Anne-Marie Soucy: backing vocals on Baby Alligators
Michael Thorner: piano on Seven Minutes Past Sunrise
Gregory Wilson: synth on Old Feathered Devil
Astor Wolfe: violin and backing vocals on Seven Minutes Past Sunrise


Cover painting & design by Clara Engel

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