Songs for Leonora Carrington

by Clara Engel

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    CD-R and accompanying 20 page booklet, which features watercolour interpretations of Leonora Carrington's works by artist Manfred Naescher, text from Carrington, and lyrics by Clara Engel.

    originally issued by Wist Ed: wistrec.com/wist-ed-004/

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1.
cast a spell on me birdheaded queen let feathers burst from my body words are predators circling wolves and crocodiles in the reeds they smell the fear on me devour everything everything formless and free cast a spell on me birdheaded queen let feathers burst from my body blind dog howls out a ring around the moon the surface of the water is green and alive a film of fire and a thorny skin a caul for a child a toast drunk by the sun and moon, “this human ordeal will be over soon” cast a spell on me birdheaded queen let feathers burst from my body
2.
bottle my bitterness, ship it to antarctica bottle my rage and hurt, ship it to the underworld bottle my vengefulness, ship it to the loneliest lighthouse if you never leave, I’ll never clip your wings
3.
listen to me, all you little boys and girls we don’t know anything and that’s the only thing that’s for sure microgods of all the subatomic worlds are singing in your particles and feasting in your guts alleluia apple drops from a tree spoiled, forsaken fruit but there’s a hale high buzzing inside kingdoms of rot sing the soil alive microgods of all the subatomic worlds are singing in your particles and feasting in your guts alleluia a twinkle in a larval eye bell lost in static and noise o miracle of life o hungry hearted little parasite microgods of all the subatomic worlds are singing in your particles and feasting in your guts alleluia you want to grow up, grow up and be someone eat your way, baby, like a worm in the world plant a garden, sow your seed til your meat body is dust and your kingdoms fall and new kingdoms rise microgods of all the subatomic worlds are singing in your particles and feasting in your guts alleluia
4.
The Ancestor 05:47
hey mortal do you realize a rosebush could be your true love’s ancestor? come, spread rosepetal jam on a dry crater cake devour it we’ll drink to every dilation and ecstasy on this fucked up planet we’ll dream of ripe thorny sunsets bleeding all over the softest mountains hey mortal do you realize a rosebush could be your true love’s ancestor?
5.
here come the northern lights and a flight of wild bees here come the northern lights and a flight of wild bees burn, burn eternally a wolf headed woman in robes of royalty a wolf headed woman in robes of royalty burn, burn eternally a little wolf cub sitting on grandma’s knee a little wolf cub sitting on grandma’s knee burn, burn eternally inner world, outer world, all the same to me inner world, outer world, all the same to me burn, burn eternally a sun in your belly and lava at your feet a sun in your belly and lava at your feet burn, burn eternally here come the northern lights and a flight of wild bees here come the northern lights and a flight of wild bees burn, burn eternally

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Originally issued by Wist Rec, in conjunction with a 20 page booklet featuring watercolours by Manfred Naescher:
wistrec.com/wist-ed-004/

This album is based on the works of surrealist painter, sculptor, and author Leonora Carringon.

"Ice ages pass, and although the world is frozen over we suppose someday grass and flowers will grow again. In the meantime I keep a daily record on three wax tablets. After I die Anubeth’s werecubs will continue the document, till the planet is peopled with cats, werewolves, bees and goats. We all fervently hope that this will be an improvement on humanity, which deliberately renounced the Pneuma of the Goddess.”
- Leonora Carrington

credits

released June 6, 2017

All songs written and performed by Clara Engel

Accompanying watercolour paintings, "Shadows of Leonora Carrington," by Manfred Naescher.
manfrednaescher.com

All songs engineered, mixed, and mastered by Mitchell Girio at the Slow Cooker.

Clara Engel: voice, electric guitar, pump organ, flute

Paul Kolinski: drums on Birdheaded Queen, Microgods, Anubeth's Song
Mitchell Girio: bass on Birdheaded Queen, Microgods, Anubeth's Song
Bryan W Bray: electric guitar on Sanctuary for Furies
James Beardmore: theremin on The Ancestor

The choir on Anubeth's Song was recorded by Gregory Wilson at McLennan Physical Labs at the University of Toronto, and the choristers are: Cormac Culkeen, MattheW Badali, Kyle Johnston, Michael-David Blostein, Darlene Cuevas.

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