Songs for Leonora Carrington

by Clara Engel

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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

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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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Minimalist holy blues / folk noir.

Singer, guitarist, songwriter, improviser, artist based in TO.
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Track Name: Birdheaded Queen
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
Track Name: Sanctuary for Furies
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
Track Name: Microgods of all the Subatomic Worlds
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
Track Name: The Ancestor
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?
Track Name: Anubeth's Song (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

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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