Visitors Are Allowed One Kiss

by Clara Engel

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1.
Swans 04:54
you are carried by swans over land and sea nothing moves in the trees nothing moves beneath over an oil slick beach pitch night in nostril and eye red root of your voice tears bright tendrils of sky like a mandrake’s red howl it’s nearly your name you are carried beyond what you were bred to believe broken glass cuts the road it moans hoarse and full it’s nearly your name you are carried by thieves of voices and dreams close a fist on a sunbeam shower of meteor seeds fertilizes the dust a plough runs through the fire where no flower could grow we are awakening dust we are a feast for the birds by an old dry well a mandrake’s red howl tears the heavens in two see the sky fill with swans
2.
uneasy spirit let go of me uneasy spirit let go of me lay me down softly in the sand you gave me more than my heart can stand lay me down softly in the snow you gave me more than my heart can hold uneasy spirit let go of me uneasy spirit let go of me your embrace is choking my lover can’t reach me uneasy spirit let go of me vault of stars and a petrol shroud heavenly bodies are camped out underground uneasy spirit let go of me uneasy spirit let go of me uneasy spirit let go of me uneasy spirit let go of me
3.
Swallow Me 06:47
swallow me and your body will grow into a twisted tree your limbs will blossom into rain and snow swallow me and I will take you home swallow me and your brain will bleed a poppy field into the mist of sleep your heart’s bright rivers turn to ice and snow swallow me and I will take you home swallow me and the sun will reap a monstrous birth out of the deep dust sea a wild life awoken, tangle of eyes and wings swallow me and I’ll give you everything swallow me and the stones will dream the grass will sing and the trees will speak all pain wrung out of winter’s fleshless bones swallow me and I will take you home
4.
I love an evil queen let my kingdoms burn let them freeze you can do whatever you please I pound my fists on the looking-glass will you let me in before the hour has passed dig in your nails, enfire my blood stroke my fevered cheek with your cool dark gloves I love an evil queen let my kingdoms burn let them freeze you can do whatever you please as I wade in to gather the shards of a shipwrecked sun on the rocks be my guide, in the dark pluck the swollen fruit my overripe heart and kiss it with frost I love an evil queen let my kingdoms burn let them freeze you can do whatever you please
5.
once a white owl came down drank the colour from the world the sun folded on itself we couldn’t see our hands once a white owl came down made a nest in your sister’s house took your father’s eyes and your mother’s mouth led you out on a windy ledge once a white owl came down and gave your life another name play with fire, you can play with shame my indifference trumps every red card in the game once a white owl came down drank the colour from the world the sun folded on itself we couldn’t see our hands white feathery down dust in your hair have you come alone? you can tell me everything

about

Minimalist avant-blues hymns originally recorded for solo guitar and voice, with contributions from musicians around the world.

"The space inhabited by this album acts as a power centre of intersecting ley-lines of disembodied stories that whisper into the ear of the listener. The characters weave through the shadows of the space, desiring to be heard. Also intersecting here in this quiet space are the traditions born in the Mississippi Delta and the Ozark mountains, feeding a powerful, slow burning creation. It is within the economy with which every aspect is built that repeated listens reveal the treasures contained in the songs."
- Intravenous Magazine

"Pero en suma, Visitors Are Allowed One Kiss constituye un álbum majestuoso que, imperturbable, ahonda en un viaje reflexivo y catártico sin igual, signo de una honestidad sin contemplaciones y un esfuerzo compositivo despampanante. Increíble."
- Hijos de Saturno

"Mysteriös, verführend und unheimlich – die Musik von Clara Engel fühlt sich überall da zu Hause, wo auch Spinnen ihre Fäden ziehen und Kerzen die kalten Steinmauern erhellen. Ihre Lieder gleiten sanft durch verlassene Ballsäle, verhüllen sich in langen Kleidern aus Nebel und sinken langsam die Wirbelsäule hinab. Mit nur wenigen Mitteln lässt die Musikerin auf ihrer neusten EP “Visitors Are Allowed One Kiss” klare Stimmungsbilder entstehen und zelebriert die dunkelsten Seiten des Folk. Kuttenträger fühlen sich hier sofort heimisch."
- 17408sound

"Each track is built around a slow, simple, repeating guitar line. Imagine this guitar as the sun with a galaxy of atmospheric noises, subtle percussion, synths, and stringed ambience trapped in its gravitational pull. The combined instruments provide gentle support for Clara’s rich and textured voice."
- Evol Kween: The Musical

"Peut-être que les formes retenues par Clara Engel peuvent nous déstabiliser. Il n'y a pas de jeu de séduction en employant les moyens à la mode. Pas d'ornements inutiles, certains diraient minimalisme ou formes épurées. Le propos n'est pas de séduire, d'attirer le client mais de provoquer en nous des résonances profondes."
- Music, Books, and Poems

credits

released April 4, 2016

Clara Engel voice on all tracks, electric guitar on 1, 3, 4, acoustic guitar on 2, 5.
Siavash Amini guitar drone on 4
Tsinder Ash bowed baritone guitar, saxophone on 3
Aidan Baker electric guitar and bass drone on 5
Bryan W Bray electric guitar on 2, 3
Leah Dolgoy autoharp on 5
Nate Greenslit percussion on 2, 5
Heidi Harris ambient sounds on 2
Thor Harris flute, marimba, vibes on 3, vibes and xylophone on 5
Dash Lewis modular synth, backing vocals on 1
Dominic Marion electric guitar on 4
Adam Matlock accordion, viola harmonics, backing vocals on 2, accordion on 3
Meg Mulhearn violins on 3
Armen Ra theremin on 5
Phoenix York: modular synth and field recording on 5

Engineered and Mixed by Mitchell Girio
All Songs Written and Performed by Clara Engel
Toronto, Canada 2015

Cover drawing and design by Clara Engel

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