Brambles

by Animals of Grace

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Animals of Grace is an alt-folk duo based in Seattle led by innovative 12-string guitar player and classically trained vocalist Erika Lundahl. Together with percussionist Doug Indrick, Animals of Grace craft a musical experience that shifts from driving exhilaration to sublime and emotional. Formed in upstate New York in 2012, the duo was drawn to the tall trees and rugged wilderness of the Pacific Northwest in late 2013. Their debut album “Songs of Shattering,” released in 2015 on Rolling Crone Records was inspired by the poetry of Edna St. Millay and made it's debut onto CMJ's top 200 albums of college radio in March 2016.

Brambles is the compilation of 7 songs “of pilgrimage, climate change, and the wielding and waking of love for the Earth, each other, and all the hard lessons we haven’t learned yet,” says Lundahl, the lyricist and guitarist for the duo. Inspired by traveling to the tar sands or Alberta, Canada in 2015 - the third largest reserve of crude oil in the world - and by events like the Mosier oil spill in Oregon, this beautiful compilation of songs is an introspective gaze into the heart and a search for the resiliency and love we need to come together.

A riot of rich intimate harmonies, in the vein of the Banner Days, paired with ambient whistling, subtle violin, electric guitar, innovative tapping, and driving cajon bring a depth of music and soul to a searching world.

“..Their live performance locked us in awe with Erika’s beautifully clear voice….Watching her fingers play that 12-string was mesmerizing as she rapidly switched between tapping, drumming and finger picking” - Norm Johnson, host of Concerts in the Woods Series

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released September 10, 2016

Erika Lundahl - Guitar, Vocals
Doug Indrick - Percussion, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Whistling
Julie Radmilla Cuic - Violin
Lyrics by Erika Lundahl

Mixed by Weldon Debusk at Umbral Glow Studio
Mastered by Steve Turnidge at UltraViolet Studios

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Track Name: Bartered Time
It's too late to be singing a lullaby
I'd wake the whole house and it's too early to rise
And it's too late to call you and besides
Last time we spoke you sounded so sad

And the wind whispers when she wanders through my doorway saying yes you too child are human through and through
And people are just people you once said to me
Each us of us just trying, trying to make do

There's a beautiful woman painting a picture of a wilting rose the flower struggles to hold her pose

And everyone around her is whispering and moving slow because they know the work is fragile and on bartered time

The Christian hymns of my childhood sing a little softer everyday
And they still bring me comfort but they don't bring me home
No no no, home is somewhere far away

And people are just people you once said to me
Oh we don't deserve each other but we don't deserve to be along
People are just people you once said to me
Each of us just trying, trying to get home

And I don't like the idea of you living out there in LA
In a little room by yourself
And I'd go to you if I could I dream on it sometimes
Oh What can I say I can't help myself

And people are just people you once said to me
Each of us just a little lost
People are just people you once said to me
We gotta decide when the love's not worth the cost

And every song I sing is a cup I get to fill
I just bring it to my lips and let it spill spill spill
Cause music is communion it's bread and life and blood
I just don't know if I've been ready, ready for the flood...

And there's a beautiful woman painting a picture of a wilting rose the flower struggles to hold her pose
And everyone around her is whispering and moving slow because they know the work is fragile and on bartered time
Track Name: Brambles
Rain barrels full, the gardens wild with brambles
Kettles on, the stories we tell ramble on and on

On your feet there’s so much to unravel
On your feet, there's so much to unravel

Salted streets and skin heads with their bibles
Water’s rising, and the houses and rivers are rivals

January come and gone
Up north our neighbors are burying their stillborns
The air is dirty and the land is torn
But we’re still breathing so we’re stitching up a love song
Stiching up a love song

Help me to believe that we’re the ones we’ve been waiting for
Smoky skies bring me to my knees
The orchards filled with apple trees

Go down to the river, thank you please
I’m scared I don’t know what this means
What this means

I've been asleep but morning is breaking into dawn
No time to weep, all of us broken still belong

Grave Digger, Oil tanker
Law Maker, heart breaker
Aren’t you tired of selling this as dignity?
Aren't you tired of selling this as dignity?

Air is dirty and the land is torn
But we’re still breathing so we’re stitching up a love song

Air is dirty and the land is torn
But we’re still breathing so we’re stitching up a love song

Rain barrels full, the gardens wild with brambles
Kettles on, the stories we tell ramble on and on
and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on
Track Name: Boom Town
Make up your mind
To treat this land kindly
It’s not a curse some Ursula
Unwound around ‘ya

I’m not a child, yet I feel younger
Than a babe who cried
When first heard a mighty clap of thunder

Boom chucka boom town x2
Ah ah ah ya ya ya
Boom chucka boom town x2
Ah ah ah ya ya ya

Is it yours? This crystal china
Or just passed down from some fine soul
Who lived behind ya?
Is it mine? The undertoe of the Columbia
Or on loan from creatures livin’ down the line
Down the line
and the oil slick on the surface,
of a joy near done running
Is that mine too?

Oh I gotta cop to my role in this
Boom chucka boom chucka boom town

Ah ha ha ya ya
Ah ha ha ya ya ya
Boom chucka boom chucka boom

I lent you my love
Four years this October
in return you gave your heart
your soft & supple shoulder
And whose to say, what is yours and what is mine now
in the artful unwinding
bartered time traveling
Tide that is rising (x6)
Boom chuck boom
Boom chuck boom
Boom chuck boom

Make up your mind
To treat this land kindly
It’s not a curse some Ursula
Unwound around ‘ya

I’m not a child, yet I feel younger
Than a babe who cried
When first heard a mighty clap of thunder
Ay ya ya ya
Track Name: Mercy
If you go home love
Pray you have mercy on your family
Draw water from your history
Daughter sense the mysteries
That lie behind the stone
A round robin of song
cacophony of home

I was always slow to catch on the the sermon
Songbirds and the city rustling
Hustling souls on second avenue

Oregon to Oklahoma
Trace the spiral line
Ineffably designed
Soldier in a civil war
Fought from the losing side
Blood of me and mine
Blood of me and mine
Blood of me and mine
Blood of me and mine
Cacophony of skin and bone
Seeds as they were sewn
Daughter sense the mysteries
That lie behind the stone
When my reckless body
Wings to a southern bird becomes
Births from a bell still waiting to be rung

I was always slow to catch on the the sermon
Songbirds and the city rustling
Hustling souls on second avenue
Track Name: Savaged Beauty
Savaged beauty
Will you comfort me?
With your tambourine you can part the seas
singing strange and soulful melodies...melodies

Oh the nature of this land
Is lost in my hand, I'm holding greens and thistles, Wishing they would grow again...
I've forgotten how to read, spell the changing of the seasons
the bird call in the fall means little to me

The trees tower over cant discern the day or hour

Illuminate this Forest with me
Illuminate this language of green
Illuminate this forest with me
Illuminate this language of green...

This Heather is a hospital where I go to heal my wounds
I wish you would come by sometime
Tough the buds before they bloom
Touch the buds before they bloom

Just leaving this city is an act of civil disobedience
Only trust the civilized world as much as you must
Just leaving this city is an act of civil disobedience
Only trust the civilized world as much as you must

And you know I need my hammer, I need my ink and pen
I love my lover with his gentleness within
I need to be quiet and then I need to be heard

The nature of this land is a wild bird

Is a wild bird..is a wild bird..is a wild bird..is a wild bird

Oh the nature of this land is lost in my hand
I'm holding greens and thistles wishing they would grow again
I'm holding greens and thistles wishing they would grow again
I've forgotten how to read, spell the changing of the seasons
The bird call in the fall means little to me.
Oh the bird call in the fall means little to me
The bird call in the fall the bird call in fall means little to me
Track Name: Yes I Will
Do you need to walk your own path?
Do you need to study the anger in your breath?
Do you need to carry your buckets up the hill?
Yes I will, Yes I will, Yes I will, Yes I will

Do you hold the shivering song bird in your hand?
Did you sing the psalms that ring from childhood?
Did you drink the wetting water until you had your fill?
Yes I will, Yes I will, Yes I will, Yes I will

Did you open up the ocean and look deep in?
Did you dip your bucket in and then again and again?
Did the salt start to ring around the edge where all was still?
Yes it will, yes It will, yes It will, yes It will

Did you sit all alone and start crying?
Did you face the truths that you have been denyin’?
Did you sit there so long, that your thoughts began to spill
Yes they will, yes they will, yes they will, yes they will

Open, yes they will open.
Track Name: Commonwealth
Tell the coroner that I died
working for the commonwealth
Tell the coroner that I worked hard
and I went to hell
Oh heaven it's all the same
What's the lens you train your eye to see...
May we see thoroughly
See thoroughly

I keep a prayer shawl in the left pocket
Of my leather jacket my mother gave it to me
Hold it tight between my thumb and my two fingers on the long long walk to the ferry...
And may we each
See thoroughly
See thoroughly