Shapeshifter

by Girl Swallows Nightingale

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Ian Fairholm In my top five favourite albums of 2020. I like it so much that I bought it twice (but second time around I bought a great t-shirt to go with it). I was initially drawn in by the cool band name and the great visual aesthetic, but the music is incredible, experimental and yet very tuneful and melodic. Very hard to pick a favourite track - the album as a whole is great and worth hearing in its entirety. Favorite track: Demons.
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1.
I wanna hear the sound of your laughter As it swirls across the room Ha ha ha ha ha ha! You might think I’m too emotional sometimes but At least I’m able to cry You might say I’m just too out there for you but Let me pry open your eyes I wanna thrash I wanna fight like Motoko I wanna hold my breath till all of me implodes I wanna break up this primordial silence Eternally naked insides on display You look a little confused right now, like You don’t get how I transformed Myself into an elastic dreamer Come on don’t be such a bore I wanna thrash I wanna fight like Motoko I wanna hold my breath till all of me implodes I wanna break up this primordial silence Eternally naked insides on display Girl swallows nightingale Careful now, Cosmic egg. Born. I’m a flesh eater, shape shifter, daring you to Wipe off that fake little grin What makes you so cautious out in the world Why don’t you take off your skin And when you do what will I find underneath it? I smell the animal swimming inside Don’t let it die! Girl swallows nightingale Careful now, Cosmic egg Born! Little bird, Little bird on a fiery field I’ll swallow I’ll swallow You Whole
2.
Chimera 04:18
Unfold, unfold, unfold Holding out just to give in Indulge in the secrets This mental labyrinth confines I dreamed inside the dragon’s mouth. Chimera’s flowering heads of flame Drowned in the bliss, the scent, the taste Of me. Unloose this self-destructive fantasy Abandon all memory, I’ve given in and you’ve let me out I’ve given in and you’ve let me out Light blinds, throat burns skin peels, wings burst Light blinds, throat burns skin peels, wings burst Unfold. Unfold. Unfold. nocternal I rise I rise I dreamed inside the dragon’s mouth. Chimera’s flowering heads of flame Drowned in the bliss, the scent, the taste Of me.
3.
Astronaut 03:44
Open up the station airlock As we spin above this blue rock Spit your heart up, watch it drift out Astronaut, I’m bored Lalalala Dive into the ocean darkness Down so deep the sharks are left breathless Cough your lungs out, watch them float up Smile through the gore Lalalala This is the day I begin again Open down the throttle’s throat My hands these moonlit lacerations Pious pull of gravity The flames lick up your sunglasses Bones puppet in the shudder The bite of dark runs through you All the ground is burned away And I float Exploded time My face An icy grin Words are air and nothing more Tears are salt and nothing more Songs are noise and nothing more You are flesh and nothing Let me Let me Let me Go Life under the starlight Had enough I’ll take flight Life under the starlight Had enough I’ll take flight
4.
Valediction 02:41
When we see that this is all we are This negotiation, these promises When day by day we testify, Throwing incantations against the dark Valediction to it all Valentines go off to war Valediction to it all Valkyries will lead us home All we have is hope and omens To awake naked and unafraid Prisoners will be unwalled, unchained In bright chambers of day Valediction to it all Valentines go off to war Valediction to it all Valkyries will lead us home
5.
A love so real Feel naked still I’m counting Mysteries, obsidian night Glowing look in your eyes Honey-gold fireflies I’m memory’s fool On a dark pool I’m waiting Velvety wings of a moth in my hand Or the scent of a Cinnamon tree Shimmering weightlessness Whispers of listful bliss Open your mouth with a smile So please Just rewind the day For me Just rewind the day Won’t you please Just rewind the day For me A love so real I Feel naked still I’m counting Mysteries, obsidian night Glowing look in your eyes Honey-gold fireflies I’m not ready to undo this dream So please Just rewind the day With me Let’s rewind the day Won’t you please Just rewind the day With me
6.
Demons 05:22
I’ve been running away Holding shadows at bay But I can’t hide From this illness of mind Stillness drilling numb feelings Back to life The demon’s dreaming that giants fly A fever’s broken with battlecries Magnetic dread when I close my eyes Your ghostly hands whispering inside I can forgive but can’t forget Keep reliving this whole mess I can forgive but can’t forget Keep reliving this whole mess Something unkind Demons inside The demon’s dreaming that giants fly A fever’s broken with battlecries Magnetic dread when I close my eyes Your ghostly hands whispering inside I can forgive but can’t forget Keep reliving this whole mess Something unkind Demons inside
7.
Now it feels so superficial trying to be sad all over again today What am I feeling. What am I thinking about except Someday it might be me Someday it might be me Turned the page on all of you Pictures flood my screen I scroll past all of you Does giving you a Happy face help you or hurt me? Liquid pooling back into my head Like a little rain Like a little rain Crawling by its fingertips Up into the sky Like a little rain Like a little rain Gone by Liquid pooling back into my head Crawling by its fingertips Up into the sky Like a little rain Like a little rain Not used to Nice things lasting Find out when you fall You will find out when you fall Like a little rain Like a little rain
8.
Mutation 05:03
Twisted flowers Growing out of floating pools Whispered memories Shrunken faces drunk with light Hearts stop, hearts go veins fill, blood flows pulses of pink clouds unroll a mosaic of time scattered beats cry crossing our empty black night but If the sky were a mirror hoisted high up on chains If that mirror were broken electric waves shooting up bullet trains The Bridge of Dreams calls Who'll dare to cross it? would we seek our reflections in the shards crashing down? Or would we hide and find shelter deep in caves underground? I’m watching you patiently Complete mutation! Hitodama, hitodama, hitodama A face trapped in clay A story betrayed Vacant eyes open and close Peeking out of the wall A fury untold Ringlets of blue, red and gold but If the sky were a mirror hoisted high up on chains If that mirror were broken electric waves shooting up bullet trains The Bridge of Dreams calls Who'll dare to cross it? would we seek our reflections in the shards crashing down? Or would we hide and find shelter deep in caves underground? I’m watching you patiently Complete mutation! Hitodama, hitodama, hitodama

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Girl Swallows Nightingale's debut album, Shapeshifter, breathes life into a world of ghostly tales and memory fireflies. Imbued with gauzy soundscapes, highly technical arrangements, and a rich narrative nestled in the realm of fantasy and science fiction, each track conjures a cinematic experience. Shapeshifter will be released in conjunction with a set of short films and editorial photos, each work a window into the album's universe and the mythic characters who roam there. 

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released January 8, 2020

Lead Vocals, Cello – Marica Petrey
Keys, Vocals, Lead Vocal Tr. 5 – Andrea Wang
Drums, Sound Design – Mogli Maureal
Bass, Vocoder – Travis Kindred
Violin, Voice Acting – Eli Wirtschafter
OSA Concert Choir – Directed by Cava Menzies

Songs 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 written by Marica Petrey
Songs 3 & 4 written by Joshua Williams & Marica Petrey
Arrangements by Girl Swallows Nightingale
Produced by Marica Petrey & Mogli Maureal

All Songs Recorded and Mixed by Adam Muñoz at Opus Studios, in Berkeley CA

OSA Concert Choir Recorded by Scott McDowell at Oakland School for the Arts in Oakland, CA

Mastered by Piper Payne, Infrasonic Mastering

Cover Art Photography by Mogli Maureal
Graphic Design by Soy Krisher
Special Thanks to Galex Tcruz, Rudi Tcruz, Catherine Liu

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Girl Swallows Nightingale Oakland, California

These bones carry stories and we reap them through song. 

Girl Swallows Nightingale delivers big, ambitious sound. The Oakland-based experimental pop/rock band crafts intricate song structures buoyed by infectious funk grooves and heady harmonies. Storytelling and performance are also central to their music; the band thrives where sensory planes intersect. ... more

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