Shapeshifter

by Girl Swallows Nightingale

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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

Copyright 2020 Girl Swallows Nightingale

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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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Track Name: Girl Swallows Nightingale
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
Track Name: Chimera
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.
Track Name: Astronaut
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
Track Name: Valediction
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
Track Name: Rewind the Day
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
Track Name: Demons
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
Track Name: Like a Little Rain
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
Track Name: Mutation
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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