Animal Choir

by Her Name is Calla

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about

This is our last album. It took us over two years to make, a lot longer than we expected. We put our all into it, and we hope that you enjoy the results.

credits

released May 31, 2019

Produced by
Jamie Ward and Her Name is Calla

Recorded by
Jamie Ward at Seamus Wong Studios

Additional recording at home

Mixed by
Jamie Ward (1,2,5,6,8,12,13)
Tom Morris (3,7,11,14,15)
Adam Weikert (4,9,10)

String arrangements by Adam Weikert

Audio sample in Deer Trapping taken from the adventures of Lightfoot the deer by Thornton W. Burgess

Artwork by TRUE SPILT MILK DESIGNS

[i don’t want to be a stranger in a strange land anymore.
see you in the next life]

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Her Name is Calla Leeds, UK

Described by NME as 'massive, pastorally apocalyptic music" and by The Sun as 'rare and beautiful'.

Yes. We were in The Sun.

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Track Name: Swan
It hangs from a corner in the room, stares and sends mixed messages
What do I have? What do I have worth giving?
What if it isn't mine to give away? Tear pieces off anyway
As it tears pieces off of me anyway

Shackled, weighted and aware, but necessary
For humans other than you
They're children of God just like me and you
They're sons and daughters of a God just like me and you.
And we've had years to get out of this, or just let it spiral through our skin and through the streets

Tear it down, tear it down

Faith, blinding faith
I heard your voice through the stars as my head pounds, pounds, pounds against the wall
Against the wall for nothing
"Tear it down", you said
"Tear it down again and again and again until it's right"
But it'll never be right because faith is blind and wants love at a higher kind of price
But not like this and not for them because it's not worth it
They want it all
They want it all
They want it all
They want it all
Track Name: The Dead Rift
Stop that bleeding heart
Stop that bleeding heart
Prove you’re really feeling anything at all
I love that beating sound
I love that beating sound
I love beating you into the ground

I want to see you cry
I want to see you cry
I want to see you try to shed a tear Fingers just like knives
Fingers just like knives
I think about you while I fall asleep

I’ve got this nagging feeling you’re here to fuck me and let me spin through the ground like a drill

Let me spin through the ground like a drill
Let me spin through the ground like a drill
Let me spin through the ground like a drill
Let me spin through the ground like a drill
Track Name: Kaleidoscoping
Start a fire, start it anywhere
I listen to your voice on loop for hours
The speckles in the sound floating up away from me, across the sea and above airwaves

There are lines meeting and spinning out
Step a quarter here and an eighth there
Step out of time and out of space
We’re kaleidoscoping
Track Name: Bleach
We’re not done yet
Bleach the pulpit
Vaulted artex
Wringing our necks
Fingers blurring
Cascade yearnings
I was searching for some meaning
I did all I can and it’s not enough
I did all I can and it’s not enough
Track Name: A Modern Vesper
I picture her in reticence
A living vesper
I was undecided

Frayed beading, a loose and callous ornament
Amidst the slacking noose
Ash that coalesced in thickened grey
Unnameables

Distant flecks
It is endless here
A fog of happenings
Stop motion time
Upon a straight line
Recount your vesper from the back seat of a car

I’m running out of empathy
Running out of who I used to be
I used to be
They charged us with the guillotine - folic acid, dexedrine and awe
And awe
It’s all over now
Track Name: A Moment of Clarity
And nightly they invade
Picking away the scar tissues
So I can dream without black holes and without white noise

The city sleeps
Under cold, delicate stars
Never winning or recovering
And that sound is the crunch of the human spirit breaking
And that sound is the crunch of the human spirit breaking
Track Name: Frontier
Broken arrow
Fire on the frontier
We are never going to be relieved

I was scared for your safety
I’ve always been scared for you
As you throw yourself into every war

We were kissing in a forest,
Making love on a train,
We were melting into each like snowflakes

Broken arrow, fire on the frontier
We are never going to be released

Time will make your heart stop beating
Time will bring you back to me
Time will make us wrestle with our futures
Love will bring you back to me
Love will bring you back to me
Love will bring you back to me
Love will bring you back to me
Track Name: Vanguard
Deathwatch beetles rattle in the rafters
I don’t know
Bullet casings rattle on the ground
I don’t know
The garret lock is rusted to its chamber
I don’t know
With blade of light that spills onto the ground
I don’t know

What am I saying? What am I saying?

A parliament of oak and empty gestures
I don’t know
The chain links tattered hanging like a slipknot
I don’t know
A water tower talisman of stillborn
I don't know
Hopes that crash like stocks into the ground
I don't know

What am I saying? What am I saying?
Track Name: To the Other
Back at the river of red
Clothes upon the banks
That bird always over my head
If only you’d gone home
I let the swarm swallow me whole
Murmurate across the wide open sky
And spread me hair by hair

If only I wasn’t waiting for your voice
And if only you’d gone home
And back from that river of red
I don’t want to be spore in your throat

To the other

I don’t want to put it in your head
I don’t want to put it in your head
I don’t want to put it in your head
(That bird always over our heads)
I don’t want to put it in your head
(If only you’d gone home)
I don’t want to put it in your head
(Your youth pouring out of your mouth)
I don’t want to put it in your head
(Am I the last of your old life?)
I don’t want to put it in your head
(Faith, blinding faith and love)
Track Name: Robert and Gerda
To be clearer
And refract light
"Let me see what you see," she says “The details and the lines"

I'm in motion
I'm in motion and it's all behind us now

To be an enemy
To be a speaker for the dead
To be an enemy of truth
To the say the simple things to bring me back to you

I'm in motion
I'm in motion And it's terrifying

It's who we are now

Climbing up those last few steps, my head above the parapet;
I'm searching for another answer, something that will always fit;
Am I the last of your old life?
The salt upon the withered ground
The salt upon the withered ground
The salt upon the withered ground
The salt upon the withered ground

It's who we are now
Track Name: Bloodline
Am I the last of your old life?
The radio ghost voice?
The semblance of fear left alone to rot then dig in deeper underground and we're home again?

I could have been someone who forgives
But I'd rather be that hand growing up out of the grass
It was never about fear

Everyone wants to be here, but no one knows why
Everything leads back here, but no one knows why

I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this I don’t want to be a part of this

We wanted this loop and we’ll live it out now for as long as we can
I don’t want to be a stranger in a strange land anymore
There’s nothing else to say
There’s nothing else to do
This is the part where we change or we fade or we dig even deeper down
I’ll see you in the next life
Track Name: In This Patterned Room
In a patterned room similar to this,
A drinker smiles and cracks his lips,
And lets it all fade to grey.
The wind blows cold through your hair,
I'm in the squall again.
If you battle on with wordless resolve,
And I am left waiting behind a door that I have closed...

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