Animal Choir

by Her Name is Calla

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1.
Swan 06:07
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Bleach 04:14
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
5.
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
6.
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
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8.
Frontier 06:30
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
9.
Pyre 02:47
10.
Vanguard 07:34
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?
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12.
To the Other 06:28
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)
13.
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
14.
Bloodline 08:05
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
15.
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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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.

***2nd pressing of vinyl available now from Dunk Records***

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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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