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Returning Current

by Snowblink

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1.
How Now 03:32
HOW NOW Look at you, look at you Look at you, look at you Ancient-treetop from the neck-up and newborn-calf in the knees Will the goodness we have witnessed stay good for centuries? This is so new, how now! Look at you, look at you Honey still hot from the tired bees Sweet sap weeping from our favorite tree Tell me will the goodness we have witnessed stay good like this for centuries ? You and me, let's get together! Watch what you call for — all birds have a call Look at you, look at you Look at you, look at you
2.
Exotic Bird 03:00
I hear your name I don’t know who’s singing it outside my window every morning, when I wake first thing in the morning I see your face I don’t know who’s dragging you around everywhere I go Exotic Bird perched on my shoulder I don’t know who / I shouldn’t feel these things at all I don’t know who / I shouldn’t answer when you call I don’t know who / why do I open up my hand I don’t know who / for you to land on? Your name excites me It’s the way the letters sing so well together I hear it and my heart starts to remember I don’t know who / I know that all birds have a call I don’t know who / I shouldn’t feel these things at all I don’t know who / why do I open up my hand I don’t know who / for you to land on? I don’t know who / Exotic Bird I don’t know who / Exotic Bird I don’t know who Letters in my inbox Calls on my landline Drives through the canyon Falling at the wrong time Oh (e) we both (x) have (o) love (t) more (i) than (c) enough (b) of (i) Oh (r) we both (d) have (e) love (x) more (o) than enough (t) of (i) (c) But ‘if I needed someone to love’ . . . I don’t know who, but someone drew a hot bath the day we met and it hasn’t cooled yet
3.
Cyclone 03:57
CYCLONE I saw it coming from a hundred miles away I saw the sky turn from sapphire to grey Every bird around had flown right out of sight It was broad day but it looked like midnight The branches dance a supernatural dressage Everyone anticipating your barrage They told me to board up the doors and all the glass Told me to run for cover, wait for it to pass You're a cyclone - once you get near me I won't know my home You're a cyclone - once you get near me I will never never know my home again I won't know my home Now I lay out before you like a plain The sky is darkening, it starts to rain But lighting shows me something here What is this? what's growing near? Get near me now, get near me You’re a cyclone - once you get near me I will never know my home no more Kick! down! the glass and the doors! ‘cause I want you to come in Get near me now, get near me
4.
FEEL LIKE A MAN I feel like a man haven't cried for weeks now I feel like a man I feel like a man I make money, I’m in demand You talk feelings from the edge of the bed Saying I don't understand But you know, I’ve got solutions — I’d kill for you I feel like a man Saw the stars tonight dying one by one Living by a light that's already done Never tried so hard Oh I'm hunting what I can't see I feel like a man We who fly over seas to try to make it happen We who must leave everything that's everlasting Never had so much to lose Chasing hunting cursing killing what I can't see What can't I see?
5.
RETURNING CURRENT Like a monk or a mystic quiet on the outside northern lights colluding on the inside The air around me humid as Hawaii with my evaporated desire I am recurring I am tidal returning current Looking out at the surf, at the cursing waves My good friend told me My grandmother showed me that every seventh wave is the biggest one and seven years to the day with those leaden dream legs I’m trying to run, run, run away I am recurring I am tidal returning current When I feel this way I wanna run, run, run away When I catch this wave I gotta ride it all the way I am recurring I am tidal I am recurring I am tidal I am recurring I am tidal Returning current
6.
Foothills 04:16
FOOTHILLS The most ordinary stone can build a holy home and flowering fields are grown at the foothills The most ordinary bones can build a holy man and flowering fields stand at the foothills of your body Why'd you have to have a body Why'd you have to have a body Such a beautiful body Why'd you have to Sierras rise in silhouette — jagged shadows ragged flight And I was caught in a hawk’s claw over the foothills of your body Why'd you have to have a heart Why'd you have to have a heart Such a hale and blameless heart Why'd you have to In my carrel, in my home, poring over your body's tome Staying up nights, staying up nights Why'd you have to leave your body Why'd you have to leave your body Such a beautiful body Oh why'd you have to, why’d you have to
7.
Second Sight 04:26
SECOND SIGHT The air is thin eight thousand feet high Can't sleep in this cabin covered in pines I go to the window to read the mountain's mind Call out my question beyond the treeline Never been so endlessly awake By the window feel my whole body shake ‘Honey, may I have a word alone with the night? You asked me a question I'll answer my whole life’ Send me a moon so bright it lights the room uncomfortably It shines on you all night It shines on me until I know Send me a second sight I’d like to have a word alone with the night I need some good advice Something new, something in the way The sky was kneeling on my back to pray ‘Let's sleep on it, and in the morning I'll tell you outright You asked me a question I'll answer my whole life’ Send me a moon so bright it lights the room uncomfortably It shines on you all night It shines on me until I know Send me a second sight I’d like to have a word alone with the night Which way will we go I need some good advice
8.
Cobalt Clear 04:40
COBALT CLEAR We're up at four a.m. ‘cause the Santa Ana wind is at it again She re-wrote the sky with smoke, signed her name with cinder Breathing fire through the canyon, fire on the houses Ocean crashed into ashes all down the beaches This is how we began When I watch your face flush with wild brush-fire I feel cobalt-clear, Hawaii-blue, ready for you cobalt-clear, Hawaii-blue, ready for you Desire's got us caught in a circle of searchlights This is how we did begin in the middle of our first night Now here come the fire engines and the highway patrol Saying we’ve got to leave our flags to burn on their poles When I watch your face flush with wild brush-fire I feel cobalt-clear, Hawaii-blue, ready for you cobalt-clear, Hawaii-blue, ready for you Not armageddon, just the beginning Not armageddon, just the beginning No no no not armageddagain Cobalt-clear, Hawaii-blue, ready for you
9.
TORN TO LIGHT Though the songs of today are already passe what to say, what to say and their tired refrains once arrived featherweight what to say, what to say Oh that courage we felt when we stood in a ring of our friends My father warned that my friends would all move on someday So I tuned him out like some loud-shouting song But then, no matter how unfeigned our fondness or how brave our bond What to say What to say So Your inspiration came on a monday afterschool All the gods leaned in at once to kiss their favorite fool By the time I arrived You were torn to light On that day What to say
10.
Wild Here 04:24
WILD HERE I was a fire sign, I was fire-breathing I was fire-breathing and yelling before I was speaking When I asked permission and the answer was no If the answer was no I'd rip out the heavens It was Sunday in Encino and the answer was no
I threw a sun-hot river stone at my brother and shattered the window And it was clear - something wanted to be wild here something wanted to be wild here something wanted to be wild here A sun-hot river stone just missed my poor brother I miss my dear brother It was a Monday in Arizona a storm threw a rushing river at the road and shattered the windows And here - something wanted to be wild here something wanted to be wild here something wanted to be wild here

about

Snowblink’s newest collection of songs is an unflinching study of human relationships – to self, to other, and to Other, and to the threat or actuality of losing those unrepeatable prizes. At the outset of the recording process, Gesundheit made a text version of a “mood board” to portray the sensations she wished to evoke in the production of the album.
The musicians, producers, and engineers were faced with the task of sonically approximating:

santa fe / arizona / palm springs /sunset over a mesa /either sunburst and pastel or loud crashing flash floods and lightning /calypso disco / lots of space with bursts or ripples of sound /sauna

Practically, this ambition meant that the band approached each song singularly – here a full band live off the floor in a winter cabin, here a painstaking half­-year-­long process of revision, here a drum sample from years ago mixed with dozens of layers of analog synths and vocals. In sculpting the singular sound of Returning Current, no process was out of bounds – the band made themselves equally at home with a bevy of acoustic instruments, analog processes, or sample­ based in­ the ­box production choices.

What results is a collection of songs that elucidate the slipperiness of desire, as in Returning Current:

Like a monk or a mystic / quiet on the outside / northern lights colluding on the inside / The air around me humid as Hawaii / with my evaporated desire

These are private songs, domestic songs, songs to be absorbed over time – unhurried, biological time, the passage of which helps us to survive ourselves.

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released September 9, 2016

Produced by Snowblink (Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist, Bahamas)

Written and performed by Snowblink with special guests:Leslie Feist, Owen Pallett, Barbara Gruska, Johnny Spence, Thom Gill, Ariel Engle, Steven Foster, Felicity Williams, Philipe Melanson, Mika Posen, Andrew Downing, Brodie West, Caley Monahan­Ward, Doug Tielli, Dan Gaucher, Evan Cartwright, Ryan Driver, and Charles James

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Snowblink Los Angeles, California

Snowblink is non-denominational devotional pop music created by Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman. TORONTO / LOS ANGELES

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