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Returning Current

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

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Track Name: How Now
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
Track Name: Exotic Bird
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
Track Name: Cyclone
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
Track Name: Feel Like A Man
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?
Track Name: Returning Current
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
Track Name: Foothills
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
Track Name: Second Sight
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
Track Name: Cobalt Clear
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
Track Name: Torn to Light
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
Track Name: Wild Here
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