sparrowfeather

by jay sunaway

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sparrowfeather is the new EP from Upcycled Sounds artists jay sunaway. Available soon on all digital platforms, and as beautiful postcards by collage artist Rebecca Loweth.

Where 2018’s Earth Hum EP was centred on technology and modern life, sparrowfeather is about place, history, and memory. ‘Kittiwake Cry’ is inspired by coastal walks over burial grounds in East Anglia and the Isle of Rúm, whereas lead single ‘Rocks’ is a tour of the rivers, wells, and railways buried underneath the collective’s homeground in London.

’10,000 Days’, featuring fiddle playing from new addition Lauren Spiceley, is a return to the group’s space-folk roots. It’s an incantation conjuring neutron stars, the music of the spheres, firebirds, and tangles of thread and guitar-strings.

Each of these songs is represented in one of three postcards commissioned from collage artist Rebecca Loweth: "I believe that the postcard encapsulates the idea of ‘nostalgia’ and highlights the perceived pressure to preserve and share our memories. In the perpetually oscillated postcard, the public and private become shared imaginaries. Parallels are drawn with Instagram, perhaps the modern day postcard, the rectangle postcard has morphed into the square on-screen format. My collages show a disjointed reality, drawing attention to the meticulously planned and manipulated shared image."

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released October 2, 2019

1. Rocks
2. Kittiwake Cry
3. 10,000 Days

Songs by Joe Woods
Arranged by Jay Sunaway
Strings on Track 2 arranged by Hannah Jacobs
Artwork by Rebecca Loweth

Hannah Jacobs: Accordion, Vocals
Nicholas O’Brien: Clarinet
Will Palmer: Bass, Vocals
Anna Parino: Violins, Vocals (Tracks 1 & 2)
Lauren Spiceley: Violins, Vocals (Track 3)
Eddy Spirit: Drums
Joe Woods: Guitars, Synth, Lead Vocals

Recorded and Mixed by Nicholas O’Brien, Upcycled Sounds
Produced by Upcycled Sounds
Mastered by Felix Davis at Metropolis Studios

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Track Name: Rocks
Where we might have been making little sparks
We’re just banging rocks together and don’t remember how to start
Though we may have seen firelight creeping in
We no longer laugh about it
You just smirk and I just grin

Though the devil owes a favour
To let a little firelight in
I’ve still got his number
But I won’t want to be calling it in

Under flows the river
Under runs the Fleet
Beneath our feet a holy well is buried under this street
And with words so simple
I’ll just have to go and throw good money
Just to forget the half of what I now know

Because I’m no urban fox
And I can’t live on only rocks
But I can shriek like demons
And tower over tower blocks

I’d be howling at the daftest things
Track Name: Kittiwake Cry
That was the kittiwake cry
Like I’ve never heard it before
Like I’ve only heard it in writing

It cares not a splash in the lake
For all of our shadow and doubt
For all of our uproar and slighting
Says I must be good
I must be brave

That was a drop in the wind
That was me dropped like a stone
Dropped like a fulmar in fluster
I must be good
I must be brave

We have been walking and squawking for hours
We’ve cut down the trees and we’ve trampled the flowers
We’ve dug up the old king and scattered his bones
We’ve woken his ghost in our turning of stones

Follow me follow me home
We can be back before dark
Follow me follow me home

I must be good
I must be great

Black and white or not at all
Better far to take a fall
Feathers ruffled but alive
Better far to take a dive

We have been walking and squawking for miles
We’ve tilled the dry earth and we’ve kicked down the stiles
Among all the old kings, asleep in their graves
When we could be wintering over the waves
Track Name: Sparrowfeather
I'm just a sunup running late
Acting out, unsober
What's there witching us away?
Who's not been seen since october?

I've been facing the same way and breathing for 10,000 days
To hear you whistle past once more
And wash up on my shore

Rise up in finery fire-feathered
To come back down coal-dull
Sewn into your winter clothes
And crying like a gull

And pulling at the little tears in need of stitching and repairs
Too unspun and overwound to get the overtone to sound

I cannot make word today, but breathing spells and formulae
Sparrowfeather neutron star, I can't say how good you are

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