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released 27 September 2011

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Gem Club Boston, Massachusetts

There are times when beauty and sadness are inextricably linked. Massachusetts-based Gem Club understands this fragile symmetry. The band—singer/pianist Christopher Barnes and his collaborators, cellist Kristen Drymala and vocalist Ieva Berberian—create music that is intimate, graceful, and filled with melancholy. ... more

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Track Name: Twins
the wind shook the kiss from your mouth
before i could learn whose twin i was
your face familiar like a light in the water
just your touch could cure my lonesome blood
you let go of everything you had
and everything got left here waiting for what comes next
the state of things is tied to me
and i've been careless i think too much
i want to lie still near you i want to
the wind shook the kiss from your mouth
before i could learn whose twin i was
Track Name: Breakers
into their cheering hands
and the faces of his friends
no blood turned so bitter
and skulls stayed simple
every body in its place
strange you should want it the same
breakers in my lungs
the graceless years are gone
Track Name: Lands
where is the chorus in the airwaves
i sit with crystals at my side
no one can offer up an answer
and years are passing by
i saw the look of lands changing
and i feel you are the one who's moving beneath me
are there riders coming through the dark
there is no more communication
i'm building lovers in our bed
i feel no real danger
i'm filled with desire
the back of my head split wide open
i saw the look of lands changing
are there riders coming through the dark
Track Name: Red Arrow (John)
i watched you as you slept
red arrows fell around us
and before the sea came in
i knew you were the one
we are turning
in the circle of the sun
we are falling
into our new forms
i feel light i feel sent
catch me racing across the skyline
Track Name: I Heard the Party
where is the chorus in the airwaves
i sit with crystals at my side
no one can offer up an answer
and years are passing by
i saw the look of lands changing
and i feel you are the one who's moving beneath me
are there riders coming through the dark
there is no more communication
i'm building lovers in our bed
i feel no real danger
i'm filled with desire
the back of my head split wide open
i saw the look of lands changing
are there riders coming through the dark
Track Name: Black Ships
i've been building black ships
in the arms of a man i'd forgotten
he rings the bell he's holding
he's ringing in the changes
only we are left
maybe it's our january heads
if only we could cast off all our limbs
then we would learn to start again
apart from every thing we once knew
you as if you could be
dancing like a tiger
a tiger with such timing
and me a flower in frenzy
hour after hour
i saw you build the ships
and tangle them in branches
but i can't feel my hands anymore
i've been building black ships
and all that i've seen i've forgotten
the heart's curtain lifts
the metal shakes itself
where are you now
Track Name: Tanager
i've been building black ships
in the arms of a man i'd forgotten
he rings the bell he's holding
he's ringing in the changes
only we are left
maybe it's our january heads
if only we could cast off all our limbs
then we would learn to start again
apart from every thing we once knew
you as if you could be
dancing like a tiger
a tiger with such timing
and me a flower in frenzy
hour after hour
i saw you build the ships
and tangle them in branches
but i can't feel my hands anymore
i've been building black ships
and all that i've seen i've forgotten
the heart's curtain lifts
the metal shakes itself
where are you now
Track Name: 252
the cells of this body
have all lost their memory
confused by each other
to work out of order
and i hate that they require
the need to be together
how could they go wrong
this terrible anatomy
will surely get the best of me
maybe they'd grow in someone else
we head back to your place
it's not such a nice place
i'm still a little nervous
i thought that you would notice
and i hate that this requires
for us to be together
maybe i was wrong
a simple little strategy
to get rid of all that's wrong with me
maybe they'd grow in someone else
watch as they grow in someone else
Track Name: In Wavelengths
against the garden gates
and your gaze becomes clairvoyant
doves lift you give your last
we're in wavelengths for an evening
i'm breaking up slowly
see my face under electric light
and hold me there in silver thread
lately i've been leaving
no one has what they wanted