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Let Loose The Beating Birds

by Jen Lush

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Lily Mulholland
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Lily Mulholland This album is gorgeous ❤️ Favorite track: Fireground.
Michael Reilly
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Michael Reilly There's a lot to like about this new Jen Lush release, as the songwriting, production and vocals all quickly impress – and it gets better with every listen. Each song has great maturity and flow, telling a story through intelligent lyrics. Favorite track: Black Hammer.
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1.
The Seagull you didn’t throw the first stone but the one that left your hand made its mark upon the sand I wonder had you known and did the seagull feel the coming dark? I never will forget I can’t forget the sound of falling did you ever feel regret calling you back to the day back to the day and that one stone? In whose honour is she gone? throwing pebbles after birds when sticks and stones are worse than words marbles in my mouth imprisoned in the circle of her eye I never will forget forget the sound of stone on feather and bone I’d hold her in my hands if I went back to the day back to that day I’d send all those seagulls away and stones sink in quicksand below and boys in the sand dunes never were to the time before her freedom had flown with that one stone
2.
World’s On A Wire - Jen Lush / words by Tobin Lush little bird, do you have the key? what’s it like up above up above here? when the light falls through the wind I can’t see what you’ve got for me well the world’s on a wire so life’s not what it used to be are you alone with the melody? heaven and hell are not what they seem like the storm in my mouth calls to the valley from the balcony well the world’s on a wire so life’s not what it used to be little bird, do you have the key? what’s it like up above up above here? but I’ve seen you above the town dull the noise between the sound well the world’s on a wire so life’s not what it used to be
3.
Fire Ground - Jen Lush / words by Tobin Lush can i shoot my gun to lose my mind across the lake to the fire ground cut across the mountains blowin through the haze in a hall of mirrors shifting the gaze what will you remember? what will you forget? what will you remember? what will you forget? black skies in the morning red light, white night washed up in a post-truth era in an untethered hell of our own making moving across the bones to kindle the names glowing before your eyes body a hurricane searched among the words through a million years on the grounds below a reckoning for all of us
4.
Glass 02:45
Glass - Jen Lush if i could hold you in glass keep you for all the days give back the time i’ll waste i need you just as you are don’t turn another page lest i forget this day the buildings will outlive us all - harmony the trees watch us come and go - harmony but i am a house made of clay if i could hold you in glass slow down to still the signs buy me a little time the buildings will outlive us all the trees watch us come and go but i am a leaf in the wind and i am a house made of clay
5.
Dust 03:38
Dust - Jen Lush i’m far away from you i’m far away from you i’m twenty five miles just a hope on the horizon of truth it’s far away from me you’re far away from me a locked box i buried down deep in the root of a tree before we pillage and plunder all the best parts of what we both are we’ll hold up the tattered remains and blow them to life i’m talking in my sleep you’re talking in my sleep utterings falling like dust into places lost in the places i can’t sweep and i can’t help but wonder if they’ll work their way down under the earth to rest on the box of old things and bring them to light
6.
Gold Thread 03:40
Gold Thread - Jen Lush the dawn pulls back it’s cover the ground beneath succumbs to vital signs take notice of the fault lines i’m two parts underwater one part staying dry above the tide need more than oxygen to stay alive the kettle sings to waking kids i watch the golden lines spill from their lips wrapped in threads of gold i’m reaching in, i’m digging down for the gold thread the fine spun gold stronger than blood just say the word the day’s story hangs in folds here a floating book, now a bath gone cold get ready for the army of words but the afternoon brings gossamer gold weaving round my legs and button holes in the seams of all I know i’m reaching in, i’m digging down for the gold thread the fine spun gold the paper day unfolds like a crane birds come as they always do here a beak, now a flapping wing now in this room of formless dark tongue and groove and dry and spitting sparks looking for a glimpse of gold there’s a hummingbird inside my chest that ties the tangled heart to flesh and breath looking for a place to rest
7.
The Valley 03:59
The Valley - Jen Lush disarm me the armour is falling falling to rest can i hold the weight of what i have left loosened i’m losing my hold under all of my clothes unraveling slowly playing my roles soldiering on and sewing up holes weightless with the weight of the mourning i’m floating above anchor me down before i lift off wakeful in the wake of the warring i’m a thousand years old and i’m wondering what the hell i’ve been sold in the aftershocks of all that i’ve known wide awake in slumber high up on the hill tethered here with you i can see the greenest view embers i remember them all but the endings are mine in the grey of violence rushing behind daunted in the dawning of living with my face to the wall my heart still beats in spite of it all with one foot after the other i go
8.
Black Hammer - Jen Lush / words by Tobin Lush i was the hope of a hundred men i was the echo in the valley night blind in the canyon silent riot in the wind i was the car leaving the road i was the ghost between the trees above the below and below the above everything in between i was the memory at your table i was the name in the river low on a losing streak in a landscape of time you were the black you were the fake mining our hearts out, falling soft like a hammer you were the towers of glass you were the roving eye night shot like a cannon ball black above the masses you were under the wheels you were
9.
Crush 02:34
Crush - Jen Lush when you turned to me in the night when my arms were unattached and my feet were like ice water pooling on the sheets when the crush on my chest from a small refrigerator held back my breath held back my breath when I was still as a stone with the sound of your voice in the dark in the dark the bed is so cold tonight i’m looking for the moon i see it high over the city trying to pass by my eyes unnoticed it’s out of my grasp i bring the tides in and out with all of my breath all of my breath a possum scatters along the gutter like a warning the night birds have held back their breath with waiting waiting
10.
Cinder & Stone - Jen Lush I’m going home as the fire wind blows again taking what’s left of the blackened and molten above us birds sever words with their silence cinder and stone and the muddy rain falls away leaving its dark tail remembering all that we left behind wasn’t time to save all the small things as the birds flicker and twist so does my heart as the fire flickers and twists so does my heart I’m going home to the disarray, new decay follow my way back to know that I’m real not a closing door fold away all that I’ve worked for as the birds flicker and twist so does my heart as the fire flickers and twists so does my heart as the wind flickers and twists so does my heart so does my heart trap door heart
11.
Bend The Trees - Jen Lush you drew me down into the garden at night by the fire gathering warm legs in the rain children fold paper planes in the dark under table water-flecked night open furrows furl in the dark fall in the dark curving sorrows curl in the dark call in the dark of my ear salt of my eyes water of yours hand on your skin the taste of autumn coming to earth those woven words loop in my cardigan caught on a nail light and sorrow plain and purl open furrows furl in the dark fall in the dark curving sorrows curl in the dark call in the dark cloven shadows follow the path fall on the path to my ear

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Let Loose The Beating Birds is the second studio album for Jen Lush and her band - James Brown, Sam Cagney, Paul Angas and Mark Seddon. Featuring singles Black Hammer, The Seagull and Fireground, this collection of songs chronicle experiences of motherhood, whilst examining the broader environmental and political landscape of our current times. Folk infused alt rock with experimental soundscapes wrapped around poetic storytelling.

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released August 20, 2021

All songs by Jen Lush

Jen Lush - vocals
James Brown - electric guitars, sound design, keyboards
Sam Cagney - acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Mark Seddon - bass guitar
Paul Angas - drums, percussion, Wurlitzer, misc. keyboards, synth, backing vocals - track 2
Belinda Gehlert - violin

Produced by James Brown / Tobin Lush
Recorded, engineered and mixed by James Brown at Wizard Tone Studios
Mastered by Michael Lynch at Shoehorse Sound
Design Tobin Lush

Lyrics on tracks 2, 3 and 8 written by Tobin Lush

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Jen Lush Adelaide, Australia

Jen Lush is known for her spacious and emotive, starkly modern folk songs wrapped around expansive storytelling. Following her 2017 album of poem-songs ‘The Night’s Insomnia,’ Jen’s new album ‘Let Loose the Beating Birds’ is to be released in 2021. Jen and her stellar band have appeared at festivals and venues throughout South Australia, Victoria, NSW, WA and Tasmania. ... more

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