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Bend The Trees

from Let Loose The Beating Birds by Jen Lush

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about

I wrote this in our final days of recording this album and it just made it onto the record in the nick of time. It felt like the last word, the full stop to the album. It is probably my first real go at writing a love song. I’ve never felt able to enclose my feelings in a way that suitably captures the complexities of relationship, the many layered pictures, without seeming trite. And I shy away from heavy handed sentimentality, drenched in syrup. But then this arrived, sparked by a night we spent in the backyard with the kids around the fire. Sometimes it’s the smallest details that embed such a strong memory, laden with pathos and wonder and that vast and intangible thing called love.

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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

credits

from Let Loose The Beating Birds, released August 20, 2021
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

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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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