Kindred

by Monica Richards

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This album was recorded by me while I was living next to a wildlife corridor in Austin, TX. Sounds on 'Kindred' include bats, cicadas, frogs, tortoise taps, different kinds of birds, wing patterns, thunder, rain… Some of the beats on the record are actually sampled wing flaps or steps, sounds I recorded and played around with. It's a quirky, loving tribute to all the loves of my life, almost every song was inspired by one of the animals in my life.

There's also a wistful retro feel to this album when it incorporates old school electronica as well as the sounds of nature.

Though this CD was really done by me alone, I was able to get some great help from friends. Justin Stephens mixed some key songs, 'Fall', which he fully remixed and played bass and guitar on, '50 Euro Boy' as well as my jazzy recreation of the FatM song, 'Sparks'. Steve Niles helped me write 'Gil's Theme', which makes a great driving soundtrack as well as 'Undulatos Esperatus'. Caroline Jago (bass/strings) and Lesley Malone (percussion) sent me wonderful tracks for '50 Euro Boy', 'Undulatos Esperatus', and 'The Enchanted Mirror'. The brilliant Paul Mercer is featured on 'Kindred' and 'Let You Go'. I was able to get some classic cello work from Marzia Rangel for the opening piece, 'Kindred'.

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released January 1, 2014

All music by Monica Richards

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Monica Richards Los Angeles, California

Best known for her musical work as half of the critically acclaimed duo, Faith and the Muse, and her own solo releases, Monica is a composer, writer and artist living near Los Angeles.

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Track Name: Under the Bridge
Under the bridge
Is the answer.
Under the bridge
Let the rain wash over.
Under the bridge
Let the waters rise.
Under the bridge
Let the sirens sing.

Under the bridge
She is the answer.
Under the bridge
She is the answer.
Under the bridge
She is the answer.
Track Name: Fall
Gather the forces that sleep within you
Now is not the time to feel weak or appear so
You have the strength
You have it all
If you only
Just don't Fall

I'm too wrapped up in my own skin not to Fall
I'm too close to the problem
To fight on thick and thin
I never abandoned you
Just cheering from the sidelines
It only takes one little song to fight the Fall

You'll never change the one that hurts you
Maybe you love a little too much
And it leaves you worn out
Rise up defend yourself
You're the only one who can
Nothing anyone else can say
Nothing anyone else can do
You have the strength
You have it all
If you only
Just don't Fall

Ahhhhs...
It isn't me
It's all within you
You have the strength
You have it all
If you only
Just don't Fall

Gather the answers that lie within you
Now is not the time to feel weak or appear so
It isn't me
It's all within you
You have the strength
You have it all
If you only
Just don't Fall

You'll never change the one that hurts you
Fall fall fall fall
Track Name: Undulatus Asperatus
Look outside
There's a whole world out there.
The clouds are heavy like my head.
Ready to see red.

Come outside.
There's nothing left to be afraid of.
They seem so unusual
Just the monsters of our age.

"Fair friend, in singing I call you:
Sleep no longer..."

Chorus by Giraut De Bornelh
circa 1200
Track Name: The Bird and the Snake
There's something in here with me
Something I can't shake
Full of glowing compliment
The bird and the snake
All teeth and all smile
Ferocious on the take
Hungering and needy
The joints begin to ache
I'll give you perfect attention
The Prey is on the make
For every stolen moment
For bitterness' sake
Seeming Indestructible
But I will not break
Forever the child
The mistakes we will make
Ripping out my tongue
The Bird and the Snake
Tearing out my heart
The Bird and the Snake
Digging in my bones
The Bird and the Snake
Swallowing my pride
The Bird and the Snake

I still believe...

Ripping out my tongue
The Bird and the Snake
Tearing out my heart
The Bird and the Snake
Digging in my bones
The Bird and the Snake
Swallowing my pride
The Bird and the Snake

Lost
Lost
Lost
Lust
Lust
Lust
Lust

Let it go.
Track Name: Speak
Speak to me
Words flow better in the dark
While you're still asleep
You remember who you are

You've let your fear go
All the hunger in your in heart
Opens to me
A strange window into truth

Speak to me
Though it may be hard to hear
I still believe
You're in there somewhere

I should be the only one
You count on
You shouldn't feel so lonely
When you're lying next to me
---

Speak to me
Though it may be hard to hear
I still believe
You're in there somewhere

Caught in the web
Of your own mind
Caught by the grip
of outside eyes
Gunning for you

Speak to me
Though I feel it when you're lost
Trying to come back to me
Come back to me

I should be the only one
You count on
You shouldn't feel so lonely
When you're lying next to me

You love me how I never knew
I feel it when you're lost
Trying to come back to me

The one who loves you for who you are
Not who they think you are
The one who loves you for who you are
Not who they think you are
Track Name: 50 Euro Boy
Roll up your sleeves and disconnect
The larger your worth the blacker it gets
I don't know him
I'm still a girl
I have nothing to do with him
I'm just a child

50 Euro Boy

Grandmother, grandmother fly away home
They placed your lifetime on the block
Chop chop your life gone
Here she was sleeping while they picked through her bones
Emotion' s moments slowly abandon the host

You are so content to lose

The violence of the modern lie
So much left to do now that I'm a bit wise
I can see her staring back at me
The old woman with my eyes
But I'm just a child

Put the golden calf to pasture
The little hairline from age three
All the dead work faster faster
And she's staring back at me
Track Name: Let You Go
There is sadness drifting over you…
And the pain in your eyes bleeding through
Another day to struggle through
And I'm helpless here to save you

All I am and all I do
Won't keep you here, I know
There's nothing I can do but let you go

Now the shadows gather into view
They don't vanish when I call to you
I can feel their darkness coming through
No matter how long I hold you

All I am and all I do
Won't keep you here, I know
There's nothing I can do but let you go
Track Name: Sparks (Redux)
How carelessly the bound daylight caresses  
Oblivious to wandering eyes extinguished

Free me reckless with the night  
Elusive scenes enkindled burst to fire

Where splendor casts umbrageous twin  
And love sparks radiance

To guide the heart from within  
All in search for you
Eve of brilliance  
Till the morning proves indifference   

For the sparks die  
Leaving shadows in my vision
How dutifully the dull sunlight chastises  
Adopted wings that dare arise with promise

Incandescent I represent  
Pandora's uninformed enlightenment

And fears that creep about my flame  
Evanesce until the dawn calls them

Home again bearing thoughts of you
And I'm helpless to see  
Unbecoming of me  
Blindly mythicizing
Etiolation emphasized by merrythoughts  
Once broken by moonlight

Oh brighter to have never loved  
Than gather ghosts of the blinding  
Relentless sun idealized in you
And I can't bear to see  
Unbecoming of me  
Love is not dead
Track Name: The Enchanted Mirror
Hush! Listen...
This is my most secret voice -

The transient opinion that shapes and creates.
The Great Protector has wandered off
and all the efforts of an indifferent hand suffers in
the end.

I am brightest when misunderstood:

Legend in performance
with curtsy, a hand in Modest protest.
Beware Demand, for the gift is then meager.

I am ultimately myself -
A reeling, changing Unsurety.
An insomniatic Heart.
A steeley flickering of Light.
A moment in time separate from Mind.
But a voice.
Always, a voice.
Tenderest to those who will not own me.

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