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Nine Sisters Digital Album

by Hazel Iris

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1.
A Prince 03:50
Dragon-slayer, a soothe-sayer, A sailor man or a carpenter? I was never wary enough, I was too naive. Sharpened layers, a fool player, A hornets nest for a treasure chest! She was never part of the plan, She came after me. Who do you think you are to break my heart? Who do you think you are to break my heart? Dragon-slayer, a soothe-sayer, A sailorman or a carpenter? I was never wary enough, I was too naive. Who do you think you are to break my heart? A prince - no less, no more.
2.
Bed 02:31
Take me to the mouth of the river, Fly me to the edge of the wood! Slowly, not too quickly in my head, Hurry, follow me to my bed. Sing to me a melody you love, I’ll tell you my favourite tale. Slowly, not too quickly in my head, Hurry, follow me to my bed. Hide with me down under the hollow, Chase me with the sand in your toes! Slowly, not too quickly in my head, Hurry, follow me to my bed. Come now follow me to the end, Never to begin again! Come now follow me to the end, Hurry, follow me to my bed! Hurry, follow me to my bed - Hurry, follow me to my bed!
3.
Candle 02:54
Somebody melted my candle. Does anybody know who’s to blame? I really needed my candle, ‘Cause now without a light I’m in shame. I heard a whisper behind me - My heart it gave a flutter or two. I felt somebody before me, But how was I to know it was you? I know you, at least I should do - But I can’t remember meeting you. I know you, at least I should do - But I can’t remember meeting you. Somebody’s stolen my lover. Does everybody think it’s a game? I rather think I was blinded, But in my fingertips there’s a flame. I took a step in the hallway, I followed all the stairs to the door. I leaned halfway out the window And then I fell asleep to no more. I know you, at least I should do - But I can’t remember meeting you. I know you, at least I should do - But I can’t remember meeting you. But I can’t remember meeting you!
4.
Coffee Shop 04:42
In the coffee shop I lost my thoughts. Over the tabletop, They wandered away. Behind the countertop There were some dreamy eyes. They saw right through my smile And burned a hole. Sweet as honey, slow as molasses - My daydreams dominated by you. And I remembered Another day gone by. The sunshine taste of time, The sand and the sea. They came back to me. As I got up to leave, My senses all returned. The moment was gone. Sweet as honey, slow as molasses - My daydreams dominated by you. In the coffee shop I lost my thoughts. Over the tabletop, They wandered away.
5.
Folk 02:07
You’re so lovely, pretty pretty you. You’re so graceful, lovely lovely you. I want to be lovely, pretty pretty too. I only stumble, clumsy clumsy me. You’re so crazy, funny funny you. Always smiling, cheery cheery you. Can I be crazy? Funny funny too? Always pouting, dreary dreary me. You have eyes so dreamy sweet and true And a sweetheart, lucky lucky you. Mama told me never to compare, I can’t help I want us to be square. I have an apple rosy red and new, Fresh from the orchard, ‘specially for you. Eat it when you want to have a snack, After that I won’t expect you back!
6.
I feel a change in me, slow motion such relief. New days and nights in sight. What’s going to happen tonight? What did you say to me? Don’t be afraid repeat No yesterday today. Thoughts and cares carry away. Summer’s gone, oh Summer’s gone, Oh Summer’s gone, oh Summer’s gone. Winter is calling, My heart is falling deep in love. In love. Old days forever lost. Faces have paid the cost. Touch me - am I here too? Call me and I’ll run with you. Summer’s gone, oh Summer’s gone, Oh Summer’s gone, oh Summer’s gone. Winter is calling, My heart is falling. Summer’s gone, oh Summer’s gone, Oh Summer’s gone, oh Summer’s gone. Winter is calling, My heart is falling deep in love. In love. In love.
7.
Needles 03:41
Needle, needle fall to the floor. Did your Sugar Pine let you go? Brush them, brush them up off the floor. All my stairs must tidy be today. Pine cone, pine cone light it bright. Make my fireplace glow tonight! Come and see ready me. Don’t hesitate, I won’t wait. I won’t wait I won’t wait. Powder, powder kiss my cheek, For the sunset fades. ‘Fraid of me you should not be. When you come tell all your heart to me. When my work is done for the night I’ll swim down the stream. Come and see ready me. Don’t hesitate, I won’t wait. Don’t hesitate, I won’t wait. I won’t wait. I won’t wait.
8.
Shatter Me 04:34
Shatter me. Break me into pieces. Shatter me and I’ll fall to the floor. Caress me. Say you didn’t mean it. Pet me. I’ll forget everything. Quiet me. Put your finger to my mouth. Silence me With your winning smile. Hide me In the back of your thoughts. Forget me And I’ll fade away. I can’t abide the thought Of you not being by my side, But maybe the truth is That I don’t want to be alone.
9.
What to do when I see you? How to smile when face to face? How to laugh under the willow, in the breeze? In the breeze. My delight was your pleasure. Blossoms white in my clothes. I lost my ribbons and my buttons. I didn’t mind. No, I didn’t mind. What did I see when we were side by side? No reason to hide, no reason to hide. What to do when I see you? How to smile when face to face? How to laugh under the willow, in the breeze? In the breeze.
10.
Volcano 05:55
I have grown stagnant - still, much too long. Where is my tremor and my quake gone? I often hear them echoed in air, Poems and stories telling despair. I can remember when I was strong And the red currents hummed to my song! I have had glories spread of my fame, Dancing and praying all to my name. And as the surface of waters grew near, Oh how I simmered. Oh how they seared. Before the wandering things came to be I grew in stature just earth and me! There is no meaning to time and space I have grown weary here in my place. I’ll keep on sleeping, awaken no more Gone is the mystery deep in my core.

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Nine Sisters is inspired by combining the craft of Art Songs with the wild beauty of California landscapes. Composed in London and recorded in Los Angeles, Hazel Iris collaborated with Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Tom Biller and Emmy Award-winning arranger Ali Helnwein. Orchestral instruments such as the harp, vibraphone and cello are woven together with modern instruments to embody nine female entities (and a volcano). By melding together traditional rhythms, instrumentation and structure, 'Nine Sisters' fuses elements of Classical, Jazz, and Indie Folk music in order to create ten chamber pieces.

“Landscapes always play an essential role in my music. Although each piece appears to stand alone, they are conceived as a group of sisters bonded together by distinct geographic features throughout California. In a small valley on the Central Coast there is a chain of extinct volcanoes which run into the Pacific Ocean. They are called the Nine Sisters."
- Hazel Iris

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released October 26, 2018

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Written by Hazel Iris (Kirstin Gerking-Rabach/PRS)
Engineered, Produced & Mixed by Tom Biller
Arranged by Ali Helnwein & Hazel Iris
Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios
Artwork by Guga
Recorded at Sunset Sound & Tom‘s Studio

Vocals - Hazel Iris
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Bass - Tom Biller
Drums - Josh Garza, Tom Biller
Piano & Organ - John Rogers, Sophocles Papavasilopoulos
Harp - Jillian Lopez
Double Bass - Jared Fowler
Accordion - John Torcello
Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Marimba, Glass Marimba - M. B. Gordy
Flute - Gina Luciano

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Hazel Iris Berlin, Germany

Hazel Iris is a storytelling weaver of spells and dreams amongst other things. She studied
opera in Germany, only to end up going artistically rogue. Akin to Tori Amos and Kate Bush, she
rebelled against the conforming elements of a background in classical music, melding together Folk, Lieder, and Indie into her
world of sonic hybrids.

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