Incarnadine

by Silver Sircus

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Three years in the making, and with support from the Australia Council For The Arts, the second SIlver Sircus album 'Incarnadine' was painstakingly crafted in collaboration with ARIA Award winning producer Lachlan ‘Magoo’ Goold.

Across 10 songs and 72 minutes, the band traverses bold new sonic territory, at times totally reinventing their sound and song writing style. From the quickstep clash of Before That Girl Got Born to the hypnotic desert drone of Dust to the epic sprawling maelstrom of the closing title track, this is an album of snarling power, darkness & light, chaos & tranquillity.

The album was released in July 2016 as a deluxe 2LP Gatefold Limited Edition (+MP3 card) and for download/streaming in December 2016.

To purchase the 2LP Limited Edition, please go to www.silversircus.com

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released December 18, 2016

Lucinda Shaw - vocals
James Lees - drums, percussion, guitar, piano
Mark Angel - guitars
Salliana Campbell - violin, piano, vocals
Terry Dixon - bass guitar
Fionn Ellwood - percussion, vocals
Wayne Jennings - cello, vocals
Parmis Rose - piano, keyboards

Lileana Colarelli – spoken word on Tiny Frogs
Brett Harris – field recordings at Mt Nebo on Tiny Frogs and Incarnadine
Alison St Ledger, Yani & Pete Cox – backing vocals on Poor Claire
Vanessa Tomlinson – percussion on Incarnadine

This album was made with the support of the Australia Council For The Arts in Brisbane, Australia between December 2014 and February 2016 at…
Gasworks Studios, Newstead, December 2014. Engineered by Zander Hulme.
Airlock Studios, Samford, February 2015. Engineered by Magoo. Assisted by Konstantine Kersting.
The Mirror Shop, Fortitude Valley, November 2015 - February 2016. Engineered by Magoo.

Produced by Magoo & James Lees
Mixed by Magoo
Mastered by Steve Smart, 301 Studios, Sydney

Artwork & Layout by Brett Harris

We especially thank:
Lileana Colarelli, Katrina and Sandro Colarelli, Pete Cox, Vineta Dixon, Brett Harris (for input on Tiny Frogs), Ian Haug, Phoenix Shaw-Collery, our friends and families, audience and artistic community.

Silver Sircus wish to acknowledge the First Nations’ People: the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this work was created, specifically the Turrbal, Jagera, Yuggera, Yugaabul and Yugambeh People. We extend this respect to other First Nations' Peoples, to the Ancestors and the Elders past and present and all who carry the ecological and cultural wisdom into the future. May we listen deeply to the life of the land.

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Silver Sircus Brisbane, Australia

Silver SIrcus are led by vocalist/performer Lucinda Shaw and drummer/composer/producer James Lees. They are based in Brisbane, Australia and have been making music since 2008.

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Track Name: Dust
DUST

This time he comes, this man he comes
This time he comes to you and I
This time he comes oh hey yo hi
So many man laid ways
So many rough and stony trails
A wisdom one on rusted nails
Would walk and still he’ll come to stay
This one with skin ablaze

He follows this way that way
Whichaway the crow flies free
Welcome children welcome
Welcome now the crow flies free

Back to you he comes and on
And on and on and on to me
The raven ‘self is hoarse that croaks
This wisdom let it be
We gently stroke our troubled head
Thank comfort for a swaddling bed
Let hell dissolve to myths of old
While love we truly tell

Breathe now yet we don’t breathe
Wisdom comes as the crow flies free
Welcome children welcome
Welcome as the crow flies free

This time he comes now all pervading
Wisdom man that man outside
Welcome him come to your board
That wisdom man that man inside

Damned mute to those who’ll not hear
Invisible, the crow flies free
Welcome children welcome
Welcome now the crow flies free

He sits between the humble frogs
A-joking at their demigods
The pulses of his history
Between the fallen trees

The creak between upstanding and
Mulcher fodder of our land
He stands and speaks the truth to you
Like a woman, a wisdom man

Welcome children welcome
Welcome as the crow flies free
Welcome children welcome
Welcome now the crow flies free

Argue all you like you little
Puzzled children all in fright
He’ll laugh and hold you loose and nice
Throughout your shiver night
Or if the Time is right he might
He must hold tight and tight and tight
Your throat this wisdom man
And gently kiss you back to dust.

Welcome children welcome
Welcome as the crow flies free
Welcome children welcome
Welcome now the crow flies free
Track Name: Eagle & Woman
EAGLE & WOMAN

Through the glass stained temple sky
Appears the eagle king
His wing span broad enough to lay a woman down
To steal a dog or duck to death
To humble the mind of man

On the forest floor each step as they tiptoed
Be‘tween the tiny frogs
The well fleshed holy
And the wondering business of realms beyond
Cicadas listened and marvelled at their incessant chatter
And innocent musings

What noisy beasts
These lovers all
I knew him young
We shared a pulse

While in their moments they undertook their years
Sending them off with kissing poetry and blackened peat
And mangoes and flood
Relentless sapling birthed itself
Amidst the reddened mud, he sent her incarnadine

What noisy beasts
These lovers all
I knew him young
We shared a pulse

Gone beside him in a dream
In which they shifted him like sands
Under windy sky from pristine
Youngling to Shamanic fire
Fungal threads and old rock jewels
Love was crafted by their hands
Made her potent spells of leaves
Luxuries imbued with time

Through the glass stained temple sky
Appears the eagle king
His wings span broad enough to lay a woman down
To steal a dog or duck to death
To humble the mind of man

The eagle appears and such is the way of things
The eagle appears and such is the way of things
The eagle appears and such is the way of things
Wisdom one dream projectionist
Track Name: The Paper Trees
THE PAPER TREES

The paper trees are hitching up their foggy glassy petticoats
Those girls are muddy to their waists
Wet right up, wet right through
Wet right up, wet right through
Those pretty witches with birds pinned in their angled hair
Dam that lake, dam those murky ways
Dam that lake, dam those murky ways
An illustration of a girl by twisted twins weeps willows far beneath her

Drop sympathy on dreams of Ophelia
And all the other weeping girls
Mister fish and all the paying johns
The doctors, lawyers and all their sons
Who do they think they are?
Who do they think they are?
Yes burlesque waters turn to sludge
Yes burlesque waters turn to sludge
And who are you and I to judge?
Track Name: Before That Girl Got Born
BEFORE THAT GIRL GOT BORN

Before that girl got born
She had not a hair
To pin those bruised and purple flowers in

Before that girl got born
She had not a button nose
To stick with a bee inside a rose

Before that girl got born
She had not a map in mind
To wonder if she were girl or boy

Before that girl got born
She had not a tear
To shed for longing of a broken toy

No glass no friend no pen or microphone
She did her non-existence all alone

For want of glass or friend or pen or microphone
She did her non-existence all alone

Before that girl got born
Before that girl got born
Before that girl got born
Before that girl

No glass no friend no pen or microphone
She did her non-existence all alone
Track Name: Sabrina
SABRINA

She stands before the frames that give her a world
In a little rock n roll room
A music house by the blue bottle sea
Too stinging for swimming so come inside
So come on in and listen and look

There lies three boats, there stands one man
Greeting and meeting two dogs panting, panting
Some trees standing, standing
And some no longer standing
Reborn into a roof vibrating

And a shelter for a hopeful family
Leave the little pests on the street
Come inside, come inside to a good place
Her hand is small but it does the job
Her teeth don’t get in the way
She knows how to resonate your name

From her mouth her cave of love
To the breeze of your freedom
Her shoulders catch the light
And make you want to be a man
This girl is true her throat is you
Her throat is your salvation

In this world you’ll get a girl with flowers
She’s holding up her instrument
She makes an orchestra out of a few strings and a box
Cowboy boots and an honesty policy
Don’t mind if the room is full or empty
A canyon full of lost souls comes to life

She’ll be your necromancer
Your resurrector, your redemption
No matter if you live or not
New life into you, new life into you

She’ll play your heart to beating
She’ll sing your soul to breathing
Track Name: No Helen
NO HELEN

I.
The seed of love begat yearning
The yearning begat planting
Planting begat the long wait
The long wait begat fervour
Then cutting
Then building
And then comes the sailing
For beauty feeds that fervour
That must needs build the argo
And the horse
What Argonaut can steel himself
Against the heart’s longing for flesh?
No golden love without surrender
No war, no Helen

II.
My unrequited love
You sit and smoke your funny cigarettes
And I am lost in my loss of you
My most unsteady love
How come you came to feel
You weren’t as beautiful as I?
I laugh at your jokes about Helenic Wars
But I would build a Trojan horse of matchsticks for you
Too much, too much you say
But I will build it anyway
What less can I do?
Unconsummated love
I am consumed
Only seven hundred thousand more matches to go
Track Name: Poor Claire
POOR CLAIRE

They say the old girl is about
Must be the day for steppin’ out
And the lady’s a flying high
Her legs go way up up to there
Way up to you know who knows where
Those delicious marbled thighs

But she don’t reach no happiness
Can’t ever reach her happiness
Poor Claire
Poor poor Claire

Those cheeks are blended just right
Her palate Rubens might have liked
Her finger dabs and never drags
A block of bloody golden glow
And skin of razors in the snow
She’s got an artist in her glass

But she don’t reach no happiness
Can’t ever reach her happiness
Poor Claire
Poor poor Claire

Tippy toe on needle heels
Her chemist knows just how she feels
And she gives him what he needs
He’s such a friendly young man
Her pharmacist who understands
The odyssey of these deeds

She still don’t reach no happiness
Can’t ever reach her happiness
Poor Claire
Poor poor Claire

Don’t you know poor Claire? Don’t you know her?
Don’t you know poor Claire? Don’t you know her?

Whoever knows that old girl, whoever knows poor Claire
Don’t you know poor Claire? Don’t you know her?

What’s this lady’s name? The lady with the hair
Don’t you know poor Claire? Don’t you know her?

And the legs right up? Up up to there
Don’t you know poor Claire? Don’t you know her?

Whoever knows that old girl, whoever knows poor Claire
Don’t you know poor Claire? Don’t you know her?

What’s this lady’s name? The lady with the hair
And the legs right up, up up up to there

Whoever knows that old girl, Whoever knows poor Claire
Don’t you know poor Claire? Don’t you know her?

Don’t you know poor Claire? Don’t you know her?
Don’t you know poor Claire? Don’t you know her?
Track Name: Tiny Frogs
TINY FROGS

I know them there them tiny frog
I know them hidey there from me
Hide from me in some bush or log
And nasty teasy sing to me
They nasty teasy sing to me

Come look you girl in dewy green
Soft tip toe creepy you and find
We know you wonder we not seen
You crazy stupid dumb and blind
Yes crazy stupid dumb and blind

You silly thing them sing and say
They not come out but click and call
Me happy sad and lose my way
They watch my foots all trip and fall.
My tiny foots all trip and fall

I bleedy on my little legs
All reds on knees and higher thigh
I on the ground and quiet begs
To baby Jesus in that sky
Him baby in that cloudy sky

That baby Jesus he not hear/here
But trees and rocks all come alive
Then big and frighten grow my fear
Until I dream I not survive
That dream come true I not survive

I dead now country speak to me
You come with us you not alone
Our wander sister now you free
Them tiny frog them take you home
Us tiny frog we sing you home
Them tiny frog them sing you home
Us tiny frog we sing you home

The ants and the ancestors
Shudder sick and slow
Rocks are seldom dead, no
Never so
While white underside the rough log snare
Scorpions look close and listen
As skeletal remains
Sting songs of little ones fallen
Poor fellas all
No colour blood but one for all
That which was done in the name of the civil
In the tongue of the pale
Who came those sunburnt thieves
Who could not recognise a ground stone axe head
But skipped it into the river of rum like reckless fools
And shot their way to richness set the sorrow flow
Come into the life of the land and stories of the time
Track Name: Aviatrix
AVIATRIX

There is only one air
It moves over the world we share
A pretty a bird machine
In time
Her trails blaze
A blazing
That mystery one romancing the sky
Vast and all encompassing
And now we love to love her so
Asking where oh where oh where…
Oh where did she go?
Three thousand strides below

She did it, she did it, she did what she did
She did it, she did it, she did what she did

Is it Malden salts or what that kiss her limbs?
She wandered far and down, she wondered far and down
She wondered far and down, if ever to be found…

She did it, she did it, she did what she did
She did it, she did it, she did what she did

There is only one air, it moves over the world we share
Track Name: Incarnadine
INCARNADINE

A time or two
They quietly step
Crawling sighing things

She is a distant brook
No one, no one knows
As her toes tread and dance

All the trees have string hair
They fall and live on

Once was bone
With lychee touch
With bitter sharp
And burning hope

A new place to be born
Black beetles
And red soft stars
Make the world

Once was bone
With crystal shard
And with a breath
We exclaim

"We are alive"