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Blood Dancer

by Crown Larks

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Watch it unfurl What do you say? Rushing blue waves Look back toward a time Words always trite Wasn't it a pain for men unraveled at night? Autumn haze and soft light prying through a floor down to a Dark maelstrom of bloated flesh Gilded waves and vultures flying A black rider came And your life Lived just to unwind Just to unwind Pale face, dry eyes With your pride I knew it'd end Down in the dirt And not by my side (The waves crash, guess who I saw alive) Tired of talk about himself He wants to roll out like a radiant low tide [says] What you said before, it's not me, I work hard to stay [How was Dad set up? Sister, don't lie, I wanna...] Busy Said we're onto something, can't live in the city, orange sky and dead [Drag you out, eat you up, saw your eyes, a candid] [Bluff] Eyes on the freeway [And what a shame, the kids don't care to lay blame] And what a shame, the kids don't care to lay blame [Tell me why you're crying, praying and revealing, ashen concrete baking, weeds all pale and breaking] That's my brother smiling, he don't care bout lying, while we're in the City
Slow down Baby As all I Promise you Same thing Drinking from a rose On my pretty cat's birthday Lose my
Blood Mirage 05:53
They all lay and clamor before him Their lives one long sigh A turn of the wrist and it rains down The lies and lives, why? And I'm closer I'm closer "whoo" Sun glistens off sand canyons The mirage was not a mile Volcanic sighs underrun a sly smile The blood in my mouth starts to dry Come closer Come closer Wax palms Gauze eyes Cut tongues Pure light This is my wartime, blown out a faultline Graph lines Cross my Jet black Gun sights Every time I close my eyes, I watch it float away like a
Fog, Doves 05:02
Drive out to our little stream Come on in, dive in with me The water’s fine, the sky‘s streaked Reflects the face you’ll make the last time we Speak Today I felt death’s here for me To take me away to that beautiful gray I’ve always known it in my bones Won't be long Til I fall Long gone I knew you when Sweat it out on a splintered floor Bet your life on an empty room Today I felt death’s here for me To take me away to that beautiful gray I’ve always known it in my bones Won't be long Til I fall
Defector 06:15
Slow wave goodbye Our space filled with buzzing flies Machines grow humane Hand over my name ("whoo") But you request that I sail tonight Like lovers in night air Disappear as another will Rise Night Flight Dry when you come in from the rain And all its smells of someone’s graceful wife [So you ride a crestless wave] You lie awake and think of days [a canopy to something felt] That once they came [And I was the one that knew you when] Would make her melt, I [Your tongue had spilled all it’d] Say Don't Search my scattered gaze Rather, wander inner mazes and floods of birth Out of
Chapels 04:49
Trusted myself on the way off the island But it doesn’t take much just to pacify me How suddenly I’d seen the light saw a lone hawk framed against a melted sky Then sham apples, sham trees, sham houses and winters Face of the earth tongue tied Come out of it The sun isn’t moving and no leaves falling Sludge in all springs, shit’s gone awry So ride that well dry Run rings round a sun for the rest of our lives Collapsing into night Something to scratch and uncover and grind And ride that well dry Each new step forward a thousand miles behind
Overgrown 07:49
I wonder why I live here Under an orange sky Something to build on Continues to elude my As young spiders balloon away So brothers say to Crawl through life in a manic reverie Take care no one listens when you speak The seeds I’ve sown around all ground to grain My wedding gown the gauze over garlanded eyes set to lie, trained to strain Round a mile of late Burn my lamp alone til I hear you’re reborn Then maybe I’ll raise em elsewhere Maybe ill jump ship Stumble around and lay awake and stay stay stay It floods and surrounds Kelvin… the bough The sea’ll rise


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Turn it up loud, high dynamic range master // mastered to sound good turned up loud in the famed """"OLD SKOOL STYLE.""""

“… exists at the intersection of the free rock, avant-garde jazz, and outre improvisation scenes which have long been a hallmark of the city’s music culture. “Blood Mirage” is the first taste of their upcoming debut Blood Dancer. A lumbering, slow-burn intro is worth the wait as Crown Larks launch into an unexpectedly tight groove, smearing healthy dollops of saxophone over an energetic percussion attack that reframes the preceding skronk as a storm-before-the-calm palate cleanser. in an admirable display of patience they have waited until now to unleash their debut long-player. The authentic chemistry that results from hours upon hours of gigging is heard throughout Blood Dancer.” - AdHoc

“…a coed unit of electro-jazz shapeshifters with a penchant for blending the schizophrenic and radical musical movements its hometown is notorious for producing.” – The Village Voice

“… an avant-garde melting pot that depicts what happens when musicians on the same wavelength fuse mind, energy, and talents together as a unified communal-like force. ‘Overgrown’ is not your parent’s side b singular jam band track, but Crown Larks’ experimentation in creating plant and tree like textures that grow before your ears and eyes upon listening. Jack’s voice guides you through the evergreen tall grass, wild grown hedges, the thick of the woods until the Larks transform the entire soundscape into a jungle of amplified orations. Guitars grind against the droning meditation, as synths make circles like a dizzying swarm of birds, buzzards, and scuzzed out fuzz that blares and beats like scuffed up trainers stomping on a yoga mat. In under eight minutes you will have felt as if an entire natural habitat bloomed before you.” - Impose


released April 7, 2015

Lorraine Bailey – electric piano, organ, vocals, clarinet, synths
Jack Bouboushian – guitar, vocals, bass, sleep machine, pedals
Bill Miller – drums
Peter Gillette – trumpet, flugelhorn, party favor
Chris Boonenberg – saxophone on Blood Mirage, piano on Chapels
Kevin Ohlau – saxophone, flute

Recorded and bounced off 2” tape by Nick Broste at Strobe Recording. Additional recording by Brian J Sulpizio and Jack Bouboushian. Nick mixed Chapels and Blood Mirage at the Shape Shoppe. Brian mixed the others in Little Village. Jack and Lorraine helped/hindered them.

Mastered by Carl Saff. Collage by Michael Hart.

Released on Spacelung / Landbreathing records (CD/LP/digital) and Already Dead Tapes (cassette).


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Crown Larks Chicago, Illinois

polyrhythmic post punk // eccentric noise lullabies // machine-tooled no wave // free jazz-inflected krautrock // PURE CRED //

"Crown Larks threw psych-rock, noise music, and free jazz into one pot and stirred until the whole thing combusted.” – Stereogum
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