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At the Limits of Earth

by Natural Sympathies

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1.
Easy Love 02:17
Easy love, you’re my easy love thank heaven above for your easy love sent from heaven above sent like a dove, sent like a salve Pour like oil on me, pour sweet remedy Never enough love
2.
Coyote 02:30
Coyote come take my picture help me to remember her I know she’s somewhere in there underneath the bones and fur Coyote come take my picture help me to remember her Remember - I won’t hurt Coyote come a little bit closer Tell me, do you like to dance? I’ve got a little hot foot that I think used to make you laugh Coyote come a little bit closer Do you want to dance? Remember we used to laugh Coyote come take my picture help me to remember her I know she’s somewhere in there underneath the bones and fur Coyote come a little bit closer Do you want to dance? Remember we used to laugh In your arms Jaws and claws
3.
1987 01:52
In the backseat of 1987 I looked out from low angle eyes a giant world rushing past my window glass rolled down feeling the wind the blow Resting under a star smeared sky I looked out from disbelieving eyes A strange heaven extending forever I lay there in a fever I am older I am still that child something ancient and unchanging watching while everything changes
4.
Blindfold 04:09
Go fast, go slow doesn’t matter to me as long as I’m wearing this blindfold and I can’t see the twists in the road This life and this load where I carry it to there’s a sun setting gold And far behind me stretches shadow That I don’t want to know Just how far it goes Drive fast; don't look back
5.
Oblivion 02:32
I want to forget the worst of the days all of the sadness, sickness and pain what’s a daughter going to do? I can’t look away Oblivion I’d do anything, be anywhere else Just take me away from myself Can’t numb my heart with young men and drink Can’t run away, what would they think? What’s this old lady going to do but make sweet music for you? Oblivion I’d do anything, be anywhere else Just take me away from myself Just take me anywhere else Just take me far away Born anew, until I feel nothing but sky blue Can’t close the curtains, be silent for days spend all my time watching teleplays what’s this mother going to do? I can’t hide myself away Oblivion I’d do anything, be anywhere else Just take me away from myself Just take me someplace else
6.
The River 01:55
When you see them leave give me the all clear so that I can cry all of my tears and be washed away and be washed clean standing in the river without making a scene while I shiver
7.
Around Here 02:11
I’ll never be from around here never be a part of the memory you keep holding so dear an older version of here I’ll never lay claim to these places never remember the faces of the old buildings you used to shop in I’m north east south and westward of here I’m from no place no state of grace to share I’ll never be from around here never be a part of the memory you keep holding so dear a golden version of here I’ll never lay claim to these faces never remember the places of the old buildings you used to fuck in I’m north east west and southward of here I’m from no place no state of grace to share I’ll never be from around here
8.
Cranium 01:18
I took a break from your drama so I could forget you and your theater I threw away all your words burned them to ash a funeral pyre for your letters I cannot wait til I’ve forgotten and my mind wiped of the evidence put one hand on my heart and the other in my cranium pull it out
9.
Baby the whole world seems so crazy it’s a real act of bravery to even wake up in the morning because lately I have lost my sense of balance and security a total absence of safety Tell me when I might have it again Last week I ran into an old friend they told me of their tragedies, their job, their loves and family I wonder about inherited silence the intimate sciences of who gets to be resilient Tell me when we might be that again Soon: smooth
10.
Fall in Love 04:37
I want to fall in love with the world and myself again

about

The second full length album from solo artist Natural Sympathies, ‘At the Limits of Earth’ is available on February 18, 2022 via Lava Cheetah Music.

Recorded and mixed at home during the pandemic by Natural Sympathies (Amber Goodwyn) with contributions from a small crew of collaborators, these new songs delve deep into mental health and healing, exploring a sonic directness through stripped-down production and the integration of early demos and first-takes. Musically, the album brings together fuzzed out guitars reminiscent of PJ Harvey’s more unhinged offerings, Zomes’ drone synth minimalism, Young Marble Giant’s skeletal rhythms and Kate Bush’s melodic reveries.

‘At the Limits of Earth’ is a departure from both Natural Sympathies’ previous, outer space-themed recordings as well as the ambitious rock music of her other band, Cobra & Vulture. This collection feels raw and personal, a pulling back of the curtain to reveal songs that veer almost too close in their depictions of grief, anxiety and old wounds. There are moments of levity and danceable pop songs sprinkled throughout, albeit shimmering with heartrending lyrical threads.

The songs on ‘At the Limits of Earth’ explore the barrows of the psyche, following paths into the underland and getting lost in the shadows. Figments of selves glimmer in the dark passages of the melodies, flashing moments of desire, terror, sorrow and a growing hope. Featuring close-miced vocals, raw demos and first takes, the album prioritizes the authenticity of emotion over the tyranny of sanitized production.

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released February 18, 2022

All songs by Amber Goodwyn
Artwork by Melanie Garcia
Mastering by Orion Paradis
Single photography for Coyote, Easy Love and Blindfold by Matt Horseman

Carl Johnson: Additional guitars on Fall in Love
Jeremy MacCuish: Drum machine on Around Here, Coyote, Cranium and Easy Love
Dana Rempel: Alto and tenor saxophone and flute on Blindfold
Jeffrey Romanyk: Drums on Blindfold, Act of Bravery and Fall in Love
Christopher Sleightholm: Additional guitar on Oblivion (song originally featured on 2018 Oblivion/Some Place Unseen split)

Songwriting made possible with support from SK Arts

Lava Cheetah Music 2022

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