Sunrise Mountain EP

by Swallow and the Wolf

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These songs were recorded between 2011-2012 at my friend & producer Gavin Hammond's house, in Vauxhall, London. Most songs were written in the previous 6-12 months except What am I supposed to do? which I'd written some years before, but felt it fitted here.

It's an album born from a love of John Martyn, Nick Drake, the peace of the Countryside and islands of green between the City's grey strips.

Enjoy,
Russell x

credits

released May 1, 2013

Russell Swallow - lead vocal, guitars, glockenspiel
Jess Kennedy - piano, organ, vocals

Special thanks to additional musicians:
Alison Jones - violin on Home & Paper Aeroplanes
Tom Parkinson - bass on Christmas Eve & Home
Nick Rye - drums on Christmas Eve & Home
Juno Cheetal - vocals on Paper Aeroplanes & Sunrise Mountain
Kieran Rafferty, Tim Lacy - vocals on Newfound Shore & Sunrise Mountain
Patrick Kenny - recorder on Newfound Shore
Martin Radford - strings on What am I supposed to do?
Hannah Oliver - oboe on What am I supposed to do?

All lyrics by RS
Songs written by RS except Christmas Eve, Home and Paper Aeroplanes which were written by RS with generous support from Jess Kennedy

Engineered, produced and mixed by Gavin Hammond
Mastered by Turan Audio
Sleeve photography by Razia Naqvi-Jukes
Banner and on CD photography by Valeria Cherchi

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Swallow and the Wolf London, UK

Russell and Jess play songs of every day passions, extraordinary moments and unsung heroes. Driven and picked acoustic guitar, bass heavy mercurial piano, deep drums and percussion are woven together with melodic vocal harmonies.

Their self released debut EP 'Sunrise Mountain' continues to receive radio play, as they prepare to release and tour it's follow up - Fire - in May 2014.
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Track Name: Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve

That Christmas Eve I kissed the tears from both her eyes
Whispered in Her ear
Let's play a game
Countdown from 10
We'll make it disappear
Are you ready?

As I turn the engine over
She curls a hand in mine
We follow all those yellow cat's eyes into the dumb black night

She says She's falling
She calls my name
She says She's falling it's hard to explain why we're doing this again

When we arrive they dress Her in a blue gown
Tied with ribbons at the back
She says that She feels like Alice from the book
The Doctors are detectives searching for their clues
Charcoals burning in her mind and tearing it loose

She says She's falling
She tries to explain
She‘s 'good with faces but what is my name?'

They show me Her memory up on a silver screen
All that She's ever loved and seen
Each time they cut blackness away from Her
She's getting better and I disappear

While She lies sleeping
I take off Her ring
When she wakes up She won't remember a thing
Track Name: Home
Home

Old man
Misguided as I am
You have been my teacher
A silver thread
Buried in our blood
Yet it pulls us nearer

I am my Father's Son
His fearsome, fragile charm
I have my Mother's kindness
Her weariness of mind

I will never forget the place that I once called home
I'll run fast as I can into the great wide unknown

Set sail when the moon is full and the Sun is sleeping
Gold timber on a silver mirror, a compass in hand
I'm leaving once again
No gold - but a golden plan

I will never forget the place that I once called home
I'll run fast as I can into the great wide unknown

But don't misplace your faith in silence
We are tidal
Hear us as we roar

Old man, be careful where You stand
I've become your teacher
Track Name: Paper Aeroplanes
Paper Aeroplanes

Watching old movies in the afternoon
Thinking that You're gonna be home soon
I thought I heard You call my name as the credits start to roll
It was just my imagination running wild

Have I let You down?
Did I do You wrong?
Some bridges torch themselves, some beg to burn
We're just paper aeroplanes trying to last the flight

Washing dirty dishes with a dirty cloth
Winding up my body like a broken clock
I thought I heard you call my name as the credits start to roll
It was just my imagination running wild

Have I let You down?
Did I do You wrong?
Some bridges torch themselves, some beg to burn
We're just paper aeroplanes trying to last the flight
We're just paper aeroplanes trying to make good time

Time is on my side
She'll come back
They always come back
They never come back

Did I let You down?
Did I do You wrong?
Some bridges torch themselves, some beg to burn

Did I call your bluff?
Was it mine to call?
Some bridges torch themselves you tore this down

We're just paper aeroplanes trying to last the flight
Track Name: Newfound Shore
Newfound Shore

Out of the beast I took all of my present tense
I knew the storm would pass
Revealing a newfound shore
Lost on the storm
And somehow reborn

Out of the time I'd saved
I knew you'd spend it all
Dressing your days in black
Now your red dress lies rags on the floor
The storm will pass
Revealing a newfound shore
Lost on the storm
And somehow reborn

The storm will pass
Revealing a newfound Shore
We push and force and strive
Revealing a newfound Shore
Lost on the storm
And somehow reborn
Track Name: Sunrise Mountain
Sunrise Mountain

Coyote crazy girl you push your chin into an Autumn Sun
A knapsack on your back
You wrap your nonsense up in silken scarves
To sing your heart
To pirouette
And send those memories home

I say a little prayer and press a golden bell into your hand
You ring it when you find that you're the scream and you're the avalanche
All those miles
I cross them all with you

Footprints in the soil
Wisdom in the water
Power in the play
Fire in the night time sky

I slip a kiss into the wind, just for you

Coyote crazy girl you lift your face into an Autumn Sun
Sun-kissed conquistador I know you'll rise and rise…

Footprints in the snow
Steam on kitchen window
Fire in the night sky
Pockets of time- I'm glad I held yours you held mine

I hear you singing out on Sunrise Mountain
I hear they're lighting fires on Sunrise Mountain
All those miles- I cross them all with you

Coyote crazy girl I wrap my nonsense up in Silver sound
For you to rest your head