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In The Wilderness

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released April 14, 2015

All songs written by Cat Martino and Sven Britt
except Fig Tree, R.E.D., Empty Little Word, I Promise by Cat Martino

All songs produced by Cat Martino and Sven Britt
except I Promise produced by Brian McTear

All music performed by Cat Martino and Sven Britt
except trombone by Reggie Pace (Fig Tree), trombone by Ryan Keberle (In the Wilderness), violin by Oliver Hill (Remember Me), add'l synth by Darby Cicci (Begin Again, I Lost It), add’l synth & electronic drums by Sufjan Stevens (I Promise), add’l drums by Christopher Powell (I Promise)

All songs mixed by Jake Aron
except “I Promise” mixed by Jon Low

All songs mastered by Chris Gehringer
except I Promise mastered by Paul and Paul (last names?)

Album artwork by David Woodruff / Photos by Shervin Lainez

Special thanks to Vito & Eileen Martino, Susan & Jerry Britt, Chris Masters, Steven Melendez, Scott Fischer, all of our friends, and the folks at Joyful Noise Recordings

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Stranger Cat Brooklyn, New York

NPR- "The New York native has previously appeared as a member of Sufjan Stevens' and Sharon Van Etten's bands, but is poised to release a sophomore album next year that has the potential to make her a star in her own right. Full of gorgeous, overlapping vocal loops, the album is a beautifully melodic piece of art dressed up for 2012". --Clare Flynn ... more

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Track Name: Empty Little Word
wake me / i am sure i followed you in a dream / the lion always roars / the gold light poured like a stream / only the whisper of the wood / can break the hollow / empty little word / that aches to swallow / tomorrow / tomorrow may be too late / come on like we used to / i’m waitin for you / i died i died a thousand times / why not be reborn in two / tomorrow may be too late / tomorrow may come / tomorrow may never come
Track Name: Sirens
i’m not goin out anymore / lie awake in bed till 4 / close the curtains / shut the door / toss and turn and pace the floor / repetitive delusions / bang my head up to no conclusions / for tonight / i just want to lose control / wake the fire / arrest all these delusions / and all the sirens they never stop / echoing around for blocks / pull me to the woods or a vacant lot / somewhere i can’t hear my thoughts / tie me to the mast / take me safely let the waters be unlocked / steer the ship into the rocks / for tonight / i just want to lose control / wake the fire / break it and rewrite the role / shake the bite of all that leaves me stuck on hold / wasted nights / go rest in these delusions / anxiety don't mess with me / no matter what you say i’m gonna get you outta my way / tie me to the mast with heart unlocked / don’t let me steer the ship into the rocks / for tonight i just want to lose control / wake the fire / break it and rewrite the role / shake the bite of all that leaves me stuck on hold / wasted nights / arrest all these delusions
Track Name: I Lost It
i lost it now and cannot find / again i’ll try to count the times / it must be somewhere but it hides / i lost it / and it’s a crime / it’s my crime / it’s mine / and all these questions loudly sound / does it even want to be found / by someone scattered anxiously / on their knees again so desperately / i’m the only one can rescue me / i was here all the time / right in the corner of your eye / while you were wishin and wastin your prime / watchin you cut back all the weeds / strip the shadow from the vine / and climb and climb and climb / i’m the only one can rescue me / i lost it now and cannot find / it must be somewhere but it hides / i lost it i lost it i lost it / and it’s a crime / it’s my crime / it’s my crime / i was here all the time / right in the corner of your eye / while you were wishin and wastin your prime / watchin you cut back all the weeds / strip the shadow from the vine / and climb / and climb / and climb
Track Name: Fig Tree
today i was pickin on the fig tree / oh come and give me that perfect perfect candy / i’m goin to see america / my mother sailed across the sea to work and save and send for me / ooh pickin on the fig tree / grandfather grew figs no one could resist every year they were beyond the size of my fist / as i watched them growin every year i thought / how sweet those figs were gonna be / we were knowin / grandfather watched with protective eyes / the first one was for him he said as soon as seed was ripe / and they grew plump and juicy as they dangled heavy from that tree / and we thought / mmm / cuz our bellies were hungry / mmm / groans were readily rumblin / then one day when no one was home / my brother and antonio raced across the stones / where are you my dear / we climbed up over the fence and up the tree and made the first fig of the year / disappear / fig tree grow in me / and we traveled across the sea / boarded a ship with fruit from the yard in sicily / and i dreamed my body is a fig tree / opening / outside i don't understand all those voices / strange languages rippin around my head / what are you saying / i don't understand a word that you say / but the square root of pi / i know how to calculate and multiply / and listenin to the church bells playin / hear them ringin in bushwick / and the choir singin / ooh let’s go to coney island after school and smoke cigarettes and try to look cool / then shining she comes to me and she says here boy / some nuts pignoli / and she gently hugs me with strong arms / and produces a fig bigger than my palm
Track Name: In the Wilderness
all alone in the wilderness / i got my right / ain’t no comin down this time / till i’m satisfied / i know the season i come here now / i just take my time / so many reasons i was weighed down / not satisfied / in the wilderness / got my faith / though it shake / how and when / do we live again / understand / where i stand / is it too late / for the dance with fate / way up here / there’s no fear / feel so small / stand amongst it all / hallelujah / been lost in illusions / in the wilderness / forget
Track Name: Remember Me
remember me / by the light of the tree / remembering / by the light of the tree / knock that damn disease / you and i child / you and i child / you and i child by the light / and the fear won’t catch me now / no the fear won’t catch me / yeah the fear won’t catch me / no the fear / i skipped a beat / now I’m falling out of line / remembering / by the light of the sea / all i want is to the see other side / all I want is one glimpse at all that hides / yeah all I want is too much to leave untied / is it too much / by the light of the tree / remembering / you and i child / you and i child / you and i child / by the light
Track Name: Unzip Your Skin
stunned / in doubt / i wait in peculiar purgatory / wave on waste on / guess i don't care / what anybody say about the weather on the radio / erase erase the worry from your face / sick and tired of this crowded cold place / feet on the dash that song up on the radio / let’s drive the car as far as we can go / unzip your skin and throw it in the ocean / so we can begin again / i do it like this / every time that i die i live again / i hear the screams / children runnin from the school / i remember i was raised on lemonade / while the old woman in the backstreet hangin sheets / cigarette from her lip pout / and the old men playin chess on stone desks / while the boys try to impress / lovelust teenage girls stickin out their chests / feet on the dash that song up on the radio / let’s drive the car as far as we can go / unzip your skin and throw it in the ocean / so we can begin again / i do it like this / every time that i die i live again / i just wanna be close to you again / i want to involve you in all my stupid problems
Track Name: Ecstatic Energy
somethin sparks / then it glows / what is it knockin makin noise rumblin on my bones / what you want / where do you go / when it’s too bright for the sight / but it’s alright to show / oh hollow daylight / follow delight / hollow daylight / follow delight / somethin’s come over me / there is a feelin consumed to be / ecstatic energy / and i don’t want to control it / just take me completely / what is the shape / a boundless lake / what would happen to you baby if i throw it through you / touch more than you reach / get deep with your freak / like a stone / i am seized / it carries me right up to release / somethin’s come over me / what is this feelin consumed to be / ecstatic energy / and i don’t want to control it / just take me completely / emerald stars are fallin from the sky / i pick them up and place them in your eyes / and they light up like fireflies / i cry / there ain’t no fire but i am runnin for my life / no one can catch me / i dissolve into the night / this is my fantasy / my delight
Track Name: R.E.D.
hunger in the belly of the whale / shiver shakes the bone of this tale / maybelle nowhere near her knees / said beware to givers of the grease / and i feel like i’m burnin / and i know that it’s real / like the whole world is turnin / all around you and me / the evidence you have exonerates / my defense was swimmin in the lake / you tied me up and begged me not to break / how much more can i fuckin take / i feel like a burden / cuz i know i’m still a child / watchin you as my warden / with my eyes runnin wild / and the fires that are burnin / make me know that you feel / say holy roller / like the whole world is turnin all around / you and me / save me / save me / save me / save me / all alone in the dark / holier now i know my mistake / i won’t be hearin more of your jive / the red electric dragon has arrived / far from over
Track Name: I Promise
remember that time you got lost / i almost fell off the edge / you saved me with your lasso’s light / before it turned to darkness / we climbed and climbed the mountaintops / who could believe it would ever stop / goin on and goin up / what could have made our love that way / we both know i went too far / this time i believe you’re goin / you escape into the parking lot / i’m tired so tired of followin you home / can we ever go back to the life we had / can we ever go back to the life we had when it’s over / so i burnt a hole inside the sun / and i buried you there that’s how i do it / then i got out my gun and shot my shiny silver through it / it was not for revenge or out of pain / it was just to see the fires explodin brilliant sparks like rain / like vapor you slipped through the door / but babe it’s not about you anymore / don’t tell me i can never go and touch the rib within / the only warmth i’ve know / the only flesh and skin / the heat of my heart is hummin in my spine / and i need to feel it beatin / need to feel it unwind / we can never go back to the life we had / we can only go back to the life we have / we can never go back to the life we had / so i tell myself i’m ready now / here i am in front of you again / i’ve got every reason / every reason / if you open up the gate i can get in your hallway / and against the brick wall we would bend / again / you can never go back to the life you had / you can only go back to the life you have