Amaranthine

by Claire Morales

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The debut album from Claire Morales.

Praise for Amaranthine:
"Dreamy, melodic, indie-folk rocker Claire Morales has delivered a mind-blowing album, Amaranthine, that will leave you wishing there were more than 10 tracks. The very title of the album gives the listener an idea of what they are in for, as the definition of amaranthine is everlasting, eternally beautiful and unfading. Morales’ vocals and lyrics evoke the kind of longing that leaves one remembering unrequited love and working through what it means to be human, to be an individual in a world filled with both beauty and pain.

"Morales’ songs each tell a story, and while that can be said of most music, what stands out about this album is her ability to draw the listener in with the lush vibrancy of her voice. There is an almost 60s-like feel to the way that Morales’ vocals and guitar work blend with Ryan Williams’ bass and Russ Connell’s drum work...There is a hazy element to the album reminiscent of being somewhere between dream land and being awake...in those first moments when one does not want to wake up just yet for fear of losing the beauty of the dream." - Ft. Worth TX Magazine

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released February 21, 2015

Recorded and mastered at Civil Recording by Michael Briggs

Claire Morales - vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, lyrics
Ryan Williams - upright and electric bass
Russ Connell - drums
Ryan Becker - lead guitar

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Claire Morales Denton, Texas

Dreamy, melodic, hazy folk rock from Denton, TX. Thoughtful lyrics, simple arrangements. Fueled by 60s music goddesses, ice cream and sparkles

"Morales is a brilliant artist with one of the best live shows in North Texas." - D Magazine

"Morales’ songs each tell a story...what stands out about this album is her ability to draw the listener in with the lush vibrancy of her voice." - FW Weekly
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Track Name: Prettier
If I put in my time as a servant
I know that there will be
Something lovely and fine at the end of the line
Of this train barreling straight into me

With it's daily grinding oh it's motion
Raging ceaselessly
An impossible speed all we humans must heed
Causeless force reigning in over these earthly boundaries
But rise up and bow down and hold out

I want something prettier with honor It's in you
But I've got something awful in me too
Oh won't you purge it out purge it out

Oh a terrible era upon us
Sprit's famine at the peak
And though I am impure all the teachings endure
Little apertures shining their lights right at me

And I'm trying my best to be patient
And to ease these hurried breaths
Which quaver and shake every prayer awakening
All of the horrors I've endured
Only waiting for an ending to this war
Between mind and body like rival ant colonies
Raging through land and through sky

I want something prettier with honor
I wanna have it I don't have it give me
Something get under my skin and deliver me
Oh purge it out evils out
Track Name: Lie I Love
You are a lie I love
Shimmering light
Galitea right there gems and jewels in your hair
How I want you

I write it down
The grandness that I lack
I am reaching for meaning
But I've seen it all fall
And in short I was afraid

It is a lie I love

And in this newest dawn
Where so many things are left
We are ready to burst
Yes the wave's yet to crest
We are on the cusp
We have nearly woken up
We will wake soon enough

Lie I love
Lie I love
You're a lie I love

Lie I love
Lie I love
You're a lie I love
Track Name: Hemlock
You with a lier you can't play
Feeble shepherd at your gate
While the lions taunt your flock
You lie in wait

Oh but you move me yes you do
I can feel you winding through
Beneath the threads beneath my skin
Molten metal boiling blood

Oh I can be patient yes I can
I can bury it a while now
And in the spring when the hemlock peaks its way out
You will be gone

Verse II:
You are the chalk against the slate
The thistles waiting at the gate
Clinging to the skin of every movement

It's hard to fathom hard to stand
How you poison your own hand
If only to extend it in a wave

Over all I dream I dream of it yes I do
Fallout far from you below the ground
And if I finally dig my way out you will be gone

Ah I can be patient yes I can
I can bury it a while now
And in the spring when the hemlock peaks its way out
You will be gone

AHHH!
Track Name: Swarm
I could see in vivid dreams
The end of my breath hidden in every moment
Sweet machine dynasty
Made to expire

I could feel the spinning reel
Film wasting out moving out at the credits
Static screen that goes between
Caps of white, black shards and white

Swarm swarm
Keep our bodies warm hold down some structure
Metal heart hearth
Such odd thought I happen upon keep it in keep it down get it gone for when the
Morning comes

It's getting me quietly
Ground moves around and revolves feigning stasis
Hurling forth the days are short
And winter sinks down

It's little things gas lighting
Moths' beating wings getting dense in the background
Voices that overlap
And beg to be heard over the thunder

Swarm swarm
Keep our bodies warm hold down some structure
Metal heart hearth
Such odd thought I happen upon keep it in keep it down get it gone for when the
Morning comes

Keep our bodies warm hold down some structure
Metal heart hearth
Such odd thought I happen upon
Keep it in keep it down get it gone for when the
Morning comes
Track Name: Caravan
The blood in my arteries is already running cold
Lift my fledgling's body and carry it sound over our golden threshold
Oh I will pass I will go

The summer sears upon us, it's easier to lay than to stand
Listless scorched up fauna I am lost in the heat, mind trailing off in the sun
Caste in the desert and up on a throne

In my caravan caravan
Lifts one
Over this stint of land
Feet not
Grazing a grain of sand
Sahara
Furious and grand
Death or splendor

From the date trees, the oases, I watch them fade in and drift out
I am lonesome and though he's made of me a goddess on earth I often wonder if it's worth
All the bother

I have seen them grunting heaving, pushing stones up with their backs
For our tower so unbelievably edifying it's worth all the toil and blood
Draining to lift some artifice up

In my caravan caravan
Lifts one
Over this stint of land
Feet not
Grazing a grain of sand
Sahara
Furious and grand
Death or splendor

at the raise of a

Hand
Hand
Hand
At my hand
Track Name: Water's Getting Low
You were my beautiful bride
You were divine honey and wine
You were spring and summertime

Both have gone oh they have passed
Flown with the wind
I can't begin
I wake only to collapse

Oh where did it go?
Love was flooding like a water
Now that water's getting low
I cannot drink enough

Honey I know what you did
I saw it all watched the letters unfold
From the shelves of our old home

Thought you could hide it for me
Flood it away sink it in the bay
What a fool I must have been

Oh where to go?
Love was a drip left a water
I want to drown below
I can't sink into you

The things you said
The way your eyes looked past mine
How you loathed me so
I didn't know
You could take back
The days we made
They do erase
LIke all things go
And all things go

Oh where do they go?
Love was flooding like a water
Now that water's getting low
The water's getting low
The water's getting low
Track Name: Serious Young Things
We were such serious young things
Refuges beneath the shrubs, keeping low
Wanting not a thing
Like dusting carpets in the sun, resin of, wonder of
A paradisal glow, our sober eyes a bloodied nose
Running for the door

I drive around the town where we learned to speak
Streets that were eons more years before
I remember Ice cream cones the vastest lawns swimming pools
Settings for our grandiose pursuits

How we rated everything from one to ten
White and black and all unfilled

Growth spurt my aching joints, pressure points, shrinking clothes
Transcend a thousand marked lines, on the door
I was taller every time

How we rated everything from one to ten
White and black and all undone
Track Name: Close to Me
I'm feeling it
A bit too much
your every touch
A bomb a bomb a bomb

I'm watching from
Outside the glass
Night time rolling past
I'm numb and numb and dumb

Blow out the sparks
There was some wish
I don't remember it
Just now just now just now

I don't
Want to be
This close to me
Sometimes
I can't feel at all
I once was so
Alive

Waiting here
Behind the door
Watching for
Your steps your steps your steps

I see it here from
Years ago
How don't you know
How wonderful you were?

I don't
Want to be
This close to me
Sometimes
I can feel it all
I once was so
Alive
Track Name: Don't Lost Trace
And your fire's alive
Burning funeral pyre
For a living ghost I know
I see every once in a while

Not any longer and never before
Like a shadow in the hallway
Fading crack along the door
Ghost that goes between
Here and no more

Box
It up
Pretend
It can
be contained
"Sentimental" scrolled out
To mark your place
So you don't lose trace

You've make up the story
Your own narrative
To keep yourself together
To suggest some greater hand

With your
Trail of long gone ones
Caged in white walls
Captured in the moment
Captive enthralled

Box
It up
Pretend
It can
be contained
"Sentimental" scrolled out
To mark your place
So you don't lose trace
So you don't lose trace
So you don't lose trace

So you don't lose trace
So you don't lose trace
So you don't lose trace
Track Name: Perfume
Fleeing from this
Years are coming at me
Miles too fast
My old worship
Seizing out of the ground
In rows straight and long
Thought it was gone

I don't need this ever-changing
High getting low
Where
Where to go?

I was sure I could not be swayed

Blinded daily
What is saving this
Wish some might was mine
Light and heavy
coming at me
You were not much if you were at all

If I knew then what I know now
I never would've let you come around
With all your words your trappings
Cloying, heavy, perfume

Oh its smoking
Held by nothing at all
Was only holding my breath down
Pulling under
All asunder
No precedent or future to keep track

First glance
Kept as an icon on my back

If I knew then
What I know now
I never would have let you come around
To dim my doorway
To drink me up like wine

I have known so many deaths
While you were gone
More and more
Even before I knew what was up
With everyone
And love how I would drown for hours in that heavy perfume

You're a bad bad bad bad bad bad bad
Bad man

There were words we spoke
I wish I didn't know
There were times that trickled out like mollasses warm and slow
Wish I could burn every hour
Like so many cigarettes
But it's a windy night
And they're hard to light