Closer Now

by Sister Species

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released June 1, 2016

All songs written, arranged, and performed by Sister Species

Sister Species is:
Abby Kastrul- Vocals, Guitar
Emily Kastrul- Vocals, Accordion
Jake Baldwin- Trumpet
Sten Johnson- Trumpet
Noah Ophoven-Baldwin- Trumpet
Ryan Hays- Double Bass
Lars Johnson- Drums

Featuring:
Additional voices on "Surrender" by Artemis (Mandy Goldberg, Alia Jeraj, Tara Loeper, Elizabeth Roddy, Tessa Silbernagel), Ryan Hays, Sten Johnson, Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, and Dexter Wolfe

Additional harmonies on "Closer Now" by Sten Johnson

Additional guitar on "Star" by Dexter Wolfe

Recorded by Dexter Wolfe

Mixed by:
Matt Bedrosian (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5 ,6, 8 & 9)
Dexter Wolfe (tracks 2 & 7)

Mastered by Rob Schlette at Anthem Mastering

Album art by Britta Anderson
Photography by Hannah Fraser
Album layout by Fiona Avocado

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Sister Species Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Track Name: Wind Wolves Wild
leave it and don’t turn back
lest the mountains return to sand
you can hold in the palm of your hand
nothing will bring those days back

you spent in one long sigh
all the fortune that burned in your eyes
you can run, you did run, but you can’t hide
from the sorrow that keeps you alive

so sit with me
in this quiet invitation
wrestle your sorrows aside
stay with me, and leave your explanation
to the wind / to the wolves / to the wild

all of you shines with a great light
as we hold on to (h)ours tight
they are shorter than short, blinding bright
one stays back while the other takes flight

i’ll leave a trail for you to someday find
in these city blocks that pull from me like tides
what is yours now, it once was mine
and nothing can bring me home to that time

so sit with me…

i’ll return in due time
to find we’ve all gone on with our lives
even ten thousand lakes cannot hide—
we all caught that fast train to ride
so call us mostly satisfied

and sit with me
in this quiet invitation
wrestle your sorrows aside
stay with me, and leave your explanation
to the wind, to the wolves, to the wild
Track Name: Red
i am not afraid
no i am not afraid
but i'm bleeding
my veins run red with your name

i will not refrain
i won't be restrained
i still need you
so breathe deep
and tell me now that you'll stay

i am not ashamed
i won't be ashamed
but i mean it when I say that i can't change
but i'll take the blame

i won't be kept down
i won't wait around
you have me right where you want me

you might find me looking now
but i'm not stepping out for the night
you can keep your life classified
'cause you've got something that might keep me quiet

so i won't make a sound
no i won't say aloud
but will you feel it? guilt like mud
packed on her skin and in your mouth

i am not afraid
i am not afraid
i'm still breathing
my lips stained red with your name
Track Name: Jacob's Ladder
i stayed up all night wrestling with an angel
i stayed up all night…
in the morning, i said to he- i won't let you leave
'till you bless me with your
black black coffee
and burn a new name into
my lips sewn with the promise
i could let you leave this time

i went for a walk down by the Mississippi
tried to clear my mind…
in the water what did i see-- my own damn reflection
staring at me, looking so
whole & steady
a mirror
calm & glassy
i thought i'd have a limb missing
without you at my hip, by my side

tried to build a house on the river delta
filled the banks with stone…
now the bed is wild & unmade, and i'm the one to blame--
for this wounding
this faith shaking
like Jacob, i
stole your blessing
so let me go, you say

dawn's the only thing worth breaking

will you bless me, with your black black coffee?
your black black coffee
your black black coffee…
Track Name: A Simple Thought
when i'm up and away
i can't keep them at bay, i start crawling
like i'm sprouting a vine and
i'm patching that time
is it falling?
it's not falling in line

at the heart of a mess full of hurt and unrest
it's beating
it's pounding and fierce and it rings in my ears and
it's fleeting
but it's leading the rest

a simple thought can tear you up
don't drop out, i won't drop out
we'll say when we've had enough

i'm a scratch on your lens
so i'll buff and pretend
i'm not aching
a sacrifice makes compromise
no mistakes
but it's breaking
and i'm not taking what's mine

a simple thought...
Track Name: Closer Now
you say you'll take me this time around, and i should know better now
but i'm tinged with fever, a subtle heat-- no-- i'm bursting at the seams
when you let me close

take a firm hand with a tender grasp, now i'm begging for collapse
you held me in

i want you to know me
and i'll sink into you

i could fight it, but i don't wanna try
one touch and my mouth runs dry
i've got this fever, a raptured core
now i don't sleep anymore

do you want me to know you
will you sink into me
i want you closer now
Track Name: Sun Arranging Light
the sun arranging light...
don’t call my distance cruel

the floodgates hold back
your floodgates hold back
but the river takes its own path

you pulled a storm/of songs from my lips
drenched from the downpour & soaking through your skin
talk to me/like a whale under seas
a swarm of honeybees, you left with a sting

nothing about this is clean...
a brightness in winter, a false promise of heat

June/is a dream
when ice is all I see
water/turns to steam
to fill all the space you need

the sun estranged from light...
don’t call my distance cruel

the floodgates have cracked
your floodgates have cracked
from your rules & your silence, your lines & your past

you pulled a sword/of songs from my lips
bent from the pressure & piercing through your skin
talk to me/like a land under siege
a swarm of honeybees, you left with sting
a swell, a reason to breathe- unreasonably

the sun arranging light...
don’t call my distance cruel
Track Name: Surrender
tell me no-
you don't wanna see me here anymore
you already know-
i'm the wishy-washy type,
the kind who keeps you up at night
the kind who writes you all these songs
about nothing

tell me no-
you don't wanna hear the songs i wrote
you already know-
what they're all about, what they're all about
and you don't wanna fell those strikes and blows
you don't wanna get your heart broke
over nothing

i surrender...

i gave you it all--
all my blues and my brick walls
you can have it all-
take the reins and make the call
break and news, (em)brace the fall
take my everything and all
of my nothing

i won’t rush--
water and blood are fast enough
wait for the wind to die back down
but I'm the fiery impatient type
the kind who keeps you up at night
the kind who wants to treat you right
if you'll let me

i surrender...

tell me no--
you don't wanna see me here any more
you already know--
i'm your messy murky one
the one who makes your plans undone
the one who writes you all these songs
about nothing
Track Name: I Don't Mind
if i could find a way to say it right
if i could find some peace of mind
this ache runs deep
i can't begin to try to cool my yearning
but in due time

i know that i won't mind the way it feels to lay alone
i won't mind
my hands aren't broken down with no one to hold
but it's no stretch to say
that i could stand to learn some self control

i breathe in cool, i'll bite my frozen tongue
the things i want to say ain't right
so i'm a fool, i know
i've just begun to lick my wounds out in the light

i won't fight
i'll let this run its course
i won't breathe easy, and i won't lie
my thoughts are racing, screaming, and growing hoarse
just tell me something
i can't hide

and soon i won't mind the way it feels to lay alone
i won't mind, no
my hands aren't broken down with no one to hold
with shaking knees i'd say
that i could stand to learn some self control
i could use some self control
Track Name: Star
i let a wolf into the house
i gave him a key / he sat on the couch
where the ghosts and the dust surround
a creak in the wood/ a crack in the door
the air flows down

so pull the string tight across
and measure the loss/ in the loosening knots
that once cradled us

run through my fingertips like water
flow through my lips like wine
i’ve got blood on my fingertips like water
and i could never stay the same, it’s a lie—
no we never stay the same, it’s a lie

i’ll paint you as you are—
a distance/ a cold flame /a flashing light—
a star