Michigan Lilium

by Sara Curtin

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MICHIGAN LILIUM
Sara Curtin
2015

www.saracurtin.com

"romantic groove, gossamer weight of the melody, and libidinous lyrical invitations" - CMJ

"Curtin has upped the ante on her compositions that are drenched in art rock, hazy vocals and all around genre spanning experiments. While many might know Curtin as one half of the DC-based folk-pop duo The Sweater Set, she expands the palette on what a visionary singer-songwriter can mold – particularly on the dreampop track “Sweet Dreams”and the D’Angelo inspired “Summer.” - Glide Magazine

"One half of folk-pop band the Sweater Set, Sara Curtin will be releasing her second solo album Michigan Lilium on July 24. Just in time for its release she’s just out out a new video for the haunting dreampop track “Sweet Dreams”, which in a neat twist, involves baking a cake. If there’s one thing indie rock needs, it’s more cake." - PopMatters ("Sweet Dreams" music video premier)

"Michigan Lilium... is an eclectic mix of tracks, refreshing in its multi layered musical depth that makes each one a treat in its own right."
- I'm Music Magazine

MUSIC VIDEOS:
"SUMMER": www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yR_3WoLMJQ
"SWEET DREAMS": www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ffL6GrM_2U

Physical Copies of the CD for sale at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/saracurtin2

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released 24 July 2015

Sara Curtin: vocals, electric/acoustic guitars, percussion, synth
Ian Chang: drums
Spencer Zahn: bass

Recorded by Sara Curtin (DC)
Drums/bass recorded & album mixed by Jeff Berner (GaluminumFoil NY)
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer (Airshow Mastering)

All songs written by Sara Curtin.
Album Artwork by Yuri Tuma
S.C. (Design)
2015

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Sara Curtin Washington, D.C.

CMJ
Premiered Artist: www.cmj.com/news/track-premiere-sara-curtin-v-d-a- y/

American Songwriter "Daily Discovery": www.americansongwriter.com/2015/06/daily-discovery-sara-curtin-summer/

"One of D.C.'s finest" - Brightest Young Things

2014 Artist Fellow - DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.



photo by Amanda Reynolds
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Track Name: Sweet Dreams
If I say I’ll be there, do you breathe in deep?
Hold it in so tightly you might fall asleep?

Honey, you look tired.
Why don’t you lie down?
Pull the wool right over your eyes, nose, ears and mouth.

Sweet dreams.

When I say, “I love you,” does it tie me down?
Cuffs around my ankles, chains to drag around?

Will I show you mercy?
Will I show you peace
When my body’s aching for a sweet release?

Sweet dreams.
Track Name: V D A Y
Will you be my valentine?
Buy me roses or some other kind?
Let me dress in fancy lingerie for you on Valentine’s Day.


You see I’m in the clear.
No arrow has found me here
And I’m not wounded from falling hard or deep in love.


Left all my lovers behind.
Left all my lovers but I miss them on Valentine’s Day.


Will you have me for a day?
Gently put your arm around my waist.
Breathe my perfume deep and slow.
It’s the same from years ago on Valentine’s Day.
Track Name: Old House
Rock me tonight, old house.
Tuck me in bed safe and sound
And sing me to sleep.
Sing me to sleep.


Be careful as you lay me down to rest.
Be generous with loads of extra bedding please.
One little shake, a quiver or a quake,
could rock me awake.


Hush hush hush, don’t say a word.
Sleep sleep sleep, sleep little bird.
Dream dream dream, dream how you fly.
Hush hush hush, hush now your cry.


Hold out your open palm.
These tears keep falling one by one and on and on.
Will you catch them for me?
Please take them from me.


But if tonight I wake,
I promise not to stray far from your embrace.
You’ll find me on my knees
With a bucket of bleach
Trying to scrub my heart clean.
Trying to scrub my heart clean.
Track Name: Careless
Close your eyes to my stare.
Close them tight if you care to keep your heart in one piece.

Boy, I’m trouble, I should know.
I won’t ever let you go, but keep you back at arm’s length.

Careless
Careless
I promise to be careless with you.


Sharpened gaze, sharpened knives
Built for battle in disguise.
I learned to fight unfairly.

In my wake you’ll drag behind.
Two hands firmly grab the line and weave side to side while I drive.

Careless
Careless
I promise to be careless with you.
Track Name: Garden of Ghosts
If I don’t make it out alive
I hope I had the courage to fight.
Strong footing where I stand,
A solid cedar axe in my hand.

Whatever way I go, plant me a garden of ghosts.

Was it an impressive feat?
Was the battle bloody, my sweet?
Was it a surprise attack,
A slow collapse or stab in the back?

Whatever way I go, plant me a garden of ghosts.

Won’t you come around in June
To see the Michigan lilies all in bloom?
No one home to see.
No one home to tend to the weeds.

Whatever way I go,
Whatever way I go, plant me a garden of ghosts.
Track Name: Summer
Oh, what to do with all the shattered hearts
All around as fall approaches?


Gather them, lock them away
With all of the rotting bouquets
And everything else that remains of what
Summer has left you with.


Five bucks at the door for visitors.
Hearts line the wall.
You can make your donation next Sunday.


Gather them, lock them away
With all of the rotting bouquets
And everything else that remains of what
Summer has left you with.
Track Name: Someday
Some days you sit for hours and stare at nothing at all.
Watch the TV show,
don’t pay attention though,
they all blur together anyhow.


Someday you’ll get to it.
Someday you’ll finish it.
Someday soon.


Feel the punch of alarm clock buzz as you snooze for hours and hours.
Floors need sweeping,
Your clothes need cleaning,
And the plates pile higher and higher.


Someday you’ll get to it.
Someday you’ll finish it.
Someday soon.


Drinking reminds you
Of arms that won’t hold you.
Arms that won’t hold you anymore.


Some days you’re better off watching the sun come up
With a cold cup of coffee in your hands.
Let the telephone battery run down,
and stare out the window for a change


Someday you’ll get to it.
Someday you’ll finish it.
Someday soon.
Track Name: The Easy Way
Should’ve been easier to hold my breath.
Should’ve been easier to wait
Rather than tell myself there’s nothing left in all of this.
That there was nothing left to save.


I take a moment to remind myself
Of all the love that I once knew.
Reading your letters, I enjoy myself in spite of it
And all the pain you put me through.


I’ve always been afraid, uneasy on the easy way.
And now it’s hard to take.
So hard to take.
So, what if I just stay?


Should’ve been easier to hold my breath.
Should’ve been easier to hold my breath.
Should’ve been easier to hold my breath.
Should’ve been easier to hold my breath.