FOUR​.​FOUR: 3​/​4

by Heather Christian & the Arbornauts

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The FOUR.FOUR EP series is a seasonal EP collection (Winter thru Fall) that documents a calendar year in the evolution of building and tuning a home studio and living through the seasons as they come. Radiators have been left in. Traffic and mistakes and piano bench squeaks and everything else plays as it was always meant to be there. This EP is a pop-surrealist Vivaldi experiment into what a season does to the heart, but also serves as our sonic snapshot, a love note in super 8, during a year the Arbornauts finally started to build the Arbor and had to learn, over time, to use it.

This EP, 3/4, serves as Summer.

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released August 28, 2016

Songs and the Singing of them: Heather Christian
Producing, Engineering, Mixing: Matt Bogdanow
Guitars and all Guitar arrangements: Sasha Brown
All Drums Real, Electronic and Imaginary: Matt Bogdanow
Strangeling Choral Arrangement: Heather Christian
Supplimental Ninja and Occasional Synethesiac Dramaturgy: Jill Frutkin

Mastered by Tim Boyce

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Heather Christian & The Arbornauts Beacon, New York

Heather Christian & The Arbornauts, the brainchild of Miss Christian & 5 of the most virtuosic boy prodigies she could find, pull from the traditional gospel canon in tandem with circus music, noise rock & good old fashioned feeling good.

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Track Name: Girls of Endless Summer
Who gonna be the girls of this endless summer?
Who gonna be the prince of this heedless keep?
Now's gonna be the time that I'm flailing under
don't you hear me
don't you wonder
what is beneath this
quantum leap?

If you got a map that makes you pretty
and you gotta dollar to your name
I'll pack you a trunk to leave your town behind
to find and pillage love
and all it's chartreuse
and morning dove.

Silent inside your spoon
Silent beside your
fired pistons
silent you tied your tongue and hummed a tune for the
reveling and roving ones

Let us be brave and not get twitchy
Let us be older than we feel
Let us be bolder wiser witchy
wingspan's itching
to get large
and crash through the wall to break your seal.

Silent atop the dune
Silent beneath the breaking water
Silent you flagged the kite to hoist the prayer for
splinters and saving ones

What'd you do
What'd you find
What'd you ask
What'd you keep
What'd you search
Where's the rind
Who da wolf
Who da sheep
Who's the milk
Who's the cut
Who's the fever dream of
Who'd you spill
Who'd you buy
Who you choose for your love

Who you love
Who you love
Who you choose for your love
Who you love
Who you love
Who you choose for your love
Who you love
Who you love

(etc ad nauseum amen.)
Track Name: Where My Girls At
How do I stop this manic machine while
held to its piston, sever it clean, love
Body’s a broke bat
Bam de de bam de de bam de de

When do I slip clean behind the stair where
I can still hear you and nobody cares and nobody knows us
Bam de de bam de de bam de de

Time is a hoodrat bam de de bam de de bam de de
Dumb as a secret bam de de bam de de bam de de
So where are my girls at where are my girls at

When I am outside uner the dome I talk to your goblin
letters from home and touch where you marked me
Bam de de bam de de bam de de

This one is june and that one september that one’s july and
these are the things I remember

Come to me sleepless wordless and windless, Vesuvius
How do you turn when it’s only gravity moving us
Where are my girls at where are my girls at

One for the forehead
two for the hand and
three for the crying
be where you am, girl
don’t give me heartache
just give me teeth don’t
dress up in rubies that
spider beneath

I hear you I hear you I hear you I hear you I hear you girl
I hear you I hear you I hear you I hear you I hear you girl
I hear you I hear you I hear you I hear you I hear you girl
I hear you I hear you I hear you I hear you I hear you girl
eh.
Track Name: Hammer
I silent spread the butter on the knife
the song comes slow like snow when out the light
Why did I wish it so
why did I break
the egg to taste the yolk

My line has lost the locust to its bed
And tributaries feed and never fed
Why do I come (ha) so
and why even wake
for things that are unspoke

The sound of my voice is a hammer
Calling out to God
Calling without an answer
to take my bag and my piston, bell and my hammer
so crow you won’t fly away
I don’t want you to go
right away

had I stopped the swinging of the door
or looped up long and turbulent and swore
where does it come from, son
Where does it wait
in liquid round the core

The sound of my voice is a hammer
Calling out for mud
triying to get it damper
Trying to sink it with lead and coal so it’s phantom
and it wont float away
No it wont float
I don’t want you to go
Track Name: There is a Cord
So the melody spins
One time
And Leviathan waits to splay me wide open

Holding tight to the pin that spears the sublime
How do I keep us where moons cannot transit and neither does Neptune

I shake my feathers at June, thinking of symmetric lines and circles
cocentric intersections of time
and I ask you this

The beast’s gonna come out at night and ask you your answers
and I want you next to me
Ooh I want you next to me
Ooh I want you next to me
Ooh I want you next to me
Ooh

1.
I’ve braved the old “die for radio and secret sight”
I am waving on liquid your fever, lamplight
Blameless of time

2.
And my force goes and weakens at night
and you are a dune whose blue sand shifts my weight and the base of my spine
And I want you next to me
If there’s a house it is straw and you’re next to me

There is a cord and it pulls me upright
in the pool of you
Creatures with mathematic angles and areas live

So I take all these things in stride
why won’t you come with me

Ooh I want you next to me
oooh I want you next to me
Oooh
Track Name: Headlight
Strangely strangely, coming up quick like a battering ram in the throat and only heaven knows
Why the wicked singing me sick gonna clackety boom boom fall, a line of dominoes

So why the welcome Hi and why the big brass bone
When we’re too small inside to hear its craw
Hear its craw
Hear its craw

Stung a stinger poking through snow at the memory box I vowed to keep the letters in
Whose cathedral, where do we go when the clackety boom boom falls and knocks the ceilings in

And packs me into a ball of woe and wanting you
And feels me down the hall in red light
Who’m I supposed to call to get my compass true when
North is just the end of your headlight

Take me out to dry and let the centuries fall
I will not go blind, I won’t be here at all
won’t be here at all
Stick me in my palms and let the blood run blue
Sing me til I’m gone and dead from wanting you
from wanting you
Down
here with me
wanting you
Down
here with me
wanting you
Down
here with me
wanting you
Track Name: Seeds
Anger’s a punk we keep in the hall, and
I’m on the floor not speaking at all
Here’s another quarter, play it loud enough to drown
the sounds of my homesick husband

We sow seeds, we sow seeds, we sew
things back together so you can fall apart again
We sow seeds, we sow seeds, we sew
things back together so you can fall apart again

Hope is a crow I’ve starved in my car
Seeing too little, feeling too far
When he comes to claw my eyes out
will I hide my hands or stand
with my one true cousin.

We sow seeds, we sow seeds, we sew
things back together so you can fall apart again
We sow seeds, we sow seeds, we sew
things back together so you can fall apart again
We sow seeds, we sow seeds, we sew
things back together so you can fall apart again
We sow seeds, we sow seeds, we sew
things back together so you can fall apart again
We sow seeds, we sow seeds, we sew
things back together so you can fall apart again
We sow seeds, we sow seeds, we sew
things back together so you can fall apart again