Secret Brothers: part one

by Secret Brothers

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Secret Brothers is a four part project of Laura Leif, where she is recording four songs with four sets of people who are secretly her brothers. They are a band until someone leaves. This is generally about a year, so far. All of the brothers have really excellent projects of their own, look into those as well.

This album was released on the top of Nose Hill, a traditional burial ground and the biggest park in Calgary. It is all native prairie grass and brush, and from the top of it you can see way across the city. We lugged a generator for 20 min to the middle of Nose Hill, and then we couldn't get it to work, so we ended up playing all of our songs accoustically with electric instruments. over 70 people were there, huddled and singing. It was magical and amazing, and pretty cold. Two days later, I left for Toronto.


released August 29, 2010

Laura Leif: vox, uke
Dallin James Ursenbach (Crowd Power): bass, vox
Neal Moignard (Knots): guit, vox
Keaton Pridham (Get Through Summer): guit, vox
Jared Andres (The Consonant C): drums

Recorded and mixed not mastered by Arran Fisher at Acoustikitty



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Track Name: city song
oh look here,
this is it
a small flower on a branch, a bee lands inside of it
its face opens up, and out of it
its sleek tongue slips

to drink the nectar
from that strange black structure

and we don't understand
we don't understand at all.
we don't understand,
but we know a bit.

so take it out,
take the basement out
it's not about, not about the walls
its where the walls are found
so bring them down
i dont want the windows or the hardwood floors
i want so much, want so much more
give me the sand
dig me a den
use your hands.
Track Name: good bonfire
there was a moment when
i must have stopped listening
i couldn't hear it at all

it must have stopped
i must have stopped
i wanted to

oh, that pretty sound
oh, that pretty
oh, that pretty sound
oh, that pretty

oh, be a good bonfire
when you do something
burn yourself up completely
like oh
like oh

and oh, i was not that finger-bone bowed
i was not the sleet the snow
it was something more
it was cold

and oh, when you do something
be a good bonfire
burn yourself up completely
like oh
Track Name: grandmother
when she went away
its cuz her body grew to frail
her bright heart
shining through her pale skin

oh our hearts are beating
and those beats are fleeting little things

and we are shocked
by how deflatable
the things we thought were solid are
it's just a vessel or something
it was just holding something

in the hospital i held your hand
the hardest part the space between
steady breath and its leaving
it is a pale thing

and oh
it is hard to be good
all of the time
it is hard

but oh
it is only a little while
but oh
it is only a while

oh our hearts are beating
oh our hearts are beating
oh our hearts are beating
and those beats are fleeting little things.