Lucent

by natalie nicoles

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about

"Lucent" is an organic overflow of a honest creative process. With nods to traditional American and Celtic folk, it has modern textures and production that lend itself to a myriad of other genres far beyond traditional and contemporary folk. The entire album is centered around growth, and coming to terms with change, which the album artwork (done by the incomparable Marissa Quinn) lends itself to. The album title "Lucent" means glowing with or giving off light. I believe that a glow, even the softest one, can stand in all weather, and we should always grasp it as our hope for positivity and growth.

I hope these songs help you to grow and embrace your seasons of change. I create to make people feel in hopes that these projects fester in the deepest parts of your soul and to warm the smallest cockles of your heart. My sincerest thanks for taking a listen, and I truly hope you enjoy this record.

To read more about my start and musical journey, go to natalienicolesmusic.com

And to find out more about my band BRANCHES, go to branchesmusic.com

credits

released August 14, 2015

Endless Thanks:

Corey Martin for playing bass effortlessly on all the tracks
Jake Ithurburn for lending your voice on The Morn’ Will Come & Master Kilby
Abraham Osorio for drums on The Morn’ Will Come
Evan Trine for drums on The Sea Has Called The Morning Sun
Kiel Feher for drums on Silhouettes, Figures, Dewdrops & Jealous Seed
Phillip Glenn for violin on Master Kilby & After I’ve Gone
Lydia Sewell for violin on The Sea Has Called the Morning Sun
James Hansen for slide guitar on Dewdrops

Marissa Quinn for your stunning and incredible album artwork
Tyler Nagayama for finding a perfect font and album layout to fit my quirky needs

Engineered and Mixed by the incomparable Mark Montgomery. Thank you for sticking with me on the long journey that was this record. You’re a saint!
And so many thanks to Jacob Montague for flawlessly mastering the album.

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Natalie Nicoles Los Angeles, California

Musician, singer, songwriter, and dreamer born and raised in Los Angeles. To read more of my musical journey and story, go to

natalienicolesmusic.com

Member of California native band BRANCHES

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Track Name: The Sea Has Called the Morning Sun
I can read your lips
But you give no heed to it
I know I burden all your thoughts
You’ll see one hand from the grave
Reaching out to be saved
but you stumbled down onto your pride

Oh….. Oh…..
Oh…. Oh….

I showed my calloused hands
my wrinkles I earned from the land
You would never wave a white flag
I would never take from you
but had to hide the battered bruise
Of your will to have the command

Oh….. Oh…..
Oh…. Oh….

And now the time has come
The sea has called the morning sun
I will fall back into the tide
Track Name: The Morn' Will Come
The earth is spinning ‘round and ‘round
Mouths are moving there’s no sound
Their hearts are beating for the words they’ll never hear
They’re all waiting for you, dear

The winds will blow
The clouds will come
Hold on my dear
The morn’ will come

On a grassy hill we sat
Sitting watching figures pace
The tears ran down your freckled face
The winds they blew, the rains they came

The winds will blow
The clouds will come
Hold on my dear
The morn’ will come

I remember you with stories in your eyes
The life once lived now ploughed upon
You once had everything to say
Now you seem to have lost your way

The winds will blow
The clouds will come
Hold on my dear
The morn’ will come
Track Name: Silhouettes
We couldn’t stay in this place
Time made us fools and spun us out of place
Vision blurred, facedown on pavement
we kept each other warm
Lifelessness come from your lips
Kissing the lips of the breathless


Christmas lights bright on the rain – covered porch
Take off my muddy boots and the coat that you wore
Temporarily safe,
our jocund hearts beat as one
Move to the sound of the drum
Move to the sound of the drum


Now we have come to the end
The tide has washed in and took me by the hand
Keep to the flow of the sea
Keep to the flow of the sea
Keep to the flow of the sea
Keep to the flow of the sea
Track Name: Figures
We built our homes with callused hands
Our figures immortalized while we make our plans
I can feel the wind
I can feel the wind

Blood moving through my veins to my toes
As I lay still, entwined in your pensive arms filled with prose
Figures in a venn diagram
Breathing in again
We’ll take our broken bones and mend them
Close our eyes and shed our skin

Oh, We’ll find our way again
Oh, with our breath held in
As the wick burns at both ends
Oh, take me home again

The crops have been sown, the trees have grown
Metal plates frame the moon and stars with a new home
Walking down the road with blinded eyes
Shifting through the dark
All the sticks and stones we’ve built are gone
Leaving only our words mark

Oh, We’ll find our way again
Oh, with our breath held in
As the wick burns at both ends
Oh, take me home again

Father time has run his course
Moving quickly, no remorse
We were singing all our days
Until the rain drowned out our ways

Oh, We’ll find our way again
Oh, with our breath held in
As the wick burns at both ends
Oh, take me home again
Track Name: Bones
We walked to the sea
To search for what it means to be free
You got swallowed by the tide
You left me my love

The pocket that I sewed for you
Next to the buttons on my sleeve
There’s a hole about your size
You left me my love

You took these bones
And made them break
Cause bones they break
But they grow
You’ve lost your way
Come with me home
to the sea, to the sea

I can’t find the way
To get around the bends in your brain
You stand so still and breathe so thin
I can’t hear what you say

You took these bones
And made them break
Cause bones they break
But they grow
You’ve lost your way
Come with me home
to the sea, to the sea
Track Name: Dewdrops
The morning dewdrops form upon the grass
And quiets the sky
The air is chilled and calm after the fire,
the fire it swept through the night
The trees begin to wake
And crickets cease their songs
My hands they start to shake
I open my eyes I’m wide awake

The winds blew merciless and strong
We’d fallen to the ground
We laid face down with leaves in mouth
Our broken bones were sore
Out of my skin came my bones
Letting out a cry
“Not again they cried!”
As the oil spilled out the joints and stained the sky

Well I can’t see
My body’s growin’ weak
Stop pullin’ on my limbs
For surely they will rip

Huddled close for warmth
We wept long into the night
I said, “Things will come to pass,
that are not yet in sight”
Still in silence we laid
No words exchanged for fear of the unknown
Just look me in the eye,
Just look me in my eyes!

Well I can’t see
My body’s growin’ weak
Stop pullin’ on my limbs
For surely they will rip

Oh we tried, Oh we tried
Oh we tried, Oh we tried
Oh we tried, Oh we tried
We gave it our best try
Track Name: Jealous Seed
I can feel the bruises and the pain
I can hear people shout and sing
Oh my jealous heart from where’ve you come?
You’ve filled my soul with black and made it numb

The seed it grew and grew and overtook
My limbs had turned to roots and heart to soot
I cry out for freedom but I’m bound
My hands were tied and eyes were wide unsound

Oh my God, my God, where have you gone?
My heart is coal and evil now has won
Fire come down Lord come with a fire
Uproot the seed of jealousy with fire!
Track Name: 'Cross the Sea
Travel safe, honeybee
My voice will carry with the breeze
And if you are lonely or tired
I will come to you
Whether it be a falling leaf
or a mist from the sea

I will always come to you
My gentle eyes of blue

You had your choice of ladies
I’m sure glad that I was one
Your humble heart and quiet strength
My heart was overcome
With gladness I could not contain
Oh my heart was slain

I will always come to you
My gentle eyes of blue
And when I go travellin’ ‘cross the sea
I will be the breeze
You’re the best thing, my honeybee
that’s come my way in a while
Track Name: After I've Gone
After I’ve gone will you swing on your pendulum
It seems I’m a bump on the log
After I’ve gone will you be a bit freer
Will you see any clearer my friend

We’ve trecked through the mountains and found rest again
but it seems that the sun has gone down
And I don’t really know to stay or to go
But the memories of day I will stow

I’ve seen all I need, you’re will to be free
I’ll untie the knots in the sails
Battered and bruised I will row to the shore
Alive by the burdens I’ve bore

We’ve trecked through the mountains and found rest again
but it seems that the sun has gone down
And I don’t really know to stay or to go
But the memories of day I will stow
Track Name: You Are the Roots
I don’t know where I’ll go
To distant lands where the wind will help me grow
My hands are plowing soil to sow
For a seed that will grow much larger than me

I know I must go and see
But where I sleep is most foreign now to me
But must I leave you behind?
Must I leave you behind?

‘Cause You are the roots that grow deep
And my bones cry out to sing
that I have no home, you are the home
that I love to keep

My body aches, my soul awakes
I am trying to trust what the good Lord will make
But my love, I hear your voice in the sea
It warms my bones and sets me free

‘Cause You are the roots that grow deep
And my bones cry out to sing
that I have no home, you are the home
that I love to keep

Everything must grow
Everything must grow
Everything must grow
Everything must grow
Track Name: Winter Moon
The winter moon shone dim upon the sea
I saw you underneath the gloom
The wind swept you backwards
While the world was pulling you
Onward the sea pressed
The ship was tossed and swarmed
I could see through the fog and clouds
A light bright o’er the hills

And we cried and we cried and we cried
That we’d be saved
And we cried and we cried and we cried
That we’d be spared

We turned around and sailed onward
Different ways than those before
You were consumed in your own words
You were lost and torn in two
Cold and chilled I sat and wept
My stomach dropped with deep regret
Then the waves pulled us under
So we tried to kick and swim

And we cried and we cried and we cried
That we’d be saved
And we cried and we cried and we cried
That we’d be spared

Death will not take us
Track Name: Master Kilby (Feat. Jake Ithurburn & Phillip Glenn)
***I did not write these lyrics*** // This song is a traditional English folk song (Roud 1434)


In the heat of the day
When the sun shines so freely
There I met Master Kilby
So fine on that day

I pulled off my hat
And I bowed to the ground
And I said "Master Kilby
Oh, where are you bound?"

He said, "I'm going to the west
Where I hope to find rest
In the arms of my darling (Nancy)
I'll build a new nest

She’s the one I adore
She’s the choice of my heart
Her heart shines like silver
In every part.

And if I was the master
Of ten thousand pounds
In bright gold and silver
Or in King William's crown

I would part with it all
With my own heart so freely
It's all for the sake
Of my darling one.

Oh, I gave her some kisses
It was down on the sea shore
But still she lay asking
She lay asking for more"