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Winter Seeds

by Virgin of the Birds

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They Wake 04:11
You may seek the wind among the reeds You may give the girls the love they need The love they need is gold, the love is never doomed The love they want is gilded with a lavish gloom They wake, they marry and they cry They wake to hear stories when they die Stories told with joy, stories often true Stories when their cleverness was calling you Pay no heed to the tenor of the times I will destroy the wisdom of the wise I will destroy the wisdom of the wise I will destroy the wisdom of the wise They say that the lights were left on until dawn They wake beneath the slanting sun They wake without telling anyone About the winter seeds, the songs too hard to sing The pleasures wide awake in nearly everything Pay no heed to the tenor of the times I will destroy the wisdom of the wise I will destroy the wisdom of the wise I will destroy the wisdom of the wise They say that the lights were left on until dawn
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Make your enemies, make them fast Grow your poisonous trees to last Spread your doom about the room Give your dirge a place to bloom All your venomous, vicious prayers Won’t bring reckoning anywhere Not at the abbey, not with the wives Not at the fugue state of our lives And in time we both will come to feel ashamed Of every revelry we felt compelled to claim When we were young, we couldn’t wait To take our turn and savage our fate I brace myself whenever we seem To share our shade and drink the same dream I am gentle because I’m strong And you are wicked because you’re wrong Wrong about beauty, wrong about hell Wrong about the girls who make me well And in time we both will come to feel ashamed Of every revelry we felt compelled to claim
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Nine Sisters 04:50
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From Peking 02:58
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Love comes from centaurs Love charges in It drains from the jewels And the dangerous jinn Love can grow ripe and fall from the sun Tropically lush and easily won And harp tones won’t find homes with me anymore It’s time I learned what being still is for Love comes from centaurs Love finds a way To quietly wake From the whitening rays Because you found me rare, we were withering And because you loved me more, we were withering Because you loved me more, we were withering I had my moments with Daphne in Saint Clare She said she’d take me anywhere Daphne in Saint Clare Love comes from centaurs Love charges in It drains from the jewels And the dangerous jinn Despite the doubt and the hovering end Baby, if you change I’m still you’re friend But I’ll find peace, with the Vicar-General’s niece
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Winter Seeds collects 9 songs marked by shimmering reverb, attentive lyrics, liberal electric bass, general apocrypha and sensuous asides. Named after a poor English translation of a Salvador Dali painting, Virgin of the Birds treads a line between intimate, lo fi pop and the occasional grandeur of early art rock.

Also available digitally from iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and other fine outlets. For vinyl in the UK, see our friends at Song, By Toad Records.

“…the reined-in performances and simplicity of the songs training the focus on an uncommon grasp of adroit, heartfelt songcraft that sets Rooney on track to follow the likes of Bill Callahan and David Berman into the pantheon of awkward, visionary American outsiders. Essential.” - Herald Scotland

“the songcraft is the brightest star here and rewards multiple listens, with engaging tales delivered effortlessly with vocals reminiscent of the late Lou Reed’s” – Seattle Weekly

“Rooney has a facility with language that would give Lou Reed or Bill Callaghan a run for their money although he sounds like neither. The songs are evocative but playfully evasive, earnest and literate without being prissy or phony. An understated gem of a record” – Whisperin’ & Hollerin’

“Marvellous stuff from beginning to end” – americanaUK

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released April 8, 2014

Jon Rooney - vocals, guitar, bass, piano
Colin J Nelson - drums, percussion, background vocals, guitar and piano
Marc Laurick - bass on 1, 2, 3, 6 & 9

Saxophone on "Nine Sisters" by Casey Ruff

All songs written by Jon Rooney, published by Pilgrim Fear Music (ASCAP)

Recorded and Mixed by Colin J Nelson at Her Car, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Carl Saff

Design by McKenna Haley, illustrations by Jon Rooney

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Named after a poor English translation of a Salvador Dali painting, Virgin of the Birds treads a line between intimate, lo fi folk and the occasional grandeur of early art rock.

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