In Gull Cry and Stone

by Maz McNamara

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Spontaneously written and recorded in its entirety on the shore of Sidmouth beach in 2018 during the town’s renowned annual Folk Festival, 'In Gull Cry and Stone' is an EP born out of inspiration from and gratitude for the sea.
Experimental and raw, these tracks took form and were recorded down at the water over the course of 6 days, in between busking circus shows, and early in the morning as traders got their morning coffee.
A nod to the purity of imperfection and the joy of happenstance, it features appearances from musicians I met at the festival, and hints of nearby buskers and beach-wanderers, gulls and wave whispers.

All audio was recorded there under increasingly testing conditions, between the shore, the campsite and eventually in the shelter of Sidmouth's well-known red cliffs in a storm.
The EP was post-produced and mixed in Jazz Corner in Bristol with assistance from Miles Ford.

As an extension of the gratitude toward the sea that inspired the formation of the EP, 100% of sales will be donated to Surfers Against Sewage, a Cornwall-based charity dedicated to cleaning plastic from beaches and educating children about ocean protection.

Dedicated to the sea, and my Grandad, Angus Bainbrigge. Rest peacefully. x

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released July 23, 2019

Mixed with assistance from Miles Ford (a.k.a Halloomi).
Mastered by Miles Ford and Craig Larkin.
Endless gratitude.

Artwork by Maz McNamara

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Maz McNamara Bristol, UK

Singer, songwriter, flautist, collaborator and topline vocalist based in Bristol & Devon, UK.

Contact for collaborations, guest vocals/flute and bookings - tiikeriplay@gmail.com

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Track Name: The Sea
Away, are we
Astray, cast to sea
Awake, are we
Returning to our bodies

The water speaks so softly
Listening only will bring us back to shore
The water speaks so softly
Listening only will bring us back home

From islands we can cast a line
Between all the thunders of our minds

The water speaks so softly
Listening only will bring us back to shore

And I find it hard to see
What is stopping me
Down by the sea
I find everything is seen
Down in between
Down by the sea

The water speaks so softly
Listening only will bring us back to shore
Track Name: Sea Pan
She speaks in waves
In gull cry and stone
In leaping mackerel in the moonlight,
She speaks in endless time.
To us she lends herself
a softness for the heart
a primal cry
carrying us back, back
back to our shore.
She speaks in waves and our oceans reply to her
When we cry, this conversation unfolds between mouths
Rivers winding over skin, down, down
Back to where they rest.

She talks to the moon at the night
and the sun, when twilight lands softly on her shoulders
like an eternal heaven flown down to earth.
In our bellies she rumbles
In her belly, we rose
Carried by the mothers that she filled,
blessed with her essence,
and from her, life tumbles
tides on the shore of the world.
She speaks in waves
and the waves bring us back to her.
Track Name: Truth Comes in Waves
Soon I'm gonna be washed up to shore
After the water, I will knock at my door
Say oh, soon I will see the mountain oh
Soon I will be the mountain, oh

Two is the number we need to feel whole
Blue is the colour my soul takes when it needs to grow
Truth is a wave in the ocean
Truth comes in waves like the ocean

When I am older my roots will grow down in the ground
Don't struggle for me, I'm a lost child waiting to be found
Say oh, soon I will be the mountain oh

Truth comes in waves like the ocean
Truth comes in waves like the ocean
Truth comes in waves like the ocean
Truth comes in waves like the ocean