PALIMPSEST

by Madame Česki

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    An alluring 12 page colour booklet and gatefold case.
    Artwork exclusively crafted by Scottish embroiderer Scott Ramsay Kyle.
    Includes lyrics for each track (in English).

    Performed on instruments such as strings, dulcitone, harpsichord and saw, Madame Česki creates a tapestry of songs in a folk tradition. Her topics include birds, spinning wheels and spoons made out of bone.

    Madame Česki's biography includes performing with Gruff Rhys, Collectress, 10 Mewn Bws, Marques Toliver, Fiona Bevan and Orphans&Vandals, yet this is her first step in front of the mirror.

    The songs are rough hewn from the mountains, with eerie remembrances and obsessive patterns, recorded naively, with devilish vocals and strings.

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released January 8, 2016

All material composed, performed and recorded by Madame Česki (Francesca Simmons)

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Madame Česki Bristol, UK

Madame Česki is a violinist from North Wales. In 2014 she shut herself away with a few old string instruments and made an album. Her only companions during this time were the mountains, the buzzards, and a fright of ghosts.

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Track Name: The Book of David
You said I'd be free to come to you
You said you'd be waiting out for me
This communion - I am waiting

Book of David written in my time
It is written in your hand and mine
Signifying - Listen to me

Book of David
Are you listening?
Book of David
Track Name: Flying
There was a bird
And he soared
High
And on the wind
He rest his wing
Flying
People say you're gone
But I feel you on the wind - flying
Track Name: Bone Spoon
I gave you a bone spoon, a spoon made of bone
Take it and keep it to have in your home
When the egg's ready - it will crack!
So line up your soldiers from front and to back

The yolk it is yellow, the circle is white
So taste it, and lick it, and eat it up right
Oh egg! You're so salty, and sweet, and hot
Your tongue it is hungry and eats every drop

Bone spoon, bone spoon, bone spoon, bone spoon

But why don't you use it?
You threw it away!
Buried in the ground for another day
The soil it is sticky - your fingers are black!
Poor spoon is covered as you turn your back

Yet the spoon is growing to a tall tree -
The Bone Tree is born! For you and for me
So do not go hungry with your bone spoon -
Come see me, and bring it, and let it be soon

Bone spoon, bone spoon, bone spoon, bone spoon
Track Name: Moon Day Walk
My Moon Day Walk
Blue and bright
Sparkling river
Day in night
Bird circling high, cutting cold
My body warm from your hold

Wrapped in many layers to keep me warm
Stop my heart tumbling out
On the ground, in the dirt
Let the animals take it for their own

Peering to the moon
At her face
Waxy whiteness, blank half space
And she spoke
With the birds
With the trees
And they said - beware

Moon Day Walk
Track Name: Spinning Wheel
Dreams are dancing everywhere
Boat is gently rocking
Swim right over, won't you catch me when I'm drowning?
Still and sleeping
You are silent in your reverie
Can you hear me calling?

Spinning Wheel!
You turn a thousand times
My hand at the cradle
Golden thread of mind

Warp and weft of day and night
All around me, brilliant light
Stars of blue, stars of gold
Safe in your arms
Wear the cloak of wanting
You and I are walking,
Talking without words
We thread the final stitch

Spinning Wheel!
You burn a thousand nights
My hands turning faster
Looms of words and lights
Spinning Wheel!
You turn a thousand times
My hand at the cradle
Golden thread of mine

So my brain and heart
They stop to turn like clockwork
Deathly sleep encase me - will I ever wake?
Dreams are filled with visions
Apparitions, missions
Voices sweet and devilish
Day and night are one

Spinning Wheel!
You burn a thousand nights
My hands turning faster
Looms of words and lights
Spinning Wheel!
You turn a thousand times
My hand at the cradle
Golden thread of mind
Track Name: Stories
Bedtime,
Bedtime stories
Belonging, knowing
Warmth growing
Your words they touch my mind
Old caressing hand

Stories, to remember
Moments, forever
Stillness sparkling
These jewels they shine so bright
They turn the dark to light

There is a story, you and me
I keep writing, unable to see