Water in the Leaves

by The Ancient Wild

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We're so excited to be bringing you our first creation with a larger harp, piano, and drum kit. We experimented with analog effects and tape saturation, and worked to create an immersive, enchanting wall of sound.

To say the least, 2016 has been a challenging time for many of us in the US, on political and environmental fronts. We felt it important to offer songs of strength, lamentation, and transcendence for these times. Several of our songs cannot help but be inspired by the DAPL fiasco and the election, but others reflect on love, death and regret, and - as always, our greatest muse - the beauty and power of nature, to which we owe our title track.

To our friends, fans, and family, for all your support;
To all of you out there listening;
You mean the world to us.

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released December 21, 2016

Voice, harp, piano: Kate Wilde
Voice, drums, guitar: Christophe Shepperdson
Production: Kate Wilde and Christophe Shepperdson
Mastering: Bradley Senstock
Photography: Brigitte Alexandra Eldin
Album art: Kate Wilde

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Harp, piano, male & female vocals, guitar, and drums create a unique acoustic-industrial sound reminiscent of Dead Can Dance, Tori Amos, Imogen Heap. The collaborative project between US-based composers Kate Wilde and Christophe Shepp.

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Track Name: Circus World
Follow sun and follow moon
Golden light is turning blue
Spinning, take a holiday
Oh this circus world’s a stage

But I won’t play their game
No, I won’t play their game

Follow sun and follow moon
My golden light is fading soon
I need you to lift me up
Hand in hand, in life and love

Cause I won’t play their game
No, I won’t play their game...

And I see you for what you are
I won’t give you none of my energy
I’ll build the world I’d like to see

But I can’t do this alone...
I’ll build the world I’d like to see
But I can’t do this alone...
Track Name: Native Contract
You honor me only when I honor you
We all eat, we all breathe, we all learn, we all teach...
We all know we all need her

She is working in the cycles
In agreement with native contract
I am her and she is with me
together, we're discovering
I honor you, you are true
Humbled by her...

I don't know why we must forget,
A steward to her to serve and protect.
We all know we all need her...

I can't escape the tragedy
My sorrow is fertility
My offering is incomplete
I'm counting on her

We all know we all need....

You honor me only when I honor you
Track Name: The City of the Sun
Apollo guides through open gates
Ride upon a star with legs
Glide above roads ablaze
Lifting right up to the sun
To the city of the sun

Bright as day, I find my way
Paths golden laid that carry us to
A hidden place I can’t mistake
I see the wealth is paid, through and through
As I awake from a world that devastates

Moving into the new
Out of old ways
Moving into the new

Apollo guides through open gates
Ride upon a star with legs
Glide above roads ablaze
Lifting right up to the sun
To the city of the sun
Track Name: Warmth
Warmth from a heart
Through the hands
Has its way of speaking
Say your love with touch
And say your love with give
And know it’s meant to be a flowing river
Shifting, slide around, it could be given out
Don’t let it eat you from the inside out

Frozen in the undertow
Dig me out so I can grow
Warm is the love that knows
Stronger than these jealous winds that blow

Mother, mother...
We teach one another how it is we will be
Now it doesn’t matter
What it is that you’ve gathered
Lay it down in open feeling, open feeling
Open feeling, ahh...

Frozen in the undertow
Dig me out so I can grow
Warm is the love that knows
Stronger than any winds that blow
Track Name: Whispers
Once there was a whisper so slight that nobody heard
Then quietly, it began to take over
and the mystery was explained away

With everything accounted for, this cold calculated heart tore
And it’s taking away everything that the mystic gave

So now I walk backwards from this cold and empty room
And gather everything I left, take it out of this tomb
Sanitized, devoid of life, completely empty
All that stands in this temple is one naked and fruitless tree

The heart cannot be replaced
There is a lineage of open eyes and wisdom
The heart cannot be replaced
There is a lineage that inspires inner vision
The heart cannot be replaced

Go ahead and pretend that it’s all cold and dead
So you can take what you want just to get a little bit ahead
You may find yourself alone at the top
You made an enemy of life because you forgot who you are

So now I walk backwards from this cold and empty room
And gather everything I left, take it out of this tomb
Track Name: Segura Contigo
En un bosque de arboles
Donde la roca espera
Viendo el flujo
De la vida

Segura contigo...

En los brazos fuertes
Sabes amar
Tengo la suerte
De estar aquî

Segura contigo...

Cambiar mi mundo
Con quien eres
Su sangre es mi corazon

Segura contigo...

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In a forest of trees
The rock waits
Watching the flow
Of life

Safe with you...

In strong arms
You know how to love
I am blessed
To be here

Safe with you...

Changing my world
With who you are
His blood is my heart

Safe with you...
Track Name: Water in the Leaves
Faith got me this far
The end of the road falls before me
But what will carry
The weight of the world falls below me

This is our life, there is blood in these words
Flowing kindly like a kiss from the waves
Flowing kindly
Like a wave

The longer I stay, the less I feel I could leave
Wrap all around me, I’ll wait on your word
Giving life to only the water in the leaves
Wrap all around me, the water in the leaves

This is our life
There is blood in these words
Flowing kindly like a kiss from the waves
This is our world
May we care more
Flowing kindly like a kiss from the waves
Flowing kindly
Like a wave
Track Name: Closer to Dust
Can you feel the salt in the rust
The turning wheel, bringing us
Closer to dust

Slow it down, slow it all down
The highest high rise
Falls back to the ground

Slow it down, don’t try to keep up
This race that we’re in
Has no destination

It’s just racing toward oblivion

So come back to the heart
The source

Can you feel the salt in the rust
The turning wheel, bringing us
Closer to dust
Track Name: Centuries
Ghosts when they come
They take the form
Of you who is blaming
It’s me who is blaming

Have I failed you while doing my best?
I’ll lay to rest unwelcome guests

Give me hope, I need something to hold onto
Or else I’ll float away and lay down
I need something to hold onto
Don’t let it only be you

How do you walk
And how do you breathe
With the weight of centuries?
Admire you, I do-
All of you who are older than I