The Gyre

by Avifauna

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Debut Album from Denver indie band, Avifauna.

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released April 14, 2017

Meagen Svendsen: vocals, guitar, Christopher Nelsen: bass, vocals, Patrick Loehr: guitar, Robert Treta: drums, Mark Howell: keys, vocals, percussion.
Co-produced, engineered and mixed by Nick Sullivan at The Keep, Denver. Mastered by Jonathan Russell, Nashville. All Songs ©℗ 2017 Avifauna.

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Avifauna Denver, Colorado

Avifauna’s sound is an Electro-Folk blend of atmospherics and hypnotic
rhythms and harmonies, all centered around singer-songwriter Meagen
Svendsen’s dusky voice and brute lyrical narratives.
Svendsen’s lyrics draw on her life as an inveterate world traveler and nature
enthusiast. She weaves
narratives of intense emotion into a topical regard for the future of our planet.
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Track Name: Centrifugal Autumn
A mistral wind is blowing
Spiral to an end
Centrifugal autumn
Silence will descend
Her soul to shed

The nights are growing longer
So rest your weary head
Said mother to her daughter
As she laid her down to bed
Her soul to shed

Here we go
Here we go
We go
Again
Here we go
Here we go
We go
Again

We’ll leave it
We’ll leave it
We’ll leave it
For the dead

Outside the crows are calling
The scriptures they have read
Bones of leaves are scraping
At frosty windows
The lines they trace ascend
Her soul to shed

Here we go
Here we go
We go
Again
Here we go
Here we go
We go
Again
Track Name: Up in a Tree
Up in a tree
That’s where you’ll find me
I’ll be
Up in a tree
There I’ll be hiding
From these
Cloud-shaped dreams
Floating beside me
Singing
Come with me
To this future
It’ll be lovely

Up in a tree
That’s where you’ll find me
Hanging
From my knees
Grabbing the branches
Swinging
Tree to tree
Present to Future
It’ll be frightening

Up in a tree
That’s where you’ll find me
Huddled
Underneath
Thunder and lightning
Striking
Shaky knees
Waiting the storm out
Come and find me

Come and find me
Track Name: The Gyre
Leave me
Leave me
On the shoreline, Commodore
Ease me
Ease me
Into the current headed north
Feed me
Feed me
To the starving albatross
Sail me
Sail me
To the center of the gyre
Bind me
Blind me
To the loss that growth inspires
Down me
Drown me
In the depths of our desire

And I’ll waste
And I’ll waste
And I’ll waste
And I’ll waste
Waste another castaway
Our loss

And I’ll waste
And I’ll waste
And I’ll waste
And I’ll waste
Waste another castaway
Our loss

Save me
Save me
For this shipwreck overboard
Bleed me
Bleed me
To the horizon evermore
Lines and
Lines of
Our detritus and debris
Diving
Dying
In the vortex
Our humanity
Track Name: Olive Ridley
Remember when you told me not to wander in too deep?
You said that these were troubled waters we were wading in.
The tide was growing stronger under, towing at my feet
And cormorants were flying south along the border.

We don’t know what we don’t know.
We don’t know what we don’t know.
We don’t know what we don’t know.

A seagull gave a warning call of what may lurk beneath.
A crowd had gathered round applauding Ridley’s great release.
The sun was falling lower in a watermelon sky
And we were lurching toward unavoidable goodbyes.

We don’t know what we don’t know.
We don’t know what we don’t know.
We don’t know what we don’t know.
We don’t know what we don’t know.
Track Name: Hide the Bones
Lift up the topsoil
Dig up the worms
There with the clay
And rocks
And root-forms
Hide the bones

A misunderstanding
Left alone
Lost and abandoned over time
Overgrown
Bear it alone

There on the hillside
Bracken grows
High in a cloudbank overhead
Kestrels soar
Mothers and babies
Dart below
Heart in a shelter underground
Hide the bones
Bear it alone

Come out Come out
Come out Come out
Come out Come out
Come out Come out

Come out Come out
Hide the bones
Come out Come out
Bear it alone
Come out Come out
Hide the bones
Come out Come out
Bear it alone
Come out Come out

Wherever you are

Wherever you are
Track Name: Sparrows
Like ripples on a sunny lake
There she goes
Shedding seeds of desire
From all that she holds
What of her will history make?
Only the wind knows
Sparrows nest in treetops
Heavy boughs

So they wait
To see where the wind blows
Hesitate
‘til season’s end
Try to peak
Through foggy windows
And they wait
With baited breath

They’re scared to death
They’re scared to death
They’re scared to death
They’re scared to death
Track Name: Cattails
I’d like to plant you
Cattails in the shallows
Redwing blackbirds build
Their nests in tomorrow
Great blue heron lifts
From trees dried of marrow
Through the reeds we’ll drift
Our eyes to the swallows

And we’ll grow
And we’ll grow
And we’ll grow
Ourselves in the hollows

I’d like to swamp you out
Of memory’s sorrow
Dragonflies in love
On currents they borrow
Calls among the stalks
The lark in the meadow
Light the dreams they hide
From out of the shadows

And we’ll grow
And we’ll grow
And we’ll grow
Ourselves in the hollows

And we’ll grow
And we’ll grow
And we’ll grow
Ourselves in the hollows
Track Name: Alabaster
Build it up and knock it down
Lead the sheep out to the pasture
Watch it tumble to the ground
Weed the garden spare the aster
Tell the children to come home now
Let the dogs out of the cages
Time to batten down the hatches
Light the candles
Turn the pages

Call the ships back to the harbor
Lock the cattle with the cargo
Post the footmen at the entrance
See the soldiers off to battle
Send the men back to the quarries
Mining up the alabaster
Etch the pages of the story
Impending doom and grave disaster

Alabaster
Alabaster
Alabaster

Etch it into alabaster
Carve it out of alabaster
Build it up from alabaster
Mine the shards of alabaster
Track Name: Path of the Pronghorns
I know where I’m going
It’s history
But the wolves are howling
They’re hounding me
And the pack is growing intimidating
Growing intimidating

I’m on a journey migratory
In unrelenting territory
Your fuel my competition

And I know that mine is not the only story
Your long and sordid fight for glory
But it’s me you’re pushing away
It’s me you’re pushing away

And I am running.
I am running.
I am running through the corridors and fences
And I try to guide my calves along the way
But we need a wider plain for our defenses
Some time to keep the predators at bay
Some time to keep the predators at bay
And we’ll remain

We are in decline
We are in decline
We are in decline
We are in decline
We are in decline
We are in decline

Won’t you help me
Won’t you help me
Won’t you help me

Find a way
Find a way
Find a way
Track Name: Temporary
Across the face of harvest
All the birds will leave
On the warmest current
Howling in the eaves

And we hold
On a little tighter
Inhale
The air they breathe
We know
That these moments
Are ours
Only temporary

Drop a line of breadcrumbs
Illuminate the way
A lone enchanted journey
To a brighter day
And they’ll grow
In the darkness
Their bones
To bruise and break
We hold
On
A little longer
They’re ours
Only temporary