Release the Virgin

by Kjersti Kveli

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KK has a voice that makes an immediate impression, she has been likened to greats of the golden folk era, such as Joni MItchell, Janis Ian, and James Taylor. A broad expression, ranging from heartwarming folk to soul-pouring avant garde.

The album title suggests something of a ritualistic or even beastly content, although that might be misleading the listener somewhat. A record of events, this album is made up of songs written in KK’s early teen years, as well as some freshly written poetic songs about things learned and re-learned in adulthood. It offers a healthy amount of mellow, lyrical, heart wrenching songs, but the uplifting happy world music beats are never far away.

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released November 25, 2012

At the bottom of my heart lives a gratitude that wishes to be heard: Thank you, my dear husband for working so lovingly with me on these songs. Thank you Asami, Nicole, Anders and Phil for your grace and talent, you have made this journey a thrilling one. Thank you Lee for your sounds and your smiles. My sister, my mother, my aunt Kari and my Grandma Billie for teaching me how to combine perseverance with love. My father for singing in the house while I was growing up. My family-in-law for their support and constant belief in me. My dog, Gwennie, for walking me. You for letting me into your head/heart.

Kjersti Kveli - vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Tor Morten Kjøsnes - electric guitar
Asami Tamura - toy piano, keyboard, melodica, koto
Nicole Camacho - alto, soprano, piccolo and indian flute
Anders Griffen - drums, bells, claves
Philip Rowan - double bass, electric bass
William Lee Hogans – trumpet (guest on track 4)

All compositions and lyrics by Kjersti Kveli
Produced by Kjersti Kveli & Tor Morten Kjøsnes
Arranged by KK GROUP –

Recorded at "a Bloody Good Record", Long Island City, NYC
Except "Acid Rain": at FLUX Studios, NYC

Mastered by Dustin Cicero (www.dustincicero.com)
Track 9 Mixed by Asher Zeitschik

Photos by Erika Kapin (.com)
Supported by the Angel Fund Campaign 2012

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Cochlea Prod.
2012- TONO

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Norwegian folksinger, currently living in New York.
Writing and performing her own music, and teaching holistic voice and meditation.

Other projects also include Cochlea Freedom Ensemble, NeoLIT Ensemble, Seterkauk ifra Snåsafjella and other projects.
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Track Name: Call Me Up
Call me up in the morning when I’m half asleep
I have one of those loud speaking answering maschines
You’ll sing my song and I’ll see you in my dreams
I’ll strike a match if you’ll just bother to blow my Fuse

Hey! You!
Why don't you pay me what I deserve? Now.

So this is love, it’s not all that rosy at all
So this is feeling lost, well it’s not as dark as i imagined it at all
These feelings are never as expected
I’ll strike a match if you’ll just bother to blow my Fuse
Track Name: Angel Astara
I would’ve sailed among the stars
Though I wouldn’t have sailed very far
‘Cause I couldn’t just leave you… all behind

There, inside of a sailors old heart
She would sit and she’d wait for his part
But she knew he would leave her…
Just as surely as the tide


Oh, and all of the things that I’ve
Put myself through
Oh, and all of the things that I
Thought I knew
Have now been torn apart

I wanted to lift you up
And I wanted to heal your heart
And I wanted to hold you
Like a mother holds her child

She would hold her pride to the sky
Holding on, working hard not to cry
But now it’s all melting…
Thank you Angel Astara!
Track Name: The Thing I'm Trying To Tell You
You know I’ve never wanted that much
Just trust and respect and that kind of stuff
It’s kind of funny me saying this to
you, Since there’s noone else
who loves me like you do

I’m gonna try to tell you this today
I’m just trying to think of a really nice way to

Say I’m Sorry
You should know I’m sorry
‘Cause I know that you’re sorry
- I didn’t save it all for you

You know I’ve always wanted too much
And especially things I’m not supposed to touch
But you should know I’m envious of you
Since you got to do the
thing I’m trying to tell you I wanted too

-

You know I’ve always wanted too much
You know I’ve never wanted that much
Just trust and respect and that kind of stuff
And especially things I’m not supposed to touch
But you should know I’m envious of you
Since you got to do the
thing I’m trying to tell you I wanted too
Track Name: Sweet Christmas
I was high on a summer rush - Still I dreamt of fall and orange blush
in August, early in August
Bright red leaves and romance - I saw snowflakes dance
in September, late September

And I could not wait….. for Christmas

Thick white blanket, my winter land - I dreamt of Santa walking hand in hand with me in October, already in October
And then Santa appeared - With his reindeer and his bright white beard, in November, that Sweet November

And I would not wait……..for Christmas


Then when the time was near - I felt like winter had disappeared already in December, already in December
’Cause I had waited for so long - Christmas must have come and gone in November, that Sweet November

Oh I should have waited……….for Christmas
Track Name: The Coin
The journey of a coin must be one of the more wonderous ones
From the time that they’re made, they’re bound to be layed down in a small or large hand
and there they lay, leaving pieces of themselves with you…

And as I hold this coin, I can feel the places that it’s formerly been
I wonder about all the days in the south, or where the hands must have been awfully cold
But still there they lay, leaving pieces of themselves with you…

And this I know: I’ll always be with you, and so –

I flip you to the sky
And there you fly solo and so high
For just a split second, nothing more, nothing less
And then you fall to the ground and there you rest
With all your pieces of me waiting for your next…hand


The silence of a coin must be one of the most torturous ones,
All of the things that it’s seen - will seldomly be as real to anyone else but the coin
But still there it lay, leaving pieces of themselves with you…

-

The value of a coin can never amount to any amount that we can comprehend
You see all of the pictures that it’s stored, every sound and every chord
Is just as real a memory as of a man
And there they all lay, leaving pieces of themselves with you…
Track Name: Stranger Than Fiction
1. Take your dog out | whenever it rains
Make Sure you run for the | hills
And make everything | sometimes disappear
Especially the | bills

All of this is so strange today….

2. If you’re smart you’ll make | do with what you have
More stuff will just bring you | down
Keep a beautiful | garden inside
Or outside, you’ll wear your | crown

All of this is so strange today…. (Hey yey Hey yey…etc)

3. Help your friends out when - | ever you can
Let your love over- | flow
Respect the Forests and the | Oceans
They let you stay even | though –

All of this is so strange today….

4. Imagine a market whenever you can
Giving you bits and pieces of light
That you can feed from , and you’ll be ok
Next time you’ll give away

All of this is so strange today….
But soon the old will seem stranger than fiction… as they say
Track Name: A Song for the Moon (Moon Song)
How can I, know if you’ll stay by my side
When I know that you’d be quite allright
living peacefully and alone

I can see, my future in my fantasy
A dream that you can share with me
If we only get this right

So I sold this song to the moon
To make sure he’ll create a house for me and you

How will I, feel when we are on that ride?
That swirling day,
and then at night create a newborn light

Anytime you feel like you have all the signs
That tell you that the world will rise
and collapse right at your sight

-

And how she shines, Oh how she shines for us now
And how she shines, Oh how she shines for us now

How can I, know if I’ll stay by your side
When I know that I’d be quite allright
Living day by day, alone

But, you see – this is no longer up to you and me
But the ice-cool moon and the dark blue sea Can surely make this right
Track Name: Release the Virgin
Stop the Watch, Freeze it up,
Fill it with Jam, Dunk it in tea,
Bring it back up, watch it tick,
See its glow, you're in it too.
It doesn't skip a soul, doesn't pass, doesn't turn into
the thought of blood, the thought of love...

Release the Virgin
Release the Virgin

Feed off the young, their forgotten bank,
Their living tank, their blank faces
Nothing sucks it up like the fear of expiring
Fear of not feeling, fear of just being
Fear of Skin...

Release the Virgin
Release the Virgin

Such an easy sell, everyone can tell
The locks of hair, the virgin snowy thing,
fits a queen, fits a perfect murder scene
Mixed with guilt and longing

Release the Virgin
Release the Virgin

Watch your children, protect their skin,
as if you're in, as if you're already dead,
and inside out all senses available,
We deserve our own meadows, but keep to your own!
That one's already been robbed and raped!
Only tea and cookies left...

Release the Virgin
Release the Virgin

Watch them bleed, cry, we feed
them to the beasts and enjoy the sickness that follows
like a phallus
the empire
rises
Track Name: Relativity
Some would make it
Some would break it
Some would shake it
Some misplace it

Some would ask it
Some answer it
Some would blame it
Some accuse it

I would face it
I would shave it
I would call it
I would show it

I’d smile to it
I’d laugh with it
I’d drink to it
I would serve it

Verse 2
Some would lick it
Some despise it
Some yell at it
Some not accept it

Some would see it
Then realize it
Not understand it
Conclude then to hate it

Verse 3
Some would make it
Some would break it
Some would shake it
Some misplace it

I’d smile to it
I’d laugh with it
I’d drink to it
I would serve it

I would face it
I would shave it
I would call it
I would show it

I would thank it
I would know it
Understand it
I would feel it
Track Name: Sleepwalker
You're wearing only hipsters through the hipster street
you get scared and anxious when you go to sleep,
'cause you know very well that you won't just keep your but in bed

No, you'll get up and get ready for your night time adventures
and sometimes you tell me that you sort of remember that you've been

Sleepwalking
Sleepwalking in the streets
Track Name: Acid Rain
I wasn't supposed to fall in love like that,
I expected it to fade, to never really come back

'Cause I had a plan all laid out,
hurting me and everything that I was about

And I had a way of holding on to the past
Nothing to win, nothing to hold, at last,
at last,

I could toss it all into that acid rain
and watch it vanish, wash away the pain
Ooo...wash away...

I wasn't supposed to be adored like that
Fully and sincere, no joke, no rat
Funny how distorted I'd made my dream
Mr. Nice guy'd become a great scheme

And I had a way of holding on to the past
Nothing to win, nothing to hold, at last,
at last,

I could toss it all into that acid rain
and watch it vanish, wash away the pain
Ooo...wash away...