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how to watch the mountains from the inside of a moving car sitting still in the movement of not knowing where you are where you were and where you’re going even if you could name it it wouldn’t be the same as knowing the earth moves like water in the window of this airplane and i guess i do to whenever i’m in love or when i’m afraid of where i am, or where i’m going it’s still a dance even if there’s no god’s plan unfolding mary at the show with her hair hanging down in her face moving through us standing still like bodiless brains it was true she walked on water it’s true she walked on something softer
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i hear the bells another year in debt can’t afford to feel what i should instead window in my room can’t compare being out there i couldn’t tell if the window in my head when it’s clear might be a mirror honey on your breath word of mouth and deepest rest or deepest comfort carried on a dream on a river whatever’s bigger and i’d fight like hell the ringing in my head pull the window wide, feel it all instead
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magnolia, wallflower plays a movie folded palms, paper diamonds on a paper sea wrote it down, told my friends i know where i am, but I can’t tell where i start and where i end yet everyday is filled with endings thinking things i can’t erase can’t be mended can’t be painted trapped inside a framed landscape and i’m so careful what i let in, what i do to feel nothing… don’t we move like water too? don’t we pick up in the night? what does the mountain think of you? write it down, and tell your friends. I know where I am but i can’t tell where i start and where i end venus crowned the valley ringed with broken teeth cactus blooms dry out to decorate her wreath and we all do too, in the month of june’s heat reconstellating the ground beneath our feet reconstellate me and my own body
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let me tell you how it falls apart hesitation and the car won’t start too much water and a little too dark just a tv and a mailman everything comes from god’s own hand a little sweeter than i can stand knew the story thirty years ago conversation was a sinking stone fraying edges of what we know
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turning 02:36
no turning back now no keys at the gate and i can’t remember why i’m always late go tell your mother you miss her so bad go be the father that you never had

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On demos, Tucson, AZ singer, songwriter & sound designer Karima Walker shares early, home-recorded versions of songs from her critically acclaimed 2021 folk/ambient album Waking the Dreaming Body, alongside illuminating sketches and ambient pieces. The demo versions of “Softer,” “Window I” and “Reconstellated” feature alternate lyrics and intimate acoustic arrangements that highlight the power of Walker’s voice and musicianship, while ambient pieces like "thunder interlude" and "earth into air" plumb deeper depths of tension.

"I first notice how vulnerable it feels, to hear certain lyrics sticking out, different from the words that finally stuck. But I do like returning to these songs, remembering why words shifted and settled as the songs took shape, and remembering that so many of these did not appear as immediately apparent and whole.

"They’re a lot more like my everyday life, revealing itself in time, while I try to let things register in my body... Then I go back in and push things around and figure out what I’m doing… Others are knit together from other projects, pieces and fragments that inspired the emotional timbre of the record, and in some cases were woven directly into it. Some here did appear complete and whole, but I either forgot about them, lost them or saw them as outliers. Either way, I like how the pieces hang together as a simpler account of the time from which the record finally came, and I hope you do too.” - Karima Walker

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released April 1, 2022

All songs written, performed, recorded and mixed by Karima Walker
Mastered by Matthew Barnhart

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