(light shadow)

by Chimney Choir

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Patterns I 03:26
Circle in a spiral Intersecting lines From a different angle Suddenly aligned Patterns Flicker light and shadow A colorful terrain Curving the attention In beautiful and strange Patterns
In the distance I can see A desert of uncertainty I’ll get through eventually And sing a little song I’ll keep moving on Let your troubles always spill Down like water from a hill Listen closely, just be still You’ll hear me calling out Where could you be now? Once I caught a glimpse of myself Living an alternate life I saw you there, I had the feeling As if I knew you in another lifetime After the storm it’s back to normal What did it even feel like? After forever was only a moment I was walking by You’re right Your life, you’re alive Talk about the weather Are we ever gonna get it right? Everything aligning in the morning When I’m feeling alive
Golden Age 04:08
We’re not too late I heard a voice behind me say So much has changed Wish I was living in the Golden Age Wish I was living in the Golden Age Always keep your eyes on the road We’ve still got a ways yet to go A new moon sky with no guardrails Destination unknown It'll be so easy to lose control We’re not too late (All we stand to lose) I heard a voice inside me say Nothings changed (Riptide) We’re always living in the Golden Age (Strong current) We’re always living in the Golden Age (No way out but through) We’re always living in the Golden Age All we have is all we stand to lose I put it all on the line and tell the truth Riptide, strong current, no way out but through Speak the underneath I always knew The wind has changed We’re spinning high upon the weathervane I can’t complain I'm always living in the Golden Age I'm always living in the Golden Age
Patterns II 05:50
I stand completely still I’ve been like this forever All I have is time All I do is watch All I do is listen I wait until my time is right We are always balancing In between what really matters Darkness and epiphany All appears to me in patterns Patterns The planets are aligned The wheels are all in motion Now my time is right I’m up I’m out I’m wide awake The price I’ll pay, the chance is mine to take I’m finally electrified I want to tell you words I can’t describe We are always balancing In between space and matter I'd tell you but I can't describe Finding I am lost inside these patterns Darkness and epiphany All appears to me in patterns I'd tell you but I can't describe Finding I am lost inside these patterns
I close my eyes I hope I’m right I lost track Don’t think, react No going back
Syncopated thought In syncopated thought We’re caught oblivious Everybody nod and smile Blended into one Some find security We would rather die in style Nothing comes to mind Something comes to mind Now I get thinking It all comes down to who believes it Maybe we will lose and maybe we’ll win It all comes down to who perceives it
For no reason at all For no reason at all For no reason at all I love you For no reason at all And I wonder how nice it would be Yes I wonder how nice it would be Yes I can't help but wonder how nice it would be If all of a sudden You just started loving me I wonder I wonder I wonder
No Regret 04:05
I’m not sorry For what I said The voice that spoke Was over my head I don’t regret The day we met To the bitter end It was worth it No regret It was worth it
The Answer 04:06
The answer came to me Out of the ordinary And right in front of me I’m not thinking I’m noticing Weaving through security The answer came to me Extraordinary And a little bit scary


Listen. In a cabin outside of Fairplay with magnetic poetry on the refrigerator we constantly mix, arrange, and rearrange. Moments of divine creative spark blend with ordinariness: a long walk, a curry dinner, a lover’s spat, a day off. We sit in this little cabin and play improv games, listening for the rightness. We make up a story about a weaver woman trapped in a loveless marriage who comes alive with her loom. She doesn’t notice us, she’s so deep in her obsession with patterns. And so are we. We tap kitchen utensils on the inside of a wood stove, drop heavy aluminum lids on an iron surface and we listen. We record a sudden cacophonous hail storm. We have a two-day tarot reading where each card becomes a sound becomes an image becomes a sound. We mix metaphors with the mundane. We’ve never yet created so much from nothing, or combined our magics in so much depth. Melodies drop like radio signals into our antenna-heads; we tune in, listening to capture the now-ness for you. So that you can listen too.

Where is the beginning of the cycle of light and shadow? How did we get here? It had something to do with being commissioned to write a full-length ballet, but that is not nearly the whole story. Nor is it truly the beginning, you see, because we have been preparing our whole lives for this project, for the series of moments that brought us to today. The ballet is a reason to start, and so we do.

Later this mishmash of ideas and songs and moments will be performed with expressive ballet dancers’ hearts and bodies bringing the ideas to life in front of a great many people. Garrett Ammon will choreograph a story to our stories, layer over our layers. An artist who falls in love with his creation, a statue. A goddess sent to earth to save humanity from itself. A couple at the end of their life claims: no regret, it was worth it. And still, those ordinary moments will be there too: day jobs, words unspoken, rush hour traffic, smoke breaks. It will all come together just in the nick of time.

We’ll go to Eagle Wind Sound Studios in Fraser, Colorado and stay with Kris’s parents while recording the entire thing, some 23 songs in 10 days. An impossible feat of magic made possible by late-night spring rolls and other life-giving mom-made snacks (thanks Sharry!). You may be able to hear her love in the recording. We are so lucky, so blessed. We’ll have a great many visitors in the studio for a great many reasons, some escaping the whirl and blur of city life, some curious friends and lovers, some interested and eager passers-by. David will make batch after batch of tikka masala. Kevin will yodel. Kris will have a crush on the barista down the way. Nothing will ever come of it, but the feeling of that pure potential is on the record too if you listen closely enough. It’s all there.

In the process of making (light shadow) we will catch some of the biggest waves that we’ve ever ridden as individuals or as a collaborative family. We’ll leave our long-time creative home base, the architectural antiques warehouse, and go into freefall. Who are we now? Breakups, breakdowns, breakthroughs. What do we want? Is everything falling apart or is everything coming together? Probably both. Where is this all going? We move and change and rearrange in unpredictable, necessary, and sometimes painful ways. Chaos into order into chaos, rinse, repeat, never complete. The cycle of (light shadow) is alive in us, in this, and it’s alive in you, too, when you’re listening.


released January 1, 2020

All songs written and produced by Chimney Choir

Recorded at Eagle Wind Sound - Frasier, CO
Engineered by P.J. Olsson

Mixed by P.J. Olsson and Chimney Choir

Mastered by Colin Bricker @ Mighty Fine Productions - Denver, CO


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Chimney Choir Denver, Colorado

Chimney Choir combines folk harmonies, ambient electronics, and swirling textures of rhythm and melody into a style of music that is not easy to define. Their performances often take on a theatrical quality that has incorporated puppetry, ritual, dance, storytelling, interactive video and even a sci-fi mini-drama. Their newest album, "(light shadow)" will be released in January of 2020. ... more

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