Leaves, Sadness, Science

by Marilyn Carino

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"A haunting, atmospheric gem which showcases the positively smoldering vocals of Marilyn Carino" - MAGNET

"Lurking and hypnotic...Leaves, Sadness, Science, is a rabbit hole that leads into a burrow of wonderfully warped vibrations and serene cries."
- QUIET LUNCH

"A vocally haunting piece of musical art" - GROOVESHARK

"(Carino is) a driving force.. Intimidatingly wonderful" - BROKELYN

When R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills (who co-wrote, performs and sings on Leaves, Sadness, Science's LP-only bonus track, "War and Peace") first heard the entirety of Marilyn Carino's second solo album, he raised the question that has made Carino (and scores of music promoters) wince since she began fronting the band Mudville in 2003, "What the hell do you call this music?" They came up with categorically-challenged terms like "torchy", "existential" and "womb-tronic”, which they agreed still wasn't quite it but would do.

Carino’s singing has been called, “powerful to the point of bringing you to tears” (Straight No Chaser) and “smoldering” (The New Yorker); her music, “enchanting - a testament to the healing powers of rhythm” (Nylon); her music about, “troubled longings and bleak, surreal visions” (New York Times); her lyrics, “poetic, filled with imagery” (New York Post). Carino’s songs have been featured on prominent TV shows and films, including the FX hit Regenesis and the 2015 feature, Someone Else.

Informed by the voices of Nina Simone, Thom Yorke and Lightnin’ Hopkins, favorite singers she deems "stirring, bravely strange", Carino's second solo album after 2011's critically-lauded Little Genius (which All Music Guide's four-star review deemed, “an artful set of brave, assured electronic soul tunes, expressed with a voice that is free of artifice in its expressions of longing, struggle, empathy and desire”), imagines soul-mated collabs where those singers hang in stoned basement recording studios with Prince, Suicide and Boards of Canada.

Written, recorded, mixed and performed solely by Carino (except the aforementioned track with Mills), Leaves, Sadness, Science is a collection of vocally- and word-driven soundscapes; head-space grooves formed from layered, Moog-y synths and stark beats. The songs evoke gripping internal monologues about "hope and body fluids"; songs that are punkily romantic despite their overt skepticism of romance.

The album’s title comes from a Frida Kahlo installation Carino saw, which featured monochrome rooms, for each of which a sign noted Kahlo’s feeling about the various colors. Yellow was madness, blue was peace, and green; leaves, sadness, science. The ten tracks on the album echo the graphic, challenging and charged paintings of Kahlo, who’s work, “Moses (Nucleus of Creation)” graces the album's cover.

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released June 25, 2015

Written, performed, recorded and mixed by Marilyn Carino
except "War and Peace", written by Marilyn Carino and Mike Mills
© 2015 SheMan Music, SESAC and Muy Presidente Music, BMI

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Marilyn Carino Brooklyn, New York

Marilyn Carino gained notoriety as the singing and songwriting half of Mudville. Her contributions to Mudville's three albums were lauded as "Nina Simone coming back from the dead to front Morcheeba", her unique, moving voice hailed as "fearless", "enchanting" and "otherworldly". She has written, recorded and/or performed with members of R.E.M, David Byrne, and legendary producers Sly and Robbie. ... more

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Track Name: Tell Me
You could be my deep sea guide

when you gonna dive?

I see you on the slip, sea-side

I cannot follow

and I know you know I know you better

oh my lover, wanna push push push the tide

don’t want no one to see, but I see the signs



There’s a demon in the backyard

and the smell of a rain-wet dog

and the Mongols march outside the door when the winds blow hot



And it shows in the way you sell it

in the glow of the way you dare not tell

and it shows in the way you keep me coming

why can’t you tell me



I’m a ceaseless agitator too

honing on a prize

don’t need no rules to feed me, no

but I get it up when you give it up

give it up!



Oh my poor lover

I’m a witness to the flood

it’s peacetime, drink some wine

forget the Ceasar that you are

and I tell you now it ain’t no rumor

I got cous cous and a big ole hookah



And it shows in the way you suffer

and it floats in the air like pouring rain

and it shows in the way you get me high

why can’t you tell me
Track Name: Fissure
Cross a watery land, bound to what may

Talk about set-made plans, talk about tomorrow

the head



But in the eaves, I see

don’t pray for me

I’m not what you are here for

do you feel me?



I take you by mouth to your door

and you got a sweet say to mine

I beg to offer a promise that may be unkind

but my ship and country will never be under your sail

you see what you want



If something’s so wrong, cut the heart out

but it could beat anyway

would you fill me if I said I needed comfort, then turned you down

would you kill me if I said I can’t go on



Don’t pray for me

I got something of my own
Track Name: In Case of the Punks
You think you’ve gone a distance long

this coarse and crippled age

count back up



Do you want to live just the bit that’s sworn

or near enough

like the victim of some black art



In case of the punks break out your vow

free and rebound, hand on heart to the sound, resounding



And true is true that all things sure

will the picture off, as so many are

can you be bothered to tempt a war

for riches closed up in the dark

and there you are

steeples and arcs in someone’s art

if you want



In case of the punks break out your vow

free and rebound, hand on heart to the sound, astounding
Track Name: When the Innocents Go to War
They gambol around like drunken satellites

carrying pictures so heavy they drop like flies

gazing open wide, dogs in summertime

so bloody tender as they draw battle lines



Totally unshocked by elements obscene

they’re just singing the sweet songs

and everything smells like bread and tastes of honey

they play who’s halos are bigger, they can’t decide



Honey, I don’t know why you wanna carry a picture of a drunken satellite



They don’t know what the fight is for, they don’t know

when the innocents go to war



oh you’re mixed up honey, you don’t know what you got



Kicking around a mixed up scene

thinking who’s in dutch and who’s livin’ on top

nobody needs a thing when it’s aflame, havin’ a good time

set up, set up horizons, set up horizons

territories and lines going out, lines coming in

lines got the best of em



oh time will tell what they’re throwing away

what don’t fit in the picture

forever’s a long long time



Honey, lovers are roomers, they pay as they go

they’re headed to fry like death row killers

they all the same



They don’t know what the fight is for, they don’t know

when the innocents go to war
Track Name: Paen a la Nina
I been a lonesome baby

set by my lonesome woes

too out of tongues to speak



you got me you got me



all around all around

I went around your mountain

happily I set myself some fate

I'll crave for my whole life



Another day of the dying

one more and I'll be gone



You got me you got me



And like a rose you're by my wall

ah, but you don't speak and I appear



Are you alone

are you alone my baby, are you alone

hand in mine



you got me, you got me

oh how hard how long how low

but your heart won't find me where your mind won't let me go



You're not for me

I been a lonesome baby

too wicked hurt to speak

cover your hand in mine

rest in my country

I'll rest in your country



you got me you got me



I been a lonesome baby

lost in your country

too out of tongues to speak
Track Name: Eden
Never saw a garden free its shadows and its peace

turn from dark to dawn to prison walls at breakneck speeds

To a man, the pathway clouds (we come dancing in the dust)

and who but I, question, do the stars believe in us?



And I knew what we were made for

and the works of his terrible hands

dreaming in half light poems, black hearts within us

I knew what we are made for

and the works of his terrible hands

dreaming in half lights, only waking for love

only waking for love



We shook up the martyrs

and out back the sky burned black

and cheap feelings beamed out like rations of sanctuary



Why do we hate ourselves

beneath this curtain of sleep

when all creation cries out,

“Crush the bitter song of this Earthbound feast”



And I knew what we are made for

and the works of his terrible hands

dreaming in half light, poems and black hearts within us

I knew what we are made for

and the works of his terrible hands

dreaming in half lights, only waking for love

only waking for love
Track Name: Science
When woman saw the sky

looked into its blue and black eye

and made the birds sing

fluid lines of passage

quasars, red giants, quarks and symphonies

and the peaches were sweet that summer



Glowfish in the deep ocean

glowfish with their sapphire eyes

that’s what we’re made of

our sinful lives

hallelujah



And the birds sing and grow cold

they see patterns in the sky

glowfish in the deep with their sapphire eyes

they bring the light to their dark world

like quasars, red giants, quarks and symphonies
Track Name: C'mon
Ain’t this life good enough

standing orders, watching hours and catching trains

it’s like divine, so out of time

the sun a fearsome veil



Is it the time to tell the truth

no pleasure found

when the strongman hides and the dove’s in the lion’s cage



Are you ready – the night calls out

Come on come on, come on come on, come on come on



How many wrong calls in how many rooms

more than enough, you’d be amazed

and when your mind has got to be somewhere

look in your eyes, you feel your fate



The waters rise, your tracks are gone

Remember the sky and the trees all fall away



Are you ready, are you ready

Come on come on, come on come on, come on come on
Track Name: Veda
You talk of the old days like how it could be

I never heard that well or right

to me it comes out like a song or voodoo spell



Veda, straight up

your commotion’s alright

we’re not like the old ones waiting on saviors

and you know that we prayed for this sinful life



somewhere, somehow, something got to me

now the nights are the best times

yeah the nights are the best times



Oh Veda, see out of my eyes

oh Veda

always on your back on a bed of your roses



Veda you’re alone

something’s off key

when you miss your wave every jerkoff and knave

falls under your spell



Veda you’re alright

awake and you’ll see

If you’re looking for a prize, look em in the eye

fuck em for a night, kiss em goodbye



Daddy’s special girl you never will be

and Jesus don’t care cuz he’s not really there



Oh Veda, see out of my eyes

oh Veda

always on your back on a bed of your roses

You keep you on your back in a bed of your roses



It's coming your way, gonna butcher the old days
Track Name: War and Peace (feat. Mike Mills)
Rain

in different colors do I feel

the sound of wind a blaze of violet

that I will make to living



When the birds start singing and all the rocks are ringing like bombs



Read, read the signs

they form a face, a doorway

a slave ship riding clouds

I find them buried under me



War and peace is in my mind

with every line

though I have no one, I will go there



When the rocks start singing and all the bells are ringing like birds