Leaves, Sadness, Science

by Marilyn Carino

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1.
Tell Me 03:35
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
2.
Fissure 03:51
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
Eden 03:55
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
7.
Science 01:42
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
8.
C'mon 04:12
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
9.
Veda 03:40
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
10.
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

about

"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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