Black Crow Jane

by Inga Liljeström

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Recorded live in house in France over a few days. Very fond memories of the warm fire, the barren trees, the birds flying, all this music coming together, me cooking for 5 french men and being very nervous! but loving every minute of the magic that happened.

“Something truly happens when beautiful voices of the north attack folk music. [She]… has appropriated some American heritage, but it is barely recognisable here, under an assault of fire and ice. A small marvel of poetry who caresses as much as she cuts.” (Journal Ventrilo, France)

“…an undeniable mastery in writing, composition, production, arrangements, visual – a breath and power that does not evaporate, as in many others….Black Crow Jane alternating climates, hot, cold, hit, appeased (skeletal lament Drowning Song, rock and thick skinned Mascara Black, Bloodstain, almost folk delicacy Wishing Bone Hands, Wildest Horse, or …) Between rock and cabaret Gothic Inga Liljeström with her ominous incantations, she reminds us that before her, another Australian came to Europe to impose his unique vision under high influence of tortured crooner: Nick Cave.”(Telerama, Hugo Cassavetti, France)

“This is the album you have been waiting for...there is a tougher more blues based approach...The albums opening track The Rain and the Sea is a standout, its hushed beginnings blossoming and expanding into dirty blues roots number that sweeps itself overboard. Black Crow Jane is the fully realised album Liljestrom has promised, her voice not only both emotive and evocative as before, but now confident and assured.” (Chris Peken, Alternative Media/ City Hub/ City News)

"Inga Liljeström is finding inspiration from more traditional American and blues roots these days, rather than the European atmospherics she has been known for in the past. Of course, it’s blues filtered through her own unique prism...Liljeström has pushed herself with Black Crow Jane. Pushed herself into new sonic territory, even though she had a case to stay within the parameters of the sounds she had successfully inhabited in her first two albums. Pushed herself in the depths of lyrical explorations. Pushed herself to not repeat but grow and develop. That Black Jane Crow is far more than an experiment but a polished, rounded and complete work, is a testament to her skill and vision.” (Adrian Elmer, Cyclic Defrost, Australia)

“A voice poisonous and addictive...'The Rain and the Sea' which opens the album has its share of expected sharp guitars, drums controlled inspired punk… “Dogs and Wolves” brings us back down to earth , or rather, we are nailed on the spot. The atmosphere is the string typed, scraped, distorted, twisted, pinched and dammit, THIS VOICE!…We must wait until the third title “Bittersweet” to succumb to the beautiful soft bites…Nude, we are helpless before such a controlled riot…In 10 years, she produced four albums and released a DVD, called to become cult as it seems that everything this artist touches turns to gold. What emerges is a sensation that continues to escpae being on familiar ground, well marked and at the same time to cross the world for someone extraordinary in every sense of the word. A real discovery.” (Ukhan Kizmiaz, Core and Co, France)

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released December 22, 2011

Guillaume Magne- guitar
Theo Girard- double bass
Jean-Philippe Feiss
Seb Brun- drums
Olivier Gascoin- recording and mixing

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Inga Liljeström London, UK

I am an Australian/Finnish composer, vocalist and performer. I've also begun to experiment with film, collage, music for installations and an iPhone app, and have recently collaborated with universities in Australia and Finland in music and performance art.

Currently based in the UK.

Banner photography by Sarah Delaney. Profile image painted by Esmeralda Raven Aponte
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Track Name: The Rain and The Sea
Somewhere between the rain and the sea
That's where i last saw thee
With limping bone and breathing heavy
And carrying stones in your pockets like jewels and finery
They told me my love, my love, you belong to me

Somewhere between the rain and sea
I will come and find thee
And through your tangled hair of starfish and weeds
I'll run my fingers my love, do you belong to me

Speak to me of rain and seas
For that is where I know to find thee
With our hearts in our mouths too dry to bleed
My love, my love, can we go back to the rain and the sea

Oh it's true, it's true
I tried to own thee
I tried to hold you tight inside of me
Oh, with fists, clenched
And teeth gritted hard
I gave you over
To the rain and the sea
To the rain and the sea

Oh my love be gentle with me
For I know now love
Of the wild sea
You're like me
You belong to the song
To the song of the rain and the sea

So with a mast and a boat
To carry us home
Our lives
Our loves
Our burdens and bones
We will sink, we will sink
With our stoney hearts
And rust away
Like old tin parts

Oh the rain and the sea
If only, if only I could belong
But we are not strong
We are one
With the rain and the sea
Track Name: Dogs and Wolves
Here I am
My own crowded room
Memories and signs
Of having loved you
Slowly fades this girl from view
Darker than the darkest dark
Is how she loved you

We were lost in this world
Only the sound of your song
Could bring me back home

Oh lead me on
With your pipe and your song
I have dogs running inside of me
I have wolves at my door

I belong to the man
Who belongs to the night
He said
He'll be riding late
In the milkwood light

I have dogs running inside of me
I have wolves at my door
I have dogs running inside of me
I have wolves at my door
I have wolves at my door
Track Name: Bittersweet
Oh my heart is a bird
And its stirred by you
Never one to lose heart
My bittersweet tune

Harpooned my heart
You have
Without knowing
I was caught
Caught red handed
Come to me in the silence of snow
And I will fall at your feet

Sailor
(Sir tom, I think I got it now)
Sailor
(Sir tom, I think I got it now)

I think I was caught on your sleeve sir
I think I was caught
I think I was caught out

In the marrow of the morrow
Will I be the song you'll sing
A whistling, whistling
Every sailor has his tune
And oh God, God
I'm a fallen women for you

Sailor
(Sir tom, I think I got it)
Sailor
(Sir tom, I think I got it)

I think I was caught on your sleeve sir
I think I was caught
I think I was caught out...
Track Name: Drowning Song
Hold me down here
Underwater
Hold me down here
I breath more freely here
Underwater
I breath more freely here

This ship is casting an anchor he said
Her waters are safer, calmer

This ship is casting
An anchor he said
Her waters are safer, calmer

I thought we both we
Hooked
Line and sinking
Hooked line and sinking
And sinking
Track Name: Mascara Black
Mascara back
This love for you
Painting her eyelashes
This love for you
In the review mirror
Her love is true
Going nowhere and far
Just take me with you

I've religion
Jesus hold me tighter
In your sacred arms
In your destined palms
Mary magdalene
Do i give him everything
Do i give up my boots
Bad and brazen

Oh love, the birds are singing
And what will we do with our love

Oh this love has been so sweet
Honey fed to birds and knees are weak
Make the grown men cry we do
And my heart that was cut out
Cut out for you

Beatrice Dalle
You can turn me on
You marry a jailbird
And you whistle his song
Throw your caution to a flock of winds
And they carry you home
Sweet lady sin

(if you love him
You must leave him
This is what she said to me
For his heart
It is burdened
And he belongs to god
And not thee)
Track Name: Thieving Ways
You're the thief aren't you
Stolen me with love
Mouth so warm
All the birds have flown
His heart
The quickening of breath
His heart beat so loud
Do you hear it too
Act as if you're asleep
The beating of pleasure
Goes straight to my head
Body is wet
Blushes
His heart
The quickening of breath
His heart beat so loud
Do you hear it too
Track Name: Wishing Bone Hands
Under the misletoe
Cuckoo shrieks
And woodswallow
I'll make my fire with you
Going to my fire with you

Under the curious gaze
Of a moon in a headlight haze
The towns people are disgraced
As you make a lover
Of me you do
Make a lover

Oh how beautifully tied to you I am
Oh your fire
And your wishing bone hands

Under his black beard I'm sleeping
His heart is a gambler
And me i'm a weeping willow
With my limbs so long
And i carry his heart in my song

Under a roof top steepled
A whittled girl meets her wooden maker
Oh carve a heart out of me sir
With his name writ in me
I am stirred

Oh how beautifully tied to you I am
Oh your fire
And your wishing bone hands
Track Name: Bloodstain (rock version)
This is all I've known
This is all that is
How could you love me
With words like that

It's the kill
It's the bloodstain
It's the kill
It's the bloodstain

Words with no mouth
And you touch with no meaning
With sure footedness
I'll crack the heart of him
Beautifully human
I'm crying out for him now
Crying out for him now
Crying out
I'd lost all meaning
I'm crying out for him now
I'm crying out for him now

It's the kill
It's the bloodstain
It's the kill
It's the bloodstain
It's the way he says my name
Over and over and over again

It's the kill, it's the kill
It's the bloodstain, it's the bloodstain
It's the way she says my name
Over and over and over again

It's the kill, it's the kill
It's the bloodstain, it's the bloodstain
It's the way she says my name
Over and over and over and over and over and over
Over and over, over and over, over, over, over again
Track Name: Lovers Gun
The lovers gun
When it shines
Oh when it shines

With a pistol and a jesus shrine
She blew her brain
And lost her mind

The lovers gun
When it shines
Oh when it shines

And the butterflies came out alive
And the butterflies
Shortly after died

Oh when it shines
Track Name: Rama
His years though not many
Sit lonely and heavy
But he sweeps the church sweetly
His yearning unnoticed
And dreams of a beach
That does not need sweeping
The waves will not judge him
The birds will embrace him

Where once again softly
In timeless love sweetly
Upon the waves lapping
Jesus is walking
Great oceans to wash away
Sins long forgotten
Sky full of forgiveness
Lord of the birds

Rama goes back to the birds

The church floor is dusty
And full of grey silence
But out on the water
Where sea birds are wheeling
Jesus is walking
And he holds out his arms
A whispered farewell
In life never ending

Rama goes back to the birds
Track Name: Wildest Horse
I rode my wildest horse
It knew the way home
And the storms and my weathered soul
And on his strong backbone
I let him feel the weight of me
I let him feel the weight of me

For it's true what they say about love
It's a bird out of hand and my heart is full of dove

And I was warned of your loving ways
I was warned and i did stray
With your hair as black as jesus
And your words become my scriptures

He said "you will lose yourself tonight
And in my arms you will find your flight"
For it's true what they saw about love
It's a bird out of hand and my heart is full of dove

So I rode my wildest horse
It knew the way home
And the storms and my weathered soul
And on his strong backbone
I let him feel the weight of me
I let him feel the weight of me