Two Dangers

by Inga Liljeström

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about

These recordings began on lazy sunday afternoons in windblown weatherboard homes in the Blue Mountains in Australia.

4 stars- "The much- travelled Inga Liljestrom can do, and has done, pretty much anything, from art-rock to dance. Still, an album of sometimes bare folk was probably not why anyone was expecting, though there’s no surprise to find she’s doing it so well. Opening with the traditional ‘Katie Cruel’ (sounding very much the modern Karen Dalton) and nearly ending with Cat Steven’s ‘Trouble’ (sounding much earthier and compelling than the old Cat) might suggest familiar travels, but that’s not how Liljestrom works. Her own songs dominate, with tracks such as ‘Wishing Bone'(‘A whittled girl meets her wooden maker/ Carve a heart out of me sir”) and ‘Bloodstain'(“It’s the kill it’s the bloodstain/ it’s the way he says my name”) early on putting a level of discomfit underneath violin or banjo. And the almost buoyant ‘Bird’, the uneasy string-enhanced ‘Crestfallen’ and the beautifully interior ‘Some Say (I Got Devil) hold you intently." (Bernard Zuel Sydney Morning Herald. Australia.)

"...positively drips with goosebump-y atmosphere. While Liljestrom’s remarkable vocals represent a compelling centrepiece on their own, it’s the depth of interplay with the instrumental arrangements that heightens the levels of tension on a yearning cover of traditional folk song ‘Katie Cruel’. Elsewhere ‘Wooden Leg’ sees swooping violins adding a chill-inducing European cinematic edge to Liljestrom’s obsessive-sounding chanteuse vocal. Elsewhere, the duet between Liljestrom’s vocals and Mikelangelo’s ghostly backing harmonies on ‘Take Hold Of My Heart’ offers up a delicate lullaby complete with feathery guitars that carries a darker undercurrent that feels almost like something out of a David Lynch film. It’s not hard to see why The Church describe Liljestrom as one of Australia’s best kept secrets and this could easily be her best album yet." (bmamag, Australia).

"Her voice visit genres with a great virtuosity and probably benefits from the many visited countries. There is true freedom within the titles of this young woman. It does not scatter. She knows what she wants. This is not her first attempt. She composed music for films and released five albums already. She is not a beginner. Compared to Calamity Jane for her previous album, Inga is frank and fearless. She easily juggles genres. She is comfortable with folk, musical confidence as manly enough rock but decent rock. Inga demonstrated a well quenched character. It’s a real danger to smooth it. She avoids that with a passion extending to every moment. Inga is a sacred character to discover!" (etatcritique.com, France)

"Inga Liljeström unveils an album tinged with a poignant and fascinating sensitivity. This woman is precious…enjoy her tales with sensitivity and attention...a mix of folk to blues, with lavish 50’s bewitchery. Emotions sometimes overwhelm us, with the fascination and melancholy felt listening to this wonderful storyteller. It tears us, this famous tremor in her voice like butterflies that travel furiously in our guts, as does the delicate vocals pierce us. The stories told by Inga are beautifully poignant, it’s even with some regret, that I share it with you. This woman is like a treasure we want to keep forever for ourselves." (Lilie Del Sol, Indierockmag, France)

credits

released June 2, 2014

All tracks written by Inga liljestom except tracks 1 and 12- traditional; track 8 by Mikelangelo; track 9 by Melanie Safka; and track 13 by Cat Stevens.
Musicians-
Rens Van der Zalm- baritone guitar, guitar and mandolin on tracks 1, 7, 12, and tenor accordion on track 7, 13.
Lenny Marks- slide guitar on tracks 1, 12, E bow on track 13.
Michael Bridges- violin and saw on tracks 7, 13.
Veronique Serret- voisin and string arrangements on tracks 5, 10, 14.
Lloyd Swanton- double bass on track 7, 10.
Sloth (Adam Burrell) - trumpet and own arrangements on tracks 5, 10.
Liberty Kerr- improvised cello on track 5.
Stu Hunter- piano on track 10.
Jean-Philippe Feiss- cello on track 2.
Guillaume Magne- guitar, banjo, shaker, hand claps, backing vocals on tracks 2, 3, 6, 11, and string arrangement on track 2.
Julien Ome- mandolin, banjo, backing vocals on tracks 2, 3, 6, 11.
Melissa Cox- violin and backing vocals on tracks 2, 3, 6, 11.
Marion Grandjean- percussion on track 3.
Mikelangelo- vocals and guitar on track 8.
Michael Lira- all instruments and arrangements on track 4; clarinet, bass clarinet, double bass on track 6; piano, clarinet, bass clarinet, guitars, percussion on track 14.
Inga Liljestrom- vocals on all tracks; nylon string guitar on tracks 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 13.


1, 5, 7, 9, 12, 13 Recorded live and mixed by John Kelly in various lounge rooms in Australia. 2, 6, 11 Recorded and mixed in a school by Olivier Gascoin. 3 Recorded and mixed in a lounge room by Jonathan Reig. 4 recorded in lounge rooms by Inga Liljestrom and Michael Lira. Mastered by Bob Scott and Jonathan Reig.

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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: Wishing Bone Hands
Under the mistletoe
Cuckoo shrieks and woodswallow
I'll make my fire with you
I'm gonna make my fire with you

Under the curious gaze
Of a moon in a headlight haze
Towns people are disgraced
As you make a lover of me you do
You make a lover

Oh, how beautifully tied
To you I am
Oh your fire
Your wishing bone hands

Oh, how beautifully tied
To you I am
Oh your fire
Your wishing bone hands
Your wishing bone hands

Under his dark 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 this roof top steepled
A whittled girl meets her wooden maker
Carve a heart out of me sir
With your name writ in me
I am stirred, I am stirred

Oh, how beautifully tied
To you I am
Oh your fire
Your wishing bone hands

Oh, how beautifully tied
To you I am
Oh your fire
Your wishing bone hands
Oh your fire
Your wishing bone hands

Oh your fire
Your wishing bone hands
Oh your fire
Your wishing bone hands
Track Name: Bloodstain (banjo version)
This is all I've known
And this is all that is
And how could you love me
Oh, with words like that

It's the kill, it's the bloodstain
It's the kill, it's the bloodstain
Copy paste is dangerous for the world
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

I thought I'd lost all meaning
I'm crying out for him now
I'm crying out

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 bloodstain
It's the kill
It's the bloodstain
It's the way he says my name
Over and over and over again
Track Name: Leaves
Leaves that have known
The pressure of your feet
Your weight and your women
Your laughter my sweet

Leaves that have blown
Across your beautiful face
And undressed you like winter
And you, you full of grace
Copy paste is dangerous for the world
When you and I are finally no one
The weight from our hallowed bones
We will run, we will run
When you and I are finally no- one
The weight from our hallowed bones
We will run, we will run

Darling, I remember
You in your sunday best
Your old car yard
Our rusted hearts
Tin cans blowing a din

In the tatters of my autumn dress
How in your arms i was blessed
In a song that only knew us
Only knew the notes of us
Track Name: Bird
My dad he fell in love with a bird
My dad he fell in love with a bird
Sweetest words I ever heard
Sweetest words I ever heard

Fed her from the palm of his hand
Fed her from the palm of his hand

And this was his first love
This was his true love

One morning, one morning
She did come calling
Of death she had heard
Through the night

One morning, one morning
She did come calling
Of death she had heard
Through the darkest night

So she did cover him
With fern and braken
And lay atop of him
With her black beating wing

This murder of crows
They come from below
And gather your bones
And carry you home

This murder of crows
They come from below
And gather your bones
And carry you home

My dad he told this story to me
My dad he told this story to me
My dad he told this story to me
Oh, with eyes black as coal
You look just like she

Oh, with eyes black as coal
You look just like she
Oh, with eyes black as coal
You look just like she
Track Name: Two Dangers
Strange lights
In the trees that night
Come out
Anaraks and holding hands tight

We escape for a while
Don't know where you've been
Don't know where you've been
Don't know who you've been seeing

Between two dangers
Of finding love
And losing love

It was in your steps
Your movements
Your courage

Mouths never spoken
Such sweet sorrow
Such sweet sadness

Between two dangers
Of finding love
And losing love

It breaks our bones
It breaks us open
With clothes unstitched
Our hearts in bits

Between two dangers
Of finding love
And losing love

Oh between
Finding love
And losing love

Oh between
Finding love
And losing love
Track Name: Crestfallen
In rabbit skin
In an old rusty tin
I'll hide it from him
I'll hide it from him

I beg with the gods
You'll be heavy on me
Heavy on my bones
And hard to breathe

The wind she blew
A spell in our room
A storm in us, we turn to lust
We snagged a deer with an arrow
And cried salty tears for the morrow
The morrow

We move like horses do in the dawn
With black mane and sunlight in your eyelashes form
A shadow for me to lie and be your faun

A pelt of fur
And your fingers worn
And your words cut through
This earthly form

And all I held back you robbed me of
Thieving ways unknown to love

The salt on your brow
I'll never forget
The taste of it
The taste of it

What's life after all
And yes, you will fall
Yes, you will fall
The crestfallen
The crestfallen

We move like horses do in the dawn
With black mane and sunlight in your eyelashes form
A shadow for me to lie and be your faun

We move like horses do in the dawn
With black mane and sunlight in your eyelashes form
A shadow for me to lie and be your faun
Track Name: Warfaring Ways
I met my love down by the sea
On a bridge he found me
His heart was full of arrows
Rib cage full of sparrows

All my war wounds he did bind
I was drunk on holy wine
Joan of arc heart shining clear
Dressed in armour as battles near

Me and my warfaring ways
Are nearly over
Me and my warfaring ways
Are nearly over

I am gonna run
With you
And I am gonna run
With you
I am gonna take this wounded heart
And run with you

Oh my love where have you been
Fighting battles never win
I'm a soldier for your love
I heard the call from god above

Me and my warfaring ways
Are nearly over
Me and my warfaring ways
Are nearly over

I am gonna run
With you
And I am gonna run
With you
I am gonna take this wounded heart
And run with you

I surrender with a white flag
I surrender with a white flag
I surrender with a white flag
I surrender with a white flag
Track Name: Wooden Leg
From the boat
Wooden and oared
Wooden leg
Anchor of stone
Light us a fire
We burn once again
Your pipe I smoke
You warm me again my friend

We've been afloat
On this girl for days
We crash on her rocks
Violent and grazed

This can't go on
This can't last
With our hearts of stone
And our paper mast
We just go down, down, down...

From the boat
Wooden and oared
Foam in your mouth
Starfish afloat
The sinking sound
Cracks in my throat
We go down
We just go down

This can't last
This won't last
With our hearts of stone
And our paper mast

I will love
I will love again
I will love
I will love again
Not the same girl I was before
Track Name: Crestfallen (Lira version)
In rabbit skin
In an old rusty tin
I'll hide it from him
I'll hide it from him

I beg with the gods
You'll be heavy on me
Heavy on my bones
And hard to breathe

The wind she blew
A spell in our room
A storm in us, we turn to lust
We snagged a deer with an arrow
And cried salty tears for the morrow
The morrow

We move like horses do in the dawn
With black mane and sunlight in your eyelashes form
A shadow for me to lie and be your faun

A pelt of fur
And your fingers worn
And your words cut through
This earthly form

And all I held back you robbed me of
Thieving ways unknown to love

The salt on your brow
I'll never forget
The taste of it
The taste of it

What's life after all
And yes, you will fall
Yes, you will fall
The crestfallen
The crestfallen

We move like horses do in the dawn
With black mane and sunlight in your eyelashes form
A shadow for me to lie and be your faun

We move like horses do in the dawn
With black mane and sunlight in your eyelashes form
A shadow for me to lie and be your faun