For The Winter (2014)

by Brenda Xu

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    The five years since Brenda Xu released her debut full-length album "A Little Illusion" have been filled with considerable change, all of which is apparent in her new record "For The Winter". After receiving numerous accolades for the debut, including a nomination for "Best Acoustic Artist" in the San Diego Music Awards, Brenda relocated to Seattle and took an indefinite hiatus from music, focusing on navigating her way through a new city and finding her place in the Seattle music scene.

    Slowly, the pieces fell into place: she became friends with Seattle-based producer Don Farwell and began forming a band to support her new songs. The years between Xu's debut and her newest release, "For The Winter", are immediately apparent. Not only has her ability as a lyricist grown far beyond her years, but sonically, the album is a noted departure from her past singer-songwriter career, and instead treads the delicate line between washed-out ambient tones and carefully crafted acoustic arrangements.

    "For The Winter" will transport any listener through a range of seasons and emotions, while reminding us that for every season's waxings and wanings, they all share one commonality: that they will eventually come again. Summer will continue to be followed by autumn, and winter by spring. As for Brenda Xu, she's leaving an unusually long winter behind and turning the leaf into her second spring.

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released September 18, 2014

all songs written by Brenda Xu
produced by: Don Farwell & Brenda Xu
recorded at Earwig Studio in Seattle, WA
mastered by Levi Seitz @ Blackbelt Mastering

vocals, acoustic guitar, piano: Brenda Xu
drums, percussion: Ben Kent
acoustic guitar & backing vocals: Kacy Sommers
bass: Clint Hoyler
piano, glockenspiel, backing vocals: Lauren Oglesby
trumpet, flugelhorn: Tyler Nugent
viola, violin: Andrew Van Kempen
cello: Clark Battle
pedal steel: Lucas Lincoln

cover artwork by Elizabeth Woody "Ice Lake"
right panel photo by Elle Hanley
left panel photo by Brenda Xu (forest photo)

cello & pedal steel arrangements by Don Farwell & Brenda Xu
flugelhorn arrangement on "We Die From It" by Stephen Hebert & Brenda Xu

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© Brenda Xu 2014

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Ambient/folk artist with sounds reminiscent of Cat Power, Daughter, and Aimee Mann.

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Track Name: Summer Song
when summer brings you back
I'd like to see you
when the tides change
in our favor

I nearly drowned you in the corners of my brain
I tried to lead you to the outskirts
I locked you in me in the shadows of myself
I tried to wish you away

oh let you bring you back
oh let it please be so
so let me see you now
so let the season change

I'd like to carry you down
I'd like to carry you down with me
I'd like to carry you down
I'd like to carry you down with me
Track Name: Light Of The Moon
mother can you tell me so
days when I once knew
I've been away for so long
can't seem to remember you

sometimes when I look at the sky
I see your face in it
remember the things you told me
said 'hush dear..'

I've been away for so long baby

when I was a child you told me
remember when the skies were falling outside, outside
driving through the valley
couldn't make my way away again

I've been away for so long baby

see you in the dark
see you in the forest

I flash down, the water shining

CHORUS
I'll meet you in the night
I'll meet you in the dark
I'll meet you by the light
by the light of the moon, by the light of the moon

I take my time to forget you so that I won't be lonely

CHORUS
I'll meet you in the night
I'll meet you in the dark
I'll met you in the forest, in the fog, oh in the light
I'll meet you in the night
I'll meet you in the dark
I'll meet you by the light of the moon

see you in the dark
see you in the forest

CHORUS
Track Name: Trumpet Song
baby
come around
I've
got the mess
you want
I realize
I know by now
come on
figure it out

oh you see
where all my secrets lay
and I can take you in boy
I thought I knew already
what was best for me
now I remember you..

your touch
your kiss
the nape of your neck
the scent of your hair
the soft of your hands
the ring of your voice
in my ears..

I can remember it
like yesterday
and I remember you..
here in my dream
what did the signs say, what did the signs say
are we too late to pack
the knives away?
here goes the magic
here goes the magic
here goes the magic
trumpet part
I can remember you
I can remember you
I can remember you, my dear
Track Name: Cold In Virginia
it's just the way he leads you
following down the path
carried a chore that leads him
got a ways to go
although it's cold in Virginia
carry your scars near me
and these days when it rains I remember
when you were so innocent back then

you let them do those things to you
forgot what it was you chose
well you're mature for your age
and you should know
you carried me down

Chorus
oh when cotton is cut
drove by near me
gave me forever
these days it seems like we both
run around in circles and we
pass by the neighbors...

Chorus

It's just the way he leads you
following down the path
Track Name: For The Winter
I just need to get it right
give it up
let it be
let you go on

I just need to try to leave
don't be so
easily swayed
by you

but I want to love you oh the right way

I just need to let you go
let it be
let it leave
something I can't manage

I don't wanna be afraid
be alone, be deceived
I don't wanna hurt you

I don't wanna repeat things I did wrong
before
we met

but I want to love you oh the right way

won't you stay
for the winter, for the winter

I don't wanna give you up while you're still breathing for me


won't you stay, won't you stay, won't you stay
for the winter
Track Name: We Die From It
this station wait to call me down
it's getting late for the rounds
so no one can fix what you are thinking
so no one can fix what you believe

oh what if I am this way all my days
oh what if I am this way all of my days

oh mother it's getting a little scary
oh mother it's getting late

oh what is heart
oh I die from it
I die from it
we die from it
we die from it

we die from it
Track Name: But A Girl
when I met you I was but a girl
writing all her golden tales in the hills
oh you had loved me a long time ago
and all I had was this heart to fill

I was 17 when the weeds were high
fallen leaves that stole my heart from the skies
fall became winter and then it was gone
and soon I lost sight of you

and I changed in my heart
years passed by before it was known
slow like the leaves in the fall
I didn't notice that I changed at all

Chorus
it's been alright, and I am doing fine
all this winter I can't breathe now

told in my ear I could be yours
as you said it I believed
that it was me who you would keep
and all I saw was a boy

Chorus