Overflow (2017)

by Brenda Xu

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1.
01:01
All this overflow
2.
03:03
Down came The rainfall Slow burning sign of truth Downfall It is dark here Hey Fossilized in day It’s the dark that stays inside
3.
04:12
Stop turn, don’t move forward, stay right there, don’t you see it’s all gone Honey, it’s all gone To the grave It was our world before and I don’t wanna leave it What a lovely storm We got 1-2-3-4 don’t look forward, don’t look back it’s all the same Honey, it’s all the same To me I was 22 when I met you on a Tuesday in July And hit the line Stand back, don’t move forward, stay the course, stay the course, I said Such a lovely escape for, oh escape 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 Tiny spaces they find me
4.
I can visit you whenever I want to I can call you up through the seams that you left open Time to move on out, past the cracks that we made together Past the robbers & fires Past the grand designs we made Oh look, it’s starting Oh look, it’s gay I can call on you, to tell me what’s right & what isn’t anymore I fix my gaze on it Past the wreckage of daily living If I’m moving If I’m moving from the past, I can call on you Call you up to lose
5.
Say Give me the function Light my way down to this grave Say Give me the function Let me get you out into my maze There were many times when I did wrong I tried to drink from the proof I tried to drink oh from the proof What can you do but keep going I keep ahold of you I carry you on my back like A real sick man A real sick man What can you do but keep going Til’ I am done with you When I am done with you
6.
06:30
Sometimes the weather changes everything Sometimes I think of you Flying Flying When you go out in the story weather, will you think of me? High above heavy clouds, will you think of me? And I have to ask you Simple questions Have you been where The sun is setting Have you been where The lightning goes off And have you been the one that doesn’t shine, have you been there? Have you been the season that just won’t change Have you been the love - won & lost Have you been the one that doesn’t light up, have you been there?
7.
04:33
In the quiet sun, hears a mind In the solitude, he finds a lie Make it through another day Let in the light See the sunlight on the porches Setting just for us Here in place of falling Here in place, I.. Oh, ash and dark on Sunset boulevard, I leave you I leave you I leave you Oh I want the same things Knowing the heavenly days I don’t want to pass These ancient times

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Overflow is Brenda Xu's newest album and builds on the unique sonic landscape that she created on her last album with more complex song structures and musical arrangements.

“The thread that runs through all the songs is an overflow of emotion that we feel from daily life — from the drudgery of simple routines to the more intense moments that challenge our willpower and sanity,” said Xu. “It gets to be too much sometimes and we need a release. But along with longing and desperation, there is also a strength and power which resonates through these intense emotions. I hope that the album takes the listener on an emotional journey, with many glimpses of hope along the way."

Xu, whose last album was described as “beautiful music that can calm the most savage beast” (Frontloader), has been building a steady following since her arrival on the Seattle music scene a few years ago. The momentum she created with the release of her last album, “For the Winter," in 2014 has led to two successful western U.S. tours and a feature in the MTV show “Awkward.” Her new album, "Overflow" was just added to KEXP's rotation, and has been receiving airplay in countries all over the world. Compared to artists such as Daughter, Cat Power, and Aimee Mann, her sound has been described as “treading the delicate line between washed-out ambient tones and carefully crafted acoustic arrangements.”

credits

released March 7, 2017

vocals, acoustic guitar: Brenda Xu
drums: Ben Kent
bass, electric & acoustic guitar: Timothy Van Buren
violin: Yun-En Liu
viola: Andrew Van Kempen
cello: Colin Isler
trombone: Don Farwell

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

cover artwork by Jacquie Gouvea

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Brenda Xu Seattle, Washington

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

For licensing or booking inquiries please contact: brendaxubooking@gmail.com

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