Colouratura

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about

Abstract ambient, beautiful pop tunes, lo-fi schizophrenia, Ennio Morricone in space, Prog rock, folk, punk, Gregorian chant, electronic, circus romps. Heart.

"Colouratura started back sometime in early 2016, more or less over summer break when Nathan James and I tracked a couple of tunes together. What's occurred in the intervening months is an album cobbled together of every genre we could throw at it ...

This thing covers a WHOLE lot of ground. Abstract ambient, BEAUTIFUL pop tunes, Ennio Morricone in space, Prog rock, folk, punk, Gregorian chant, electronic, circus ... its all here and Nathan owns it.

The whole thing plays through like a single track and flows effortlessly from style to style, and explores an incredible range of dynamics. Colouratura is an 'event' album. A 50 minute journey into the heart and mind of one of the most creative individuals I know.

In addition to Nathan (who sings and plays guitar, bass and keys on the album), the guest list is pretty incredible. Dave Newhouse of the Muffins guests on a track, along with Damon Waitkus (Jack o' the Clock) and Connor Reilly (Mercury Tree, The Proletarians). Drummer Brandon Collins, guitarist Ryan Smurthwaite and vocalist Evyenia Karapolous also make immeasurable contributions to this sonic stew. We couldn't have done it without you.

This is the album we made when we weren't looking. When we needed to blow off some steam from life or school, when the other projects got to be a bit too much to handle. This is the album that was a labor of love. And it shows.

We are proud to present Colouratura."

- Ian Beabout, producer

credits

released June 16, 2017

Colouratura

All songs written by Nathan James
Produced by Ian Beabout and Nathan James
Cover design by Megan Bumgardner
Interior Design by Eric Kearns

Featuring the performances of:

Nathan James - voice, piano, bass, guitar, keyboard, percussion, ARP 2600
Ryan Smurthwaite - guitar
Brandon Collins - drums, cajon, guitar, whistle
Dave Newhouse - woodwinds
Connor Reilly - drums
Evyenia Karapolous - voice
Damon Waitkus - guitar, slide guitar
Ian Beabout - flute, treatments, narration, dragon breaths

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Special thanks to Insomnia. Also to Ryan Smurthwaite and Brandon Collins (The Last Minute Band!), Damon Waitkus, Evyenia Karapolous, Corey Knollinger, Brenda Williams, Alan Lestini, Dr Matthew Harder and the West Liberty University recording studio, Megan Bumgardner and Eric Kearns for the amazing design, Professor Moon Kang, DK Carroll, Nick Prol, Dave Newhouse, Ben Spees and Connor Reilly.

Extra special thanks to our Gofundme backers for making that which you hold in your very hands a genuine article. Dave Newhouse, Steve Albers, Mark Clark, John White, Michael Dawson, Ian Carss, Raffaella Berry, Carlos Plaza Vegas, Walt Mattes, Ann Beabout, Tammy Smurthwaite, Matthew Hesse, Dan Burke, Matt Campolmi, Jed Levin, and Lorne Murphy.

This album is a labor of love between two pals who discovered a mutual affection for strange, peculiar and beautiful music.
This is a dynamic tale, as well as a musical and lyrical one.
Please adjust your volume knob accordingly.

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Track Name: Questions?
Why should it be -
any different for you and me?
And what are your plans,
and who's there to hold your hand?
And how can you see what the future holds for me?
And where is the girl, that I've seen so many times before?

Chorus -
And why should I cry for you?
And who can you blame, but you?
I'm searching all over town,
and I can't find you around.
You're no where I can see,
although you're standing right in front of me.

And what can you mean, that you're through with me?
and how you say all these years have meant nothing?
And why have you come, and left without a trace?
And where have you been,
I've looked all over the place ...

Chorus
Track Name: Sea Shanty
Far,
far away from shore
I found a love
older than time.
A love between a man and the sea.

Far,
far away from shore
a man
is truly free,
To find what he has always wanted to be.

Chorus
For what is a man, if he's not really free?
And what is human without dreams and destiny?
Find yourself there,
don't be afraid.
The wind and the waves are your home.

There,
there beyond the storm
lies the end,
the end of the line
for you,
and your men -
in the deep.

There,
past the pounding tides
is the end
of the world's desires,
and there
you can truly
start anew.

Chorus

Far,
far away from shore
I found a love
older than time.
A love,
between a man
and the sea.


Far,
far away from shore -
a man
is truly free,
to find
his dreams
and his destiny.
Track Name: Colouratura
I've seen that look before
The way you tilt your head
And all the years that I've been here
I've seen it less and less
Now the hurting in your eyes
Betrays a deeper pain
And I'm not sure about tonight
Will I ever see you again?

Chorus

Co-lou-ra-tura
Co-lou-ra-tu-ra
Co-lou-ra-tura
Here's Loving you

The changes in your loving me
Happen all the time
And when at night I'm lonely
You're always on my mind
And when the words don't come out right
And end up hurting flame
As you run out the front door
Will things ever be the same?

Chorus

I know that when things are wrong
I can't make them right
And we're sleeping in separate places
For the first time tonight
But even through the madness
I'm still here for you
To say ---

Chorus
Track Name: Jekyll.Hyde
Maybe things would be different
between us if you were a little looser,
around the edges, and -
I'm not sure when you changed,
but now things are different,
different and frightening, and
I'm not sure about the way you,
turned the corner.

What's the point in trying?
When all I get is dissonance, and
nothing from anyone anymore,
it's just a black hole ....
Track Name: Until You Slip Away
Hold your hand,
As you slip away.

I can't just walk away,
I can't just walk away.
So I'll stay here and hold your hand,
until you slip away.
Track Name: Hymn
Over the hills, you see a faint glow -
the fires of forty thousand men.
Men who know that in their hands,
lie the fate of their children and kin.

Chorus
And where do you draw the line between passion and your soul?
And if you don't fear the end,
what's the point of fighting at all?

Morning comes, the lines are drawn,
and those men prepare to die.
And the thoughts of those they love,
weight heavy on their hearts and minds.

Chorus
Track Name: Questions
Why should it be -
any different for you and me?
And what are your plans,
and who's there to hold your hand?
And how can you see what the future holds for me?
And where is the girl, that I've seen so many times before?

Chorus -
And why should I cry for you?
And who can you blame, but you?
I'm searching all over town,
and I can't find you around.
You're no where I can see,
although you're standing right in front of me.

And what can you mean, that you're through with me?
and how you say all these years have meant nothing?
And why have you come, and left without a trace?
And where have you been,
I've looked all over the place ...

Chorus