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Some Move Closer, Some Move On (2010)

by Gianna Lauren

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Written and recorded following a spontaneous move from Ottawa, Ontario, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Some Move Closer, Some Move On deals with themes of adaptation, longing, and displacement.

Sonically, Lauren and co-producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, In-Flight Safety) guide the listener through a range of sounds and musical touchstones. Throughout, Lauren's characteristic melodies share space with layers of warm instrumentation. Ambient pop-rock keeps company with softer, more poignant material. From the depths of the capacious "Standstill" to the stripped-down "Night Times" every song is a likeable surprise. And somehow, an a cappella hymn recorded in an abandoned warehouse blends seamlessly into the gypsy-jazz track that concludes the album.

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released October 12, 2010

all songs written by Gianna Lauren
produced, recorded and mixed by Daniel Ledwell
mastered by J.Lapointe

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Track Name: Be Nice
BE NICE • Something is happening, I know • These turns are sharpening, I know • So unremarkable, I know • You talk statistical, I know
Track Name: Become What You Can't Be
BECOME WHAT YOU CAN’T BE • Let’s give up yondering, let’s give up our clothes • Your scent remains, was I too late? Will I ever look at my own city the same? • Thank you for the insight • Fueling a compromise • Presenting opposite sides • You have something for me, could be identity • Let’s make the possibility • My head is so far from what I can see • I live and breathe where and what I can’t be • Who finds the time to feel in this ripped up translation, versions of reality? • Let’s make the possibility • The delegators lost their insulators • I live and breathe where and what I can’t be
Track Name: We Were Displaced
WE WERE DISPLACED • Nineteen months later I return to a place from which I feel so displaced • I commence to argue a little piece of rescue • I’ve changed much • This problem remains as such • My history collides • I’m reminded of the since when, the has been, the where have you been • Forgive my discontent • this programmed displacement • I wanna hear your statement • An excuse for a life in this population • Doubting reputation • Hey you, I’m wondering where you have been • Any news? Of any kind? To blow my mind? • Forgive my discontent • this programmed displacement • I wanna hear your statement • Is this the buildup? Are we tangled? • I’ve been witnessing many unlucky hands since then
Track Name: Cardigan
I cross the street when the lights go on • I don’t go to sleep until the time has come • I help the old folks on the slippery ice • I try to eat right, take out the garbage at night • Some things can’t be prevented even with all your good intentions • I believe in a guardian that came to rescue my cardigan when the flames attacked from the candlestack • What do you mean by good citizen? • It’s enough work to be a good person • I’m no stranger to harm’s way but I’m grateful for your help that day, putting out the flames • I believe in a guardian that came to rescue my cardigan when the flames attacked from the candlelight
Track Name: Standstill
I’m at a loss for words but not determination • I’ve got a plan and spirit, and sense of direction • When you are finished fighting with yourself notice we have reached a tie • Two for two • The cards we dealt are waiting for our next move • What we must do might not be what follows through, but I’m guilty of falling through • Changing the calendar to the month that triggers shivers • On that long dark road through all the foggy blizzards • Imagining you to be impatiently longing for me • What we must do might not be what follows through, but I’m guilty of envying our memory • digging deep to revive the feeling • You aren’t helping by fucking around with your living
Track Name: June
When it rains it pours and my sponge of a heart creates a flood to collect in a well of wanting more • Not to forget but to take it a drop at a time and drench in the dreams that will always be mine • How we satisfy this drought imposed on our daily getting by is beyond my control • Unwilling depart from a wealth of love with a soaking heart • An eternal part of another’s heart
Track Name: Le Vent Marin (Hovercraft)
Hovercraft is chasing after strong gusts of windy thrusts • No preventing air from coming, in will blow through the window • Fill the gaps let’s overlap with thick cardboard, tape galore • Maybe we will stop the chill • Inside feels like outside • Tunneling, blowing, picking up the pieces of my heart • Glad I’m not high in the sky, safe and sound on solid ground • But this shelter can’t brave the weather • The walls are weak, the seams leak • Until now I knew how to keep the heat within my feet • How many socks can go on top of one another, make me warm • Give me back just a fraction of temperature, it’s the warmth my heart beats for • Tunneling, blowing, picking up the pieces of my heart
Track Name: Stowaway
Stowaway my heart • Keeping it real • Sirens blow • Slingshot burning the peaks of the outreach • Won’t you make up what your mind says so? • One might follow suit to your status quo • You might like to take the reigns and control • Showing chemistry between our bodies • A pull of energy and the sparking • One day you will need me when your life is on the line • Wait and see • You might like to miss this opportunity • Make up what your mind says so • One day you’ll believe me
Track Name: Nightmares
Night times are hard, alone in the dark • Peace and quiet make thoughts run wild • Very little distraction makes you the main attraction • I left a lot of loves behind with you on my mind • Fully loaded, full cargo • No expectations of any kind • I’m trying to count my blessings, avoiding focusing on my worst nightmare actually happening • I move closer, you move on • Who is stringing who along? • Maybe this would be easy if we • I left a lot of loves behind with you on my mind • Fully loaded, full cargo • No expectations of any kind • I’m trying to count my blessings, avoiding focusing on my worst nightmare actually happening • Night times are hard
Track Name: Oh Feather
Oh Feather so fine, float from the vine • Release from thine • Farewell wind, I’ll take you in • Something’s got to give • Oh Letter so worn, the corners are torn, scratched, too tough to discern • Farewell words, I overheard • Something will live • Oh Weather, so hot and cold • Unpredictable, I am told • Farewell wind, I ‘ll take you in • Somethin’s got to give
Track Name: Hold Your Horses (Waiting)
Waiting for something to reveal that it’s all happening • I put it all out just to want it back again • It takes many tries to learn my lesson • You’re not the broad-shouldered wisdomy soul I thought you’d been • Mistaking illusion for earthly passion • Hold your horses soldier boy, this won’t be the scene you’re imagining • They say distance and disagreement make the heart grow sore • The only thing making it worse is failing again to let someone in • They are not the one coming for my rescuing