Odyssey

by Emily Mure

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"New York-based songstress Emily Mure delivers her self-released, self-produced and self-assured sophomore full-length Odyssey on July 30, an album of unpretentious, straight-and-true songwriting that draws from contemporary folk, acoustic country and intimate chamber pop. Apart from one cover, a lovely, mini-orchestrated version of Cake's "Mexico" (featuring Emily DiAngelo on oboe and Elizabeth Means on cello), Odyssey features nine original songs all written and performed with a minimum of extraneous decoration and Mure's distinctive, sandy-textured vocals. One of our favorites is "Joanne 6," a softly-strummed song that reminds us of Nick Drake's sublime simplicity, string-backed arrangements and ethereal atmospherics."
-Direct Current Music

"One part jazzy vocal, one part classical arrangement, one part folk songwriter equate to ALL parts really fantastic music. Emily Mure is a New York based songwriter releasing her sophomore effort “Odyssey” at the end of July. Classically trained musically, but self taught as a songwriter, she is able to appreciate what a lot of musicians are not, and that is a delicate balance (which is strongly displayed in the instrument arrangement and warm, poignant harmonies throughout the record). Emily has something, I am not sure what “it” is, but she has got IT.
The sample track “Unfettered” is my first dive into Emily’s music and I am immediately in love (which is saying a lot because I am very picky about my favorite female musicians). There are just enough moving parts to make the song’s character shine, but it’s not overcrowded. A steady acoustic guitar, a nice flowing rhythm section, and some tasteful, distant guitar lines is all that is really needed to back Mure’s light but soulful airy vocal. And the harmonies lended by songwriter Michaela Anne perfectly complement the chorus with it’s catchy hook and infectious melody:
"I meant to say in person, or in a letter / I meant to let you know my heart's for you unfettered."
Check her out online, buy the new record, and support a really great artist."
-Red Line Roots Music

credits

released 30 July 2013

Odyssey
Release July 30th 2013

All songs written and arranged by Emily Mure
Except track 4 “Mexico” by John McCrea/Stamen Music/BMI

Produced by Emily Mure
Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Brandon Wilde at Studio 76, Brooklyn, NY
Additional recording of lead guitar and pedal steel by Thomas Bryan Eaton in his home studio
Mastered by Ed Littman, North Haledon, NJ

Emily Mure: lead vocals on all tracks, backing vocals on track 8 & 9,
acoustic guitar on all tracks, piano and glockenspiel on track 3

Elizabeth Means: cello on tracks 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
Emily DiAngelo: oboe on tracks 4 & 5, english horn on track 6
Thomas Bryan Eaton: lead acoustic guitar on track 2, lead electric guitar on track 10, pedal steel on track 3
Adam Moss: fiddle and backing vocals on track 10
Michaela Anne: backing vocals on tracks 2 & 10
Aaron Shafer-Haiss: drums & percussion on tracks 2, 5, 6 , 9 & 10
Dan Tyner-Bryan: bass on tracks 2, 5, 6 & 10

Album design by Christian Butte
Photography by Rob Grien, Mont Vert Studio and Joseph R. Cisneros

For lyrics and a detailed account of credits and thank yous go to
www.emilymure.com

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Track Name: Like The Moon
memories of you
travel like the moon
and come out at night
and what bright a light
are thoughts of you before slumber

how quiet the city
when you take a breath
that take me town to town
without ever leaving your side

the moon and its travelers
the croon and its feeders
the pair of glasses you leave by the bed
before the meeting of sunlight and star

are my names
are my answers
if not you
what you mean
and pass on to the making
of all happiness
and seldom can I ever forget
the way the light was
when you first traveled into my memory
like the moon
Track Name: If I Were Water
Had I been stronger, would you have known
would you have known me in more honorable ways?
Instead of dully in pictures of who
for a moment I tried my best to be.

Had it been later and done not-so-urgently
could we have met more properly?
So I could fondly think of you
even after we’ve parted ways.

If we were wiser and not so insecure
could we have gotten to know each other more?
If I was not so worried ‘bout what you thought of me
I wouldn’t have taken things you said so personally.

If I was water, then you, my friend, were snow.
I would freeze in seasons that you’d come and go.
But it wasn’t even me. No, it wasn’t even me.
I get my rhythm back when the sun’s aglow
and I feel better ‘bout which way my tide will go.
Track Name: Odyssey
Do you like car rides in the rain
with the windows down and the wind singing
where Spanish moss hangs like lace
across the arms of trees

I wrote you a song I try not to sing
it opens a door I have trouble closing
but you stopped your car and walked out into the rain
and I felt my senses opening

And you were what I never knew I was always looking for
there are holes in the floor of your Odyssey
and I’ve never felt so happy

To our right, our whole country
to our left, the endless ocean
Magdyn Osh and Phil sing songs of traveling
as we live them

Out here we have all day
and all the “shoulds” that once polluted our brains
dissipate into the moisture of the leaves
that came after the rain

And you were what I never knew I was always looking for
there are holes in the floor of your Odyssey
and I’ve never felt so happy and free
as I did in your Odyssey
Track Name: The Tea Kettle Song
I moved my bed today, all by myself
see I don’t need stronger hands, mine are strong enough.
I pulled myself up from the ground
see I can do that all by myself now.

Well people come and go but I will always be here
as long as I will.. be here.
And can you see me through your foggy spectacles?
‘cause I suspect that you’ll run once they clear.

You’ll see that I’m not perfect
not here or anywhere.
Well let’s just get that straight
and see where we can go from there.

I moved my house today, up a steep hill
I bought a dolly and the Dalai Lama wished me well.
But he said I was neglecting the affections of others
“Well, Mr. Dalai Lama, they neglected me first!
And can you see me through your foggy spectacles?
‘cause I suspect that you’ll run once they clear.”

Well I burned a Tea Kettle, I burned it really good.
It was the electric kind, it had rubber on the bottom
but I put it on the burner, cause I didn’t see the difference.
It was my electric mind that somehow got distracted.

I moved my bed today, all by myself
it felt pretty good but I think next time I might ask for help.

You see that I’m not perfect
not here or anywhere.
Well I’ll just get that straight
and see where I can go.. no!
we’ll just get that straight
and see where we can go from there.
Track Name: Sally
Once you were falling fast asleep
your darling became his reverie
Dark as the night he went away
your promise to never need

Holding to darkness, she swears that there
is no one who’d stay by her side
Dressed in black she walks this life
waiting for winter to call her wife

Sally won’t you come with me
I will find you a man that will set you free
Sally won’t you come with me
I will find you a man that will set you free

One broken light was all it took
one glance, close the book
Dark as the night he went away
her promise to never love again

Sally won’t you come with me
I will find you a man that will set you free
Sally won’t you come with me
I will find you a man that will set you free

She could’ve saved you
could’ve saved you
She could’ve melted your own cold heart
Track Name: Something That Grows
i wish i could tell the little girl i was
it will all, it will all be ok
no you're not alone and this will be over
you just got to get through the day

no i don't know how i am here singing
it surprises me all of the time
and no i don't hate you, sometimes i wish i did
but i am so tired of lying

oh no i won't betray the promise i made
to my mother that i'll be ok

i used to pretend that i would confront you
and you would admit your mistakes
but how do you forgive someone who's not sorry
and knows not the heart that they break

so i took to the blade and i took to the bottle
and i took to the worst guys around
and though i'm ashamed i'm all out of blame
and i know you love me somehow

oh no i won't betray the promise i made
no no no oh i am so sorry that i ever let you down
i was so broken i never thought that you would stick around
and though i wish i could tell her i think she knows
that even in darkness there's always
something that grows

oh no i won't betray
the promise i made to my mother
that i'll be ok
Track Name: Joanne 6
i died for a while and arose again
and a rose blooming in a field
wild and free

with the wind proclaiming her name
and the air her breath itself
between the blades of grass
i envelope and turn

between my own bed sheets
that made my stomach hurt
when i wore no shirt to sleep
it was the water that made them grow
and become women

it was our sleep and dreams and the fight
we would die to keep
it was our sleep and dreams and the fight
we would die to keep

the one who killed me
has no access into my world
Joanne was kissed with dew
and she awoke tangled in her own
to see the something
she always knew would come
to wait patient
and die trying
made her colors
brighter than any rose
Track Name: This Place
these are the things of summer that I can’t disguise
the way that it pulls at me with its breeze from the inside
it reminds me of past summers whose memory enters my mind
like the solace of my most vibrant truth

brings me back to a place I long to be again
though I know it won’t be the same as it was then
in this place I found a true home
in this place I won’t be alone

it doesn’t beckon me back it does not wait for my return
but for one brief summer something ended and something was born
now memories are flawed and evoked spontaneously
I see the spark in my lover’s eyes and I smell the fireplace

A place for lovers and a place for people running away
A place for dreamers and not-quite-adults reclaiming their days
A place for passion and the things we never knew
Where laughter is to the bone and tears are for the things we have to lose
(we have so much to lose)

in this place I found a true home
in this place I won’t be alone
Track Name: Unfettered
Before I can trust, I can love
so easily and true
like a soft breeze just passing through
I know I must seem distant or possibly aloof
Oh, the art of self protection
and do I deserve you?

Well I meant to say in person or in a letter
I meant to let you know my heart’s for you
unfettered

But drink I quickly
and drown in my routine
Oh it covers me like a blanket
there’s no risk of being seen
But all day long I wonder
if you might feel the same
if you think of me at dinner
or while you’re riding on the train

Well I meant to say in person or in a letter
I meant to let you know my heart’s for you
unfettered

And perhaps at some point
I will muster the strength to say
I feel you are a part of me
like my hand, my poem, my name

I meant to say in person or in a letter
I meant to let you know my heart’s for you
unfettered