Blossoms

by Unwoman

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  • Composer, vocalist & cellist Unwoman presents her third full-length, self-produced album, Blossoms. Rich, electronically orchestrated songs fill the first half ("Side A") while "Side B" is composed entirely of settings of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, for cello and voice. Special packaging for this release includes a CD that looks like a vinyl LP.

    Includes extra photos from the cover shoot by Pat Mazzera & a bonus track (the version of Compliance that was on the MachineKUNT compilation).

    "Like Kate Bush or Nico, Unwoman (http://www.unwoman.com) bravely steps beyond the word of pop, or anything remotely close to rock, into an uncategorizable, adventurous vision that is nevertheless steeped in history. With its mix and match of classical instrumentation and modern-day electronics, Unwoman does not occupy a specific place or time."
    READ FULL REVIEW AT http://www.whisperinandhollerin.com/reviews/review.asp?id=5266

    "On her third release Unwoman (nee Erica Mulkey) has gotten clever: instead of giving us one full length she has given us two distinct EPs. But don't fret, either way Blossoms is a beautiful listen."
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  • Compact Disc (CD)

    CD (that looks like a record) in sleeve. Signed upon request.

    We had a minor flood where my CDs were stored a few years ago. The only box of Blossoms left was slightly damaged. CDs are now at a reduced price for this reason. The cool fake vinyl-looking CD should play fine, the sleeves are just slightly imperfect.

    Also includes immediate download of 15-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
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     $7.99 USD

     

  • USB Flash Drive

    Crystal USB with red LED and 8GB capacity. Shiny clear acrylic & brushed steel. Contains ~22 hours of Unwoman's music including Uncovered Volume 3; Selected Songpoems; both regular & instrumental versions of Circling, The Fires I Started, and Casualties; several other original and covers albums & EPS; the dark-ambient EP, IDTWS; and bonus tracks not available anywhere else. Does not contain current subscription-only songs.

    Files are very high quality 320 kbps mp3s, but fans who prefer lossless may request download codes for FLAC files.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Circling via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 26 Unwoman releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of My Kingdom As Great, Breathe Out (5 minutes version), Uncovered Volume 3, Selected Songpoems 2016, Come Take a Trip In My Airship, Sometimes Radical, Circling Instrumentals, Circling, and 18 more. , and , .

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about

Unwoman's third solo album. The first half features works for electronics, piano, cello, and voice, and delves into themes of love from a female perspective. The second half comprises lyrics by beloved poet Edna St. Vincent Millay which Unwoman composed for solo cello and voice; the final song "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed" adds piano.

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released November 10, 2007

All songs written, performed, engineered, and produced by Unwoman. Digitally mastered by Da5id Din at Corrosive Audio www.corrosive-audio.com . Cover photo by Pat Mazzera www.mazzera.com .

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Unwoman San Francisco

Unwoman is a San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter. Layered with skillful cello, rich vocals, and electronically arranged beats, her solo music is a futuristic homage to her classical training. Unwoman has been featured at steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America and has performed with Abney Park, Rasputina, Voltaire, Amanda Palmer, Stripmall Architecture... ... more

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Track Name: Compliance
If only I could be
Docile and compliant
If only I could fit her shoes

If only I could be
The doll that you imagine
I'd proudly shape myself into your muse

If only she knew
The future she was after
She would never choose
eternity with you

It's not her place
It's not her style I'm afraid

If only it would prove
Subservience to you
I'd gladly cut myself just as she would

But right in front of you
That I could not do
A lady never lets a man see her blood
Track Name: Caught Her
When we were girls
We were our own little world
It seemed that we were unbreakable
So we pushed the limits

Unbearable poverty makes you think
anything's better than what you have
Unspeakable acts seems exciting
You'll sacrifice everything for the chance

But if I could, if I could, if I could have caught her
Would she now be free?
If I could, if I could, if I could have caught her
Would she ever forgive me?

I was all she had, I still
Feel I somehow failed her
I know I was not to blame it was
Only our silence that betrayed her

When they came to take her
She went without a fight
I watched from inside the closet
Protecting myself in the black of night

But if I could...

I could pretend I don't care
Wherever she is, what they do to her
In that moment we were severed (Her submission)
But we were girls together

We were girls together...
Once upon a time
Track Name: The Little Mermaid
"Are you not fonder of me than of all the rest?" cried her eyes
"Yes, you are dearest of all to me -- you, the silent one; if not no one, then you."

But then he speaks of her -- the unknown, a false angel.
The mermaid chokes in fear, but still she hopes...

How can you want something more than me? I give my life for yours, sacrifice my voice
Only in hope, a thousand knives each step, that I may share your soul
Oh, if only I could sing, or if this heart had wings, I would be your angel.

Word travels fast, soon despair comes crashing, crashing down
Only blood and sisters' love can save her life now.
A thousand knives. She dances into death that night.
The sea so cold, black, unyielding.
A promise to fall. So only murder can save her now, but what's the use
Her love is gone either way, so why fight?

How can you want more than me? I rewrote my future in foam for you
I gave my life to see this through and am betrayed. And disintegrate. Oooh...

Oh -- Why must true illusion, not love, conquer all?
Track Name: Power
Some people use words, gasps of air
Some use flesh, objects of desire seeking power
Either way, from either side, the desire is the same:

Love, whatever that means, whatever it brings, I'll do what I can, to find it
Some follow, others seek
Are we what we feel or what we think?

What can I do to touch you?
When we are only red lights in a grey haze
And I can hardly see you

Why when I close my eyes
I feel your body
Why do I put so much faith in someone I hardly know?
Is it my need to hope?

What do I seek in you?
What's at the core of me
Do I really long for autonomy?

Do I want to be the object of your fantasies
Or are you my dream
Or my icon, so reduced
Or my innocence, so long dismissed?

Love, whatever that means, whatever that brings, I'll do what I can, to find it
Some follow, other seek
You are what you feel

What's at the core of me: do I really seek autonomy?
Or are you a center of power
Or are you who I want to be?
Track Name: Paresthesia
Do you ever wonder, wonder who
Silently came, quickly left, left a flower for you?
He said "be wary of symbols" and I see them so clear
But I have dreams -- one of them is you -- they eclipse all my fear

Can you tell me why I dream of you?
Hungry and male, and her, long-lashed and beautiful-sad
Was the electricity only the sparks behind my eyes
In the redness of parched, scorched earth
Thirsty your eyes, or my blood

But its your smile in those moments that lets in hope
I subsist on this, I desist as you resist
But how twisted my desires grow
And when will I feel your eyes, your dark eyes
On my flesh, on my breast
Where I fear my displayed heart lies?

...and oh, the paresthesia when I pretend you want me
When my subconcious taunts me with this impossible dream...
Track Name: The Next Flower
You look so intriguing
In that old-fashioned clothing
Your eyes so alluring
So young, yet so knowing

In black fishnet stockings
And dark velvet gown
You visit the nightclubs
All over town

You meet a young man there
You know the type
In exchange for a slow dance
You're his for the night

But boys don't love girls like that
Past the promiscuous hour
They leave your cherished blossom
And fly to the next flower

You let him caress you
In the back of an old car
For proclaiming your beauty
You let him go so far

You're searching for love you say
But that's not how you'll find it
Beneath the flesh you're still alone
And you pretend you don't mind it

But boys don't love girls like that
Past the promiscuous hour
They leave your cherished blossom
And fly to the next flower

Boys don't love girls like that
They don't take them home
To meet mother, make breakfast, or write to you
But this you've always known
Track Name: Compliance (MachineKUNT mix)
If only I could be
Docile and compliant
If only I could fit her shoes

If only I could be
The doll that you imagine
I'd proudly shape myself into your muse

If only she knew
The future she was after
She would never choose
eternity with you

It's not her place
It's not her style I'm afraid

If only it would prove
Subservience to you
I'd gladly cut myself just as she would

But right in front of you
That I could not do
A lady never lets a man see her blood