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The Heroine: Closing Night

by Unwoman

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My song “The Heroine” is the closest to a hit song I’ll ever write. It’s had over 700,000 plays on Spotify, thanks mainly to Welcome to Nightvale and Vintage Tomorrows. I’m toying with the notion of making an EP with different versions.

This is a little different than the No Little Sparrow ambient tracks I’ve been making, because this one actually has the entire vocals (and, distantly, cello) of the original song, in addition to some other slow-moving sounds. I slowed the whole thing down to half-speed, and wasn’t feeling the granular synthesis stretch sound on the original vocals, so I redid them super slow with my (exciting!) new microphone (an AKG C414 XLII)! It’s still (intentionally) a bunch of reverb mush, so not the best way for you to judge the mic, but I like it a lot, and my setup no longer involves moving one of the stereo microphone pair from the lil kick drum mic stand I use to record cello to the higher stand for vocals.


The city is war-torn
And nearly impassable
I act the lovelorn
Dramatically laughable

You said you'd come see me
Here underground
Now it's closing night
You can't be found

I go through the motions again and again
But you are not here to see them
I go through the emotions again and again
And this time I actually feel them

I play the heroine
I play to their sympathies
I say the sweetest things
To command their empathy

I asked just one thing of you, to be here
Did I not let it slip that I was sincere?
That was my best poker face, trying not to care
I watch and I wait while you never appear

And though I've been spoiled by pretty privilege
I am no child throwing a fit
I could write the book on disappointment
And you'd be the final chapter of it

So you're a coward or
Could never love me
Or you have fallen
To the enemy

All these people came all this way
Faces stained with loss but smiling as they're crying
I would rather see you laugh at my tragedy
Than choke on my own tears while I am curtsying


released April 30, 2020


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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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