FLY

by TUi MAMAKi

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1.
06:09
First smile of the morning Do you know which one I mean? Long lined horizons This heart is following itself Home Last sigh of the evening Do you know which one I mean? Long lined horizons This heart is following itself Home Praises from dawn till sundown Prayers through the dark... Long life just beginning Do you know which one I mean? Short life, ending This heart is following itself Home Praises from dawn till sundown Prayers through the dark...
2.
04:23
You in my dreams again You in my dreams again Is it you or is it me? Friend to a lover, a friend Friend to a lover and you Change your skins so easily I'm ready for lift off... I'm not the one that I was I'm not the one I was Loving you grew who I am I'm not the one that I was I'm not the one I was Losing you broke me open I'm ready for lift off... And I've got just the ticket.
3.
05:27
I read, I heard, I wrote words of wisdom All over the surface of my heart That the day it breaks they may fall in... Fall in, fall in like you know how 'cause today it breaks, won't you fall in I saw, I dreamt, I drew shades of loving All over the surface of my home That the day it burns, they may float free... Float free, float free like you know how 'cause today it burns, won't you float free Small bird, winter tree, empty balcony, Two is company, serendipity, Snowfalls, snowfalls, snowfalls, snowfalls like Silence on my mind, silence on my mind I ate, I drank, I stole good ideas From gardens, from minds freed of fear That the day I lose I may be one... Be one, be one like you know how 'cause today we lose, won't you be one Small bird, winter tree, empty balcony, Two is company, serendipity, Snowfalls, snowfalls, snowfalls, snowfalls like Silence on my mind, silence on my mind
4.
07:21
Is that the same sun mum, the same sun mum, the same sun? That the Inuit swallow to last the long time That guides stork and swallow on their homeward flight That pearls the sweat off slaving backs That warms the lizard and scares the rats That blinds the driver just before the crash That lights the pyre, turning bone to ash… Is that the same sun... That chlorophyll kisses into the deep That Maui captured that we may reap The sun of chariots, hawks and snakes That lovers in fields does tenderly wake That Orpheus swallowed to sing about That Persephone borrows for her time underground Is that the same sun... That lifts the water to sky Makes clouds to hide behind Sees no shadow, tells no lie Shines like this heart of mine Is that the same sun... Sinks it's bleeding head into seven seas mum Rises splendid over swamps and prisons Climbs the highest mountain mum every morning Breathes on every leaf its most golden warning That sunflowers follow in their dizzy, dizzy spin That sprouts the mung beas on my window-sill Dries the blood on faces of dead soldiers That children draw with crayons to put on the fridge That shimmers beneath the willows of spring time Monet Purifies the mind of all the poets, lonely Gallops like a horse in open hearts Harvests salty rain from those torn apart Is that the same sun... Ae, it's the same sun.
5.
04:32
You are like the sun - How is it possible that you chose the light? Seems like another bird walked into your mind How is it possible that I chose the light? Seems like another bird walked into my mind 'cause the water's so clear, I can't resist it 'cause the water's so clear, I will surrender And let the shadows show me the sun... You are like the moon - How is it possible that you felt as though You were half a man when, in truth you are whole? How is it possible that I felt as though I was half a woman when, in truth I am whole? 'cause the water's so clear, we can't resist it 'cause the water's so clear, we will surrender And let the shadows show us the sun...
6.
07:02
Във зандани лежи Гюро добър юнак На ръце си държи пиле соколово Пръсти кърши, Гюро, та си пиле храни Сълзи рони, Гюро, та си пиле пои Гюро пиле дума - ой те тебе, пиле Не те поя, храня да те в ръце държа Най те тебе гледам, да идеш, бре пиле В моите равни двори, при мойта стара майка Пиле Гюро дума - ой те тебе, Гюро Сности минах, Гюро, покраи ваште двори Ваште двори, Гюро, със пелин обрасли Сред пелина, има едно сухо дърво

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Super intimate Neo-Folk, underpinned by hypnotic odd-meter rhythms, and clothed in delicate and dreamy, eastern-tainted melodies. English language lyrics soften the distance and make for a strangely familiar exoticism.

TUi MAMAKi disappeared to Bulgaria in 2014… where is Bulgaria!? It is in her childhood record collection, in her impossible dreams, as far east in Europe as you can go, and now, deeply woven into her voice and soul, as she trained for the last few years in the techniques and repertoire of beautiful Bulgarian folk song. But FLY is a distill. TUi wanted to hear from the new silence - what music would come through her fingers, tongue and mind, if she listened in, post "Bulgaria"? What aspects of the fascinating music she had studied there had been digested, and how would these come through, naturally, into composition?

Holed up in a soviet style block, in Plovdiv, through the heat of 2016 summer, armed with a Little Martin guitar and an addiction to picking newfound rhythms, taking walks to unwind through the Linden scented cobblestone streets of the oldest continually-inhabited city of Europe, at night – TUi came up with a collection of songs, 11 of which were recorded in France that autumn, 5 of which were selected for this album. Yes, a distill. The final track, a traditional song from the Rodopi mountains in Bulgaria, displays her endebtedness.

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released August 1, 2018

All tracks composed and performed by TUi MAMAKi, except Gyuro (traditional). Recorded and mixed by Patrick Jauneaud in France. Percussion by Tunji Beier recorded in Australia. Mastered in Aotearoa/NZ by Mike Gibson. Artwork by Vampyr Works. Design by Estelle Jauneaud. All rights reserved TUi MAMAKi 2018.

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TUi MAMAKi New Zealand

Haunting, spirited vocals over hypnotic odd-meter grooves.  A meeting of delicacy and power.  Original compositions inspired by TUi MAMAKi’s love affair with Bulgaria, spliced with traditional song, these are stories of love, harvest, death & transcendence.

TUi MAMAKi is a vocal explorer, performer, composer/arranger, born in France, raised in Aotearoa/NZ and often found in Bulgaria...
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