Over Land, Over Sea

by Ellery

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Early in 2016, while I was somewhere chest-deep in research and fluorescent lights,
Justin was combing through folders of iPhone recordings, lyrics, takes and retakes.
He pulled five from the stacks, imagining lives for them.

It’s not that we hadn’t been recording. We’d found ourselves in studios, circling tracks we later shelved. We’d listen, hearing maps that only took us where we’d been.
We didn’t want to go again.

One afternoon he sent their titles in an email:
five songs, all roots and fissures, landscapes and reckonings.
I’d found some of their lines in corners alongside poems: threat, delight, panic, fatigue, unconditional something. Do your worst.
And there were hallelujahs, drawn from the throat of an old Gibson
in a house where we no longer live.
Does it seem fitting?
And wary warnings, carved now around harp strings and shimmery guitars.
They’ve threaded themselves together.

Here are five songs we leaned into, listening as they took shape in the hands of amazing musicians. Bows, keys, breath, an unaccountable rumble. We wound up somewhere we’ve never been. We hope you’ll come with us.

This is you, love, now, this is me; I think we’re beautiful.

-Tasha & Justin
Ellery

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released June 26, 2017

Musicians:

Tasha Golden - Vocals, Piano, Rhodes

Justin Golden - Electric Guitar, Pump Organ, Wurlitzer, Juno Synth, Optigan, Etc

Tyler Chester - Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, Mellotron, Tack Piano, Samples, Treatments, Etc

Jennifer Condos - Bass

Bradley Meinerding - Electric Guitar

Paul Patterson - Violin
Joshua Seurkamp - Drums, Percussion

Ben Sollee - Cello



Recorded by:

Justin Golden in Cincinnati, OH; Louisville, KY

Anne Gauthier and Kevin Ratterman at La La Land, Louisville, KY

Jen Condos in Los Angeles, CA

Tyler Chester in Los Angeles, CA

Paul Patterson in Cincinnati, OH



Produced by Justin Golden
Mixed by Justin Golden

Mastered by Shelly Steffens at Chicago Mastering Service

Photography by Michael Wilson
Artwork by Elizabeth Hatchett

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Ellery Louisville, Kentucky

Ellery’s intimate, lush-pop songs have been heard in major motion pictures, TV dramas, radio, and taken them across the country over years of touring. Now based in Louisville, KY, the band writes and records between research, mixing projects, and indulging two cats. They make loud louds and quiet quiets. ... more

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Track Name: Sleep Well Goodnight
If all it took was a word, you would have talked about it
until the backs of the stars got tired hearing bout it
You only said you were sorry when it came to you easy
We could almost hear you over all your mistakes

If all it took was a good cry, you'd have drowned us in it
Got you in some Noah's Ark til all the dying finished
You always knew the way out was looking like you meant it
We could almost believe you oh when we were asleep

And in the dark, you should know we made a promise we
would never hurt you for your lies 
But in our hearts, you should know sometimes secretly
we all think maybe we should try
So I hope you sleep well
Goodnight

If all it took was a prayer, you would have played us with it
Led your sheep to the slaughter while you asked forgiveness
You always said you're a good man, you had “good intentions”
We could almost see them on the backs of your hands

In the dark you should know we made a promise we
would never hurt you for your lies 
But in our hearts, you should know sometimes secretly
we all think maybe we should try
So I hope you sleep well
Goodnight

In the dark you should know we made a promise we
would never hurt you for your lies 
But in our hearts, you should know sometimes secretly
we all think maybe we should try

It would be so easy
to take the low road, the only one you know so
it would be so easy
leave you blindsided, everybody high fiving
everybody’d finally sleep tight
Goodnight
Track Name: Tennessee Whiskey (Hallelujah)
We got a long track record of dreaming
of getting lost and torn apart at all our seams
Yeah we go way back, back to the river  
back to the women no god bothered to deliver

We come from cigarettes, yeah and old shoes
from moving out every time the rent was due
And penniless old men with guitars
and children in the back room praying in the dark

Tennessee whiskey   
Oh, it's in the blood and bones of me
Hallelujah, hallelujah

We wore our sleeves long, covered our bruises
The first to whine or cry in front of daddy loses
We sang the church songs, prayed to the holy ghost
Stayed up all night washing blood out of our Sunday clothes

From cheap shacks and a bloody cough
from orphans raised under a bloody cross
Oh we go way back - back to the moonshine
Back to raising hell and dying young and doing time

Tennessee whiskey   
Oh, it's in the blood and bones of me
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Track Name: I'm Done Waiting
For the last time, I'm not gonna do it
I’m not gonna say it
Don’t you put me through it

For the last time, I'm not gonna wait on you
If you hesitated, you've got only you to blame

Cause we’ve had centuries of silence
human flesh and concrete floors
No small amount of true repentance
piled up just outside your door

So I'm done waiting

I'm done waiting
I'm not waiting anymore
 
For the last time, I'm not gonna do it
I’m not gonna say it
Don’t you put me through it

For the last time, I'm not gonna wait on you
If you hesitated, you've got only you to blame

Cause we’ve had centuries of silence
human flesh and concrete floors
No small amount of true repentance
piled up just outside your door

So I'm done waiting

I'm done waiting
I'm not waiting anymore
Track Name: Over Land, Over Sea
Stupid thing you said in the dark
that you've never known who you are 
You’ve followed every single star
like it could take you home

But every road ends up in the same
bed you laid your head yesterday
The same worried look on your face
just as lost and alone

Over land oh, oh over sea
it will come, it will come, wait and see
Will the sun not rise though you sleep?
Keep her deserts dry though you weep?
So sleep

You were lost, you said, from the start
Tried to crowd out some broken heart
Stayed up all hours in the dark
like it could save your soul

But the earth’s got plenty of time
and if you take a breath she’ll be fine
She can bear your weight, love, and mine
if you let it go

Over land oh, oh over sea
it will come, it will come, wait and see
Will the sun not rise though you sleep?
Keep her deserts dry though you weep?
So sleep
So sleep
So sleep

You’ve had your dreams as deep as the sea 
All the things you thought you would be
But this is you, love, now, this is me
I think we’re beautiful
Track Name: Do Your Worst
Hey baby, do your worst
I've seen too much to fight it

Hey baby, do your worst
There's too much wrong to right it

Don't say you're sorry
Just do what you have to do

**

Hey baby, don't hold back
There's no use now pretending

Hey baby, don't hold back
Your silences won't change the ending 

Don't say you're sorry
Just do what you have to do

**

You made this bed and you're gonna lay in it, lay in it
You got this far, now baby let's go 
You can't do no more harm just by saying it, saying it --
Ain't nothing gonna break my heart that I don't already know

**

Hey baby, do your worst
I've seen too much to fight it

Hey baby, do your worst
There's too much wrong to right it