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Dwell - EP

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Released on Spirit House Records

Dwell is about a time of transitioning—about the more circuitous routes in life—about reflecting on what it means to hold a space for myself—about choosing a different path—about learning how to let go of old love—about finding safety and belonging in song.

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released February 3, 2017

Many thanks to my beautiful family, the Spirit House family, Maya Hernandez, Erin Lutz, Thor Sigurdsson, Divya Sriharan, Isaac Langen, Tom Hopper, all the incredibly supportive contributors to my Kickstarter campaign, and to him, for the love and the letting go.

Ali Burress - Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, cajon, handbells, trashcan drum, rainstick, loop pedal, keyboard, cello, tambourine, cymbal
Zoé-Daphnée Gagne - Cello on track 3

Written, recorded, and mixed by Ali Burress
Mastered by Sarah Register

Album photos by Ali Burress

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Track Name: This is Where
what to call this body is now a home
the desert warned me I could’ve turned to stone

I know my name I hear my song
what keeps me from saying this is where I belong?
chest open fingers raw
clutching on to metal straws
chest open fingers raw
this is where I belong
Track Name: Desert Dust
I know you like the quiet
when dusk fell, the desert hushed silence
to forget me, you travelled miles
maybe this is all that I’ll find
that I’m still mute in your mind

I know you like the silence
but god, my body’s screaming to be recognized
a space I thought I held in your eyes
what I’ve failed to see this time
is I’m a mere distant cry

here I’m falling down the well of time you decline
screaming my callings are echoing cries that always guide
me to light, these walls breathe life
now I’m alone
but I have the comfort of my own song

severed strings and broken things on the ground
you say you love me just the same now
I don’t believe the words you weave in your mouth
do you still say my name out loud?
does it really make no sound?

here I’m falling down the well of time you decline
screaming my callings are echoing cries that always guide
me to light, these walls breathe life
now I’m alone
but I have more comfort in my own song

forget me in the trees if you must
I’ll rustle leaves and whisper our old songs
leave me here, the wind feels clear and soft
know that I once loved
until our words became dust
desert dust
desert dust
desert dust
Track Name: Burn
I thought I said all I needed to say
but there's still a lump in my throat each day
torment is my only friend
reminding me of how good you were then
reminding me of how good things had been

and there's a part of me that still pretends
that we'll be together in the end
but my love, he's over me
and he lies to my face just so we can speak
he lies to make me happy

now I'm the wreck and you're fine
now I'm making up for lost time
now you're the rivers and I'm the fire
and I'll burn and burn 'til I learn to fight
I'll burn and burn 'til the end of time
I'll burn and burn 'til you see my light

well damn it all, I want to leave
but he's got that over me
moving to a new city
the one I used to be in
but he'll find someone to fall in love with

people tell me, “let him go.
he's half a man, this you know.”
but something about him feels old
like our paths crossed lifetimes ago
and something has me holding on
something, even though I know it's wrong

now I'm the wreck and your fine
now I'm making up for lost time
now you're the rivers and I'm the fire
and I'll burn and burn 'til I learn to fight
I'll burn and burn 'til the end of time
I'll burn and burn 'til you see my light

just so you know I'm there
just so you don't forget
just so you know it's fair
I'll burn 'til you understand me.
Track Name: Lover
lover
now there’s a spot for my own name
the light down the hallway doesn’t seem too far away

lover
now there’s a spot for my own name
the light down the hallway doesn’t seem too far away

and I could write a million songs until I feel better
but I know you don’t wanna hear them
that’s okay, I don’t wanna hear yours either

it feels like I’m floating down a river
I can hear the water rush through the rocks
something feels so familiar
- like maybe I’ve been here before -

- now I write songs so I feel like I belong in my own skin -
Track Name: Holding Space in Your Atmosphere
cut the cloth so I could fall to my knees
sailed across oceans lost, once controlling seas
now I see that I’m more capable than I knew
of finally loosening my grip on you

bared it all, cried my call of honesty
and you stalled, silently yawned in response to my shouting
all the songs I wrote were for you, wasn’t that clear?
you pushed me out and said nothing, was I not good enough for you to hear?
no longer holding space in your atmosphere?
have you forgotten that I once was near?
is admitting failure what you really fear?
cause I’m still here
I’m still here.