MOSAIC EP

by Alice Despard Group

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A careful distillation of Alice Despard Group's finest work from the last decade, and Alice's first release since 2003's "Thinning of the Veil", the Group has been working on this project for almost two years with engineer/producer Grahame Davies (of Crowd Scene). Recorded in Grahame's Arlington, Virginia home studio, it is an intimate and low-key affair. All songs are Alice's, except Vic Chesnutt's "Withering", a long-time favorite cover in the ADG repertoire.

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released January 1, 2016

Alice Despard: vocals, guitars, balalaika
Evan Pollack: percussion, vocals
Les Doerfler: bass guitars
Sean O'Brien: keys/synths
Grahame Davies: engineer/production, guitar
Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound: Mastering

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Alice Despard Group Washington, D.C.

The Alice Despard Group is Alice Despard, Les Doerfler, bass and Evan Pollack, drums. Alice's other groups include Hyaa!, the Beggars, Whirligig, Chutes & Ladders, Vauxhall Wagon, Sport Turned Spectacle, and Free Guns At Midnight.
Alice was owner and bartender of Galaxy Hut nightclub in Arlington, VA. She resides in Stonington, CT.
MOSAIC EP is ADG's first release since Thinning of the Veil 2003
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Track Name: By The Way
By The Way

I run on the high wire
My ear to the ground
The net shivers, shivers
in the air, in the air all surround
But I fall, I fall, I fall
without you

I crawl down the highway
My knees scrape the ground
I feel all your creatures
Fill me up with your breath
All around
But I drive, I drive, I drive, without you

When you come on the tone
will you sing me?
When you come on the cloud
will you reign o'er me?
When you come with your rod
will you strike me?
When you come on the back of the colt
will you lift me up?
Track Name: The Well
From old wood springs a sapling green
From old wood springs a sapling green
And it's that which has never been seen
Old wood turning to green
It's that which has never been seen,
never been seen
Wailing wind
bears the holy breath
Wailing wind
bears the holy breath
And it's that which has never been heard
That which carries the Word
In the heart burns a raging sun
In the heart burns a raging sun
And it's that which has never been touched
That which is never enough
That which has never been touched
never been touched
Track Name: Withering
Lyrics and music by Vic Chesnutt:

What are you doing withering away?
Yes, I heard you lost the will to play
Whatever happened to those fluid movements
you were so proud of in the intimate moments?
What about the girl you left at the altar?
Now now now she's a'planning your funeral
Didn't you learn anything at the protest rally
when you and yours were flooding the capital?

What about your days of glory
when your life was anything but boring?
Now you're making these morbid phone calls
Your friends they gather to cuss and console
What were you doing in that awful decade
after the news broke
and those murderous policies were made?
What were you doing running around
when I was here for you well away from that crowd?
Track Name: T-Flame
T-Flame

Stand shoulder to shoulder
Stand belly to belly
Stand as if You were
made out of gold--
Indeed You are
Dance palm to palm
Dance belly to belly
Hold to just that One
as if He were the only One
Indeed He is
Stand shoulder to shoulder
Stand belly to belly
Hold to just that One
as if She were the only One
Indeed She is
Track Name: Take Me Down
Sweet surrender
Honest and tender
Take me down
I want for nothing
There's nothing here
So take me down
I've known your face such a long, long time
I've known your heart longer still
Still do what you will
Wearing an old suit
It's not fitting well
Take me down
I want for nothing
There's nothing here
So take me down
Do what you will
Track Name: Call The Beloved
Call the Beloved
with your lips sealed
Call the Beloved
with your eyes open
open to your loneliness
open to your holiness
Call the Beloved
drunk on the True Vine
Call the Beloved
when you're out of time
out of your mind

Call the Beloved
if Love has feathered your nest
Call the Beloved
prepare for your Honored Guest
Behold the wedding feast
Behold the Feast