Heliocentric

by Wooden Rings

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Heliocentric is Wooden Rings’ first full-length vinyl release. This collection of songs that explore the complications seasonal depression brings to the interpersonal life of a Caribbean immigrant to the Midwest. Soaked in trombone and oboe the guitar work is supported by keys, fretless bass, and angelic vocal harmony.

This was recorded mostly by James Auwarter, a Grammy Award winner and founder of Coda Room Audio, Chicago/London. Other notable engineers include Bryon Harden of I See Music, Yuri Yuri Lysoivanov at Flashpoint Academy, and Mark Yoshizumi at the IV LAbs (RIP). Along with many other talented contributors, the core of Wooden Rings now consists of Ramah Malebranche (guitar & vocals), Alex Brescanu (bass), Nathan Staley (drums), and Liz Arakaki (vocals & keyboards).

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released December 20, 2019

Musicians:
Ramah Jihan Malebranche: Songwriting, vocal, guitar, programming
Nathan Staley: Drums, precussion
Elizabeth Arakaki: Vocals, bells, keys
Alex Brescanu: Bass, vocals
Peter Burger V: Electric guitar
John Ozaksut: Bass, vocals
Sarah Eide: Vocals, keyboard
Keith Bjorklund: Oboe
Joshua Torrey: Trombone
Andrew Zelm: Trombone

Engineers:
James Auwarter at Coda | Room Audio Chicago/London
Mark Yoshizumi at IV Labs
Yuri Lysoivanov at Flashpoint Academy
Byron Harden at I See Music

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Vinyl Production at Smashed Plastic

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Lush, original blends of folk and rock are held together by mature, introspective lyrics and three-part harmony.

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Track Name: In June
We’ve been sitting here for weeks,
listening to the floors creaking
I think my radiator speaks,
must be wondering what I’m thinking

Crystals form a white cocoon,
just wish we could keep sleeping
Suffocates a hollow moon,
all this snow that keeps me sinking

My held breath is frozen in my chest
Sunshine anthem swung in loneliness
Only icicles form from my words
Watch her flee this house trailing the birds

I wanna see my mother’s face
Simply laughing in that sun rich place
Where all those colors keep burning tones in bloom
I’ll be run’n beneath the trees in june

To get some light in my mind
I break the skin of quenepas
And spit sugarcane rind,
It must be God who keeps my grandfather’s gardens
And his beautiful skin
Goodbyes to evade our killers
Now my mornings are dim

Sunshine, in my mind
Sunshine, in my mind

I wanna see my mother’s face
Simply laughing in that sun rich place
Where all those colors keep burning tones in bloom
I’ll be run’n beneath the trees in june

To get some light in my mind
I break the skin of quenepas
And spit sugarcane rind,
It must be God who keeps my grandfather’s gardens
And his beautiful skin
Goodbyes to evade our killers
Now my mornings are dim
Track Name: Streaming
If living life means living my life only
I’ll be living my life till it’s gone
I stream away the hours
It’s just a little sacrifice
So I’m living my life till it’s gone

The glowing screen is giving my time meaning
So I’m giving my time till it’s gone
Been really meaning to get out
The city scream to me in doubt
So I’m giving my life till it’s gone

See, I’m protected by the flames within the game
And cradled by it’s pixelated snow
I don’t really need anyone
I’ve only simulated love
And the only mirror I see is in the code

Pull me out
I may scream and shout
Watch me unplug
Passion scold my heart and wake me up

Sound the alarm
WEEOOWEEOOWEEOO

I hate my job
Selling this shit’s fucked up
Gotta work out
Tired of the duck and run
See more
Reach a better dream
Gotta wake up

Sound the alarm
WEEOOWEEOOWEEOO

Our generation dreams within a frame
So I’ll frame my dream into a song
I wanna sing to everyone
Before we stream away the young
So I’m giving my life to this song
Track Name: Sunrise
Hold you in my arms tonight
Day slipping away
Breathe in your curls
Like smoke free in the air
Will you sleep alone?
Or would you rather stay?

All I’m asking is for sunrise before we float away
All I’m asking is for sunrise before we float away

All of our moments were stolen thus far
May the sunrise reveal just who we are
All of our moments were stolen thus far
May the sunrise reveal just who we are

Someday sunrise will come
Sunrise will come
Someday sunrise will come

All I’m asking is for sunrise for us to feel as one
Track Name: Strangers
Leaning on a silent ledge
Where icicles grow thin with dread
And beautiful as you are
Stranger

Smiles that make your essence glow
Inviting eyes that won’t let go
And Beautiful as you are
Stranger

If I follow you I cannot lead
Your touch would quench an aching need
But devour you I won’t

What would we become?
What would we become?
If I don’t open up
You will never see the stars

Let’s live in the moment
Let’s live in the moment
Hunger
Stranger

So put your hands all over me
Oh you’re driving me crazy

Would would we become
Would would we become
Track Name: Shine
Leaving all those thing behind
All those wonders gave off some much shine
Till your father gave all that he could
A young lover stole your favorite book
Playgrounds vanish in thin air
As your mother whisper in your ear

All their voices intertwine
To draw you from your porch into the night
For no child could hold up that torchlight

We are leaving our old things behind
To go out and stargaze and grow our own shine
We are leaving our old things behind
Return to our playgrounds and and grow our own shine

In that darkness, we’ll grow our own shine
Track Name: We Are Doves
How did we become pillars of salt in the rain?
Untrusty bridges to cross over tar pits a-rage

How did we become cold calculators of blame?
Yelling at mirrors that frost under every cold name

How did we become kirens in love?
Cobras out flashing our tongues
But in the morning light
We are doves

Forgiveness starves alone
Unwelcome in our home
It shines little lies that we’ve told

Forgiveness starves alone
Trembling behind a poem
We fight till the frozen night has flown

My emotions are raw
You don’t forgive me enough
But in the morning light we are doves

I’m feeling so alone
Melting through time
Without all our wonder years on film
Track Name: A Bell
What a frigid morning to tumble out of bed
Crack the coffee can, and search the skies for bread
Avoiding conversations, let’s just leave them in the dunes
If they ever reach a spark, we’d wither in their plumes

Oh, I’ll never be left open and wanting
I’m too vulnerable, I might lose something
In the loosening of curls down your face my girl
All I’ve promised to your
Trust and I will be

Oh, I’ll never be left open and wanting
I’m too vulnerable, I might lose something

In the loosening of curls down your face my girl
You got me driving so far
Replace the time we spent apart
From the loosening of curls
down your face my girl
All I’ve promised to your
Trust and I will be true

Oh I understand, you can’t un-ring a bell
No more. You can’t un-ring a bell
Track Name: Just Read To Me
When I would fall behind you’d read to me
You’ll never know what the simple act of kindness means to me

I’ve grown far beyond the confines of shame and ego
Now I’m not far behind

Light a fire that I can take back to my father
Burn me once so I can feel what’s right

Through the gunfire and pain in my life
When I would fell behind you’d read to me
You’ll never know what that simple act of patience means to me

I’ve grown far beyond this moral flatline
Divide into divine dust

Must leave it all behind
Must leave it all behind
Must leave it all behind
Except the words we take with us

Yeah just read to me
Be sweet to me

Must leave it all behind
Must leave it all behind
Must leave it all behind
Except the words we take with us
Track Name: Flashing Gold
Gather friends in these darkest times
Let us understand, a good man


Flashing gold fills our souls
with voices the tame our disbelief
How could we ever know, really know,
the colors our music reveals to me

Oh gather friends in these darkest times
Let us understand a good man

With his flashing gold, brash and bold,
swinging across a father’s silence
And with every brother lost, we fell the cost
And vow to fight oppression borne of violence

Oh gather friends in these darkest times
Let us understand a good man

Gather friends in these darkest times
Let us understand

Gather friends in these darkest times
Let us understand
A good man
Track Name: Before We Collapse
Soothe me with your lips
Feast your eyes on my soul
Draw me into a basin with waves down you back
Flooding fruit with a fever, flesh imbued with a rolling attack

I fall deep in your mind with my eyes closed
Wrenching your hair like a rope
Your breast on my heaving brethon my neck
Venting secrets held deep in the bone
Our moans melt away… all the snow

Shimmer, glow, sparkle, flash
We shield our eyes from a lightning crash
Fused into a ribbon from river to glass
Distilling a light from yet unseen by man
Your radios flicker and apertures lack
You raise me up for a moment before we collapse

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