MY SOUL REMAINER

by Laura Ortman

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MY SOUL REMAINER

LAURA ORTMAN


ALL SONGS WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY LAURA ORTMAN

RECORDED AND MIXED BY MARTIN BISI AT BC STUDIO BY THE BANKS OF THE GOWANUS CANAL, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

CO-PRODUCED BY LAURA ORTMAN AND MARTIN BISI

MASTERING BY FRED KEVORKIAN BY KEVORKIAN MASTERING, INC., NEW YORK CITY

LAURA ORTMAN COPYRIGHT 2017

FRONT COVER ALBUM ART BY LAURA ORTMAN
BACK COVER PHOTO BY LARY 7






1. WILDERNESS WALK UNDER THE MOON 4:12
2. THE QUIET MIRAGE 2:25
3. BATTLE OF HORSEFEATHERS 2:03
4. OMISSION MISSION 1:29
5. UNSURRENDABLE GLISTEN OF THE ICES 3:25
6. STILL VOYAGES OF MEMORY MANIA 1:38
7. MARCH OF THE WILD 3:57
8. MY SOUL REMAINER 5:33
9. THE FIRES NEVEREND 3:09
10. SHEPHERD DOG 5:07
11. MOUNTAINS ROCK 2:25
12. NEW LIVES 4:02
13. HIDEAWAY IN THE GRASS 1:24
14. SQUINT SWEATS 4:54



WILDERNESS WALK UNDER THE MOON

AND THE MOON SHINES BRIGHT MY DARLIN’
AND THE STARS CARVE LIGHT TONIGHT
WAVES OF WIND WHEN LIKE WE STARTED
THROWS THAT FIRE GIANT BALL UPRIGHT

(AMPLIFIED HELPINSTILL PIANO, VOCALS, SINGING BELL ROCKS, AMPLIFIED VIOLIN, APACHE VIOLIN)


THE QUIET MIRAGE

(AMPLIFIED HELPINSTLL PIANO, PEDAL STEEL GUITAR)


BATTLE OF HORSEFEATHERS

ON THIS NIGHT I GRASPED MY
HAND IT TO THEM
FUELED BUT WHAT’S IT FOR?
STUN THE WINGMAN’S OWN DESIRE
DEEP FRIED UN-TELEPATHIC
WIRE MY JAW SHUT
TILT THE FLOOR
FOCUS THAT HOCUS RIGHT OUT THAT CRAZY DOOR
WISHFUL THINKING ALL TIMES BEFORE
THE BRAVE HEARTS PUMPED YOU UP
ADORED
TURN UP TURN ON THE ENERGIZED
AM READY FOR A BIG SURPRISE!

(AMPLIFIED VIOLIN, AMPLIFIED HELPINSTILL PIANO, VOCALS, PARTY/BAR/PARADE FIELD RECORDINGS, OCARINAS)


OMISSION MISSION

(AMPLIFIED VIOLIN)


UNSURRENDERABLE GLISTEN OF THE ICES

(AMPLIFIED HELPINSTILL PIANO, AMPLIFIED VIOLIN)


STILL VOYAGES OF MEMORY MANIA

(ELECTRIC GUITAR, AMPLIFIED VIOLIN)


MARCH OF THE WILD

LEAVE THE LIGHT ON
NONE BY YOUR SIDE
KILLIN’ TIME THAT’S RIGHT
NO MORE
RISE
EVEN THOUGH SO MANY LIGHTS SO RED WE BLED
KILLING
WAR
FORGIVE ALL OF THE TIMES I FELL ASLEEP ON YOUR TIME
NOW WE’RE GOIN’ HOME
FOR YOUR OLD DRONE
PRECIOUS BLANK CLONE
INNER EARTH DON’T STOP
WE LUST IN A FIGHTING RULE
FOR YOU
FOR ALL
FEELING ALL OF THE LIVES YOU LEAD
FOR THOSE
UNRIGHTEOUS
WOW!
FORGIVE ME
I DON’T
PLEADING
IN IT
CONCRETE
BLESSED LOVE
ALL THE NIGHT
IN MY OPEN ARMS YOU SLEEP
OH! YOUR TIME’S RIGHT
HIKING THROUGH THE WOODS I LOVE
SWEET FINE LIGHT BRIGHT COULD
OH!
OH DRINK THESE SUBTLE TEARS
GET THESE KILLER FUCKS OFF MY WORLD VIEW!
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS
BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS
OH!
BE
LEAVE US
BE
OH!

(CASIO, ELECTRIC GUITAR, VOCALS, AMPLIFIED VIOLINS, MINNOW)


MY SOUL REMAINER

(SAMPLER, AMPLIFIED VIOLIN SOLO, AMPLIFIED HELPINSTILL PIANO, CASIO, SUBWAY RECORDINGS)
*CUSTOMIZED SAMPLER CAPTURE OF MENDELSSOHN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO IN E MINOR


THE FIRES NEVEREND

OH
I WANT TO
BLAZE BESIDE YOU
DRINK MY FACE BLUE
KNOW WHAT TURNS TRUE
FEEL THE LIGHT FALL
THE NEVER ENDING DARK BALL
NO MOONSHINES SO SMALL
TO SCALE THAT CEMENT WALL
OUT OF PLACES
NO TEMPTING FACES
NO NEED TO KNOW BASIS
YOU’RE CHAMP
YOU’RE ACES
TASTE THAT VISTA
A JOURNEY GALORE
CYCLES OF RAGERS
WILL BUST DOWN THAT DOOR
NIGHTS ENLIVENED
WE’VE DRANK THIS BEFORE

(VOCALS, ELECTRIC GUITAR, AMPLIFIED VIOLIN, BONFIRE RECORDINGS, WILDERNESS)


SHEPHERD DOG

(AMPLIFIED VIOLIN SOLO)


MOUNTAINS ROCK

BLUES
SKYBLASTS TALL TREE TOPS
MOUNTAINS ROCK NONSTOP
WINDS
CARVES THE COLORFUL SANDS
SALTS
RED GREEN BROWN
LANDS

(AMPLIFIED HELPINSTILL PIANO, AMPLIFIED VIOLIN, PEDAL STEEL GUITAR, VOCALS)


NEW LIVES

UNLOST NOT FOUND
HEARTS ARE BROKEN ACROSS THIS VAST OF GROUND
SIDES ARE HUMMING OF THE GIANT MOUND
NEW LIVES
SPOKE OF ALL THAT USED TO BE
WITHOUT UNCERTAINTY
BEFORE THERE’S HISTORY
JOURNEY AROUND
VENTURES DEEPER TO THE FLASH HOT SOUNDS
SEEKING NEW TRAILS IN SOME OLD GHOST TOWN
WILL LIGHT A FIRE FOR FREE
STARGAZE CONTINUOUSLY
YOUR EYES TALK QUIETLY
LIFE UNFOLDS
SCRATCH THE SHADOWS OF YOUR HEART OF GOLD
BREAKING BRANCHES ALL OUR ARMS CAN HOLD
YOU’RE PINE
YOU’RE MYSTERY
CLOSE MY EYES
YOU’RE ALL I SEE
WON’T CRY ‘CAUSE YOU LOVED ME

(ELECTRIC GUITAR, VOCALS, AMPLIFIED VIOLIN, PINE NEEDLES)


HIDEAWAY IN THE GRASS

(PINE NEEDLES, APACHE VIOLIN)


SQUINT SWEATS

SUCH AN INTENSE ODYSSEY
CARELESS ABANDON DOESN’T FIND ME
WEATHERED STORIES HAVE SET UP HOME
WE’RE NOT IN THIS TOGETHER OR ALONE
SUN-FILLED DAYS OPEN NIGHTS THAT FLOW
BACK AND FORTH TIDES THAT SLIGHTLY PLATEAU
EXPLICIT PATHWAYS OF BLINDING LIGHT
ALL AROUND THIS WORLD’S DARKEST SIGHTS
DREAMED A FINER FUTURE THAT WASN’T PERFECT
WAKING INSPIRATION ROLLED ME IN A HOT SWEAT
SHREDDING WRITING READING SINGS A STORY ALL ITS OWN
READ IT BACK TO ME PAPER ROCK MADE OF STONE
SUCH AN INTENSE ODYSSEY
CARELESS ABANDON DOESN’T FIND ME
WEATHERED STORIES HAVE SET UP HOME
WE’RE NOT IN THIS TOGETHER OR ALONE
SUN-FILLED DAYS OPEN NIGHTS THAT FLOW
BACK AND FORTH TIDES THAT SLIGHTLY PLATEAU
EXPLICIT PATHWAYS OF BLINDING LIGHT
ALL AROUND THIS WORLD’S DARKEST SIGHTS



(CASIO, VOCALS, ELECTRIC GUITAR, AMPLIFIED VIOIN)

THANK YOU TO THE RAUSCHENBERG RESIDENCY, NATIVE ARTS AND CULTURES FOUNDATION, ART MATTERS GRANT, CLAIRE LUNDIN, ALL WHO HAVE COMMISSIONED ME TO WORK WITH THEM AND ALL WHO HAVE PURCHASED MY WORK AND MUSIC THROUGH THE YEARS.

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released June 10, 2017

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Laura Ortman Brooklyn, New York

AWARDS: 2016 NATIVE ARTS AND CULTURE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP, 2016 ART MATTERS GRANT, 2014 RAUSCHENBERG RESIDENCY, 2015 Social Engagement Residency at IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts S​anta Fe, imagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival 2011: BEST MUSIC VIDEO​, 2010 Artist­-in­Residence (Stars Like Fleas) Issue Project Room NYC , 2008 First Nations Composers Initiative COMMON GROUND Grant​ ... more

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