Esses

by Coo & Howl

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Written and recorded for Christian's niece, Isla. Mixed and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East. Art by Christian.

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released April 17, 2010

Christian Cundari—Guitars, Electronics, Ukulele
Ben Didsbury—Bass
Jenna Savage—Vocals
Matt Savage—Vocals, Odds and ends

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Coo & Howl Cambridge, Massachusetts

Coo & Howl is a 5-person band of family members and friends, who have performed together in Boston for the past five years. This close musical partnership has allowed the band to develop a uniquely collaborative writing style. Each song is balanced by a tension between influences and styles—and hints at recognizable genres without falling prey to the conventional trappings of any particular one. ... more

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Track Name: Fishes
The fish is in the bed
Where the water won’t keep his speckled head
From drying up
You would dry up, too

But a friend’s a friend who always comes
The ones you love float over you

The fish is on the chair
And no water will reach him there
So far from sea
You’d be homesick, too

But a friend’s a friend who always comes
The ones you love float over you

Foamy wave and algae bloom
Barrel down, bringing gloom
But there’s always some light left on

But a friend’s a friend who always comes
The ones you love float over you

Salty krill, siphonophore
What are all your numbers for
But to keep company and be safe?

But a friend’s a friend who always comes
The ones you love float over you
Track Name: Old Bones
You’re a tar pit love is frozen in
Your sweet fossils will stand here in thousands of years

Diplodocus, deep in rock for us
Every ivory bit a beauty
Apatosaur in the clay
We saw every ivory bit above us

Soil and centuries
Oh, your bones will go
And all of your babies
Will build your atoms up
And wonder at your motion
And know that you were grand

In the scaffolding
Many skeletons
One by one are all escaping
Track Name: Esses
Isla, I love your silent S
So sublime
Isla, a secret your name confesses
When it is read
Or written out instead
Or pictured in my head
Among the dreams and dreads

Though the word, when it is said
Is certain to except
The hiss the eye detects

There’s a sound you keep as a secret
Tucked sweetly away
A pearl in your oyster flesh
For all your days
And no sadness or worry
Can fill that space