Icarus Girl

by Siobhan McCrudden

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Icarus Girl is the debut album by Siobhan McCrudden released on hungersleep records.

Icarus Girl is the debut album by Siobhan McCrudden released on hungersleep records.

Described as “a singer who is gifted with one of the finest voices in contemporary UK folk music”, Cardiff-based Siobhan crafts songs of intensity and sweetness, recounting personal stories whilst reflecting a vivid fascination with dark folk tales and superstitions. Raised in London to parents with Scottish and Irish roots, her vocal leanings reflect early memories of folk musicians at family gatherings and a strong desire to connect with these emotive beginnings.

Not afraid of embracing matters personal in her songwriting, Siobhan describes new single Icarus Girl, with its infectious shuffling rhythm and a nod to Americana, as a song about “the experience of falling in love having the power to resurrect old hope you thought long gone”.

In a recent 5* album review, R’n’R Magazine described Siobhan’s voice as “a glowing lamp on a string that loops back to Shelagh McDonald and Joni Mitchell” and Folk Radio UK warned “Keep an eye on her journey, this singer songwriter has real potential”.

Earlier singles The Mermaid in Your Glass and Following You enjoyed support on BBC Radio Wales (Adam Walton, Bethan Elfyn), Radio Cardiff, numerous regional stations and several Spotify playlists.


‘Icarus Girl’ is carefully arranged and produced by acclaimed artrock musician GRICE who has infused the songs with his subtle yet distinctive instrumentation. The album features musical contributions by a few select musicians including Steve Bingham (No-Man, Judy Dyble) on violin, who complete the blend bringing an understated warmth and intricacy to the album.

Performing as a duo or with a full band, Siobhan has showcased her music at numerous events this year, both large and intimate, including Wales’ largest platform for musicians; Focus Wales in Wrexham, Hubfestival Cardiff, Roath Folk Festival, How The Light Gets In Festival in Hay and at Acapela Studios. She launched her debut album to a sell out audience in April and has been steadily gaining acclaim with reviewers and fans alike.

Siobhan is due to perform at the Fresh on the Net Showcase in London in 2020.

Reviews:
Her voice, rich and evocative, is ably accompanied and produced by art-rocker GRICE’ - Freshonthenet - Fresh Faves, BBC6 Music

'Siobhan McCrudden really does have a voice of great intensity and beauty' NewSoundWales

‘music from the morning mist at the edge of a wood’ From the Margins
‘Absolutely beautiful, just stunning, the voice is something else’ Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

‘There’s both a misty mountain chill, so evocative of the open landscapes of Scotland, in tandem with sweet Irish melodicism too. Stir this up with the assuredness that can only come from the sharp-edged New York streets and you have yourself an artist to watch ‘Folk Radio’
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released December 7, 2018

Music & Lyrics by Siobhan McCrudden
Siobhan McCrudden: vocals, acoustic guitar
Grice Peters: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keys, drum treatments, string arrangements and sound design. Additional vocals on tracks 2 and 8.
Al Swainger: bass, double bass
Steve Bingham: violin. viola
Brenda Stewart: viola
Glen Hawkins: mandolin
Jack Lawrence: autoharp

Produced by GRICE
Mixed by Duncan Chave & GRICE
Engineered by Duncan Chave & GRICE
Mastered by Andy Miles at Stardelta Audio Mastering
Recorded at Sound Gallery Studios, UK. www.sound-gallery.net
Cover Art & design: Edo Velthuis
Single cover art & design: GRICE

The copyright in these sound recordings is owned by Siobhan McCrudden under exclusive licence to hungersleep productions Ltd www.hungersleepproductions.com

All rights of the owner of the recorded work reserved.
© 2018 Siobhan McCrudden
℗ 2018 Siobhan McCrudden

All songs published by Integrity Publishing Ltd

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Track Name: Cassiopeia's Chair
Cassiopeia's Chair

I buried my heart deep
Beneath the line of snow
And when the thaw had passed
It didn’t want to know

And all the children came
Their laughter sweet as spring
My heart slept on and on
and never heard a thing

It dreamed of you

Asleep I heard
A melody
With eyes of violet blue
That ribbon like
As I awoke
Went slipping out of view

But on the breeze
I heard again
The song of everything
It laid the stars
Upon the earth
Like gifts before a king

And at Cassiopeia’s chair
I fell into the air
And found you everywhere

Now I’ve been digging deep
Beneath the earth and stone
To find my heart had gone
And left me all alone

But rising like a dream
I finally understand
Here beneath the apple tree
Fruit falls into my hand

And still I dream of you
Track Name: Following You
Following You (lyrics)

I am older than I was
Reflected in the glass
I am summer turned to rain
A figure from the past

And all the while I’m following you
Stepping close behind
Turning circles
Time again
The way you stalk my mind

I was your only one

Now my house is full of ghosts
You know them all by name
You know anger
You know grief
But hope’s the one I blame
She reels me in and pulls me close
I’m tethered like a kite
Oh spool me out
Let me go
Your heart has taken flight

But oh she pulls me down again, again, again, again oh…

Piece by piece
Bit by bit
We pulled ourselves apart
Till the pieces won’t all fit
Is that my soul?
Was this your heart?
And if we were much greater than
The sum of all these things
Why do we have to analyze the joy that they could bring

It’s gonna pull me down again, again, again, again, oh…
Now you pull me down again, again, and oh what then?

And all the while
I’m following you
Falling far behind
Broken like the memory
You cannot call to mind.
Track Name: Oh Little Red
Oh little red

Here is the well that they dug you,
There ‘neath the salt and the snow.
Pushing you in was the easy part love,
Pulling you out,
I don’t know.

All of the lies that they told you,
Are just like the ice on a stream;

Under the weight,
Of the words they won’t state;
All of the things that they mean.

There we were talking to strangers,
Wearing the cape that I made.
Red is the colour of danger,
And I wonder now,
Why you stayed.

Cold as your breath on that morning,
As it hung in a cloud on the air.
Nothing is said,
Vaporous still,
I hear it everywhere.

So many times you have heard the voice.
So many times you ignored.
And now she comes,
To bite at your heels,
How can you say you were not warned?

Have you been talking to strangers?
Here, in the bed that I made?
Oh, red is the colour of danger.
And I wonder now
How
Far
You strayed.

I will be talking to strangers,
For all of the days that remain.
You are the colour of danger,
And you bloom in my heart,
Just to stain.

Run away.
Track Name: The Forest
The Forest

There is a path rolls through the forest,
Oh its course is straight and true.
Though alone I walk upon it,
Everything I see is you.

Here be dragons, here be ogres,
But in fear I shall not reel.
Fairy tales and scary stories,
You are the only thing that’s real.

I am aware that I am weak
I will not think, I will not speak,
Or look before I leap.
But I could love you every part,
From your bones to your heart,
For all the days that I have left to start.

Now the night, as black as velvet,
Tastes so sweet upon my tongue,
And the tale as I would tell it,
Is of this thing we have begun.

And the winter will grow colder,
As the wind will learn my name,
But as sure as I grow older,
I am just the same.

Should you wake to find one morning,
As the light rolls through the trees,
Out of nowhere, without warning,
I have brought you to your knees.

Then I will know that you are weak,
You will not think, you will not speak,
Or look before you leap.
Oh I will love you every part,
From your bones to your heart,
For all the days that I have left to start.
Track Name: The Mermaid in your Glass
The Mermaid In Your Glass

Hear the rush the hush
See the mermaid in your glass
All you ever loved is all that will remain
And as you fall you’re going
Fall too fast.

And all she’ll say
Before she swims away
Is tell me now
What you’re prepared to lose
You call her name
You’ll never be the same
And then you realize
Just how she made you choose
And how it sounds like an excuse

We built a house of cards
And backed against the walls
Saw the joker leering in
And as you rolled the dice
I knew that it would fall
But from the wreck I hoped
We could begin

But all you’ll say
Before you turn away
Is cut the deck
I’ll go and get a drink
You called her name,
You’ll never be the same
Did you remember me,
As you began to sink?
Oh my darling,
Did you even think?

All she’ll say,
before she swims away
is tell me now
what you’re prepared to lose

you’ll call her name,
you’ll never be the same
when did you realize
just how she made you choose
oh how did we lose?

Hear the rush, the hush, the blood that’s in your veins
Track Name: Iron Goddess
Iron Goddess

I am the iron Goddess
I know your name
Rusting on my axis
As the world spins round again
No prophecy
Could foretell me
Yet here I shall remain.

Passing down the ages
As galaxies ferment
Alchemy as it rages
Distilling my intent
No alibi
Or anemic lie
The planets circumvent

I am the iron mother
Who beats inside your chest
Till you are torn asunder
Your metal to the test
This fools gold
Is eons old...

I am she
The ever free
The she who loves you best
I’ll draw you to your rest.
Track Name: Icarus Girl
Icarus Girl

We climbed the mountain to the ridge to see the stars
they shot like silver arrows to bury their heads in my heart

And I did not die from these wounds
oh brighter than the the sun
your hand in mine
we rose to meet them
one by one

and I am amazed to say
theres much I did not know
about the space you'd leave
whenever you go

I was not afraid to fall
oh I was scared to fly
an icarus girl
her wings so bright against the sky
I have crashed
and I burned
to the ocean
a salt pool of my tears
But that was long ago
the tide wore down my fears

you held my hand
you did not hold me down

I have read between the lines
your palms are like a map
I am lost I am found
and I know that there is no way back
Oh Icarus, Icarus come
and lay your wings to rest
your feathers fall
you soar forever
in my chest

and I am amazed these days...

Just never go.....
Track Name: Fragile
Fragile

Oh come on
And draw your breath
Don’t cry your tears into the nape of my neck
Cos oh my love
My time for you
Is fleeting
I hear them singing the summer on
Here in the wind that comes to move me along
And don’t I feel
Like a paper bird this morning

Oh you know it boy
It was your sweetness that I ran from
Not the harsh words
That I feared the most
Try to understand that I was like the flowers growing
Fragile and broken when you hold me too close

And down your path all of the blossoms fall
When I return they will be gone and oh
In the east the
Light that grows
Just
Hurts my eyes
You wake me
Break me
Shake me from your side
And to your branches no more I may bide
And surely as these flowers fall
The sun will rise

Oh you know it boy....

But in between the words you mean
There grows a shady evergreen
That will not cry his tears on to
The ground
And something bout the things you said
Will roll their silence round my head
And in between your words I hear you’re crying out
you’re crying now
and how






and now your hands Just hang there by your side
they were the worlds in which
I used to hide
But now with mine I
Thumb a ride
And I am leaving
I am leaving
I am

But there’ll be thoughts of you that haunt my mind
The broken promises I left behind
And unexpected
As it is
I am grieving....

Oh you know it boy
It was your sweetness that I ran from
Not the harsh words that I feared the most
Try to understand that I was like the flowers growing
Fragile and broken
And now I know
Oh....
Track Name: A Sin Nonetheless
A Sin Nonetheless

The sight of him, a mortal sin
You turn your head away.
Then on your knees
Your rosaries
You find the breath to say.
But the soft pull of his light,
You’re a moth
Out in the night.

Turn on your wing,
Confess everything.
To whom did you pray?

Oh pious one, you are undone,
Like ribbons on a dress.
Now from your lips a different song,
You sing as you confess.
Now sinners and saviors will feast.
And inside every beauty a beast.
Oh, oh, oh....

How shall you repent,
When sin, heaven-sent,
Is sin nonetheless?