When Shadows Return To The Sea

by Martha Bean

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Steve Richer
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Steve Richer In a world of identikit cookie-cutter musical formulae and fake pop sentiment, Martha Bean's music is a true breath of fresh air. It has enough accessibility to please the casual listener, while also providing multiple harmonic surprises and twists to engage the most jaded musician's ear. The production is superb throughout. So pleased I bought this! Favorite track: Catching Stars.
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scottfromderby lush album, beautiful voice Favorite track: Who Changed The Clocks?.
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1.
I can find myself When shadows return to the sea You know no-one else Could love you endlessly 
But when fear comes, It burns ever closer When the fear comes I forget who I am It’s so cold outside The devil is close on our heels My heart aches always I wish I could show how I feel When my eyes meet yours There’s magic In the snow that falls… But when fear comes, It burns ever closer When the fear comes I forget who I am When we hear the drums, It yearns to be closer When the fear comes I forget who I am No, no going back No, no going back No, no going back No, no going back No, no going back No, no going back No, no going back…
2.
I wish that I could fly away, Hold my head up high But something’s always in the way, These brambles catch me when I try These brambles catch me when I…. ’Cause you are the rock that holds me so - Close I will stay, so you can go Catching stars is still the aim I need to learn to take the blame ‘Cause you and I are both the same We breathe and live and play the game We breathe and live and play the game ’Cause you are the rock that holds me so - Close I will stay, so you can go ’Cause you are the rock that holds me so - Close I will stay, so you can go Slowly, slowly, easy now No need to worry, when you’re in doubt Slowly, so slowly, close your eyes No need to hurry, when you’re in disguise
3.
Come with me, be at peace We can make animals out of clouds Come to sea, feel the spray You can close your eyes, just for a while And I will keep you safe from harm Be your calm through the storm And I will keep you… Dip your toes, wet your face Won’t be long ‘till I hold you Come with me, to the open space You can close your eyes, just for a while And I will keep you safe from harm Be your calm through the storm And I will keep you… And I will keep you safe from harm Be your calm through the storm And I will keep you… down…
4.
Your heart, my hands My thoughts they might be medicinal I’ll do what I can To help your hurt be invisible You sigh, we drink ‘Till words flow free as the space allows I’ll do what I can Or is it too late? To find the answers Hiding in the Corner of the room We’ll creep up slowly So that we can Once again resume Your words, I feel Sit tight, loosen your grip awhile Should we run while we can Or is it too late? To find the answers Hiding in the Corner of the room We’ll creep up slowly So that we can Once again resume We’ll find the answers Hiding in the Corner of the room We’ll creep up slowly So that we can Once again resume
5.
Slow are the days, come quickly, slowly Melting in ways we can’t control One day, the same, then oh-so-suddenly Everything changed as my back was turned Tell me who… Tell me who changed the clocks Counting the hours, to final freedom When will they come to take you away? Staring at death, the highest kingdom With your last breath, you find your way Tell me who… Tell me who changed the clocks Tell me who… Tell me who changed the clocks Tell me who… Tell me who…
6.
Spit It Out 03:35
Spit it out, your words are wasted on me Spit it out, stop messing around We can see the cogs are turning And we can feel the weight in your words But we don’t care, So quit playing games Spit it out, we all know where you’ve been Spit it out, right about now We can see the cogs are turning And we can feel the weight in your words But we’ve moved on, So quit playing games We can see the cogs are turning And we can feel the weight in your words But we’ve moved on…
7.
You can’t quite put your finger on it Can’t quite see through the frosty glass I know it’s there How long until the light will pass? Imprinted in the memories Didn’t know that much could change You know it’s there How long ‘till we come of age? But in this moment, I’ll be still Once in a lifetime, at my own will And at this moment, now I know It’s impossible You can’t find a way through it I can’t quite hear what you’re trying to say I know you’re there How long until I run away? But in this moment, I’ll be still Once in a lifetime, at my own will And at this moment, now I know It’s impossible It’s impossible
8.
When the waters of the tides come in Then you will know my secrets Although there isn’t much to share You know I just can’t keep it in When the fire in the flame burns out Then I will know it’s over Although there isn’t much to despair You know what I’d prefer Speak swiftly or hold your breath You can’t go… hanging on Such beauty can’t be denied Forever long When the people speak of such true grace 
 Then I will know I’m falling Although there is no time to spare You know I’ll just keep keeping it in When the fire in my heart burns long Then I will know it’s over It all becomes too much to bear Until I just can’t keep it in Speak swiftly or hold your breath You can’t go… hanging on Such beauty can’t be denied Forever long Walk quickly now, don’t hesitate You can’t go hanging on Such beauty can’t be denied Forever long
9.
Bad Blood 04:14
Hello, can I help you sir? What’s it you’re after? Don’t mind if I look away It’s so nice to see you dear, How are you keeping? I’m off to save the world I don’t know you And I don’t need to Take your thoughts and words And leave me be I don’t need your charity Your affirmation Don’t mind if I look away I don’t know you And I don’t need to Take your worthless thoughts and words And leave me be
10.
I still remember when we Danced the routine we knew so well But now thing’ve changed And we’ve both rearranged But it’s still there, ‘cause I can’t forget your face I still remember the tree And the bamboo that couldn’t hold me And I still remember the stairs The carpet burns, so unaware But now thing’ve changed And we’ve both rearranged But it’s still there, ‘cause I can’t forget your face Now I’ve no clue where you are, Maybe next door, maybe Panama Perhaps you know where I am Just want you to know… But I’m still here, and I won’t forget your face
11.
Wish I could say what's on my mind But would it change a thing; it's so unkind So it goes on What difference could it make to find a cure? It doesn't matter if you're not quite sure And so it goes... On and on and on Take your tiger for a walk 'Till they're gone, they're gone, they're gone, But don't get lost in the dark When you know nothing, you can't understand Better to bury your head in the sand And so it goes on Would things be better if we changed our name? Moved to the country and started again? And oh, it goes... On and on and on Take your tiger for a walk 'Till they're gone, they're gone, they're gone, But don't get lost in the dark I'll still be here to rest upon When your tiger doesn't turn 'Till your troubles have all gone Just don't get lost in the dark

about

“ Think Kate Bush with a hangover ”
- Steve Bennett, Acoustic Magazine

“ The sort of debut album most young singer/songwriters probably dream about making … an utterly enchanting debut. **** ”
- Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky Magazine

“ …an album filled with the sort of exciting and enigmatic music that starts off every one of the Spy movies. ”
- Tim Stokes, Americana UK

“ the album will make you want to catch a train to the shore and watch the scenery go by slowly. ”
- Guestlist.net review

“ finger-picking guitar wizardry and pitch-perfect falsetto ”
- Simon Ward, Leicester Mercury

credits

released April 6, 2015

Martha Bean - vocals, guitars, piano and double bass
Joe Manger - drum kit and percussion
Adam Ellis - electric bass
Joel Evans - Wurlitzer keyboard, additional electric guitars
Rob Rosa - violin
Mirka Katariina - viola
John Bean - cello
Jez Burns - additional instrumentation

Words and music by Martha Bean

Recorded and mixed by Jez Burns at Yellow Bean Studio, Leicester
Mastered by John-Paul Braddock at Formation Audio, Nottingham
Produced by Jez Burns and Martha Bean

Artwork by Miriam Bean

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Martha Bean Leicester, UK

Songs are ‘full of charm, delicateness, and pure, unadulterated loveliness’**, veering from enigmatic and sobering, to the brooding razor-sharp.

Recently played on BBC 6Music and supporting the likes of Marika Hackman, Scott Matthews and Seth Lakeman, Martha has a world-class voice well worth keeping your ears open for.

*Leicester Mercury **Fresh On The Net
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