When Shadows Return To The Sea

by Martha Bean

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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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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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Track Name: When The Fear Comes
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…
Track Name: Catching Stars
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
Track Name: Song Of The Sea
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…
Track Name: The Conversation
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
Track Name: Who Changed The Clocks?
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…
Track Name: Spit It Out
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…
Track Name: To Make The Whole World Happy
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
Track Name: Forever Long (piano version)
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
Track Name: Bad Blood
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
Track Name: I Still Remember
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
Track Name: Don't Get Lost In The Dark (bonus track)
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