Mellow Diamond

by Janel Leppin

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Camryn Marquez I love the textures and moods that this album creates and can establish. This is a very insular and introspective release. That is not to say, though, that this release is nihilistic or depressing in tone and should be reserved for bad moods or rainy days. I find this music has an ethereal and beautiful quality to it that is life-affirming and warm. Favorite track: Belly of the Beast.
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Thank you to my heart Anthony Pirog for being the first person who believed in me as an artist and composer, my mother and father Walter and Jane Leppin for their undying love and support, Mike Reina for the absolute magic, Addy Smith for her rad work and friendship, Susan Alcorn for her friendship and for loaning me her Buddy Emmons Pedal Steel nicknamed "Smoke and Ashes", Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney for encouraging me to make my own music and to start seriously singing and to Randall Dunn for his great help and advice in getting this record out.

Namesake is dedicated to Jane Leppin

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released April 22, 2016

Produced by Janel Leppin
All Music and Lyrics Written by Janel Leppin
JANELLACELLA ASCAP

Engineered by Mike Reina
Recorded at The Brink Analog and Digital Studio, Centreville, VA
Mixed by Mike Reina and Randall Dunn
Additional Engineering by Randall Dunn
Additional Recording at AVAST!, Seattle, WA

Janel Leppin - Vocals, Cello, Koto, Pedal Steel, Arp 2600, Prophet 5 Synthesizer, Korg MS-20, Modular Synthesizer, Optigan, Mellotron, Mini Moog, Grand Piano, Upright Piano, Harpsichord, Bowed and Struck Vibraphone, Electronics, Drums, Bass, Guitar, Radio Frequencies, Footsteps, Record Collage, Struck Pan Lids, Tape Loops

Cover Photograpy by Shervin Lainez
Inside Art courtesy of Shizen Design


©2016 Wedderburn Records, All Rights Reserved.

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Janel Leppin Washington, D.C.

Mellow Diamond is the solo work of vocalist and avant artist Janel Leppin. She composes songs for analog equipment, alongside acoustic and electric instruments creating soundscapes interwoven with jagged contemporary jaunts, dream-pop vocal works, Persian classical glimpses, and psychedelic reveries. ... more

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Track Name: Stacks of Wood
Stacks of Wood

Look Down
And you will see
That your hands are not bound
Look down
And you will see
Can't you now
Can't you now

Look down
And you will see
That my feet are free
Look down
And you will see
Can't you now

Stacks of Wood
Feed our hearts mood
Then and now

Stacks of Wood
Feed our hearts mood
Then and now
Then and now
Track Name: No Treaty
Through this confusion
We'll find our confidence
We won't grow weary
They've lost our loyalty

With No Treaty
In their hands
With no heaven
So it's said

Through this chaos
We'll meet with discipline
And with a calm mind
We'll find our path

Through this chaos
We'll hold on
And with a calm mind
We'll move on

And with a calm mind
We'll move on (.org)
Track Name: Her Tale Was Cut in Two
Time goes by
No choice to build a nest
In time

Time goes by
Not a sign of home
In our eyes

Migrations like a song
No pattern
But a rhythm for so long
For so long

humming..

Like a beating heart
And you'll know you're home
When you have no key
To call you're own

humming...

A temporary home
Is what I find
And that will have to be
Just fine

Just fine

He swept me off my feet
And showed me a land
Where the trees are red and gold
And the cliffs hold you're hand
Where the cliffs hold you're hand

Like a bird song
My life has been
And we could only win
We could only win

We could only win

This home I've found
Will never be sold
It lies within

For a hundred years
For a hundred years
For a hundred years
Track Name: Cast in Gold
Fields of wheat
That won't create
Their smile won't change
But it'll change you're DNA

And still they won't budge
Not even a nudge

Cuz they're so bought and sold
Like monsters cast in gold
Monsters Cast in Gold

No thought or word leaves or arrives
And still it should come as no surprise
You can't say we haven't tried
When the wind has pushed us aside
It's more like a tornado at times

Cuz they're so bought and sold
Like Monsters Cast in Gold
Like Monsters Cast in Gold

Effective sonar
Makes whales blind
It's a shame for all kind
It's a shame for all kind

koto solo

They're so small
And so few
We can take them
Me and you
We can take them
Me and you

We have to
We have to
We have to
Track Name: Belly of the Beast
Fold your frown into
A beautiful sound
Wear your crown of thorns
You can take that off of your head now

One of these days
You would know
One of these days

Harsh words fall like stone
Too heavy to inspire
You could lift them up
No reason to conspire

One of these days
You would know
One of these days
One of these days
One of these days
One of these days

I wonder if I could
Make it easier on you
Maybe I could do it for you
I wish I had a pill to kill
But it's not even real

You should have known
You could have known
One of these days
One of these days
One of these days
You would know

These days
One of these days
These days
One of these days