Art Holds Her Hand

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Cellist Janel Leppin records her first album of songs for solo cello, electronics and voice. Recorded with Mike Reina at The Brink Centerville, VA.

Janel released two albums as Mellow Diamond on Wedderburn Records in 2015 for which she was featured on NPR, Washington Post, Washington City Paper and Electronic Musician Magazine.
Janel was arranger and curator at the Issue Project Room for a residency with Susan Alcorn as well as joining several residencies at The Stone playing the work of Eyvind Kang. She has recorded work on albums for Rose Windows (Sub Pop), Oren Ambarchi (Touch), Priests (Sister Polygon), Marissa Nadler (Thompson Square). She toured extensively with Kyp Malone's Rain Machine (ANTI, 2010), with Marissa Nadler for her album July (Sacred Bones/Bella Union, 2014).

lyrics

She's the stillest one
The silence grows
With her age and
Silver shade
And with her absent soul
That drags her bones and
Wet eyed ego
Her room the darkest womb
Her dynasty
Could melt her like stone

Widest wheels
Come alive
When the rattlesnake starts to quiver

Under Moon, Moon, Moon

Boredom Suicide
Her pen in hand
Thought she had the will to die
Scalding words come to pass
Regardless of her clear eyed contract

She viewed the vacant land
While art holds her hand
In that sparkling garden
The queen's rule multiplied
The richest wane

Of her diamond in the Moon Moon Moon

credits

from American God, released April 28, 2017
Janel Leppin, Cello, Electronics, Voice, Bass drum
Mike Reina, engineer, mixing engineer, producer
Mell Dettmer, mastering
Recorded at The Brink Analog and Digital Studio

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Janel Leppin Washington, D.C.

In Mellow Diamond vocalist and avant artist Janel Leppin winds through songs for analog equipment, alongside acoustic and electric instruments. She creates soundscapes interwoven with jagged contemporary jaunts, dream-pop vocal works, Persian classical glimpses, and psychedelic reveries. ... more

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