Ashes to Breathe

from by Mellow Diamond

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    "American God" is Janel Leppin's third recording for her solo moniker, Mellow Diamond. A limited edition of colored vinyl with red with black smokey swirls was pressed at United Record Pressing.

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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).


Belonged and Unending
The path that leads to sea
It requires you to leave your life
Deaths Humanity

For the kind that glistens
Unthinkable to me
When blessings surround you
and Ashes to Breathe
When blessings surround you
and Ashes to Breathe


Content and Velvet
Pushed you to the crowd
To the kind that listens
Ancient Trees and Flowers

What once was a curse
Now is paradise

And scorched earth remains
That's what we found

That's what we found
That's what we found


from American God, track released February 13, 1981
Janel Leppin, Cello, electronics, Vocals
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.

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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