"Red Shift"

by Echo Bloom

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After finishing their third studio album "Red," Brooklyn-based Americana quartet Echo Bloom embarked on a 57-date tour of Germany, Holland, and Belgium during the summer of 2016. The road (more specifically the autobahn) had become a familiar place to the band - after two earlier tours through Germany the group had logged hundreds of shows, performing in concert halls, cathedrals, bars, farmhouses, and even a prison in Bremen. Through these shows, the band and the songs of "Red" grew and evolved from the snapshots captured on the studio album. The record "Red Shift" documents that growth, showing the songs of "Red" (and some additional songs that will be on their next studio album "Green") to be living, breathing, and blooming musical statements.

Echo Bloom is led by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Evans. Reared in the American Bible belt, Evans grew up on a steady diet of southern and classic rock (Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan and the Beatles). The seeds of Red were sown during an artistic pilgrimage in Berlin, where Evans retreated to work on songs for a new project. He emerged with enough material for three records, each in a different genre. The first album, "Blue" (released in 2014), is orchestral folk, and merges "celestial harmonies, thoughtful melodies, a theatrical flair and high ambition" (Lee Zimmerman, No Depression). The second album, "Red" (released in 2016), is a blend of southern rock and folk that "combines the warm vocal drawl of a country song and the drum-racing jubilance of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band" (Zach Weg, The Deli Magazine). The final album of the colors trilogy, "Green," is currently being recorded.

Evans is joined on "Red Shift" by his musical counterpart, Aviva Jaye. Jaye provides alto vocals, keyboards, and a masterful sense of tone and harmonic color. Percussionist Cody Rahn and bassist/vocalist Alex Minier form the rhythmic backbone of Echo Bloom.

"Red Shift" is a vital document of a band in motion, forging its identity on the road. We're lucky that, with this album, the band takes listeners along for the ride.

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released May 5, 2017

Evans is joined on "Red Shift" by his musical counterpart, Aviva Jaye. Jaye provides alto vocals, keyboards, and a masterful sense of tone and harmonic color. Percussionist Cody Rahn and bassist/vocalist Alex Minier form the rhythmic backbone of Echo Bloom.

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"SONGS & WHISPERS" Bremen, Germany

"SONGS & WHISPERS" is a live - music and artist development network.

We present live music music in befriended places in Europe. We are putting on shows with international and local artist and are covering the genres: Alternative Folk, Alternative Country, Americana, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter and some unclassifiable music too.

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Track Name: Operator
- Operator -

It's been
seven months since
I heard my baby
on the phone

Cradling
the receiver
listening to the
dialtone

Operator get me Caroline
I gotta talk with my baby tonight
I promised her that it would be all right
Operator get me Caroline

Every
bone in my body
wants to only
be with you

But I
get no answer
just the answer
ing machine

Operator get me Caroline
I gotta talk with my baby tonight
I promised her that it would be all right
Operator get me Caroline

Oh my
darling Carrie
you're so very
far from me

Oh my
darling Carrie
only sixteen
months old

Operator get me Caroline
I gotta talk with my baby tonight
I promised everything would be all right
Operator get me Caroline
Track Name: Another Rose
- Another Rose -

The downtown train's this afternoon
so pack your things, we're leaving soon
Oh my sweet baby don't be blue
another rose will bloom for you

Another rose will bloom for you
Darling tomorrow will be new
And though your heart is broke in two
Another rose will bloom for you

In dark the daylight's always near
In storms the seas will always clear
All things that fall will one day true
another rose will bloom for you

Another rose will bloom for you
Darling tomorrow will be new
I know your heart is broke in two
Another rose will bloom for you

That evening train is leaving soon
In another town you'll start anew
Oh my sweet baby don't be blue
Another rose will bloom for you

Another rose will bloom for you
Darling tomorrow will be new
I know your heart is broke in two
Another rose will bloom for you
Track Name: Evangeline
- Evangeline -

Morning's wasted on the picture on the wall
that slowly reappears the moments after dawn
Every day I see you looking back at me
at the boy I am and the man I couldn't be

15 years I swung that hammer
Baby all I had was time
Evangeline, tell me it all was just a dream
You won't believe what all the time has done to me

The man you loved so long ago's all torn and faded
and there's nothing left inside of him not full of hatred
but let's make the best of what is left

I'm violent and I'm sad
they took the best years that I had
and left an empty shell
they picked off like a scab
I'm a child at 34
mopping up some liquor store
lying awake at night
afraid of dying alone

15 years I swung that hammer
Baby all I had was time
Evangeline, tell me it all was just a dream
You won't believe what all the time has done to me

That afternoon you married me in that grove of pine trees
in my darkest hours that memory was all that saved me
so let's make the best of what is left

Evangeline, tell me it all was just a dream
You won't believe what all the time has done to me

If you've moved along I'd never think you less a person
but your heart still has a place for me of that I'm certain
so let's make the best of what is left
Track Name: Willingham
- Willingham -

It was over like that
burnt the house to the ground
two days 'til Christmas in a faraway town
They found him there on the curb
covered in soot
'sterically screaming that the fire had took
his 3 little girls turned to ash in his hands
These are the ways that you bury a man
These are the ways

The pieces didn't add up
they said he showed no remorse/regret/wasn't sad enough
They hauled the man in and manufactured a story
They said he tucked 'em all in
and barricaded the doors
and squirted some lighter fluid over the floor
Stood on the sidewalk like a piece of white trash
and let the house burn into cinders and ash
These are the ways

The D.A. laid it all out
he'd had a pitiful life
a cracker mechanic who would beat up his wife
Saved his piece of shit car
instead of rescuing his kids
only the highest of punishments for what he had did
These are the ways that justice pays for the truth (that we interpret the truth)
an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
These are the ways

In a faraway town
I think of him then
Hysterically screaming as the needle goes in
And then all you can hear
is the beat of his chest
gradually slowing with each shallower breath
These are the ways you make a dog of a man
The blood in the water is on all of our hands
Track Name: Kings Of The County
- Kings of the County -

This friend I had one summer
would wake me in the night
take a beebee gun and shoot it at
a county map
and where it landed we'd drive
until the morning waked

We'd drive out in the evening
down a blank suburban road
and with a can of orange paint
we'd write out names
and walk around the neighborhood
untilt he morning waked

I lost my mom that summer
but all that's left from then
are the memories of those drive's we'd take
the smell of paint
the way the sun softly rose
on our drying names
Track Name: In Orbit
- In Orbit -

Baby from this ferris wheel
our sleeping city's
lit up like a Christmas tree
from blinking TV's
playing out old reruns to the night

We will drive the Aerostar
back home from memory
and fall asleep to TV shows
just now beginning
never wanting nothing more

But hey, though we're orbiting round
seems like we only head towards the ground
OK - we'll start a new verse
but instead of just falling
the wheel will reverse

We could drive the car all night
to Motor City
and find another ferris wheel
and set it spinning
and watch while Detroit echos and blooms

But hey, though we're orbiting round
seems like we only head towards the ground
OK - we'll start a new verse
but instead of just falling
the wheel will reverse

I don't want to live my life
alone and jaded
thinking love turns people old
all worn and faded
never wanting nothing more

But hey, though we're orbiting round
seems like we only head towards the ground
OK - we'll start a new verse
but instead of just falling
the wheel will reverse
Track Name: Revenge
- Revenge -

I woke up in a roadside Holiday Inn
beneath a dusty ceiling fan
got out of bed and stretched my aching legs
and washed the night off of my hands
I counted 1, 2, 3, 4, bruises on my knuckles
and appreciated the pain
and watched the dirt and mud and blood and sin
swirling slowly down the drain

And if you ask me why I did it
I will answer with a grin
it was revenge

He was a child molester and he lived alone
in a cabin out by the lake
and everybody knew it but a'nobody could prove it
so we decided to set him straight
I thought of it as some community service
a bullet would do the trick
but it'd be way too loud and it'd be way too messy
and it'd be over way too quick

And if you ask me why I did it
I will answer with a grin
it was revenge

Rolled the window down in my El Dorado
for some fresh air on my face
and in the seat beside me there's a rope and a hammer
and a soggy old suitcase
and I beat the rhythm of Waylon Jennings
on the cracking steering wheel
singing right there with me "I just can't help
the way that I don't feel"

And if you ask me why I did it
I will answer with a grin
it was revenge

I pulled up to my cousin's funeral parlor
in the middle of the night
and we dragged the suitcase to the basement furnace
and we threw it all inside
And I watched it burning through a little window
'til it melted all away
and then we went upstairs to eat an early breakfast
and get ready for the day

And if you ask me why I did it
I will answer with a grin
it was revenge
Track Name: Leaving Charleston
- Leaving Charleston -

Evelyn's daddy was a son of a bitch
he was an alcoholic and he beat the kids
so we swore we'd leave the day she turned 15
borrowed her sister's car and pointed it west
thinking anywhere was better than the place we left
and the note we left her parents only said

We're riding towards the sun
Leaving Charleston
Me and her were done with everything

We will try baby
try to do the best we can
and we will ride baby
ride into the promised land

Lived in that beater for a couple of weeks
and we took some dirty pictures for some food to eat
it was bad but it was better than before
Every evening I would lie there awake
watching how the streetlights hit her face
and I'd fall asleep against her shoulderblade

Rising with the sun
Out of Charleston
Me and her were done with everything

We will try baby
try to do the best we can
and we will ride baby
ride into the promised land

Sold off the car to try make our ends meet
Evie spent her nights working on the streets
And we moved into a Greyhound terminal
Every tomorrow could be better I think
when she wanders back and is next to me
I just hold her close and whisper in her ear

Forget about the sun
We're out of Charleston
Me and her were done with everything

We will try baby
try to do the best we can
and we will ride baby
ride into the promised land
Track Name: Texas Two
- Texas Two -

We met in a juvie hall
in April, 1983
Billy Joe was beautiful
all dirty blonde and tattered jeans
We were dumb and perfect just
a greasy pair of Indians
dreaming of the life we had to lead

We lived in a halfway house
in August when we got released
At 10 when all the lights went out
I'd spend the night beneath his wings
I'd hold him 'til the morning came
he'd hold me 'til he fell asleep
wake up cradled in each other's arms

We loved life and outlaws and
each other more than anything
than either of us thought we could
than either of us could believe
But every love is different than (from)
the one before - some settle down,
some say they'll become the Texas Two

Billy was the muscle and the
heart behind the enterprise
I made the plan the night before
my head against his sleeping thigh
he took out the rent-a-cop
but when I heard the sirens ring we
ran without a dollar to our names

We went to a motel in the
next town with a case of beer
hid out shooting Polaroids
him mugging in the bathroom mirror
stayed up reading newspapers
combing through the crime reports for
any mention of the Texas Two

Nothing much in my life ever
made much sense, Love and guns and
violence were all I ever
really knew of happiness
But neither of us wanted to grow
old like this, but living life
together was the only thing we'd need

We stayed in the hideaway for
several days just waiting for the
heat to pass until we heard a
knock upon the motel door
The voice outside assured us that they
had the place surrounded and to
lay down and surrender to the law

As we heard the door break in
I froze and looked in Billy's eyes
all I saw was love and fear and
lips slowly begin to smile and
taking out a pistol he just
started shooting everywhere
first and last stand of the Texas Two

Bleeding on the floor I thought that
nothing much had really changed
I was still a coward and my
Billy was still dumb and brave
As I slowly drifted off I
reached for him and held his hand and
watched the fire die behind his eyes
Track Name: Shine
- Shine -

Come tomorrow let’s stay home from school
fake a fever ’til your folks leave
meet me down by that abandoned pool
at the end of Mackinac street

honeysuckle reaching shoulder high
tangling our beating hearts
me and you, we were like fireflies
let out from a mason jar

And together we shine shine shine
shine shine shine shine shine shine

leaned to kiss me in the shallow end
neither of us said anything
laid around until the evenin’
counting every star wandering in

And together we shine shine shine
shine shine shine shine shine shine

Maybe there’s a day when I won’t love you anymore
But nothing I can promise more than this
For tonight there’s nothing in the world except for us
That’s the only thing that I could wish

Woke up covered in a sheet of dew
Ran home in the breaking light
I was grounded for a week or two
Dreamed about you every night

And together we shine shine shine
shine shine shine shine shine shine
Track Name: Businessman
- Businessman -

Elevator elevator take me to the 22nd floor
Take me through this quiet building, slowly pause and open up the door
Dying in American suburbia for supervisor’s pay
18 years spent working for the government in Washington Dee Cee
Every day another stream of car, work, sleep, reeee peeeeeet
Huddled with a phone receiver whispering to an answering machine

Don't wait up for me, you'll feel better in the morning if you sleep
Amy disagrees, but she drifts off anyway and waits to dream

Distantly the echoes of explosions bring our businessman around
Washington's a smoldering ruin, a siren is the only other sound
Walking calmly back inside he switches on the radio to hear

Don't wait up for me, you'll feel better in the morning if you sleep
Amy disagrees, but she drifts off anyway and waits to dream

My family albums filled with pictures looking back at
me, I've found I'm ready for the sea

Elevator elevator take me to the parking garage door
Take me to the beach and find the businessman all lined up down the shore
Ankle-deep in quiet water holding out their flashlights to the sea

Don't wait up for me, you'll feel better in the morning if you sleep
Amy disagrees, but she drifts off anyway and waits to dream
Track Name: The Swimmer
- The Swimmer -

Never swam this far to sea before
Looking back it's hard to see the shore
Everything will be, everything will be fine

If I falter 'fore I'm done
If the ocean water fills my lungs
Everything will be, everything will be fine

Cos' it's better to be murdered by a lover
cos' everything will someday kill
And I'll try and try and try to find that answer
one of these days I will

The sun descended hours ago
It's hard to know which way to go
Everything will be, everything will be fine

Cos' it's better to be murdered by a lover
cos' everything will someday kill
And I'll try and try and try to find that answer
one of these days I will

Forward towards the breaking light
Fire green and golden white
Everything will be, everything will be fine

Cos' it's better to be murdered by a lover
cos' everything will someday kill
And I'll try and try and try to find that answer
one of these days I will