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by Doug Tielli

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Hints of African high life, British folk, free-improvisation, Brazilian spirituals and blue eyed soul gracefully come together in Doug Tielli's second release, Keresley. The record is a wide spray of textures, dynamics and styles and feels unified by Doug’s fluid voice and musicianship. Voice, guitar, percussion and brass don't just outline a melody, they resonate as one with grace and simplicity. Doug Tielli uses his songs to translate the natural and the un-natural world around him.

These translations have become the sonic environment of Keresley.
Named after the village-come-suburb, Keresley, on the outskirts of Coventry, England, where after a short U.K. tour, Doug took up temporary residence after missing a flight back to his home in Toronto. He spent the next two months walking a dog, drawing, dreaming, and recording this album. The sounds and songs of Keresley are as natural and unlaboured as the world Doug Tielli describes:

“The magic of Keresley is not on the surface. Those fields under all kinds of skies are always wondrous. The grass got long, and filled with wildflowers, and red-purple grasses, the sky rolled with low, heavy clouds, and occasionally sun, flitted with birds. Fathers and sons, old Scotsmen ... everyone with a dog ... would share a few words and stories with me from time to time.

When the grass was tall enough - in June or so, I lay down, fully hidden to any who passed by ... though I did worry that I would be spotted somehow, and thought unusual - which I am and am not at the same time, you know what I mean.”

The music on Keresley is like all of this and that - both unusual and familiar. It sounds like many different worlds, but is really just one world seen through different kaleidoscopes of perception. The songs also seem to come from a deep internal communication – dreams, the unconscious, the network of creativity – a sense of wonder in how things have come to be. Of a couple of the songs on Keresley, Doug writes:

"... sometimes songs come out and I just let them be. I have no fixed memory of where some songs come from ... sometimes I am not too sure what the words mean either ... I like that ambiguity - when I have no fixed idea of what something means, I can interact with it freshly, from the same place as someone hearing it for the first time, or even just as sound..."

“The words came to me first thing in the morning after a night of sleeping and singing the tune all night long - a stream of consciousness tale - the coming to be of a man-earth being, and his dissolution and reconsumation by the elements, by the forest. A jumble of the cosmic cycle.”

Kerelsey is an album of communication both inward and outward, born of a love of the earth and those who walk upon it. Somehow through going on walks in a suburb, of a mid-sized city in two of the rainiest months in recent history in England, we are transported through history and geography, from Africa, to America, to the 50's, to folk music immemorial, to the free jazz of the 60's, abstract prickly sounds, and warm grooviness, and unknown South American Spiritual hymns.
Doug Tielli has made a very a human record, one that speaks of a love of the landscape and those who walk upon it.

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released September 30, 2013

All songs and instruments - DT
except drums on Water Falls, Oak, A Dream That I Am, by Euan Rodger
and bass on Water Falls by Joe Carvell
and bass line on Water Falls invented by Mike Overton

Basic tracks for Water Falls, Oak, Big Man Of The Underbrush, With You and Without You, A Dream That I Am, recorded by Angus Wallace at Far Heath
Drums recorded by Ian Whitehead at Taylor John's House
The rest recorded by DT at 23 Farm Close 
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering
Artwork by DT
Layout by Francis O'Donnell Smith

Much thanks to Richard Guy, Mason Le Long, Neil Shaw, Euan Rodger, Andy Whitehead, Ian Whitehead, Angus Wallace, Coventry Arts Centre (Zoe), Robin Jax, Ted, Joe Carvell, Thom Gill, Sandro Perri, Brandon Valdivia, Scott Peterson, Mike Overton.

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Track Name: Water Falls
Oh water falls in a dream
What a dream it is water falls
I stand naked and weep
The ground is wet with joy
My shoulders are pounded red then white then red

Oh I am free like a waterfall
To feel everything that I feel
Free like a waterfall
I am falling yet still I fall

Memories of my happy stream
Never stop their sweet mournful song
And the future never comes to me
Just this
Just this
Just this thundering roar
Track Name: Milo
Hey Milo, I used to sing to you every day
Though maybe not so specifically
I used to sing
"Hey Sunlit Cloud, hey Rainy Day
Hey ragged Mamma of my sea sick dreams"

Hey Milo, do you still remember me?
My voice has changed, but my heart is still the same
It's all our hearts, it's all our hearts
The lover's and the killer's heart
The wise one and the one who fell apart
Track Name: Oak
Like an oak in the atmosphere
What I thought I had I never had to fear
It was a dream in another's sleep
From what I'm free I'll never ever know
And I never would have found it without the help of a friend
And I never would have found it without the sound of the wind
We are siblings of the new found star

Just a pinhole on an endless page of a book
that doesn't have a start or end
Just one raindrop from a vast cloud
In a sky that stretches sky to sky
The light that passes through that hole
Holds the light of all of our joy
The water in that single raindrop
Holds the depth of all the tears we have cried
Songs of sorrow in throats of laughter
A holy oak in the atmosphere
And I never would have found it without the help of a friend
And I never would have found it without the sound of the wind
We are siblings of the new found star
Track Name: Big Man of the Underbrush
The big man has come up from the underbrush and given off a smell
His wristwatch counts hours by infinities and the dog sniffs curiously
Somewhere Fortune screams, "I have lost my way", and the Cosmos chimes "Good riddance"
The fig trees swell with such a juiciness, women gather round and blush

I will not say what cannot be said
Oh shoot, I've gone and said it
And if it was God who heard we could not be sure, could just as well been the devil
For round his head grew the slippery elm and his fingernails spiralled like seashells
His eyes clouded up with a thick white fog that billowed out of the sockets

If I do believe what I believe I see, Earth's garden has gone berserk
Saturn's rings spinning round my ears and the moon shining in my throat
The big man of the underbrush whose broad chest I had admired
All whimsied flora'd and fauna'd and shot out straight through mystery's wondrous ass
Track Name: With You and Without You
Arima, arima, arima, arima

No solitude, no harmony, no disharmony
There's nothing there is there
It's all around

The warmth, the coolness, the touch
The absence, the memories, the newness
Play within me and beyond me

With you and without you
With you and without you
I've wandered far afield
and still cannot find...

Like a bird who's flown too close to the sun
You will know me when I burn away
Track Name: Being Mist
Being rock, mist and mind
Being dust of life in deep space
Travelling the vein of a leaf
I have found you again my friend
for no other reason than to be heard once more
A leaf, feather, tiny hair on a blade
Magical ordinary grass
My brother's rage, the tweet of a bird
The word that opens heart and mind
or the slamming of a door
Calls out its name and yours
with no sound
Listen carefully
The gift you left behind
not meant for me, I found

You say leave it behind but I want to be here
Later this summer when the grass is high
The grass in the fields has grown high enough
that I can disappear
Buttercups tower above the bug
like a cluster of the yellowest suns
with Queen Anne's Lace beyond in the beyond
Halo on the go would if you are a halo on the go...

I've never been where I am now and now that place is gone
A transport of pigs moves
and it smell it leaves behind fills my lungs
and speaks your name and mine
Track Name: A Dream That I Am
Every day when I wake up
and I walk down the street
I put a song in my pocket
for each one that I meet
And I know it's all over
when I feel it's just begun
Wandering down by the river
beside the setting sun

Oh
It's just a dream that I am
a dream that I see
and a dream to be here at all

Now I walk like a demon
and I sing like a swan
each sad incantation
towards that setting sun
And I feel it all over
and I know it deep within
What ever comes of this new day
I'll breathe it out and in

Oh
It's just a dream that I am
and a dream that I see
and a dream to be here at all