Here and the Hereafter

by Mirabilis

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1.
Hara 03:43
Take my hand, and we're ascending The sphere is light and small to start Facing you, arms extending, Open Invite Acknowledge fear and let it pass Expanding I can see for miles Nurture, growing radiant And listen Grounding My Hara My Center Met on this life's adventure Guides willing Joined with me The answers coming freely
2.
The City 04:52
Every sigil is defined Every heart pang is sublime Conscious breathing Ever wards we cannot see Darkness watching over me Cleanse the brittle air The city's weary evening hours Yield to sleeping, shining towers Amidst I walk freely For the night my mind found not sleep Turning over all possibilities Arriving nowhere But alive I will not go I will not fear I will not go The city dreams in fits and starts Unguided visions in my heart Constant and fleeting In my mind I know I will not go I will not fear I will not go I will not go The city wakes, I too arise From a heart to which I cannot lie And what bears repeating What it says is I... I will not go I will not fear I will not go When the prologue had begun I skipped ahead to the rising sun And found the ending Ever wards we cannot see Lightness brings serenity Consciousness breathing I will not go In my mind I know
3.
Sous le vent des plaines Un arbre m'est donné Un ami de peine Mon arbre de liberté Toi tu es la jeunesse Quand je n'y croyais pas Tu m'apportes l'ivresse Et tu me tends les bras Sous la neige, la terre N'avait pas oublié Au pays solitaire A fleuri le sorbier Sous le vent des plaines Il m'a donnè ses fruits Et depuis je sème Des graines pour mes amis Il nous montre la route Quand nous perdons nos pas A la saison du doute En nous tendant les bras Sous la neige, la terre N'avait pas oublié Au pays solitaire A fleuri le sorbier
4.
There will be many times When you will wonder where I am I am here with you The sun may dance on your hair The rain will carry away your tears There will be many times When you will wish to speak to me Speak and I will hear The wind will cause the chimes to stir The trees will rustle their leaves There will be many time When you may need my advice Listen to your heart For I dwell there And when you will wonder why I had to leave Know this I will watch you here and hereafter
5.
By the waters of Babylon We sat down and wept, and wept, and wept When we remembered thee Remembered thee, O Zion As for our harps We'd hang them up Upon the trees that are therein
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7.
Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu
8.
Who are you? And where have you been? Put these fears to rest You'll never be alone When do you feel? Did you hear? Find a place inside The sanctuary of mind Apperception Of the misunderstood Take these dreams of mine To ever comprehend Melt inwards Evoke another truth Cast your carapace And start a new way
9.
Stop thinking Find a new way Flash forward Flying backward Nothing in the past Finds the future Being right now Having the presence Monument of calm Quiet and feeling Machines hum and purr Put out the fire Flowing into thoughts Process, possess Foreign night Foreign peace Record a feeling Away, and here Been here before Instrumental Thinking the pieces Unable to change Done for today Today is the day With aloft horizon On to wake and say Whispers bring New summer day All that's offered unto We will find anon Soft succor In the break of dawn Today is the day
10.
Da Znae Moma 01:32
Da znae moma, da znae moma Da znae, danae da sa ne zheni
11.
O Care, thou wilt despatch me, If music do not match thee. So deadly thou dost sting me, Mirth only help can bring me.
12.
Out beyond the sun In a far off space I caught myself in the void Staring out to vast nothingness Catching breath Blazing coldness One, alone Where nothing dreams And we find a place of infinity Beneath the continuum A lost kingdom And there I find A different kind of time Open to me And eternal
13.
Mori mo iyagaru bon kara saki nya Yuki mo chiratsukushi ko mo naku shi Bon ga kita tote nani ureshikaro Katabira wa nashi obi wa nashi Kono ko you naku mori wo baijiru Mori mo ichinichi yaseru yara Hayo mo yukita ya kono zaisho koete Mukou ni mieru wa oya no uchi Mukou ni mieru wa oya no uchi
14.
Permafrost 04:18
The white bird (The white bird for her comes) Calls out for her Thin tundra veils (The ice is forming) Permafrost earth Grey stone (There when it called) Retreating wind The moor calls (Follows you back here) Desolation zone A cutting air (Like a friend of yore) Finds the cracks In my outer layer (Sadly wraps around) To slip inside The black bird (Left the ties of old) Answers her My tundra veil (We are strong, we are sound, we go) Permafrost earth The night bird comes for me From kingdom laced with frost Ensconced in earth it stays We go (Ensconced it stays) (We hardly know, we hardly thought, we go)
15.
Who are you? And where have you been? Put these fears to rest You'll never be alone When do you feel? Did you hear? Find a place inside The sanctuary of mind Apperception Of the misunderstood Take these dreams of mine To ever comprehend Melt inwards Evoke another truth Cast your carapace And start a new way
16.
Permafrost The white bird (The white bird for her comes) Calls out for her Thin tundra veils (The ice is forming) Permafrost earth Grey stone (There when it called) Retreating wind The moor calls (Follows you back here) Desolation zone A cutting air (Like a friend of yore) Finds the cracks In my outer layer (Sadly wraps around) To slip inside The black bird (Left the ties of old) Answers her My tundra veil (We are strong, we are sound, we go) Permafrost earth The night bird comes for me From kingdom laced with frost Ensconced in earth it stays We go (Ensconced it stays) (We hardly know, we hardly thought, we go)

about

Submerse yourself in the third ethereal/darkwave foray from Mirabilis featuring Dru Allen and Summer Bowman, two of the genre’s most-celebrated vocalists. As Mirabilis, these women go beyond the rock-hued sounds of their respective bands (This Ascension/Mercury’s Antennae and the Machine in the Garden) to create beautiful, vocal-centered originals alongside reinterpreted pieces ranging from medieval to pop.

As on their previous Projekt releases, 2004’s Pleiades and 2008’s Sub Rosa, Allen and Bowman weave their signature heavenly voices into a lush bed of dream-like harmonies amidst understated electronics, acoustic instruments, and majestic percussive elements. Their most diverse work to date, Here and the Hereafter transcend genres from cinematic, orchestral pieces to traditional folk and chant to spoken word. Accompanied by instruments including hammered dulcimer and recorder, these 16 tracks with roots as diverse as Bulgaria, India and Japan span ages and cultures, reality and dream.

By design Mirabilis has always sought to invite other like-minded creators to contribute to albums and performances. The new album marks the band’s first composition with long-time inspiration Monica Richards (Faith and the Muse), whose vocals appear on the piece “Here and Hereafter” and introduces neoclassical/baroque vocalist and harpsichordist Lacy Rose at the helm for “Can She Excuse My Wrongs.” Mirabilis also renews its collaboration with Pete Murray (Lo-Pro, Life on Planet 9), who contributes programming on a number of tracks, along with mixing the album. Two remixes conclude Here and the Hereafter: the first a sparkling rendition of “Sanctuary of Mind” courtesy of Justin Elswick (Sleepthief), the other by Bowman, which adds a steady beat to the haunting and originally sparse “Permafrost.”

The words “here and the hereafter” suggest that presence which resides in us now and our enduring and profound connection to the creative force of life. Here and the Hereafter embodies the search inward of one’s own spirit and outward into the unknown.

Though brimming with musical styles and instrumentations, ultimately it is the exquisite interplay between the two vocalists that serves as the driving force on Here and the Hereafter. The vocals serve not just as conveyer of lyrics but also as a distinct instrument unto itself. This is a spellbinding, affirming work that transports the listener on a sweeping, emotional journey.

Reviews of their past work:

“It’s records like this which remind you where the term Heavenly Voices comes from.” - Mick Mercer

“Mirabilis has produced an ethereal recording, untethered by contemporary beats, unmarked by time. Pleiades is historically pungent and spiritually potent, and takes the listener both backward and forward through the ages.” - The Santa Barbara Independent

“Both powerful and seductive, the duo are the nearest we have to sirens in this age. But you really couldn’t hope for a finer soundtrack to sinking slowly beneath the waves.” – Liar Society

“From beginning to end the music is haunting and captivating as they spin their web of subtle synths, old-world instruments and lush vocals.” – Gothic Paradise

“Their music brings together both the dreampop and neomedieval sounds the Projekt label is known for, to impressive effect. Lots of very beautiful material here, from a band I’m keen to hear more from.” – Bliss Aquamarine
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released September 30, 2014

Mirabilis is Dru Allen and Summer Bowman
Additional Performers:
Vocals on "Here and Hereafter" by Monica Richards
Vocals and harpsichord on "Can She Excuse My Wrongs" by Lacy Rose
Vocals on "By the Waters of Babylon" by Colleen Miller
Vocals on "Sanctuary of Mind" by Pete Murray
Additional programming on "Hara," "The City," "Here and Hereafter," "Lokah Samantha Sukhino Bhavantu," "Sanctuary of Mind," and "Permafrost" by Pete Murray

Produced by Mirabilis
Engineered by Summer Bowman
Mixed by Pete Murray
Mastered by Roger Fracé

"Sanctuary of Mind (Sleepthief Remix)" remixed by Sleepthief (Justin Elswick)
"Permafrost (Tundra Mix)" Remixed by Summer Bowman
Cover art by Consuelo Parra, aeternum-art.deviantart.com
Interior art by Beata Czyzowska-Young, incredi.deviantart.com
Artist photographs by Roger Fracé, Kevin Serra, and Leonore Smith Serra.
Layout and design by Sam Rosenthal.

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Submerse yourself in Mirabilis featuring Dru Allen (This Ascension/Mercury's Antennae) and Summer Bowman (the Machine in the Garden), two of the genre's most-celebrated vocalists. As Mirabilis, the two women create beautiful, vocal-centered originals alongside reinterpreted pieces ranging from medieval to pop. ... more

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