Pleiades

by Mirabilis

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1.
Pleiades 01:26
2.
In the Dark 02:10
A sixth sense In sapphire breath Within wide-eyed worlds I move too deep You never know Where the weight falls And you can't tell How it is in my mind You expect something from me And get nothing And walk beyond Far from hope In the dark I see clearly
3.
Weep, O mine eyes, and cease not, Alas, these your spring tides me thinks increase not. O when, O when begin you To swell so high that I may drown me in you? That I may drown me in you?
4.
Moon 02:03
Thee too, modest tressèd maid, When thy fallen stars appear; When in lawn of fire array'd Sov'reign of yon powder'd sphere; To thee I chant at close of day, Beneath, O maiden Moon! thy ray. Throned in sapphired ring supreme, Pregnant with celestial juice, On silver wing thy diamond stream Gives what summer hours produce; While view'd impearl'd earth's rich inlay, Beneath, O maiden Moon! thy ray. Glad, pale Cynthian wine I sip, Breathed the flow'ry leaves among; Draughts delicious wet my lip; Drown'd in nectar drunk my song; While tuned to Philomel the lay, Beneath, O maiden Moon! thy ray. Dew, that od'rous ointment yields, Sweets, that western winds disclose, Bathing spring's more purpled fields, Soft's the band that winds the rose; While o'er thy myrtled lawns I stray Beneath, O maiden Moon! thy ray.
5.
Haunted 04:50
6.
Hide Away 03:35
I always nail myself inside, hiding away I always dream away, dream myself away In these cases I might find A way to find the day To make things easier on myself, hide it away But it never works, its never any better Only half the day shines through And in those cases, when I find those places I am only half the person that I once knew Hide yourself from my eyes I never wanted to know you I never asked to need you Help me find the way around To strangle these emotions To put them fast asleep Put them fast asleep, hide away
7.
LIbera Me 03:20
8.
Riu Riu Chiu 02:51
9.
O Virga, ac diadema Pupure regis Que es en clausura tua Sicut lorica Tu frondens floruiste In alia vicissitudine Quam Adam omne genus Humanum produceret Ave, ave, de tuo ventre Alia vita processit Quam Adam filios suos Denudaverat O Flos, tu non germinasti De rore Nec de gutis pluvie Nec aer de super te volavit Sed divina claritas In nobilissima Virga Te produxit O Virga, floriditatem tuam Deus in prima dei Creature sue previderat Et de verbo suo auream materiam O Laudabilis, Virgo fecit
10.
Phoebus arise And paint the sable skies Azure, white and red Long to leave Long too low Rouse mother from her bed The nightingale's coming Give life to dark with which left dead Found I was stolen from the cruel stars of my ruin sworn Voices cry Stormy stay Phoebus, Phoebus cry Zephyr, Zephyr breathe Kissing sometimes Phoebus, Phoebus love Ensaffroning air Ensaffroning sea Zephyr Stormy sky Her tresses play Who are preserved Far away
11.
Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme Remember me to one who lives there He once was a true love of mine Tell him to make me a cambric shirt Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme Without any seams or needle work Then he'll be a true love of mine Have him find me an acre of land Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme Between the sea foam and over the sand Then he'll be a true love of mine Tell him to reap it with a sickle of leather Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme And gather it in a bunch of heather Then he'll be a true love of mine If he tells me he can't, I'll reply Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme Let me know at least he will try Then he'll be a true love of mine Love imposes impossible tasks Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme Though not more than any heart asks And I must know he's a true love of mine
12.
Tears 01:17
Weep you no more, sad fountains; What need you flow so fast? Look how the snowy mountains Heaven's sun doth gently waste! But my Sun's heavenly eyes View not your weeping, That now lies sleeping Softly, now softly lies Sleeping. Sleep is a reconciling, A rest that peace begets; Doth not the sun rise smiling When fair at even he sets? Rest you then, rest, sad eyes! Melt not in weeping, While she lies sleeping Softly, now softly lies Sleeping.
13.
Ripple 04:15
14.
Nox Nivosa 04:03
Snowflakes downfloating from the void Upon my face, Spilth of the silent alchemy employed In deeps of space Where viewless everlasting fingers ply The power whose secret is the mystery That doth my world encase; Power that with equal ease outshakes Yon architrave Of massy stars in heaven and these frail flakes Earth's floor that pave; Swings the flamed orbs with infinite time for dower And strews these velvet jewels not an hour Of sunshine that will brave; Yet of whose clustered crystals none But speaks the act Of the hand that steers each ceaseless-wheeling sun And to whose tact Fire-wreath and spangled ice alike respond; Thoughts from the void frozen to flower and frond, Divinely all compact; Snowflakes, of pureness unalloyed, That in dark space Are built, and spilt from out the teeming void With prodigal grace, Air-quarried temples though you fall scarce-felt And all your delicate architecture melt To tears upon my face, I too am such encrystalled breath In the void planned And bodied forth to surge of life and death; And as I stand Beneath this sacramental spilth of snow, Crumbling, you whisper: Fear thou not to go Back to the viewless hand; Thence to be moulded forth again Through time and space Till thy imperishable self attain Such strength and grace Through endless infinite refinement passed By the eternal Alchemist that at last Thou see him face to face.
15.
Mysterium 03:40
16.
An Epitaph 02:09
O mortal folk, you may behold and see How I lie here, sometime a mighty knight; The end of joy and all prosperitee Is death at last, thorough his course and might: After the day there cometh the dark night, For though the daye be never so long, At last the bells ringeth to evensong.
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Entitled Pleiades, the album is a collaboration between Summer Bowman of The Machine in the Garden and Dru Allen of This Ascension. Pleiades contains original compositions as well as interpretations of traditional pieces stretching back to the 16 th century. Mixing a cappella, neo-classical and darkwave instrumentation, the songs blend together the beautiful voices of Summer and Dru as well as guest vocalists Regeana Morris from The Changelings, Katy Belle and Rebecca Colleen Miller.

Pleiades opens and closes with a ghostly choir evoking the two sisters on the album cover. “In the Dark” leads with its tribal rhythm and background chant of ‘In the dark I see clearly’. “Weep, O Mine Eyes” is a beautiful a cappella love song written by John Bennet (16 th century). “Haunted” is an ethereal wail from beyond the veil. “Riu Riu Chiu” is a traditional Spanish song that showcases the harmonies of the vocalists as well as many tracks in Latin such as “Libera Me” and “Mysterium” (lead vocal Rebecca Colleen Miller). “Invocation of the Sun” by the poet William Drummond shines with lead vocals by Katy Belle. The Changelings’ Regeana Morris laments on the ballad Ripple. A more classical interpretation is rendered on “Scarborough Fair” while sorrowful keys back up the funeral lay of “An Epitaph” made hopeful by the lead vocal of Dru and Summer.

Originally released in 2004 on Middle Pillar presents, the album was re-released in 2007 on Projekt in conjunction with Middle Pillar.

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released January 23, 2004

Mirabilis is Dru Allen and Summer Bowman.

Produced by Mirabilis.
Instruments and voices performed by Dru Allen and Summer Bowman.
Additional programming on "In the Dark," "Haunted," "Hide Away," "Ripple," and "An Epitaph" by Pete Murray. Additional Programming on "Scarborough Fair" by Roger Fracé.

Engineered by Summer Bowman.
Additional engineering on "Pleaides," "In the Dark," "Haunted," "Hide Away," "Libera Me," "Riu Riu Chiu," "Scarborough Fair," "Ripple," "An Epitaph," and "Pleaides (Reprise)" by Pete Murray.
Additional engineering on "Ripple" by Regeana Morris.

Mixed by Summer Bowman.
Mastered by John Stinson, Stinson Studios, Austin, Texas.

Layout and design by Summer Bowman.
Image manipulation by Morgan, Rebecca Colleen Miller, Vern Casal, Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman.
Photos of Dru and Summer by Roger Fracé.

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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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