Pleiades

by Mirabilis

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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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Track Name: In the Dark
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
Track Name: Weep, O Mine Eyes
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?
Track Name: Moon
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.
Track Name: Hide Away
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
Track Name: O Virga ac Diadema
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
Track Name: Invocation of the Sun
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
Track Name: Scarborough Fair
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
Track Name: Tears
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.
Track Name: Nox Nivosa
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.
Track Name: An Epitaph
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.