Sub Rosa

by Mirabilis

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skekMal Beautiful, sublime and artful music. I love the vocals and mesmerizing melodies. I love Mirabilis and Sub Rosa is one of my favourite albums of all times. Favorite track: The Journey.
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I look out at landscape unknown to me Aloft feelings it seems once were mine Unfurling to penetrate memory It's only time Sun ceases warming, it warns me, but I came I came for you Each in our hearts alone But fighting the way You try me doubtless in your way So sure the pieces You hold, so tell me Am I alone? Sorting through layers it's cloudy Hot ice and strange wondrous snow Impressions sculptured ephemeral Of what I know I came for you Each in our hearts alone But fighting the way At odds with myself you and I Our very nature fleeting Fractured and reeling Restore my own I look at a landscape unknown to me Aloft feelings it seems once were mine Unfurling to penetrate memory It's only time Sun ceases warming, it warns me, but I came I came for you Each in our hearts alone But finding the way At odds with myself you and I Our very nature fleeting Fractured and reeling Restore my own You try me doubtless in your way So sure the pieces You hold, so tell me Am I alone?
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The Journey 03:47
Sleep, sleep Go to sleep Soon you'll be on your journey Crimson rose Dances and floats Up upon the waves Gale force blows Memories in tow Mingling with the rain Crimson rose Horizon she goes Towards the sun, towards hope Yet hope remains So far and away Lost in the hurricane
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The Vastness 02:58
In the far off deep In swirling shoals of blackness Glide beyond the breeze On swirling shoals of vastness Tears in sand, unknown location Don't sway-don't Life bound to the sea In the tidal swell Of swirling shoals of blackness Taken by the breeze Into swirling shoals of vastness Tears in sand, unknown location Don't sway-don't Life belongs to the sea
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Nature Boy 02:22
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The flowers pressed down Fragrant waves are floating Ashes fall into the ground Silent tears are forming Look into the sky A brilliant sun is shining Takes away all meaning I can't fathom desolation Unable to take in the absence Fate's servant turning wheels The spirits lift from the ground Burning embers all around Life carries on
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Undercurrent 03:09
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Odyle 02:14
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Angel Eyes 02:40
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Aubade 03:53
Rise in my heartbeat And rush in my blood My lips, they quake I shiver awake I know this can't be Yet I want this I need to release I once sang I've listened I've waited for one That I remember How wondrous, How long lonely? Now time passes And time closes I'm biding my time
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When all the shores of knowledge fade Beyond the realms of night and day, When the quick stir of thought is stayed And, as a dream of yesterday, The bonds of striving fall away: There dawns sometimes a point of fire Burning the utter dark, that may Fulfill our desperate desire. Into the darkness, unafraid, Wherein soft hands of silence lay Their veil of peace upon the blade Of too bright thought, we take our way. In changing of desire we pay Whatever price the gods require, Knowing the end is theirs — and they Fulfill our desperate desire.
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Farce 02:04
What's the matter with the way life is? Why's the show going on? We're all in a mockery When the night is over And they all listen intently We dance and smile for all We're the nightly tragedy Our own absurdity Ha ha ha!
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Because 02:53
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Sub Rosa 03:38
Starlight is fading Gone the sun From summer now I'm feeling it A turn inward, a word Still the sound Honored song, hidden son Fools say they know-no! Underneath the ice and snow My reign I deign domain beware and go Else meet me beneath the rose
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I look out at landscape unknown to me Aloft feelings it seems once were mine Unfurling to penetrate memory It's only time Sun ceases warming, it warns me, but I came I came for you Each in our hearts alone But fighting the way You try me doubtless in your way So sure the pieces You hold, so tell me Am I alone? Sorting through layers it's cloudy Hot ice and strange wondrous snow Impressions sculptured ephemeral Of what I know I came for you Each in our hearts alone But fighting the way At odds with myself you and I Our very nature fleeting Fractured and reeling Restore my own I look at a landscape unknown to me Aloft feelings it seems once were mine Unfurling to penetrate memory It's only time Sun ceases warming, it warns me, but I came I came for you Each in our hearts alone But finding the way At odds with myself you and I Our very nature fleeting Fractured and reeling Restore my own You try me doubtless in your way So sure the pieces You hold, so tell me Am I alone?

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Mirabilis - the collaborative neo-classical/heavenly voices duo Summer Bowman of The Machine in the Garden and Dru Allen of This Ascension - return with Sub Rosa, the brilliant follow-up to their 2004 debut, Pleiades. The new album mixes classical sensibilities with exotic electronics and acoustic instrumentation to complement the vocal depth listeners are familiar with from Dru and Summer. The vocals are supported with a melancholic arrangement of flute, hammered dulcimer, and live percussion mixing with multi-layered vocal stylings to invoke a range of emotional textures.

Sub Rosa is a Latin term meaning secrecy, literally translating to "under the rose." The rose in ancient times was a symbol of sworn confidence of participants at a meeting. Mirabilis uses these connotations to refer to the subtleties and new layers explored on this release. These unseen, uncharted territories explored on Sub Rosa will draw listeners in to a new musical journey.

credits

released December 1, 2007

Produced by Mirabilis.

All instruments and voices performed by Dru Allen and Summer Bowman, except additional vocals on “Because” by Rebecca Colleen Miller. Lead vocals on “The Journey” and flute on “The Journey” and “Odyle” by Cindy Adzuki Chang.

Additional programming on “Aubade” and “World Indifferent” by Pete Murray.

Engineered by Summer Bowman. Assisted by Dru Allen.

Mixed by Summer Bowman.
Additional mixing on “Aubade,” “World Indifferent,” “The Journey,” “Odyle,” “Angel Eyes,” and “Because” by Pete Murray. “World Indifferent (Restoration Mix)” remix by the Machine in the Garden.

Mastered by John Stinson, Stinson Studios, Austin, Texas.

Layout, design, and image manipulation by Summer Bowman.
Cover photo by Summer Bowman. Photos of Dru and Summer by Cindy Adzuki Chang and Roger Fracé.
Wardrobe by Kambriel.

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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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