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We Took Short Journeys... I dreamt you were here I dreamt you were driving Or I was driving I thought you were angry You were different but the same. You were animated and passionate. You were powerful and you weren’t fading away. You will never fade away. We took short journeys Ran errands We gathered your things Your belongings We tucked them in the open backed truck. You were up first. Ready first until the end. You were up last and couldn’t move. You were stuck, slowed down. Too sick to cry. Too slow to balance. Too weak to speak. You hated it. You were angry and hated it. You would rather leave than go through this hell. Not disappear, just not be like this. How was it not yesterday? How was it nearly a year? We are changed We are warmer We care more and ache more. Our hearts are broken. Forever We love you Forever  We will need you Forever (words by Laura Cannell 2020)
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"Vivid dreams of love and loss sit alongside joy, tension and shifting patterns as the season transitions towards a lightness. The new sonic world of Laura Cannell and Kate Ellis is becoming stronger and slowly shifts like tectonic plates."

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In 2020 Laura began writing down her vivid dreams in a time of grief, We Took Short Journeys was a strangely positive dream about spending time with a loved one who had recently left this earth. One more drive together. This is the first time Laura has used spoken word and melody, and presented such intimate stories.

The tension and fragility of our world is struck through jittering chords. Muscles and movement all unseen but contributing to the ongoing motion alongside moments of descending and melodious  beauty, like the roots beneath the trees and our own inner workings.

Stories and memories are embedded in the spaces between the notes. A quartet for violins is
underpinned in and out of phase by a quartet of cellos

Feeling a sense of change and a shifting perspective. Like tectonic plates, exploring simplicity and trying to create space, allowing for breath but then taking flight.

We will always have the twilight and the dreaming lands that we disappear to. In and out of time, colours change and shift as we make our way through the nights.

MAY SOUNDS from UK and Ireland based Laura Cannell and Kate Ellis is part 5 of a series of EP releases which are written, recorded and released
every month throughout 2021, featuring Cannell’s signature evocative overbowed violin and vocals alongside Ellis’s deeply expressive cello playing.

This months music has emerged from a time of reflection, the birds have seemed louder in our silence. The music echoes our past conversations and vivid dreams of love and loss. It helps us to remember those who have gone before while we keep moving forward amongst the blossoms of spring, looking forward to summer but never forgetting.

Kate and Laura explore how their compositions change through the year, to genuinely reflect the emotions of each month in the music without
pre-planning it. While the live music world has changed, these EPs act as monthly performances and listening back you can begin to hear the changes occurring between January, February, March, April and now May.

‘Meeting each other has inspired us to create new music that reflects the optimism, the change and also strangeness which has affected both of our working lives. This project is both a sonic and visual diary, and a long distance call and response capturing a moment in time.’


released May 28, 2021


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Brawl Records UK

Brawl Records is an independent UK label est. 2005. It is run by musician Laura Cannell & a small team of magical assistants. Brawl's releases have been reviewed & featured in The Guardian, The Times, Financial Times, The Wire, The Quietus, MOJO, Songlines, Record Collector and more.
And are regularly broadcast on BBC and international Radio.

International distribution is by Cargo.
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