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Spin Cycle

by Aby Vulliamy

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about

“I find it tedious that, in music, we usually only see one type of love represented,” says Yorkshire composer, musician and music therapist Aby Vulliamy. “I’m not interested in writing about that.”

Spin Cycle, Vulliamy’s debut album, is indeed an album about love: love at its most transformative, love at its most dreary, love at its most challenging, love at its most desperate. It is, to quote the writer who has found her voice in these songs, an album about “love, life and the reality of parenthood - not just the pink and fluffy bits.”

“For years, I thought of myself as a purely social musician who couldn’t self-generate - that my strength was in taking what someone else had put out there, and adding to it,” explains Vulliamy. “That’s the role of the viola: you don’t notice that we’re there until we screw up.”

“It’s only since having had my daughters that I’ve been able to put words to music. Motherhood turned my life upside down and suddenly, sitting there in the dark, the words just flowed.”

The result is both intimate and visceral, full of snatched moments and vivid imagery. Opening track “Spin Cycle” effectively captures domestic drudgery in four lines, performed in the round. “Rock Me Tender” is an evocative portrayal of the lonely, quiet, sleep-deprived terror of a breastfeeding mother. The frantic, furious “Good Enough” delivers a jarring, atonal riposte to society’s judgment of women, mothers or not, once they reach childbearing age while “This Precious Time” acts as the album’s heart as Vulliamy’s layered vocals, backed by rich, mournful trombone and double bass, at once lament and celebrate the inevitable growth of her children from infants to little women.

Aby Vulliamy is a multi-instrumentalist (she sings and plays viola, piano, accordion, musical saw, flute, etc.) whose first serious forays into recording and performing in 2005/6 were with Scatter (with Alex Neilson of Trembling Bells and Chris Hladowski of The Family Elan), The One Ensemble (Daniel Padden) and Nalle (Hanna Tuulikki). Since then Aby has shared the stage and/or studio with a brilliant array of musicians from a wide range of genres (including Maggie Nichols and Karen Mantler from the jazz/improvisation world, Krautrocker Hans-Joachim Irmler of Faust, indie-rockers Yo La Tengo, folk musicians such as Ali Roberts, Bridget St John and Mike Heron from the Incredible String Band, pop stars such as Stevie Jackson (Belle and Sebastian) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and with a range of ensembles including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Aby’s ongoing collaborations include the ones with Stevie Jones (Sound of Yell, since 2012) with Bill Wells (The National Jazz Trio of Scotland, since 2007 with releases on Karaoke Kalk since 2012), with the 14-piece Swiss band Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp (since 2016) with Seth Bennett (En Bas, since 2014) and with Matt Bourne (Isotach, since 2017).

Lisa-Marie Ferla

www.abyvulliamy.co.uk
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released October 12, 2018

Vulliamy credits long-time collaborator Stevie Jones (Sound of Yell) with “making the album happen” - by encouraging her to properly document material she had only ever considered performing live, but also in the more practical sense of engineering, producing and mixing the tracks over a period of four years at Glasgow’s Chem19 and Kinning Park Complex studios. Work and child-rearing made recording time scattered and precious, making Vulliamy keen to acknowledge the roles played by her musician partner George Murray, whose trombone contributions appear on the album, and Jones’ partner Jill Wilson in giving the album space to come together. Bill Wells (melodica), Fritz Welsh (percussion) and Christina Rhys (harp) also appear.

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Track Name: Spin Cycle
Under the eaves hushed whispers collect
Over dark graves silent mourners lament
Between damp sheets hungry bodies entwine
And around Earth spins towards the end of time
Track Name: Forever and ever endeavour (devour)
Forever and ever endeavour
Endeavour forever
Whatever the weather
The twenty-four-seven of it
The hell and heaven of it
Blood sweat and tears of it
The joy and fears of it
Endeavour…

You fill me with love
Then suck me dry
Inspire and nourish me
And eat me up
So fragile, vulnerable, yet so powerful

An unconditional condition
Full of contradictions, false facts, true fictions
Violent rejection
Perfectly-timed affection
Plenty room for blame, for shame, but I love it all the same

The push and pull of it
Empty and full of it
Daily grind of it
Matter over mind of it
Survive, revive
Bounce back, bounce backwards
Exhaustion’s chronic
You’re the cause as well as tonic

You fill me with love
Then suck me dry
Inspire and nourish me
And eat me up
So fragile, vulnerable, yet so powerful
Track Name: Inside Out
In you
I grew
In me
You’ll always be
Holding me
Holding me from the inside out….

In me
I see
You
Carrying me
Moving me
Holding me from the inside out….

In me
In we
We be
We see
We’re free
Track Name: This Precious Time
This precious time
This passing time
This joyful time
This desperate time
This crucial, lonely, hopeful, helpless, impossible, precious time

We play it, mislay it, we bend it, upend it.
We try to taste it, don’t waste it but savour it.
Till we’re battered and trodden, stained and sodden,
Both ancient and modern

This precious time

Where paid work and art-work and work-outs are patch-worked
With many dropped stitches and last-minute switches
Till we’re frayed at the edges and clinging on ledges and backwards through hedges.

This precious time

It trickles through fingers like dry sand and lingers
We try to hold it, to mould it, to shape it
With multi-task fumbles and furious mumbles,
Always it crumbles

This precious time
This passing time
This joyful time
This desperate time
This crucial, lonely, hopeful, helpless, impossible, precious time

Don’t wish it away, push on through
Don’t wish it away, push on through
Hold on, slow down
Take a breath, look around
A stitch in time saves nine
Hold your horses, take your time
Treasure the moment, pleasure in torment
Killing time, everything’s fine
Don’t wish it away, push on through
Don’t wish it away, push on through

This time has passed.
Track Name: Rock me Tender
She’s crying like she’s dying
Limbs all curled against the end of the world
Scrunched pained eyes terrorize
Deafening screams haunt my dreams
Where a marshmallow monster eats me alive
For this to work we both have to thrive

I’m a mirror. I feel her fear
Her strange sense of loneliness, though folk are always near
I need holding. I need rocking
Tell me I’m doing ok
We’re fizzing balls of sensation
Incapable of conversation

I feel hungry, haven’t brushed my hair
Haven’t washed but who’s to care
Responsibility is nothing new to me
But these horrific images intrude on me…
And half-spun thoughts I can’t retain
Rattle round my addled brain

Mind freeze, heart melt
Biggest love I ever felt:
Track Name: Good Enough
Motherhood
Mother should, mother shouldn’t
Mother could, mother couldn’t
Mother would, mother wouldn’t

Motherhood
Mothers good
Motherhood’s good
Mother’s bad
Motherhood’s sad

Mother-fucking good enough
Enough’s enough
Never enough
Mother-fucking good enough

Motherhood
Mother stood
Mother misunderstood
Motherese, mother tease
Mother love, mother hate
Mother early, mother late

Motherhood
Motherhoodlum
Motherhooding
Motherpudding
Motherhoodoo, mothervoodoo
Mother hood-winked
Mother hooded claw
Mother bore

Mother-fucking good enough
Enough’s enough
Never enough
Mother-fucking good enough
Track Name: Fly-away-home
Fly-away
Now I’m gone
In your head am I dead?
Trust the world to be good to me and you

I don’t want to leave you
But I do want to go
And I don’t want to leave you
But I do want to go

I wanted to go
And I want to come home

Flying home
Wasn’t dead
I lived on in your head
You’re in mine all the time
Fly-away, fly-away home.
Track Name: Goodbye Song
It’s time to say goodbye for now
Goodbye and thank you
Everything comes to an end.

We come, we go, feel high, feel low
Goodbye and thank you
The end is the start of something new…

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