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Spin Cycle

by Aby Vulliamy

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1.
01:10
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
2.
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
3.
01:52
4.
02:48
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
5.
6.
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.
7.
00:46
8.
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:
9.
03:49
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
10.
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.
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02:45
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…

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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