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Jula marks a first release for Denver label Collectible Records. The album will be available online digitally and for mail order on September 24th. Vinyl release date TBA, Fall 2013.

Recorded by Kevin Ratterman in his Louisville studio La La Land, Jula is the long-awaited follow-up LP to 2009's Hunter Moon, which was lauded for its "airy intimacy and elegance... wistful themes and relatively spare orchestrations [and its] honesty and passion" (Robin Hilton, NPR's All Songs Considered).

While Hunter Moon excelled in showcasing the band's unusual arrangements, Jula truly exceeds. With their signature combination of experimental jazz percussion, classical strings, and arsenal of roots/folk instruments, Spirits of the Red City have created a rare sense of space; even while the full instrumental lineup is sparingly applied, the music never seems bare nor overwhelming. And whether in calm croon, lilting lament, or yelling in desperation, songwriter Will Garrison maintains a breathless intensity that supports his humble, honest and intelligent poetry.

Though nearly all the Spirits of the Red City have at one time called Minneapolis their home, in the years since Hunter Moon's release all but Garrison have dispersed-- to Alaska, California, Colorado, Michigan, and New York. Despite their geographic disparity, they have devotedly toured all around the States-- performing in theaters and art galleries, back-yards and basements, parks and caves, on farms and ocean piers. And while Garrison does most of his songwriting at home in Minneapolis, each song's intricate orchestration is never fully realized until the ensemble is on the road. This process for the Spirits-- the patience that carries relationships though months of distance, the yearning that builds, and the ecstasy of reunion -- is what makes Jula a delicacy that was worth the wait.

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released September 24, 2013

- Recorded & Mixed at La La Land by Kevin Ratterman
- Mastered by SAE Mastering
- Artwork by Lauren Treece
- Released by Collectible Records

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Spirits of the Red City Minneapolis, Minnesota

We've been touring the country since spring of '09, sharing our music with folks in practically every state. Along the way we've been honored to perform with incredible musicians everywhere from theaters and art galleries to backyards, basements and ocean piers. We feel blessed to have met so many good friends.

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Track Name: Halfway Poem
a sun
a sun
sunlight is on the ground
a cool light in my hands

blindly
blindly
blindly i walk
into the tall grass

now there is no one you belong to
now there is no one you belong to
now there is no one you belong to how i belonged to you
Track Name: Lie to Me
like a wheel turned on its side
all its weight thrown down a wide hill
i will follow
or at least with my voice
i will

lie to me i know how it looks
lie to me like this was the first time
call me
call me
only

like a stone falling from your hand
carried on by its weight to the ground
i will quit you
or at least with my voice
i will

lie to me i know how it looks
lie to me i know how it looks
lie to me like this was the first time
call me
call me
only
Track Name: Jula
i have found
there's more than one way out
am i here

i spent my whole life on you
only you know
only you know me

i hold in my arms
a body made of leaves
that only i see
leaves
they float above me now
like birds in the sky
racing
jula
jula
Track Name: Silent Bell
i will stand as you are moving all around me now
i will stand with a stillness that through you i have found

we prayed for a silent bell
we pray for nothing now
for what i cannot have

oh my father
have i found
her

in your room like a theater take a final steady bow
though there are words all around you
there's no one to hear them now

we prayed for a silent bell
we pray for nothing now
for what i cannot have

oh my father
have i found
her
Track Name: Heavy Hands
a stray dog running through an old train yard
his body as black as smoke
that fills my heart
i am cold by the fire
i'm cold now wherever we are

i have become my father's son
the land a bridge divides
is a hollow place or is not there

hold my hands steady on the wheel
i'm through i am through

count the hours by passing lights
the night is yours my heavy hands
i count the hours by the passing lights
i won't be home tonight
to a scene in shades of white

i combed your hair along the lines
as far as i can see
you are softer now
no one to follow you around
and will always be

holding my hands steady on the wheel
i'm through i am through
counting hours by passing light
the night is yours my heavy hands
i counted hours by the passing light
i won't be home tonight
to a scene in shades of white
Track Name: Mine
i said that i would write you
in the mornings of the days
in the mornings of the days
we said many things

there was a hole in my hand
all my love fell through it
all my love fell through it
at your feet on the ground

it's easy like sunsets
and lonely like moments
and lonesome like captains
but how could you have been mine

breaking you down
to heavy blue flowers
to heavy blue flowers
after all this time

it's easy like sunsets
and lonely like moments
and lonesome like captains
but how could you have been mine
Track Name: Coat of Arms
oh if i could write to find you
a thousand lines
that lay down like a road
that leads back to my joan of arc
her skin she wore so tight
to keep inside
her god and coat of arms

i will stay here as long as you need
both of us counting on what i appear to be

as an actor
we are complete
each of these lines that i will memorize
to reach
and find
you

wake
i have fallen through
now i sing like some bird
i could not hold on to
so i'll move myself around
until we meet
until i sleep again

i will stay here as long as you need
both of us counting on what i appear to be

as an actor
we are complete
each of these lines that i will memorize
to reach
and find
you
Track Name: Lead Us
just listen
can you hear how far out that goes
i can hear it now
i can hear it now wherever i go
but i'm a long way gone
i'm a long way gone
and i'm going down
so won't you come into the night with me

lead us lead us and we will follow you over
you lead us lead us and we will follow you over

oh my a night that would call my name
saying i know you
you are older than that name
and goodbye
oh and goodbye
i'm going down
so won't you come into the night with me

lead us lead us and we will follow you over
you lead us lead us and we will follow you over
you lead us and we will follow you

blind walker
i know who you hold on to
there's no long night here
there's no long night here
and i believe
so won't you come into the night with me

lead us lead us and we will follow you over
you lead us lead us and we will follow you over

my light my light
my light in the tomb light in the tomb

my light my light
my light in the tomb light in the tomb

you lead us
lead us and we will follow you
Track Name: On and On
leave me here
by your side
oh i don't mind if she runs around
if you only leave me here now

let me stand tall
like the weight of your arms
or the moon in the dark night sky
oh i don't mind if she runs around
if you only leave me here now

please i'm going on
please i'm going on and on and on and on

will you sing with your voice
and stumble on my name
if i pray low and long

leave me here
by the woods outside
like a child who saw he was carrying a weight
where my love will not change
where my love will stand and say
may you stumble around the words with my name

leave me here
and go on and on
and on and on and on

will you leave me here
and go on and on
and on and on and on

leave me here
oh i don't mind if she runs around
oh i don't mind if she runs around