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Kilian "Jula" is just fantastic in every way - the vocals, the instrumentation, the lyrics.. listen to it and you'll see! it's so hard to choose a single favorite here, but I especially like the understated beauty of "Mine". Favorite track: Mine.
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Stevie No recording may be ever to fully contain the Spirits' vastness, but this album is a damn good stab. And it is proof of their arduous obsession for squeezing the most heart & nuance from every instrument.

"Detail" describes them musically & personally. Micro scale: every pluck and breath is engineered and practiced to death. Macro scale: idiosyncratic compositions (and a generally unique take on modern folk) scale and spike, covering the gamut from eggshell-treading to grenade-forced orchestra. Favorite track: Lie to Me.
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1.
Halfway Poem 03:44
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
2.
Lie to Me 04:48
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
3.
Jula 04:36
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
4.
Silent Bell 05:59
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
5.
Heavy Hands 04:23
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
6.
Mine 03:48
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
7.
Coat of Arms 04:30
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
8.
Lead Us 03:58
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
9.
On and On 04:32
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

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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.

Thank you for listening. And for saying hello. It's the best kind of support.
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