The Wild Grips

by Kristin McClement

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Ioannis Ntanos So beautiful....so close to my darker nights. So thank you.... Favorite track: Blackfin Gulls.
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Enzo Paolo Baranelli What a great album! Just returned on bandcamp for this one. The CD, signed and with a kind handwritten note, arrived within 7 days from UK. She did it, (Un)Phenomenal cat not. She's nice, kind and she really cares.... buy it. It's worth! Favorite track: No End To The Drum.
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wonderdog What's a way of saying "better than excellent"? Hmm, exemplary? That comes close to describing this just flawless album!!!
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icytunes Beautiful....haunting...some really clever percussion too, so in both regards shares something with Nina Nastasia's work, in particular "You Follow Me" with The Dirty Three's Jim White on percussion duty. ninanastasia.bandcamp.com/album/you-follow-me

Kristin is part of www.willkommenrecords.co.uk a Brighton, UK based musical collective that is well worth following. Favorite track: Giant No Good.
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about

The Wild Grips refers to our wild nature. Hidden behind the glance of every stranger lies the struggle to make sense of these troubling times. What can we pull from the rubble of our modern world?

Produced and engineered by Christian Hardy of The Leisure Society, The Wild Grips is a wide-eyed rendering of modern folk song where the acoustic and the electronic rub alongside.

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released February 23, 2015

Kristin McClement – Voice, Nylon & Electric Guitars & Piano
Becca Mears – Cello & Voice
Thomas Heather – Drums, Percussion & Voice
Christian Hardy – Piano, Synth, Electric Bass, Banjo, Percussion & Voice

Additional Musicians:
Christopher Cundy – Bass Clarinet (tracks 1,2,3,6)
Marcus Hamblett – Double Bass (tracks 6,7)
Emma Kraemer – Violin (tracks 4,6,7,9)
Tom Leaper – Saxophone & Tenor Saxophone (tracks 1,3)
Mike Siddell – Violin (tracks 3,8)
Helen Whitaker – Flute (track 3)
Danny Green and Daniel Harding – Voices (track 7)

All songs written by Kristin McClement
Arrangements by Kristin McClement, Becca Mears, Thomas Heather & Christian Hardy
Recorded by Christian Hardy, Jon Griffin & Kristin McClement
In London, Brighton, Barcombe, Lewes & Cheltenham
Produced & Mixed by Christian Hardy
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering

Cover photograph by Holly Jarvis,
Other photographs by Leoné Meyer & Kristin McClement

Infinite thanks and love to all our friends and families who have helped to make us, and this record possible.

Released via WIllkommen Records: www.willkommenrecords.co.uk

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Kristin McClement Brighton, UK

Kristin's music is born of two separate worlds; the vast shapeshifting landscape of her childhood South Africa engraved with the melancholic romance of old England's sacred woodland, rivers and valleys.

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Track Name: Blackfin Gulls
Blackfin Gulls

Would you take hold of a shoal
Of blackfins swaying
In time with your breath, the inner current
That brought your body to the shore
The marks we made
Left a maze on the blonde beach
How the gulls look sideways
From their highways

Metronomes keep a candid beat
While harmony hangs on our every word
I’ve coughed for years in the dust of our earth
Now the sand finds a crack and retracts
The marks we make
Will soon wash away
How the gulls look sideways
From their highways

Descend, speak of what you’ve seen
Descend, we are listening
Descend

So show me how to stand again
Yours was a call I could not ignore
Pulled from the depths, we were pulled by our necks
To lie beached, our eyes wide and wanting
The marks we make
Will soon wash away
How the gulls look sideways
From their highways
Track Name: No End To The Drum
No End To The Drum

We went shining torches down tunnels
It is you I follow through the thick of it all
In the absence of an exit
A clear way out

When we stopped
It was a heavenly thing you said
When we stopped
What a heavenly thing to say
In the absence of an exit
A clear way out

Expecting the incision
Through the very centre of my being
In the absence of an exit
A clear way out

Theo, Theo, Theo, Theo

Obsession bring on the visions
I can't let go of your beckoning image
The lesion is so deep
I can barely see

Caught you leaning
Through the window of my sleeping
Caught you leaning
From whom have you gone missing?
The lesion is so deep
I can barely see

I watch you migrate
Transforming in mid air
Take with you
My faith and fortune
And all that keeps me here
The lesion is so deep
You must be part of me
Track Name: Giant No Good
Giant No Good

There he stood
A giant up to no good
A weathered grin
Sat on his elephant skin
I am not afraid
I know my fate
And there’s no need
For an up tight fist fight way out of this

When you live alone
Folklore is alive in the corners of night
In your home
And prayer might reach a mighty force
It’s no use to me now
It’s no use to me at all
It’s no use to me now
It’s no use to me at all

So may the moon rattle inside its glow
Let go of a spark
A starling swooping low

And may this roof rise
Rise to let light in
All damp and hushed now
She is the brightest thing
Track Name: Hoax Of A Man
Hoax Of A Man

River carries water
Hoax of a man
I tried to befriend him
Took the bridge’s legs
Legs they have no more
Broke the lily heads
Heads they have no more

Deer, leave the lowlands
Bury the young
In your thick coats
River comes again
And so the bridges bend
Hollows out every tree
Throws about every fish

Mother, where to now?
Our crops are gone
Our cattle drowned
One by one we lie down
And one by one we call out

One by one the Lord collects
His children from floating beds
Track Name: Hope's Departure
Hope’s Departure

I have lost hope, she left the other day
To where I don’t know, to whom I can’t say
I followed a trail, small feet in the dirt
I knew they were hers by how they curved inward

Down through the valley of isolation
I clung to the vines of desolation
I got dealt a bad deal, I got thorns in my heel
My eyes will tell you all that I feel

I am pure and I care for virtue
No wolves can claim this kind of value
Still I sense their stare, a soiled glare
From dens dangerously inviting

Dear dark wolves
Can I come in?
Cold has taken its hold on everything
Dear dogs of burden
Can I lie down?
Just for a short while
Let me lie on the ground

Dear dark world
Can I come in?
Cold has taken its hold on everything
Dear dogs of burden
Can I lie down?
Just for a short while
Let me lie on the ground
Track Name: Mouthful Of Shells
Mouthful Of Shells

Oh I am gone, it was long ago
That I gave up the language I owned
Where to now? Where to now?
With a mouthful of shells
That whistle and hum
A mouthful of shells
That whistle and hum

How I long for the chase
We were quicker then
I sang to myself
While you coloured in
Corners of things
So that I may see them

La la da da da da da

We have known the animal urge
The spark between sea and earth
The fight and flight
The hunt and hurt
Of asking when you should be quiet
Oh don’t ask when you should be quiet

I still long for the chase
We were kinder then
I sang to myself
While you coloured in
Corners of things
So that I may see them
Track Name: Drink Waltz
Drink Waltz

There on the hills you’ll hear
A sound that is never fair
On any ear
A voice without clarity
A song without a melody
Is in the air

It whips the slopes according to
A map that forms the whole year through
It knows not me and knows not you
We go not where the ground is steep

Drink, drink, won’t you drink with me
In the house we filled so lovingly
Waltz, waltz, waltz, won’t you waltz with me
In the clothes that hold us so tenderly

I stitched a curtain to hide the swell
Of clouds with anchors dropping out
And dropping down
You stood etched against
The cloth, the stitch, my needle my thread
Is loosening

And the map turns back on itself
Draws a line that ties us both
And arm in arm I see us go
Oh my, oh I
Am overwhelmed, I am overwhelmed
By the imagery, by the imagery

Drink, drink, won’t you drink with me
In the house we filled so lovingly
Waltz, waltz, waltz, won’t you waltz with me
In the clothes that hold us so tenderly
Track Name: Planks
Planks

Take me in your arms dear Lord
Take me if you will
On the day the wind stands still
There’ll be nothing more

To shape to mould to house my thoughts
Carry me across
The endless valley’s sunken brow
I’ve learnt to live with loss

Thunder brings the shepherds home
To line their rooms with wool
And how they watch the wind outside
There’s life out there still

Falcon claw and forest paw
They are the new world’s lambs
And you who sleep so well at night
Care not for their demands

On the day the wind stands still
Who will hold my hand?
Will there be a grieving man
Who hammers down the planks?
Track Name: The Wild Grips
The Wild Grips

The wild grips again
And I am no one at last
Mankind disappears
And up comes the earth
And I am no one at last

And in being no one
You don’t have to answer
You can leave what you care for
And run

The wild grips again
And it holds on like no one can
How do I know which
Is the greater good?
The greater good

For in being no one
I found someone
Caught in the rubble
Of a life ending

And you were the first
And the only one
I would hold you forever
If you hold on to
The living
The living
The living
The living