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I'm in Crinoline

by Amy Kohn

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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) Amy Kohn has the license to surprise. Each track is something completely new and unique - something the listener isn't prepared for. In combination with the varied nifty arrangements, a totally irresistible whole results, which is hard to put into words. Favorite track: Sweet Cacophony.
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Styrofoam 01:49
Unpunctured sheen pristine and healing reflects a checkerboard Light blue, dark green chlorine to ceiling Entrust the lacquered floor to keep us from careening into the phosphorescence of 1977 Swimming Lessons Dip your toes in! Dip your knees in! Dip your belly in! Dip your head in!
He likes the way they make him feel The waves Crashing through his skin and out the other side He’s invisible Threaded music rushes in Even his city-thickness can’t keep it out: Radio Quiet, he seems but in his blood streams the day’s ecstasies, elations combined from all the city’s stations Sweet cacophony Sweet cacophony Do you feel? Do you feel the waves? ‘Cause you got 'em too Rushing right through you That’s what’s so special That’s what’s so sweet Everywhere we go: Radio Crashing through his skin and out the other side Crashing through his skin and out the other side He's invisible You think you can see me I think I can see you No way, there’s no way Sweet cacophony There's no way Sweet cacophony Do you feel? Do you feel sweet cacophony?
Glacier Lady 03:36
When the dawn peeks its head over night's wide shoulder I know it is time for me to be one day older As light draws me slowly home through the city mountains I stop to make wishes in waterless fountains Glacier Lady Sits on the buffet Gently drips away Features fade Face down the body Drenching the pâté, filling the plates Spilling: a woman waterfall Rising below the tiring night Waking the aching feet with delight Soaking up brightening chandelier light Watering breathtaken instrument lungs Wetting the panting saxophone tongues Higher we climb on black and white ballroom rungs Glacier Lady Sits on the buffet Gently drips away She pours under doors and out through window tops Sopping the city, sprouting sky-bound crops Evening begins as soon as the dreaming stops Citizens waken with quick inhalations That float them to surface amidst constellations Bathing in history, time's slow rotations
My Epoxied Rose Made of leather but held together by the kind of glue that you make in the moment, combining two components My Epoxied Rose Brushed from weather A warm, red heather Sits on my lapel so well, picking up the sun Almost magnification You pinned it there with so much care as we stood brow to brow I want to seal the things we feel I wish you'd tell me how My Epoxied Rose Petals feather I wonder whether It is approaching their Spring, or as Summer cracks they now un-bloom and relax?
Michigan 03:01
Snowed-in, Michigan Cross-country skis please keep me circling the inside of a pillow Exhausting, beautiful white Can history repeat as two feet carve uninterrupted lines? Midwest spines? Can now and then meet as snow-sheets, massive with compacted light, curve space/time?
for Peter and Tori As you put this ring on my finger you are covering me with gold leaf like I am a harp and each note plays out into the future
Take metal stylus times 1.1 Take brush times 2 Take wood block times 3 Take moveable clay type times 4 Take printing press times 7 Take typewriter times 30 Take computer times 160 The characters stop here I can't remember them Brush is blackened with unwritten, but hesitation from head to hand becomes an inked ocean A slow erosion. A language under water, wave after wave So when there is storm at sea, is it just screaming at me? Or is it talking to itself, words that don't know where to go?
Signature 02:30
Signature I move over it with my hand One line from your start to your finish One second to you To me, a whole life
Open my kindergarten eyes and I'm in crinoline Half in her dress, wrestling against clasps, the Singer is fastened in And the Kindergarten Circus is about to begin! Hands above my head Coral in this endless underneath Legs twirling below Peppermint stick in a child's mouth Torso to and from Wrapped-up butterfly, kept by threads Glints of classroom light hint through the silver filaments turning me into a figurine Wafts of theatrical perfume lift from this whispering costume kissed by moths who've featsted here unseen Animal-cackles ricochet Their chuckles are hushed by the fabric But in here, my solo song boomerangs Practicing, I am ecstatic! Hands above my head! Legs twirling below! Torso to and from! Half in her dress, wrestling against clasps, the Singer is fastened in And the Kindergarten Circus is about to begin! How many girls twisted blissfully here moments from their turns to bloom? Wistfully I re-sing my circus tune...
Is that the moon? The same one I used to see emptying repeatedly? It seems closer to me Is it the weight of billions of hearts with new resilience, able to hold more than before? Are we bound to collide? The moon in our side? A casualty of war? No, one day we will be too full and the earth will lessen its pull Hearts empty when they break - gravity for the moon to take
Mistake 03:45


“Bang up to date edge” - Stuart Maconie, BBC Radio 6, Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone

Co-Produced with Joe Mardin (NuNoise) with photos by renowned music photographer Merri Cyr, design by D’steam, engineering by Kenji Shimoda, Rod Hui, Tom Durack, Jon Rosenberg and Tom Gavin, and with an incredible lineup of New York musicians, I’m in Crinoline is 13 complex and extraordinary songs “not like much else you've ever heard.” - Three Weeks, Scotland. This “fascinating” gem was released to a packed house at Joe’s Pub and has been enjoying radio success from WNYC to BBC’s Radio 3 and 6 ever since. The album features Amy’s “somewhat twisted” arrangements for harmony, flute, clarinets, saxophones, trumpet, guitar, banjo, upright bass and drums, a wind septet & an accordion quartet (“The well thought out arrangements remind me of Van Dyke Parks on his debut, 'Song Cycle'” - Pitchfork Media Feature) with songs about melting ice-sculptures, epoxied roses, seas of calligraphy..."I dig that Amy's lyrics are quite poetic, saying a great deal with so few words, just a couple of pearls to consider" - Downtown Music Gallery. WNYC's David Garland describes it as "Boiling over with life. Instruments that you don't usually hear together playing melodies that aren't quite like anyone else's. You just dive in and enjoy."


released April 6, 2006

Amy Kohn: Piano Rhodes Accordion Glockenspiel Voice
Nikki Scheller: Harmony
Peter Hess: Piccolo Flute Clarinet Bass Clarinet Alto Saxophone Tenor Saxophone
Robert Carlisle: French Horn
Erik Jekabson: Trumpet
Tom Gavin: Banjo Guitar
Jonathan Dinklage: Violin Viola
Wolfram Koessel: Cello
Benjamin Rubin: Bass
Scott McLemore: Drums
Is that the Moon?:
Jeff Hudgins: Soprano Sax
Peter Hess: Flute Tenor Saxophone
Evan Rapport: Tenor Saxophone
Greg Glassman: Trumpet
Dave Smith: Flugelhorn
Alan Ferber: Trombone
Jacob Garchik: Trombone

Produced by Amy Kohn & Joe Mardin
All tracks (except 10 & 12) recorded by Kenji Shimoda, Kampo Studios NY
Assisted by Hideki Nishino & Shuichi Morita
Tracks 3 & 9 mixed by Rod Hui, Loho Studios NY &
Brandon Productions, Somers NY
Track 12 recorded by Jon Rosenberg, Systems Two Brooklyn
Assisted by Max Ross
Tracks 1, 4-8 & 11-13 mixed by Jon Rosenberg, The Corner Store Brooklyn NY
Track 10 (accordions) recorded by Tom Gavin, Amy's Apt. Brooklyn, NY
Track 10 (voices) recorded by Tom Durack, Kampo Studios (C) NY
Tracks 2 & 10 mixed by Tom Durack, ElevenFifteen NY

Mastered by Joe Mardin, NuNoise NY
Photos by Merri Cyr
Makeup & Hair by Lauren Gott
Design by D'Steam, Iceland
All songs written & arranged by Amy Kohn © 2006 Amy Kohn Music (ASCAP)


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Amy Kohn is applauded by some of the top composer/producers in modern song: Van Dyke Parks says she’s “Brimming with such talent!” and legendary Producer Arif Mardin dubbed her a “Musical Devil in a Red Dress." Amy always seeks sounds she’s never heard, and it comes through in the “oddly structured beauty” of her highly arranged, effervescent music. ... more

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