Ezra Moon

by Autumn Shade

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Autumn Shade is the nom de plume of Jes Lenee', a stunning young songstress brimming with unbridled talent. Armed with a satchel full of pensively beautiful tunes, Lenee' possesses a voice as pristine as any your ears will have heard in this lifetime. The fact that Lenee' calls Tulsa, Oklahoma home only adds to the mystery, for her music is much more aligned with the astral plane than anything resembling the Okie Plains. Lenee' is a classically trained piano prodigy, who at the age of eleven was penning songs that won award recognition. Ultimately seduced by the craft of songwriting, Autumn Shade is a marriage of her piano prowess and folk-inspired guitar strumming, imbued in a heady ambiance and enveloped in some of the most heavenly, intimate vocals to have come down the pike in some time.

Formed in 2002, the band self-releasing an EP entitled Grandfather's Attic, which caused a stir in the Tulsa and Midwest area; in the live setting, the band incorporates painter Derick Snow, who creates his pieces on stage, allowing the moods to dictate the whim of his creations, lending a tactile visual element to the music. Set to splash with their full-length debut Ezra Moon, Autumn Shade has concocted a fascinating foray into an ethereal, yet emotionally raw netherworld.

Ezra Moon is a journey into a unique sepia-toned microcosm, one that intertwines folk, chamber music, psychedelia, avant-rock and indie singer/songwriter. Opening with the wispy "Sparrow", a delicate piano interlude softly fluttering in and out of focus like a foggy memory, the misty landscape spills into "Home", a folk-inspired lament driven by acoustic strumming and Jes Lenee's yearning vocals. Colored by additional instrumentation of violin, hammer dulcimer and percussion, and a healthy penchant for sonic experimentation, the narcotic, detached feel of Ezra Moon is reminiscent of albums by the female artists that helped define the 4AD sound. Jes Lenee's classical roots and compositional sense invoke the avant-chamber feel of Rachel's, if they were enveloped in the hazy folk atmosphere that Marissa Nadler resides in. Ezra Moon is an entrancing debut, inaugurating Autumn Shade into the contemporary folk scene with an understatedly personal and cinematic sound.

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released March 13, 2007

jes leneé: vocals, guitar, piano, autoharp, keyboard, drums on "River".
sharla pember: volin, hammer dulcimer
nathan wright: clarinet
wesley rowe: drums

all songs written by jes leneé. produced by derick snow. photography by jes leneé and derick snow. art by michael lund. designed by pfeffer/pfef.com

© 2007

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Track Name: Home
It's hard to live in a small stream
When the wind currents blowing
Flowers are snowing
Pushing you back

You dream like you have any meaning
When you're drowning inside
But your heart is alive
Oh your own true love

I know I want to go home
But I'm not going back
Not going back
Even if it kills me

I'm leaving
Going to go to the garden
Going to find my way
Thru the storm and clouds
Into the meadow
You fall down the apple tree
But you won't give up
Until the earth dries up
Dirt on your hands

I know I want to go home
But I'm not going back
Not going back
Even if it kills me

I'm not going back...
Track Name: Lilacglass
I don't know when you came back
Oh I don't know when you came back
Oh I don't know when you came back
Don't know when you came back

The sun comes like broken roses
On the ground of your heart
I can't take you away from where you came back
I know I loved you for always

I don't know where your heart is
And I don't know where
You have troubled eyes
You have troubled eyes
And why don't you realize

The sun will come like broken roses
On the stream of your heart
I can't take you away from
Where you came back
I know I loved you for always

And I don't know where
You have troubled eyes
You have troubled eyes
And why don't your realize

I don't know when you came back
And I don't know
Track Name: Violet
You have come
So far away for awhile
Your seasons change

Violet
Violet I've come to you
Violet

You have fallen
A stray from fall
I know I will rain for awhile

Violet
I've come to you
Violet
Track Name: River
She rode down the river
She fell off the boat
She came down the waterfall
She rode down the river

Don't you know
Don't you know
Don't you know

She fell down the body lie
And she rode in your heart so night
And I felt you
And I felt you
Down
Your hiding
Don't you fell away from you
A row for many years
Torn into

She rowed down the river
And she cut for emptiness
I felt you in my heart
In my heart
Track Name: Seagarden
Wait for ambers
They've left your mind
Calm for awhile
Your heart is mine
Oh you've found
You've fallen asleep
One is lighted enough for me

You sunshine me
And you walk when you fall
All I wanted was you
When you all have found
The love in your mind
I knew I've fallen for you
You sunshine me
You for sunshine
Track Name: Spanish Willow
I drove until I arrived at the scene
Of all my stories
With gardens of tea
Fog lit the roadways
And I swam into the darkness
With beads in my hair

Oh and you
You sing to me
And you ran away

Barefoot and happy
We glide into the soft windy song
Reading books along the way
Trying to find answers
Lying in the meadows somewhere
Buried so deep

And you
You sing to me
And you ran away

Do you want to believe
Oh do you want to believe
Do you want to believe in me

Lying in a dark bedroom
With morning shadows highlighting you
Like snow stuck upon your skin
You drink away all that is there

All I wanted was love
All I wanted was love
All I wanted was gone

Paper torn into pieces
Of stone apples cold and lifeless
I once saw the world as dust
In my glasses
Track Name: Fly Away
I softly watch the rain fall
I quietly close my eyes
I'll fly away
To fade this life again
I'll fly away
To save this life again

I found your heart
Buried underground
I flew to the moon
To find where you had gone

I'll fly away
To fade this life again
I'll fly away
To fade this life again
Track Name: Red
I remember the day
When you ran away
Your top hat and cane
Your pale skin and your shame

Screaming your house
Walking along
Screaming your house
Singing in red

I remember the stage
As the red curtains rose
You were exposed
To the music in your bones
Your heart wilted
The earth tilted
Like a fallen rose
Like a lily in search of water

Screaming your house
Walking alone
Screaming your house
Singing in red
Track Name: Evelyn Star
Did you know
I fell so far
I know I know
I waited so long

I know I waited so long
I know I loved you
Way back when
We were children

I know
I know you
We fell in love
We fell in love dear
Track Name: Ezra Moon
It is easy for me to believe
All girls are crooked
All the best friends I've ever had
Have been drowned by the dust
You have been drowned by the dust

You have crept in the tree
Of an old oak village I once knew
Before I was born
Oh you're living on the bough
Of the old craggily ezra moon

Away I have found a way
To the one I've felt for years