Serotinous Skin

by Gambler's Daughter

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    Roquet’s sound settles into a beautiful groove on this first full length album, arriving in the alternative folk and rock space. Serotinous Skin, harnesses Roquet’s poetic lyricism and folk sensibilities, bringing them from the evocative and ethereal to places of grit and gravity. Through a sonically diverse landscape, Serotinous Skin ties together themes of self awareness, grief, love, longing, and the transformative beauty that can come through life’s vicissitudes.

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1.
Red Flags 03:06
You wore me I wore you like a %*+d up tattoo The lines and patterns a curious SIGHT The ups the downs the ride, the lies we all let slide Omit the warning signs we’ll be just fine ‘Cause love saves the Day Oh no there's hell to pay Chorus: Why didn’t I see them right in front of me A love color blind to toxicity and Red Flags Da dit da dit da da 2x I should have seen it when you laughted at me and said “I enjoy getting a rise out of you” You’d say what’s orange is blue, then scoff, “what’s wrong with you?” Whittling away my sanity But love saves the Day Oh no there’s hell to pay Chorus: Why didn’t I see them right in front of me A love color blind to toxicity and Red Flags Da dit da dit da da 4x
2.
Spill 03:37
Ooh____, Ooh____, Ooh_____, Verse 1 You've got a little sunshine in your eyes
 an opalescent shimmer in your smile
 Something about the way you walk, shows me your strength, and when you talk Oh honey, you overflow with all the good things Chorus Won't you spill some of that sweetness onto me 
 I've got a reservoir, bone dry and empty Spill a little love, spill a little light
 You've got what I need to win this fight... Ooh____, Ooh____, Verse 2 My heart was feelin oh so blue Then I heard you sing my name into the crowd 
 A melody familiar and low Resuscitates my sinew, revives my soul 
 Oh honey you overflow with all the good things Chorus Won't you spill some of that sweetness onto me 
 I've got a reservoir, bone dry and empty Spill a little love, spill a little light
 You've got what I need to win this fight... Ooh____, Ooh____, Bridge you may question if what I say is true 
 You may doubt the treasure inside you Oh honey, don't you dare Truth is, that you affect me so
 Your tender kindness means more than you can know Oh honey, I'm asking you please Chorus Won't you spill some of that sweetness onto me 
 I've got a reservoir, bone dry and empty Spill a little love, spill a little light
 You've got what I need to win this fight... Ooh____, Ooh____, Ooh____.
3.
I tried to go forward. I tried going down. I tried backwards, sideways, turned all around. Pressing in, stepping away What strange force is keeping me here to stay? On a tightrope in the dark Trapped suspended without a spark I tried to be honest, I tried being kind, I tried to love you, heart, body, soul and mind Pressing in, stepping away What strange force is keeping us here to stay On a tightrope in the dark Trapped suspended without a spark
4.
Calamity 05:16
If I were a bird I would fly, fly. If I were a bird I would fly, fly away. If I were the wind I would whisper near, “do not fear”. If I were the wind I would whisper near, cast out fear of Chorus: Oh this calamity. All of this enmity between flesh and bone, between heart and home. If I were a stone I would stand so strong, stand so strong. If I were a stone I would stand so strong against the wrong of Oh this calamity. All of this enmity between flesh and bone, between heart and home. If I were the waves I would break and churn, cleanse and learn. If I were the waves I would break and churn, so much to learn from Oh this calamity. All of this enmity between flesh and bone, between heart and ho———-me. Heart and ho - - -me. Heart and home.
5.
This little secret between my ears Where no one sees, and no one hears It’s ruminating, caressing needs Lying sweetly, “I have something to heed” Lying sweetly A satisfying waste Of all you’ve build, for just one taste I say to myself, “what are you doing?’ “What are you doing?” “What are you? Swelling, sinking, this displaced desire Lulling me to sleep while laying me in fire The warmth from my skin these flames will steal Lying sweetly, this feeling will heal Lying sweetly A satisfying waste Of all you’ve build, for just one taste I say to myself, “what are you doing?’ “What are you doing?” “What are you? Lying sweetly A satisfying waste Of all you’ve build, for just one taste I say to myself, “what are you doing?’ “What are you doing?” “What are you? This little secret between my ears Where no one sees, and no one
6.
13 Feet Tall 02:38
Lonely is what what I must be Sitting here up in this tree Watching as the world spins ‘round Dances, twirls about the ground If I were to just let go Fall into this blustery flow Would I be caught by warm embrace? Or feel the coldness of your face? Oooooo . . . So I wonder as I sit The risks and what to make of it Can my heart endure this fall? Or will I remain Thirteen Feet Tall . . .? Oooooo . . .
7.
Remember 04:03
Reach for me, this stagnant air stings my skin Reach for me, this stagnant air stings my skin Reach for me Look my way, this ghost solidifies In your shining gaze, this ghost solidifies For Remember Love, there was a time For Remember Love, there was a time when you were mine Say my name, oh, say my name and thaw these doubting bones of mine thaw these doubting bones of mine Say my name, ooh say my name For Remember Love, there was a time For Remember Love, there was a time Remember Love, don't you remember Love When you were mine, when you were mine, oh you were mine
8.
Indigo Blue 04:04
Beneath undulating indigo blue I reach for you My hand is small and sore from gripping to tightly to things that are not mine These things are not mine The rain falls heavy on this house seeking to flush out the stain A torrent not short on the pain It’s song comforts this weary space Strained eyes seek your face Come to me, Come to me It’s so very hard to see And I know, and I know, and I know That you are mine The loneliness it floods me, silences they echo my fears I need to know your heart is still here Come to me, Come to me It’s so very hard to see And I know, and I know, and I know That you are mine You are mine Beneath undulating indigo blue I reach for you I reach for you I reach for you
9.
Therapy 03:08
Lyrics: Nayyirah Waheed Music: Jessa Roquet the hard season will split you through. do not worry. you will bleed water. do not worry. this is grief. your face will fall out and down your skin and there will be scorching. (do not worry) keep speaking the years from their hiding places. keep coughing up smoke from all the deaths you have died. keep the rage tender. because the soft season will come. it will come. loud. ready. gulping. both hands in your chest. up all night. up all of the nights. to drink all damage into love. the hard season will split you through.
10.
How long will these colors lie dormant in this skin? How long will these colors lie dormant in this skin? How long will they sleep, known only from within? What has the strength to coax life out? What has the strength to coax life out, to spread these petals bare, Lure the beast from her wintery lair? A spark flies and falls on the forest’s cracked floor Grows into a flame, a dance, consuming more It waltzes iridescent, reflecting in your eyes Feeding on your fears, incinerating lies Incinerating lies In that crescendo of orange, blue, and red When all around you has been left scorched or dead Your serotinous skin gives birth to fragrant hues A palette of all that’s new Each seed one hidden A clear place to begin

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Roquet’s sound settles into a beautiful groove on this first full length album, arriving in the alternative folk and rock space. Serotinous Skin, harnesses Roquet’s poetic lyricism and folk sensibilities, bringing them from the evocative and ethereal to places of grit and gravity. Through a sonically diverse landscape, Serotinous Skin ties together themes of self awareness, grief, love, longing, and the transformative beauty that can come through life’s vicissitudes.

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released February 8, 2020

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