Serotinous Skin

from 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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about

Serotiny is an ecological adaptation exhibited by some seed plants, in which seed release occurs in response to an environmental trigger, rather than spontaneously at seed maturation. Pine trees such as the jack pine and sequoia have resin covering their cones that, when heated by fire, melts off. With the resin burned from the cones they can release their seeds.When the rains eventually come after a fire these serotinous trees are often the first to grow after devastation.

So with Serotinous Skin the theme is similar, it is often times through the fire of life's vicissitudes that we are opened up to growth and new life. Life can follow death.
These themes are echoed in the title track, Serotinous Skin, and this album as a whole.

lyrics

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

credits

from Serotinous Skin, released February 8, 2020
Alexander Young - drums, percussion
Aaron Fabbrini - ukulele bass
Toni Lindgren - electric guitar
Matt Patrick - arch top guitar, piano, lap steel, Mellotron, glockenspiel, synthesizer
Jessa Roquet - vocals

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