PARENT

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"A real Manchester masterpiece". 9/10
(louderthanwar.com)

"This album has a voice both distinctive and contemplative"
(geoffwilburmusic.com)

"An album of soul-achingly rich acoustic landscapes".
(diamonddeposits.tumblr.com)

PARENT are Rachel Kern and Jason Brown. This is their debut album-12 gorgeous songs with delicate arrangements, rich harmony, meaningful words and bespoke string arrangements throughout. While drawing influences from a vast range of styles and genres, there is real sense of cohesion throughout this beautiful, often intimate, musical landscape.

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released June 17, 2016

Vocals: Rachel Kern
Guitar: Jason Brown
Violin and Viola: Sarah Brandwood-Spencer
Cello: Simon Turner
Piano on "Until Then": Sarah Brandwood-Spencer
Piano on "Trying" and "Maneater": Matt Steele
All songs written by Jason Brown and Rachel Kern except "You Are My Sunshine" written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell.
All string arrangements by Sarah Brandwood-Spencer
All songs ©2016 Jason Brown , Rachel Kern except "You Are My Sunshine" (published by Peer Music. Covered with permission).
Recorded by Mick Routledge in Manchester, England 2015-2016
Produced by Jason Brown and Mick Routledge
Mastered by Paul O' Brien at POB Audio
Special thanks to Pete Whitfield
Cover art "Burdened Children" by Paul Klee. Used with permission c/o The Tate Gallery
PARENT logo by Studiofolk.co.uk

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Track Name: Dear Lucia
I saw you walking down Beech Road,
Holding tight each other's hand,
It became crystal clear,
I needed to find dry land,
I asked him how his childhood was,
He told me it was short,
I asked him if he'd ever loved,
He said "probably not"

Dear Lucia,
Thank you for taking my man,
I can fly like Peter Pan

There's now clear blue sea,
Between he and I,
I hope it's shark infested water,
And he can't see the other side,
He thought he'd found the promised land,
Even though you had his brother,
Thank you Lucia,
For taking him off my hands

Dear Lucia,
Thank you for taking my man,
I can fly like Peter Pan

It didn't have to be perfect,
But I couldn't put my finger on it,
I was a rabbit caught in glaring lights,
He had a swarm of wasps, not bees, in his bonnet,
Father Time has his way of healing,
And real beauty is held within,
The future's brighter than the past,
Truth is pure, trust is king,
The keeper of the flame burns brightest of all,
Lucia if I'd known I'd have given you a call,
Nine years ago, to save me the pain,
Thanks to you I won't face him again
Track Name: Weren't That Bad
Oooh Ooh Ooh
You weren't that bad, deep down,
Talked about the white swan,
In your dreams,
Asked for forgiveness,
For all the wrong things
But you weren't that bad

It would have been nice to know you,
Understand your decisions,
You were so proud,
Not enough to stick around,
But you were't that bad

Did you see the white swan?
Was it there to lead the way?
I guess we'll never know,
Maybe one day
But you weren't that bad
No, No

You were't that bad,
No, no,
You weren't that bad,
You weren't that bad
Track Name: You're Not Broken
Ooh, be kind to yourself,
You're not broken,
Let go of your demons,
Kiss them goodbye,
Oh, you're a sweet thing,
Don't listen to their disappointments,
There's a whole life out there,
For the taking

And when the darkness comes,
Close your eyes,
You don't have to be afraid

Oh, don't be hard on yourself,
You do all you can,
Dry your tears,
You can lay your head on me,
Oh, when did it all begin?
You can choose to be a lion,
Oh, when fate struck you,
Ready to pounce

And when the time comes,
Close your eyes,
You don't have to be afraid
Track Name: Tipperary
It's a long way to Tipperary,
Even further to Timbuktu,
I'd swim every sea,
Just to be the one for you,

Doesn't make sense,
Keeping your dignity,
Not here to apologise,
I just want my kicks from you

Oh treasure, oh come what may,
What's in our future, can but pray,
Oh treasure, oh come what may,
What's in our future cannot say, can but pray

It's a long way to Tipperary,
Even further to Timbuktu,
I'd climb any mountain,
Just to be the one for you

Doesn't make sense,
Keeping your dignity,
Not here to apologise,
I just want my kicks from you

All that glitters, that's what she wants,
The lights came down, and in a flash it's gone,
All that glitters, that's what she wants,
The light shines down, and in a flash it's gone
Track Name: Oh Lover
Oh lover, come over and rest with me,
It's been a long day,
You don't have to pretend,

Oh lover, no talking or thinking,
Just close your eyes,

Oh lover, why do you look so sad?
There's nothing to fear, get over here
Track Name: Trying
I've stopped trying,
The love we had is sinking,
And I can't let go
Now I'm flying,
When I hear you're leaving,
Cos I can't look ahead

And now I know,
That the love we had was for show,
And now I see,
The one you're looking past is me

I'm still hoping,
That I'm swimming,
Towards the big blue,

And now I know,
That the love we had was for show,
And now I see,
The one you're looking past is me

Feeling though something,
Is all I'm asking,
You have disappeared from view,
Taking on this fall apart,
Is not a question you wish to answer,
Feel my love,
Oh, feel my heart
Track Name: This Place
This time last year,
Howling at the pink moon,
Trying to stay afloat,
With absurd ideas,
This time last year,
Supposed to have been there,
To stop her falling,
Beyond repair

This place, this place,
Feels like my house,
This place, this place,
Smells like you

This time last year,
Came to you with a dark heart,
Came to you with feelings,
Of something real

This place, this place,
Feels like my house,
This place, this place,
Smells like you

Don't give a second thought,
To the life you could have saved,
Don't lie awake tormented,
By what you didn't do

This home, is a beacon in the fading light,
This place, this place, smells like you,

This place, this place,
Feels like my house,
This place, this place,
Smells like you

Everywhere I go, everywhere I go,
I see echoes, I see echoes,
Everywhere I go, everywhere I go,
I see you, I see you

This place this place, this place this place,
This place this place, Oh oh
Track Name: Disadvantage
Beautiful, beautiful somehow,
No more lies, it's there if you look
And now I know what it is,
And now I see

Shadows fall far and wide,
To make sense of what we left behind,
And now I know what it is,
And now I see

I'm at a disadvantage when it comes to you,
At a disadvantage when it comes to you,
Oooh Oooh Oooh Oh

Feel good,feel good for nothin',
Look away before they crash,
And now I know what it is,
And now I see

Populate your neighbourhoods,
To justify all your bad thoughts,
And now I know what it is,
And now I see

I'm at a disadvantage when it comes to you,
At a disadvantage when it comes to you,
Oooh Oooh Oooh Oh
Track Name: Maneater
She was all max factor, x-factor,
War paint, plastic smile
Would have chased and killed any man,
Just to get him up the aisle,
She weekly dressed in Sunday best,
Ate flat bread recently blessed,
Then went home, watched illegal Sky,
Read the tabloids, checked the classifieds

She heard her brother's children,
Had no water on their heads,
Had sleepless nights with worry,
They would forever burn in hell,
She quietly poured the Perrier,
When she thought no one was around,
Only three times to deny it,
Like St. Peter on the mound

She's a maneater, a mindbeater,
So vain this song should be about her,
A killer dressed in psychedelic furs,
She's a maneater, a mindbeater,
So vain this song should be about her,
A killer dressed in psychedelic furs

Like everyone needing attention,
It's all "me me me", not you,
Sweating all the smallest stuff,
Drowning in the blue,
Mindless and raging in avalanches,
Get down from the ivory tower,
No need to be off, cold, removed,
Wake up with this cold shower

She's a maneater, a mindbeater,
So vain this song should be about her,
A killer dressed in psychedelic furs,
She's a maneater, a mindbeater,
So vain this song should be about her,
A killer dressed in psychedelic furs

Home is where the heart is,
Home is where the hurt is,
Home is where the heart is,
Home is where the hurt is

She's a maneater, a mindbeater,
So vain this song should be about her,
A killer dressed in psychedelic furs,
She's a maneater, a mindbeater,
So vain this song should be about her,
A killer dressed in psychedelic furs
Track Name: Hold On Till Tomorrow
Build a boat, build a rocket, make a time machine,
Find a golden ticket, live your childhood dream,
Dig a tunnel, build a bridge, before time runs out,
Every lining is silver, of this I have no doubt

Hold on till tomorrow, new rivers will flow,
Get a place by the sea,
Where the golden sands glow

Existentialist philosophy means little to me,
My friends say try Gestalt, or even CBT,
But after therapist number 12, my stomach's tight,
Maybe lucky 13 will help me sleep tonight

Hold on till tomorrow, new rivers will flow,
Get a place by the sea,
Where the golden sands glow

Even a bug crawled out to sing his songs,
About small town living and life long gone,
But now he's found celebrity and B rate fame,
Small town friends forgotten, can't remember their names

Hold on till tomorrow, new rivers will flow,
Get a place by the sea,
Where the golden sands glow

They say eat your five a day, I hear it's gone up to seven,
Buy your council house, there's no room to be a tenant,
Don't burden the health service with kilos and pounds,
The nanny state continues to smother till most of us drown

Hold on till tomorrow, new rivers will flow,
Get a place by the sea,
Where the golden sands glow
Track Name: Until Then
If you're going to kiss her,
Make sure it's the last time,
You can see deep down in her eyes,
This is your parting line

No , it's not how you wanted it to be,
But you must go, you must leave

Until then you're a ghost,
Drifting from her memory,
It's happened too many times before,
She can't take any more

This you make peace with,
Scars unimaginable,
Until then, you must leave her,
For the last time, never again,
Until then
Track Name: You Are My Sunshine
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
You make me happy, when skies are grey,
You'll never know dear, how much I love you,
Please don't take my sunshine away

The other night dear, as I lay sleeping,
I dreamt I held you in my arms,
When I awoke dear, I was mistaken,
So I hung my head and I cried

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
You make me happy when skies are grey,
You'll never know dear how much I love you,
Please don't take my sunshine away

I'll always love you, and make you happy,
If you will only say the same,
But if you leave me for another,
You'll regret it all one day

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
You make me happy when skies are grey,
You'll never know dear how much I love you,
Please don't take my sunshine away,
Please don't take my sunshine away