Invisible Forces

by The Whispering Tree

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1.
These Houses 04:47
These houses they haunt me These houses they haunt me Broken windows, empty halls Peeling paint, the crumbling walls These houses they haunt me Somebodies home is slowly rotting Left here abandoned and forgotten You can watch them as they fall Year by year, floor by floor These houses they haunt me All the lives now departed Where they ended and where they started These places live on after the living are gone These houses they haunt me The vines are creeping through the door Nobody keeps out the outside anymore Returning to the earth like growing in reverse These houses they haunt me These bones are laid bare A monument, a souvenir A trace left behind, a ghost from another time These houses they haunt me
2.
Heavy 04:28
Once we were free, floating weightless Knew no wrong, had no doubt The planets aligned, we were guided A universe on our side How’d it get so heavy How’d it get so heavy I can’t stand Under the weight I’ve been dragging around Invisible forces pulling me down How’d it get so Don’t know how it slipped through our fingers Don’t know when we fell down I just awoke to a world of sharp edges Gravity’s stronger when you’re closer to the ground How’d it get so heavy How’d it get so heavy I can’t stand Under the weight I’ve been dragging around Invisible forces pulling me down How’d it get so Someone gave me this sword, told me to wield it Someone gave me this battle to win Someone gave me this load, told me to carry Then somehow it became my own How’d it get so heavy How’d it get so heavy I can’t stand Under the weight I’ve been dragging around Invisible forces pulling me down How’d it get so
3.
Fat Cat 03:29
You're a fat cat, that's what they call you the hateful masses, who don't understand you with their sweaty hands, outstretched towards you you don't owe them anything at all It's survival of the fittest and you are the king that's the way it is and how it's always been you didn't make the game but you're gonna play it and you're gonna win How do you sleep, how do you sleep In your tower on your satin sheets Sweet, sweet and deep There are documents and lawyers to separate you from the things that go on down there, somewhere beneath you so far away it could never reach you you're safe here, your hands are clean The law's on your side when you own the law makers you paid good money for movers and shakers friends in high places to get it done it's just commerce, it can't be wrong How do you sleep, how do you sleep In your tower on your satin sheets Sweet, sweet and deep You're a fat cat, that's what they call you but deep down you know they really adore you people toast your name, pull out your chair they know what you've done but they don't care you're well loved and respected well spoken, well connected with your shiny cars, your suit and tie but if I met you in the jungle you'd eat me alive How do you sleep, how do you sleep In your tower on your satin sheets Sweet, sweet and deep High above the mess that you've made
4.
California 04:39
Maybe I should move to california Make friends with long haired girls who laugh a lot and live by the water Never worry bout the little things Never worry about anything at all It’s getting dark real early in the city I get this sinking feeling summer’s gone and winters closing in People rushing all around me They pass so close but they won't look me in the eye Maybe I could start a new life Cut my ties and never look back Shed the skin I’ve been wearing Come out brand new and shiny Maybe I should move to California Sell all my possessions or just leave em on the curb and walk away Watch em fade in the mirror watch em getting smaller til they disappear Or will my shadow find me, follow close behind me Will it reach me where I go Is there no way to outrun this little ache this steady hum Will it always be banging on my door I wanna feel like I’ve arrived I wanna let myself fall and land safe in outstretched arms Somewhere I can lay my burden down Like some prophesied long awaited promised land Maybe I should move to California Maybe there’s a new life waiting for me Somewhere over on the other side Of this wide open
5.
Garden 04:08
Rien ne pousse dans ce jardin Rien ne pousse plus maintenant Rien ne pousse dans ce jardin Les oiseaux se sont envolés Had a dream, there were fires burning Over a scorched Earth, black smoke was pouring And the hand that fed, poured forth unending bounty Has turned away, turned and left us wanting Nothings growing in the garden Nothings growing there today Nothings growing in the garden All the birds have flown away The soil was rich and the fruit hung heavy We bit with pointed teeth, we ate our fill, hands sticky And the green, green Earth,poured forth impossible riches Now we stand on parched land now we stand forsaken Nothings growing in the garden Nothings growing there today Nothings growing in the garden All the birds have flown away The world was wet, every inch restless and seething The world was fat and full, filled to overflowing Nothings growing in the garden Nothings growing there today Nothings growing in the garden All the birds have flown away
6.
This wall is thick and wide, press your ear and all you’ll hear is the quiet inside We don’t talk to the neighbors; we live with these strangers on the other side Do they feel this other home, it’s a strange sensation Do they feel the absence of whole, like there’s something missing Do they feel other lives seeping through, on a low vibration Like a thought in the back of your mind, something tied to a stone and sinking This house is split in half, there’s no line between us Hallways in the dark, twist and turn then suddenly stop We’re not alone but we’re not together, one hand can’t talk to the other Just out of sight, hidden from view, I know you’re there but I can’t see you Who erected this wall, who made this division Who made two when there should only be one, why’d they make this decision Why’d they leave this dead space at our side, this constant reminder Something’s been lost you didn’t know you owned, something tied to a stone and sinking This house is split in half, there’s no line between us Hallways in the dark, twist and turn then suddenly stop Maybe we can tear it down, find some way around it A secret passage, a magic word, to open invisible doors I look for you, for a passage through to the other side Missing rooms and awkward angles, phantom spaces, twisted, tangled The flow has been interrupted; this house has been corrupted by this arbitrary line Do you feel this other home, it’s a strange sensation Do you feel the absence of whole, like there’s something missing Do you feel other lives seeping through, on a low vibration Like a thought in the back of your mind, something tied to a stone and sinking This house is split in half, there’s no line to lead us Back to the start, back to the way it was before this wall went up Maybe we can tear it down, find some way around it A secret passage, a magic word, to open invisible doors To the other side
7.
Little sailor in a big sea Where are you going and where have you been Is it lonely out there with the waves and the sky Do you long for somebody to talk to at night Out with the darkness above and below With no one to save you and nowhere to go As you float on the border between air and water Are you just happy to be Sailing in this great big sea
8.
Bells 03:48
I hear it in the valley, I hear it down below I hear it on the mountain, and everywhere I go I hear bells ringing for change I can feel it coming, feel it moving fast That big wave is rolling across the ocean, it’s gonna crash I hear bells ringing, for change Oh bells, bells are ringing for change You can hold on tight, but it’s gonna move you You can build towers tall, but they’re gonna crumble, they’re gonna crumble I hear bells ringing for change Oh bells, bells are ringing I hear it in the valley, I hear it down below I hear it on the mountain, and everywhere I go I hear bells ringing for change Oh bells are ringing

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Called “one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC” by Deli Magazine, The Whispering Tree includes singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. Together, they craft richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics and a panoramic musicality.

Invisible Forces, the fourth recording by the fiercely independent twosome, was self-produced, fan-funded and recorded at Elie and Eleanor’s home studio in Beacon, NY and at Old Soul Studio in Catskill, NY. The album explores a deeply personal and political landscape, with themes of hope, despair and social consciousness.

Other album highlights include the impressionistic “These Houses,” a song describing the haunting beauty of abandoned places; the revelatory “Heavy” about depression and anxiety, which, with elegant grace, connects New Orleans-style jazz with the 1960s rock and pop harmony vocal tradition; the darkly foreboding environmental ballad, “Garden;” and the sweetly rousing protest song “Bells.”

Since its 2007 inception, The Whispering Tree has issued one album (Go Call the Captain - 2010) and two EPs (The Escape - 2013, The Whispering Tree - 2007) and has been touring nationally and internationally. The duo has also earned prime critical acclaim from Keyboard Magazine and The Big Takeover Magazine, among others. They were selected for several coveted showcases, including the NERFA Folk DJ showcase, two NERFA Semi Formal showcases and a SWERFA formal showcase and as Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists. Other marquee career moments include being Kerrville New Folk finalists; Philadelphia Songwriter’s Project winners; and Eleanor and Elie having the honor to lend their voices to Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt's album, A More Perfect Union.

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released August 10, 2018

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Called “one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC” by Deli Magazine, The Whispering Tree are singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. Their new release, Invisible Forces, explores a deeply personal and political landscape, with themes of hope, despair and social consciousness. ... more

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