Eternal Child - Daria Kulesh

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Album of the Month (January) on FolkWords
Artist of the Week on Sunday Girl (Siren 107.3FM) 22/02
Album of the Week on Blues and Roots Radio (Canada) 24/01
Album of the Week on Fatea Magazine's Along the Tracks 23/01
Album of the Week on Marlow FM 10/01/15

Most recent review from Peter Taranaski
Daria exhibits a life of push and pulls and ups-and-downs. One moment the album brings joy, the next cloudy nostalgia, then poignant protest, and then disillusionment with life. It is a broad canvas of "lived experience" and one which will suit the listener who likes variety. It is clear that Kulesh has successfully mined some life lessons and has a precise memory of feeling in these moments and conveyed them very well across the album. The selection is all the better for it's variety and despite this there isn't a weak track on here at all. t.co/sDcjutlEoA

It is a good fusion of English Tradition and Russian Tradition with a seasoning of mystery and poetry. Her singing voice is individual, her writing is burning and emotive, and the imagination of her song writing is unquestioned. She is someone who if you don't know, you should become acquainted as this album is pure efflorescence.
First Review in for Eternal Child. Thanks to Rob Bridge at Redwood.

There’s an aspirational place that many artists strive to reach. A place where the artist truly ‘lets go’ and through the medium of their art exposes their heart and soul to the audience.

In all honesty a lot of artists never get to that place. The reason (I suspect) is that it can be a lonely, vulnerable and sometimes unpleasant place in which to spend any time. The harsh fact is that exposing yourself in this way…laying your innermost feelings and experiences out for everyone else to scrutinise…can get you hurt.

So as an artist it’s easier to play safe. Much easier to produce something that you think people will like and keep yourself sufficiently detached from the subject matter such that, whilst it might make for a nice tune or an interesting story, it’s unlikely to cause you any collateral damage as a human being (a bad review at worst).

But for those brave enough to strive for that place of transparency…that place where despite the risks, you allow the audience a glimpse into the innermost ‘you’…there’s a chance of creating something, well, magical.

All this sounds very ‘arty’ (and frankly quite un-redwood like…I’m not generally known for talking about emotional connectivity with music), but in truth it’s what I found myself reflecting on when I listened to Daria Kulesh’s debut album ‘Eternal Child’. The singer-songwriter originally from Russia has already achieved UK folk scene acclaim as vocalist in the band KARA…and based on this album is set to achieve similar acclaim as a solo artist.

In Daria’s own words…

“This album took a long time coming. I guess autobiographical, even intensely personal, first albums are rather common. What (hopefully) makes this album different is the story itself and the way it’s deeply rooted in childhood as a sanctuary, as a state of mind, as a reference point, as an object of deep longing.
From childhood memories to brutal loss of innocence, from chance encounters to life-defining love stories, from the tragic to the routine, from the fragile to the enduring, this is my story….”

Well, that certainly resonates. Listening to the album I absolutely had the sense of experiencing someone’s life-story, so much so that at times I felt that I could be listening to a west-end musical. There are recurring themes in here, the relative ‘safety’ of childhood being one of them. There’s drama, emotion, brighter moments, more drama and just a tad of darkness. Bright and breezy background music this certainly isn’t, but as a body of work capable of taking the listener on an emotional journey, I can only summarise it as a resounding success. Daria’s vocal is distinctly wonderful throughout.

For me the effectiveness of the collection is underpinned by the quality of its arrangement, recording and production. There’s enough there to help weave the drama that befits the subject matter, but there’s also the right amount of ‘emptiness’ to allow Daria’s beautifully articulate vocal to tell such captivating stories. Full marks to Ben Walker and Lauren Deakin Davies for a tremendous job in producing tracks on the album and kudos to all the musicians who performed on it…Ben Walker, Lauren Deakin-Davies, Luke Jackson, Kate Rouse and Kaity Rae all feature.

High points? The theatrical opening track ‘Fata Morgana’ is an excellent scene setter for the album with echoes of Eastern European verse overlayed on a piano and acoustic guitar. Incidentally if you don’t know what ‘Fata Morgana’ means (I didn’t…I had to look it up), it’s ‘an unusual and complex form of superior mirage that is seen in a narrow band right above the horizon’. There’s little in the way of superfical lyric on this album…

‘Right Here’ (a beautifully moving acknowledgement to the ‘Eternal Child’ concept), the bitter-sweet love story of ‘Tamed’ and the wonderfully descriptive ‘Fake Wonderland’ are all stand out moments for me.

So if you hadn’t gathered by now, this is a definite ‘recommend’. The album will be launched on 31st January through Folkstock Records…expect plaudits amongst the folk blogging community. If you want to be on the front foot, pick up a copy of the album at the earliest…" Rob Bridge, Redwood.

Second Review
"This is possibly the most raw and unashamedly revealing collection of songs I’ve heard in a long while. That said, it’s not a gushing exercise of self-indulgence, it’s a set of powerful and intensely direct narratives that reach out to touch, and that touch goes deep...The faultless production that releases this album’s soul for all to hear is the work of Ben Walker and Lauren Deakin Davies.

With her band Kara or as a solo performer, Daria Kulesh always delivers lyrics that expose untainted sincerity with a voice that pours out their spirit, through ‘Eternal Child’ the source of those words is revealed. If there’s an album to buy this New Year, this is it.". Tim Carroll, Folkwords www.folkwords.com/latestreviews_93060.html

Third Review
"an album that rewards repeated listening and will be near at hand for quite a while".Dai Jeffries, Folking.com folking.com/daria-kulesh-eternal-child-folkstock/

Fourth Review
"Daria Kulesh has one of the most distinctive and instantly recognisable voices on the folk circuit. Her hauntingly refined and precise singing has an element of the operatic and as you listen she seems to have an ability to evoke images within your psyche which are not yours" Danny Farragher, Folkall Blog folkall.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/daria-kulesh.html

Fifth Review ( exerpts from FATEA Magazine's review)
The majority of the music on the album is provided by Ben Walker, who also did most of the recording, mixing and producing. He plays a wide variety of instruments, including accordion, ukuele, keyboards, bass, guitar and mandolin. Daria is also joined on "I Watch The Snow" by her fellow Kara band member, Kate Rouse, playing an absolutely beautiful instrument called a hammered dulcimer; by Kaity Rae, playing cello on "Fake Wonderland", and by Lauren Deakin-Davies who plays guitar on "Butterflies" and "Fake Wonderland", keyboards on "Fake Wonderland" and a role in production.

She is also joined by a certain talented singer songwriter from Kent, Luke Jackson, (just awarded Fatea male vocalist of the year), who provides backing vocals and guitar on "Cracks". All told, a very talented group of musicians, playing some very beautiful music.

As well as writing and singing, Daria shows that her talents don't just stop at music, as she designed all of the album artwork as well. Her hair is streaked with die the colour of autumn leaves, so virginia creepers feature heavily on the sleeve but I particularly like the pregnant guitar on the front. The album comes complete with a booklet containing all of the lyrics, but her singing is so clear, you'll hardly need to look at them.

All told, a phenomenal debut album.
Pete Bradley
www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/2015/DariaKulesh.html

From the artist :
This album took a long time coming. I guess autobiographical, even intensely personal, first albums are rather common. What (hopefully) makes this album different is the story itself and the way it's deeply rooted in childhood as a sanctuary, as a state of mind, as a reference point, as an object of deep longing.
From childhood memories to brutal loss of innocence, from chance encounters to life-defining love stories, from the tragic to the routine, from the fragile to the enduring, this is my story....

Additional notes are accompanying each track

PS So, we've now reached the end of our journey. Thank you for flying with Air Daria!
As Josienne Clarke said about her own album, "Every moment of my life and every ounce of my being went into it".
That's how I feel about Eternal Child, it was almost therapy to me. So if you actually enjoyed the music, that would make me very happy

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released January 31, 2015

The musicians
Daria Kulesh - vocals
Ben Walker - guitar, keyboard, mandolin, ukulele, octave
mandola, bass, accordion, synths
Lauren Deakin-Davies - guitar (Butterflies; Fake Wonderland),
keyboard (Fake Wonderland)
Luke Jackson - vocals and guitar (Cracks)
Kate Rouse - hammered dulcimer (I Watch the Snow)
Kaity Rae - cello (Fake Wonderland)

Produced by Ben Walker and Lauren Deakin Davies

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Track Name: Fata Morgana
You came to me when I slept
your lips made no sound
your feet made no din
I missed you so much since you left
and I asked you:
My darling, where have you been?

Chorus: And you smiled softly
and I saw that
you'll tell me whatever I wanted to know
But some things must be hidden
and so...
I woke up
with your voice in my ear -
the link is unbroken,
I felt you were here
My fata morgana
my mystery fay
on the horizon of my senses
you melt away...

Your stories of joy and of strife
are scattered like beads
but I am the thread
You looked so real and alive
and I asked you:
What is it like, being dead?
Track Name: Letting Go
Letting Go
(for my first love)

There is a place I left behind -
I thought it would be my forever home
Life can be odd; sometimes you find
That happiness you claimed was not your own

Chorus: Not meant to be
My promised land across the stormy sea
I’m letting go
Will you ever heave a sigh or wish for me?

We both moved on - I have my songs
and I was happy on my wedding day
You have a girl - a homely soul
I’m hearing there’s a baby on the way

Farewell, farewell... I won’t return
and if I did, there’s nothing I could keep
I have a home - away from home
and I must put my memory to sleep
Track Name: Right Here
Right Here
Round and round the garden
as a dreaming child
I was roaming, blissfully beguiled
Long before reality began
I didn't know the world's more full of sorrow
than I could comprehend

Chorus: I've never left that place
my childhood without pain and fear
my charmed and protected space
I'm always staying right here
staying right here

Leave me to my dreaming
it's my only skill
Sometimes it's the only thing that's real
Long before I fell into the trap
I didn't know I had to make excuses
for never growing up

Staying right here
inside my shell
all will be well
all will be well

To stay a child forever
I ran away from home
Didn't know what I was running from
Long before, when I began to flee
I didn't know my innocence was hidden
right here inside of me

Chorus: I've never lost that place
my childhood without pain and fear
my charmed and protected space
It's always staying right here
staying right here
Track Name: Tamed
Tamed
(for my husband)
I had a grubby little heart
you picked it up in the mud
It was growing, wild and foreign,
on a heap of waste
You took it in, you took it home
and you gave it a scrub
And you put it on the mantelpiece
of our glory days

O-oo, I don't understand
Why you shunned all the roses,
picking me instead?
O-oo, take me by the hand -
we're responsible, forever,
for what we have tamed

Do you remember when we met?
You were strong, you were sure
there was kindness in your eyes
and you rescued me
Together, gently, we will grow
whatever life has in store
and for you I'll be the best
I could ever be

O-oo, do you understand
you are rare, like a raindrop
in a sea of sand?
O-oo, take me by the hand -
we're responsible, forever,
for what we have tamed
Track Name: At Midnight
At Midnight*
(for my short-lived long-distance fling)

At midnight my head grows wings and
leaves my body to sleep alone
I will fly through your open window
drink you dry till the break of dawn
Stretching across the distance, I am a hungry shade
my soul is a string so thin that spiders are put to shame
The village is full of whispers, they know that I am a witch
I am stretching across the distance
as far as my soul can reach

At midday, the sun is scorching
and I'm shrinking, as shadows do
But at midnight I’ll keep on searching
reaching out of my mind to you
The village is full of whispers, they know that I am a witch
I am stretching across the distance
as far as my soul can reach
Stretching across the distance, I am a hungry shade
my soul is a string so thin that spiders are put to shame
(*co-written with Igor Devlikamov
Track Name: Butterflies
Butterflies
(for the Butterfly Children - see www.debra.org.uk)

Most of us are wearing thick skins to hide
the fragile beauty sealed inside
We are caterpillars building our cocoons...
but one day we'll have to fly, bursting into butterflies... too soon
There are some among us, no armour or disguise
their skin as brittle as the wings of butterflies
To the world outside them no immunity
Such fragile beauty a pain to see
So squeamish caterpillars hide in their cocoons...
While brittle butterflies
break their wings on ignorance... too soon
So think of those less hardened and don't avert your eyes
from fragile beauty of butterflies
We may feel protected In our safe cocoons...
but one day we'll have to fly, bursting into butterflies... too soon
Track Name: The Hairdresser
The Hairdresser
(for the lady that used to cut my hair when I was a child)

You're working at home cutting all sorts of hair
The TV is on, there's no news to share
Your daughter's reckless, the wanton sort
A drunken brawl
and a life cut short...
Your daughter's boyfriend, the rowdy sort
he'll beat her no more, but she's due in court
Accused of murder - it takes its toll -
she scribbles in black marker pen
on a white bedroom wall...

Chorus: Snip-snip, snip-snip, snip-snip
Lull your conscience to sleep
You have ties to cut and secrets to keep
There is no escaping, you're in too deep
So just carry on... Snip-snip

In desperation you rushed about
To borrow money
to bail her out
The lawyer was pricey, but you couldn't fail -
you had to save her from years in jail

You live in the past, in your innocent youth
your tresses were loose, free to flow as they choose
Старый, забытый
юности нашей вальсок...
(Russian: The old, forgotten
little waltz of our youth)
Track Name: Fake Wonderland
Fake Wonderland
(for a wealthy man I happen to know)

In your suite that overlooks the Winter Wonderland
you are standing far above Hyde Park
Pumping beats pollute the evening air
neon towers glitter in the dark

Chorus: Fake wonderland, vanity fair
I understand you, you stand and stare
Money will buy nothing that lasts
Rumours abound about your past

Who will be the Alice to fall in your Wonderland
now you've parted ways with Queen of Hearts?
Like the little mermaid, she'll be walking on shards
stepping through the broken looking-glass

In this world of mirrors I'm forgettng what is real
clinging to ambition, mixed with fear
I recall a place where I could say what I feel
but it must be far away from here
Track Name: I Watch the Snow
Track 9 on Daria Kulesh's debut album Eternal Child
I Watch the Snow*
(for absent friends)
I watch the snow, I dream of you
I watch the snow, I find what I seek
Across the miles I fly to you
and reach you as a snowflake on your cheek

Chorus: The snow will fall around us all
And fill the emptiness between
the sky will touch the land and I will fly to land
a kiss
like a snowflake on your chin

The snow will fill each crack and void
No sense of time, no space for time at all
So soft and pure, the perfect cure
upon the wounds the snow will gently fall

*co-written with Igor Devlikamov
Track Name: Cracks
Cracks
(for a rebellious friend)

A day will break, a day for breaking free
The night will break, the cracks are plain to see
The darkness isn't perfect anymore
The warning signs are harder to ignore

Chorus: Cracks - the words are spoken
Cracks - the spell is broken
Tattered lies are tearing at the seams
Cracks - the paint is peeling
Cracks - a new beginning
Cracks appear in every single thing
The jigsaw's crumbling, piece by piece
and what I know is this:
through the cracks the light breaks in

A bond will break, but I am breaking free
I have been blind, but now I start to see
I can't go on pretending anymore
My inner truth is harder to ignore

I'm free! Crossing to the other side
I'm free! To ignite the fire inside
I'm free! To embrace my inner light
Through the cracks the light breaks in