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When I say to you Black Lightning

by Common Holly

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    releases October 11, 2019

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Joshua Snakes
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You Dance
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Measured
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Uuu
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Little Down
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I Try
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It's Not Real
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Crazy Ok

about

Holding fast to the emotional honesty of Playing House (2017), Common Holly’s sophomore record, When I say to you Black Lightning is a look outward; an exploration of the ways in which we all experience pain, fear and self-delusion, and how we can learn to confront those feelings with boldness. A swift change of course, WISTYBL couples a submergence into the dark and dissonant with its consolation in harmony, and a dose of dry humour.

The record is more experimental than Brigitte Naggar’s debut. It is rougher, looser, louder and more atonal. It feels edgy, but still kind. WISTYBL ditches fear without losing vulnerability, and trades in sadness for the healing powers of anger, and the strength of observing, recognizing and confronting. Through its 9 labyrinthian yet catchy tracks, shaped sonically by the seriously unique visions of Devon Bate, Hamish Mitchell, and Naggar herself, the album observes the complexities of mental health, the precarity of life, and the challenges of finding strength in the face of grave misunderstanding.

On its own, When I Say to you Black Lightning is a phrase which holds authority-- it does not apologize for itself, it stands boldly where it is, and yet it also laughs at itself for daring to take up that space. The title phrase is directive - it suggests a thought without completing it, engaging you to contemplate what comes next and pointing the finger away from itself to somewhere undefined. If Playing House was about personal turmoil, WISTYBL is about humanity’s emotional challenges and how we each approach them as individuals. The former centered around one person and one heartbreak, while the latter circles different characters that Naggar has observed or interacted with—romantically or otherwise, whose stories cumulate in a whimsically entertaining tale of struggle, and the resulting emotional growth.

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releases October 11, 2019

Songs by Brigitte Naggar
Produced by Devon Bate & Brigitte Naggar
Mixed & Edited by Hamish Mitchell
Mastered by Jon Kaspy
All Instruments Performed By Brigitte Naggar & Devon Bate Except:
- Ali Levy (Bass)
- Ian Gibbons (Cello)
- Thanya Iyer, Shelby Cohen, Shaina Hayes, Sarah Rossy (MAWMZ Choir)
- Alex Thibault (Drums on Track 5)
- Isaac Latham (Synth on Track 5)
- Audience & Crowd Noises at The Velvet Underground, Toronto on Track Eight

Photos & Art Directions by Aaliyeh Afshar & Max Taeuschel

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Track Name: Central Booking
With a trash can full of blood and hair
You had to get yourself out of there
You had to get yourself out of there

You found this place but you ain't nowhere
You had to get yourself out of there
You had to get yourself out of there

I'm sorry New York broke you
It cracked your stamina
I think perhaps it woke you,
But now you're lost in
Cana-nana-nana-na-da

I'm sorry New York broke you
It cracked your stamina
I think perhaps it woke you,
But now you're lost in
Cana-nana-nana-na-da

I'm sorry New York broke you
Now you're anathema
I think that it uncloaked you,
And so you're lost in
Cana-nana-nana-na-da

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