Promising Light

by The Belle Curves

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1.
Wake in the morning it’s always so hard Never early enough though how I try Making my coffee never quite strong Enough for all the creamer I want Clenching my teeth down until it hurts Mindlessly melting each morning away
2.
Asleep in the sun / asleep still at noon / I kept myself up But I’m learning how to speak I’m learning how to sing I’m learning how to fight When someone takes a swing The promise of 95 / blinding my mind’s eye The promise of feeling alive / will never let me lie Awake in the dark / awake still at two / I keep myself up But I’m learning how to love The dissonance I feel I’m learning how to stand Up to the appeal [The promise of 95 / blinding my mind’s eye The promise of feeling alive / will never let me lie] x2
3.
New Morality 03:29
Preach to me rules of morality Teach me your rules of new gravity There is no secret when you cant speak Open your pages to new critique Free to pursue what you think you want Live to appease like a debutante There is no limit given the same Weak and unstable given the name
4.
Greener 03:45
i feel so suffocated in a room with no way out i don't think the grass is greener but i'm still so full of doubt where will i call home? how can i answer two calls? my anchor has left me one i never knew what i had i don't know which i'm going i just know i'm going mad where will i call home? how can i answer two calls?
5.
Simone 02:00
Can you fall in love With two different people like two different cities? Different eyes and different skies Fill the same place in your mind Is my identity More like the moon or more like a bay tide? More like reflections and changing directions Never the same as before There’s no such thing as knowing such things Can you ever know What i am thinking and what I am feeling? What am I doing, am I misconstruing? We’ll build the meaning ourselves Is this all in vain? Words seem to fail, words seem to come last Words can oppress it but words cant express it I don’t have anything else There’s no such thing as knowing such things
6.
April 03:07
Waiting for these clouds to pass / can’t take anymore cold Why do my thoughts move so fast? / I just want to go Take me home where I can sleep Let me be alone Take me out where it gets deep I want to be home Brooklyn brings me back to life / strangers seem more safe Safer than my friends at night / I guess I just can’t wait Take me home where I can sleep Let me be alone
7.
That ribbon of highway / Tightens round your neck You can never come back / If you never even left The horizon will suffocate / You’ll second guess You can’t be sure / Cause you haven’t even left If I were a pilgrim / Or a seashell full of meaning Maybe I’d feel different / But I dont 22 September’s / and I’m still surprised By each day that gets shorter / Will I learn That ribbon of highway / Tightens round your neck You can never come back / If you never even left The horizon will suffocate / You’ll second guess You can’t be sure / Cause you haven’t even left I have too much time on my hands And I get into my head Getting lost in infinity Getting nowhere in bed That ribbon of highway / Tightens round your neck You can never come back / If you never even left The horizon will suffocate / You’ll second guess You can’t be sure / Cause you haven’t even left Try to find some help in the stars Look for guidance in rocks Living life through a deck of cards Anything so I don’t have to talk
8.
Waiting my turn / I’ve waited every day I can’t wait any more / I think I’ll go insane I get restless / stare at the walls at night I think I need to go / find some promising light Now I’ve seen the sky / I’ve lived up in the clouds I don’t know what I know / But I know I wanna be loud I’ve been thinking / about all kinds of things I decided / I only want to sing I think I need to go / find some promising light
9.
New Orleans 03:35
Drove all night / to get home to you / you stayed up Worked all day / to go out with you / I’d spend it all Little life / you’re so good to me So I don’t mind Thinkin’ bout / where I would live / I’d like it warm Talk about / how to forgive / You just do Little life / you’re so good to me So I don’t mind Not sure yet / what this will mean / but i’ll know Sing to me / about new orleans / sing it soft Little life / you’re so good to me So I don’t mind

about

Liner Notes:

This album is the first full length album under this new project, my first serious undertaking since stepping away from Pandafan. I had a lot to prove. I don’t know to who, mostly myself I guess. Some songs were old Pandafan songs, a lot of them came into existence after. I ask a lot of questions. Again, mostly to myself. There are threads that connect all of these songs. Even if this is not a “concept album,” it is, because the theme through all of it is reflection on life and emotions, and maybe a little history and philosophy. I wrestled with a lot of ennui and disaffection in the last two years (still am) and all of that is in these songs, but I like to believe it’s resolved to some degree by the end of the record.

It was recorded entirely at our studio on Long Island, Silo Recordings. We don’t have anything too fancy, but we have the tools we need to create what we want to create, and that’s something I am eternally grateful for. Protools, some decent mics, a bunch of cool guitars, a whole lot of amplifiers, a whole lot of vocal tracks, some really cool musicians, a ukulele, you get the picture.

I cannot express enough gratitude to my dear partner Kelsey. You have been there for me always, and had a huge hand in making this record what it is. I’m forever thankful that I have you to bounce ideas off of and go to for advice.
I am also so thankful to my parents, Cathy and Bill. Your support means everything to me, I would not be the person I am today without you.
To all of the musicians who played, I sometimes have a hard time letting other people play my music, especially recording, but you are all so good at what you do and it’s an incredible feeling to trust someone with my music and be able to collaborate. Sarah, Chris, Al, Nick, Brian, and Dad, thank you. And thank you to Francis and James for being solid bassists on stage for us.

The song at the end of Promising Light was a magical moment that happened out of sheer serendipity. I was in a folk music workshop in the Adirondacks, and on the first night there we were going around the circle sharing tunes. One of the workshop leaders started this one, and I thought it was so beautiful I decided to record it on my phone. When she got to the verse about light, I couldn’t believe it. It fit the record so perfectly. I don’t usually believe in fate, but it did seem like it was meant to be. I was already halfway through recording the album at that point, and had already chosen the name and the running order. So thank you to the folks at Roots and Branches, that was a very special moment.

And thank you to everyone who listened to rough mixes and gave your creative energy to the space at the studio. You have a piece of your creativity in this record as well, and I do not take that for granted.

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released October 11, 2019

Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Delaney Hafener and Bill Hafener at The Silo Studio.

Nick Balzano: drums on tracks 5 and 7
Al Criscuolo: drums on tracks 1, 2, and 4
Brian Dumont: pedal steel
Sarah Gross: piano
Bill Hafener: electric guitar on track 2
Chris Olsen: drums on tracks 3 and 8

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The Belle Curves New York, New York

The Belle Curves is lead by Delaney Hafener with her dad Bill Hafener playing guitar and co-producing. With a number of fellow songwriters making up the rest of the band, they have crafted a unique sound inspired by the many traditions of Americana and a songwriting style that echos both the Laurel Canyon and Bakersfield. The songs touch on everything from self doubt to progressive politics. ... more

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