Promising Light

by The Belle Curves

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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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Inspired by the sounds of folk music from The Carter Family to First Aid Kit, The Belle Curves is the brainchild of producer- vocalist-songwriter-instrumentalist Delaney Hafener. Leaning on her eclectic influences in reflective, thoughtful songwriting, she and a rotating group of musicians create a unique indie/folk aesthetic. ... more

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Track Name: Monday Morning in Bed
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
Track Name: Promise of 95
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
Track Name: New Morality
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
Track Name: Greener
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?
Track Name: Simone
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
Track Name: April
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
Track Name: Ribbon of Highway
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
Track Name: Promising Light
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
Track Name: New Orleans
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

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