King's Daughters Home For Incurables

by Karla Kane

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03:21
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Skylarks Of Britain
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Don't Hush, Darling
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Mother Of The Future
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Under The Oak In May
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Midsommar
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The Weight Of Acorns
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All Aboard
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Grasshopper Clock

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Karla Kane’s debut solo album, “King’s Daughters Home for Incurables,” leads listeners into an intriguing land of acorns and tea leaves; feminism and fairy tales; pagan pop and pastoral protest songs; whimsical wanderings and sharp observations on the current state of the world. It’s a place for chronic worriers, hopeless romantics, Anglophiles, patriarchy smashers and gentle dreamers, where sunny California indie meets melancholy English folk and the redwood meets the oak.

The first solo release from the singer/songwriter/uke player of The Corner Laughers, the creation of this enchanting acoustic collection was inspired partly by the tours of England she’s undertaken over the past few years. Recorded over a few weeks at home, rather than in a studio with a producer, the album is Kane at her most independent and intimate, with sweet vocals and songwriting at the forefront. Themes include anxious thoughts on motherhood and the passing of time, the search for “home,” and a deep desire to summon optimism and hope in a dark world.

Many of the songs were written under the shade of a beloved oak tree in Kane’s California backyard. Armed with a laptop, her ukulele and a single microphone, she recorded them, usually in the evening, after her young daughter was tucked into bed.

But the simplicity of the set-up doesn’t mean the album is short on sonic riches. Though it has DIY, backyard-pop roots, the album expands its scope from the micro to the macro level. Woven into to many of the songs are the astonishing nature recordings of Richard Youell, which bring the sounds of the English countryside (buzzing beehives, dawn choruses, rainstorms) alive in harmony with Kane’s music. And though it’s officially a solo album, “King’s Daughters Home For Incurables” includes a number of notable guest appearances from England and beyond, including Kane’s songwriting hero Martin Newell (Cleaners from Venus), who contributes vocals and poetry to “Wishing Tree.”

Concerned Corner Laughers fans, take heart. All three of Kane’s fellow band members appear here, with husband/bandmate Khoi Huynh taking on co-producer duties as well accompanying her on most songs on a variety of instruments (including on two remakes of Corner Laughers works). Listeners familiar with Kane’s previous catalogue will recognize the clever, literate lyric style, and ethereal melodies and harmonies highlighted in her new, folk-inflected direction.

Everyone, at some point, feels like an “incurable” in search of a home. With Kane’s new album, listeners are invited to share in the mix of beauty and confusion in which we all find ourselves in these times. All aboard.

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releases October 6, 2017

All songs by Karla Kane (BMI) except "Weight of Acorns," by Kane/Huynh (BMI).

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Track Name: King's Daughters Home For Incurables
The queen of the west said her peaches were best
she'd give you a taste for a mushroom or two
The queen of the east didn't come to the feast
She said, "I've seen enough of what peaches can do"
And that was a long time ago
I don't even know why I told you
But that's how these songs tend to go
Be happy with what I've just sold you

I wanted to be an English folk singer
A new Shirley Collins, the next Cecil Sharp
And I would restore the folk songs to my people
Armed with their history, my voice and a harp

But I was a Golden State girl
And I didn't have any people
and that was the olden-day world
And I couldn't climb up that steep hill

A terrible troll lived up in his tower
Surrounded by minions who couldn't say no
And it was our role to take back the power
To turn our opinions up high as they'd go

I went to the King's daughters home
I wanted to know how to fix you
I stood under that starry dome
and learned all damage their tricks do

I went to the King's daughters home
I wanted a cure for what ailed you
I stood in the gloom of the gloam
and heard all the ways I had failed you

I don't know if this machine can kill fascists
but maybe annoying them's alright for now
I'm not very loud, you're rarely the brashest
But we can make trouble together somehow
Come on, let's make trouble together somehow
Track Name: Wishing Tree
What'll we do when the tour is over?
And we wake up before it’s light
Make chai in the dark; try and write Helen and Mark
What'll we do when the tour is over?
Set all the magicians free
Go send them to the wishing tree

What'll we do when the grass is greener?
Or the afternoons no longer gold?
Leave salad for the gods; find it with our dowsing rods
What'll we do when the grass is greener?

Take out the ignition key
Go hang it from the wishing tree

And if you hear that Yorkshire string band
Lie back down and think of England
Marmite toast on equinoxes
Starlight coast and frequent foxes
Choose a branch and tie a ribbon
Take a chance you'll be forgiven
We're all forgiven

And if you find you're missing me
Go tell it to the wishing tree
Track Name: The Lilac Line
I woke up to a space in the ceiling in the shape of a circle that lets the sunlight in
I spoke up to let you know how I was feeling, I wouldn't let you go to work ill or let the gunfight win
You said I know that we'll be fine riding the Lilac Line
I know that there's still good deep in the Dersingham wood
Little Apple, I could live forever in you

I woke up to the scent of eucalyptus or the sound of ukuleles, lost in the Dreamtime again
And someday I'll say exactly what I'm thinking, make you spit out the tea you're drinking, and then it's tea time again
I said I know that we'll be fine riding the Lilac Line
I know that there's still good deep in the Dersingham wood
Lolly Leopard, I could live forever with you

Snowdrop, bluebell
Grow up, do well
If I could freeze this moment like an insect in the amber
fossilize the way your eyes light up, your voice's timbre

Well...

Little Apple, I could live forever in you
Lolly Leopard, I could live forever with you