Silver Recovery

by Annika Bentley

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"Much like the striking artwork on the album’s sleeve, the music contained within Annika Bentley’s Silver Recovery is both beautifully stark and profoundly imaginative, all while hinting at some sort of past tragedy.

Bentley, a Rochester, New York singer-songwriter, had a string of robust releases throughout the late ‘90s and early 2000’s, but unfortunately had to take a break from music due to a prolonged illness. This release is her first in thirteen years, and what a return it is.

The album truly feels like an overflowing fountain of pent up creativity, with every aspect of it being astonishingly strong and methodically crafted. Everything from the power of the poetic lyrics to the poignant melodies and Bentley’s impassioned, multifaceted vocals shines brightly here. Even after a single listening, it becomes apparent that each song is a precious gemstone that’s been carefully plucked, cleaned of any impurities and polished over time.

Lyrically, the songs conjure the romantic imagery of Leonard Cohen and the holy rawness of Judee Sill, as well as the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Every line is packed with vibrant scenes and unique symbolism that unloads volumes of meaning when you start to unpack them. A favorite example of this for me is this particular part of the excellent “Wood Thrush:”

“The restless body is a ghost we leave,
for the clutch of the earth, its cosmos of seeds.
An ovenbird, a jam jar, terrarium gold,
The forest is blushing, the flush of my throat.
The sound of the wood is shaking in me, the sound of the wood is in me.”
I could spend all day thinking about these lyrics (and I practically already have).

The strength of these potent words is bolstered by Bentley’s evocative piano playing, as well as the gorgeous, near-pastoral backing instrumentation. With the help of the subtle yet effective drumming of Otto Hauser (from Vetiver, Espers and Cass McCombs) and the sympathetic guitar work of Greg Townson (from Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets) combined with the efforts of harpist Mary Lattimore and bassists Keith Parkins and Kathleen Fraser (Bentley’s mother), each song hits its mark without fail.

If you consider yourself a devotee of the likes of Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling or Jeff Buckley, then you could easily become a lifelong fan of Annika Bentley’s Silver Recovery. "

--Keith Hadad, Record Crates United

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released December 21, 2018

Annika Bentley: vocals, piano & guitar
Kathleen Fraser: upright bass
Otto Hauser: drum set & percussion
Mary Lattimore: harp
Keith Parkins: bass
Greg Townson: electric guitar

Written & Produced by Annika Bentley
Mixed & Mastered by T.J. Lipple
Engineered by Keith Parkins

Recorded by Annika Bentley in Rochester, NY. Drum set & percussion recorded by Tyler Wood at Sauce Farm Studio in Catskill, NY. Harp recorded by Mary Lattimore at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. Electric guitar recorded by Greg Townson in Rochester, NY.

Artwork by Margaret Farmer
Photography by Keith Parkins
Design by Darryl Norsen


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Track Name: Blood Bear
Blood Bear

Your blood is moving slow, and thickly so.
Your blood oh it is glancing to and fro and it will not let go.
I've got a bear in my heart and he is telling me it's time, you know,
to say goodbye to the pulse and the aching, squeezing flow.

In this blood are the seeds you've sown, a field of veins you raked and hoed.
But the open flood, oh it never comes, you're dry and scorched,
you bless the crows.
Here comes that bear for my heart,
he's marching chamber dirges as he grows.
Goodbye goodbye, goodbye goodbye,
we count it down, we count it down to zero.

Goodbye, I know.

I'd heal your blood, our stars and cells were made to dance,
to light our way and keep us close.
We hum, we flame, we shine, we shake,
we resonate and then we go.
Here comes that bear for my heart, he is steady dragging as a stone.
He enfolds me in his loving arms, we bow our heads, he takes me home.

I know that bear in my heart, we're symbiotic, toe to toe.
We are resting here in the still of time, a single beat, a final stroke.

Goodbye, I know, goodbye.
That's how strong my love is, that's how strong my love is.
Track Name: Virginia
Virginia

Did you break it, did you speak, were you direct or yet oblique?
Honey turn your light on, honey, where's your light?

As those hills rose up surrounding you
I swear the distant waves of sound in space were still the truth.

Did you pull the river's crease inside your heart to help you sleep?
Honey turn your light on, honey, where's your light?

Could the wrens have called in algebraic code,
and were they crying, 'this is not your home?'

All along the road you stared at me.

Did you dream it, did you creep outside to touch the ivy's teeth?
Honey turn your light on, honey, where's your light?

Do you know the day you turned to fireflies and smoke,
atomized and swam beside the kitchen's radio ghosts?

All along the road you beat the heartbeat into me.

Call the guard in, clue the wind, tell the night.
Honey turn your light on, honey, where's your light?
Track Name: Wood Thrush
Wood Thrush

The sun we see is a golden ring,
marries the breeze to our skin.
The lay of our lives, the lay of the land,
the lie of my head in the palm of your hand.

The sound of the wood is shaking in me, the sound of the wood is in me.

The restless body is a ghost we leave
for the clutch of the earth, its cosmos of seeds.
An ovenbird, a jam jar, terrarium gold,
the forest is blushing, the flush of my throat.

The sound of the wood is shaking in me, the sound of the wood is in me.

“The soul is a bride.”

You and I are the loam, you and I are the floor,
you and I are the thread trailing thin through ether, moss, and core.

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