Sister Zephyr

by Telafonica

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  • Inspired by Australia's awesome community radio networks, Telafonica are having a supporter drive. But, instead of asking for your support via money, we're asking for your e-mail address. This means we can keep you informed about our comings and goings, gigs, new releases etc.
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    In return, you get a download of our new EP, four tracks (plus a radio edit of one of them) of indie-electronic goodness, clocking in at 35 minutes worth of music.
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    As well as the regular audio, we've also included some enhanced visual versions of the tracks. These consist of custom artwork and lyrics for each track which appear on the screen of your digital music player as you listen. Think of them as a new media half-way house between video clips and the liner notes on traditional physical releases.
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All music by Telafonica
All lyrics by Rebecca Elmer
Performed and produced by Telafonica
Cello on 'Sister Zephyr' performed by Alex Priest
Extra backing vocals on 'Ask Me' by Æowyn Elmer and Imojjen Elmer
Mastered by Adrian Elmer @ Orange & Blue
Artwork by Adrian Elmer for Boom Blip Blip

Enhanced Visuals
Created by Adrian Elmer for Boom Blip Blip
Additional photography for 'Sister You Have' by Rebecca Elmer
Artwork for 'Ask Me' created by Emma Sanchez

On these recordings, Telafonica is...
Cherry Cooper (Sister Zephyr)
Adrian Elmer
Rebecca Elmer
Eliza Vickers
Blake Wassell


www.telafonica.com
www.boomblipblip.com
www.4-4-2music.com
442-net-046

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released October 28, 2013

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The music on the EP sees a sleeker electronic focus return to the Telafonica sound palette. Inspired by some of the usual suspects – Underworld, LCD Soundsystem, Sufjan Stevens, Ricardo Villalobos – the tracks are all sprawling, growing electronic impulses overlaid with earworm vocal melodies and lyrics exploring the nature of human existence.

Title track, 'Sister Zephyr', has been a live staple for some time now and was originally developed alongside the tracks from Telafonica's 2011 album – Sleeping With The Fishermen. It didn't quite fit with the sonics of the rest of the tracks at the time, however, so the recording was put to the side and returned to this year where it has been given its own life. Written in response to a loved one having a serious brain haemorrhage, it searches for joy and comfort within pain.

'Sister You Have' was largely written by Rebecca as a gift for fellow band member Ellie when the latter announced she would be getting married in late 2012. It's flowing melodies and building harmonies a euphoric celebration.

'Ask Me' is a song snippet embedded in an insistent dancefloor groove, turning itself into abstract contortions as it grows.

And, finally, 'The Thickness Of White' is a leftover instrumental track created by Adrian and Blake back in 2009 which has never found a home to fit elsewhere, even though it was loved enough to be tried out in all Telafonica releases since then. Finally, it has somewhere to sit comfortably and so can now meander moodily to its own heart's content.

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Track Name: Sister Zephyr
This is the time to cry
When the darkness is at the window
When the breathing is slow
When the breathing is slow
And the time hovers over your head

This is the time to cry
When your heart has slipped down to the floor
When the sleeping is over
When the sleeping is over
And you know you can't stay in your bed

This is the time to weep
When the morning moves past you
When light cannot touch you
When light cannot touch you
And the words that you hear don't make sense

This is the time to weep
When the darkness comes back through your door
When the striving is over
When the striving is over
And you know you must sleep once again

She has forgotten herself
She has forgotten herself
She holds His eyes and His heart
He still remembers her name
Track Name: Sister You Have
Today the sun is higher
The sky is a deeper blue
Your head isn't where it should be
It's in your heart
It's in your heart
You don't own these streets anymore
You no longer fit inside
This is not your key
This is not your door

Today the wind blows further
The seas is a warmer green
Your heart isn't where you left it
It's in your mouth
It's in your sleeve
You don't play this part anymore
You no longer speak those words
This is not your line
This is not your song

Today the world is larger
The earth is deep and warm
Your heart is where it will be
It's in his arms
It is his hope
You will find your own streets very soon
You will find the words to use
This will be your key
This will be your door

Sister you've awoken love
Track Name: Ask Me
The liquid (fact)
The literary (fact)
The literal (fact)
Fact (fact)

The liquid (real)
The literary (real)
The literal (real)
Real (real)

Is not (truth)
The liquid (truth)
The literary (truth)
The literal (truth)

It's just not
And that's the way it is
Not a simple head but a simple heart
Track Name: Sister Zephyr (Radio Edit)
This is the time to cry
When the darkness is at the window
When the breathing is slow
When the breathing is slow
And the time hovers over your head

This is the time to cry
When your heart has slipped down to the floor
When the sleeping is over
When the sleeping is over
And you know you can't stay in your bed

This is the time to weep
When the morning moves past you
When light cannot touch you
When light cannot touch you
And the words that you hear don't make sense

This is the time to weep
When the darkness comes back through your door
When the striving is over
When the striving is over
And you know you must sleep once again

She has forgotten herself
She has forgotten herself
She holds His eyes and His heart
He still remembers her name