Nicole and the Avalanche EP

by Nicole and the Avalanche

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BIO

While no two of Nicole Howe’s songs sound alike, there is also no hint of “trying on” genres merely for variety or novelty’s sake. Coming relatively late to songwriting, there seems to have been a stylistic soup gradually bubbling up in the cauldron of Howe’s subconscious since the time her ears first heard sound. Absorbing bits and pieces of the varied musical idioms in existence along the way, it has finally come to a boiling point, spewing up and over any barriers of self-consciousness that can easily inhibit new songwriters.

The resultant spatter are songs that are melodically sophisticated, harmonically complex, and thoroughly of a unique voice all while being immediately digestible on first listen.

Howe started writing in the Fall of 2008 and by the end of the year had a large catalog of songs. Through the year and a half long process (beginning in 2009) of trying to assemble and solidify a band, Howe met multi-instrumentalist, Josh Misner and the two discovered a synergy between them for arranging and fleshing out her ideas. Along with bassist, Jesse Reimer, the three of them released their debut, self-titled EP in the Summer of 2011 calling themselves, “Nicole and the Avalanche”.

credits

released 15 July 2011

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EP CREDITS

All songs written and performed by Nicole Howe except where noted*

Produced and Arranged by Josh Misner

Recorded at:
HumansWin! by Lance Conrad
Inflatable Audio by Josh Misner

Mixed by Andy Thompson at Instrument Landing

Mastered by Rueben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering

Duplicated at Copycats Media in Minneapolis, MN

Photography and album design by Jared Kocka

Photographs were taken at Elmwood House in Minneapolis, MN

Musicians:
Dan Sutherland - drums
Jesse Reimer - bass
Josh Misner - electric guitar, violin, viola, synthesizer, piano, organ
Nicole Howe - vocals, piano, rhodes

* "Try" written by Nicole Howe and Josh Misner
* Guitar sample on "This Old Wall" by Thomas Nordlund

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Track Name: We'll Be Ok
Look how my garden blossoms underneath this shady tree
delicate spectacles they're budding to impress their queen
tending to the details, intricately my precision for your plead
could it be that I am lacking sense of your abilities

My petals wait to unfold, concealed are secrets
but when they open up, unveiled my forfeits

I'll finish the work subdued, and I'm able to see right through, and it's safe to say, we're all afraid, cause nothing stays the same

What is our next move along these piles of proof
floating around, and around

I'm casting complications out into the tranquil seas
watching them scatter softly drifting steady then they sink, when the skies are stirring it's my signal that I've caught your lease, then rains pour down and wash away the resolutions I've tried to keep

I'll finish the work subdued, and I'm able to see right through, and it's safe to say that we're all afraid

I'll finish the work subdued, and I'm able to see right through, and it's safe to say we'll be okay, but nothing stays the same, nothing stays the same
Track Name: This Old Wall
I'm under the influence of my elation
and weighed down by comfort warming the night
I've caught you like a fever
the illness travels on to mend my heartaches
it's breaking down this wall and shaking me free

at last I'm free, you've lit the dark and hollowed space between my shaded dreams

The more I rely on someone to give my affection
the more I can feel it's taking me in it's too late to turn back
I'll stick to where I'm headed and it's by your side
I'll follow on because it's shaking me free

at last I'm free, you've lit the dark and hollowed space between my shaded dreams

I'll stick to where I'm headed and it's by your side,
I'll follow on because you already have led me far away from that dismal place behind that old wall, it's fallen down and shaking me free

at last I'm free, you've lit the dark and hollowed space between my shaded dreams

this old wall is falling down, falling down, I'll follow on with speed

this old wall is falling down, falling down, I'll follow on with speed
Track Name: Don't Thank Me
the candles lit upon this cake are failing to oblige
these wishes that we often make dissolve until they die
this poor me state of mind does no one good
it's cases much like this that I despise

Don't thank me, it should be you
that's taking my gratitude
it's getting easier to admit when I'm wrong

Once lonely I couldn't recognize my apathetic tune
it drowned out the peaceful tones of white, to shades of somber hues
but that was the old me, I've been revived
the pulling of this stubborn will of mine

Don't thank me, it should be you
that's taking my gratitude
it's getting easier to admit when I'm wrong
Track Name: The Portions You Leave
Give up to what's not improving
those hand that take and deliver
with all the finished remains you have sold me
it's gone, the taste of my glory and now replaced
by my hunger, withering down by your unsought intrusion
when my needs aren't fulfilled by keeping...

the force in me to a steady lull
silencing me, as I'm gaining on the portions you leave
feed my ill devotion, take your best shot at freeing a force that loves the thrill

This part I hate when we're choosing by chance less fate
and I'm losing vision of how to surpass this endeavor
so now the stakes are much higher because involved
are desires and our behaviors conclude the illusion of clean release, when it's bringing...

the force in me to a steady lull
silencing me, as I'm gaining on the portions you leave
feed my ill devotion, take your best shot at freeing a force that loves the thrill

the past is set by strategic moves that are best for the present, and now the rest proves my humbled defense
summons inside...

the force in me to a steady lull
silencing me, as I'm gaining on the portions you leave
feed my ill devotion, take your best shot at freeing a force that loves the thrill
Track Name: Try
I remember everything you said
the echoes in my head won't die
I believed every word was true
I was as worthless as I lie
save your petty excuse, I was only a child too

so go ahead and try to break my bones with all your
sticks and stones, they'll never hurt me
and all your clever names and funny games
won't leave me bleeding and helpless anymore

I tried to make sense out of your hate
your heart was darker than my skin
my eyes became the butt of every joke
to you and all your friends
I thought you'd grown up by now
but you're the same old playground bully

so go ahead and try to break my bones with all your
sticks and stones, they'll never hurt me
and all your clever names and funny games
won't leave me bleeding and helpless anymore

you can't control how I see myself
you are forever trapped and I am free

so go ahead and try to break my bones with all your
sticks and stones, they'll never hurt me
and all your clever names and funny games
won't leave me bleeding and helpless anymore

I remember everything you said
it was as worthless as a lie
you have no excuses anymore
why did I even try