What Is and Was

by Paula Frazer and Tarnation

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Between the Lines
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Golden
4.
In Some Time
5.
Followed You There
6.
Like a River
7.
To the Ocean
8.
Western Star
9.
North Wind
10.
People Say
11.
Distant Star
12.
Find My Heart

about

Paula Frazer hasn’t put out an album in 10 years. This 8th release has been in production for 5 years. Her full current lineup, active for nearly 3 years, appears on just 2 songs. One may ask, how does it come to pass that such a breathtaking singing voice is allowed to languish in obscurity like this? When you consider the impeccable quality of her music, the ethereal purity of her voice, the string of near perfect records she released every couple years since the early ’90s (under both her name and the Tarnation monicker) … How does this happen?

According to Paula, it’s a combination of bad timing, a general lack of interest from record labels, resulting in no deadlines, and the Napster related downfall of music sales … Who really knows? Not to say she hasn’t been hard at work all these years, but by her own admission, she hasn’t had a real touring band since the late ’90s, at least not for more than a year at a time – that is, until recently.

Anyone lucky enough to catch the current lineup of Tarnation performing live gets to enjoy a startling combination of musical personalities. Their sets usually consist of one half Paula’s songs, while the remainder are written and sung by Jacob Aranda, and the combination may stir up emotions you didn’t know you had. Paula and Jacob alternate lead vocal duties song per song, accompanying each other’s grave and gentle yearnings with perfect, understated harmonies and instrumentation, reinforced by Sam Berman’s steady drumming and the lush pedal steel guitar of virtuosic David Cuetter (Big Still, That Hideous Strength). You will hear all 4 play together on this record’s tracks “In Some Time” and “People Say,” and also on Aranda’s upcoming LP recorded last summer by the very same quartet.

The rest of the new album features several of Paula’s longtime musical collaborators: Patrick Main and Justin Frahm on keyboards, 4 other drummers, and backing vocals by Elisa Randazzo, Amy Fowler, and Greg of The Moore Brothers. A half dozen other stalwart Bay Area musical entities appear, all adding to the gorgeous lush sound herein. For those unfamiliar with Paula and her music, the question may arise: “Where does this unearthly beautiful sound come from?”

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releases June 30, 2017

All songs written by Paula Frazer - Tarnation Music Publishing, BMI

Recorded in San Francisco at Ellsworth Analog, El Studio, Nigel's place

Engineers: Nigel Pavao, Desmond Shea, Paula Frazer, Jay Bronzini
Mastered by Alex Oropeza at Obscura Digital
Produced by Nigel Pavao, Desmond Shea and Paula Frazer
Mixed by Nigel Pavao at Discrete and Studio C at Hyde Street Audio

Photos by Paula Frazer, Olivier Riquelme, Lyn Gaza, Christine Shields, Jay Blakesburg, Amy Blaschke, Greg Dubrow, Robert Tachoiresv vv
Design: John Borruso

Special Thanks to Tom Richardson and Discrete at Hyde Street, Phil Manley, Kelley Stoltz

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Track Name: What Is and Was
Listen to your heart beat, it's here to remind you
It's here to defy you and leave you in the dark
A prisoner of your own mind, not all that is gold shines
But it's just a fine line between hate and love

Forget the lessons you have learned
Forget the bridges that have burned
And all the reasons that may be wrong or right
They're with you day and night just because what is and was

Listen to the night song, it's playing all the night long
A song you cannot hide from, it's with you in your dreams
It will surely find you and it will surely blind you
From any fair reasoning
Except the beating of your heart

Forget the lessons you have learned
Forget the bridges that have burned
And all the reasons that may be wrong or right
They're with you day and night just because what is and was