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California-based NYMPHYA is an Ethereal Baroque Pop / Folktronica Art-Pop recording artist / producer whose music is lightly suffused with Worldbeat, Classical and Avant-garde. Nymphya’s alchemical Art-Pop style is best described as a stirring collage of eclectic beats, soaring vocals, haunting soundscapes, and captivating samples that accompany insightful lyrics, which are often philosophical or transpersonal, and transport the listener to a mystical land or a place of deep reflection.

NYMPHYA released her debut concept CD DREAM DANCE in December, 2017, which garnered enthusiastic reviews from an international audience, and her second album, NAKED KATE, an all acoustic anthology of Kate Bush covers, was released December 6, 2019.  You can find both HERE.
Nymphya’s latest recording is her 6 song sampler EP, CURIOS, released October 27, 2021. CURIOS features 4 favorite tracks from DREAM DANCE and NAKED KATE chosen by her fans, and 2 unreleased tracks from her 3rd album in progress, WHAT HAVE I FORGOTTEN?. You may find CURIOS HERE.

“What strikes the listener upon first encounter with Dream Dance is that it is at once challenging and accessible. . . An ambitious and well-crafted work, which provokes as much as it soothes. Sonically what has been created here sounds unique, an admirable accomplishment in and of itself. . . It asks much of the listener and warrants repeated visits. Dream Dance deserves to be heard”.  Rawckus Magazine – Chris Wheatley

Professional opera singer Valentina O is the eclectic and multifaceted songwriter, vocalist, arranger, and producer behind Nymphya. After a personal tragedy in 2006 when her fiancé, record producer Keith Keller, suddenly died, Valentina struggled to bring herself back to life from her crippling grief through music and spiritual practice. Using what Keith taught her, Valentina built her own recording studio in 2011 and began producing and recording DREAM DANCE as a tribute to him.

“On my 4th back to back runthrough of this album, I am really enjoying it. There is a lot of sorrow being released in “Beautiful Wound”; the multi-layered vocals are marvelous. The packaging is stellar;  I love the lyric book, and the artwork.  Nymphya has delivered in spades with this album. I will encourage my listeners to hear this through headphones. . . We have ourselves a celestial new age goddess.”  Deep Nuggets Radio – Steven Davies Morris

Up to then, Valentina had appeared throughout the United States as an opera singer, actor and performer, as well as on numerous soundtracks for television, film and commercials (Time/Life Warner, IMAX, and Garfield), and on multiple CD projects for recording artists, including backing up John Cale (The Velvet Underground) on the Tonight Show and appearing on MTV with her group Screaming Divas. It was with Screaming Divas that Valentina also opened for Todd Rundgren at the Fillmore in San Francisco and for George Benson at Villa Montalvo, as well as Dana Carvey at the Shoreline Ampitheatre.

“With this album, Nymphya has created an integrated musical experience with a beginning, middle and an end. Put the music on, and then sit back and listen, and you will soon have grown to love it, to crave it, to want to live in it. Nymphya creates a world that you can only appreciate by totally inhabiting it. This album has a beautiful, unique, consistent musical and emotional vision. . .she’s just so versatile and able to infuse each song with its own particular tone and timbre, that she sounds like three or four different singers all rolled into one. This is perfection at work. We may have waited six or seven years for this album to become reality, but it is certainly worth the wait. You get so swept away by the poetic beauty of the melodies, atmospheres, and moods that you forget about all the sweeping and genial electronics being applied in the musical arrangements, which in itself is a massive feat. What can more I say about this beautiful woman with a beautiful voice that hasn’t already been said? Breathtaking vocals, deeply stirring music, all impeccably produced. In a word – Spellbinding!”  Staff, TunedLoud

As the award-winning creative director and arranger of the San Francisco-based acapella cabaret group Screaming Divas in the late ’90s, Valentina won vocal arrangement awards and top honors in the Beyond Category for the SF Weekly in San Francisco, eventually performing for First Lady Hillary Clinton. She then developed an obtuse love for opera and launched her professional opera career, which brought her to the concert halls of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and New York City Opera, among others.

Reviews in the press characterized Valentina’s singing as  “stunning, provocative and consistently beautiful”   . . .  “golden mezzo”. . . “gorgeous voice and impressive acting” . . . “brilliance and emotional power”. . .  and by 2015, Valentina was commissioned to co-write and musically arrange a cabaret musical based on the life of Edith Piaf, which garnered rave press reviews, extended runs, and a nomination for Best Original Script from the SF Bay Area Theater Critics Circle.

All of these influences feed her original compositions and arrangements for Nymphya.

“Spectacular. . . eclectic but not disjointed, musically fascinating, gripping and moving.The brief soundscapes are little gems of complexity. I think Broken might be my favorite. I have different images in my head every time I listen to it. Howl is also utterly amazing. Such a spacious mix, big and mysterious. And Chrysalis with the bells and plunky strings. Egad. Those miniature tracks are skillfully built, and placed in just the right places. What a spectacular idea. The vocal mix on Wasteland is especially brilliant. That track may be my favorite for that reason, although it’s very hard to pick just one. This is a truly extraordinary accomplishment and an amazing CD from start to finish.”  Author, Singer, Guitarist – David Gordon

DREAM DANCE features Valentina on vocals, guitar, keyboards, music programming, and percussion, Ray Schaeffer on bass, Anthony Flores on drums, Philip Everett on Electric Lapharp, and Gentry Bronson on piano and lyrics for four of the songs.


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Artist Info:

Label: WooHooYa Records

Genre: Alt / Folktronica Indie Pop

Hometown: San Francisco

Influences: Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Roxy Music, Portishead, Bat for Lashes

Biography:

Dynamic singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist NYMPHYA is a solo Ethereal / Folktronica Baroque-Pop artist who delivers a cinematic amalgam of Worldbeat, Classical and Experimental styles.

Her unique, alchemical Art / Alt-Pop music is a collage of eclectic beats, soaring vocals, haunting soundscapes, and captivating samples mixed with acoustic and electric instruments  . . . “more of an immersion than a listening session” wrote one of her fans, and is inspired by Nature and the Mystical.

Prior to launching NYMPHYA, Valentina O has appeared throughout the United States as an opera singer (NYCO and SF Opera), actor (Magic Theater), performer and musician, guesting on numerous soundtracks for television, film and commercials (Time/Life Warner, IMAX, and Garfield), on multiple CD projects for recording artists,(Sky Cafe and Royal Fingerbowl) backing up John Cale (The Velvet Underground) on the Tonight Show, appearing on MTV with her group Screaming Divas, and opening for Todd Rundgren at the Fillmore in San Francisco, for George Benson at Villa Montalvo, and Dana Carvey at the Shoreline Ampitheatre.

NYMPHYA has released three albums: Her all original debut, DREAM DANCE, in December 2017, her all-acoustic anthology of Kate Bush cover songs, NAKED KATE, in December 2019, and her fan selected set of 6 songs in a sampler EP called CURIOS in 2021. She  has built a global audience through selling her music through online channels, which supports her efforts as an Indie recording artist.

She is currently writing, producing and recording her third album and accompanying book WHAT HAVE I FORGOTTEN? scheduled for release in 2022, and resides near the redwoods along the craggy Northern California coast.

NYMPHYA’S live show consists of a set of selections from all her albums: the acoustic guitar-driven Kate Bush material surrounded by the electronic-based Folktronica of DREAM DANCE, CURIOS, and WHAT HAVE I FORGOTTEN?

Recent Press:

Rawckus Magazine

Tuned Loud

Side Line

Last Day Deaf

Coreopsis Journal

Vents Magazine

Fans say:

Yay !! my Highly loved signed CD has arrived last night !! Awesome, Inspirational, Original, Emotional……..yes I cried in the middle of it . . . The best female artist in over 30 years. . . you are as unique now as Kate Bush was back in the 70s !! Your music is other worldly… It takes the listener on a fantastic journey through the mists of time. ” T. A. – United States

The music is fantastic. Every track on the album is excellent individually, and it easily bears comparison to more well known artists such as Kate Bush, Bjork, Tori Amos. In my view your album deserves to sell in the millions.” M. T. – United Kingdom

I have reviewed my previous top ten all time CD list and find that “Dream Dance” makes the cut! A sense of fearless transience flows through the whole thing end to end: lilting harmonies, multi-layered electronic drifting . .  .but above and beyond all that is your voice. It is so pleasant to hear a really well-trained lyricism project so effortlessly above such universal concepts.” J.L. – United States

My last CD was Kate Bush Before the Dawn and with this one the collection continues in the same spirit of music.  It’s stunning! There are very few albums I have played and on 1st play fell in love with it. The artwork is wonderful and it’s so imaginative. Even the frogs were against the window listening ha. Very difficult to find a favourate track, but Wasteland is special. What hits me too is the amount of instruments you hear, and they feel that they’re in the room. I have a 90s Technics system with big speakers and it flows out into the room. You should feel very proud of this stunning masterpiece“. J.D. – United Kingdom

HOUNDS of LOVE from NAKED KATE:

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NYMPHYA RELEASED HER SAMPLER EP CURIOS OF 6 FAN FAVORITES ON OCTOBER 27, 2021.

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I expected the music to be ethereal, transcendental, beautiful. But they were also these great songs that got stuck in my head!” ~M.M., fan

Once again there is another release from this wonderful musician. Having bought her first two albums, Nymphya’s newly released CURIOS EP was a must to have. Not only is the music cleverly and skillfully produced but the artwork is perfect, too. The new tracks do not fail to disappoint, especially Liminal which is so atmospheric with a Jeff Wayne feeling in places. Play this, and be taken on a musical journey you won’t regret. Perfectly produced with wonderful vocals. Nymphya always delivers! ” ~ J.L. fan

If you’re not already a fan, you will be but if you are then I think the real story, as it were, is the new stuff. I never ever look to an artist with any expectation that they will up their game or outdo their previous entries but for my money, Nymphya has anyway… There’s nothing for it but to close your eyes, sigh, and say oh yes, oh yes. I feel confident that will be your reaction to the CURIOS EP“.~ D.M., fan

 

NYMPHYA’S  SECOND ALBUM, NAKED KATE, AN ALL ACOUSTIC ANTHOLOGY OF KATE BUSH COVERS

RELEASED DECEMBER 6, 2019.  VISIT THE SHOP

 

“The CD arrived Saturday !! Those covers far exceed my expectations!! After several listens, I can honestly say as an avid Kate Bush lover, that your interpretations have
superceded those of Kate, And that is a very hard thing to do!!!!….100% better than I ever thought possible.” ~ T.A., fan

It is one of the finest CDs I have ever bought. the difference in songs the difference in the tones of each piece of music to the words ” ~ R.L., fan

“I am a huge Kate Bush fan. I find her music moving and haunting. I approach those who attempt to cover her music with deep skepticism. Seriously, how could anyone do what Kate has done? There have been some ultimate failures and some so-so attempts. What impresses me about this album is the attempt to stay true to movement of the music. No one can ever truly “cover” Kate, but those who understand Kate’s emotional connection to her music seem to be able to grasp that within their covers. The acoustic covers here give way to the lyrics and allow the words to flow. I am impressed with the cover album. No alternative motives here, just someone paying homage to Kate. Bravo.”  ~ E.C. , fan

” I appreciate when something is done well. When an artist truly loves what they’re doing, it shows. This shows your love for these great songs and Kate. Your thoughtful and beautiful versions of them is a great way to demonstrate your talent and a true tribute. You look for the beautiful and mystical and it is definitely reflected in your music. That is why it’s a pleasure to support you.” ~ G.P. , fan

NYMPHYA’S FIRST SOLO CONCEPT CD “DREAM DANCE” WAS RELEASED DEC 1, 2017.

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“The packaging is stellar;  I love the lyric book, and the artwork.  Nymphya has delivered in spades with this album. I will encourage my listeners to hear this through headphones. . . We have ourselves a celestial new age goddess” ~ Steven Davies-Morris, Deep Nuggets Radio

“With this album, Nymphya has created an integrated musical experience with a beginning, middle and an end. Put the music on, and then sit back and listen, and you will soon have grown to love it, to crave it, to want to live in it. Nymphya creates a world that you can only appreciate by totally inhabiting it. This album has a beautiful, unique, consistent musical and emotional vision. . .she’s just so versatile and able to infuse each song with its own particular tone and timbre, that she sounds like three or four different singers all rolled into one. This is perfection at work. We may have waited six or seven years for this album to become reality, but it is certainly worth the wait. You get so swept away by the poetic beauty of the melodies, atmospheres, and moods that you forget about all the sweeping and genial electronics being applied in the musical arrangements, which in itself is a massive feat. What can more I say about this beautiful woman with a beautiful voice that hasn’t already been said? Breathtaking vocals, deeply stirring music, all impeccably produced. In a word – Spellbinding!”  Staff, TunedLoud

“In a musical climate filled with re-hashed,cookie-cutter songs, finding an artist brave enough to follow their own path can be tough. When you do, it’s like a breath of fresh air. Enter Nymphya. who has put forth an album that defies all conventional labels. . . a journey deep into the soul and psyche. Written, produced and performed mostly by (Nymphya) herself, she pushes musical and melodic boundaries, keeping the listener both entranced and curious. While one may draw comparisons to artists like Kate Bush, Tori Amos and the like, Nymphya travels a different road, with un-expected turns and twists.  GRADE:A+  Marc Farr, Rock and Roll Infinity

“What strikes the listener upon first encounter with Dream Dance is that it is at once challenging and accessible. Its comforting warmth is full of unusual juxtapositions and unexpected flashes of darkness. The vocals on Dream Dance are pervasive and powerful, yet nuanced and affecting . . . An ambitious and well-crafted work, which provokes as much as it soothes. Sonically what has been created here sounds unique, an admirable accomplishment in and of itself. . . It’s hard to think of anyone apart from Kate Bush who could deliver a line with such twisted emotion and authenticity. . . It asks much of the listener and warrants repeated visits . . . DREAM DANCE deserves to be heard.~ Chris Wheatley, Rawckus Magazine

“Spectacular. . . eclectic but not disjointed, musically fascinating, gripping and moving.The brief soundscapes are little gems of complexity. I think Broken might be my favorite. I have different images in my head every time I listen to it. Howl is also utterly amazing. Such a spacious mix, big and mysterious. And Chrysalis with the bells and plunky strings. Egad. Those miniature tracks are skillfully built, and placed in just the right places. What a spectacular idea. The vocal mix on Wasteland is especially brilliant. That track may be my favorite for that reason, although it’s very hard to pick just one. This is a truly extraordinary accomplishment and an amazing CD from start to finish.” ~ David Gordon, Author, Singer, Guitarist


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NYMPHYA and LACUNAE GLOW’S 2019 Single Release “Song of Sirens”
Song of Sirens

Lacunae Glow and Nymphya’s Song of Sirens

Released March 24, 2019, this Cinematic Art-Pop / Chillwave track ‘Song of Sirens’ explores the euphoric and ethereal nature of the feminine aspect that draws their partners into intimacy, diving deep into the metaphoric ocean of emotional connection, with mermaids representing the protagonists. Nymphya partnered with Australian producer Lacunae Glow for this special single release, and focused on creating haunting and beautiful siren vocals, blending with each other and panning them in the mix to surround you as you get absorbed into their underwater, otherworldly place of beauty, and ultimately, peace.

TunedLoud wrote:  Her music is stunningly beautiful – layered, clean, crisp, and dreamy, yet succinct. Her voice pierces the sound spectrum with pure crystalline force in a chilling hymnal-like aura that paints colorful strokes.

As with most songs that have such captivating appeal, `Song of Sirens’ isn’t an accomplishment strictly because of its words, voices and music, but because of the way that all the pieces fit together with those elements. This recording is a great example of how being generous with one’s music can come back in ways one might never expect. The to and fro recordings, between continents, which lasted 6 months, plus the combined vocal and musical skills of Nymphya and Lacunae Glow, deliver a rich and glowing arrangement that pushes the boundaries of each artist’s comfort zone.

Read the entire review here

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NYMPHYA’S 2017 Single Release “We Carry On” for the Northern CA Fire Victims.

On October 8, 2017 a series of wildfires broke out in Northern California that became the deadliest wildfires in California history, killing 43 people, destroying 8900 structures, and forcing 90,000 people to evacuate, ultimately leaving 15,000 homeless once the fires subsided.

These are people in Nymphya’s community, and this single release was dedicated to the victims of the 2017 Sonoma County Fires.

50% of each download went to Sonoma County Fire Relief .

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READ ABOUT NYMPHYA’S CREATIVE PROCESS:

Music, Magic and Atmosphere – Nymphya

“I thought it would be cool to let you know a little bit more about me since I’m pretty sure if you’re into Art Pop/Experimental/Bohemian type music, we probably have more than just a few things in common. . .”

The Making of: Dream Dance – Nymphya

“You never know from where inspiration will spring. . .”

The Making Of: Over the Hedge

“I conceived of Over the Hedge initially as an overture; a launching point, and its original title was Fly, connoted by the soaring, high vocalese.”

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NYMPHYA RELEASED HER SAMPLER EP CURIOS OF 6 FAN FAVORITES ON OCTOBER 27, 2021.

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I expected the music to be ethereal, transcendental, beautiful. But they were also these great songs that got stuck in my head!” ~M.M., fan

Once again there is another release from this wonderful musician. Having bought her first two albums, Nymphya’s newly released CURIOS EP was a must to have. Not only is the music cleverly and skillfully produced but the artwork is perfect, too. The new tracks do not fail to disappoint, especially Liminal which is so atmospheric with a Jeff Wayne feeling in places. Play this, and be taken on a musical journey you won’t regret. Perfectly produced with wonderful vocals. Nymphya always delivers! ” ~ J.L. fan

If you’re not already a fan, you will be but if you are then I think the real story, as it were, is the new stuff. I never ever look to an artist with any expectation that they will up their game or outdo their previous entries but for my money, Nymphya has anyway… There’s nothing for it but to close your eyes, sigh, and say oh yes, oh yes. I feel confident that will be your reaction to the CURIOS EP“.~ D.M., fan

NYMPHYA’S 2nd ALBUM IS NAKED KATE. (OFFICIAL RELEASE WAS DECEMBER 6, 2019).

Nymphya’s 2nd album NAKED KATE, is an all acoustic anthology of the brilliant songs of Kate Bush. Crafted with great care, love and artistry, with guest guitarist Alex McMurray from New Orleans, and violinist Jon Berger, this album will not be available on Spotify.🌸

Over 58 minutes of music, this 15 track physical CD NAKED KATE is also a LIMITED EDITION, PERSONALLY SIGNED BY NYMPHYA, in a Deluxe full color digipak case.

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I very recently purchased the Naked Kate deluxe CD. I put it in the player straight from the packaging and listened to the music and song of the amazing Nymphya. It was like havin Kate Bush in the same room. The magical voice of Nymphya and her perfection and mastery of her instruments was instantly soothing, and when the last track ended, I instantly played it again. The music took me back to my teenage years when Kate Bush was always on radio and TV.
I would Highly recommend Naked Kate to anyone even if somehow they were not familiar with the unique song and style of Kate Bush herself.
This will not be the last Nymphya CD I shall add to my collection.”  ~ Mike V, fan

It is one of the finest CDs I have ever bought. ” ~ Roly L, fan

“This is an album I will listen to, over and over. The singing is beautiful. Stripping down (sorry) the instrumentation brings the lyrics front and center. This album invites me to calm introspection. Just amazing. Thank you for this!” ~ Eric F, fan

NYMPHYA’S DEBUT RELEASE “DREAM DANCE” IS  ALSO AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE NYMPHYA SHOP.

Let Nymphya’s stirring Folktronica Art-Pop debut recording DREAM DANCE drop you into a dreamscape glade and wind you through twisted trails and tales of discovery, loss, joy, mystery, and redemption. This Deluxe packaging release features 13 tracks of diverse beats set against arching vocals, juxtaposed soundscapes and unusual instrumentations, all tinted with the rainbow colors of Nymphya’s hypnotic voice, and packaged in a gorgeous full color, 4 panel digipak case with 8 page lyric booklet which is personally signed by Nymphya

 

PURCHASE   Continuous play, 13 track CD DREAM DANCE by Nymphya
Limited Edition, Signed, Deluxe

“Yay !! my Highly loved signed CD has arrived last night !! Awesome, Inspirational, Original, Emotional……..yes I cried in the middle of it……. This album is more than the sum of it`s tracks !!!!! For my heart and soul were ……Transported !!!” ~Terrence A, fan

This is an accomplished body of work . Out of darkness cometh light . There is a lot going on in the songs which show maturity and depth. Other than instruments that you would expect there are a number of more unusual instruments that are expertly woven into the fabric of the album . A wonderful voice with a wide range . From dusky vocals to angelic chorals. A real find .” ~ Rob P, fan

“Your wonderful album arrived on St. Georges Day!  My last CD was Kate Bush Before the Dawn and with this one the collection continues in the same spirit of music. We made the time to sit and drink in the album beginning to end. It’s stunning! There are very few albums I have played and on 1st play fell in love with it. The artwork is wonderful and it’s so imaginative. Even the frogs were against the window listening ha. Very difficult to find a favourate track, but Wasteland is special. What hits me too is the amount of instruments you hear, and they feel that they’re in the room.I have a 90s Technics system with big speakers and it flows out into the room. You should feel very proud of this stunning masterpiece and I’m so glad we ordered it. ”  John D, fan

Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.


PURCHASE   13 tracks of digital download of DREAM DANCE by Nymphya
Digital Download

Let Nymphya’s stirring Folktronica Art-Pop debut recording DREAM DANCE drop you into a dreamscape glade and wind you through twisted trails and tales of discovery, loss, joy, mystery, and redemption. This digital download release features 8 tracks of diverse beats set against arching vocals, juxtaposed soundscapes and unusual instrumentations, all tinted with the rainbow colors of Nymphya’s hypnotic voice.

“I have reviewed my previous top ten all time CD list and find that “Dream Dance” makes the cut!” ~ John L. fan

“The labels only tell part of the story: Baroque pop? Yeah. Folktronica? Yes. Soundscapes? Sure. Worldbeat? I can hear it. Avant Garde? Opera? Art-Pop? It’s in there. It is exceedingly difficult to summarize the amazing, immersive experience of this album. If I HAD to find a word to encapsulate Nymphya’s debut, it would be RITUAL. For all of the eclectic trimmings of each track are not the indulgences of a multi-talented polymath – they are the deliberate placements of a focused and loving High Priestess who wants to take you with her through a strange and wonderful journey to your dark side and then back into your light. Stand out tracks include the lush title track (Which Kate Bush really should cover soon), the 8 minute centerpiece “Wasteland” – a tour de force of modern classical that will have you shaking with revelation, and “Goin Home” with it’s rousing vocals and anthemic chorus. Each track here could host its own little forest of tags and still fail to describe the experience because the album is much bigger than the sum of its parts. “Dream Dance” is an astounding and outstanding debut from this determinedly eclectic powerhouse. Yes, it’s ‘Dreamy’ and it’s ‘Dancey’ and it’s also everything in between and its all AMAZING”.  ~ Robert L, fan

Includes PDF booklet.

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GET YOUR EXCLUSIVE FASHION AND MUSIC BUNDLES AT THE NYMPHYA SHOP.

This ladies’ T-shirt features an original, custom-design that fans love! (Hat not included). 😄

 

 

This exclusive “Music is Magic” mug comes in multiple sizes and colors at THE NYMPHYA SHOP.

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Over the Hedge (excerpt)

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Beautiful Wound (excerpt)

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Wasteland (excerpt)

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Heart on a Shelf (excerpt)

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We Carry On (excerpt)

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Goin' Home (excerpt)

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Spiral (Excerpt)

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