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The Cleansing

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A followup to their 2015 debut with Ninja Tune, Richard and Sheila Ellis’ sophomore effort, "The Cleansing," exists in the folds, shaking the categorization of a single genre or label by casting echoes of Billie Holiday and Antonio Carlos Jobim atop opaque shades of Debussy and Edgar Allen Poe.

Elements of Jazz and Bossa Nova, accented by striking vocals and enigmatic spoken-word poetry, display a command of the power of contrast. Steady repetitiveness of the instrumentations throughout the record anchor haunting, and often winding, vocal melodies; lyrical themes revolve around both optimistic abstraction and stark reality. These juxtapositions are reinforced by the dual nature of the album itself: Side A, Shades of Reverie, is driven by a sense of hope plucked into existence by embers of acoustic guitar, while Side B, Tones of Clarity, is best defined by dramatic, Bernard Hermann-esque orchestration and soaring vocal performances.

While the casual listener may be (understandably) distracted by the graceful marriage between instrumentation and vocal cadence, each song holds its own poetic merit. Singer and lyricist Sheila Ellis’ masterful penmanship develops a crucial dimension to the album, rendering “The Cleansing” a deeply personal, outwardly introspective listen.

Spanning thirty-eight minutes over eight compositions, the entire record is a warm, bold stroke on an aural canvas, effortlessly moving through embracing melodies and divine soundscapes.

Purchase the lead single, "Far," and get a live 10-person ensemble rendition of "Paris, Room 14": www.weareyoungbloods.com/album/far

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released September 22, 2017

All music written and performed by Richard Ellis and Sheila Brown Ellis
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomater in London
Cover Photo captured by Sheila Brown Ellis
Design by Nicholas Concklin
Executive Produced by John Moses and Nicholas Concklin

(P) & (C) 2017 Youngbloods — all rights reserved.
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Track Name: Acquiescence
Was the strangest sound, coming from the current
A subtle whispering over waves, as I heard it, coming closer
Approaching the shore with the aid of the wind
it seemed to willingly travel in my direction
But I would not surrender, not give in
As the whisper took form, a voice, neither woman nor man, spoke only to me
while the seagulls watched helplessly, restlessly

And I attempted to turn away
Ignore the call I’d say to anyone who’d listen
But the voice was calling ME
I was the chosen one
And so, not obliged, the sand and the moon and the creatures of the sea
just me, just me…Annabel (lee)

And I surrendered, yes
for I had no choice…the air was cold and I needed shelter
A haven from the bitter world
I could not suffer in this world
Who wants to suffer in this world?

So that strange sound was not a stranger at all
but the voice of a friend helping another in need and I took heed
and followed close behind as it returned towards the current
And when slumber approached, I was finally laid to rest on the ocean’s floor
and I slept ever so peacefully

(Goodnight, goodnight, Edgar…)
Track Name: Move With Me
I think you’ve known for years
I tasted too much salt
Acoustics still unclear
from songs that I was taught
Wish you could have told that girl in me
Wish you could have shared some sympathy
Still my young and cautious soul
sways to a rhythm I only know
Move with me
Move with me

I never bothered much with friends
for my imagination runs, it runs, it runs, it runs
across Elysian fields within
But look at what’s become
Of that girl, now the woman in me
reaching outside for all the love she needs
Still my young and ripening soul
beats to its own tempo
Move with me
Move with me

A little bit of poetry
from your heartfelt pages
I figured out just what they mean
the words you’ve dedicated
to that girl, the woman you see
You’ve been patient all these years for me
Still my young and blossoming soul
needs more time in your garden to grow
So move with me
Move with me
Move with me
Move with me…………
Track Name: Paris, Room 14
If I had the chance to make a wish, wonder would I
keep my hopes up high for the things I hold so dearly?
If I had the chance to chase a dream, wonder would I
travel to the sky, would the clouds appear so clearly?

But like a child, I too, can dream
milk-white clouds, the kind that fold you in
keep you warm when the rain begins
Before the storm feeds the stream
never doubt the rushing wind
It blows and brings back love again

If I had a crystal ball to tell my future, wonder would I
count on faith to trust completely or would superstition lead the way?
If I had to fall, wonder would I
let you tumble with me, would you care for scratches along the way?

But like a child, I too, can dream
milk-white clouds, the kind that fold you in
keep you warm when the rain begins
Before the storm feeds the stream
never doubt the rushing wind
It blows and brings back love again

After the rain, I wish I could explain
the calm, serenity, the pain becomes a distant memory
Regain the paradise we crave

After the rain, I wish I could explain
the calm, serenity, the pain becomes a distant memory
Regain the paradise, we’re saved

If I had to answer questions like do I love you, wonder could I
count on you to meet me halfway, down the road to Revelation?
If we came across a warning sign, wonder would you and I
disregard and carry on our way, walk on air to our destination?

But like children, we two can dream
Milk-white clouds, the kind that fold you in
keep you warm when the rain begins
In our castle I’ll be your queen
Never doubt the rushing wind, it blows and brings back love again

After the rain, I wish I could explain
the calm, serenity, the pain becomes a distant memory
Regain the paradise we crave

After the rain, I wish I could explain
the calm, serenity, the pain becomes a distant memory
Regain the paradise, we’re saved….
Track Name: Scarlet One
I framed a little red-head
She stood out from the rest
Pale skin but something dark there
had put me to the test
I normally don’t point out children
but this one’s profound
I figured out in 15 seconds
when she made that sound
Hoooooooo, hooooooo

While all the children played their
pre-adolescent games
My little Lucy sat there
until her suitor came
She dressed in midnight blue
no purple polka dots and things
When not in view
You’ll hear the siren singing, yeah
Heeeeeeeee, heeeeeeee

Shades of a ghostly figure
Has she been here for years?
That little one, he digs her
but is it laced with fear?
A calm and cool seduction
but it’s not he she wants
Could longing for her lover
be in the sound that haunts me?
Heeeeeeee, hooooooo

Picture a little red-head
placed in another time
Her soul, possessed of one who
was forced to leave behind
A life, a love
and one who meant it all
I wonder if he hears her
‘cause she keeps on calling
Heeeeeeeee, hoooooooo

I framed a little red-head
Picture a little red-head
I framed a little red-head
Picture a little red-head….
Track Name: The Cleansing
I washed my hands in dirty water
For years I thought it was clean
That’s what you told me
I vaguely felt something amiss when I reached for your hand and
asked that you kiss (kiss)…me
I closed my eyes and counted, 1-2-3-4
Seconds to minutes to hours, me waiting for you

I washed my mind of shameful thoughts
For years I was deemed mad
That’s what you told me
I vaguely felt something was wrong when I answered, ‘I do’ and
found myself lonely
So I closed my eyes and counted, 1-2-3-4
Minutes to hours to days, me waiting for you

I’m like mud when your rain stops
Your dirty water is all I got

I washed the child from you I bore
for years and now I’m strange
Ah, that’s what he told me
He vaguely remembers water brown when I looked in his eyes and
begged him to drown me!
Then I closed my eyes and counted, 1-2-3-4
Days to years to a life, I suffered for you
aaahh….aaahh…aaahh…

I’m like mud when your rain stops
Your dirty water is all I got
I’m like mud when your rain stops
Your dirty water is all I…got (got)
Track Name: Far
Just imagine, if you will
A figure in the distance, calm and still
Is she floating, is she walking on the water?
Behold a vision, so unreal

Just imagine, if you can
An echo in the distance, but understand
that it matters not if other cannot hear it
Trust the siren, take her hand

Come with me
If you dare to dream
I’ll tell you my life story

Just imagine, if you’ve a heart
Two figures in the distance, but far apart
Still our minds can bring them closer, forever
We can determine who we are

Come with me
If you dare to dream
I’ll share you all my story
Track Name: See Her
If you get lost in shadows
you’ve reached your destiny
Between nightfall and dawn’s glow
peculiar reverie
But you’re afraid, I know
The newness of the scene
Let the maiden know
the purpose of your dream
See her, see her, see her, see her
See her, see her, see her, see her


If you get lost in rapture
the life you knew, no more
The maiden’s heart, you’ve captured
You’re who she’s waited for
Don’t be afraid, it grows
Perception of the scene
Within the pages, know
the story of your dream
See her, see her, see her, see her
See her, see her, see her, see her…
Track Name: Autumn Requiem
Swimming ‘round your head, that early evening,
the thoughts that waves brought to your shore
Just the sound of it, your unsteady breathing
reveals the silent shield you bore

You were a baby, only a baby when she left you
behind in this grown-up land
But you thought, ‘maybe, just maybe I can get through
without holding her hand’

What you found, instead, that Autumn evening,
a savior with maternal needs
And just the sound of it, as she’d be singing
her lullabyes, you knew she’d never leave

But it became hazy, everything hazy when she left you
behind to become a man
But you thought, ‘maybe, just maybe I can get through
the mist from where I stand’

You’ve always lived with it
the ghost of Nevermore (because, because, because)
it’s never ‘she is’, is it?
It’s always been, ‘she was, she was, she was…mmmmm’

But you rebounded, one sober evening
with introductions to a girl
What astounded, that eerie feeling
in three’s, they exit from this world

She was a lady, became a lady then she left you
behind, your life again
was faced with Maybe’s, you said, ‘maybe my soul was born to
confront the being that I am’
Mmmmm, mmmmm…

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