Chasing Tales EP

by Jo Bywater

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WINNER OF FATEA AWARDS EP/MINI ALBUM 2013

Chasing Tales is Acoustic Blues slide guitar meets finger-picking brain food. Raw and finely-crafted beauty with a dark twist, soothed with harmonies, melodies and textures. A worthy follow-up to 2010 album Cycle Grace Pulse Break in creative growth. The EP features guest performances from Andy Jones (Just by Chance) and Blythe Cooper and was mastered by Russell Cottier (Parr St. Studios). It is released in collaboration with Searching For Dandelions Label/Collective. Cover Artwork by Jo Bywater.

Quotes:

‘Respect to Jo for bringing that something new and different to the Listening Post and for her original quirky song format bringing a twist on the genre. Well done’. – Fresh on The Net.

'Jo Bywater's four track disc serves as a noble entry to highlight her potential as an upcoming folk-blues mistress'. - Blues Matters

'delicious, laid-back piece of blues inspired, folk-tinged Americana that slides effortlessly from soft expectation to hard-edged understanding. There’s a great deal to Jo and her music. This EP, although really only a taster, serves to showcase an exceptional talent. This lady can craft a tune, no doubt about it. ' - Folkwords

'Unorthodox, uncompromising, simply brilliant..purely on the evidence of this latest EP, Jo is an absolutely extraordinary talent - as singer, a darned accomplished stylist with an unusual voice, and as a guitarist pretty phenomenal too' - FATEA

‘..an excellent musician and most engaging performer..’

‘..showcases Jo’s emergence as a fine finger-picker and slide player who is capable of building a great deal of drama and soulful expression into her arrangements. It is a fine recording which most certainly leaves you wanting more’ - Liverpool Acoustic

'an ear for the rhythmic and an ability to place words in such a way that the guitar is more than an instrument to her, it is more like a confidant, a co-conspirator in her music and Chasing Tales once exemplifies this confident and genuinely very cool woman’s ability.' - Liverpool Sound & Vision

'Jo Bywater seems to flit very comfortably between Nick Drake-esque pastoral, Polly Harvey’s gritty blues and the odd shade of Nirvana Unplugged – Americana UK

'Bywater plays a funky, acoustic, alternative blues like no music you’ve heard before. Her style is one of organic, creative exploration as she looks inside and outside herself equally deeply for inspiration' - R2

'Lyrical witticism and emotional range of voice, combined with some slick strum ‘n’ bass guitar bashing – bristling blues and folk riffs that suddenly withdraw, weaving raw honesty with a flirtatious, dark twang' - Seven Streets

’we develop, quite effortlessly it has to be said, a kinship with the music… it provides many pleasurable listening hours once you locate the repeat button’ - Northern Sky

'Honest, gritty, tell-it-all sound that evokes the spirit of any number of blues guitarists such as Kelly Joe Phelps or P.J. Harvey's now occasional musical roar and singer songwriters such as the innovative touches reminiscent of early Ani DiFranco..' - Nerve

‘Jo's musicianship and song-writing ability is outstanding!! - Tiltshift Music

'The songs expose her empathy with bluesy folk-tunes and portray the singer as a mature artist who knows her flaws and virtues yet knows how to play to the gallery' - Folk Radio UK

'The sultry jo Bywater, replete with smoky voice and fine guitar accompaniment, has the look and feel of a certain Alanis Morrisette before money and fame cleaved her inspiration and spirit in two..Bywater is currently ensconced within the role she was always born to play' - Bido Lito

'An album of incredible maturity that deserves to be visited and enjoyed no matter how late or by what means you come to this very talented woman' - Liverpool Student Media

If you’re looking for something exciting, challenging and refreshingly honest I recommend you check out Cycle Grace Pulse Break and you will not be disappointed’ - The Girls Are

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released September 27, 2013

All songs written, performed and mixed by J. Bywater.

Electric Guitar and Bvox on Chopping Wood by Andy Jones.
Flute on This Garden by Blythe Cooper.
Cajon on Sun Shines Under Water and Woollen Hearts by Blythe Cooper.

Mastered by Russell Cottier.
Woollen Hearts mixed by Lauren Tierney.

Sleeve Photo by Andrew Ab
Cover Artwork and Design by Jo Bywater
Released with Searching For Dandelions

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jo bywater Liverpool, UK

Yorkshire-born, Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Jo Bywater assumes the from of an innovative and inspired musical force. Rhythmic, tactile, rockin’, poetry. Debut album ‘Cycle Grace Pulse Break’ captures both the whispering gentleness and dynamic power of Jo’s expression. Bluesy and captivating. Chasing Tales EP released 27th September 2013. ... more

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Track Name: Chopping Wood
Chopping Wood
Chopping wood
Feed the Fire
Chopping Wood
Fuel entirely
Something stronger than you
Less forgiving than you
More reckless than you
But you don’t stop
And you don’t know why
(It’s a) state of compulsive mind

Chopping wood
Feed the fire
Chopping wood
It burns entirely
Hungrier than you
But it rages like you
It’s darker than you
So full of light
And you don’t know why
(It’s a) state of compulsive mind

Chopping wood
Wiping sawdust from your eyes
Looking up
Raining splinters from the sky
Hunting with an absent mind
Burn yourself alive
It’s all you’ve ever lived by
Now you’re over-exposed and blind
It’s a state of, a state of
It’s a state of compulsive mind

There’s a mystery in the flames
There’s an urge you can’t explain
It crackles and burns
Soothes the rain
But there’s a peace in the dark
And the beauty of stars
Abundance reborn
The freshness of dawn

Walk away from the eclipsing light
That leaves you living in the shadows of your own life

Start building from the ground up x 4

Chopping wood
Dance with fire
Chopping wood
Taming dragons
Chopping wood x 3
It’s a passion for fuel
Curious for truth
Inspiring renew
You know why
It’s a passion for fuel
Curious for truth
Inspiring renew
You know why
You know why
Its state of, a state of,
It’s a state of compulsive mind

© 2013. Jo Bywater.
Track Name: Sun Shines Under Water
Talk it over
Splashing around
Transcending
Condescending
Diving down
Break/hit the surface with a sting
Keep on spinning, spinning
Infinite beginnings

(It comes around)

I was craving the sun
Rejected the summer
Sheltered in rainfall
Warm in thunder
Bathed in silence
Suspended in sound
Inhaling stars
There was nowhere to drown

But it comes around
Diving down

The Sun shines under water
It feels like heads chasing tails chasing tails chasing tails x2
It comes around
Effervescent sound

Hunting treasures
Breaking walls
Running circles all alone
Digging deeper, finding bones
Striking wisdom building pearls
And It come it comes it comes around

Sun shines under water….
It feels like heads chasing tales chasing heads chasing tales

I like to curl up
And self heal
Find peace of mind
In something real

©Jo Bywater. Oct 2012.
Track Name: This Garden
Talk it over
Splashing around
Transcending
Condescending
Diving down
Break/hit the surface with a sting
Keep on spinning, spinning
Infinite beginnings

(It comes around)

I was craving the sun
Rejected the summer
Sheltered in rainfall
Warm in thunder
Bathed in silence
Suspended in sound
Inhaling stars
There was nowhere to drown

But it comes around
Diving down

The Sun shines under water
It feels like heads chasing tails chasing tails chasing tails x2
It comes around
Effervescent sound

Hunting treasures
Breaking walls
Running circles all alone
Digging deeper, finding bones
Striking wisdom building pearls
And It come it comes it comes around

Sun shines under water….
It feels like heads chasing tales chasing heads chasing tales

I like to curl up
And self heal
Find peace of mind
In something real

© 2013. Jo Bywater.
Track Name: Woollen Hearts
Woollen Hearts
Fraying woollen hearts
Tightly wound in parts
Comfort curling
Convoluted beauty yearning

Patching worn out holes
Freezing out the cold
Embryo
Yet to learn, yet to grow

Unpicking woollen hearts
Pulling seams apart
Slowly teasing
Release, release, release the feeling

Unravel simple things
Softly dropping stitches
Scars
Stars
Shining lights to where you are

CHORUS

Faded woollen hearts
Apprehensive hearts
Shedding skin
Inch by inch to new beginnings

Tiny giants swell
Glowing brighter than the
stars
Scars
Shining lights to where you are

Chorus
One big hill
Towers over you
Digging tunnels through
You want to lay down
One big hill
Grows in you
Digging tunnels through
You can see the sun.

Mid
Pulsing muffled beats
Footsteps with bandaged feet
Drifting deeply back to sleep
Wake up ……x2


© 2013. Jo Bywater.