Thunder Follows The Light

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Brian Miller Gorgeous, comforting, thoughtful, and true. As always. Favorite track: Come To Pass.
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Jesse Rolfe Stellar album, reaches new heights with every track. Thunder Follows floors me every single time. Favorite track: Thunder Follows.
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jaseofspades Most underrated artist ever! Yet again an album that is an absolute thing of beauty, spellbinding and mild. His live shows are stunning as well. Thanks for making such beautiful music - never ever stop! Favorite track: Storm Cellar Heart.
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note Another gem. Jordan can honestly do no wrong. He is absolutely growing and maturing musically before our very ears, and I for one am honored to be a part of it. Picking a favorite track is not really fair. Favorite track: No Dominion.
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Thunder Follows The Light contemplates the ongoing destruction of the outer world and how it shapes the storms of our inner ones. There are meditations on the environment, collective struggle, death, rebirth, reasons to believe it’s worth the fight.

For nearly a decade, Jordan Lee has crafted pop experiments blending orchestral instrumentation and ambient electronic sounds. Thunder Follows the Light is a testament to the power of music as a space for collective processing and emotional response. Like his other releases, it is a highly collaborative document. Its sprawling chamber folk features many returning collaborators—violinist Jake Falby, guitarist Mike Clifford, percussionist Dillon Zahner—as well as first-time players—vocalist Johanne Swanson (of Yohuna), drummer Felix Walworth (of Told Slant), saxophonist Gabriel Birnbaum (of Wilder Maker).

Lee’s aggressive pursuit of art-making for himself is empathetic and outward-facing, looking both to the past and the future with warmth and hopefulness. “Peace is more than just a season coming ‘round again,” he sings on two different songs—and the emphasis seems intentional: suggesting that harmony of the mind and the heart do not just transpire but must be worked for, growing from deep-rooted foundations. In the world that birthed Thunder Follows the Light, it feels like medicine.

credits

released September 21, 2018

Written by Jordan Lee
With writing contributions from
Mike Clifford, Jake Falby, and Dillon Zahner

Art Direction by Kelsie McNair

Mixed with Brian Deck

Mastered with Josh Bonati

Engineering by the band and additional drum and sax engineering by Carlos Hernandez @ Gravesend Recordings


Jordan Lee - vocals, guitar, bass, synth, banjo, piano
Mike Clifford - guitar, vocals
Jake Falby - violin, viola
Johanne Swanson - vocals
Felix Walworth - drums
Dillon Zahner - percussion, bass clarinet
Dan Goldberg - synth
Gabriel Birnbaum - saxophone
Pier Harrison - vocals
Dan Goldberg - synth
Michael Prentky - trombone
Noah Klein - flute
Chris Lee - cello

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Track Name: Written In Lightning
the winds have been rising
torrid and frightening
clouds have been gathering
On our way home

there’s a changing horizon
It is written in lightning
Ions colliding
on our way home

if love is an armor
then can we love stronger?
to take care of each other
through all the storms

there ain’t no turning back
once you have seen it
the sky it is turning black
out in the distance

if love is an armor
than can we love stronger?
forged as the years turn
on our way home
Track Name: New History
the sun is setting on this town
where rust and ivy intertwine
where past and present remain bound
in all the things we leave behind

because spirits linger
cities whisper
of who we once were
repeating over

It echoes all throughout this town
a past more present than it seems
With pained reminders all around
of whats no longer history
Track Name: Storm Cellar Heart
waking early
moving quickly
just in time to see morning glories
they’re in bloom now
a neighbor told me
that it helps to notice the small things

taking time out
taking shelter
to wait out this inclimate weather
when you hold me
it’s so much better
it’s enough to drown out the thunder

it’s a still life
at my window
sipping coffee
watching the birds go
but is it still life?
it doesn’t feel so
is it storms that help make the heart grow?
Track Name: Shedding Skin
diamond scales upon a rotted log
cicadas singing from a mountaintop
blossoms growing on a dogwood tree
leave behind what you used to be

It looks like it will be that kind of year
cicadas waking from within the dirt
toadstool growing from a fallen tree
leave behind what used to be
Track Name: Come To Pass
and I’ve been waiting for a long time
seems like we’ve waited for a lifetime
but I think its better not to grieve
for a fiction of how things used to be
‘cause I have a feeling it won’t ever come around

and I can’t seem to shake these bad dreams
so we keep burning all our sage leaves
in hopes that the smoke will clear the air
a cure for something that isn’t there
‘cause I have a feeling it won’t ever come around

‘cause I think its better not to grieve
for a fiction of how things used to be
‘cause I have a feeling it won’t ever come around
Track Name: Waves, Breaking
and the waves
dance with me
to the sounds
of the singing sea
when those raindrops hit
a percussive shift
as the tide slowly rises

and with alarming speed
how we cease to be
masters of our terrain

but the waves
cannot be tamed
by any song that we can play
and that moon can pull
and those waves can break
but we rarely listen

and with alarming speed
how we cease to be
masters of our terrain
water on the land
castles in the sand
mountains toppling down
Track Name: No Dominion
its on these days
I read you letters
hoping for some truth within
like a song that can’t be silenced
I’m awake again

In a world that tries to numb us
its enough to stay alive
peace is more than just a season
it is worth the fight

say say say you will
brave the storms that rage in you still
and a heart can stir at the toll it takes
but a soul can never break

its on the days
I pay you homage
a little poem I recite
it says death shall have no dominion
may you rest through the night
Track Name: Mountain's Shadow
We stayed up driving
how we almost lost ourselves
as morning was breaking
and the parkway took us

underneath the mountain’s shadow
holding on to love that we’ve known
waiting for the sun to show again

and down in the valley
how we almost lost our way
but behind those hilltops
there is light obstructed
Track Name: Nightingale Sing
nightingale sing
for the king
will you be the muse
until you’re of no use

nightingale tweet
for the queen
will you sing your song
while the kingdom falls

nightingale fly away
as far as you can from this place
someday you will know
that your song has found its home
Track Name: Thunder Follows
In the twilight
underneath the ground
there is life still
it is singing loud
and even when the saplings bend
their roots will still expand
and peace is more than just a season
coming round again

in a past life
guided by the stars
gazing upwards
navigating where we are
but even when the sky gets drowned out
by the city lights
we can still try and make out
what we are inside

and oh thunder
a warning shot
a bomb dropped elsewhere
how can we
keep waking up the same?
so I wonder
is the light
before thunder
here again

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