Chasing Spirits

by Kingsley Spargo

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"Chasing Spirits is a bit like a trip to an all-star cocktail lounge. Not only does Melhuish play guitar, brass and taonga puoro, he’s a smooth vocalist." William Dart, RNZ.
www.rnz.co.nz/concert/programmes/newhorizons/audio/2018722735/alt-kiwi

Sound artist Kingsley Spargo’s most recent compositions on new album Chasing Spirits include narratives of yearning and the geometry of life.
‘You get some living under your belt and start to see the patterns of your own life’. Chasing Spirits released on Pacific Echoes is an entirely new form with Spargo as the featured vocalist keeping excellent company with his contribution of pūmoana (conch shells) and pedal steel guitar courtesy of Neil Watson (The Finn Brothers, Tami Neilson, Mick Nock). Chris Orange effortlessly weaves his double bass throughout, and jazz pianist Alan Brown adds the icing.
The album is co-produced with engineer Zed Brookes.

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released October 23, 2019

KINGSLEY SPARGO Chasing Spirits

Engineering Zed Brookes except Leup Neil Watson
Production Kingsley Melhuish and Zed Brookes
Mixed by Zed Brookes and Kingsley Melhuish
Mastered by Zed Brookes
Design Ralph A Brown
Photography Ralph A Brown

Thanks to: Zed Brookes, Neil Watson, Chris Orange, Alan Brown, Harry Lyon, Ron Samsom, Sam Giles, Ralph A Brown, Kim Meredith, Courtney Sina Meredith, Cyrus Meredith Melhuish, Pele Meredith Melhuish, MAINZ, Brookes Audio Design.

(P) 2019 Pacific Echoes Ltd

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Sound artist Kingsley Spargo’s broad sound palette both captivates and confronts. Drawing across theatre, free improvised and contemporary music his most recent compositions include narratives of yearning and the geometry of life.

No stranger to the stage, he has delighted audiences alongside Don McGlashan, SJD, Eve de Castro Robinson, Tim Finn, Violent Femmes and Witi Ihimaera.
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Track Name: Kōwhai
Tiny, little, bells of gold
Fall to the ground
Tell me, the days, days grow old
Fall without a sound

Memories fall behind
I'll take yours, you take mine

Marama, shining, round and bold
Lights up your face
In, our, hearts we mould
Our sacred place

She draws to her, the sea
Just like you do, to me
Memories fall behind
I'll take yours babe, you take mine

She draws to her, the sea
Just like you do, to me
Memories fall behind
I'll take yours babe, you take mine
You take mine
Track Name: Fishing for Love
Rum, cola, and cigarettes
The girls outside the others don't see
Laugh, like teenagers
When the lights come on

Two words, fishing for love
Paint the night ahead
Young woman, in bright red lips
How's this? she says

How's this? she says

Boyhood mates, all lean in leather
Faces shine, shine in the weather
Riding, across Upolu
Chasing spirits, across the sky

How's this? she says

The little one cries
As she waves from the car
Steering into the night
How's this? she says

How's this? she says
How's this?
How's this?
How's this? she says
Track Name: New Zealand, pedal steel - Dance of Sina
Marigold on the water
Flung out, call the dead
You come to me
Across four winds

Armour, feathers
Bone and light
Soar over mountains
Climb the day
Core spilling seeds
Across four winds

Flung out on the water
Hold the shore, hold the shore, hold the shore
Flung out on the water
Hold the shore, hold the shore, hold the shore

Child, lost at sea
Anchored on your mother's lips
Young girl broken
Into woman

Flung out on the water
Hold the shore, hold the shore, hold the shore
Flung out on the water
Hold the shore, hold the shore, hold the shore
Flung out on the water
Call the dead, call the dead, call the dead
Flung out on the water
Call the dead, call the dead, call the dead
Track Name: Haere Rā
So long did I wait for you
So long and yet we met too soon

Won't you come in from the cold
Too frail for my arms to hold

When the winter comes
When the winter comes

The sun's gone, the day is all too brief
Maybe I needed you more than you did me, ooo

When the winter's gone
When the winter's gone
When the winter's gone,
Then, I'll be home
I'll be home

When the winter's gone
When the winter's gone
When the winter's gone,
Then, I'll be home
I'll be home
Track Name: Phoenix
In the middle of the evening
In the middle of my breath
You gave me the strangest feeling
And the world slipped away from beneath

In the space in which I drifted
From the ashes I was lifted
Like the phoenix of love
I looked down below from up above
Watched the world slip away

Oooo
Woah
Oooo

In another world behind us
Did you know that we are timeless?
I'm still here, but you are gone
Where will I find the strength to carry on?
While the world slips away

Oooo
Woah
Woah
Track Name: Wait to Come Home
Darkness falls around us
Don't know which way to go
Stumble through in blindness
With nothing to show

Hold to your position
Show me the way
Take me 'cross the river
But don't get swept away

The candle burns 'till its gone
Darkness takes its turn
Ashes float on the wind
We wait to come home

To come home

Hold to your position
Don't leave me standing here
Lean on me my brother
No matter what you fear

The candle burns for so long
Darkness takes its turn
Ashes float on the wind
We wait to come home

To come home
Home
To come home