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NUE, memory reaper

memory reaper 

(n.) One who harvests memories for coin. The occupation emerged shortly after the Great Erasure. Little is understood about the long-term effects of memory reaping.

 

Welcome, memory reaper. We've been waiting for you.

 

The best way to experience SHAPESHIFTER is through all the senses. The contents of this envelope unlock different events, activities, and encounters throughout the night. Now that you've crossed the threshold into our world, it's time to explore.

 

Don't forget to share your memories with #GSNmusic and tag @girlswallowsnightingale!

 

A note from the creators:

 

This album is ultimately about transformation—how you and your memories take shape, shift, and mutate over time—and how you can go through something really difficult and still come out alive on the other end. 

 

SHAPESHIFTER is primarily told from the point of view of Nue, a professional 'memory reaper' who eats birds (and sometimes small rodents). Nue is a hybrid of some of my favorite characters and people, including Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, Motoko from Ghost in the Shell, the Greek princess Philomela, the Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov, Ozzy Osborne—and parts of myself too."

GIRL SWALLOWS NIGHTINGALE

by Marica Petrey

I wanna hear the sound of your laughter

As it swirls across the room

 

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

 

You might think I’m too emotional sometimes but

At least I’m able to cry

You might say I’m just too out there for you but

Let me pry open your eyes

 

I wanna thrash I wanna fight like Motoko

I wanna hold my breath till all of me implodes

I wanna break up this primordial silence

Eternally naked insides on display!

 

You look a little confused right now, like

You don’t get how I transformed

Myself into an elastic dreamer

Come on don’t be such a bore

 

I wanna thrash I wanna fight like Motoko

I wanna hold my breath till all of me implodes

I wanna break up this primordial silence

Eternally naked insides on display!

 

Girl swallows nightingale

Careful now, cosmic egg born.

 

I’m a flesh eater, shape shifter, daring you to

Wipe off that fake little grin

What makes you so cautious out in the world

Why don’t you take off your skin?

And when you do what will I find underneath it?

I smell the animal swimming inside

Don’t let it die!

 

Girl swallows nightingale

Careful now, cosmic egg born

Little bird, little bird on a fiery field

I’ll swallow

I’ll swallow

You

Whole

red queen

Empress of Nostalgia

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CHIMERA

by Marica Petrey

Unfold, unfold, unfold

Holding out just to give in

Indulge in the secrets

This mental labyrinth confines

I dreamed inside the dragon’s mouth.

Chimera’s flowering heads of flame

Drowned in the bliss, the scent, the taste

Of me.

 

Unloose this self-destructive fantasy

Abandon all memory,

I’ve given in and you’ve let me out

I’ve given in and you’ve let me out

 

Light blinds, throat burns

skin peels, wings burst

Light blinds, throat burns

skin peels, wings burst

 

Unfold. Unfold. Unfold.

nocternal

 

I rise

I rise

I dreamed inside the dragon’s mouth.

Chimera’s flowering heads of flame

Drowned in the bliss, the scent, the

 

taste

 

Of me.

MUTATION

by Marica Kumayama Petrey

Twisted flowers  growing out of floating pools

 

Whispered memories

Shrunken faces drunk with light

 

Hearts stop, hearts go veins fill, blood flows pulses of pink clouds unroll a mosaic of time scattered beats cry crossing our empty black night

 

but If the sky were a mirror hoisted high up on chains

If that mirror were broken electric waves shooting up bullet trains

 

The Bridge of Dreams calls

Who'll dare to cross it?

 

would we seek our reflections in the shards crashing down?

Or would we hide and find shelter deep in caves underground?

 

I’m watching you patiently

 

Complete mutation!

Hitodama, hitodama, hitodama

 

A face trapped in clay A story betrayed Vacant eyes open and close

Peeking out of the wall

A fury untold

Ringlets of blue, red and gold

 

but If the sky were a mirror hoisted high up on chains

If that mirror were broken electric waves shooting up bullet trains

 

The Bridge of Dreams calls

Who'll dare to cross it?

would we seek our reflections in the shards crashing down?

Or would we hide and find shelter deep in caves underground?

I’m watching you patiently

Complete mutation!

Hitodama, hitodama, hitodama

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DEMONS

by Marica Petrey

I’ve been running away Holding shadows at bay But I can’t hide From this illness of mind Stillness drilling numb feelings Back to life The demon’s dreaming that giants fly A fever’s broken with battlecries Magnetic dread when I close my eyes Your ghostly hands whispering inside I can forgive but can’t forget Keep reliving this whole mess I can forgive but can’t forget Keep reliving this whole mess Something unkind Demons inside The demon’s dreaming that giants fly A fever’s broken with battlecries Magnetic dread when I close my eyes Your ghostly hands whispering inside I can forgive but can’t forget Keep reliving this whole mess Something unkind Demons inside

LIKE A LITTLE RAIN

by Marica Petrey

Now it feels so superficial trying to be sad all over again today

What am I feeling.

What am I thinking about except Someday it might be me

Someday it might be me

 

Turned the page on all of you

Pictures flood my screen I scroll past all of you

Does giving you a

Happy face help you or hurt me?

 

Liquid pooling back into my head

Like a little rain

Like a little rain

Crawling by its fingertips

Up into the sky

 

Like a little rain

Like a little rain

Gone by

 

Liquid pooling back into my head Crawling by its fingertips

Up into the sky

 

Like a little rain

Like a little rain

Not used to nice things lasting

Find out when you fall

Like a little rain

Like a little rain