“Existence is a revolution”: Camp Saint Helene’s ‘Of Earth and Its Well timed Delights’ Grief & Chance

Catskills, NY-based witchy people band Camp Saint Helene take us track-by-track by their enchanting sophomore album ‘Of Earth and its Well timed Delights’ – a seductive, spellbinding name for collective liberation channeling grief, love, and life itself right into a physique of ethereal, mystic, and shifting music.
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You don’t essentially have to have an existential revelation whereas listening to Camp Saint Helene’s new album,

however they positive wouldn’t thoughts it for those who did.

From whence it got here, so shall it return, proper? The Catskills, NY-based “witchy people” band strategy music as a ritual, and maybe it’s destiny that their songs are undeniably enchanting: Each the spellbinding results of unbound self-expression, untethered experimentation, and intimate connection to one thing higher than ourselves.

Their sophomore album is a name for collective liberation: Born out of deep meditations on existence, the cosmos, and the human situation, Of Earth and its Well timed Delights channels reflections on grief, love, and the whole lot in-between right into a physique of wondrous, ethereal mystic people.

It’s a file in regards to the distance between grief and chance; of discovering pleasure in a fragile, fractured world, and embracing the current second for all its price.

Of Earth and Its Timely Delights by Camp Saint Helene
Of Earth and Its Well timed Delights by Camp Saint Helene
Typically I can
Maintain myself again
Lest I want the area to breathe
Let me drink up
All of the water
Let me drown
And by no means seen
You say that you just’re coronary heart’s a wanderer
Taking off on lonely roads
The place has on a regular basis gone?
The place has all the hearth gone?
Of earth and its well timed delights
Isn’t it divine that we’ve made it right here
Ready by a pool of star tears
To embrace, to embrace
Holy rage
– “Of Earth and its Well timed Delights,” Camp Saint Helene

Launched Could 10, 2024 through Distress Mom, Of Earth and Its Well timed Delights is a dreamy reverie bathed in a mushy gentle and drenched in cathartic emotion. Arriving 5 lengthy years after their debut album Mom, Camp Saint Helene’s sophomore LP is as a lot a return as it’s a full-on reintroduction to the four-piece of Elizabeth Celeste Ibarra, Dylan Nowik, Wesley Harper and Alex Wernquest, who named their band after a now-defunct Christian summer time camp-turned arts colony within the Catskill Mountains.

Whereas they as a bunch don’t ascribe to anyone theologic custom, their music is undeniably religious – rooted within the connective tissue that binds us to nature, and to at least one one other. Whereas not an idea album by any means, Of Earth and its Well timed Delights may very well be seen as an exploration of these unseen, mysterious forces that hyperlink us.

Camp Saint Helene © Angela Ricciardi & Silken Weinburg
Camp Saint Helene © Angela Ricciardi & Silken Weinburg

For the band, their newest album is proof of their particular person and collective progress. Dylan Nowik calls it “a apply in increasing our style, whereas Mom was making a single cohesive feeling. Of Earth has extra sonic exploration.”

“I believe that each tune on this file was recorded and written very intuitively and truthfully, and every tune appears like a real expression of itself,” his bandmate Wesley Harper tells Atwood Journal.

The band collectively name Of Earth and its Well timed Delights a file of grief, Earth, and chance.

“The file is an summary of earth-time, the place we are actually as a society, a commentary on the tradition,” Elizabeth Ibarra provides. “How surprisingly divine and well timed it’s to be right here in any respect. How we are able to nonetheless discover marvel and awe and wonder and pleasure amidst all of it.”

Existence is a revolution
Rising amidst the circumstance’s gun
Chase the midnight solar
Don’t you ever lose your edge
Roses on her candy breath
Lavender by night time
God is within the gentle
Summer time storms so wild
Don’t let eyes betray, don’t let eyes betray
God is within the day
– “Lavender By Evening,” Camp Saint Helene

Lathered in mild nuance and musical motifs, Of Earth and its Well timed Delights is made to be listened to from begin to end and hits hardest as one 37-minute expertise, opening with the pensive title observe “Of Earth and Its Well timed Delights” and concluding with “All people Needs a Narrative” and the weighty phrases, “All people desires a story, all people desires to listen to a narrative, and all I would like is all I may have.” The band members cite “Lavender by Evening,” “Reminiscence Is aware of,” “Grapefruit Goals, For Now,” and “Parallel Reside” as their private favourite songs.

Camp Saint Helene © Angela Ricciardi & Silken Weinburg
Camp Saint Helene © Angela Ricciardi & Silken Weinburg

In the end, Camp Saint Helene hope their music affords a possibility for listeners to interrupt away from their each day routine, if just for a short time.

“I hope it permits folks to detach from no matter is just not really occurring to them in the meanwhile and it provides you, for the size of the album, an area to pause and step into an fascinating place that provides you somewhat additional area in your life and in your thoughts,” Wernquest shares.

“I hope the album is transportive to the listener and takes them someplace to ponder and self-reflect and never really feel so alone, however linked to one thing greater than themselves,” Ibarra provides. “We’re artists and we’ve to consider in our work, we’ve to point out up for it. This venture has all the time been a religious expertise for me, and a lot of what I’ve been grappling with within the artwork making and releasing course of is the ego. We will’t let ego engulf us and take our true energy away. We’re making music as a result of we love the music and consider within the music. We’re right here as buddies and collaborators and work in trustworthy relationship with one another. I hope it’s inspiring.”

Expertise the complete file through our beneath stream, and peek inside Camp Saint Helene’s Of Earth and Its Well timed Delights with Atwood Journal because the band take us track-by-track by the music and lyrics of their sophomore album!

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Of Earth and its Well timed Delights

Elizabeth: For a very long time, I assumed I used to be singing this tune to somebody. Listening to it now, I understand I used to be simply singing to myself, reflecting on the inside turmoil between what my soul desires and the truth of issues, which is that we’re all simply little specs of goals and dirt which have divinely come alive.
Wesley: There was no different approach this album may begin, it immediately units the tone.

Mourning Gown

Dylan: This tune went by a number of phases of evolution to reach at the place it’s now. It began out as a brash drone-y tune that was largely improved by group collaboration.
Wesley: This felt like the primary tune all of us actually wrote collectively; we’re all singing on it and it’s the energetic kick off to the album. It’s actually particular to me.
Elizabeth: I additionally suppose that lyrically, Mourning Gown is an effective place to start the file as a result of it’s a few dystopian society, which is just about the place we’re at, within the U.S. There’s all the time this glorified concept of the American Dream (additionally echoed within the final tune on the file) hanging over our tradition, however what does it actually imply for all of us? Who is that this dream manufactured for?


Dylan: This was written by Liz and I on the day of our anniversary, in a very brief, nice time frame, perhaps half-hour to an hour. It was one of many first songs we wrote for the file.


Wesley: Dylan and I wrote this in about 45 minutes, after which we confirmed it to you, Liz, and then you definitely simply laughed and checked out us and laughed and mentioned ‘wow this can be a good mixture of you two’
Elizabeth: (laughs) I wrote the primary two traces, however Wesley, you took the lead on the lyrics for the primary time.
Wesley: I wrote the choruses, excluding “quiet and sluggish”, which I believe made the tune.
Elizabeth: Actually? I wrote that?
Alex: What did it say earlier than?
Wesley: ‘We’re divisible’
Alex: Yeah that’s higher (laughs)
Dylan: You each have been chipping away on the sculpture.

Lavender By Evening

Alex: This one’s my favourite observe and feeling. Notably the octave-down keyboard mistake is my favourite sound on the file.
Elizabeth: I really like this one too. This one is for the misfits in society… for everybody who lives with the chances stacked towards them.

Parallel Lives

Elizabeth: Just a few years in the past, Dylan and I began pilgrimages from New York to California. I handed by Marfa, Texas and discovered in regards to the Marfa Lights, so got here the road “huge open texas skies”. Then I went to White Sands and wrote “dancing within the dunes”. There’s allusions to the American panorama right here, and I needed the tune itself to reflect that sonically. Huge and ever-changing.
Alex: This one was the largest hurdle in recording – we simply couldn’t get it. However listening to it now and pondering of how I used to be feeling after I first heard it within the room, like “huge open texas skies” and “dancing within the dunes” … it simply places you in a temper. And the sensation, from after I first heard it, to what it landed on, is so good. Dylan cruised on it for some time…
Dylan: Yeah I put some banjos and bells and a few Maeve’s violin on it and it by no means felt fairly proper till now.
Wesley: We’re kind of enjoying it the identical approach we did after we first heard it, however our confidence on this tune is the main factor that modified and now we embody it after we play it as a result of we consider in it.

The Dangerous Lands

Dylan: We had a little bit of an curiosity in English people teams from the ’60s like Fairport Conference and Steeleye Span, and Dangerous Lands is a nod to that music style.
Elizabeth: That is one other contemplative tune written on a highway journey. I carried my grief with me to the Badlands and left a few of it with the recent wind.

Eyes As Massive As Suns

Dylan: We have been almost full with the writing means of this file, however we felt that we wanted a number of different songs, and some different emotions on it. Elizabeth and I have been consuming breakfast on our porch on a summer time morning, after I was deep in considered what would change into the musical element of this tune. Liz caught the deep-in-thought-look on my face and mentioned, “you may have eyes as huge as suns!”

Grapefruit Goals, for Now

Elizabeth: This one all the time will get me. Dylan and I wrote it on the finish of the world, close to the Canadian border in Maine. It’s written from the views of Gods who tousled their world. They resolve to let it go, permitting it to give up to the chaos they usually welcome demise. They will begin once more.

Reminiscence Is aware of

Elizabeth: Reminiscence Is aware of facilities round deep grief and alter. It’s about shedding somebody you’re keen on and loneliness. Wesley’s keys actually made this tune.

All people Needs a Narrative

Elizabeth: This one is humorous as a result of it’s about how irritating the music business is and the way capitalism sucks the life out of the whole lot.
Wesley: I particularly bear in mind listening to this demo and pondering “that is going to be the golden one.”

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