Wizard Land

by Wolverton

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    "On this latest album, the songwriters are on top of their game influenced by folk, psych, pop, jazz and beyond yet retaining a sonic framework that ties every tune together wonderfully, each song perfectly formed and a delight for the ears. These influences though are just that, the band has their own identity, they cannot sound any other way, this is Wolverton, beautiful, great conversationalist and the perfect date for a summer afternoon."

    --- Simon Lewis, Terrascope

    "contagious fun...mescaline in the pocket."

    --- James Killen, Houston Music Review

    "Approaching their songwriting with the carefree spirit of kids on a playground, the three core members (vocalist and keys player Kate Terrell, guitarist and singer Hills Snyder, and vocalist Caralyn Snyder) all take turns leading listeners through the weird and twisting experimental folk journey of Wizard Land."

    --- Chris Conde, San Antonio Current

    "Wizard Land is the latest album by eclectic Texas based band Wolverton. Their brand of folk rock has elements of chamber pop, and sneaking cabaret/noir vibrations, especially in the dramatic delivery of the dual vocals and kaleidoscopic lyrical imagery. A basic, central sound of piano, percussion and guitar is fleshed out here and there by strings, banjo, theremin and other production touches. Wolverton's musical influences seem to range wide, from roots rock and americana to broadway-style show tunes and classical flourishes."

    --- Josh Moss, The Modern Folk Music of America

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Wolverton's Wizard Land, titled for the green belt near a band member's house, is their first full length, full band album.
Release date: May 20, 2017, at Oglesby House Concerts in Austin, Texas.

Wizard Land

1. Paprika Rose 4:08 // K. Terrell
2. Pirouette 3:34 // words, C. Snyder / music, H. Snyder
3. Wizard Land 3:06 // K. Terrell
4. Coastline 3:12 // H. Snyder
5. Fresh Mint 3:32 // C. Snyder
6. Radial Array 3:47 // H. Snyder
7. Closed Cherry Stands 2:33 // words, C. Snyder / music, H. Snyder
8. Top Hat 3:23 // K. Terrell
9. Melville 4:13 // J. Teutsch
10. My Name Is Time 4:45 // H. Snyder
11. Lucky Sun 3:40 // K. Terrell
12. Louise 6:03 // K. Terrell
13. Gabled Roofs 3:18 // H. Snyder
14. Clou 2:12 // C. Snyder

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released May 20, 2017

Guest players on the album: Jessica DeCuir, theremin; Kim MacKenzie, fiddle; Lindsey Verrill, Banjo.

Produced and recorded by Joe Reyes, San Antonio, TX // Mastered by Carl Saff, Chicago, IL // Reproduction by Sooper Dooper, Madison, WI // Recorded live, January 2016 // All songs copyright the writers 1981 - 2014 // All rights reserved

Front cover drawing: James Smolleck // Photo of front cover drawing: Ansen Seale // Band photos: Ramin Samandari // Art Direction: Stickbug

Thanks to Joe, Carl, Jessica, Kim, Lindsey, James, Ramin, Ansen, Christopher Langkamp and Shawn Boyle.

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Wolverton San Antonio, Texas

The core collective is Kate Terrell, Caralyn Snyder, Hills Snyder, our key collaborator, Joe Reyes, and others who come and go, sit in or otherwise join the Wolverton musical family.

Lyrically, Wolverton is unanchored, very visual and moving equally through memory, story, association with dark streaks of tradition.
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Track Name: Paprika Rose
Paprika Rose

she waited in the morning
in her long black dress
strapless no less

Triumph busted beside the road
engine won't go don't like the cold
whoa oh oh Paprika Rose

late in the morning
once a dinner guest
sleepless no less

waiting
waiting
alone out waiting
alone out there
with all the stares

Triumph busted beside the road
engine won't go don't like the cold
whoa oh oh Paprika Rose
Track Name: Pirouette
Pirouette

it’s a good thing I was a dancer
from the stage I’ve been cast upon
with you as star actor and director
having to learn to sing this song

having to dance now upon each far phrase
in this strange pirouette
caressing gently each turn of your days
I have not mastered your step as of yet

I had known such cold choreography
had existed once upon stages past
never that it could be of you or me
never guessing it would last

it’s a good thing I was a dancer
from the stage I’ve been cast upon
with you as star actor and director
having to learn to sing this song

none could save me as I awkwardly creep
not even the loftiest dancer’s leap
Track Name: Wizard Land
Wizard Land

you’re on your way to wizard land don’t slip on the leaves in the portal beforehand

your red jacket the tiny flame in all the green time frame

immaculate yards nary a blemish blown to the edge leaf-blower fetish

on the hill the gentleman rakes in his thin blue shirt his bumpy back aches

tidy piles leaves of a lifetime white hair spikes in wizard paradigm

hunched he holds a heavy weight the water hose and worn-out rake

raggedy shoes caked in mud stomp the lines as he waters the sod

you’re on your way from wizard land trees unfolding like corrugated fans
Track Name: Coastline
Coastline

I’m a white glove
floating above the coastline of Pembrokeshire, Wales

I feel like a puppet on a string
control is not anything that I
can pretend to understand

I’m a white glove
floating above the coastline of Pembrokeshire, Wales

my best friend is a red balloon
but she’s sad she has to leave so soon
on a road that is purple in its nature

her best friend is a green balloon
hiding behind
the face of a compass moon

but back to my coastline tales
I’m a white glove floating above the coastline

if only I could find her
if only she could break free
of the royal decree and float out to sea
where I’d find her the purple road just a memory
in the puppet master’s feeble fingers
Track Name: Fresh Mint
Fresh Mint

on a level path beside a house

where welcome ever holds court

a sliver of green against the quiet brick


aging earth distorts



on a level path beside a house

where welcome ever holds court

a sliver of sun against the raging birds


aging earth distorts



green on green
in friendly patterns small
and most discreet

quiet in its memory
where
dearest friends would meet



on a level path beside a house

where welcome ever holds court

a sliver of green against the quiet brick


aging earth distorts



on a level path beside a house



Caralyn: vocals; Kate: vocals, keys; Hills: guitar; Joe: bass
Track Name: Radial Array
Radial Array

black tree in a radial array
cracked earth in a radial array
tree shadow in a radial array
my head in a radial array

I
I
I had no idea
Track Name: Closed Cherry Stands
Closed Cherry Stands

talking cherry stands and cider
eases the constant pull of buzzards bold
far in horizon circle higher
holding our breathing while the air grows old

hold on to fathoms burrowing deep
as from the burnt peaks sorrow seeps

as cornfields overtake thoughts of pine and rust
horizon’s reign becomes that of dust
holding onto that hidden moon of trust
we simple say and do that which we must

quickly land becomes barren to the soul
lost to the pull of ponderosa pines

horizons lay muddy in this flattening bowl
of lingering passages uneven lines

talking cherry stands and cider
eases the constant pull of buzzards bold
Track Name: Top Hat
Top Hat

hey little joker
currently unannounced
words in a top hat
to draw and pass around
pass around

hey little joker
what are you laughing ‘bout?
colorful jester
you are without a doubt
without a doubt

what would you draw
with your good fortune?
words in a top hat
are hidden from view
from you

hey little joker
there now I see you
wildcard in the top hat
repair my misery too
you do
Track Name: Melville
Melville

there’s space at the table
for fifty-thousand
rabble-rousin’ rabble-rousin’
move down by the dozen
we’re cousins
we’re cousins
we are cousins you know
a million times removed
cousins of cousins of cousins of cousins
and brothers of few
a mother or two
and the band all sings
Down down down down down we go!

into the fray
the ocean sprays but not for pleasure
never pleasure
out of spite out of hatred out of nothing
unfold unfold
To the hold! To the hold men! To the hold!

be bold boys be brave
every life you cannot save
let only your enemies cry

if you should die then die then die
then die with a smile on your face
and the band all shakes!!
Down down down down down we go!

into the night with a flame to fight
and a burden to bare
into thin air into the thin air
and the band’s all there
and the band’s all there
and the band’s all there
there’s nothing there
Down down down down we go!
Track Name: My Name Is Time
My Name Is Time

my name is time I’m wearing your clothes
they fit pretty well how nobody knows
the glove in your mind ain’t the glove on your hand
when you get that straight that’s when you’ll understand

those people downtown they all wear coats and ties
and I have seen papers with words in their eyes
they step on hot concrete in leather so thin
the blood in their legs boils like mercury my friend

a lover will pull you right up alongside
you’ll wallow for years and swallow your pride
if you start walking you might make the door
but if you should tarry you’ll leave nevermore

those people downtown they all wear coats and ties
and I have seen papers with words in their eyes
they step on hot concrete in leather so thin
the blood in their legs boils like mercury my friend

the water is high and the river is wide
a bridge made of concrete connects either side
should you cross over just keep this in mind
I’m wearing your clothes and my name is time

those people downtown they all wear coats and ties
and I have seen papers with words in their eyes
they step on hot concrete in leather so thin
the blood in their legs boils like mercury my friend
Track Name: Lucky Sun
Lucky Sun

lucky Sun
riding on
the night train
traveling at the speed of light

snacking on stars
in the dining car
rumbling sound
shaking shadowed ground

the birds hear you coming
tint the sky blue
rap at my window and
sing me a tune

what did you bring
in that suitcase for me
a souvenir from yesteryear
and goodies for today
Track Name: Louise
Louise

once Louise came to me in the street
quick and sort of bluesy that heartbeat
black hair and shoes the elegant kind
diaphanous footsteps keeping time

just like you the stars shine
into that once dark heart of mine
now together we’ll understand
I bid you the best my friend

once Bruce Lee came to me in a dream
kickin’ sort of beauty that heartbeat
black hair and shoes the grappling kind
flip of his fist intercepting mine

just like you the stars shine
into that once dark heart of mine
now together you’ll understand
not a fair weather friend I am

Louise
with your colored jeans
hanging in your bourgeois boudoir
Louise
with your braid down your back
your calico shirt
and your colored slacks

twice Bruce Lee came to me in a dream
kickin’ sorta beauty that heartbeat
black hair and shoes the grappling kind
jauntily skipping appearing fine

just like you the stars shine
into that once dark heart of mine
by candlelight erase the windows dear
it’s not what you think, the view from here
Track Name: Gabled Roofs
Gabled Roofs

gabled roofs in the neighborhood
understand why I’m no good
pointed faces stare and accuse
white paint can’t be amused

transgressions filed in the lobe on the right
in the attic with a censor flashlight
so strange on a street so straight
brains battered by the garden gate

cloven hooves on the family pet
I’ve got a dream that I can’t forget
spattered curtain stashed in the can
muddy footprints on the ceiling fan

blood dripping from the battle fought
you brief candle me damn spot
I hear the echo of the sliding grate
and the padlock on the garden gate
Track Name: Clou
Clou

theres a clou dans la tête
I’m sure that’s what I said
there’s a clou dans la tête
yet nailed to my bed
and I don’t even know what I said

it went its way in snow
not in morning rain
at least that’s the way
that I thought it came
at least I’m certain it came
I know it came

there’s a clou dans la tête
nailed with a certain sound
there’s a clou dans la tête
that’s the way it went down

there’s a clou dans la tête
nailed with a certain sound
there’s a clou dans la tête
that’s the way it went down