On Saturday night at La Grange, local singer-songwriter Ashley Myrick, who performs under the stage name of lalagray, will celebrate the release of her debut solo album Devil's Nest.
And celebration, indeed, is in order: The piano-driven effort, which Myrick says is five years in the making, is a confident collection of alternately cutesy pop jaunts and haunting, near-apocalyptic ballads. It's an impressive release, let alone debut, that emphatically introduces Myrick as North Texas' answer to Kate Nash and other charming, critically acclaimed piano-poppers.
On it, Myrick's voice flutters gracefully above her bouncing piano play as her backing band--which features members of RTB2, The Beaten Sea, Sarah Jaffe's band, and other performers with ties (like Myrick) to the Dallas Family Band--capably offers up ethereal, alt-country accoutrement to the overall aesthetic.
In turn, the album stands as one of the year's finest debuts--and perhaps alone at the very top--in a cluttered year that has seen impressive first full-length efforts from Spooky Folk, The Beaten Sea and Sarah Jaffe, among many others. And, considering Myrick's efforts on The Beaten Sea's debut, as well as in that band's live offerings, one could argue that no other area artist has better introduced herself to the local music community this year than has Myrick.
- Pete Freedman, Dallas Observer
Lyrics:Old bag of bones that is where I start My mind keeps telling me I shouldn't but I only listen to my heart This old bag of bones has been sitting still a while collecting dust and dreams and all of those things but it knows that we could be two birds of a feather if you start coming around I've got my heart set deep on loving again and you're where I want to start This heavy heart it is hiding behind this old bag of bones and you know that it knows that we could be two birds of a feather if you start coming around I've got my heart set deep on loving again and you're where I want to start But Oh I am paralyzed by the look in your eyes that tells me you don't want me to go home Oh I think you're just in time though you're out of sight you are never far from my mind
Lyrics:Gray storm clouds are rushing over Thunder clapped so loud that grown men run for cover Wet raindrops pepper windshields holding down your hat while dust kicked up on the playground but it's just the sound of another heart achin' the pressure that's involved when the fever is breakin' Just these teardrops I can't help from falling and holdin' my breath wondering if I should call him tonight Now my best friend investing interest advising quite politely over lunch where he can stick it but I don't even listen too busy mourning us you know I just can't help but miss him when it's just the sound of logic and reason and practicality's got nothing to do with my feelings tonight When Gray storm clouds are rushing over Thunder clapped so loud that grown men run for cover Wet raindrops pepper windshields holding down your hat the dust kicked up on the playground but it's just the sound of my little heart breakin' my loving days are numbered if you are away and it's hard to imagine my life without you even though I'm sure that I was never right for you at all credits
Lyrics:Someday our bodies will rest in a big brown box and itch for heaven like the chicken pox and float up like smoke or like fog When we get up there will everyone know that we were good, happy, fortunate souls while we were still walking down here there's a silver lining on a dark gray cloud if you come up here we can figure it out together my hand in your hand and if the only thing you recognize is the sound of my voice in the middle of the night then listen; I'll tell you the truth Someday I'm gonna be older someday I'm gonna die someday our bodies will fall and before then someday I'll be your bride Oh it's hard enough just waiting Heaven's closer than I thought but then again we are still just here, hearts beating won't do the hardest thing go back where we were
Lyrics:Yes sir I went down down down to the devil's nest on the river banks to pay my respects no no no I did not linger long just long enough to sing this song goodbye, goodnight I'm leaving you for a better life goodbye, don't cry I'm leaving you for a better life So I ran back back back into my mother's arms to tell her how I had turned it around all this talk of the Holy Ghost where he lives but mamma, where did he go Goodbye, goodnight he'll still be here in the morning light goodnight, close your eyes he'll still be here in the morning light all you haters are gonna learn how to love and all you lovers are gonna hold them up all beware the snake and the wolf creepin' around they're gonna get what is yours So I went back back back to the river banks to dip my head and say my thanks all the sinners in their winter coats grabbing out for that holy ghost have said Goodbye, goodnight we'll see you in the afterlife goodbye, don't cry he's coming back when the time is right
Lyrics:The mind can wait it's the heart who is impatient to wrap you up in its arms my body calm, grounded to the earth and yet my soul aches to get out there's churning seas and longitude between us if one smile on your face becomes lost I may not have but dust in my pocket but in you I've got a lot Now there's a line on your face for every road you've travelled and the women you've met along the way and for each one of mine a shining star above me for the road that brought me close to you today Now it's like sticks and stones if I lost you one thousand cracks for my spine that I'm stepping on to keep you closer than a vessel keeps a wayward crew and I'm floating out past the amazon So if your heart grows cold and your eyes begin to wander to another field whose grasses seem more green oh think of how my heart like a bird without a song will fall quite low And never be swayed to sing fall quite low
Lyrics:I am like a black bird in a night storm though trouble finds me sleeping cannot help but wake me up for more a splinter, the electric sockets this headache I have tried to knock it out to say that I am alright the good things are better late than they are never it's alright a leak is no flood this hurt did not bring blood it is alright and it's enough that I am but a barn owl in a bird cage I know about how a lock and key work but opening some doors comes with age a splinter, the electric sockets this headache I have tried to knock it out to say that I am alright the good things are better late than they are never it's alright a leak is no flood this hurt did not bring blood it is alright and it's enough
Lyrics:There's a light on the porch that tells me when you're coming home but it's late and that light isn't shining and I know it means you are gone will anybody love me again will anybody love me again I met a boy in the city who thought he was old and wise but that boy couldn't love me good enough and I knew that I would not be his bride will anybody love me again will anybody love me again When I know that I must be doing something wrong when my heart's always broken and how is there any hope for love when my heart's never open oh no but will anybody love me again
Lyrics:I'm beginning to think that your love is a dream that any moment I'll awake And you'll be gone from me though I worry I will not fear it's those who break hearts that aren't worthy of my tears because you see that no woman deserves the kind of love that you bring and though you're here with me I'm afraid someday that you might leave cause your love is a dream Oh you're a dream Now my mother oh she taught me well when she said that our hearts are not moved by strings though I've loved and I've lost oh and have cried for them all her truth has stayed with me when she said That no man will deserve the kind of love that you'll bring And the one you choose won't make you cry but lift your head up and want to sing cause that love is a dream oh oh you're a dream
Lyrics:I always leave out the hard parts I've got a case of selective memory I always leave out the hard parts cause all I want is a happy ending and they'll ask where is your mind but I float like a little tug-boat without the hard parts float like a little tug-boat without the hard parts I always leave out the hard parts I've got a case of selective memory these days I always leave out the hard parts cause all I want is a happy ending someday and they'll ask where is your mind but I fly like a butterfly without the hard parts Now there'll be thunder and rain there'll be hardships and pain Oh I could just cry my life away because that is so in style no instead I float without those hard parts I float without the hard, hard parts
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