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by Maren Celest

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    Selections from 5 years worth of writing, 35mm photographs and music. Beautiful embossed gold, tied with blue twine and including a download code for your full album. The 7" record features PETRICHOR and a stripped-down version of PITIFIED.


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    I Saw the Sun is an invitation to explore a sure-footedness that is paradoxically rooted in the recognition of the precariousness of life. It looks to distill empathy, awe, urgency and gratitude from the wild desires, fears, and limited time we share together.

    This book and album are meant to perform publicly a private confrontation and catharsis of fear, sometimes powerfully, sometimes on its hands and knees—in hope of seeing seductive mystery in the unknown, and to turn fear into a tool.

    The words offered have been carefully shaped like knives—sharpened by humor and tempered by the urgency of mortality, with the sharpest ones brought to you in a soft melodic sheath… tools not for violence, but to cut away disillusionment and the unnecessary.

    On days one needs to cut loose, it hopes to be a book of pocket knives. And, in a more substantial moment, “A long curved blade in the hand of a sweetheart”.

    ...Or, at least, a good swift kick in the butt from a friend that wants to see you be true.

    Maren Celest, direct result of a moment of passion on February 2nd, 1987. Born October 29, night 'fore devil's night. That may or may not mean a thing. She is a storyteller that employs a broad skill set; vocal work, musical composition, all kinds of visual design, and writing. She has shown her photography and short films internationally, and collaborates with many amazing musicians in Chicago to create visuals on their behalf. She performs live digital foley (sound effects), vocals, narration and some instrumentation for Manual Cinema, a performance collective, design studio, and film/video production company that combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. She created and runs Law of Ice, a vintage shop focused on gender-neutral clothing. She has previously released two albums and an EP with the band Photographers; I Saw the Sun will be her first official LP and vinyl record as a solo songwriter/composer, though her tracks have had lovely collaboration added by some of her favorite musicians.

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Nightshade 05:12
"All the time that you thought it could wait the thing you love was escapin' right out the back gate And all the time that you thought you just waste you're actually building a throne for the thing that you hate." "A-a-a-all-ll the things you thought I wasn't capable of A-a-a-all-ll the things I thought I wasn't capable of.”
Pitified II 03:53
"I brought you the pain that was the hard thing you scraped your blade on I kept you sharp and dangerous So don't you cry / Won't you cry the day that your demon says goodbye So don't you cry / Won't you cry It was you who said you wanted a stable life. So don't you cry/won't you cry Your reasons, they grow wide, you let yourself be Pitified Don't you cry/Won't you cry Your excuses, they grow nothing but tired. Don't you cry/Won't you cry It was you who said you wanted a stable life You let yourself be Pitified."
Naming 02:49
"There is a story about a body I keep it in my head There is a story about my family It wakes up when I go to bed Though my name it may crown me or it may haunt me It can't tell you what I'm not yet Naming It's a body for your meaning Naming It's a body for your meaning Oh I saw the sun once on the day that never-enough, it was enough Yes I saw the sun once on the day that never enough it was enough!"
Ivory 02:25
"You say that I love death, I say you love Ivory You think are big n scary, I know your Mama does your laundry, Preen your prime, predict my crime, I'll steal your home if you steal mine When your moon is full of craters, time to be your own goddamn creator. Ain't nothin' ever enough Ain't nothin' ever enough Ain't nothin, ain't nothin' ain't nothin' Ain't nothin, ain't nothin' ain't nothin' Ain't nothin'."
Cast 03:05
" There are no shadows cast in the place where I remember you."
Lucid 01:54
"Your guilt is sweet for no one but you Do you really wanna carry that sugar? It's a circular thing like a halo or a noose. Your guilt is sweet for no one but you."
Bosom Bone 02:54
"Oh my words Treat my intentions right We may only Have the night. ... Choose your weapon Be it soft or be it smooth I heard that soft less often lose. My soft weapon a hard thing does hold - Like a Bosom holds its Bone. Oh like a Bosom holds its Bone."
Tall Order 02:58
“ Here comes the fear-killer… Tall Order, Tall Order. Please, pardon my desire, I was asked to garden this fire. Here comes the fear-killer, Like tenderness written in steel. They expect your calloused hands to hold An invitation for them.”
Petrichor 03:05
"The spell can be broken, I know but what will I yearn for then? Is it an empty place?"


Mostly recorded while on the road with Manual Cinema in Hotels and Bedrooms from Scotland to NYC and back. (recorded by Maren, tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).
Partly recorded in Chicago at the Center for Search and Research in Bridgeport (recordings by Corey Allbritten with full band, Tracks 1,3 and 4).


released April 26, 2019

All original songs by Maren Celest.
All cello parts by Kate Barutha, Guitar except PETRICHOR which features cello by Alex Ellsworth
Flute by Deidre Huckabay
Sound design on Pitified II by Kyle Vegter
Recording Engineers: Maren Celest, Corey Allbritten
Mixing: Maren Celest, Corey Allbritten, Kyle Vegter, Dave Vettraino
Mastered by Kyle Vegter


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