Ocelot

by Caleb Groh

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released April 26, 2016

When Production started in Fall of 2013, Caleb and his musicians + engineer (Chad Wahlbrink) had a vision of what they wanted to hear on Caleb's 2nd studio album, but having never heard the sounds and having no real reference point, experimenting transformed the album again and again, up until recording finished in 2015.

Acoustic guitars provided reference for drums, then were mostly deleted. Much of the drums were then replaced with organic (field recordings of the timbres of mushrooms, logs, etc.) and electronic samples. Harp, hammered dulcimer, and brass were added to counteract the knife-sharp electronic elements.

Ocelot is an example of complete creative freedom, blended with pop sensibility.


Recorded between Nashville and Cincinnati, Fall 2013-2015
Recorded / Mixed / Mastered / Engineered by Chad Wahlbrink
Cover art by Caleb Groh, with lettering by Sam Solorzano

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Caleb Groh Nashville, Tennessee

Caleb Groh (pronounced GROW) howls melodic folk songs about historical and biblical figures in fictional contexts, anthropomorphism, coffee, mythology, and the love of throws as opposed to the throes of love. Caleb won a Boston Music Award for Folk Artist of the Year in 2012. ... more

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Track Name: Vocelot
Look at where the line was drawn: I drew it
And you didn’t do it

SELAH
I was up in the tropo’
Hundred heart beating bravado
Cloud cover over vesper summer

Hungry Heaven no vacancy
Who’s gonna rapture me?
Can I dismantle the moment-
Okay I’m finally focused
I dreamt this sound 30,000 feet off the ground when Heaven felt its closest

And I believe that a fraction of my actions the other night were loaded
I thought my love was an omen the moment I kicked the bedroom door open
No limit
I resent it- ain’t having fun until someone leaves offended
One life is lovely ’til suddenly I ain’t thrilled until I’m living doubly

What am I doing here?
“Oh my god!”, I vociferate
Through the algorithms of myriad universes
Do I want love or just heart pollution?
I gravitate toward lust crusader in solution

Please promise me omneity, I want you all
My fountain is accounting for the waterfall
I get high and levitate above the minute
I forego the low, create the limit

What am I doing here?
“Oh my god!”, I vociferate
Through the algorithms of myriad universes
Do I want love or just heart pollution?
I gravitate toward lust crusader in solution
Or do I want love?

What are we doing here?
Track Name: Thunder At
Great Orion, sky savant
Hunter of celestial love
Satiates fate with lust
Gravity is grave enough

And if pressure is the power of our love
Destiny’s a diamond
And my heart and island

I hear a boom and a holler and a clickity clack
Here I was wondering’ where my thunder was at

1 for Heaven, 2 for height
3 for a dream who commands the night
I got lucid, I found flight
Breathed anomaly to life

And all Valhalla
And golden allah,
Succumb to thunder

I hear a boom and a holler and a clickity clack
Here I was wondering’ where my thunder was at

And if pressure is the power of our love
Destiny’s a diamond
And my heart and island
I hear a BOOM

I hear a boom and a holler and a clickity clack
Here I was wondering’ where my thunder was at
Track Name: Indigo (feat. Molly Parden)
Caleb:
Giver her little bows of indigo
Put her on a boat to sea, Ms. McLean
Send her on home to me
So grieve, if one of us must grieve
Took my luck to the Calvary
But the Calvary wasn't for me, I did up and leave
Made a pretty little priest for a year or two
But it didn't quite do for me, here's why;
It's hard to be the only light and love
Molly:
How do I begin to say this sober?
Finally confide in me, come over
You ain't above love
You ain't above love
You ain't beyond the heart or better than the beat
Must be hard to be the only
Five thousand lumens must get lonely
But you ain't above love
Track Name: Vox
We cannot coagulate
We can’t even say,
“Babe, I have to walk away”
Do you really want to talk?

Let’s talk about it
Livid all night, breathe put the weight on me
Let’s fight the giant
Get it in line, we don’t have to be defeated or divided
Livid all night, breathe put the weight on me
Let’s fight the giant
Get it in line, we don’t have to feed defeat, let’s talk

One more Nephilim nightmare
All heaven was mine, all of Canaan was howling
Like harrowed Pharaoh, got cheap sleep
Interpret my dream
Go on ask me how I got it

Let’s talk about it
Livid all night, breathe put the weight on me
Let’s fight the giant
Get it in line, we don’t have to be defeated nor divided
Livid all night, breathe put the weight on me
Let’s fight the giant
Get it in line, we don’t have to feed defeat, let’s talk

I don’t believe in a love so strong,
That the two can’t carry on
It’s heart alliance-
Multiply, double minus
Fight don’t define us

Let’s talk about it
Livid all night, breathe put the weight on me
Let’s fight the giant
Get it in line, we don’t have to be defeated nor divided
Livid all night, breathe put the weight on me
Let’s fight the giant
Get it in line, we don’t have to feed defeat, let’s talk
Track Name: Dancer in a Diamond Fire
In my dream I conquer King Cassander
Whose blood, irate, ate the ancient wonders

All of my power was a woman of fire
All of my power and I want you to see what I am
All of my power was an omen of fire
All of my power and I want you to see what I am

In my dream I see yon seven hunters
With peregrine eyes, and great plumes of white
Moon drummer, mystic dawn wanderer
In an ivory mire
Dancer in a diamond fire

And all the powers of dynasty
All forbidden walls
And all Mystic hyperbole
Couldn’t make my Babel fall

Vision of oblivion every night
Of colors forgot by Aphrodite
One mountain mutters a sigh,
Hungry for a heaven too high
All of my power was a woman of fire
All of my power was a dream devourer

All of my power
All of my power and I want you to see what I am
Track Name: Sir Ten Words (feat. Erin Rae & Timbre)
No you don’t have to belong to Bedford
You don’t have to be mine
But when I call to you through the mirror
Will you come out tonight?

One of these nights I’ll stop wondering where I was all the time
Can you only use certain words?

I feel like I was fire in the canyon
Or a parallel companion
But burned through the passion faster
Than a hot vat of castor

I was sure I was flying, but awake leagues deep in the ocean
Can you only use certain words?
Track Name: Smoky Mountain Angel (of Doom)
I am the messenger, I am the Smoky Mountain Angel of Doom
Here in the room
Put my jacket on
You’re gonna pay for every day you slammed the back door

Would he, the Porch King of San Juan,
Make a Steel Angel of you?
I’ve seen maybe 14 of his angels
Sitting on his Green St stoop

And with my hands on 10 and 2
Man I got so heavy the sun withdrew
But I drove through the night for a word with you

How was I to know you would never come home?
The refrigerator buzz sounded so alone
And the kettle grows quiet
Wild winds silent
Storm begins to form
And the living room lights go out

I am your reckoner, I am your jury on judgement day
You will atone for every phone call claimed to have been out-of-State

I got the bills and I did the math
And the sum was time that I can’t subtract
Well I gave you my word and I want the word back

How was I to know you would never come home?
The refrigerator buzz sounded so alone
And the kettle grows quiet
Wild winds silent
Storm begins to form
And the living room lights go out
Track Name: Oleander (feat. Jeff Pianki)
Caleb:
I am endowed with a vision
Or a sonnet of hope
In a Subaru with Alexander Pope

When I hit my drum,
Oleander come

Jeff:
I am bereaved by the reaper
When I wash in the bay
In my old white shoes
Close my eyes and I hear a sweet wind say,

“Hasn’t he a lot, give a gust forgot”
And when I hit my drum,
Oleander come

Vile drummer put the rhythm on the rock when the rhythm is off
Oleander plays a rhythm I forgot, when the rhythm is gone

When I hit my drum,
Oleander come
Track Name: Cloud Cover
Cloud cover, in a dream I watch myself eatin’ the earthquake
Me and all of God’s children
And the power is enough
Until the dream comes back for the crown

One minute, if the number has no top and the sum no limit-
How can finity finish?
Or eternity diminish?
Love becomes because we invent it

Cloud cover woman

I’m given a conundrum whose result is the life I’m livin’
Yet it ain’t quite what I’d envisioned
It got 50 grit rough
Fuckin’ friends I thought I was above

Dream river woman
Soft forgiver of a woman
Finity wins, woman
Cloud cover woman