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With a thousand green tongues you speak to me My lungs know the secrets you tell me when I breathe A chorus of whispers through unfurling leaves And when the ground turns into vapor When every cell only senses danger I must remember, slowly, to let you enter My voice is the child of our bodies You induced the first words I ever spoke Every part of you I swallow, a galaxy I am a man who gives birth through my throat And I must remember, slowly, to let you enter
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Horsetail 04:19
Horsetail Horsetail, humble me I cannot compare to all you've seen Horsetail, ancient weed Teach me your resiliency I come here to die, every day To shake off the guise of my human display With senses alive, you stir awake the beast in me, I am listening Horsetail, comfort me The ones that we call human are crumbling Horsetail, ancient weed Teach me your resiliency How to survive under the weight How to survive as our numbers fade How to survive without running away from history We are listening
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Monster Men 04:32
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Hunter 03:12
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Meridians 03:50
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Timelapse 05:18
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Oslo in Snow 01:22
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Sullivan 05:55
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Homewrecker 02:43

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Note: This release date has changed due to Covid-19. The album will be released on vinyl by Blast First Petite (UK) when the peak of the plague has passed and it becomes viable again. Meanwhile, the cassette tapes will be released January 15th by and Anima Recordings (US). Thank you for your patience!

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ALBUM CREDITS

Elliott Miskovicz: Vocals, Composition, Pump Organ, Piano, Marimba, Kalimba, Classical Guitar, Wood Flute, Percussive Branches, Bass Drum, Found Sound Excavation, Home Recording, Production

Billy Ray Boyer: Viola

Stelleaux Peach: Violin, Cello

Myles Donovan: Viola, Lever Harp, Crystal Glass

Sei Harris: Cello

Darian Scatton: Pedal Harp, Harp Recording

David Fylstra: Mixing, Tape Manipulation, Percussion, Percussion Recording

Kris Force: Mastering


SONG CREDITS

1. Husband of Wind - Vocals, Pump Organ: Elliott Miskovicz. Viola: Billy Ray Boyer. Violin: Stelleaux Peach. Percussion: David Fylstra.

2. Horsetail - Vocals, Branches, Bass Drum: Elliott Miskovicz. Viola: Billy Ray Boyer. Violin: Stelleaux Peach.

3. Monster Men - Vocals, Piano, Organ: Elliott Miskovicz. Viola One: Myles Donovan. Viola Two: Billy Ray Boyer. Cello One: Stelleaux Peach. Cello Two: Sei Harris. Noise Manipulation: Elliott & David Fylstra.

4. Hunter - Vocals, Classical Guitar: Elliott Miskovicz. Cello: Sei Harris. Noise Manipulation: Elliott & David Fylstra.

5. Meridians - Vocals, Kalimba, Organ: Elliott Miskovicz. Noise Manipulation: Elliott & David Fylstra.

6. Timelapse - Vocals, Marimba: Elliott Miskovicz. Cello: Sei Harris.

7. Languages Unspoken - Vocals, Wood Flute: Elliott Miskovicz. Pedal Harp: Darian Scatton.

8. Oslo in Snow - Vocals, Classical Guitar: Elliott Miskovicz. Noise Manipulation: Elliott & David Fylstra.

9. Heart of a Whale - Vocals: Elliott Miskovicz. Lever Harp: Myles Donovan. Noise Manipulation: Elliott & David Fylstra.

10. Sullivan - Vocals, Spanish Guitar, Bass Drum: Elliott Miskovicz. Violin: Stelleaux Peach. Viola: Maria Boyer.

11. Homewrecker - Vocals: Elliott Miskovicz. Lever Harp, Crystal Glasses: Myles Donovan. Cello: Stelleaux Peach.
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credits

released January 15, 2021

"Versatile is an album of experimental love songs to the lands and communities which restore us through turmoils again and again. Recorded in remote forested hideouts, its lyricism explores the versatility of queer love with songs for friends and freedom fighters, woodlands and waterways, trans ancestors and survivors. While the thread of A Stick And A Stone's haunting vocals and minor-key fervency endures, Versatile diverges from the heavy, doom-inspired terrains of their latest release. Here, off-kilter compositions of harp, layered strings, pump organ, found sounds, and crystal glass breathe new organic life into the band’s eccentric sound.

Written during Miskovicz’s passage to living off-grid in the woods after a lifetime in the Philadelphia area, these 11 songs follow the journey of the sacrifices we make in the name of solace. Due to multiple health conditions which became increasingly exacerbated by urban environments, it became imminently necessary to relocate to quieter landscapes. Although rural life was not always easy, his songwriting there evolved from a tool for coping with chaos into an expression of reverence for the ecosystems surrounding him.

Mixed by Candlewolfe Sound and mastered by Kris Force, Versatile's physical release will include 11 handmade drawings of plants corresponding to each song by herbalist Miranda Resnick and an evocative cover poster by queer metal artist Stephen Wilson."

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A Stick And A Stone is the project of vocalist-composer Elliott Miskovicz. Often joined on strings and vocals by Billy Ray Boyer and Stelleaux Peach, with a steady flow of guest musicians, A Stick And A Stone converses with nonhuman life forms, fallen friends, and mysterious forces with reverent inquiries into surviving and restoring our often fractured world. More info: www.astickandastone.com ... more

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