TIDES

by Native Dancer

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1.
Can I be the shimmer in the sky? Following the stars  Effortlessly flying through the night Straight over me  Been walking in the dark on my own Never ever resting Devil on the side of my shoulder  Answer my question  Cause I’ve been trying to figure out if it’s magic And every coin that I’ve been tossed accounted for  And every coin that I’ve been tossed accounted for  
Blossoming life  Cut my doubt with your growth  Leave me to breathe  I’ll be alright here  Blossoming life  I belong here don’t you know  Leave me to breathe I’ll be alright here  Heal another wound through my feet  As they firm into the ground  Grown right through the centre of my mind  I come steady  I see it through my fickle fragility  If I stop to catch my balance  And when my voices echoes out  They quiet me  Cause I’ve been trying to figure out if it’s magic And every coin that I’ve been tossed accounted for  And every coin that I’ve been tossed accounted for  Blossoming life  Cut my doubt with your growth  Leave me to breathe  I’ll be alright here  Blossoming life  I belong here don’t you know  Leave me to breathe I’ll be alright here 
2.
Mumbai 03:44
If the world lost her name  Would she exist at all and Is there enough space  Between the words 
Or is it a wondrous dream? Or something i’ve said What if i keep my words To myself? 
A tongue that’s made of stone The founder of a quiet home A gospel It sings and cries out in my head And the tale that she is telling echoes deep down in my silence It lies beyond the edge of my eyes 
Home is more than I can see More than any words could mean 
Holding on, Holding on This is a place I know I’m holding on This place- I know that there’s more to know.. 
 What if she’s still with me I know that she passes down love Held and instilled in me If I listen And all that you ever know Will come to a close We need better words for us To see us through.. 
A tongue that’s made of stone The founder of a quiet home A gospel It sings and cries out in my head And the tale that she is telling echoes deep down in my silence It lies beyond the edge of my eyes Feels like home Home is more Than I can see More than any Words could mean Holding on I’m olding on This is a place I know I’m holding onThis place I know that there’s more to know Oh
3.
Venus Flow 03:22
I believe that all you see is a hatred spade And a stop of love I will never run, I will never run I got my armour on I believe that the cause for peace is a cause for enlightenment Growth, love and humbling kindness I believe that you and me  Are perfectly created  Flesh bound earth made All capable of the same things Madness  Like I could never understand you You could never understand me too 
Would you step outside rewrite your own lines out of your free mind fears gonna leave us blind Would you step outside rewrite your own lines Tale told too many times Somebody sold a lie 
I believe in love and belonging  Culture breeds a sense understanding On a platform that’s too big for us We don't listen enough We judge too hard  Territorial hands fighting for a lost cause I believe that culture can be beautiful Where our minds meet, sweet love Just for a second Constantly used as a weapon Madness Like you’re superior to me Like you’re superior to me Like you’re superior to me I pray my life is not a cause for concern The strength of unity the law of the world Will see your blindness, pitch black dark and deserved  And lead you towards the light She’s gonna weep for you Would you step outside rewrite your own lines out of your free mind fears gonna leave us blind Would you step outside rewrite your own lines Tale told too many times Somebody sold a lie Would you step outside rewrite your own lines out of your free mind fears gonna leave us blind
4.
Transitions 03:46
Can you hear me out All that I have ever known Is caught in every word  All matters are emotional  
Can't you see the truth Never underestimate the power of a woman’s love  Oh leave it with me now  It'll keep me warm 
I'm following the edge of every line Wondering what war will calmly leave without a fight  And I'm tired of losing Someone like you, will never be alone.  I'm following the edge of every line Wondering what war will calmly leave without a fight  And I'm tired of losing I'm tracing your outline, cause you're all I know.. I'm tracing your outline, cause you're all I know.. Someone like you Someone like you Someone like you Ooooh 
I'm following the edge of every line Wondering what war will calmly leave without a fight  And I'm tired of losing Someone like you, will never be alone. I'm following the edge of every line Wondering what war will calmly leave without a fight  And I'm tired of losing And I'm tired of losing And I'm tired of losing Someone like you
5.
Pixies 04:54
To clear the storm That I’ve made up So I can take shelter I chase the calm Weaved in and out of your arms 
And where’s the thunder? It breaks up and leaves when I.. Put my head back in the clouds From the top of my lungs I’d be howling like I’m all alone Like a wolf in the night And I’m wondering what water could save me from burning alive I’m a wildfire And I roar Searching for the ends of my own mind Nobody can help me here I’m found Fainted and drained by my own breathe A disbelief Stories I’m faced in the mirror Set in stone Worries I’ve made on my own And where’s those heights Climbing and reaching for solace For comfort From the top of my lungs I’d be howling like I’m all alone Like a wolf in the night And I’m wondering what water could save me from burning alive I’m a wildfire 
And I roar Searching for the ends of my own mind Nobody can help me here I’m found Fainted and drained by my own breathe Loving you was like a song I replayed  Like a song I replayed Like a song I replayed From the top of my lungs I’d be howling like I’m all alone Like a wolf in the night And I’m wondering what water could save me from burning alive I’m a wildfire And I roar Searching for the ends of my own mind Nobody can help me here I’m found Fainted and drained by my own breathe And I roar Searching for the ends of my own mind Nobody can help me here I’m found Fainted and drained by my own breathe To feed the fire life To feed the fire life
6.
Merge the temperament of love With what I think you suffer from A body formed of solitude Lukewarm Don't dim the lights Keep the door wide open  Mother, Mother, Mother Your mind has lost its fortune  Your heart is still so prosperous  Tell your stories round a hundred times I'll pretend like it's the first time  Walking on a thin lined thread  Heavier the weight with every breathe Your smile can widen the spread It can carry you to solid ground  You can be the one to make it better You can be the one to make it better You can be the one to make it better You can be the one to make it better Walking on a thin lined thread  Heavier the weight with every breathe Your smile can widen the spread It can carry you to solid ground  Walking on a thin lined thread  Heavier the weight with every breathe Your smile can widen the spread It can carry you to solid ground  Sure you can Sure you can Merge the temperament of love Solid ground Won’t you step on some solid ground Oh mother mother mother Oh mother mother mother Oh mother mother What they say What they say love Don’t you worry about what they say love Onto some solid ground Why don’t you you step onto some solid ground Why don’t you you step onto some solid ground
7.
Waiting 04:14
Names I don't know  Taking up space Words as blades  Pray they don’t penetrate  Close my eyes  I won't let them win Flesh as trophy for a made up game  Flesh as trophy for a made up game  Please stop playing your game.. Woman Tell them your name again Woman  Tell them your name And I try not to listen to men on a mission  Their fire the charms like bullets And I try not to listen My ears won’t bleed for you When will you learn  When will you see I have not grown for your eyes Don’t name me Close my heart I won’t let them win Flesh as trophy for a made up game Woman Tell them your name again Woman  Tell them your name And I try not to listen to men on a mission  Their fire that charms like bullets And I try not to listen My ears won’t bleed for you Please stop playing your game.. Please stop playing games Please stop playing games Please stop playing games
8.
Time never seems to correlate to us flies off and on wings of a butterfly Soul friend, such a better way to understand what comes next I see it in your eyes Time never seems to correlate to us flies off and on wings of a butterfly Soul friend, such a better way to understand what comes next I see it in your eyes Hold your breathe love Hours after dark Bring me to you, bring me to you Feel your efforts walk into the dawn stranded in light Nowhere to hide 
No one knows you or what you think you need  Senseless to compare, your love is always incomplete Every moment here, told me to have no fear every moment here seems to linger 
Time never seems to correlate to us flies off and on wings of a butterfly Soul friend, such a better way to understand what comes next I see it in your eyes 
If I could lean on the silence in my head nothing else compares no, nothing else compares I think its time now, I’m going up for air fall reckless into motion feels like love in all that’s here 
Time never seems to correlate to us flies off and on wings of a butterfly Soul friend, such a better way to understand what comes next I see it in your eyes Time never seems to correlate to us flies off and on wings of a butterfly Soul friend, such a better  Such a better way  To understand what comes next (wings of a butterfly) What comes next Time Time Time What comes next? (Soul friend)
9.
Looming hear it murmur soft in word lost in turmoil all in, hear its heartbeat steady, still so blue 
Falling away, falling away mind let your worried high come down 
Falling away, falling away mind let your worried high come down 
Falling away, falling away mind let your worried high come down 
Falling away, falling away mind let your worried high come down 
I call out heavy weather heal my heart through open water I call out heavy weather the sky believes that you know make it better My lines, painted endless from the surface, heavy weight turns to air breathing, found my rhythm  and all my ends, tied in ribbons 
Falling away, falling away mind let your worried high come down Falling away, falling away mind let your worried high I call out heavy weather heal my heart through open water I call out heavy weather the sky believes that you know make it better I call love Heavy weather heal my heart through
10.
Benjamin 04:06
Gravity gravity don’t you stop Just let your feet go clipperty clop A tale swish A tale goes swish And your mouth goes aah Don’t you worry little babe Sure! What did not know him he shall not know that star is broken hung up for show That lid is open we know the truth that song of stars in the night  is Benjamins favourite tune It’s Benjamins favourite tune He ran ahead of his sisters bike to get a glimpse of this beaming light Cause that lid is open we know the truth that song of stars in the night  is Benjamins favourite tune It’s Benjamins favourite tune

about

TIDES

‘Tides’ is London born Native Dancer’s eagerly awaited full LP debut.

Over a long period of gestation and creation, this record has taken shape as an exploration of the natural flow that underpins the human experience.
It speaks to energies beyond the earth that push and pull us in cyclical motions creating our earth-bound experience.

There has always been a need for music to connect us again to a perspective beyond our mortal bodies and beyond the confines of time and this soulful offering takes the listener on a journey beyond the stars.

Tides was created over a 3 year period of personal transitions within the band, loss and personal evolution. Ultimately it speaks to a constant process of transformation and growth through experience, and a hopefulness that whatever pain and confusion we have to go through, it is leading us to higher levels of consciousness both personally and collectively.
In ancient Egypt, the Khemitians never spoke of death ---but, rather of “westing”.   They knew that we are ultimately immortal, and are in a constant state of change…or transformation.


“Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.”
Maya Angelou


The core sound of the band has retained elements of jazz, R+B and hip-hop as well as reference to the psychedelic experience illustrated in the first 2 EP’s but with the edition of Miles James production and recording techniques, and Ben Baptie’s mixes, the sound has evolved to a much grander and more impressive sound world.
Using Miles’ analogue recording techniques and Ben’s detailed mixing, the songs and the performances have been brought to life reflecting the 3 main sides of the bands identity; jazz, modern production and song-writing. As Frida once said, “Native Dancer is the moody love-child of Weather Report and Beyonce”.

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released October 23, 2020

ALL TRACKS PRODUCED BY MILES JAMES & SAM CROWE
MIXED BY BEN BAPTIE
MASTERED BY KELLY HIBBERT AT ALMACHROME STUDIOS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTOPHER HARGREAVES
ARTWORK BY VICTORIA TOPPING
DESIGN BY CHRISTOPHER HARGREAVES & AMY MAGUIRE
NATIVE DANCER ARE: SAM CROWE, FRIDA TOURAY, JONATHAN HARVEY, JOSH ARCOLEO

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Native Dancer London, UK

The moody lovechild of Beyonce and Weather Report.

“A refreshing burst of imagination, uniqueness, and purpose in a
crowded electro-fusion landscape.” AFROPUNK

“The new troubadours of psychedelicsoul.” STAMP THE WAX
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