The Snow Years

by Starina

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  • "The music of STARINA is catchy with hook-filled, yet dark melodies and vocals. Starina's thoughtful ballads and rock tunes were inspired in part by the music of Aimee Mann." - NPR, All Songs Considered

    Take a young, delicate soul and mix it with a whirlwind of emotions that conjure up fear, love and anxiety. Combine it with a powerful voice over irresistible melodies, and you have Starina. Her music can break down walls and melt most hearts…

    Starina Catchatoorian is a Brooklyn-based songstress whose music is hauntingly vulnerable, yet strong and driven, all at once. Originally from Chicago, her midwestern roots give her music a layer of honesty and depth that demands attention from even the most light-hearted listener.

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about

“The Snow Years” is a collection of songs that mark the end of a three-year period of depression, destruction, and renewal. Failed relationships that triggered a troubled past had finally caught up with her. These sentiments are addressed in songs like “LA” and the haunting “Before We Began.” (”It’s always the sweet ones who’ll turn on you, sour with every stab.”)

“I was pretty emotionally raw for a very long time. There had been a violence and rage that had been building up in me for many years, and like a volcano, I exploded. The lava is in this record," said Starina. The mood of the album is about eruption, solidification, and cooling.




Contact: starinamusic@gmail.com
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credits

released 01 October 2012

Starina Catchatoorian- Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Ryan Rapsys- Drums, Bass, Guitar, Hammond B3, Glockenspiel, Tambourine
Doug A. Leinen- Mellotron, Drum Programming, Sampling, Synthesizer
Nora Barton- Cello
James Grabowski- Hammond B3
Jack Duncan-Bass
Matt Holzfeind- Ukulele
Ben Sutherland- Back Up Vocals, 12 String Guitar


Produced by Doug Leinen and Starina Catchatoorian
Recorded and mixed by Doug Leinen
at LINE-IN Studios in Chicago

www.lineinstudios.com

All songs written by Starina Catchatoorian
c) Ghost Girl Records

Cover Photo by Starina Catchatoorian
Design by Richard Borge
Mastered by Carl Saff

banner photo by Andrew Steiner
asteinerphoto.photoshelter.com

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Track Name: Apricot
Apricot

Baby, I’m the astronaut
Who dreams of floating your galaxy
I can’t believe you’d want me to

Meet me at the restaurant
I promise not to show up late
I’ll be the girl looking out for you

And you can tell the world I love you
Cause it’s the only thing I know for sure
And when the danger hits too close to home
I’ll protect your fragile heart

Baby, I’m the apricot
Who dreams of growing on your tree
I can’t imagine you’d want me still

Meet me in the parking lot
We’ll blast the FM radio
All our demons sure to disappear

And you can tell the world I love you
Cause it’s the only thing I know for sure
And when the danger gets too close to home
I’ll protect your fragile heart

And you can tell the world I love you
Cause it’s the only thing I know
And when the danger gets too close to home
I’ll protect your fragile heart
Track Name: Oh Nicholas
Oh Nicholas

Oh Nicholas!
No one’s ever gonna gonna lead you down that mountain
I’ve got a wish
Your pretty pretty face
Climbin’ climbin’ down that mountain

Make up your mind
Don’t waste my time
Cuz I aint ever gonna be that girl to force my will
On you, I try
With my secret eye
To force it, force it, force it, force this whole thing thru

I knew I knew you ain't got it in you to be true


Oh Nicholas!
I wouldn’t really say you let me, let me down so easy
Who’s mess is this?
Cheap hipsters in their ghetto life getting off so easy
Don’t think you’re thru
With feeling blue
Cause you ain’t even seen it, seen the worst of me!
Although I knew you’d skip right thru
How easy easy it is for you to press delete.

I knew I knew you aint got it in you to be true
Track Name: Before We Began
Before We Began

It’s always the sweet ones who’ll turn on you
Sour with every stab
How can you expect me not to do
What you’ve already done to yourself?

It’s never really who they are
Nothing’s ever really there
I called this one done
Before it began

He’s just a play-thing, a prop made of wood
Turn his knob watch him pretend
Still I kept trying and trying to break you
Shape you into my man

It’s never really who they are
Nothing’s ever really there
I called this one done
Before it began

You’ve got doubts that make you turn away
Without your doubts, would you really want to stay?
Anyway…

So I took my records and all of my friends
You kept your mamas vase
I left you there with your kingsize bed
Empty to make your own grave

It’s never really who they are
Nothing’s ever really there
I called this one done
Before it began

It’s never really who they are
Oh yeah…
I called this one done
I called this one done
Oh, I was so done
Before we began
Track Name: This I Know
This I Know

She would not require he say what it is on his mind
He would not inspire to take this union to its prime
Rebel heart, I know this one
I fly into his arms
The more I try to forget his face,
The further I fall

He loves me
He loves me
This I know
He loves me
He loves me
Though he won’t say so

Silver moon don’t hide your light I ask for a clear sign
Help me not to fuck this up and jump before it’s time
Too much love to deal
Too much heartache
Help me Lord to still my soul
Abandon each mistake

He loves me
He loves me
This I know
He loves me
He loves me
Though he won’t say so

Across the blue jean sky
Boy I send my love
On the wings of faith
Well it’s too late, too late...

She would not require to state what she already knew
How dare you say to my face “I won’t forget about you"
"...Your songs stuck deep in my head”
Well, nothing makes me more sad
To think, I once loved a boy who lived inside my head

He loves me
He loves me
This I know
He loves me
He loves me
Though he won’t say so
He loves me
This I know
He loves me
He loves me
Though he won’t say so
This I know
Track Name: Fireflies
Fireflies

I fell asleep on my arm
I woke up pins and needles
You said that it figures
You’re always chasing beetles.

Oh yeah? ...Uh huh.

I said it
You heard it
My full on desire
Thought this would bring some calm in me
Instead I’m fully wired

I’m always chasing fireflies
I’m always facing demons
The moment that I catch the light
My heart just seems to weaken

A smoke cloud of beastly dreams
Sure to take me under
What could bring such misery?
The moon could only wonder

Steady your glow
Try try to know
Steady your glow
Double dare you
Try to know me

Christmas will come and go
The snow won’t last forever
Tell me babe you’ll make it home
Before the storms of Summer
Before the storms of Summer
Before the storms…

I’m always chasing fireflies
I’m always facing demons
The moment that I catch the light
My heart just seems to weaken

I’m always chasing fireflies
I’m always facing demons
The moment that I get real high
Well, my heart…

Burned out
Burned, you’re not the only one
Burned out
Burned, you’re not the only lonely one
Burned out
Burned out, you’re not the only one
Boy, I’m Burned out
Chasing your sun
Track Name: Fly Solo
Fly Solo

Please don’t think of me anymore
Please don’t call me to tell me you feel alone
I have waited so long for you to change your mind

And it’s not up to me … oh no!
It’s not up to me…oh no!

Too late, too long
I’ve wasted too much time
To think, that you and I could be friends for life
You used to hold my hand when the plane took off
Now I’m flying solo
Yes, I’m flying solo

Hanging on the edge of your heels
Waiting for the end of this show
Looking like hell on wheels
Baby you’re speeding through our love
Baby you’re speeding through

When you see me next week in that room
Don’t think I won’t be thinking how much I hate you
Spreading love seeds that died before springs bloom

And it’s not up to me … oh no!
It’s not up to me…No, it never was.

All you’ll ever know, is all you’ll ever see, is all you’ll ever know
All you’ll ever know, is all you’ll ever see,
now you’ll see me gone.
Track Name: Let You Out
Let You Out

I’m so happy
You’re happy, love
You impress me
How you switch between on and off

I’m not holding you down, your hands aren’t tied
I’m not waiting around for you to change your mind
Don’t think you got this figured out..cuz you don’t!

Always the same
As the last train I jumped
Strange, better days
Have flown my way
Since I let you out
Let you out …of me.

You say I hold you
Gone over like a lead balloon
I weigh you down
Oh sleepless Blue Eyes
Babe, it’ s no surprise
You can’t handle love

I’m not holding you down, your hands aren’t tied
I’m not waiting around for you to change your mind
Don’t think you got me figured out..cuz you don’t!

Always the same
As the last train I jumped
Strange, better days
Have flown my way
Since I let you out
Let you out of me.
Track Name: Elliot Again
Elliot Again

I started listening to Elliot again
I know you know what it’s like,
what it’s like when I get this way
It’s a light that I won’t let in
And all the times you tell me
It’s really elementary
All those twisted thoughts wrapped around in your pretty head
How they want this whole thing dead

This can’t be all that I know
Disappear into the smokey ashes of burning hope

This can’t be over baby
I know I’m acting crazy
And all I ask is you ask me to start
Let’s restart this again

This can’t be everything I see
I light the match, I burn the dream
And all I ask is you ask me to start
Let’s restart this again

Somehow everything I ever knew
Was shot down by one kiss from you
I’ve waited sooo long
For this dream to begin
Now I can’t wait for it to end

I love the lonely of one
I hoped that you’d be gone before the posing of the sun

This can’t be over baby
I know I’m sometimes crazy
And all I ask is you ask me to start
Let’s restart this again

This can’t be everything I need
I’ve wasted years in misery
And all I ask is you ask me to start
Let’s restart this again

This can’t be over
Don’t make this over
And all I ask you

I’ve waited so long
Been wasted so long
And all I ask you

And all the times and ways
I’ve dreamed the ending of our love
You wait for me here
Track Name: Out of the Woods
Out of the Woods

Life is ok
Feelin’ pretty good
I think I’m ok
Out of the woods

And they won’t ever steal my laughter
Or hold me down too long
I don’t have all the answers
But that’s ok, cuz were ok...
As we are

Just crazy enough to be with me
Maybe it’s love
I guess we’ll have to wait and see
I won’t look for any answer
Outside of what we are
I don’t think I’ll fuck this over
Like everything I’ve ever known...
So far

Life is ok
Feelin’ pretty good
I think I’m ok
Out of the woods

I gotta new confetti
Rainbow ready? Set GO!

Dippin’ fries in Frosties
Midnight coasting
OH NO!

I gotta 4Leaf clover
A Brooklyn Charmer
Who always calls

I’m on a cherry ride
That’s sure to glide me
back home.
Track Name: LA
LA

It’s not anything I could explain
Nothing has changed
Nothing’s the same

Eyes wide opening
Blood turns to rain
I paid the cost
Carried the shame

Don’t want you near me
Don’t want you to go
I’m not indifferent
I just don’t know

Forget everything you knew about me
I was no good with honesty

I feel like flying
You call my name
I may be dying
Or I may be saved

Oh oh oh oh oh uh huh...

I’ll say anything
I want you to stay, Chicago
The snows not so bad
After the first flake

Already miss you
I know it’s your dream
L.A.’s not everything
It’s cracked up to be

God, how I miss you
I want you with me
And L.A.’s not everything its cracked up to be

Oh oh oh oh oh uh huh...