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This was the last track to be written for 'The Lotus Eaters'. I'd been obsessed with this Mary Oliver poem and kept coming back to it while writing and recording the other songs - then I realised it needed to be on the EP to fully complete it. I dreamed most of these songs into life so it just seemed fitting to start with this as an overture.


Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.


from The Lotus Eaters (The Night Terrors Tour Edition), released January 15, 2016
String quartet: Rush Quartet (Terence Lu, Katherine Quirk, Derek Hawkins, Karina Di Sisto)
Horn trio: Luca Vanags (French horn), Phoebe Smithies (French horn), Louise Cuming (trombone)
Percussion: Chad Blaster
Vocals: Jennifer Kingwell

Composed by Jennifer Kingwell
Written by Mary Oliver - 'The Uses of Sorrow (In my sleep I dreamed this poem)'

Produced by: Kim Lajoie and Jennifer Kingwell
Recorded at: Obsessive Music Studios
Engineered, mixed and mastered by: Kim Lajoie at Obsessive Music Studios
Remastered for this release by Myles Mumford at Bakehouse Studios


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Jennifer Kingwell Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide based, Darwin born, Jennifer Kingwell is a musician and performer of ‘delicious contrasts’, crafting songs from punk ukulele anthems and sultry piano ballads to epic alternative pop.

Possessing a voice described as ‘dynamite’(T-Squat) and ‘ranging from silver tongued angel to gruff pirate’, Jennifer Kingwell is nothing short of ‘a formidable powerhouse’ (Herald Sun).
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