Sleepdancing

by Ragz Nordset

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    10" clear vinyl in full colour sleeve designed by NuNorthern Soul in house designer, Mr Vincent. This package also comes with a hand printed insert from TOMO and will be signed and numbered limited to 50. Digital downloads of the original and remixes will also be available.

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Listen here - bit.ly/RagzNordsetAudio Check the full artwork here - bit.ly/NUNS003Artwork Ragz Nordset has been acoustic favourite in the North West of England for a number of years (where’s she’s supported the likes of Wild Beasts, Noah and the Whale and Laura Marling), ‘Sleepdancing’ channels a new electronic direction for the singer, which owes much to the production of Mario Leal. Mario’s previous work involves Mumford & Sons, Digitalique and the Tea Street Band, and the manner in which he harnesses the electronics alongside a classical influence brings out the ethereal and enchanting qualities of Ragz’ voice.

The four track EP is designed specifically as a ‘story to be told’ via Vinyl, with the double sided release segueing two tracks into each other to add to the individual quality of the songs. Side A starts off with the playful ‘You Started It All’, the rumbling sonics dovetailing with a gentle before the shuffling overtones of ‘More’ take over. Here the choral qualities of her voice come to the forefront to create a stirring paean to love, best encapsulated by the closing refrain that opines ‘We’ve all forgotten what the heart is for’.

The B-Side follows the same formula, with ‘New August’ backed by crunching percussion and haunting strings before melting outwards into the EP’s final song, ‘Sleepdancing’. The most evocative of the four tracks, it creates a rousing finale for the EP with its sweeping chords, finalising the narrative charm of the release.

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released April 15, 2013

Songs written by Ragz Nordset
Produced, recorded and mixed by Mario Leal
Mastered by RS Mastering
Additional recordings by Ragz Nordset (on all songs) and Jonathan Sagis (on More).

Management: David McTague / SquaredCircle

Instrumentation
Ragz Nordset: Vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, synth, accordion and additional percussion.
Mario Leal: Programming, synths, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and additional percussion.
Malcolm Young Lunan: Bass, acoustic guitar.

Additional Instrumentation 
Camilla Wilson: Viola (on You Started it All & New August)
Marie-Lou Pascale: Saxophone (on More)
Simeon Scheuber: Trombone (on More)
Ross Higginson: Drums (on New August)

Recorded & Mixed at 
George Martin Studio (LIPA, Liverpool, UK), Old School Studios (Liverpool, UK), Binary Cell Studios (Liverpool, UK) and Sunhof Studios (Pfarferrfen, Austria). 

Special thanks to:
David McTague and Phil Cooper, Malcolm Young Lunan, Monika Blomeid, Ged Doyle, Alfie Torres and Mark Brocklesby, Lynton Middendorp, Rob Lewis,  Johannes Rettensteiner & Family, Harald Nilsen.

Artwork - Mr. Vincent

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Track Name: You Started It All
I so often find, that the simplest minds are ahead
of me
They say peace of mind is easier to find when you
leave it be
Then why is there a tide, pulling all that’s mine far
away from me?

But you’re the one and maybe that you’re
the one who started it all
But you’re the one and maybe that you’re
the one who started it all

I always deny that the smallest mind can carry
more than me
But why is those crimes, the ones I left behind, are
easier to see?

But you’re the one and maybe that you’re
the one who started it all
But you’re the one and maybe that you’re
the one who started it all

Stop calling calling calling me. Stop calling calling
calling me

But you’re the one and maybe that you’re
the one who started it all
Track Name: More
Only when he thought he was alone
Could he strip the truth down to the bone
Naked and alight he saw a different body
Always more than one side to a story
Choosing one side might be safe, beware it's boring
Hurry, hurry see them both

More she said, more he gave
More she claimed of him
More he gave in

She has filled her skin with little stones
Weary of their weight she feels her bones collide
Crawling on the ground she knows that he has flown now

More she said, more he gave
More she claimed of him
More he gave in

We've all forgotten what the heart is for
We've all forgotten what the heart is for
We've all forgotten what the heart is for
We've all forgotten what the heart is for
Track Name: New August
Now all I know is this strange fever in my heart
Can't let it go cause it's new
Little blows from my mind contradicts my heart
Wisdom pearls falling through

We all start alone
We all start alone

Now all I see is the light growing in your eyes
Can't let it go cause it's you
Running fast from what's mine to the greener grass
I do not know what I do

We all start alone
We all start alone
We all start alone
We all start alone
Track Name: Sleepdancing
she's always dancing in her sleep, wearing out her little feet
They will hold her till the morning light burns up the night of dreams
The morning light is far too bright it seems now

Oh, what a wonderful world
Oh, what a wonderful world

He is a fighter secretly, but too scared to let them see
He is waiting for another life a better fight to flee
Another life a better fight to flee

Oh, what a wonderful world
Oh, what a wonderful world