Josephine Foster – Blood Rushing – LP
A story within a story, Blood Rushing is a glimpse into the world of Blushing, a heteronym of the artist Josephine Foster. A rock-ballet chantÃ©, the music is set to a Pueblo drum’s metapulsing Pan-American heartbeat.
Recorded in Colorado by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) with the collaboration of her partner Spanish guitarist Victor Herrero, and musicians Paz Lenchantin (The Entrance Band), Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw) and Ben Trimble (Fly Golden Eagle).
“Cleansing. The sanitation of blood, even. Sometimes I hear my own flesh and it terrifies me – it’s a sonic confirmation of everything we believe in. It’s natures heart beating harder than any story I couldn’t have written on my own. Last evening I wanted to cry – I couldn’t, because the charm was diffused over the six or seven hours of dusk. Then I danced it off to the shaking of the pipes. For some time now I’ve been enchanted by these sounds. Again, because of the magic show: this one, of generosity, the kind that comes from sight. Clarity. I met a younger self the other day, seeing things just the way I do from the park bench. When I left her it was the sadness that makes Grandmother cry to me in the kitchen of feeling all her children grow and the speed of time in the in light of how heavy and how fast we grow. It’s the same heaviness that this town reeks off – but in an estranged way that makes everyone nobody’s child (and every-body, their neighbor’s child). Since the fall of my last defense, clarity means listening to organs. Most of the time I feel like I have black crayon strewn on my face and a sort of odd dental fixture and so does everybody else here. And so we all treat each others’ magic with the same kind of anonymous respect. A muted awe. Josephine’s voice is not metaphoric. Nor is it a spell. Blood Rushing is as native as my flesh and yours.” – Natasha Pradhan
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