Calm Places - EP

by Natalie Holmes

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Russell I came across Natalie Holmes by chance as her artwork caught my eye & now I'm here writing this review listening to her voice & melody; pondering how I can describe Holmes who projects passion, has a voice that seduces the listener & makes the listener fall in love with her, the vocals, the melody & harmonies work together so good that I can be compare the feeling to the listener that listening to Natalie is like making love to someone that they can open up to & let the emotions flow. Favorite track: Immune To It.
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released April 28, 2017

Recorded, mixed & mastered by ortoPilot
Additional credit for arrangement to ortoPilot on 'Umbrella' and to Chris Hughes on 'Have You Seen My Mind'
Artwork - Chessa Williams (



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Track Name: Calm Places
It's been a long time coming
I'm far more loving than I was the other day
I've had to let the dust build up.
This wasn't how I pictured the change to happen
I blamed everything
Now I'm figuring it out

It's been a long time coming
It's been a long time coming

Yeah I'm starting to notice the spaces
I found the calm places
Shut out the noise, and be with my soul
Learning control of my body
I never saw the poison ivy grow
Pull up the roots and make it let go

I thought that everything had to be done now
Then an arrow shot me down
Now I'm feeling my way round.
Heaven looked strange
I never knew I could appreciate what it means to die
Hello angel in disguise

You've been a long time coming
You've been a long time coming

I’m a slave to my body,
But I keep it alive,
If only that care was taken with my mind.
Track Name: Have You Seen My Mind
I’ve been grinding my gears for a while
What are we like?
If I could take my head off my shoulders I'd sit it right at the bottom of the stairs.
Overthinking every little move.
Don't know why I care.

Ooooh, i’m better off, if my thoughts just keep their distance,
Ooooh, you don’t know me but go on be persistent.

Have you seen my mind?
its always wandering ahead of where I'm stood
But I think that's good
I think that's good
Have you seen my mouth?
I only have to speak and words just run away.
But that's ok, I'd rather not find them anyway

I know we're born with a sense of humour,
But cut it out cos I'm all grown up and this is child's play,
If we're quiet enough then we might not wake it
We've got the whole day and I wouldn't mind losing my way

I wanna run away with you
So let me be myself with you
Track Name: Umbrella
The middle of nowhere seems empty at first
But smile at the silence, things could be worse.
Faint silhouette of the pylons I see.
Longing for their electricity.

It’s colder than death but I’ve got a hat
That’s more than many so I’ll think of that
I’d like to stop longing cos life is too short
Warming my hands by scribbling thoughts

I’ve got a roof to reside under
A hood to hide under
I’ve got a roof to reside under
An umbrella to fly under

Fixed a shelf on a diagonal line
Forcing objects to fall as I climb
Don’t overthink it’s already been thought
You can hang an empty picture frame on the wall

You're overthinking every thought
You've got to smile remembering things could be so much worse
And when the rain pours down, you swear at the sky, cursing the day, asking it why
Track Name: Immune To It
My ego is low,
Yeah I’ve been fine on my own,
You had no right to pop your head round the door then go.
When I saw your face,
I instantly knew I was totally screwed,
Buried it deep,
Thinking I would get by just fine.

Your eyes send me wild,
Your touch left me in denial.

(Now I’m)
Stuck in the downpour
And I want more
But I'm not sure I'm gonna get it
Theres an uproar but I’m quiet on the outside (outside)
I got two minds
And they're both right
Only one fights a little harder.
It’s tough love and I thought I was immune to it,
But it turns out that I’m new to it.

You’ve hit on a nerve,
My vehicle’s starting to swerve.
You got me drunk,
Sent me over the limit, trying to win it,
When I’ve got no ties with you.

Your eyes send me wild,
Your touch left me in denial.
I thought I could adjust,
Till your hands held me close that once.

I was fine from the inside out, from the inside out
You came and shut my system down

I realise you need your space
But you’ve invaded mine, next to every curve and every line, all I can think of is do you know I’m