Transition EP

by Melissa Axel

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Transition EP review highlights:

"Heartbreak, hope, and transformation distilled through gorgeous piano and a fearlessly intimate vocal. Candid songs about how we experience love." – John Common, Free School Records

"An interesting and pleasant voice that is deep and full, with a lot of implied strength. There’s no breathy pop maven quality here, but a sound reminiscent of earth and nature. Consequently, Axel puts the listener instantly at ease." – Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World

"This collection of songs, despite their fixation on loss, remains approachable even to someone without a broken heart. Kailin Yong brings considerable violin skills to many of the tracks, his lachrymose strings fleshing out the music into something that skirts the line between pop and chamber-pop." – Nathan Harper, Scene Magazine

"'Fall This Hard' is a powerful opener with wonderful lyrics about a complex relationship and with superlative piano playing. The title song is equally good, Axel straying close to early Tori Amos in sound and voice. This EP is fabulous, and I would love to hear a full length from Axel soon." – Anna Maria Stjärnell, Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music


released February 24, 2009


All songs by Melissa Axel

MELISSA AXEL words, music, vocals, piano
KAILIN YONG violins & production assistance on 1, 2, 3; string arrangement on 3
RYAN DRICKEY cellos on 3
JAMES E. JACOBY production assistance on 1, 2, 3

1, 3 recorded with Mike Destito and mixed with John McVey
2, 4 recorded and mixed with Mike Destito and John McVey
5 production, engineering, arranging, mixing, synths, Rhodes by Nick Seeley; piano recorded by Ivan Valles; re-mastered by John McVey
Mastered by John McVey at Coupe Studios in Boulder, Colorado
Cover art by Stacy Allen Hummel, Friends of 42


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Melissa Axel Los Angeles, California

Gorgeous piano, lush strings, and a fearlessly intimate vocal. Recommended if you like: Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, Tori Amos

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Track Name: Fall This Hard
I feel … as if my heart has died
oh so many times now, so
what’s one more loss
given up to this love for you?

one more tumble, one more open wound
dig in deep, reach down far,
‘cause this may be the last chance we get …
to fall this hard

I think it began in another time,
oh so many light years ahead, so
what’s one more surrender to
the yearning that surrounds my bed?

one more tumble, once more self-delude
hold me more, heal those scars,
‘cause this may be the last chance we get …
to fall this hard

and in my world, I see right through you
running back through me the way you always do
but if I knew a way to make fairytales come true,
well, we wouldn’t be here again

so I see we can’t go on and on like this …
oh so many re-runs, so what’s
one more show—but will we ever know how it ends?

one more tumble, one last question:
is this love?
shoot those stars …
‘cause this may be the last chance we get
this could be the last chance we get
yeah, this is the last chance we’ll get …
to fall this hard
Track Name: Transition (No More Fairytales)
they say when one door closes another will open
it’s just a matter of time
and it seems this one just slammed in my face
yes, I know you were never mine

is it worth a look back, could I even grasp
the lesson I’ve yet to learn?
or is it eyes forward, into the wind again
no other direction to turn

kinda makes you wonder how many kilowatts you’ve wasted
running on that treadmill in your mind
kinda makes you stop, dead in your tracks
when there’s no thinking your way to the finish line
no more fairytales for me

I guess this was another web I wrapped myself up in
just needing something to feel
a hell of a carrot, it works every time
just too bad it’s never for real, no

is it worth asking why, should I even try:
“tell me, what did I do wrong?”
or is it walk away, hands over ears again
hiding from the fat lady’s song

kinda makes you wonder how many golden threads you’ve wasted
spinning all those stories in your head
kinda makes you stop, hands to the sky
when your path’s no longer strewn with bits of bread
no more fairytales for me

at least this time, I didn’t waste as much time … but I guess I did
at least this time, I wasn’t as big of a fool … but I’ve always been

is it worth seeing through all the things we do?
everything I read is just fiction
or is it close the book, back on the shelf again?
time for another transition

kinda makes you wonder how many synapses you’ve wasted
trying to make those brilliant dreams come true
kinda makes you stop, frozen in time
when the only one in your fairytale is you
no more fairytales for me
no more fairytales …
just a strong dose of reality.
Track Name: Transparency
transparent … transparency
I don’t know how to be this way
I don’t know how to be easy
I don’t know how to be

transparent … transparency
I don’t know how to see this way
I don’t know how to see queasy
I don’t know how you’re doing it, but you see me
transparency …

take my hand and you try to look into me
go for the jugular, you think you can see through me
and “how do you do” me
you’re so transparent

who says this isn’t okay, who says that we matter
if the lines overlap, who cares if we splatter?
who says it isn’t alright if I spend the night,
why get uptight
but I won’t let you inside … me

transparent … see what you want to see
you see what you hope I’d be
but if you look through, you might as well just look past
‘cause you won’t see me
I’m not that transparent

shimmering, shivering, glistening, quivering
lighting, igniting, deriving, deciding
entreating, defeating, repeating, retreating
saying “no” just buys me time

transparent … transparency
Track Name: Madness (with Remembrance prelude)
my head is swimming
body aching
fueling fervor
running back

can't seem to stay on track
horizon stretching
distant still
ocean lapping
crashing through
madness, just let go
of me …

I can't breathe
in your arms,
I am lost
in the heavy
of you.
Track Name: Out Of Nowhere [re-mastered]
out of nowhere
grasping at straws but somehow you get a grip
pull me, roll me into you

out of nowhere, breathing in tandem
take a piece of your soul in exchange for
my force, which I know you need

I guess you want to know I still need you
I guess you ought to know I still need you
no one needs to know how we feed on each other
out of nowhere

out of nowhere
guess it was building up all over again
and even more, my hands in yours

I had no idea your wanting never waned
and I had no idea how you'd hold me, heaving
call me twice and analyze my eating
how we feed on each other
out of nowhere

trade hand for hand, and mouth for mouth
skin for skin turned inside out
and for once, my curse turned around
broken, my eager valentine …

out of nowhere, nowhere
out of nowhere
out of nowhere, nowhere
out of nowhere