Staring at the Starry Ceiling

by Charm of Finches

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Charm of Finches, aka sisters Mabel and Ivy, aged 16 and 13, emerge from an eclectic musical environment of classical strings and Celtic folk, and have been likened to artists as diverse as Danish chamber songstress Agnes Obel, First Aid Kit and Gillian Welch.

Their debut album "Staring at the Starry Ceiling" features the duo's signature angelic sibling harmonies, with a distinct chamber-folk flavour coming from the instrumentation: cello, violin, guitar, ukulele, lyre, banjo, piano, glockenspiel: all played by the sisters, now aged 16 and 13.

The "singing finches" have played Australian folk and roots festival stages since releasing their debut EP "Home" in 2016.

Their song "Paper and Ink" won the 2015 Darebin Music Feast Songwriter's Award.

This album was recorded with the assistance of the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.


"The girls sang with an angelic beauty, hitting high notes with ease. Their harmonies rose and fell seamlessly with an impeccable blend. The performance captured the innocence of their youth, and the breadth of their talents. It was pure and natural and heart warming. "

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released July 29, 2016

Charm of Finches are Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes
All songs written and arranged by Charm of Finches

Produced and Engineered by Nick Huggins and Mabel Windred-Wornes
Mixed by Nick Huggins
Mastered by Sam John at Precise Mastering, Scotland, UK
Additional Engineering on tracks 3, 4 and 7 by Neil Thomason

Mabel: vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, cello, banjo and glockenspiel
Ivy: vocals, violin, lyre, banjo
Nick Huggins: percussion on track 1
Georgia Dillon: flute on track 8
Andy Rigby: hammered dulcimer on track 9

All Photography by Emma McEvoy
except Mabel solo by Loc Nguyen-W.D.N Photography
Layout and Design by Di Diddle

Recorded variously at:
Nick’s studio in Point Lonsdale, VIC
Mabel’s home studio in Northcote, Melbourne
Head Gap, Preston, Melbourne by Neil Thomason
Andy Rigby’s beautiful harp studio in Malmsbury, VIC

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Charm of Finches Melbourne, Australia

Charm of Finches are sister "dream folk"duo Mabel and Ivy, aged 17 and 14 from Melbourne, Australia, and produce harmony-laden chamber tinged folk for the famished soul. Influences include First Aid Kit, Agnes Obel and Sufjan Stevens.

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Track Name: Deep Water
DEEP WATER
I was sure I saw a flicker in your eye
Of something under the surface that you try to hide

You are hiding in deep water
Only bubbles come out your mouth
What are you thinking, oh what are you hiding?
I’m dying to find out.

Sometimes when I meet your eye
I feel like we both think the same thing
Oh I find every time I say goodbye
I really don’t want to be leaving
And when we make conversation
I feel like we’re grasping for words
And while we talk about meaningless things
We are trying to calm our nerves

You are hiding in deep water
Only bubbles come out your mouth
What are you thinking, oh what are you hiding?
I’m dying to find out

When you lift your head from deep water
Well won’t you speak to me?
Show me what you are thinking and hiding
And your troubled mind will be free

You were hiding in deep water
Only bubbles came out your mouth
What are you thinking, oh what are you hiding
Well now I’ve found out
Track Name: Paper and Ink
PAPER AND INK
Staring out the window the rain falls swiftly down
Drops slide down the windowpane and splash onto the ground
The flowers in the vase that you gave to me
Open their lips and whisper wisdom of the seed

I want to fill the blank page so I open up the draw
My mind is overflowing with you and me and more
I don’t know what I’d say to you if I met you down the street
But I’ll see if I can talk to you with paper and ink

I see my solemn reflection painted on the glass
Carved into my face is the sky, a fence and backyard grass
I stare at a stranger, raise my eyebrows and blink
But the eyes of my reflection blink faster I think

And still the page is empty, as blank as before
My mind is overflowing but I cannot write at all
I don’t know what I’d say to you if I met you down the street
I don’t know what to say with paper and ink

The sky begins to darken, the birds’ voices are lost
I see a fingernail moon behind a windowpane of frost
I’m staring and I’m staring, scare the night away
Until the flowers on my windowsill open to the day

So I’ll write you a letter, a letter not to send
A letter to let it all out and help my heart to mend
I’ll write down all my thoughts, not hold anything back
Then throw it in the fire and watch it turn black

I want to fill the blank page so I open up the draw
My mind is overflowing with you and me and more
I don’t know what I’d say to you if I met you down the street
But for now I will talk to you with paper and ink
Track Name: Sky Watching
SKY WATCHING

I said I felt alone
You told me don’t get too down
Just try to feel it through
He told me that he would call
I wait to hear nothing at all
Now I’m feeling blue

Watch the sky turn black
Through this dirty windowpane
Write a stupid song about you again

I said I felt afraid
Of shadows on the wall you made
The growing flood of tears
Days and weeks go passing by
I try to keep you off my mind
To see life as it is

Watch the sky turn black
Through this dirty windowpane
Write a stupid song about you again
Watch the sky turn red
I will try hard to explain
Why I’m sitting here thinking of you again

My knees are weak and I’m not sure if I can stand it any longer
My hands are shaking it feels like this old body’s breaking up
I can’t pretend that I am fine anymore
Track Name: Hope
HOPE

People say that history is always on repeat
So why do I feel like this is all new?
I cannot foresee what is in front of me
I just put one foot in front of the other

I hope, I hope it’ll all come floating back
I hope, I hope that time won’t fill the gap

I’m young, teach me how to talk
I’m old, teach me how to walk
I’m sure we can make it work if only we try
I’m a bird, teach me how to fly
I’m a stone, teach me how to cry
We can just let time decide, at least for now

Over the hill and down through the valley
This is where we’re going

Figure leaning over me, pouring salt into the sea
While I sit just to watch the flowers grow
You may come again today, stare at me as if to say
“Just put one foot in front of the other”
Track Name: I Don't Mind Being Alone
I DON’T MIND BEING ALONE

Every night I lie in bed but stay awake
Thinking of the things that happened that day
You seem to ignore me but really I don’t care
In fact I’m happy when you’re not there

‘Cos I don’t mind being alone
So don’t you worry if I’m not home
Well we go crazy every time we have a fight
Well you should know by now that it will be alright

I walk out the door and down the street
Concentrating on the path and where to put my feet
I’ve been wandering and wondering why
I get so angry with you every time

‘Cos I don’t mind being alone
So don’t you worry if I’m not home
Well we go crazy every time we have a fight
Well you should know by now that it will be alright

I lie on the grass and stare at the sky
Watching the clouds and the birds go by
If I was a sparrow and you were a crow
If you caught me you would never even know

‘Cos I don’t mind being alone
So don’t you worry if I’m not home
Well we go crazy every time we have a fight
Well you should know by now that it will be alright

Let me fly into the storm
Don’t worry I won’t be gone long
Let me fly into the storm
I’m not scared of being tattered and torn
Track Name: Fossil in Stone
FOSSIL IN STONE

Beaten me to death, all I am now is bones
I’ll try to build a skeleton as white as snow
Sediment will crush me, plantation will grow
Be the archeologist, find a fossil in stone

Staring at the starry ceiling, conversations with trees
Soon the dark is closing and brings me to my knees
All the world is sleeping but I am still awake
I try to tell myself that all this wasn’t a mistake

I’ll try see the light
I’ll try to breathe in in time
I’ll try hold me ground
Without falling back down

Flames inside me burning, burning me up
I’m waiting for the water but you never turn the cup
I’m trying hard to fight it, the flames lick my skin
I’m running for the water but the fire pulls me in

I’ll try see the light
I’ll try to breathe in in time
I’ll try hold me ground
Without falling back down

Beaten me to death all I am now is bones
I’ll try to build a skeleton as white as snow
Sediment will crush me, plantation will grow
Be the archeologist, find a fossil in stone
Track Name: Imaginary Friend
IMAGINARY FRIEND

I have made a myth of you
In the pages of my mind
I have been so enthralled with your story
I’ve become nearly blind

You’re the voices in my head
That whisper words that no one’s said
In the silence of the telephone
You’re the ghost that haunts the hall
You’re the shadow on the wall
You are with me when I’m alone

You have been my imaginary friend
And I’ve realised I don’t know you in the end
You have been my imaginary friend

It has been a while since I saw you
Face to face, eye to eye
I have read your messages over and over
Wondering why

Memories of when we met
Of all the things we did and said
Are fading black and white
Your face has become a blur
My eyes aren’t focused anymore
You are fading with the night

You have been my imaginary friend
And I’ve realised I don’t know you in the end
You have been my imaginary friend

When I looked at you
I felt that we could be one and two

You have been my imaginary friend
And I’ve realised I don’t know you in the end
You have been my imaginary friend
Track Name: Truly Beauty
TRULY BEAUTY

These cliffs rise higher than seventy people standing on top of each other
These cliffs rise high forever saluting the sky
I stand with the giants of old looking into the sunset
Even when I come here another day I will say

This is truly beauty
I really feel privileged to see
This is truly beauty
Take a deep breath in with me
This is truly beauty

Old faces in the stone, their eyes are closed, their thoughts unknown
Every sound echoes loud, waves bouncing all around
Water’s cold, dark and deep, insects skip and creatures creep
Every tree whispers the sound of the spirits heard

This is truly beauty
I really feel privileged to see
This is truly beauty
Take a deep breath in with me
This is truly beauty

A lean figure, Shadow by name, leads us to his rocky domain
He mocks at how took me so long to get away from the worldly throng
Silence whispers in my ear, it’s been so long since he did
It’s closing, it’s closing, it’s closing in

This is truly beauty
I really feel privileged to see
This is truly beauty
Take a deep breath in with me
This is truly beauty.
Track Name: Dragonfly
DRAGONFLY

I have been a dragonfly
Darting around in your life
Getting caught under your roof
Then flying away in a minute or two
Your eyes are fixed on my wings
I wonder if they’re transparent to you

I’ll try to clear the floor
Let all the water run out the door
I’ll try not to stand in the way
Just for safety’s sake

I should have tried harder to work myself out
So you didn’t have to do it for me
Did I choose the right path before me?
Sometimes that wonder turns to worry

I’ll try to clear the floor
Let all the water run out the door
I’ll try not to stand in the way
Just for safety’s sake

And when the wind blows us away
Into the light of another day
We’ll spread our dragonfly wings
And we’ll fly away

I’ll try to clear the floor
Let all the water run out the door
I’ll try not to stand in the way
Just for safety’s sake
Track Name: Lost Girl
LOST GIRL
As she walked up the stairs
You just stood and you stared
As if you had just seen an angel
What you didn’t know was what you saw
Was the first mask that she wore
And you were blinded and deceived then

When she sat next to you
She said things that frightened you
And you believed she was a demon
She whispered things in your ear
Then told you what you wanted to hear
And you couldn’t help obey and believe her

But what you realised after all
Was she wasn’t as special as you thought
And now you know all that she is
She is just a puddle of tears

As you walked down the corridor
You looked back and you saw
What you knew to be a lost girl
You didn’t look back again
‘cause you were scared that she’d become
The angel that you once saw