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Midnight March

by Cari Clara

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Eric Diedrichs should be famous. As the brain trust of CARI CLARA, he proves once and for all with Midnight March that his music has the melodic fortitude to appeal to pop music fans, the imagination to appeal to indie music snobs, the poetic depth to appeal to English professors and the raw emotionalism to appeal to emo kids. This album is not only bigger, bolder, brighter and more cohesive than previous releases, but also more uptempo and immediately accessible without trading one ounce of artistic integrity. A different sound emerges on this record, with Diedrichs' golden voice more engaging and expressive than ever before...taking you on a journey that keeps you pining for what's around the next bend. Midnight March hits all the right buttons...there is so much to like here that it demands your attention. Beautifully orchestrated and emotional thrilling, this album is unquestionably the one to earn Diedrichs the wider recognition he has so long deserved. Simply outstanding.

"The album deals with the affects that society, family, dreams, mistakes, human nature, regrets, enlightenment, shame, wisdom, love, hurt and redemption have on people. In youth we find magic in almost everything in such a pure, natural way but as we age sometimes that magic is lost by internal, external or other forces. This album is an emotional exploration of my own journey from childhood to adult" says frontman Eric Diedrichs. He continues "the title Midnight March is lifted from a line in the song Bring On The Dark (we listen for a word of heart / like blind soldiers on a midnight march) referring to the struggle of finding our way on our own and trying to trust ourselves in the process. The album title is really meant to be a bit mysterious by not giving too much away with the words. One might get a mental image of a boy with a flashlight sneaking out in the middle of the night on an adventure, but others may see Midnight March as a time and place or the launch of a defiant last minute crusade...or perhaps the beginning of something great."

CARI CLARA's is principally Eric Diedrichs who performed all instruments and vocals on the album, with the help of Nancy Diedrichs (additional piano on Safe), Mark Diedrichs (piano, organ and string synth on Same Old Bad Dream) and Greg Tudor (bass, percussion and additional arrangement on Homage To Excess). Midnight March was produced and engineered by Eric Diedrichs in his home studio in Lexington, KY during 2011 and 2012. Deep Elm Records has also released three additional CARI CLARA's albums including "It's Our Hearts They're After", "Miniature American Model Society" and "You Better Run" all of which met with glowing reviews by both fans and critics alike. With Midnight March, Cari Clara has achieved a career high in songwriting, performance, arrangement, instrumentation and production.

“Cari Clara evokes emotion not unlike mountain moving acts such as Radiohead and Muse. To the big leagues!” - Verbicide

“If degrees were granted to master the science of quintessential indie rock, Cari Clara would hold a Ph.D. “ - Metromix

“Genuine, scintillating indie rock that angels would dance to. Simply magnificent.” - Power Of Pop

Recommended For Fans of: Arcade Fire, The Shins, Band of Horses, Elbow, Bon Iver, Elliot Smith, Stars

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released July 11, 2012

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Track Name: Shout
so many years ago, we pulled ourselves out of the sea. you’d never know. aren’t we still animals, killing our enemies with ease. you’d never know. so many years ago, we pulled ourselves up to our feet. you’d never know. don’t we know how to grow, to keep from falling to our knees. you’d never know. there’s a story resting in our head. there’s a monster underneath our bed. everybody’s dying to come clean. every color waiting to be seen. another time, another place, another moment gets erased. we’ve gotta learn to get it out. you wanna sing you gotta shout. with so many years to go, will we be here to spread our wings? you never know. shout til we have a voice, we need an anthem we can sing. to let ‘em know. there’s a story resting in our head. there’s a monster underneath our bed. everybody’s dying to come clean. every color waiting to be seen. another time, another place, another moment gets erased. we’ve gotta learn to get it out. you wanna sing you gotta shout
Track Name: Bring On The Dark
when last had you seen that spark. that dim signal burning holes in the dark. keep feeding this slow crawl with innocence and alcohol. when all the others turn their cheek. it’s history they’ll soon repeat. embrace me now. the night it seems, will swallow the machine. these lights, they fade. the way they always do. bring on the dark cuz I see only you. let it surround us so no one can tear us apart. bring on the dark. we listen for a word of heart. like blind soldiers on a midnight march. the meaning is all wrong. intelligence for Algernon. if everything you want eclipsed. the need for love like nourishment. move closer now. they’ll never see we’re perfectly lonely. these lights, they fade. the way they always do. bring on the dark cuz I see only you. let it surround us so no one could tear us apart. these lights, they fade. the way they always do. bring on the dark cuz I need only you. let it surround us so no one could tear us apart. so please, bring on the dark
Track Name: Same Old Bad Dream
the seed is with the lovers. the anchor’s in the armor. an ember feeds the fire. grows brighter by the hour. the cast in place, with distance in their eyes, all praying we can save ourselves. the scene replays. it haunts you. welcome to this world. welcome to this wheel. is this adding up? is this how it feels? to never really know if what you see, are sequels to the same old bad dream. the golden age is over. the sun will bring another. for every moment quiet. gets swallowed by the silence. the time we share, the age we wear. will always clothe you as your story’s told. like coats we wear. they warm you. welcome to this world. welcome to this wheel. is this adding up. is this how it feels? to never really know if what you see, are sequels to the same old bad dream. the cast in place, with distance in their eyes, all praying we can save ourselves. the scene replays. it haunts you. welcome to this world. welcome to this wheel. is this adding up. is this how it feels? to never really know if what you see, are sequels to the same old bad dream
Track Name: Safe
I remember when I could look away. for a moment we were young, where shadows still remain. now it’s so hard to breath. tracing faint memories. do you ever wish you could start again. another story, somewhere else, further from the end. there is no such relief. only waiting to be. tick tock tick tock. someone tell me when we’re gonna change. look around, there is no one left to blame. wake up dreamer, wake up. your time is running out, it’s not too late. is it wrong to always feel so out of place. when we’re tied to every hand spinning on a face. now it’s so hard to leave. treasures sunk in the sea. tick tock tick tock. someone tell me when we’re gonna change. look around, there is no one left to blame. wake up dreamer, wake up. your time is running out. someone tell me when we’re gonna change. look around, there is no one left to blame. wake up dreamer, wake up. your time is running out, it’s not too late
Track Name: Battle Hymn
if our souls survive this imperfect cage. how could you understand, you couldn’t understand? will there be energy replacing memories. I know I want you there. I know I’d want you, I’d want you there. in a better light, on some other page. would it all remain, like nothing ever changed. a different chemistry, embracing revelry. I know I need you here. I know I’d need you, I need you near. another year, another song. a battle hymn to carry on. may the weakest never feel the breath of the lions at their heels. if we toe the line or we climb that hill. is the pay the same? how could it be the same? here it’s a county fair for thieves and millionaires. you are not alone, you will never be alone. if you cover me, I will cover you. no matter what may come, if nothing ever comes. tomorrow’s in between fortune and make believe. I know I’ll find you there. I know I’d find you, I’d find you there. another year, another song. a battle hymn to carry on. may the weakest never feel the breath of the lions at their heels. another dream has come and gone. a battle hymn to carry on. may the weakest never feel the breath of the lions at their heels
Track Name: When You Knew It
all of your marks disappear. as the silence draws the ocean to your ear. it’s miles from here, where you knew it. when you knew it, you were young. and not so scared to run. when you knew it, you were calm. with all the strength to find your Avalon. well who was it that taught you to retreat. from all the brilliant colors underneath. all the tired movements you repeat keep you tethered by a leash. so your shadow has caught your heel. and your courage fed a syphon through the years. it’s leagues from here, where you knew it. when you knew it, you were young. and not so scared to run. when you knew it, you were calm. with all the strength to build your Babylon. well who was it that taught you to retreat. from all the brilliant colors underneath. all the tired movements you repeat keeps you tethered by a leash. all of your marks disappear. as the silence draws the ocean to your ear. it’s miles from here, where you knew it
Track Name: Greater History
it hangs like a vapor. it steals like a thief. at four in the morning, it won’t let you sleep. it feels like I’m dreaming. with fever and sweat. just saw my reflection, we still hadn’t met. the lies are the same. the burden is all that remains. together we can turn it back. make our future outlive our past. with a little bit of urgency. we can write a greater history. one day these lungs are gonna fill with dirt. as legend has it we’re not the first. we are actors in this mystery. looking for a greater history. let’s unearth our compass. and see where it leads. we’ll make our confessions, to see how they read. from inside our shelter. so weathered and weak. we’re all under pressure, still gritting our teeth. the love that we make. will summon the giants awake. together we can turn it back. make our future outlive our past. with a little bit of urgency. we can write a greater history. one day these lungs are gonna fill with dirt. as legend has it we’re not the first. we are actors in this mystery. looking for a greater history. calm take this sword out of this stone. alive we wait, alive we wait. burn ancient heart, unlike the sun. alive we wake, alive we wake. together we can turn it back. make our future outlive our past. with a little bit of urgency. we can write a greater history. one day these lungs are gonna fill with dirt. as legend has it we’re not the first. we are actors in this mystery. looking for a greater history
Track Name: Story In The Stars
are there dreams still in your head? are they missing are they dead? are there dreams still in your head? are they missing are they dead? is the story in the stars awaiting us to try again. for the only thing we know, are the stories that we’re told. it is litter in the wind. another fortune being sold. may all the walls they’ve built dissolve. and light be shown so we can know where we went wrong. are there wishes on your tongue? exclamations in your lungs? is the secret underground awaiting solace from the sun. with our heads between our knees. bracing for reality. we are falling from the sky. oh, what an awful comedy. may all the walls they’ve built dissolve. and light be shown so we can know where we went wrong. you can choose or let them be. these are rules you shouldn’t wanna keep. although truths should come free, theirs will cost you. who you gonna believe? in your heart, in your hand. there’s a capsule filled with sand. we are strong, we can stand. where once we ran, we ran. may all the walls they’ve built dissolve. and light be shown so we can know where we went wrong
Track Name: Homage To Excess
I can’t feel a thing, am I home? the only light is flickering, missed calls from a cellular phone. the ice in my drink is all I can taste. an homage to excess. the picture of dwindling faith. I’ve spent years turning these thoughts to fears. I’m giving back the air I breathe for anything whole. so where are the pieces I’ve thrown? with powder burns to finger tips, with ringing ears and blood on my lips. a thought too familiar is all I have left. I’ve owned you once, I’ve hated. I need you more, now and again. I’ve spent years turning these thoughts to fears. I’m giving back the air I breathe for anything whole. I stand here, cover my eyes, mouth, ears. keep the bed warm, I failed. bury the boy in me. god it’s so clear, close to the flame. I can’t feel a thing, am I home? the only light is flickering, missed calls from a cellular phone. the ice in my drink is all I can taste. an homage to excess. the picture of dwindling faith. I’ve spent years turning these thoughts to fears. I’m giving back the air I breathe for anything whole
Track Name: Fury Of Sound
I’ve seen men all used up. pulled from the fire to settle like dust. are you satisfied? turn your eyes inside out. run to the well and drink from its mouth. are you satisfied? I can’t seem to remember where I was when this all began. It sounds of fury in some language lost among the years. I would follow any lead, bring myself to my knees. keep my ear to the ground for that fury of sound. now your flags soiled white. carried it high and limped from the fight. aren’t you satisfied? picked your side, now you’ve lost. follow the line, whatever the cost. are you satisfied? I can’t seem to remember where I was when this all began. It sounds of fury in some language lost among the years. I would follow any lead, bring myself to my knees. keep my ear to the ground for that fury of sound. what simple thing led me on? was it a line, a forgotten song? some gallery turned me on. I was alive. Would you say I was wrong? I can’t seem to remember where I was when this all began. It sounds of fury in some language lost among the years. I would follow any lead, bring myself to my knees. keep my ear to the ground for that fury of sound