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Once Sated

by Pamme Swan

Swan Songs...Enkindling, contemporary folk music with calming percussions, mood altering electric and acoustic guitars. Come Hither into the songs of honest imagination.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bumba Shack
2:57 album only
2. Eagle Flying
3:49 album only
3. Loop Mountain South
2:58 album only
4. Peter Pans
3:54 album only
5. The Keys Song
3:07 album only
6. Bipolor Hotel
3:25 album only
7. Can't fix It
2:42 album only
8. Pray For The Boy
2:58 album only
9. Same Ole Moon
4:27 album only
10. Crossroads
2:07 album only
11. Radiant
1:06 album only
12. A Good Horse
4:28 album only


Album Notes
Hamilton singer-songwriter Pamme Swan does great things with her voice, guitar and vision. Her third disc, "Once Sated," shows an artist who delights in writing about all facets of life- particularly, this time around, the sad times and the nooks and crannies on the journey down and back up. Thankfully, "Once Sated" includes printed lyrics. Follow along with your voice, if you wish, but certainly with your mind and emotions. "On "Peter Pans," Swan sings, "Oh, who wrote the book on these men? They call them Peter Pans. They fly right into your life and leave you with a heart to mend. No, never count on them. He'll never let you in. Little boys scared of their man's shadow. That's why they call them Peter Pans." She can let go. In "Eagle Flying," she sings, "Driving by an eagle flying right where you were supposed to be. Let you go to the love, bright light, once sated. There's nothing left, your lief is free." Swan's acoustic guitar work evokes many moods. There's a suspenseful Louisiana mojo to "Bumba Shack" and a patchy, Appalachian swing to "Loop Mountain South." On "Bipolar Hotel," Swan makes you root for the woman who's sad and lonely but really doesn't want to succumb to either. Swan shows her wise eye with her double-edged dedication: "To long-haired men everywhere and the stories they tell.
Mark Bialczak Music Critic from the Syracuse Post Standard



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Once Sated A Tasty Trip Of Imagination
Once Sated, A Tasty Trip Of Imagination
I haven’t traveled the world. In some ways I am quite a homebody. The familiar takes root and the possibilities that lie beyond the proximity of my day to day experience rarely are considered. With vacation time coming up, people quite readily ask “so where are you going”? They expect to hear travel plans worked out in elaborate detail. I find myself dumb-struck not having entertained that notion. In fact the idea doesn’t light upon my thoughts until the question is posed. Where is the eagerness to grab a travel bag, hop a flight, jump on a train, or even hop on a wagon ride? Where’s your sense of adventure when you just hob knob around the same old town? Get up, get out, get going - there is so much to see and a few things to learn.

There is a certain musical goading that similarly occurs in Pamme Swan’s independent release “Once Sated”. As the title might suggest there is a quest for things that can only be found in the grip of wanderlust. Carribean harbors, equine excursions, eagle flights, and celtic journeys occupy the soundscape along with restless wanderers and claustrophobic guests. Pamme lays out a travel log of curious stories and worldly perspective. As with many a troubadour, she takes along a guitar on the trip to accompany her rich and expressive voice. Found here and there are flutes, chimes, whistles - as if in her wandering she tries out the native instruments of the lands she explores.

We meet Pamme on her travels at the “Bomba Shack”, a place where she sings “I don’t have to watch my back” and “can escape my life for a little while”. Festive and fun, this energetic song starts us off with a kick. We all need a place where we can let down our guard and restore our energies after one journey ends and a fresh one begins.

Soon we are on our way through a valley of mystery and mood - both “Eagle Flies” and “Loop Mountain South” have strong Appalachian and Celtic folk timbres respectively. Each are played in a gorgeous open string tuning. The former longs to leave the “craziness of the world” while the latter stumbles upon one of the many “crazies in the world” that also inhabit the disk. These songs find the songwriter in her element and are some of the strongest material on this offering.

Fairies and gnomes occupy the Celtic world and you might think that of “Peter Pans”. But as Pamme Swan warns - “they are not what they seem”. The music turns melancholy and her voice plaintive and even pained as she speaks of how romantic desire can get the better of our sensibilities. These men might seem like attractive partners to journey through life with, but you will end up looking for a way out as they are “in love with their lust” and at the same time “scared of their own shadows”.
Alternately strumming slowly and hammering the strings with the conviction of one a little bit wiser for the experience, the acoustic guitar sparkles on this number.

“The Keys Song” chugs along with outlandish imagery that could be found on the peripheries of Florida and of the listener’s curiosity. Escapism and distraction are the attraction. But we soon find our singer struggling with “a long night” at the “Bipolar Hotel” dreaming of a way out of the realities of a lonely life and Central New York snow right up to the time she tips the bartender and heads home. The guitar sympathetically accompanies the woes of this stranded one even as it is pretty and engaging for the listener.

Like waking up with a hangover incurred from that claustrophobic hotel scene, we find that Pamme turns toward more sobering themes. It seems there is only so much you can try to escape. Even in the hardships of life what we really need to do is not so much get away as to find our way. The rest of the CD primarily revolves around searching for answers. The troubles of relationship established in poetic terms in Peter Pan is expressed in much grittier terms in the bluesy strummer “Can’t Fix It” - “I just can’t fix it/There’s nothing left to save/Curb it or burn it/You didn’t want it anyway”. And as if to confirm the change of course for the CD, the song ends with “and I just can’t help it/sweep it away/the strange trip is over/come what may”. “Pray for the Boy” earnestly asks to affect the life of a loved one for the good, even as the missteps of youth cause so much pain. “Same Old Moon” finds the singer asking other hard questions as if the moon were a mirror to the desperation of one’s soul. Employing a haunting and eery synthesizer intro, “Same Old Moon” then dives into some deep, melancholy blues. The sparse guitar strum allows ample room for the singer’s achingly beautiful lament. Each of these songs show Pamme’s vocal talent that is at once strong, vulnerable, beautiful and emotional.

The reflective tone is abruptly shattered by “Crossroads” which is a stinging indictment of the abuses of corrupt clergy ...” raping young men” and sending “...women to the fire”. We revisit the haunting ambience found in “Eagle Flying” but with a couple of eery melodic twists. Unfortunately, this song is too eager to throw out orthodox faith as an avenue to finding our way. If all that was to inhabit this path were the hypocritical zealots represented here, then we could do without it. But the book that some purport to “have fallen out of the sky” surely reprimands these criminals: “woe to them who would cause these little ones to stumble, it would be far better that a millstone were put around their neck and they were thrown to the bottom of the sea”. The journey to find our way is often perplexing and we can get tired from so many dead ends, bad directions, disappointing companions and wrong turns. Perhaps if we got past these “stumbling blocks”, we would hear the One who said “Come to me all of you who are weary and weighed down with burdens and I will give you rest”. Gladly, “Radiant” touches the intriguing tonalities of “Crossroads” and elevates them even higher. Spiritual verse and spacey vocal treatments create a short but awe-inspiring musical poem.

The closer to “Once Sated” is “A Good Horse”. Having a country rock flavor reminiscent of Dylan’s “Easy Chair”, it finds one more avenue of escape from the ennui and frivolity of modern American life. Wanting to trash the computer, the guitar, the dishes, the TV - a good horse with “ a strong black mane” would keep the singer from acting out these destructive urges. Other good reasons to ride are
unfulfilled dreams (a soup kitchen in Bouckville) and the bathos of our elderly loved ones watching TV endlessly (“designer shows and Vanna White”). This song is a perfect cap to the album incorporating many of the moods of longing, sadness, even desperation tempered with the uplifting themes of simple joys, vitality, imagination, and determination.

Once Sated is a storybook of the fantastic and the ordinary. It’s theme is life’s journeys from without and from within. The music is rich and the lyric thought provoking. Pamme Swan is an adept portrayer of storyline and character, played out with soul searching honesty, imaginative flair and a touch of medicinal humor. The songs may keep spinning in your head long after the music stops.