Universe in a Soft Shell

by Amanda Cottreau

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With her new EP Universe in a Soft Shell, "Ottawa-based folk singer-songwriter Amanda Cottreau blends haunting melodies with themes of love and redemption. Her tunes are wrought with internal conflict but always seem to offer some sort of resolution through self-awareness. While she cites Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan and Sarah Harmer as influences, Cottreau has a voice all her own." ~ Collin Elliott, STEREOFAME ( Nov 02, 2010 ).

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released November 11, 2010

Lyrics, guitar, vocals and arrangements: Amanda Cottreau www.amandacottreau.com

Photography: Dwayne Brown www.dwaynebrown.com
Design: Robert Smith www.greenmeloninc.com
Mastering: Matthew Baetz www.longshotrecords.com
Production & Mixing, Percussion, Backing Vocals: Ryan Potter www.justaboutdoneproductions.com
Cello, Violin and Piano (Tracks 1,3,5) Composed by Raphael Weinroth-Browne
Violinist: Michelle Pinard

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Amanda Cottreau Ottawa, Ontario

Voicing everything from sultry RnB to alternative rock ballads to heart-baring original compositions, Amanda Cottreau knows how to deliver. As alluring as the sculpted landscapes skirting the Bay of Fundy, this Ottawa/Gatineau singer's voice will leave an unforgettable impression. ... more

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Track Name: Hiatus
~ HIATUS ~

Here we are again my friend
I can’t give you more than this
My heart is on hiatus but
It’s still looking for a door to let you in

You don’t know this pain I hide
Driven by fear, I lay in wait
Time won’t hesitate for no one at all

Can’t you see the state I’m in
I’m lost again
Cryin’ out, heart on sleeve
Save me... from myself

Hush now baby don’t you cry
Don’t say a word, as it belies
All that you’re thinking, though misleading
You will surely find
Time and time again the situation you are in
Is extra ordinary, ordinary, ordinarily
No time for your tears, now baby, there’s no saving grace
We’re bound to break in, break up and break down again

Here we are again my friend
I can’t give you more than this
My heart is on hiatus but
It’s still looking for a door to let you in
Track Name: Universe in a Soft Shell
~ UNIVERSE IN A SOFT SHELL ~

Stars begotten in the eyes
North wind taunts the lazy chimes
Smug daisy glow shows up the night

Sometimes I move so fast I can't
Cannot see my toes oh,
What if there's a universe inside
This soft shell of mine

Soil kisses sore naked feet
Lethargic cadence of retreat
The speed of light surpasses sound

I'm moving so fast I can't see
Cannot see my toes oh,
What if there's a universe
Inside this soft shell of mine
Track Name: Fall
~ FALL ~

Distant the rays, omni clouds, ponder if you feel it
Rise harvest moon, golden knight, redeem love in season

Summer's come and gone
And oh, the trees are pretty
Upon the precipice, I breathe in the horizon
And oh how the leaves drift like ashes

Fraught from the womb, frostbit earth, wonder-lust mother's burden
Turn like the tides, precious one, plot the seeds of tomorrow

Summer's gone again
And all the leaves have fallen
Upon the precipice, I breathe in the horizon
And as I raise my arm I release mother's ashes

So much more
All that we are
We cannot know

Oh, Fall
Track Name: Flowers
~ FLOWERS ~

Bold and sure soft eyes beheld me
No resistance to their charm
Found a solace, far from longing
And I let you in

Bird song broke my fall this morning
When I found you bedside cold
At least the evidence was warming
Tattered boxers, on the floor


If you must leave in the night
Please lock the door
Tuck me in and let me dream

Bring me flowers in the morning
Kiss the sunlight on my cheek
Caress neck and collar
Be a bother, til I wake

I will take your head in hand
And you will know
What my mouth says with my eyes

Bring me flowers in the morning
Kiss the sunlight on my cheek
Caress neck and collar, be a bother
Bring me a flower, kiss me softly
Caress me, my lover, til I quake
Track Name: Couldn't Wait
~ COULDN'T WAIT ~

You and me we tried to be something
Neither of us could be
I know you tried so hard
But we are only what we are

I know you don’t, want me to go
But I must, It’s just been too long and I must say...

I couldn’t wait, not for a day
Not for a moment....oh I
I couldn’t wait, not for a day
Not for a moment.....oh how

I tried too hard to be your all
But no one, can be all you need, and want...

I couldn’t wait, not for a day
Not for a moment....oh I
I love you but, I can not stay here
I can not grow, please let me go... I
I.......I know
I couldn’t wait, I couldn’t wait for you

You and me we tried to be something