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Breathe Me In

by Uliya

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thy_koosk A beautiful EP to chill to. Favorite track: Wanderer.
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Take a second to breathe... [Verse 1] A California dream come true A healing stone you kept from view I gave and gave to you and never grew The day that you discarded me I heaved a sigh of sweet relief You taught how to ask for what I need [Chorus] Take a second to breathe me in Breathe me into your body, into your soul I don't want you to speak to me with words Listen with your feelings I'm more than what you see Take a second to center me [Verse 2] You would have me believe that you happened to be at my favorite spot Trying to claim my time and pick up where we left off Only talking about yourself, talking about your problems Talking about the people who always seem to cause them I got it then, and I get it now You can't care; you can't be bothered to [Chorus] Take a second to breathe me in Breathe me into your body, into your soul I don't want you to speak to me with words Listen with your feelings I'm more than what you see Take a second to center me [Bridge] Breathe, breathe, breathe [Outro] You taught me how to ask for, ask for what I need Now I'm going to ask you learn to center me
2.
Castles 2.0 03:57
[Verse 1] I tried and I tried To keep it all the same There's only one thing that I know is sure Everything will change, everything will change It's time to flow in different ways Time to open all my shades Time to strip off all my shame To embrace the change [Chorus] We keep on building (keep on building) We shed our skin and leave it in the past (shed our skin and leave it in the past) The tide glissandos (tide glissandos) To embrace all of our castles in the sand (embrace all of our castles in the sand) [Verse 2] I tried and I tried To ignore the pain I always feel I'm running out of time But it's not too late to change My heart won't go on endlessly But until my heart takes its last beat My bittersweet symphony Will never be complete [Chorus] We keep on building (keep on building) We shed our skin and leave it in the past (shed our skin and leave it in the past) The tide glissandos (tide glissandos) To embrace all of our castles in the sand (embrace all of our castles in the sand) [Outro] Castles, castles, we're castles in the sand Castles, castles, we're castles in the sand Castles, castles, we're castles in the sand Castles, castles, we're castles in the sand Yes, we keep building (in the sand) Yes, we keep building something new Yes, we keep building something new
3.
Wanderer 04:10
[Verse 1] Wanderer, you had the night all to yourself again (wanderer) Then I found the bottle with the message you had sent (then I found) To no one in particular No one who was me Your loneliness washed on the shore It grabbed me by my feet [Chorus] Gaze into my stormy eyes Stay awhile Build a shelter with my inner child If you're you're scared, and lost at sea Sing along with me Let me hear that harmony [Verse 2] Meet me at that shore Where you first devoured me whole Let your floodgates go Drown my world in your sorrow Oceans made of nebulae Pouring from your deep brown eyes Soaring through a cobalt sky Above troubled waters, I go high and high [Chorus] Gaze into my starry eyes And stay awhile Build a shelter with my inner child Slip inside my moonlit dreams Sing along with me Let me hear that harmony [Bridge] To think they told me to be tough To rid my life of tenderness Told me to stop thinking so much Suppress my imagination You teach me hope; you teach me grace I lift you up; I keep you safe Let us be gentle, let's be open To the wonders we could show them [Chorus] Gaze into my stormy eyes Oh stay awhile Build a shelter with my inner child If you're you're scared, and lost at sea Sing along with me Let me hear that harmony [Outro] Wanderer, come home to me Wanderer, come home to me Wanderer, come home to me Wanderer, come home to me
4.
[Verse 1] I ride high; I roam free, enjoying my own company I walk any path I please; my intuition takes the lead I embrace the stubborn heat; jasmine lingers in the breeze I drape myself in Summer green, writing you this melody The smell of you holds onto me [Chorus] You dive into my tangled maze I fall into your warm embrace We crown ourselves in blooms of lazy Summer When I know the end has come We plant a seed; we start again To be in love with you is endless wonder [Verse 2] Couldn’t bare the thought of any time apart was in no rush to leave But two bodies orbiting too close together spells catastrophe So I take the time I need My fingers brush these emerald leaves I sing out into the canopy My special melody [Chorus] You dive into my tangled maze I fall into your warm embrace We crown ourselves in blooms of lazy Summer When I know the end has come We plant a seed; we start again To be in love with you is endless wonder [Bridge] Looking out across your skin Dancing this routine again Round and round and round I go Keep it up says my ego Spinning through your atmosphere Can’t slow down, I’m gaining speed Catch me in your warm embrace Hold me in this wondrous place chorus [Chorus] You dive into my tangled maze I fall into your warm embrace We crown ourselves in blooms of lazy Summer The seeds we plant will grow to be A field of flowers, a sanctuary A forest filled with love and endless wonder Endless wonder...
5.
Forever 04:11
[Verse 1] I’ve been feeling that I am running out of time But when you hold me, all those thoughts go from my mind I choose to believe that you want more [Refrain] I can't talk about the future All I can give you is right now I can’t promise that the stars will shine forever But I’ll cherish all the memories we make together [Chorus] Let me be Lay with me Set me free Stay with me I am yours and you are mine You are yours and I am mine When I feel you light, I feel alive We are frozen in time [Verse 2] Shades of honey bathing in the soft moonlight Running my fingers through your hair and down your spine And the taste of you is making crazy I am off the deep end; I am so high And I try to do it right, to balance body, heart, and mind I can't give it all away to you, I need something that is min… [Chorus] Let me be Lay with me Set me free Stay with me I am yours, and you are mine You are yours, and I am mine When I feel you light, I feel alive We are frozen in time [Bridge] Frozen in time (let me be, let me be, lay with me, lay with me) Yes, we are (set me free, set me free) Yes we are (stay with me, stay with me) [Refrain] I can't talk about the future All I can give you is right now I can’t promise that the stars will shine forever But I’ll cherish all the memories we make together [Outro] They won’t shine forever But we’ll be together Stay with me right now They won’t shine forever But we’ll be together Stay with me right now

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"Listen with your feelings," is what I sing in the chorus of Breathe Me In and it is my hope, my humble request, as you listen to this collection of reflections on love.

Breathe Me In - EP is about how loving someone else, in whatever way, is a risk worth taking. Love gives life meaning. Love builds sanctuaries. Love teaches us. And love transform us. Making this EP was a gift. Especially now, especially as a queer, gender fluid South Asian person in the diaspora, reminders that nothing and no one can stop me from loving and being loved are so important to me.

We live in a time of heightened collective existentialism but there's always been a particular existentialism that has existed for queer and trans BIPOC people, Black trans women and GNCI (gender non-conforming and intersex) folks in particular. In this EP, I try to honor how we love ourselves and one another despite the uncertainty and external threats.

Connection to one other is what living is about, it's what will truly "save us," not one or two heroes but all of us together, and that's what we're all trying to do here, fundamentally, is to live by any means necessary. I sing in Endless Wonder, "The seeds we plant will grow to be a field of flowers, sanctuary — a forest filled with love and endless wonder."

This EP took over 2.5 years of work. I agonized again and again over details, changing things, trying to get it just right. I'm very proud of it and I hope you enjoy it.

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released November 30, 2020

Written, produced, performed, and mixed by Uliya
Cover art by Uliya
Mastered by Jett Galindo at The Bakery LA
Special thanks to Patrick, my partner, Andriniki, Debi, Xav A, Kaela, Chandanie, and Anju for their support and feedback and to all my lovers, friends, and to all those who helped me grow into this work.

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Uliya Houston, Texas

Uliya's influenced by heavy rain; colors like cobalt blue; their healing journey; artistic comrades; diaspora; the inevitability of change; and fluidity.

They create from their digital home, monsoon dreaming. They hope you keep in touch by visiting www.uliyx.xyz and subscribing to their newsletter.
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