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Bless Copernicus

by River of Diamonds

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Bouncing in the bass line, somewhere between jazz, pop and beat poetry, "Bless Copernicus" feels like sunset palm trees, a "rose tinted rose window" view into an ordinary morning before work. Airy guitars and spacey keys blend with Elrick's deep tonic vocals. Horns round out this track in a euphoric cascade of soaring melodies.


it’s late enough
winter light enters
the window
right about now
I move appointments
by fingertip
liberate the morning
and spin
with earth
through the calendar
wrap around our hot mother
(bless Copernicus)
forget-me-nots bloom
in wild grasses
when their time is ripe
I try to remember
to set a reminder
once they rise
for next year
things are falling apart
it is important now
to plant milkweed
feed winter chickadees
tickle tomato blooms
(R.I.P. the bees)
or at least quell anxiety
with some act of devotion
sun hits my face
eyelashes prism
a bower of rainbow
around the room
warm skin secretes oil
I close my eyes
and the world is red
as Coho spawning
eyelids, filter of blood-
rich capillaries
rose tinted rose window
it isn’t long
before dim again
on an ordinary day
I leave for work


released March 28, 2019
Michelle Elrick - vocals, poetry, synth
Michael Belyea - guitars, keys, drums
David Christensen - saxophones
Daniel Ledwell - trumpet

Produced by Michael Belyea
Engineered & Mixed by Daniel Ledwell (Echo Lake Studio)
Additional Engineering by Michael Belyea
Mastered by J. LaPointe (Archive Mastering)

Cover photo by Michael Belyea

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


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River of Diamonds Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

River of Diamonds is an electro-pop duo made up of poet/vocalist Michelle Elrick and producer Michael Belyea. Spoken lyrics sync with pop beats, live guitar, drums, synthesizer and environmental sound samples for an immersive, lit-infused, groove-heavy sound bath. ... more

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