Monarchs

Monarchs

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Celeste Krishna is a southern expressionist vocalist and writer from Birmingham, Alabama. Her works include Celeste Krishna, ft. Celeste Mixtape, and Monarchs.

Biography

Celeste Krishna is a southern expressionist singer, songwriter, and producer currently based in New York City. Her body of work encompasses many genres.  She wrote and released her first three albums under the name Monarchs, an Alabama rock band project she founded in her hometown of Birmingham and later expanded into Austin, Texas.  A lover of hip hop and long time student of African dance, she then released an MC project, “ft. Celeste Mixtape” with accompanying dance-based visuals and performances.  Her most recent work, a full length album entitled, “Prelude Red”, is slated for release on May 15, 2017.  She co-produced the record in a sound she calls “lady drip hop” - a blend of soul songs with elegant electronics, thumping down tempo backbeats and folk melodies.  Her live show spans her body of work and currently features an ensemble of female musicians on drum kit, synths, guitars, vocals, percussion, and electronic drum pads.

Lyrics

Open It Up

Written By: Celeste Griffin

Open it up
Notes kept in a cigarette box
Open it up
Notes kept in a cigarette box

Full of you
Full of me
Our sweet love
Our burning grief
To this we gave our lives

I was the sun you were the moonlight
Opened my house and took you inside
I showed you everything I had to find
Once real and now a place in time

Call on the line
Whispers from a different time
Call on the line
Whispers from a different time

You wash your face
I brush my teeth
I held you hands then
You washed my feet
And then we were undone

I laid with you in the moonlight
The grass the night it was all entwined
I asked you then if you could have my life
Then realized that it had to die

Here I Go Again

Written By: Celeste Griffin

I would have kissed you in the sunlight
Under an oak tree
Under a sleepy sky

You would have help me in the evening
Under the lamp light
While I lay reading

But you got what you planned for
A little love, an open door
And I got what I asked for
A little love, a shifting floor

Here I go again
I’ve gone and lost another friend again
I’ve gone and dirtied up that sleeve again
Seems I’m here again
Seems I’ve gone and took the lead again
I’ve gone and dirtied up that sleeve again

How has this Sunday come so quickly?
My future’s past
It blew right through me

I’m spinning circles in the mud, now
My turning mind
My furrowed brow

But I got what was planned for
A human life, of love and war
And I got what I made for
My human life, of open doors

Here I go again
I’ve gone and passed another week again
I’ve gone and dirtied up that sleeve again
Seems I’m here again
I’ve started fighting in a war again
I’ve gone and dirtied up that sleeve again

You had your voice you had your spirit then
You had your mind, you had your will, you had your spirit then
And you know this still

Move on Out

Written By: Celeste Griffin

Let’s work it out
Let’s talk it over
In the parking lot
I’ll write it down
In my notebook
Boy, we gotta move on out

Let’s let it out
I’ll lay it down
On the blacktop
Don’t give a goddamn
If there’s people out
Boy, we gotta move on out

Found our way back
Stronger than when we had left
I’m giving him things that are new
And the things that I kept

He took ten laps
Suddenly he’s come ahead
I’m wanting him more
And he’s laying me down in my bed

Let’s work it out
Let’s talk it over
In the parking lot
I’ll write it down
In my notebook
Boy, we gotta move on out

The Things You Build Yourself

Written By: Celeste Griffin

I found my voice
Over Gillian Welch
Wet eyes in the screen light
The longin’ we felt

I found my voice
Over Gillian Welch
Wet eyes in the screen light
The longin’ we felt

If I could take your heart
Outta your chest
Flesh in my hand
Pushed through my breast

I’d have your heart beat
Inside of mine
I’d have your longin’
I’d give you mine

I found my voice
Over Gillian Welch
Wet eyes in the screen light
The longin’ we felt

It’s like the way you pictured your mother in the 70s
Bike wheels on the sidewalk, bare-feet, southern street, oak trees
Ridin down 13th in her blue jeans to the university
She crawled through the window, front row, rock show, soul glow

She found her joy
With the allman brothers band
Her baby boomer parents
Could not understand

She found her joy
With the allman brothers band
Her baby boomer parents
Could not understand

She married at the young age of 18
No need for career
No completed degree
yet she spent hours in the library
her life always full, with always more to read

she found her joy
in the museum of art
regardless of her losses
she would still have this part

she found her joy
in the museum of art
regardless of her losses
she would still have this part

when you’re down and feelin lonely you’ll have
all the things that you have built for yourself
If you ever lose your man or your wealth
You will always have the things you built yourself

Discography

The Rise and Fall (2011)
Those Words, Those Frames (2009)
The Oak EP (2008)

All three records have received radio play and 
all can be purchased on itunes: 
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/monarchs/id4056718 
or
streamed via bandcamp: http://monarchsfamily.bandcamp.com/

Set List

Typical set list involves playing 12 of Monarchs' 40 songs. If set is longer than an hour, set will be longer.
Example:
1. Open It Up
2. Truths in the Ceiling
3. The Things You Build Yourself
4. Arm's Length
5. Go I'll Go
6. Come On and Move me
7. Move on Out
8. Those Words, Those Frames
9. Here I Go Again
10. It's not me
11. Not Sure What's Real
12. A love Alive

Though we rarely play covers, cover songs might include a song by The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Otis Redding, or other "oldies".

Sometimes Celeste plays her acoustic-folk remake of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love."