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Carisa Bianca Mellado’s latest record, Kore, follows the story of a Sirian Dolphin Princess who goes through the underworld journey of being born on Earth as a human girl. The album title, which means ‘girl’ or ‘maiden’ is also another name for the Greek Goddess Persephone and the album explores themes of birth, sex, death, desire, intoxication, the shadow self, love, rebirth and surrender through the mythic stories of Persephone, Inanna, Psyche and the cosmic creation myth of Eros.

Set to music that marries diverse influences, such as Cocteau Twins and Cyndi Lauper, Kore is at once catchy and challenging, presenting an atmosphere unique to the record yet instantly definable: a dreamy shoegaze pink goth pop space opera that seamlessly transcends into sultry swaying death jazz.

Kore features artwork by Los Angeles artist Astral Eyes, who was named “The Psychedelic Icon Maker” by LA Weekly, as well as photography by Los Angeles artist Kaliisa Conlon.

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released January 7, 2015

Written, Recorded, Produced & Performed by Carisa Bianca Mellado
Mastered by John Golden
All guitar performed by Seth Styles
Guitar for “Pulse” and “Dawn” written by Seth Styles
Guitar for “The Twice Born” co-written by Carisa Bianca Mellado & Seth Styles
Album art by Astral Eyes
Photos of Carisa Bianca Mellado by Kaliisa Conlon and make-up by Nathalie Fratti
Special thanks to Nora Keyes, James Powell, Rita Mery and collaborators Seth Styles, Astral Eyes, Kaliisa Conlon and Nathalie Fratti

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Track Name: Birth
I wake up
I'm coming through
I am colder and new
Where is my heart
Where is my heart
I am in the first breath of my life
I'm coming through
I am coming out of the dark
I'm coming through
I'm coming through
I wake up
And in sound
I find it all
I am
Track Name: And The Sound Begins
The sun feels cold inside
Until your heart
Until your room
No sun
No sun

Under the water I got caught inside your sea
And now I can't be the same again

All I want is to go to you
All I want is all of you and your scent and your sound
All I want is to go to you
And the sunshine of your size
And climb into you

When the sun sets I'm yours

All I want is you
And the stars you command
And the stars you own
And I pull you in to be mine
And the world dissolves
And the world dissolves

You call
And the sound begins
And the sound begins
Track Name: Honey
On fire
The prettiest fire
Grooves me babe

And a touch from your skin
Finds it's way into everything

On fire
All the stars are shining for you
And they do, and they do
On fire
All the stars are shiny for you
So don't forget to

Covet my embrace
Covet my embrace for you

Covet my embrace
Covet my embrace for you

On fire
All the stars are shining for you
And they do, and they do
On fire
All the stars are shining for you
So don't forget to (call)

Caught in your world
Caught in your sky
Caught in your touch
Caught in your night

Caught in your breath
Caught in your eyes
Caught in your web
Caught in your fire

On fire
All the stars are shining for you
And they do, and they do
On fire
All the stars are shining for you
So don't forget to call
Track Name: The Jackal
And there's a jackal at the door
And it's coming, and it's coming to
Take me away into the shadows

I go alone
A blanket in my hand
For I am the mightiest fool

And now I'm making my way in the dark
Do I call to you
Do I follow you home
Do I wait for you to come
Do I stand here all alone
Do I call to you
Do I call to you

In the ways of the ones that catch you when you fall
In the ways of the ones who are nice
In the ways of the ones that carry you down
I am the one who belongs to you

Where is the line that I cross for your love
I'm calling for you to come

And there's a jackal at the door
And it's coming, and it's coming to
Take me away into madness

I go alone for you
Won't you come for me
Won't you come for me

And now I'm making my way in the dark
Do I call for you
Do I wait for you to come
Do I stand here all alone
And I wait in the dark
And I wait for you love
And I wait for you love

In the ways of the ones that catch you when you fall
In the ways of the ones who are nice
In the ways of the ones that carry you down
I am the one who belongs to you
Track Name: Gravity
In gravity's hands
I'm a doctor there
Take a seat in the chair
It's lovely there

In gravity's land
All the Gods are fans
At the feet of my stand
I can hear the bang

Such a dangerous garden
Such glorious rain
A delirious thunder
Calling deep inside the game

I'm a warrior flying
Over continents gold
Under siege in the fire
Sanctified by the glow

When it touches your skin
Like it's nothing but skin

(I'm a doctor there)

I'm a captain there
A divine puppeteer
Shooting stars in my hair
And a traveller's prayer

In gravity's corner
In gravity's grace
I concede to the order
Of the holiest space

Letting go of the borders
All resistance erased
Give it up to the water
Surrender to the embrace
Track Name: Pulse
In dark be
Alone be
Unfold me
In space be
Alive be
Unchained be
Inside be
Inside be

Enfold me
Inhale me
Endure

In time be
In sound be
In life be
In life be

Embrace me
Enslave me
Invoke me
Invoke me
Track Name: Into The Barbwire Dream Again
I am a shadow to see my design
See my design, see my design

I am a shadow to see my design
See my design, see my design

I will follow you, shadow you, now
I will follow you, shadow you, now

I'm in the park, your car, in my side you're caught
I'm in the glass, a cry, you are not the one
I'm in the dark, the hunt, running for your life
I'm in the black of night, longing for the sun

I'm in the park, your car, in my side
You're in my side, I'm burning always, your star
Your heart, in my side

I'm in the park, your car, in my side you're caught (wait)
I'm in the glass, a cry, you are not the one (wait)
I'm in the dark, the hunt, running for your life (wait)
I'm in the black of night, longing for the sun (wait)

I'm in the park, your car, in my side
You're in my side, I'm burning always, your star
Your heart, in my side

I am a shadow to see my design
See my design, see my design

I am a shadow to see my design
See my design, see my design

I will follow you, shadow you, now
I will follow you, shadow you, now
Track Name: Human Things
When your call comes, calls out
When my blood yearns, she's there
When night takes me, below the ground
Where all light turns, inside out

Is it God in the dark of this place
To the lore of the night I embrace
For the love of the fire I am slain
In the light of the God born again

When the dark calls me down
To the place of my vow

Is it God in the dark of this place
To the lore of the night I embrace
For the love of the fire I am slain
In the light of the God born again

When your call comes
When my blood yearns
When night takes me
Deep through her sea

Down
I'm going down
She calls me down below
I'm down
I'm going

Where her light burns
Where the lines blur
Where her song stirs
Where her grove bends

Down
I belong down
Beneath the ground
I'm going down
I'm going

Where the dark knows
Where the wild grows
Palace of bones
Here is her home

Now, I belong down
My home is now
Under the ground
I'm going down
Track Name: Dance Of The Rose
Captured upon the wave that carries love
Swallowed the food
So I am caught now
And I succumb to you

Riding the fire that is burning within
Courting the tide to envelop me here
Lost in a fever that grows with your spell

Rejoice the choir
I'm the bride, now proclaimed
Queen of Heaven and the Queen of Hell

You know the storm in me
You caught me dreaming
You touch the dark
You know too much
And you find a way to take me down
And keep me in your lair

A God of fire
In my garden light
Leave it all behind
For the night
Track Name: The Twice Born
I am ocean
I am of the blue
With this potion
Everything entombed

(I travelled a long way
Through the maze I have fallen into
Watched you watch me break
Take my place, inside the dark)

It takes time when you're calling and you're falling and you're calling

(Sorting through the grain to find a way
And the ram, whose fleece had fallen golden
Water in a crystal case, for the love that she has promised to bestow)

Deathly Harmony come take me home
I have wondered for so long
Heal my heart, heal my soul
Deathly Harmony come take me home

I awake from heaviness exhumed
In a state of reverie imbued

(I travelled a long way
Through the game I have fallen into
Watched you watch me wake
Take my place, inside the dark)

It takes time when you're calling and you're falling and you're calling

(Looking back now upon the winter's day
And the birds, have departed knowing
Letting go to find the way
As the breath is born again awoken)

Deathly Harmony come take me home
I have wondered for so long
Heal my heart, heal my soul
Deathly Harmony come take me home
Track Name: Dawn
And now I lie
Upon the felt
A hungry heart, a broken state
And every prayer, my soul's disgrace

My onion child
Where have you been
And all the while my prayers fall hard
Among the lost forgotten souls that dwell within my shadow home

And no name, no sorry child, will breathe those words again as long as I can cry
And at the door I am reminded once again of how we all learned to crawl

Help me find an answer
Help me understand
I can be the one you know
You can be my answer
I can be the one
If we can believe in love

A hungry eye
The burden belt, thrashes up against the pelt
And this wasting war
Beats heavy in my heart

And I am weary
And I am tired
Of hanging in from my claws
And I am nearing the end of all this burrowing to dawn

Your sorry smile, a flash, a burglar in the night, a child still fresh from my womb
Weeps upon your hate, your sickly broken yes, the hollow in my heart
My onion child, my burglar night, please take me home

Help me find an answer
Help me understand
I can be the one you know
You can be my answer
I can be the one
If we can believe in love

All my life
Track Name: The Spark
In the dark, wings sweet
In the spark, in dream

When Night opens, when the flight comes, awakens
The heart begins, from Chaos, from the source

(A spark, a dream, the night, the sweet
The stars, the sea, all love, your name)

In the changing form
You break open from the egg
And you rise up

In the dawn, stars breed
They birth the vast, cosmic sea

Your start, circling, the Gods are mingling
Desire begins from Chaos, from your heart

(A spark, a dream, the night, the sweet
The stars, the sea, all love, your name)

In the changing form
You break open a new world
And you rise up