Alchemy

by Dave Calandra

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03:10
2.
03:14
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4.
03:31
5.
00:55
6.
04:01
7.
00:39
8.
03:46
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10.
03:28

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Alchemy is the debut album from folk/roots songwriter Dave Calandra. Recorded over two years between New York and Sydney, it hints at influences like Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley while retaining a distinctively Australian sound.

Built around acoustic guitar and vocals, the organic production on the album creates continuity through the diverse collection of songs. Arrangements vary from solo-acoustic instrumentals to full-band acoustic rock, however there is a unifying warmth that ensures no song sounds out of place. Strong vocal melodies are supported by subtle finger-picking, while 'roomy' drum sounds embellish, rather than overpower the other instruments.

Dave Calandra is an innovative solo-acoustic performer from Sydney who has devoted the last ten years to honing his 'rootsy folk-rock' sound. From 2000 to 2004 Dave relocated to New York to share his music with a foreign audience and found a wealth of inspiration in the East Village music venues. Although the New York music scene was extremely competitive it was also rewarding to be surrounded by other artists constantly creating new works.

The songs on Alchemy were inspired by the musical transition Dave underwent during this relocation. They express instantly recognizable feelings of longing and yearning, coupled with an acceptance that it's OK if things don't quite turn out the way you had hoped or expected. The understated production only adds to the intimacy between you and the music. These are songs that you will want to listen to again and again, and share with your friends.


1. Another Love 3:10
2. New Moon 3:14
3. The Waiting Song 3:42
4. Missing You 3:31
5. Supernova 0:55
6. Reflections 4:01
7. Guild '75 0:39
8. Alchemy 3:46
9. Chasing A Shadow 4:46
10. Moving On 3:28

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released February 2, 2006

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Lance Jurd ; Bass on tracks 3, 4 ,6 and 9.

Jimi Swan ; drums on tracks 3, 4 and 6. Handclaps and tambo on 4

Stan Holroyd ; Keys on tracks, 3, 4 and 6.

John Leary (partner in crime/musical genius) Keys on tracks 1, 2 and 8.

Matt Johnson ; drums on tracks 1 and 2.

Andy Chen and Adam Garnys ; sax on track 2.

Anne Sobel ; recorders on track 8.

Jeff Crawley ; Trumpet on track 3.

Damian Press ; Handclaps on 4

Dave Calandra ; All acoustic and electric guitars, bass on track 8, all vocals backing vocals and percussion.




Drums, vocals and guitars for tracks 1, 2, 5, 8 and 10,recorded by Wayne Dorrell at The Pigeon Club, Hoboken NJ.
Keys, horns, recorders, bvs, electric and bass guitar, and percussion for tracks 1, 2 and 8 recorded by John Leary at Sly Fi studios, Metuchen NJ.
Drums, Bass, keys, acoustic and electric guits, Bvs and percussion for tracks 3, 4 and 6 recorded by Damian Press at Ginsberg studios, Stanmore.
Lead vocals for tracks 3, 4 and 6, guitar, bass and vocals for track 9 recorded by Stuart Sheldon at Artec studios, Crows Nest

Pre-mix editing by Jason Manell, Mixed by Chris Townend at Big Jesus Burger studios, Surry Hills. Tracks 1 and 3 mixed by Stuart Sheldon @Artec. Mastered by William Bowden. Photos by Alison MacDonald, art layout by Brendan O'Sullivan. Produced by Dave Calandra, track 9 co-produced by Stuart Sheldon.

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Track Name: Another Love
Another Love
Time alone is a time for change, broken hearted or feeling strange
Where's the love that's meant for me? Where's a love that I know is free?
Gone away, take heed and know it's not today.
Greet the day and the day is cold, buy your time and you pay with gold
Dreaming hard and I dream of you, waking up but I know it's true
You've gone away, I take heed and know it's not today
Another love has passed you by, or did you put it off again?
Saw a chance and you had to try, for something more and then
Never knowing what's inside, was it just pretend?
Cause now it's time to say goodbye, I guess we've reached the end
I guess we've reached the end

Lost in time, the shadows grow, force myself to let you go
Choose the path that's right for you, "I'll see you round" and you know I do
But it's ok, take heed and know its not today
A chance of love is all you need, to make you glow or make you bleed
A lonely heart will have you feel, that every love you find is real
But it's ok, take heed and know it's not today
Another love has passed you by, or did you put it off again?
Saw a chance and you had to try, for something more and then
Never knowing what's inside, was it just pretend?
Cause now it's time to say goodbye, I guess we've reached the end
I guess we've reached the end
Track Name: New Moon
New Moon
Once you were free, now you're bound to a dream
Once you would roam, now you're chained to a stone
But like a love on the run the new moon comes
Like a love on the run the new moon comes
The new moon comes

Dark is the time, that the moon doesn't shine
Dark are the days that your fears come and play
But like a love on the run the new moon comes
Like a love on the run the new moon comes
The new moon comes

You can feel it, she will heal it, wash your blues away
Always better when you let her, help you through the days
Bringing good times and you could find, when the evening comes
That her light is almost as bright and nearly as warm as the sun

Oh when the new moon comes
When the new moon comes
Track Name: The Waiting Song
The Waiting Song
A front comes rolling through again, feel the cold in you begin, edging to the bone
A sudden rush of loneliness, feel that something is amiss, remember you're alone
So much effort has gone un-offered, just trying to make a start
Then you realise that you're vulnerable again, crippled by the heart
I'm waiting, I'm waiting, waiting for my day
Waiting, yeah I'm waiting, in so many ways I watch the time away
Just watch the time away

Out of hand and out of mind, as the caution left behind, haunts you with intent
I know that something's coming, and wait for you to walk in, with open arms and heaven sent
On a limb and by a thread, ever softly do I tread, making waves with no return
I guess that's a way of living, guess that's a way of giving, you put it out or let it burn
Well I'm waiting, I'm waiting, waiting for my day
Waiting, yeah I'm waiting, in so many ways I watch the time away
Just watch the time away
Track Name: Missing you
Missing You
Creep out of bed, try not to wake you from your sleep
Turn to kiss you on the forehead feel your breath upon my cheek
Sunlight hits the window, rise to see the eastern glow
So long to the winter, good riddance to the snow
I'm so happy waking up beside
Don’t want to face the day that I decide to
Pack up my things and travel on
To be going back where I came from

Walking in the evening, through the park and back again
Crawling out your window watching shooting stars at two am
Drinking wine and being fools, sit there howling at the moon
Telling jokes and playing tunes, sleeping in 'til afternoon
All the winter you kept me warm
But as the spring comes I'm feeling torn in two
Cause when the flowers start to bloom
I know that I'll be leaving soon
And missing you

But I'm so happy waking up beside you
Don’t want to face the day that I decide to
Pack up my things and travel on
To be going back where I belong
I'm gonna miss you I'm going home
I'm gonna miss you when I'm waking up alone
I gave it all, you know its true
And I've never even said I love you
Track Name: Reflections
Reflections
As I stare at the sky and wait for the answers to come
Then remember I walk on a planet that orbits a sun
Just a tear drop in a rainfall, just a grain of sand on a desert plain
I've been here before, and I'll be here again
I know that you fear your world will come to an end
But I'd leave here today and have no regrets to defend
How can you say that you've given up wondering "why?"
From the smallest child to the strongest man we all die
And what we see is reflected from a million years ago
You think its real but its all a trick of the light

You're struggling now, try to make sense of it all
Watching the walls around you tumble and fall
But the sun will set and the moon will rise, see a million stars in a crystal sky
And darkness will shelter your mind
How many souls have walked on the earth to this day?
And how many times have lovers been felling this way?
So how can you say you've given up wondering "why?"
From the smallest child to the strongest man we all die
And what we see is reflected from a million years ago
You think its real but it's all a trick of the light
Track Name: Alchemy
Alchemy
Stay on the path, so you've been told
They say in time your led will be gold
Starving the heart and feeding the soul
But your destination is not worth the toll
The sky ahead is covered with haze
And the road before you twists like a maze
And so now, where do you go from here?
Where do you go from here?

As you look back, back in time
Remember the places you stalled at the line
Feeling so daunted by choices you made
Feeling so haunted by roles that you played
The past is always clear as day
While the future remains so far away
And so now, where do you go from here?
Where do you go from here?
Track Name: Chasing a shadow
Chasing A Shadow
Like chasing a shadow I see from afar, I walk in your footsteps to know who you are
Looking for something that I'll never find, and piecing together your life in my mind

I walk the streets of your old hometown, take in the sights and take in the sounds
I'm thirty years late but you're still everywhere, I reach out for you but I'm just grabbing air
Picture and stories, all I remember, faded by time, so long ago
All those questions I wish I could ask you, all those answers I'll never know

When I was younger, I didn't need you, life was easy, times were good
Now I'm older, wish I was wiser, wish you'd taught me all that you could
Maybe I'm stronger, maybe I'm colder, either way I'm still on the run
Made my own way without a father, gave my best at being your son

All life comes and goes, all hearts overflow
Miss you now more than then, wish I knew you as a friend

When I out on a limb and I need you around, when I'm taking a fall or losing my ground
I know that you're here, helping me through, but there's nowhere to turn when I'm turning to you

Like chasing a shadow I see from afar, I walk in your footsteps to know who you are
Looking for something that I'll never find, and piecing together your life in my mind
All life comes and goes, all hearts overflow
I miss you now more than then, wish I knew you as a friend
Track Name: Moving On
Moving On
You know I won't be sorry for anything
Never will be sorry for myself
You know I won't be sorry for anything
Cause I'm busy moving on
Sometimes the best laid plans
Melt like a snowflake in fire
Leaving a hole inside a man that slowly is filled with desire
You climb but you never get higher

You know I won't be sorry for anything
Never will be sorry for myself
You know I won't be sorry for anything
I never worry cause I'm busy moving on
She comes in the dark of night when you might mistake her for dreams
Carefully filling your heart with light, you know that she says what she means
You hope that it is how it seems

I said that I don’t care if your god is on my side
Cause I've never learnt to fear and I'm not afraid to die
I'd give it all away and start it all again
Like just another day was coming to an end
I'd give it all away and start it all again
And I wouldn't blink an eye when I reach the end