Pyramid Heart

by Once Nina

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ONCE NINA’s debut EP, “Pyramid Heart” (produced by Meghan Toohey) is a bewitching tour de force of alt-mystic-dream-pop in the tradition of Stevie Nicks & Mazzy Star—with PJ Harvey-esque edge.
The songs are both a call to action & a healing balm to the magic-hungry heart. Nina Kurtz’s emotive vocals act as incantations—powerful, searing & true, bringing key moments into focus with her chill-inducing vibrato. Toohey’s production is tasteful & tender, moving from artfully sparse to pleasurably lush. Shimmering keys & occasional haunting lapsteel cascade over gritty guitar, settling like a spell over a bed of dynamic rhythms.
Lyrically, Kurtz explores topics as timely as technology addiction (“I only get half of your glances baby / one eye is on me / the other’s on your device…”) and as timeless as psychological enslavement (“Can’t take the history off of my face / lineage of pain easy to retrace.”)
“Pyramid Heart” is a transportive six-song journey of personal revelation & cosmic awakening, brightened by a generous helping of playful whimsy. Cathartic & lovingly crafted, with hooks that call the listener back for more, Kurtz leaves us with an empowering message (“take these bones to the sea / the end of slavery is in me.”) ONCE you start listening, this Pyramid will nest in your heart.

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released March 11, 2015

Music & Lyrics by Nina Kurtz
*Text Me Back co-written &
*Shoulda Woulda Coulda co-arranged by Jessica Hoggarth
Produced and Mixed by Meghan Toohey
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, assisted by Chris Allgood
Photography by Jen Rosenstein
Art Direction by Jen Rosenstein and Whitney Callahan
Design by Whitney Callahan
Sunset Triangle Records, Los Angeles, CA 2015

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Once Nina Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and cosmic force, Nina Kurtz, lives and breathes magic into music and love into lyrics.
Nina travels fiercly to the darkest parts of the psyche as a musician, and her project Once Nina has been called "a healing balm to the magic-hungry heart." Her voice is unique, rich, emotive. Her lyrics, poetic---like her heart.
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Track Name: Wake Up
Didn’t plan on waking
Would have stayed in bed
But something turned the light on
In the dark parts of my head

My house it has been haunted (oh-oh)
I’ve been bright light, I’ve been blue (oh-oh)
All I ever wanted
Was to feel human like you

Tired of feeling alone
I focus on my chest
Slow down my breathing
And let magic do the rest

And then something says

The heart it is the portal
And our souls they are immortal
Remember who you are
Remember what you are

Wake up, wake up
Wake up
Wake up

Let’s spin around the high road
Divine treasures wait for us
We are starseeds, we are golden
Let’s board that cosmic bus

Home home home
Home
Home
Home

The heart it is the portal
And our souls they are immortal
Remember who you are
Remember what you are

Home home home
Let’s go home home home
Take me home home home
Track Name: In The Ether
Hey there, I see you hovering
above my body
Midnight cravings make me
a little naughty

I become sugar and smoke
a spectre risen from her bones
vaporized infinity
where there's only you and me

In the ether, whoa-wa-oh
In the ether, whoa-wa-oh
I will close my eyes, ooo-wa-oh
Astral project my thighs, ooo-wa-oh
In the ether, I'll meet you there
In the ether, in the air

In the ether

I know you're dangerous
I could lose my head
Caught forever floating
Between the living and the dead

In the ether, whoa-wa-oh
In the ether, whoa-wa-oh
I will close my eyes, ooo-wa-oh
Astral project my thighs, ooo-wa-oh
In the ether, I'll meet you there
In the ether, in the air

In the ether

And if I ever wanted to wish you away
I would never close my eyes
Cast a spell to keep me awake forever
Because all dreaming leads to you

In the ether, whoa-wa-oh
In the ether, whoa-wa-oh
I will close my eyes, ooo-wa-oh
Astral project my thighs, ooo-wa-oh
In the ether, I'll meet you there
In the ether, in the air

In the ether
In the ether
In the ether
Track Name: Blood Moon
Neighbors keep howling
Dogs won’t stop growling
There’s red in the sky
We don’t ask why

Blood moon
Pass over me
Blood moon
Set my demons free

Can’t get the stain out
Embarrassed to tell you what that about
We don’t ask why
You like when I lie

Blood moon
Pass over me
Blood moon
Set my demons free

You’re sick as your secrets
But secrets still show
I carry mine with me
My resistance to bullshit is low

Blood moon
Pass over me
Blood moon
Set my demons free

Neighbors stopped howling
Dogs stopped their growling
There’s red still in that sky
We don’t ask why

Blood moon
Pass over me
Blood moon
Set my spirit free

Blood moon
Track Name: Text Me Back
Text me back, text me back
Before the moment’s through
Text me back, text me back
Before I re-text you

What are we doing tonight
We gonna start another fight
It says delivered on my screen
Do you wanna hear how loud I can scream

I know you saw it too
Because when I’m with you
You check it every chance
I only get half of your glances baby

One eye is on me
The other’s on your device
If you don’t reply right now
I can’t guarantee nice babe

Caught in a ditch
Left in someone else’s bed
Is it just your phone that’s dead
Or you?

Text me back, text me back
Before the moment’s through
Text me back, Text me back
Don’t make me come for you
Track Name: Shoulda Woulda Coulda
Shoulda gotten on that train
All those years ago
Should have run to you in the rain
Instead of staying dry alone

Could have been a great life together
The kind that wakes your sleeping heart
Would have loved you forever
Instead of making these lives apart

Cause I loved you, and I
Don’t think I told you clearly I
Loved you, with everything inside of me I
Loved you so purely

Shoulda woulda coulda, shoulda woulda coulda
Shoulda woulda coulda, shoulda woulda coulda

Now we’re in separate worlds
Even though you’re just in the next town over
I still think of you
Think I should have been your lover

Would have been your everything
And served you my soul for breakfast
Could have been your baby’s mama
Maybe been saved by your kiss

Cause I loved you, and I
Don’t think I told you clearly I
Loved you, with everything inside of me I
Loved you so purely

Shoulda woulda coulda, shoulda woulda coulda
Gotten on that train for you
Shoulda woulda coulda, shoulda woulda coulda
But I didn’t and I wish I had, baby, I wish I had
All the time now
Baby how I wish I had

Shoulda woulda coulda, shoulda woulda coulda
Shoulda woulda coulda, shoulda woulda coulda
Track Name: Pyramid Heart
Out in the desert
The wind it did howl
It uncovered things I thought
Were buried by now

Stirring up dust storms
On the floor of my heart
Everything you do
Is art

Find me
Find me
Take these bones
To the sea
The end of slavery

Can’t take the history
Off of my face
Lineage of pain
Easy to re-trace

Of captive
Of breeders
Tequila
And bleeders
Surviving the desert
The winds made them fly

Find me
Find me
Take these bones
To the sea
The end of slavery
Is in me