How the Ostrich Became a Girl and Her Bicycle

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Originally released on the Heart and Soul label, our second album is now available.

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“Allegories” is a collection of music and poetry composed over the past year in an effort to change stories of pain and fear into stories of grace. Inspired by the elegant movements of animals, birds, and insects, this collection hopes to charm, and sometimes challenge, the listener.

- Michelle Seaman

"You can only really compare the voice to a good single malt; its silky brilliance and complexity, the music to the kind of smoke you used to see in a jazz club; a kind of wispy grey/blue, spiraling out of sight.

It's not often you come across such a good match but when you do, there's no option but to stop and pay attention. It might be manipulated sound and poetry, it might just be a good cup of coffee and a cigarette. Either way, both sit together perfectly, and it's never just the pairing of the two that makes it work. The collision of sound and poetry are only two ingredients in the mix. Like hydrogen and oxygen it's not just the two together - there's something else there; maybe even imagined - but it's still there.

Down and up, the pelican and the girl, the peacock and the kitty, not quite the dolphin and the monkey, precision and imprecision, Fred and Ginger. Pairs. Equals. Complimenting but shifting. You know how it is; there are no words. You might say a pas de deux, you might say in harmony. It doesn't matter what you'd say; just listen and enjoy.”

- Jon Monk, February 2012

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from Allegories, released March 15, 2012
Michelle Seaman, Vox
Benjamin Dauer, Music

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originally released by Heart and Soul
written and produced by The Dwindlers
mastered by Benjamin Dauer
illustrations by Michelle Seaman
photograph by Benjamin Dauer
design by Leonardo Rosado

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The Dwindlers Washington D.C., D.C.

The Dwindlers are poet, Michelle Seaman, and bassist & composer, Benjamin Dauer.

Our musical collaboration began in 2002 in the "Grey Sea" metropolis of Chicago, continued in a home recording studio surrounded by the pine trees and "Pollinators" of North Carolina, and thrives now among the cherry blossoms, gingko trees, museums, and politics of Washington, D.C. ... more

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