BIO: Named for a bird known by its peculiarly peaceful and gentle habit, Turtledoves is the musical project of Ashley and Alex McGrath. Exploring the balance between lo-fi electronics and acoustic instruments, the husband/wife duo creates harmonically rich soundscapes consisting of labyrinthine melodies, ambient textures, and layered vocals. Turtledoves exist in the liminal spaces - messengers between seen and unseen - ambassadors to the now from the not quite yet. Residing in Cincinnati, OH, the band is currently in the process of recording their debut LP. They have two E.P’s: “The Rest Is Yet To Come” (2018) and “Pillars of the Earth” (2020)



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1. SOFT SPEAKER


I go to sleep
I want to dream of you
like that time that you appeared
as a man in spinning mirrors

All my life
All my aging
And you had been there
You had been there
You had been there right beside me

I close my eyes
I want to see you
The eyes of my spirit open
Like the wall that time I came to
Your hand reached out
And made a tunnel
Turned a wall into a portal
Turned it into something new

Teach, Good Teacher
Teach me in my sleep
Speak, Soft Speaker
Speak, and I will listen

4. PILLARS


The world upon your shoulders
Pillars of the earth
You can’t think of why you came for
Been so long, you hardly remember
The permanent burden
Hurt is certain, turning and turning
The aroma lingers
A coin through your fingers
Around again
Beginning end and middle
Little bits and pieces 
Of a bigger picture reason
You’re leaving all of it behind
The line that you wait in
The part you’re playing
Suddenly you find
The fruit of your labor, the betrayer
Like water moves in circles

You are the movement 
You are the wind
That rushes through the room I am in
Can you feel my heart
As I reach out my hand to you

Tried so hard to be here
Tried so hard to feel it
But the Spirit did not deal it, reveal it
Caught in between the morning & the night
Dark and light
Fight to define the fire in your mind
The ocean in your eyes
That lies behind rising horizon lines
There’s still time
Still a sign of will to survive
Gotta open up, break up the inside
Time, and time again
There’s no end
Like water moves in circles

2. DISSOLVE


It’s too late to escape
The impossible fate of leaving
No longer lucky and innocent
untouched by love

All other lives
That have been left behind
Still bleeding
Just pick up the cross and carry on
My imagined cause

But I would abandon it all 
And come back
If you’d call
Yeah, I’d walk away
From all I have made
Let it dissolve

In the dark
When it’s late
And I turn back the page
And read it
Nothing but moth-eaten artifacts
The high doesn’t last

So, I try to get back
Some mysterious path
And seal it
Behind a curtain of insolance
My imagined tower

But I would abandon it all
And come back
If you’d call
Yeah, I’d walk away
From all I have made
Let it dissolve

If I could break down every wall
And go back
I’d call
Yeah, I’d forgive you
You’d forgive me, too
Let it dissolve

And be released

Be released

3. MORTAL SORROW


Man
Appointed 
Mortal
Sorrow
The blessed God
Shall come down
Teaching
His death shall bring
The desparing
Comfort

5. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER


Work harder
Come on
Get stronger, now
Come on

We were young and unloved
We were loose ends undone
And we told ourselves
It was enough
But we will fight it
And we are willing now
To work harder

Come on

Who’s gonna fight for you now?
Who’s gonna fight for you?
Who’s gonna fight for you now?
Are you gonna fight?

You are closer now
Than you’ve ever been before
You are closer now
Keep kicking in the door

And keep pushing out
The bullshit out
Keep pushing out
The bullshit out

And work harder
Come on
Get stronger
Come on
Look closer
Come on
Dig deeper
Come on, Come on, Come on

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1. IGNITER


In the faint light pre-dawn gray I lay before you
Are you dreaming like I'm dreaming and awake too?

Light my fire, burn me brighter
Draw me to your touchhh
Fire Igniter, all, entire
Caught into your clutchhh

Lines between the lives you lead and need are fading
Do you feel it like I feel it? Ice is breaking

Light my fire, burn me brighter
Draw me to your touchhh
Fire Igniter, all, entire
Caught into your clutchhh

In the silent pre-dawn light my mind returns to you
Are you dreaming like I'm dreaming and awake too?

4. FORGOTTEN


Caught in the reflection
Of her crystal ball
Soaking in the bathtub
Feet against the wall
And she just sits there watching
Sitting there and watching
Waiting for a slip and fall

Looking for an answer
Looking for a key
To open up my body
Set the sickness free
Already forgotten
Already forgotten
Take me under
Make me clean

I want to know it
I want to see
The deeper waters underneath
They flow before me
They run behind
Cover my left
Cover my right

Curtain is caught open
All the players shown
Standing on their X's
Painted up like ghosts
And who's gonna feed the lines
Are you gonna feed the lines?
When to stay and when to go

Do you feel the movement
Back and forth between
Fall into the rhythm
Like a river to the sea
Whatever keeps you dancing
As long as it keeps you dancing
Make it up, but make me believe

Something seems familiar
Yeah, you've been here before
You recognize the patterns in the cracks along the floor
Now see yourself as perfect
Picture yourself perfect
Nothing less, and nothing more

2. GIVE LOVE/GET LOVE


What if you could split into two
Violet and blue
And what if we imagine on three
That we forgive one another
That we're forgiven

We could forget
Empty out
We could forfeit
Lay it down

And then we do
What we were made to
Give love
Get love

5. ELECTRIC MOON


People curious, high on the news
In projected light, purple and blue

Aligning love, or holographic lust
Over miles and miles of waste
Undivided light, illuminate the night
Are we miles and miles away?

There's the picture, living proof
Just another ruse
Under water, over you
The electric moon

In the coolness
Of your soft decay
I am foolish
Caught up into your wave

Aligning love, or holographic lust
Over miles and miles of waste
Undivided light, illuminate the night
Are we miles and miles away?

There's the picture, living proof
Just another ruse
Under water, over you
The electric moon

3. TO BE SURE


I would never rat you out
But I'm going back for another look
Just to be sure
Believe me, I'm good for it
Yeah, but we both know it's a game, it's a show
We're making it up as we go along

I don't wanna see what happens next
But I can't look back

You're under the hot lights
And I'm in the back cracking jokes
And laughing my head off
You know that I'm on your side
Yeah, but you gotta fight off the dogs this time
Don't ever forget that I trust you so much

When you asked me to be your alibi
But my hands were tied

You are the center
Of my line

You are the center
You are the center line

But you don't have to if you don't want to
You don't have to understand, to understand at all, at all

You asked me to be your alibi
But my hands were tied

I'm still unimpressed
I'm just going back for one more look
I gotta be sure
Mark