Hello Abyss

by Nehedar

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dominicwilliams86 Nehedar has managed to create something interesting, if a touch too retro, especially on 'Catacomb' which sounds as if it would have been a radio hit in 1986. Cataldo's voice is very clear and happy and easy to listen to. 'You're Beautiful When You Fall Apart' is a stand out track for me, the guitar on that is reminiscent of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' sound. The album has its high points and lows, but overall is solid. Favorite track: Catacomb.
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Malika Dahl At first I wasn’t overwhelmed by Nehedar’s album. The lyrics seemed too easy. But her clear and happy melodies do start to be catchy. Throughout the album she really shows off her diverse voice. Surprising was “shedding skin”, which won me over with the darkness in lyrics and melody. It drew a drastic contrast to the first songs on her album. She did remain faithful to her style though, presenting a happy chorus melody once again. The album has it’s up and down, but is a good experience. Favorite track: How.
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released March 15, 2017

All songs copyright Emilia Cataldo

All vocals and instrumentation by Emilia Cataldo and Craig Levy except "How" featuring Tim Rockmore on guitars, "You're Beautiful When You Fall Apart" and "Sotah" featuring Shaul Zuckerberg on lead guitars, and Daniel Tsadok vox on "Fear and Love"

Produced, mixed and mastered by Craig Levy at the Little Pioneer Cider House in Brooklyn, NY
Cover: Make up by Shelley Wapniak, Photography by Ahron Moeller, Design by Perl Wolfe, Finishing by Jacob Fine


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Nehedar New York, New York

Nehedar has 9 albums and 1 brand new EP on Bandcamp. Some live stuff on Youtube and whatnot. All recordings, except a few on Pick Your Battles, and all of "Light at the End." were done with NYC producer, Craig Levy (Little Pioneer).
The band consists of songwriter/singer Emilia Cataldo, cellist/harpist Elisheva Maister and percussionist/drummer Brad Reiss.
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Track Name: Catacomb
Oh no they done got their hooks in you
Made you believe that the lies are true
Got you so hooked that you're stuck like glue
I'd fix it now if I knew how to

Don't take the sun it warms my skin
Don't take the sky, you know the birds don't swim
And I can't believe it has to be said but
Don't let them take you

I never thought you would find your way
You're actualized but you still cause pain
I wish you would just drive off in your lane
But you're coming for me like a hurricane


Hey hey my brother go get your brain back
Don't mind my body go get your brain back

You're in a cult but it feels like home
Tucked away safe in your catacomb
The light is so bright but it's monochrome
If you make it out would you feel alone

Track Name: Shedding Skin
Let it out before it eats you alive
Take it home, let it come spend the night
What were you, what did you think you were
Think again, this is you that was her

(chorus) I don't have a bunch of tricks up my sleeve
Just some scars you've gotta see to believe
Doc Frankenstein come reanimate me
Shedding skin is so exhilarating

Tell me off, oh yeah I got it coming
All my stuff, all my dreaming and bumming
I'm alive, hooray for me
As I try to clear all this debris


I am reaching for the furthest thing away
Never knowing that the ground could soon give way
Hands heal, cold steel

Track Name: How
How do we get along when you know so much
How do we stay strong, well we hit the clutch
Can we switch gears after 10 years
Level up and start again
How do we go on

I wish I could switch on, you deserve the light
I get so withdrawn, but it's worth the fight
This is living and forgiving
And believing what we know
This is why we're strong

I'm not waiting for a lucky break no
I don't want to make a great escape no honey
I just wanna when I wake up face up
See something there don't make me want to close my eyes

I want to write a song make the lost cause found
If you would sing along get it off the ground
I'm just someone in the long run
Hoping that my voice is met
How do I find the song


How do I go on
When everything goes wrong
Try your whole life long
To relegate your mental state just sing along
Track Name: Happy Birthday
You're never too young to know which way you don't wanna go
You're never too new to know when something's right
Well babe I've got news for you
Just do what you came to do
Don't get in the way of those who came to fight

Happy birthday, happy birthday
Yes my darling you've circled the sun
Happy new year, happy new year
Ring it in with a smile and a cheer

There's somewhere you gotta go
There's something you gotta be
I hope you can make the trip a peaceful one
I hope I can see you there, I hope you can stand the glare
Of each time you revolve around the sun


I have seen you all around this crazy town
I've seen what you have to share
And all the rights and wrongs and all the prose and song
They don't matter it's just what's in there
Track Name: You're Beautiful When You Fall Apart
video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL2Sv10-wOs

We hold on so tight all our lives
We gotta hang on or something might fall by the wayside
I don't have time for surprise
Or that digital voice from deep inside keeps chipping at me

Hey Hey look at me, I'm the one you're supposed to be
Hey yeah here I am, stop looking backwards and take my hand
And I know I should take it to heart
It's hard to stop the crack once it starts

You're beautiful when you fall apart
Shattering into a million pieces radiating light everywhere
You're beautiful when you fall apart
No one can help you try to put it back together

You've done all you can that you know
But something still hurts and something won't grow
Sometimes you can't walk away
There's no way that anyone in their own shoes can say

Hey hey look at me, I'm the horse running through your dreams
Hey yeah here I am, dart past the eagle the best you can
And I know I can't make it alone
If I never make it I won't be the only one

Track Name: Fear and Love
Let's see how deep this love can be, let's see how real this fear gets
Let's see the monster underneath the bed
Let's see how deep this love can be, let's see how real this fear gets
Let's see the monster underneath the bed

Thought I gave you everything you want
You say you can't stand me now
You say I'm not approachable, I bully you around like...
You say that you can't speak your mind
'Cause I keep you underneath my thumb
Well I think you're caught in a dream
The kind of nightmare where you can't extract a scream

I've had enough of being happy
It's time to swing around to fear
I'm gonna take you in the back room
Show you all the monsters I keep in the rear
I never meant to tell your secrets
It's just I've had it up to here
Don't want a permanent vacation
I just want the legs to walk me out of here

Got lost again inside a dream
Where you don't understand the scheme
You're not sure how to play the part
Just open up your mouth and....
We're scared of love but love to fear
We're scared to drive but love to steer
Get stunned by all you have to do
Slum with the many but you want to be the few

Track Name: The Grudge
So insecure, can't get ahold of your ass anymore
It's like the bottom fell out, and left me living in a civil war
So sad to see illusion shattered by reality
You were like water to me
Now you're a belladonna daquiri

Can you give me one reason I don't know
Forgot about the history years ago
I didn't mean to make you feel so small
I wasn't trying to put you in your place
Wasn't trying to call you a disgrace
Now I'm lucky if I'm graced with your shadow

You want to step on me
So you can rise above your pedigree
Thought you were better than that
Hey look at you you're an aristocrat
But what can we do
There's no more us there's only me and you
Is there any common cause
Hey suck the claws back in your kitty paws

You're so mad at me you're so mad at
You're so mad at me you're so mad at
You're so mad at me you're so mad at
Something like me

You're so mad at me you're so mad at
You're so mad at me you're so mad at
You're so mad at me you're so mad at
Something like me
Phantom fighting

Track Name: Tonight Tonight
I tried to leave you, I tried to hide
Shut down the stories that kept you inside
I thought I could hurt you, but I was not right

Tell me a story and take it too far
All those absurd things make you who you are
It's not like I could just jump in the car
I can't drive

(chorus) I never stood a chance with you
No matter what cruel things you would do
I'd love another dance with you tonight

I'll leave you my number although it's the same
Pretend my affections will not be in vain
I'm not so flashy some call me plain
Can that be all right


I have no secrets from you anymore
No cards to play and no mystery door
At least I'm consistent that I assure
I have no pride

Track Name: Sotah
On my way to the city
No one knows my truth
I'm afraid of the city
I loved it in my youth

Take me home, I want to walk through the valleys again
Take me home, to the time before all this began
And I know this is all in your plan, but I'm scared now

Now I'm back where I started when I bore your child
And my hair sweetly parted soon will be shorn and wild


If I say that I'm sorry would it ease your mind
If I claim holy holy oh would you treat me kind