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The Rise and Fall

by Celeste Krishna & Monarchs

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Arm's Length 02:53
A Love Alive 05:26
Blvd. 03:27
Miles Away 04:05
Date Night 05:19


released July 12, 2011


vocals, piano, and guitar on “The Rise and Fall”: Celeste Griffin
guitar, mandolin, and bass on “Business Casual”: Van Hollingsworth
bass, pedal steel, and harmonies on “Date Night” and “A Love Alive”: Phil Ajjarapu
drums, percussion, and harmonies on “Date Night” and “A Love Alive”: Josh Halpern
violin and harmonies on “Miles Away”: Katie Holmes
harmonies on “Miles Away,” “Blvd.” and “The Rise and Fall”: Anne Garland Mahler
vocals on “Spirit of the Rain”: Preston Lovinggood
live drums on “Business Casual”: Daniel Jones

Produced by Mike McCarthy and Monarchs
Recorded by Mike McCarthy with additional recording by Jim Valentine and Lars Goransson
Mixed and Mastered by Lars Goransson
All songs written by Celeste Griffin
“Business Casual,” “A Love Alive,” and “Not Sure What’s Real” written by Celeste Griffin and Van Hollingsworth
“Spirit of the Rain” written by Celeste Griffin and Preston Lovinggood

Album layout by Young Athenians
Cover photo: Christmas 1979 at the Burnum House, compliments of Mary Ann Findlay
Back photo of Celeste on gravel pile by Cary Norton
Photo of Celeste and crown by Alex Howell
Portrait of Celeste Burnum by W.W.S. Wilson (1958)

Thanks you’s:

Endless thanks to all the Pledgers who made this album possible with a special thanks to my “executive producers,” Celeste Burnum (Mimi), Fran Griffin (Mama), Celeste Burnum Burford (Aunt Lessie), Neil B. Griffin (Uncle Neil), and Jay "Flow" Catalina. To the band for all your time, talent, and creativity. To my “board of directors” and awesome team: Morgan Catalina, (tiny) Jessi Baker, Alex Howell, and John P. Strohm (legal). To my amazing friends, art clubbers, beloved beasties… and a big thanks to my love, Alex.


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Celeste Krishna & Monarchs Birmingham, Alabama

Celeste Krishna is a Southern expressionist music artist, songwriter, and producer originally from Birmingham, Alabama, who is now based in Brooklyn, New York. With an ensemble of musicians she calls “Monarchs,” Celeste creates a range of poetic songs that have musical notes of Van Morrison, Lauryn Hill, and Björk. ... more

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