The Turning

by For Now

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For Now is a Denton, TX-based quintet led by vocalist/composer Isabel Crespo that performs compositions influenced by modern jazz, contemporary classical music, visual art, and poetry. Contrasting with the overtness of their debut album, For Now’s new release continues the exploration of both the personal and the political in a more subtle way. The songs, both with and without lyrics, invite the listener to lean in, to peel back the layers, and to take a closer look at what we often take for granted.

Sonically, the album reimagines form, making use of dynamic orchestration within the quintet, and incorporating contrapuntal sections along with open and exploratory improvisations. The Turning reflects on themes including the (de)construction of self, the importance of recognizing intersectionality, and the constant pursuit of inspiration.

In addition to the album, Crespo has created a zine (short magazine/small booklet) to visually accompany the music. It will include lyrics from the album, quotes from works that inspired Crespo during the writing process, collages, and more. The CD itself will be packaged within the zine, and although the music is available on all digital platforms, it will only be physically available within the zine. The multimedia aspect of For Now’s release aims to provide additional insight and a tactile representation of the music, giving the listener many different ways of interacting with the material.


released July 12, 2019

Isabel Crespo | Composition, Vocals
Skyler Hill | Guitar
Ben McDonald | Piano
Mike Luzecky | Upright Bass
Matt Young | Drums

Rachel Woolf | Flute
Luke Wingfield | Trumpet
Kelsey Gallagher | Clarinet
Aaron Dutton | Alto Saxophone
Pete Fucinaro | Tenor Saxophone
Christian Ortiz | Bass Clarinet
Sara McCallum Addams | Bassoon

Produced by Isabel Crespo
Recorded at Echo Lab Studio by Jake Greenburg
Mixed & Mastered by Joseph Branciforte at greyfade studio
Additional Engineering by Zach Yaholkovsky & Isabel Crespo
Album Artwork & Design by Isabel Crespo
All Compositions by Isabel Crespo (ASCAP)

This album was made possible in part by the Greater Denton Arts Council


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For Now is a quintet led by vocalist and composer Isabel Crespo. Wandering carefully between genres, For Now performs compositions influenced by modern jazz, contemporary classical music, visual art, and poetry. Fueled by an unending curiosity, they explore the personal and the political, turning complex situations into musical vignettes. ... more

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Track Name: Until We Wake
To waste emotional noise,
as if it’s always by choice, sits so heavy.
We go from one to the next,
and speak while holding our breath, still repeating:

Could wake, could turn the light off and neatly say, 'until we wake'
Could go, or sit in the shadows just to stay afloat until we wake

The steps we take are unknown,
and yet we want to feel home all around us
Now, a day to count and to keep
has gone to rest at our feet, until we wake
Track Name: A Sudden Shift in Reason
Beyond the material, vision won’t reveal
Direct, the non-optical filters into my blood
Absorb, unintentional, disguised as the cure
Destroyed all that’s rational, replaced it with doubt

A vast multiplicity contained deep within
The change, hardly visible, and still it suffocates me
The way it accumulates, with a word to the ground
A state almost normalized, yet it’s hard to ignore
Track Name: The Turning
Out of mind, what to reveal or confide
Resting patiently in and out of sight
Living proof, waiting to look through the glass
Letting consequence pull it all undone

To wake
To feel,
To watch
As I turn the corner, the turning
Corner the turning, the corner
Turn the corner the turning

All this time, all this time
Finding ways to deny
Not enough, it’s unsafe
And inside, it’s a blur
Don’t know where to I’ve gone
Take care, take some

Back and forth, I’ve been retracing my steps
Through familiar thoughts slowly taking shape
Track Name: Sometimes I Can't Find You
With each phrase, so short
We’ve worn away the way back
The way back

And how to explain
Reaching and steady
Reaching and steady
Reaching and steady the fragile balance
We lose and regain

And I’m gone
And I’m here
And I’m gone
And I’m here looking out and around
And sometimes I can’t
Find you
Find you
Find you

But, what remains is enough
And standing with unfolded arms
I’ll reassemble what I can
Piece by piece
Track Name: To Be
To be a cage, overflowing
A broken arm, a rusted knife
To be one thin strand among others in a web,
A split surface, a drifting gaze

To be liquid, a floating vowel,
A vacant room slowly gathering smoke,
Leaking light and movement
To be vines stretching out along the wall,
An ironed crease, a purple hue
A shadow, behind and underneath it all

To be dusk, comfortably, uncomfortably in between
A winded bridge, a shaking pulse
To be doubt, leaving behind atrophied potential
The asphalt and the cicadas underneath

To be a long thread, bunched and knotted
Entangled limbs, a firm grasp
To be full-throated, un-constricted comfort
Fleeting and rare

To be what you hoped for,
Fitting in boxes, abiding by rules
Flanked by expectations,
Mine and yours and theirs

To be ever-changing,
Cutting and ripping and tearing at the seams, a violent growth
Reinventing and mourning what's left behind
Undoing the damage
Standing and falling, knocking it all over
Again and again and again and again

To be everything,
and to be nothing
And to be

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