3. Calafia / by The Lulls

For all of its structural experimentation, “Calafia” is most illustrative of the album’s minimalist aesthetic. Not a single chord is played until the very end, as the song gives its last few breaths before sucking back in. Sometimes we call the song “Gothic Blondie,” because it has a dark tinge, but it’s still pretty bouncy and ‘70s art-punky—until it totally changes gear. Because it deals with the Spanish myth of California as an island empire of black women (hence our album title, “Island of Daughters”), female empowerment and the sense of standing atop a precipice pervade the music. The drop-off from the first movement to the second suggests a leap from this precipice and into flight. The spell is broken once the listener hits the ground for the third movement and continues running off the edge of the earth.

End of the earth
Where our lives all started
Uneasy birth
An island of daughters was calling

Walk off the earth
No wives are martyrs
Save for the first, if that doesn’t work
An empire of daughters has fallen

Calafia
I know that you are
Stronger than me and my friends are
Stronger than me and my friends are (x6)

Our world's been all
Targets in panopticons
Fear in control
In brush cover collect arrows
Cut from the chest
Cut time it takes to strike now
Stronger than me and my friends
Stronger than me and my friends