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"An organic outcry of urgency in an overwhelming sea of defeatism. But it's just not as good as 'Currents.'"


released September 25, 2016

music by zach newman
art by madison young

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Tall Stars Asheville, North Carolina

formed in 1995

(background image: Giotto, Vault of Scrovegni Chapel, Padua (1305) )

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Track Name: Things
why can't I do the things I said I'd do?
some things for me, some things for you
why must we lie in the mirror every night?
tell ourselves something nice to get by

before internet I would have smoked cigarettes
to stay alone but to stay busy yet
now my head is filled with gifs instead
and cat pics, you know I never left my bed

why can't I do the things I said I'd do?
some things for me and some things for you
the truth is unkind and probably not right
I'm a bad student and I will be until I die
Track Name: Homewardly
bury me in blueberries
as deep as the foamy sea
and underneath i'll always be
buried homewardly

mary comes to me
in a dream where she screams
and i can leave the country
to bury her homewardly
Track Name: Nice Boots
you have nice boots
they look real cute
and what can i do?
to look more like you?

you've been hanging with a crowd
you've been talking sad proud
and i've been thinking out loud
that that's what i should be talking about

and i don't really drink
too much gets me sad and then gets me sick
i know i over think
and yesterday i should have had a little bit

here the sun doesn't shine
everybody's got their own light
and i feel perfectly fine
borrowing yours from time to time

borrowing yours all the time
Track Name: Ghozt
the house sounds off when it's settling
like the creaky cupboard that the tea kettle's in
it makes poor kate think of ghosts

the wooden floorboard's always cold
a focal like sunlight would never burn a whole
it's further evidence to kate that she made a mistake

the house was built after an earthquake
where rumor has it a young family could not escape
so now they haunt this cozy new kitchen

and i guess things get a little bewitching
when the stairwell starts singing
and kate is driving far from home

and something's funny with the stove
four burners on and all on their own
is this what they meant when they said the house had charm

just then something cold grabs my arm
a little girl says "i mean no harm"
but would it be funny if i said "trick or treat"

kate came home and said hello to me
and i said you're right we have to leave
i must have looked post dog rick moranis

so good night to your family
little girl please rest in peace

but please bring back her deposit
Track Name: And The Sun Comes Up
i melt like ice when you talk to me all night
and the sun comes up

the smell of chai within a quarter of light
and the sun comes up

let’s sharpen spring’s knife
to make every day feel fine

we can float like ghosts
down the halls of our home

and the sun comes up

i’ll frame a migraine across the window pane
and the sun comes up

we speak underneath while winter thaws beneath
and the sun comes up

but there’ll still be cold
hidden in the breeze
and it’s ok if we don’t talk
and it’s ok if we can’t meet

i just want you to know how much those nights meant to me