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Wild Surf / Quiet Blues

by Partial Traces

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1.
Quiet Blues 02:26
this place in all its honesty betrays the things we never see calls out the hidden secret spots flood lights on fenced in parking lots sirens wail with the blowing rain drown out noise from departing planes your voice heart break and long walks home A sharp tune to the dial tone there’s all the words we couldn’t find to say they’re in the wind they drift with yesterday conversations we don’t have to make the quiet blues, the lonely interstate there’s you alone there’s nothing we can change there’s love and light and shadows on your face we try to live between the lines we’ve laid it’s just an ocean it’s just a reckless place
2.
it comes down to what gets left out all the boring days it’s a way now we try to dress down take the longest way and I know you got some old blues something you haven’t placed guess it follows guess it hitchhikes I guess it finds its way farther now than we’ve ever been the city’s loud, the country’s dead pull me back into that dream I was floating in an ocean it was silver and green it’s a walk up on the fifth floor a place you used to live it’s a basement it’s a punk show it’s what we’ll say we did we can’t all stay we all move on try to find new ways keep it honest keep the lights on watch how the times they change farther now than we’ve ever been the city’s loud, the country’s dead pull me back into that dream I was floating in an ocean it was silver and green some days I can’t get out of my head walk for hours, I don’t know where I’ve been I get so lost in these streets there’s a quiet in the chaos there’s a feeling I need you look into me from a black and white print your eyes are oceans, okay drag me back in it’s not a lot to believe we carry something from the places we come from when we leave
3.
we’re lost in the clouds we drown in the sea we’re scattering light we drift with the breeze we say way too much give up what we need there’s a point that we lost a path we can’t see now what good is the truth if it’s only an end what’s a word we can use a rule we could bend will you make me a deal will you stick to the plan are we challenger deep are we too far from land did we burn it all down are we still in the game it’s a wild violent surf it’s a hard crashing wave let me stay down, cut me off I don’t want to see the surface break want to get myself so lost I don’t want to feel this feeling change
4.
Esme 03:54
in the evening we take home everything most of it’s nothing mostly there’s nothing we search our memory look for the things we need mostly there’s nothing most of it’s nothing even all the broken things volume knobs and silver strings they’re all made of something they used to be something we’re out of phase we’re flawed designs we never make the train on time we do the math we find a way I study every stranger’s face and walk through silent, crowded streets Wednesdays turn into weeks closer still feels far away we never get past yesterday when was that last time we stayed up all night mostly just talking mostly about nothing you wore a red sweatshirt you had your hair cut short I keep it in my mind I won’t lose it this time they might take every sunset they might get when we first met I have to hold onto something I can’t stay here with nothing we’re all just shapes we’re penciled lines we get erased we have our time they do the math we try to stay I worry every stranger’s face might be someone I used to know Wednesday seems so long ago far off is still too close to home we never get past what we know we take home everything even all the broken things we search our memory look for the things we need even all the broken things
5.
Blue Pacific 03:04
you say it like it’s proof of something never seen the California coast open the window let the sun light up the smoke tell me how your distant cousin has a job on a fishing boat pulling nets from the blue pacific might be a good time to go yesterday the clocks stopped frozen now it’s too fast, it’s a time lapse sky a green flash sinking in the ocean I miss it every time waking up it’s a foreign landscape passing out it’s a lonely bed I picture you, the blue pacific it’s over my head keep to myself most days cut up these scenes, rearrange alter this altered state it always ends up too late I want to see out past the true horizon I tried to level out the plane to you but my perspective kept me high and blinded your points all vanish in pacific blue
6.
Dangerous 03:08
the way you talk you talk to me the way you look away from me the way I think about you is dangerous it’s dangerous the things I see when I look at you the things that I hold onto I can’t let go if I wanted to it’s dangerous it’s dangerous closer in, I can’t resist I’ll pay you now in promises closer ‘til the first wave hits it’s dangerous it’s dangerous dangerous, it’s dangerous dangerous, it’s dangerous
7.
Cold Clouds 03:45
show me where the paved roads end take me down an old truck by the riverbed still there now 15, 1993 you're all heavy metal and light headphones in the high school halls walk through the woods at night tell me how the sound comes through repeats a phrase outside you get a clearer view see the pressure wave the last time I found you with cold clouds around you receivers and mirrors the noise stops when you're here now you wait in a weightless state for the dust to clear all your wavelengths shift and shine from there to here yeah you’re a long, long way from home not too far gone for me to know disappear into cold clouds disappear into sound
8.
Wild Surf 03:43
well fuck me lately I can’t get it right I slept through a few too bought a little time checked out now I forgot how I used to get by was it always this difficult don’t remember the crushing weight these things used to be measurable now they stretch to uncharted space with all the lights in this town you’d think it wouldn’t be possible to find yourself in the dark to see the night as unstoppable the bartenders they never catch on about the other bartenders that’s the thing about here no one really remembers you’re out in the wild surf I’m lost in the parking lot I can’t say what they’re worth but I’ll give you the things I’ve got it gets desperate and strange out here haunting the lowest haunts we’re so exhausted and brave we run away from the things we want with all the lights in this town you’d think it wouldn’t be possible to find yourself in the dark to see the night as unstoppable the bartenders they never catch on about the other bartenders that’s the thing about here no one really remembers a two-dimensional curve that recedes from the center

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released July 30, 2021

Recorded & mixed at The Terrarium in MPLS, MN by Jacques Wait
Mastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Sound

Nate Gangelhoff-synth, electric guitar, bass, & piano
Maren Macosko-vocals & noise guitar
Brad Lokkesmoe-drums & percussion
Annie Sparrows-vocals

All music Nate Gangelhoff
All lyrics Brad Lokkesmoe/Maren Macosko
All songs ©2021 Quiet Town Sound(ASCAP)

Artwork & layout by Mike Rose

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