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released February 18, 2014

Performed by:
Mark Daumen - bass, tuba
Kyle Keegan - drums, percussion
Emma Nadeau - piano, rhodes, vocals
Ari Picker - vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming
Joah Tunnell - guitars, vocals

with:

Andrew Anagnost - cello
Rebecca Daley - horn
Karen Strittmatter Galvin - violin
Maria Evola - violin
Amy Mason - viola
David Meyer - cello
Jacob Rodriguez - saxophone
Nicolas Vernhes - drums, keyboards\

All songs by Ari Picker
Except “Excos” Written by Ari Picker and Emma Nadeau
Produced and Mixed by Nicolas Vernhes
Engineered by Nicolas Vernhes, with Evan Bradford
Arrangements by Ari Picker

Recorded at Echo Mountain in Asheville, North Carolina
Mixed at the Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, New York
Additional recording at the Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, New York and Seriously Adequate in Carrboro, North Carolina
Mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM Sound in Brooklyn, New York

Photography by DL Anderson
Layout by Trevor Hernandez
Design by Will Hackney

Thank you: Nicolas Vernhes, Martin Anderson, Andy Kaulkin, Amy Butterer, Shawn Nolan, Will Hackney, Evan Bradford, Gini Bell, Rusty Sutton, Drew Anagnost, Jenavieve Varga, Peter Lewis, Josh Kimbrough, Britt Foxworth, Sarah & Mike Fisher, Stephen Tunnell, Madeleine Tunnell, Dave Hansen, Matt McGreevey, Hilary Okun, Krystal Robbins, Jeff Abarta, Jon Strickland, Felicia Risolo, Michele Stephens, Trevor Hernandez, Hector Martinez, Monica Kim, Jamie Espinoza, Karl Hensel, Tonni Maruyama, Roger Dorresteijn and everyone at ANTI, Jerry & Shay Stifelman, Derek Anderson, Jessica Tomasin and everyone at Echo Mountain, Alex Maiolo & Olivia Hjermitslev, Theresa Stone, Hunter Simpson, Dana Janssen, Kym Register, Phil Moore, Beth Tacular, Brad Cook, Yan Westerlund, TJ Maiani, Thomas Costello, Amelia Meath, Nick Sanborn, Nathan Toben, Joe Norkus, Justin Peele, Frank Heath, Glenn Boothe, Aaron Greenwald, Laura Jones, Boche and everyone at Billions, Karen and Shawn Galvin, Jacob Rodriguez, the Bells, the Crossens, the Nadeau/Fishers, the Tunnells, the Daumens, the Keegans, the Hackneys, the Andersons and the entire Trekky Records family.

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Track Name: Excos
you burn me
with only heavens voice
you scatter my ashes
to the wind
embers

for
a moment I swear
you scared me
just to scare me

the water
will rise above you
no matter where you are

and all
i want
is your heart

so clear and sharp it hurts
the color your eyes turn
so clear and sharp it hurts

the color your eyes turn
watch all the mountains burn
the color your eyes turn

the color your eyes turn
there’s nothing as beautiful
the color your eyes turn
Track Name: Past Life
the sun pours from your eyes
we were killers in our past life
but it turned out alright
winter brings the ice

wrap your arms around
reaching for the light
the angel swims at night

rain it down
upon my call
lets open the night up
a room for us

never run away
birds fly from your eyes
and you know it’s a stair case
park the car at night
we’ll crumble into flames

a lover’s eyes
never look away
I’m bleeding in my heart
you tell me that I’m safe

when I realize
that death is just a stair case
I’m bleeding in my heart
when nothing is for certain

rain it down
upon my call
lets open the night up
a room for us

never run away
birds fly from your eyes
and you know it’s a stair case
park the car at night
we’ll crumble into flames
Track Name: Lady In White
I’ve spindled in golden arms
such beautiful sorrow

the cyclone’s song falls around our homes
our hands reach for tomorrow

always
you always
hear the rainfall at night

always
your eyes always
are repeating white light

I will give you your space
we will speak tomorrow

where the rivers rise and the birds crawl
there is where I’ll hold you

always
you’re always
in my mirror at night

always
your eyes always
are repeating white light

always
you always
meet me in the next life
Track Name: Daunting Friend
you’re such a daunting friend
you sing to me under your bed
a melody’s rotten
all your spirling hair
I will meet you on the stairs
the angels are speaking

so I will lie
in your shadow
out where the oceans are dark
we’ll never hunt alone
so long
out where our eyes are all older
our memories have grown

we’ll float around the town
chasing all that beauty we’re after
a mirror repeating
saying you’re alright
sing with all the color of night
our love’s always changing
like angels speaking

so I will lie
in your shadow
out where the oceans are dark
we’ll never hunt alone

and rise up
arise
light of our own
our armored moon will burn bright
and fold us in her arms

I let you slip away
you let me slip away
forever
when our eyes are all older
our memories stay
Track Name: Rites
I’ll
crawl out of my skin
leave all that I love
left a letter on the bed

every harm
every violent
moment
all of our faults aside
drift through rooms
of white light

lie on the ground
are you sitting down?
are you sitting down?
our family’s in the background

where
does your art come from?
the Lion and the Lamb
our family’s in the background

my heart pumps blood
a ghost in sun
you keep disappearing
I keep disappearing

are you sitting down?
Track Name: Wake
wake
under the river where it’s
dark
open your eyes up

safe
a glittered raining
a mirrored
soul
opens it’s eyes slow

silence
over our city where it
starts
two suns will rise up
take
my tired secret
my weary
soul
open my eyes slow
Track Name: Glass Harp
floating in the early sun
your morning gown
I’m away while you’re asleep
thunder sounds
you dream color while behind my eyes
shadows bloom
your mirrored mouth your graceful hands
your eyes open

it’s not your fault
be still in my arms
it’s not your fault

the earth has overgrown
the sea
it will part
it’s not your fault

art space and gentle waves
I drift under
at the end of life we’ll sing
in color
I speak to your turned back
am I alone?
your mirrored mouth your graceful hands
you start to turn

it’s not your fault
be still in my arms
it’s not your fault

the earth has overgrown
the sea
it will part
it’s not your fault
Track Name: Sun
sunlight rusts us through
all for naught I know
falls through our hands
vanished
falls apart
ashes

once
I held a photograph
of the sun
rained down for us

from
a high place the moments pass
every single one
is a head rush

now
I’m still
and plain
no more words
nothing

I fought by an angel’s side
getting what we want
sunlight on us
formed
made from the darkest ice
so cold
sunlight on us
Track Name: Night Walking
go night walking
silver white
dance towards me
slip your hands
through mine

grace in movements
steps fallen
mirror mine
your hands
on my spine

follow up the stairs
fall into my arms
your voice is light
we come from the dark

endless color
songs collide
frozen words
your voice
saves mine

bonfires burning
storms are spirling
down
we’re silent
in the calm

follow up the stairs
fall into my arms
your voice is light
we come from the dark
Track Name: Upstairs
I have awoken
with red hands around my face
I stumble through the dark

they’re prisms in the eyes
of angels circling
tell me who you are

and where will I go now
when my world is cold and broken
will the sea part
when the moons blood falls
and opens up the earth
will a sun rise
don’t let me fall apart

I’ll tell my secrets
you tell me what they mean
you can line them up

I’m trapped upstairs
below
the red beast wandering
it’s never giving up

and where will I go now
when my world is cold and broken
will the sea part
when the moons blood falls
and opens up the earth
there’s a sun rise
don’t let me fall apart