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Knot

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1.
Fallow 04:20
After some good time lying fallow, the fields considered the use and goodness of dew and moisture -- so I considered the use and goodness of everything that I'd considered gone and rotten, but was just forgotten. And now I'm back, and now I'm ready to return. After some real time ringing hollow, the thought, recurring, changes key. And like the thought did, so I considered the use and goodness of changing key, to full from hollow, from the full-time hatred of everything that I'd considered gone away. And now it's back, and now it's ready to return.
2.
Foam 03:01
I appreciated the quivering foam my brother sent me on his cell phone. I lay in bed for hours, the morning held its power over me. Who put these sand dunes here, and for whom? In my side view I squint at the horizon; the morning's jaundiced eye squints back at me. I should've come and met you on the beach. Was my father right when he said, "Maybe we are all just evil motherfuckers"? I believe in people's power, but not at this late hour, personally. I should've come and met you on the beach.
3.
Who's that at my gate? And are they coming for me? And if we take our boot off their neck, how much justice will they want? I live in fear! Do you hear that toddler whine? It sounds like she's hungry to me, and though my refrigerator is full, better reach for my rifle. I live in fear!
4.
Horse trotting, feet not touching the ground: head hanging, hooves just floating around. Can't fool me, I see the pole holding the Figurine up. Looking for my mother's open hand in my father's fist somewhere in this museum... my sibling's open hand on my little cheek... But that was years ago and I'm much older now I can't be fooled by such childish things as figurines.
5.
The World 04:21
Maybe something bad will happen, or maybe something good will happen. Whatever it is, I'll stick to it and own it. I don't want another world -- I want this one. Maybe something new will happen, or maybe something old will repeat itself. Whatever it is, I'll stick to it and own it, I'll cling to it and cleave to it. I don't want another world -- I want this one.
6.
Justice 04:17
I used to think that justice -- justice -- was something you meet with a mouth full of dirt and a skull full of worms. Better to have never, never been born Now I think I know better: justice is a dog biting back; justice is my bleeding hand; justice is my lonely walk home; justice is me in your arms. I used to think that power was something to fear with blood on its mouth and hate in its heart. Stronger just meant more willing to hurt. Now I think I know better: power is us walking in hand; power is us moving through pain; power is my wound healing up; power is you in my arms.
7.
Rust 03:07
The way objects pass like hours, with a face and sneering... He bled on his pillow, and now rested in it. The sheets warm in morning... pickled in the mattress... suspended in them and thinking like a fetus... To roll over and see ceiling fan unspinning, shadowless in spring light, flabby muscles ringing. Rust as spirit color rust as world entire rusty metal faucet drips rusty colored water. Rust as spirit color rusted-up and tired must be something I ate -- could be wrongly wired.
8.
Orange 03:32
The things you want and need aren't the same. But if you want, I'll be an orange light for you. The things you want and what I need aren't the same. But if you want, I"ll peel an orange. Give me your secret plant. I'll feed it and water it, I'll take good care for you -- I'll even play it classical music, and, when you're ready to, come home to me. I'll be home when you're ready to come home to me. The place you haunt and where I seek aren't the same. But if you want, I'll peel an orange for you. The things you want and what I need aren't the same. But if you want, I'll be your orange. Give me your favorite pet. I'll walk it and feed it, I'll groom it every day -- but come home to me! I'll be home when you're ready to come home to me.
9.
Space and time are each other's punishment, and if you want to be, you're going to have to do. And if you want to do a thing, you'll have to be one too. And all I have found is wanting. Cannot help but yank on the chain that keeps me here, keep worrying the tether that keeps me from whatever might be beyond the end. The end.

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released August 28, 2020

Jonah Furman: Vocals, Guitar
Joe Demanuelle-Hall: Guitar
Aaron Ratoff: Bass, Guitar (4, 9)
Ian Becker: Drums


Recorded by Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez at The Honey Jar, Brooklyn, NY.
Mastered by Josh Bonati
Artwork by Talia Levitt


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Thank You Dan Goldin, We Cherish You.

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