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far from this world

by orchid mantis

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zluv amazing album all the way through, so glad i got the vinyl! Favorite track: even in dreams.
catking
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catking Great atmosphere. Love just throwing this on and feeling washed over by chilled melancholy. Favorite track: within and apart.
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khal One of my favorite records of 2020... These songs just keep growing on me the more I return to them. I love the lo-fi and bedroom pop sounds seamlessly meshed with a stark post-punk and electronic edge.

The first and second half runs are so different, yet so complimentary. As the album progresses the tracks grow more experimental and ethereal. The grooves are ear catching the whole way through. I just love this project so much Favorite track: never know why.
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    Black vinyl color. Limited edition of 250.

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    Designed by Phil Nicholls (www.philnicholls.ca).

    Please purchase shirts/apparel as a separate order from tapes/vinyl for shipping reasons.
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where'd the days go when did the nights get so long time moves slow on my own and i remember when i could still make sense of how things were lights above lift me up never goes how you thought it would go but this world is a broken home just enough for the memory to feel right there's only so much time in the dark outside after midnight no arms can reach into this sky you can feel when you're out of luck think i never had enough where have the days gone i never know just what's wrong can't see how cast me out and i could stay here or i could disappear it makes no difference now our time is running out if i could have just one more day never goes how you thought it would go but this world is a broken home just enough for the memory to feel right there's only so much time in the dark outside after midnight no arms can reach into this sky we're within and apart both the end and the start
2.
even if i turned back time i could never change your mind committed to this place i make the same mistakes much farther no time for arrivals, departures what's final is final, i'm tired and i can't see the sun when i wake up and there's no one and yeah i felt alright when i was on your mind now i'm just wasting time just wasting time because i never knew what it would mean to you when you were on your own and now it's set in stone forever we're never enough for each other now what's final is final, i'm tired and i can't see the sun when i wake up and there's no one
3.
outside 02:52
light rays break through consume your room i'm not here with you once you find me outside no one is ever on your side some days go by change your mind and you'll decide that you can't live with it (on the phone) passed through it (i hope you know it's okay) i've been well
4.
all out of time, infinite light try not to care if it turns out right given the ends, never made sense to sift through yourself for anyone else up until three know it's all the same to me and i'll put up with anything but you can't change your mind because i'm fading now my dreams just stress me out when you're feeling low, like you told me you just lie awake in your mind nothing helps in the end sleep through the day, staying up late always inside, running in place never know why, hoping to find, some peace from this weight to take it away call me right back someday soon we'll all be on track see you in the summertime if we don't lose our minds because i'm fading now my dreams just stress me out when you're feeling low like you told me you just lie awake in your mind nothing helps in the end it's alright i can tell the feeling changes all the time i can't make it stop oh, this life holds you to your promises takes everything just to exist won't ever make sense of it
5.
make me complete sleep at your feet when i wake up it's a chore just to walk out the door i was losing my mind so far from the guiding light but when nothing was left i could start over again dreams are coming true i'll waste them with you cause i know that you'll leave as soon as i do everything is quiet where you are never any meaning in an ending or all the things that never get to start those days are through feels like i'm just waiting for you to come home or answer the phone but it's been some time and months pass alright i've been making my peace with how things had to be
6.
no answer 02:46
no answer no answer i am almost over getting closer to your house will you wait for me when i read your text feel it in my chest no answer no answer back on my bike with my hands freezing off answered your call i can't risk being wrong no answer no answer
7.
pkd 03:28
tomorrow you'll figure it out again saw past and future glow superimposed glass panels and bright pink beams i'm dreaming the same bad dreams every night we won't ever face it until it's too late to call it quits we won't ever face it until it's too late to make amends fate is habit the tomb world the earth turns underneath, underneath the sky falls out from under me i cant see the ground can't see the ground there is no signal in the buzzing or the static the feeling or the panic feels like we're living in a funeral like a note that's out of tune ringing and ringing we won't ever face it until it's too late to call it quits we won't ever face it until it's too late to make amends fate is habit
8.
keswick park 03:15
won't feel the same calling your name lights in the dark outside keswick park and i've been in this place for ages nothing ever really changes when it takes it all from you and the light fills up the room we'll be figures in the moon doing what we used to do and i guess that things go on been out of it far too long but i can't change the past time is all we have when it takes it all from you and the light fills up the room we'll be figures in the moon doing what we used to do
9.
if you want to know yourself ask yourself what you're not nothing else lives on give me up and let yourself down and you pass through the ground as you drown and you drown and you drown and you muddy up the meaning scramble up all of the pieces disregard all of the reasons you should paint what you believe in
10.
tell 04:01
don't forget a word of it make the best of everything i've been up thinking every night i've been seeing spirit signs and if i could know just what you want never felt this for any another tell me did i waste my time something felt but never spoken wish i could see inside your mind tell me all the things you wouldn't tell i can't remember when things fell apart again but nothing is quite like it was before thinking about when i had that dorm and i would walk past the city stores to the fourth floor of the apartments later after it got dark felt so sure none of it mattered now i just feel so insecure everything has felt so different since back then and i'll do anything, just lift me up again for some reason i'm losing sense every night every night
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12.
i wanna be far from this world after the curtains drawn bright like the morning i can be certain now i know that when i'm gone another one takes over in the blink of an eye don't ask why i feel so tired don't wanna be like this i'm playing just to quit i wanna be far from this world just for awhile i wanna be far from this world i know the light won't stay the picture doesn't change but you're not in the frame permanently absent i know that after all our conversations are over still you're easy to find life goes on when you're not home i don't wanna feel like this i'm just waiting for the kick i wanna be far from this world just for awhile i wanna be far from this world
13.
i remember racing home late at night, just to make it while you were awake and every night i'll be up for hours now figuring this out hold me up, i can see it light beyond right now floating up to the ceiling all that is, is right now can't remember anything from my dreams when i leave them they all just recede and i don't know about what's past here i'll wait another night just wait another night shed me of my soul won't leave a thing behind i say this every time yeah i say this every time
14.
this is a day that you can't take back i'm trying to face it time is impatient and when it feels like i am not here not elsewhere either elsewhere either don't be late make mistakes bend or break just play the game play the game the weight is in my head i'm on a bed of nails never sinking in what measures out our debt i swear i'll make amends forgetting everything let it pass let it pass away don't be late make mistakes bend or break just play the game play the game

about

10.13.2020

"I found the cover art for Far From This World in an old photo album just a few weeks ago. I don’t know when it was taken, probably over a decade ago, but that field and the dirt road look just how I remember them as a kid. I keep thinking about that place, and how far it feels from everything in my life now. While writing and recording this album, I moved back home after the dissolution of a 3-year relationship, graduated from college, and moved again. Many things changed, fell apart, and were rebuilt.

This is the first thing I’ve recorded that doesn’t feel retrospective or past-oriented. The oldest songs on this album fill out the first half, written in the summer and winter of 2019, when things still felt normal. The latter half, however, was born from the strenuous circumstances of this year as I adjusted to a startlingly different world, both personally and at large. This feels like a transitional time, and in the face of such uncertainty we often look for an escape. That’s what this album did for me. It allowed me to get away from everything when nothing else worked. It got me through a really rough time, and honestly, in that sense its job is already over. Now I hope maybe it can do the same for you. Love you all."

credits

released November 20, 2020

To everyone who has ever reached out about my music, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, it means the world to me truly. Many thanks to all my friends and loved ones, who keep me going and especially Yoon who helped motivate me to finally finish this.

All songs written, recorded, and produced by Thomas Howard

ZT165 ~ Z Tapes Records ~ 2020

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orchid mantis Atlanta, Georgia

found sounds, tape collages, and pop songs about forgetting.

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