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about

the first of two small collections of songs written and recorded after yellow house. after three consecutive albums working at a certain sound i wanted to give myself space to experiment without expectations & introduce fresh ideas. on this one, i pushed myself to try some things i couldn't seem to get right in the past, while drawing from a lot of what i'd learned recording the last album. the title is from some lyrics i ended up scrapping, but the phrase stuck with me enough to attach itself to these songs.

this phase of living is a constant process of moving and leaving. moving in and out of homes, working different jobs. many of the people i'm closest with are gone much of the year. everything can feel weightless and transitory when that kind of permanence is absent. but then, i feel like that's something you look back on with intense nostalgia later in life, everything is weird that way.

email me if you can't afford/want to talk
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credits

released September 17, 2019

all songs written & recorded by thomas howard
thanks to matt deakin for songwriting contributions on cop lights

ZT123 ~ Z Tapes Records ~ 2019

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orchid mantis Atlanta, Georgia

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Track Name: cop lights
into the night
swear i'll be out in half an hour
can't waste my time
it's all receding now

passing cop lights
and a parked car
with the doors open
and nobody there
sometimes
when your thoughts
hit you like a knife
sometimes

and i'm dreaming i'm sure
there's no reason to carry on
with these thoughts and these words
what for

i'd wait for hours
until you came back to the house
to feel alright
there's nowhere else i could survive
Track Name: where you are (feat. josh augustin)
looking at a photograph
been so long that i'd forgotten
wish i knew the day it passed
feeling older by the season

don't know where you are
can't tell you how it's gone
tried to tough it out
made it out somehow

remember that time
it's a place in your mind
you can always go back

i was only passing by
wrapped up in the city lights
see the blur and the train cars
on and on

staring from an overpass
fields that fade and skies that last
on return the world grows still
viewed through scattered windows
and i wonder still

you can always go back
Track Name: no one else around
slow down
living in this hell
i was caught out
swept up in the tides
and i'm drowning now
wanting nothing else
but to be there
with no one else around

left undone
don't know why
lose someone

half-light
sitting in the sun
by the campsite
could've been someone
but i'm nowhere now
living in my head
until the seasons
cycle back around
Track Name: closer / get back
sitting dormant
on the west end line
i was closer
than i've ever been
do you question
why you waste your time
living alone

what's the purpose
for this distant curse
up at midnight
thinking in reverse
is it worth it
all this wasted time
i can't get back
that i can't get back

so we're hiding out tonight
and i wonder what you're thinking
because you feel so far away
don't know how to make it right

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