Crash The Day

by Motes

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isaac arms This is one of my favorite albums ever, and I'm grateful to have been a part of it. It goes so many places. As someone dear to me said, "It’s a window-down car ride replete with the chirp and croaks of critters at dusk. It’s a thick air before-the-rain porch talk with a friend. It’s the phenomenon of vapor pressure and saturation pressure becoming the same."
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1.
03:56
Sugargum, your candy only makes my sweet tooth ache But it's an ache I can taste, yeah, all through my face. Bubble blower, it's been a minute since I've tasted this taste It's like coconut lace, your inscrutable face. Oh, it's a mountain of sound, yeah, and the trembling ground. Icing sugar goes to my heart and I can't slow down I'm shivering now and I can't feel my mouth Angel food, I'm all unraveled and I can't get straight It was a gorgeous mistake, another sour embrace. It was a mountain of sound, and I stood on the trembling ground, And I still can't believe what I found there, a sweetness I can't live without. It was a mountain of sound Yeah, it was a mountain of sound It was a mountain of sound Yeah, it was a mountain of sound It was a mountain of sound Yeah, it was a mountain of sound It was a mountain of sound
2.
04:57
Every button buttons shut a space leading down into a lonesome place where the salt of possibility joins the tide that drives the diamond sea The diamond sea Every diamond shines to light the tide uninvolved in any human pride Anyone who thinks he owns a gem doesn’t see how much the gem owns him The gem owns him When you wade into the water you'll find that you're dazed by the light but then your eyes will adjust and the shimmer will settle inside Swim in the diamond light Swim toward the sun
3.
04:58
I I I came I came I came to I came to I came to talk I came to talk I came to talk you out of this I came to talk you out of this This is a tangle that you can’t unravel This started as a kiss but now it’s fists and inquisition You told me this was driving you insane and not in a good way You asked me to remind you to regret this Chorus He offered you a rock You don’t want a rock He gave you a list of corny bits and bankrupt kisses He doesn’t like your kid He doesn’t get your heart You’re a metaphor He is unworthy of Chorus
4.
05:25
Silver Silver Pine tree Pine tree When you took me down Down into the pine trees pine trees You wore the silver crown haloed in the pine trees the pine trees Firefly Firefly lighting up the pine tree Quiet light Quiet light in the branches of the pine tree pine tree Pine tree night crowns you Fire fly your light moves through me too
5.
04:27
It's hard enough to see her, but she's loud enough to hear She keeps a list of promises you whisper in her ear She's only been around since the Summer of Love She's off her medication 'cause she doesn't like drugs Hold it against her, she won't mention it She can't even remember the way you first met She's under the impression that it hasn't happened yet Hold it against her, she won't ever mention it You're acting alone It only takes an hour but it feels like half a day She hasn't been outside in months, but she can't afford to stay She's a hopeful resolution to a problem you don't have, A premature conclusion to an alternate path Hold it against her, she won't mention it It's not hard to see her in the light of the stage Try hard not to wonder what's written on her face Hold it against her, she won't ever mention it You're acting alone
6.
04:59
You appear, a smudge of light, Pale surprise in the white blue sky Day moon Day moon I stay out all afternoon Just to keep you in my view Thinking I might catch your eye Day moon Day moon When you come around at night it’s nothing new But you crash the day, and I don’t recognize you Day moon Day moon In the dark I’m never not prepared for you In the light I wanna keep my eye on you
7.
02:45
Ending this year under water, start the new one circling the drain Again again A little resolution, a little sentimental elocution Again again Every time we celebrate it feels like we're already late And anytime I feel I feel relief It's a thought that I can't shake, every ceiling we break Reveals a new one. You've been keeping tabs on me since I started singing you to sleep Again again We don't want a thing to change, but we still get so restless every spring Again again When we chase each other through the library I won't catch you And when we disappear I'll follow too It's a thought that I can't shake, every feeling we fake Conceals a true one.
8.
She doesn’t have to be polite, problem patron. She doesn’t have to be polite. It’s not her job to make your night. She doesn’t have to be polite. She shouldn’t have to fear the night, sidewalk arbitor. She shouldn’t have to fear the night. She isn’t looking for a fight. She shouldn’t have to fear the night. You know the girl can really write, rape joke denizen. You know the girl can really write. And you won’t make her dim her light. You know the girl can really write. She’s gonna write you right out of her history. She’s gonna shine light into your cynical mystery. She doesn’t have to be polite.
9.
03:29
10.
05:01
It's not unforgettable, I can't even remember What you said this scene was about I can't control the energy, intimidate anyone, call it off or sell myself out And hey, I believe a friend in need'll help you out for free Nothing is negotiable once your cart is overfull We used to check the role-players out And in a sense it's sensible, not indefensible, that we never met underground And oh, I can't wait to drag myself around your estate Squinting into the affluent shine, stumbling downstairs and into the pool Conscious and complacent, he treats the ladies decently, Sees himself as somebody else She says "fuck the 90s, it wasn't a good time for me. I saw somebody else as myself." And yeah, I can see how you might mistake yourself for me And how would I even know you're wrong? How could I complicate this song? Leaving home I keep breathing it in It's been around since the season ended, but it's softer now Aw, don't try sliding I booked a ride on the sunny side and it's softer now And I feel okay It's real, okay I feel okay It's real, okay I feel okay It's real, okay I feel okay It's real, okay If feel okay It's real, okay I feel okay It's real, okay . . .

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released June 8, 2018

Produced by Motes with Isaac Arms and Colin Althaus
Recorded at Earth Analog Studios in Tolono and at home in Urbana IL
Engineered and mixed by Colin Althaus
Mastered at Mystery Room in Milwaukee WI by Justin Perkins

Matt Cohn: Drums and percussion
Elizabeth Majerus: Bass, guitar, and vocals
Matt Mitchell: Guitar, bass, and vocals

Isaac Arms played piano on “Came To”
Otis Mitchell played piano on “Silver Pine”

All songs written by Motes © 2018, Small Slow Moving Music (BMI)
Cover art by Paige Spangler

Acknowledgments: Bill and Jill Mitchell, Hayan Kim, Cohn family, Otis and Ruby Mitchell,
James Treichler, David Butler and Kay Holley

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Motes Urbana, Illinois

In the traditions of post-punk and dreampop, Motes' guitars are rhythmic and noisy, and their melodies are hushed and frail. The group is decidedly Midwestern, though, in their exploration of emotion through imagery and exposition. Their poetry has a kind of existential clarity; and sometimes, through layers and modulation, Motes get messy—but never miss the mark. ... more

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