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Keep It in the Dark

by Motes

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1.
Sometimes Saturday night Just feels like Tuesday morning Give it a week See if it comes around It might not be obvious But I can tell you’re a novice at this Let’s just see what happens I don’t know, I guess I like it okay Oooh, color me easily impressed Give it a minute See if I mean it Why should we agree About anything at all? It might be hysterical But you keep picking up tarot cards Let’s just see what happens Some days I get so amazed Isn’t that peculiar? It isn’t that peculiar Some days are like open graves Isn’t that peculiar? It isn’t that peculiar Sometimes I can’t always feel The skin I was born into Give me an hour If I start to freak out And if the crowd goes crazy Well, that’s just what crowds do Let’s just see what happens It might just be meaningless, but it might mean a lot to us It might just be common dust but means a lot to us At least I didn’t get loaded No I never get loaded anymore At least I didn’t say too much At least I never opened up my mouth Let’s just see what happens
2.
Great Lake 04:24
My great lake is not the same as your sea. My thimbleful of absinthe's a half-sip. Time now to climb down it's time to come off the windy heights now and climb down inside where it's cozy and  bright, warm light you'll find inside. My great lake is not the same as your sea. My cymbal crash is all made of gimcrack. Time now to climb down it's time to come off the windy heights now just climb down inside where it's cozy and  bright, warm light you'll find inside. A symbol, a thimbleful, a symbol, a thimbleful....
3.
Freeway 04:39
You're going out tonight For the first time it feels like a lifeline, yeah From the lazy lights on the freeway to the parking garage It feels like the first time again As though you can't let go of the steering wheel Close your eyes and seal the deal And all the way back home You're singing it to yourself again Over and over You wanna keep it in the dark You wanna feel it in your pulse You oughta beat it in your heart You wanna keep it in the dark You wanna feel like someone else But you don't want to come apart In the morning and in the afternoon And the next day too And the next day too Yeah, you're gonna have to sleep Mmm late at night And the next night too And in the afternoon You're turning out the light It's the worst time to be online alone But the lazy lights on the freeway and the parking garage They won't leave you alone You never could say no to another souvenir Carry it away from here And all the way back home You're singing it to yourself again, over and over You wanna Keep it in the dark You wanna listen to your pulse You oughta beat it in your heart You wanna Keep it in the dark You wanna feel like someone else But you don't wanna live with it In the morning and in the afternoon And the next day, too And the next day, too Yeah, you're gonna have to sleep Mmm, late at night And the next night, too And in the afternoon.
4.
Fools 04:06
Fools play in a serious way Trying to keep the albatross at bay I’ll keep with me what you give away I’ll stay home today Fools pay for a holiday Sipping chardonnay in artificial shade It’s been a year since we’ve seen the light of May We’re alive, there’s time We’re alive, there’s time We’re alive, there’s time We’re alive, there’s time We’re alive, there’s time We’re alive, there’s time We’re alive, there’s time We’re alive, there’s time
5.
Bleedin 04:52
I was hoping my eyes would open on an ocean in the rain But I just woke up on the plains again Where it's normal and slow, and the devil you know Will never catch a soul who's already cheating. Yeah, I've been to high school, just around the block That's where I learned I can take a beating And feel hopeless and sad but somehow not that bad You can't break my heart, it's already bleeding There's no trust in America, no love in this town It's not hard to see why you're all leaving But we're sticking around, we're gonna close it down We can't get to sleep, we're already dreaming His eyes look just like stars, and his voice sounds like guitars And his hair is a riot in a bar Fall in love again with your neediest friend You can't break his heart, it's already bleeding
6.
We Collide 04:56
When we collide the ordinary muddle settles into Milky Way. Carmel flows everywhere the nougat goes. Then we decide to set aside our slumber rumble on toward two o’clock. [chorus] You be my bride. I’ll take you to Toronto, lift you onto a tidy tram. Me and you, rolling toward a lakeshore view. Then we’ll collide enfolding any drama into calmer quips and quotes. [chorus]
7.
Dear Life 04:47
On the day that you were born I should have warned you I should have taken you aside And said "I think I know what you're crying for. You should be holding on for dear life." Am I the one who's driving? Am I in the driver's seat, and are you with me? I'll have you hanging on for dear life. I'll have you hanging on for dear life. I couldn't wait to meet you. I was so terrified to meet you. Now I'm the deer and you're the headlights You've got me holding on for dear life. And now day and night you haunt me It's an ordinary thing. There is a hurricane in your eyes You've got me hanging on for dear life. If it's true that all roads lead homeless There are so many ways I can blow this And I don't mean to sound so serious Oh, but I want this.
8.
Trees 03:19
Walk slow through the woods, Walk slow through the woods, Walk slow to find what you already know. Ten days into winter, and you’re starting to feel the cold. Ten days into winter, and you’re going down, going down. Walk slow through the woods, Walk slow through the woods, Walk slow to find what you already know. Walk slow, walk slow, walk slow.
9.
Should 05:19
I don't think it's weird if you don't And I won't tell a soul if you won't I can't help myself if you can't And you can't go home again if I can And I won't hesitate if you won't And I don't wanna know why you don't I would let it go if you could You'd wanna show me why I should
10.
Parade 04:00
I saw you on TV, closed captioning In a bar, music was playing You looked so intense without even trying And I - I'm the first to believe it. So let's put up the seasonal lights Break out the ice, break out the nice And we'll cry cry cry Try to unwind, why can't we unwind? Keep your heart intact Baby keep your heart intact Give me all your information and give me all your keys Don't keep it from me You're gonna puncture my daydream You're gonna keep it alive and hope for the better How would it feel to meet a man with an artificial heart? Oh - what would you say? It'd be hard not to stare But there's nothing to see there Good advice, ha ha, nice Try and take it sometime Keep your heart intact Baby keep your heart intact Give me all your information and give me all your keys Just keep your heart intact Leave like you won't come back One more opportunity to give me one more chance To keep it from you To make it exciting To make it alright - Or even authentic You and your mascot, you deserve each other Oh - go find a parade Climb on and go Roll the dice, melt the ice And glide glide glide All by design, break out the wine Keep your heart intact Baby keep your heart intact Don't look in the mirror, girl, And don't hold out for miracles Just keep your heart intact Hold what you're holding back Give it all your everything until a block of ice remains.

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Motes gratefully acknowledges: Jessie Norris and Barry Chapman, Hayan Kim, Otis Mitchell, Ruby Mitchell, Cohn family, Matt Talbott, and you.

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released May 23, 2015

Recorded at Earth Analog, Tolono, IL.
Engineered and mixed by Colin Althaus.
Produced by Motes with Colin Althaus and Isaac Arms.
Mastered by Jonathan Pines at Private Studios, Urbana, IL.
Design by Isaac Arms.

All songs by Motes.

Matt Cohn: drums and percussion.
Elizabeth Majerus: bass, guitar, and vocals.
Matt Mitchell: guitar, bass, and vocals.

Colin Althaus played piano on “Great Lake.”

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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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