Once and Future Kings

by Once and Future Kings

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To be released August 3 at King's Barcade in Raleigh, NC

Self-titled debut full length album for Once and Future Kings.

The OFK album puts on display an emotional range not attempted in previous records: love and depression, isolation and community, nostalgia and longing for future. For the most part OFK sets aside the political tones common in the two previous EPs and dives into the personal. The lyrics represent an evolution as well - they are less terse, and they unite the songs through shared metaphor. The record eschews the contemporary trend of micro-genres and instead leans on variety. In this vein, songs range in complexity. Whether it's a two chord song or a ten chord song, OFK works on the interplay of eerily familiar melodies that morph into moments of unexpected awe. Pleasant drama is the aim. The addition of cello (Kaitlin Grady) on this record moves OFK toward that aspiration. Jess Edison takes on keys in the absence of the former keys player. Rush Enterline adds nuance and character to each song with his guitar work. The rhythm section (Matt and "Bearded" Matt) add more energy and faster tempos than previous records.

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released 03 August 2013

Cello: Kaitlin Grady
Drums/Percussion: Matt Austin
Guitar: Rush Enterline, Jess Edison
Bass: Matthew Robinson
Keys: Jess Edison
Vocals: Jess Edison
Backing Vocals: Kaitlin Grady, Rush Enterline, Matt Austin, Matthew Robinson, Jess Edison

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Track Name: Hungry Just Because
cursed, listless in the ocean
bird around your neck
a god that doesn’t work
looking for the earth
wingman where you going?
that boat was for us all
we’re hell bent we’re hell bent
chart our course by the stars
the ones that are not shooting
lit their final spark
hungry for the dark
mark it on our map
steering clear of sirens
the wind stalls and tosses us
albatross is bitter
ghost ship in the winter
hungry just because
feel the ghost heart beating
faster than our sails
Track Name: Hologram
girl, you find a flash mob is curled at your feet
you know that fashion with a fur isn't free?
but could you try to turn your cheek?
anyway it is your better side
man, will you keep at it until you're dead?
trying to keep your cool as you stand there
now you're counting all the hairs on your head
neither you nor i are feeling it
nobody is really here, the company are manikins
i walk past, i see them in the glass
but i don't see me in them
friend, we should talk about this habit of yours
the rules, you say, are made to ignore
but you can't explain the bolted doors
your strategy is failing you
see, i've got a different way of viewing the world
the system, it needs mending for sure
isolate yourself, the problem's ignored
like bodies stuck in an ice age
you tried to be unique but you became the same
nobody who ever really cared has been a
passive activist
your argument's thin
Track Name: Candelabras
we bend the streets in spite of fevers
prospects, like sand, are caught in hourglass
tiptoeing under candalabras
the night is young a camera captures
creep on the case with walnut finish
swift shadows weave across the rails, they dance
imparting tiger stripes on people
wide eyes in trance, the floor’s a jungle
star power on your crystal beaches
reflection pools are floating images
we know you had the best intentions
divine your past when something’s missing
entrusted to you countless hours
toes deep in mud we laughed and learned to trust
good tiding when the waves came rushing
it’s sinking in, the water glistens
you can’t really sob because it's been a long time coming
you try to retrieve what you lost,
but your heart’s still beating
and sure the memories have their place
just not in my face, not on my home base
the feelings can fly, after all they’re weightless
i could just die, wouldn’t that be something?
i’ve given my time, it’s time I’m moving
the pictures I’ve got of you by now are vintage
rehearsal has gotten old just stop.
Track Name: Constellation
the universe is a tapestry
my eyes are the brush
and the stars are my ink
we can discover a constellation
we're undercover or so i think
we learn to govern our own creation
instead of serving a holy drink
the energy can turn you on
it's like a world on the inside
the energy can make you smile
and the gravity is undermined
come on people feel the throb
and let it operate inside your heart
around the masses we revolve
and there is no end in sight
the blinking night is my tv screen
the characters push, they love, they weep
if you would suffer imagination
you'd see they fill that empty space
you see they're part of my constellation
they never shoot in the human race
the energy can turn you on
Track Name: Eager Ache of Dew
i’m admired by the moon as the ocean tugs in two
but i have learned not to wish on stares
because it’s too hard to prove that your moves are really you
if you asked my lips they would not care
we’re a hot car in the summer
we’ve got the cards and a straight face
we’re together evaporating on each other
eyes to eyes face to face
now it’s just me and you at the eager ache of dew
we could lie here all day long
am i out of control
does anybody know
is this not really profound
Track Name: Write On a Willow
wear your dress in a meadow
the days go by, await the fall
ask me not from your armchair
don’t ask me why you paid the cost
hearts are churning, quite an achiever
the light burns, write on the willow
taking jobs to nowhere
the stars go out, a waste of pain
pass on the cathedral
even seeds will run away
white lies you tell at your peril
the pines shedding their needles
you ask him to travel when trouble comes hither
you ask me if love will keep you together
follow the dream, you have to weather, don’t
wish in your hands, you’re crossing your fingers
i know blue violets are on your radar
you’re better excited in spite of the dribble
i’m watching the middle, watching the middle
one can’t hold a candle to falling. you’ll see a
thunder god won’t keep a secret, it throbs with every
heartbeat, in the calm of spring when you touch it tingles
your weighted doubts will test your feelings
as long as you know it deep inside
you’ll go anywhere you can coincide but
you’d rather be someone going nowhere
than a no one going somewhere else
write on a willow
. . . (“dot-dot dot”)
write with a needle
Track Name: Fire Escape
the temperature turns our hands into a plank
my mind's made up, it is worse since i complained
if we could just build a fire
all the people gathered round to huddle
every god eeking out in her domain
can you explain the meaning of a contract?
does it put your name on a high high cloud?
in the wilderness, holler out a mantra
we're the ones in charge, stay alive
we’re rescued now, the future’s ours to make
i found my friends on a winter river bank
with them it is not a day job, so to speak
the rapids light a candle, it surely is a bright spot
and you protest and tell me that it was fate
oh but baby yesterday was a plague you made
i have a plan, feel your little heart beat
don’t think, just breathe, stay alive
Track Name: Water in the Mud
we're coming to a clearing, see the canopy bowing out
every step will rustle, all the roots will be underground
we're walking for a feeling, there's a mystery in the wind
someone isn't breathing, you can tell by the lack of clouds
you want another round? every lost love is good for nothing
you wanna work it out? everyone leaves the record running
we're skipping in the needles, it's hard to keep from spinning out
the others want to meet us in the gully when the sun comes down
we'll break into the clearing, see their faces are beaming high
we can dance on fire and we can wear our native crowns
all the ones we love listing in a circle, rhythms thumping
it's water in the mud
the river is deep but our feet are touching
Track Name: Everyone Romance
i try to please you know you're about
and then it was your mouth
the revolution won't care
it will fester without us
hell why'd we need electric guards
they won't let me in
the mystery will always live on on on
i remember what it was to forget her
the rain came in our room, had a good loving
we're floating down in a riesling vial
our heads give in, we've got a constant star
everybody that wants this sobs
every garden is a god
everyone romance, everyone romance
hold your lover in a wrap
hold her, hold her
i was never sure why i could never ask why, i
fell beneath my headrest and then its over
help me through the song
the rain drips on, on the the wind so
i can rise instead, the days you doubt are a conduit
find your dance or sit down
help me get more life from all of it
sigh a bit, just try
we can both get off in a little bit
i had a last try with my friend
where did we go? we might have been something
all the tears are gone bye
but let us assure the pattern is still in the sky
i'll begin to get by, a better dream,
a so-it-seems horizon
the day will come, a July
umbilical strings, the feelings coming untied