The Distillate Self

by Burlap for Bear

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1.
In Peace 03:12
Tonight I’ve got the rest of my life Caked onto my eyes Your thoughts are cold on mine They must’ve been dead now for quite some time I always thought this was supposed to happen So much later in life But the late night shakes and the stuck-awakes Must’ve sped up time Because I thought this was supposed to happen So much later in life (But now come on... Hmm how much do I make in a year? Purpose in life, ya Come in let's talk about your pay raise Vacation days...) Well this actually feels quite pleasant Embracing all of life's lessons Go peacefully This is perfectly normal A cool breeze to keel you over Go peacefully Someone call the mob he’s gonna get away Let me out, let me out Hey there fat face, eat the key to his cage He’ll never get away Let me out, let out
2.
I watched God directing traffic of spiral staircase Sirens sound, five forever smiles in a fallen town I watched God teaching us true love Filling up the bathtub We’re all choked up Two hundred thousand when the plug is pulled up Omni-benevolent All powerful Please make sense of that
3.
Morning creeps in Are you still sleeping? I was up all night My mind needed to catch up on life Your eyes open Are you still hoping? I gave up last night But now I cannot remember why Oh lately I find it so hard to concentrate Morning coffee Warms my guilt daily Feed me the good lie Whisper everything will be alright (Everything will be alright You've said that so many times But I love it when you lie So feed me again that line) Your cold advice If you frown, then smile twice Just lock it up in your mind And tell everyone that it is fine Oh lately I find it so hard to concentrate
4.
Summer hangs from West Virginia Mountains That open wide to the road that took me to you Oh that old Ohio road kept whispering “Come back home” Autumn is awaking on the banks of the Mississippi I can feel her breathe on a cool Memphis breeze A couple hundred miles from home Where I’ve awaken all alone ‘Cause that other me caught sight of me And I don’t want his company When I’ve got this sweet, sweet girl In every thought I want that other me forgot But winter will return ‘cause Portland I can’t unlearn You gave me my last thoughts on your streets I finally got lost But I kept dreaming of being home And prayed she’d know me in her arms ‘Cause that other me caught sight of me And I don’t want his company When I’ve got this sweet, sweet girl In every thought I want that other me forgot Dear April, please bring your Carolina blue spring ‘Cause with her beside me I’ve never felt so frightening On this strange, rolling road I hope she’ll stop with me at home
5.
I see blue, neon blue And yellows too Trickling through Icy sky, crystal sky Red, yellow light Yellow, green light When I fell asleep that night I was more or less alive I see green, neon green Light spinning breeze Spun lit-up breeze Icy wake, froze in place Colors repaint Mirror cooled lake When I fell asleep that night I was more or less alive (You think you are alive I say you're merely dreaming If I have not clapped twice Then who did the revealing? Your ache, your need, your lust I devise these feelings Your sweat has long since dried Evaporated meaning)
6.
Morning Mist 03:37
Slow your IV drips from your eyes across your lips And so, the end has this Our sad as spit that spans our lips Like a bridge tossed in the wind Like a wind-tossed, wooden bridge Slowly your fingertips dance on air like ballet steps I go to meet you there, but you condense on fingertips Like the kiss of morning mist On the kiss of morning mist
7.
In Phase 02:56
So brother your story holds My echoes have returned home And each has picked up foreign tones Which repeat “you’re not alone” Let me show you how I know Last night I snuck into an empty park And I laid down under the stars And I spread out my open arms And for a minute I phased with infinite heart So brother I faced belief I fought it so it fought me But when I won I faced defeat As cold sweat in eternity Let me show you what I mean Last night I snuck into an empty park And I laid down under the stars And I spread out my open arms And for a minute I phased with infinite heart
8.
Snow Cadence 04:29
Winter is distance You're too many missteps ago I trace them backwards But I can't pace faster than snow Wind betrays memory Through dusted ice thick on the clear A trance stirred up aimless Then buried white, still, and austere 'Cause in every word we say Our memories displace In everything we do Our memories dilute Winter is slow hope The reverse of love grown in us Each step I take blindly Time further unbinds me from love Your image is resting On distance I steady collect A soft sun asks "may I?" Through flakes which in reply reflect 'Cause in every word we say Our memories displace In everything we do Our memories dilute I don't remember what I was so upset about I don't remember what all the fuss was about
9.
Emptied out on a cold, drunk floor in the kitchen That’s where I sleep Figuring out how the grown, little boys make a living Ain’t that sweet? But I can’t tell you now just where I’ve been Since I’d figured out all them things I’d always been Cause I don’t know Why we go so far from home Oh why, oh why, oh why, Ohio? Emptied out in my cold, dense arms in your basement That’s where you sink Figuring out how the grown, little girls end up facing What makes them weak But can you tell me now just where you’ve been Since you had figured out all them things you’d always been? Cause I don’t know Why we go so far from home Oh why, oh why, oh why, Ohio? Emptied out in your soft, warm arms in your living room That’s where I weep Figuring out how the grown, little lovers end up missing The ones they need Cause I don’t know Why we go so far from home
10.
Ache 03:28
God got caught in the clocks Come in, sit down, stare at your watch This building is hollow This building is hollow I’m still one of the good ones Still aching for humans Aching for us For keeping us Us Love got cut as a cost Man up, lover, no time to be soft This body is hollow This body is hollow I’m still one of the good ones Still aching for humans Aching for us For keeping us Us We all here are in a fog Life should feel next to God We’re all here in muzzled mouths Life should be singing loud

about

In late 2012, Ian Neack made a wager with Scott Baldwin -- "get a gig and I will fly out, learn the songs, and play the first Burlap for Bear show." Ian was living in Columbus, Ohio and Scott in Gorham, Maine, and though they had recorded an album together in a different band while attending Ohio State, they had never played a show together.

Ian proved the wager was not a whim but rather a promise, and the first Burlap show took place at Slainte in Portland, Maine in February 2013.

This show ignited a series of actions. In Summer 2013, Scott quit work, moved to Columbus, and formed the second installment Burlap for Bear with Ian, Jesse Braswell, and Jack Doran. In March 2014, Burlap recorded sixteen demos at Refraze Studios with Engineer Nathan Hook in Dayton, Ohio.

Matt Baldwin, Scott's older brother and musician on Burlap's first EP, acted as producer to helped the band fine-tune and cut the sixteen songs to ten. The band recorded The Distillate Self in four straight days spending nights on the studio floor. The album was released on February 20, 2015 with a release show at Rumba in Columbus, Ohio.

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released February 20, 2015

Scott Baldwin - vocals, guitar, piano, percussion, lyrics
Jesse Braswell - drum set, accordion, trombone, percussion, vocals
Jack Doran - piano, drum set, percussion, vocals
Ian Neack - bass, vocals
Matt Baldwin - arrangement

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Nathan Hook (refraze studios)
Album artwork by Kate Morrissey

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