Blue Medicine

by demitasse

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1.
the blues or die hot freaks down on the dance floor sweating in front of me hot freaks they give you one option sing the blues or die let’s dance you could move me if you would i’d surely come unglued just lay it all out on me rough seas the band starts listing starboard is sinking big wave spilling o’er the dancers the hold won’t hold all of us when we go down tell me that you won’t lie to me don’t please just lay it all out on me i mean just tell the truth lay it on me i can take it i can take it i can take it i can take it
2.
it’s not that we’re wasted it’s not that we’re cold it’s not how we’re speaking alone in our worlds yeah i know, i know but now and then i can bend into something gentle and i get better then you ask me “do you really want your tombstone to read ‘here lieth a monster?’” i don’t know oh c’mon “have you zero interest in trying to grow?” i don’t know c’mon i don’t know but now and then i can bend into something gentle i had better yeah darling please come with me to therapy i don’t know
3.
surprise surprise it popped back into the flume of my mind i’m not letting it go nor should i i’d give the world just to stitch up your mouth surprise yourself surprise we’re coming out the right wing is torn the bird is coming down really it’s no surprise surprise surprise the fact you’ve stolen your position of pride pushed with your knives bullied and lied you’re such a bore that it actually hurts surprise yourself surprise we’re coming out the right wing is torn the bird is coming down it’s an ugly suit it’s dirty, plaid, it’s brown it’s uglier than that i just want out that your shit is a mess is no surprise surprise oh thank god that we all die including you
4.
we slogged through as much as we could i'd rather be dead than take another look two years spent in a duct-taped love like drilling teeth with a nuclear sub so here we lay in our comfy coffins no hell to pay our hearts so soft and tired now things were said hugs exchanged like peeling paint in a driving rain the faintest beat arrhythmically set those last few feet won't cover the debt so here we lay in our comfy coffins the hounds at bay our will so seldom strong what manner of failure is this without true love we just exist so here we lay in our comfy coffins no hell to pay our hearts so softened so here we lay in our comfy coffins the hounds at bay our will so seldom strong anymore
5.
dark clouds they form and then they follow dark things the pool is over me upset strange and so unlikely protesters, soldiers drowning in a dead sea skies part fall in love damn it light falls on a face that’s pale and worn sun sets is she the stuff of beauty? protesters, soldiers drowning in a dead sea you never gave a fuck everywhere you go you take the weather with you* everywhere you go everywhere you go everywhere you go dark clouds surely you send out signals dark things that the universe depends on upset i ask you please don’t kill the universe with all your dark thinking please give a fuck everywhere you go you take the weather with you* everywhere you go everywhere you go everywhere you go dark clouds are wasted on you you take the weather with you everywhere you go everywhere you go everywhere you go everywhere you go * lyric from the finn brothers’ “the weather with you” roundhead music/rebel larynx music (BMI) 1991
6.
tired eyes are you fed up? after so many years will you pack it in and leave shut up oh just shut up faced with the truth i better take my turn why can’t i wait? why can’t i learn? i just don’t i tear out my guts i pull insides out and lay them across the chair i remove my penis too so I can think so I can concentrate i tried to swallow much too late i just choke
7.
i've seen those eyes when you weren't feeling it i've seen those eyes you know the difference you are dead you are alive you are dead you are alive i've been the high when you weren't feeling it i've seen those eyes there are no words for it you are dead you are alive you are dead you are alive
8.
Fambly 03:14
tea is trembling in the cup hot tea words shaken bubble up i think i shall begin with a slight exaggeration then i’ll tell a lie a family gets poisoned but who did this? surely the guilty took bigger sips i am taking you with me to the moon i said where no one stops to stare family oh dear family family oh dear family sugar is melting in the cup hot love songs welter up i am walking on buried treasure i thought my feet on a silver sleigh family oh dear family family fa fa fa family family all of us family
9.
She Wanted 02:46
she wanted to be found she wanted you around so she coyly hid in the pantry but did you see her smile? did you hold her tight? did you play, "california dreaming?” oh she wanted you around oh she wanted you underground for all days for always to come she got so sick of you now she’s talking to that olive skinned boy do you remember how it felt? do you tighten up your belt against the freezing cold and rain? but alaska’s not so bad with a boy that calls you dad his olive skin against the snow oh she wanted you around oh she wanted you underground for all days for all ways to come she wanted to breath fire so she lit that fiery feeling she wanted to feel god in heaven so she licked that fiery feeling spread her arms for one such feeling
10.
what’s the worst thing you’ve done? will you tell? is it so bad that you’re capable of this? monday i wanted to die i had lost my magic but tuesday came was beautiful oh imagine that we could have more time i don’t care about anything but you if this is love i’m ready now oh nicole monday i wanted to die it’s not like it’s tragic but tuesday came was beautiful oh i almost had ya here with me nicole nicole

about

Demitasse picked by NPR as one of the top 100 bands to see at SXSW, March 2014

“Demitasse is second to none. Out of sadness, both artists created a work of unconventional beauty that, no matter how artsy it gets, never loses its strong melodies and edgy humor.”
-- Enrique Lopetegui, San Antonio Current, January 29, 2014

“Throughout Blue Medicine, it remains clear that these dudes are better than ever at crafting perfectly fractured spare pop.” -- Tiny Mix Tapes May 28, 2014

“Both musicians boast impressive credentials — Reyes as a Grammy award winning guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Sanden as a composer who’s won widespread acclaim.” - Blurt August 2014

“The songs are deeply personal, quirky and impressive. The sense of immediacy in the music is real. Sanden delivered his most heartfelt, relaxed vocal performance yet.”
-- Hector Saldaña, San Antonio Express-News Jan 19, 2014

On stealing a copy of Blue Medicine: “I took it and my ears had an erection lasting 4 hours and I did NOT call my physician, I am a rebel and a Demitasse groupie”
-- Brent Barry, NBA star and former slamdunk champion, March 6 2014

On Blue Medicine: “Expressing a profoundly touching feeling of extreme sadness and regret, this beautifully spare and low-key little jewel makes for a very poignant listen. An exceptionally lovely and affecting beaut.” -- Joe Wawrzyniak, Jersey Beat, March 2014

“Blue Medicine represents the songwriting pair’s most exposed, emotionally spry and career-topping effort. The album’s 10 tracks take listeners through a passage of injury and cleansing, laid bare in Blue Medicine’s minimal recording style. --- Matt Steib, SA Current April 9, 2014

“Demitasse's debut is a warm, modest-scoped meditation on loss and despair. The 10 songs find character in unvarnished acoustic guitar/piano instrumentation and range-testing vocals that give up surety in exchange for honest expression… the heightened levels of intimacy and introspection never flag.” --- Greg Beets, Austin Chronicle, April 25, 2014

credits

released April 15, 2014

DEMITASSE IS JOE REYES AND ERIK SANDEN

PRODUCED BY JOE REYES
in spring of 2010 at el jeff studios, san antonio texas

all instruments played by joe reyes and erik sanden
wilton played bass and electric guitar on the coda of "fambly"
mastered by matt agoglia at masterdisk, new york

all songs written by erik sanden,
kindfrankenstein music (ASCAP ) 2013
except “comfy coffins” and “i’ve seen those eyes” written
by joe reyes, bullock befriending music (ASCAP) 2013
and “the power of positive thinking” written largely by erik sanden but the song has a lyric from “the weather with you” written by neil and tim finn, roundhead music/rebel larynx music (BMI) 1991
photos taken by oscar sanden
layout done by ramin samandari

bedlamb records copyright 2013

demitasse thanks you
this album is for our fathers

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Demitasse (pronounced “DEHmee-toss”) is a two piece acoustic group. It is the side project for Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes of the Texas art rock band Buttercup. Mixing melody, spoken word, and noise, the sound is somewhere between Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, and the Beach Boys on a dark day. Or Elliott Smith on an extremely bright, sunny day. Or John Cale tossing his car keys to Neil Young. ... more

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