Perfect Life

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Writing and recording at the edge of consciousness, using early live takes, scant overdubs and tight vocal harmonies. By far the clearest, most focused distillation of what Demitasse does best: minimalist, heart-wrenching vulnerability.

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released January 30, 2020

Produced by Joe Reyes

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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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Track Name: Flamenco
FLAMENCO (sanden)
flamenco just like the rest of us
the crack in the cup
lets the dim light thru
sadness spreads like an oil slick
but colors unfurl even in the shadows
you and i were good in our time
flamenco dance yer way thru the hurt
clap yer hands gnash yer teeth
flamenco when it is all you know
i don’t want another
the pain
the pain
the pain
the pain
the pain
the pain
it will fade
with time it will go
just give it time
flamenco
Track Name: Hope in the Dark
I HOPE IN THE DARK (I DOTH BELIEVE) (reyes)
when we pit ourselves against the black
then swords and plowshares just won't hack
we've got to seize the day and go fight the war
because just to live’s not a given anymore
but i don't believe the dark will ever win
i don't believe that we are giving in
when we fill our minds with plastic dreams
ignoring stars and real moonbeams
the golden egg that eased our lives
was venom that could paralyze
but i don't believe the dark will ever win
i don't believe that we are giving in
but i do believe in you
Track Name: Little Blonde Boy (for Kurt Cobain)
LITTLE BLONDE BOY (FOR KURT COBAIN) (sanden)
little blonde boy so fragile with a stomach ache
in spite of the fact that you wore a cherub’s face
“blue blue the color of a lonely heart”*
do you feel blue?
they were so dumb that they practically drooled
i’m sorry your family was so cruel
although this song is a formal tragedy
there is an uplift in the penultimate part
with no hand hold to seize
yer lousy family
but the rest of us could feel yer pain
and sing along with the refrain: uh huh uh huh
slipping down the muddy banks a cloudless ceiling
rustling on the forest floor god’s own great feelings
scrawling in the notebook page the ink is sinking
yer heart doth beat a kick a snare but no one is winking
push it down your stomach churns yer on yer own level
gathered fans of lesser bands the world’s a blood vessel
squinting against the tuners glare no room to play
the courage comes but it’s much too late

*from “Color of a Lonely Heart Is Blue” by the Old 97’s
Track Name: Coming Out Wrong Again
Coming Out Wrong Again by Joe Reyes

there's sadness in the sight of you
makes everything in spite of you seem drab and lonely
why'd you have to cross my path?
how'd you know how i'd react?
something here seems so premeditated
no i don't believe in fate
my kind of luck you just create very quietly
5 am it's getting light
even the sun can't get it right
the gaze from where you sit seems fairly certain
i scream inside but make no sound
it's coming out wrong again
my feelings pound into a fist
because you don't know i exist
to see you makes a kind of hush: shh
i'd walk right up but i'd crush like a powder
the sky inside me starts to cloud
is it my heart that's getting loud?
a symphony of words seems insufficient
i scream inside but make no sound
it's coming out wrong again
na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na
it's coming out wrong again
as if i'd knew what i'd say
it's coming out wrong again
my feelings pound into a fist
because you don't know i exist
Track Name: Free Solo (for Alex Honnold)
FREE SOLO (FOR ALEX HONNOLD) (sanden)
well i’m just a quiet kid struck by his own horse
doing what i did follow the directions of course
la di da di da and i’m untethered again
with all the pocket chalk on earth
my hands are shaky sweating
mommy
daddy
sister
brother
family look at me
i’m just a normal kid not antisocial or grim
but all the cool kids won’t feel the mountain like i did
i’m climbing every tree every branch everything
there’s so much loneliness in your face in my chest
mommy daddy
i love girls’ breasts i love rock and roll
slip the earth’s surly bonds you’ll finally be free
i guess i should thank my friends for leaving me be
i’m all on my own free*
i’m separated you know free
i love rock and roll free
i love rock and roll free
Track Name: Always Good
ALWAYS GOOD (sanden)
i just crawl back to bed today
my girl has my heart but she’s gone for good
with the bedspread pulled up i am under it
gonna sleep all day gonna turn away all century
just wait and see
i won’t forget i tattooed it
a sunlight stain on my ragged brain
i am alone no one to hold
i can feel the pain always oh my love
but i can crawl out of this bed today
gotta fill my lungs up and water the plants
but the way to live i know it is to help someone else
but this dark day is my turn i’m gonna need some some help
i’m gonna need you my friend
i won’t forget i tattooed it
all your help means everything
but i’m not alone i’m almost whole
i can feel the hurt leaving me and i’ll live
the cold clear truth is that it was always good
Track Name: Perfect Life
PERFECT LIFE (sanden)
sunshine late afternoon in california
cutting my hair in the barber’s chair my head wet
my father’s there with his military hair i look up
jamie with scissors and a gentle touch
he’s taking care of us
uh uh oh it’s the perfect life
it’s the perfect light falling on your eyes
what i need what i want: the same
what i want what i need: the same
memories shards they stick to me
like broken glass
it’s all gone but i remember
i was lucky to know i could say goodbye
i had all of this i had you
uh uh oh it’s a perfect life
it’s the perfect light falling on your eyes
the best part of you
i’m keeping it forever
the best part of you
i’m keeping it in heaven
the best part of you
i’m keeping us together
Track Name: Forgive
FORGIVE (sanden)
i am letting you off
though i’ve been burned
when i look upon your human face
i choose not to frown again
a prospero level of love
though in no way do i forget
i forgive you again
anyone who loves someone
will forgive everything
because who do you want to be?
i choose not to frown again
Track Name: I Found You
I FOUND YOU (reyes)
i met a boy
he looks like you
i couldn’t avoid his eyes
i met a girl her voice sounds just like yours
i love it when she turns it down
all the way down
are we not the same?
of course we can’t help ourselves: we are the same
i know a place
where no one can judge you
we open the sky to see
every face
let me declare right here and now clearly
i love you i love you i love you
every one of you
i met a boy
i met a girl
i found you
i found you
Track Name: I Found You
I FOUND YOU (reyes)
i met a boy
he looks like you
i couldn’t avoid his eyes
i met a girl her voice sounds just like yours
i love it when she turns it down
all the way down
are we not the same?
of course we can’t help ourselves: we are the same
i know a place
where no one can judge you
we open the sky to see
every face
let me declare right here and now clearly
i love you i love you i love you
every one of you
i met a boy
i met a girl
i found you
i found you
Track Name: WWFSD?
WWFSD? (sanden)
what would frank sinatra do?
i suppose he’d hang his hat on glen campbell
but i’ll hang my hat on you
a diamond semi-perfect
i’ll cut my teeth on you
yer my love my everything
but this song is almost over
what would frank sinatra do?
the song is almost ending
now the song is ending
so i bid goodnight
what should i do?
oh my love
what should i do?

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