Perfect Life

by demitasse

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1.
Flamenco 03:14
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
Always Good 04:02
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
7.
Perfect Life 05:23
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
8.
Forgive 02:46
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
9.
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
10.
I Found You 02:40
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
11.
WWFSD? 02:32
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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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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