powercouple

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Vanessa Peters Joe and Erik make lovely music that is always warm & inviting, but never predictable. The opening track is exactly what you need today. Favorite track: It's Good to Be Alive (Again).
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IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE AGAIN (reyes) turns out it was all in my head no wonder i never heard a single word you said it’s as if somebody flicked on all the lights and yelled “surprise!” it’s good to be alive again so proud of blood shot eyes just flounder and watch the truth turn into lies bottle up the acid bid goodnight and calcify it’s good to be alive again a glimpse or a glance i’m read like a book i trip as i trudge away from the edge it’s good to be alive again surprise! surprise!
2.
I ONLY WANT U (sanden) my mind flows so i follow where it goes back to the nape of your neck my thoughts flee everything around me and i’m back in your bed wish i was in your head in your head you are so lovely a world apart i’ve got a secret stowed in my heart: i only want you come back please come back to me gonna love you forever you in the mist arms waving like a bird love is the only word love is the word you are so beautiful oh i know i would give everything for your glow you are so lovely a world apart i’ve got a secret stowed in my heart: i only want you
3.
LEAVE THE HOUSE (reyes) sometimes you just don’t want to leave the house something you just feel in your bones the ghost of a mouse and it’s making it hard for you to buy that you’ll leave this house alive it’s not the first time that you lied
4.
Majic 03:43
MAJIC (sanden) this is a prayer for you yer anointed yer protected it works but don’t say i didn’t love you i play games i always do like the sidewalk crack avoid it or use the swing not to touch the sand avoid it ‘cause it is molten so i keep you alive i’ll keep you alive it’s magic it’s majic my game works it almost always does if i win you’ll stay moving on as we pack up the house such a beautiful garden so i keep you alive i’ll keep you alive it’s magic it’s majic
5.
I’M THROWING MY ARMS AROUND PAIRS (morrissey, boorer) in the absence of your love and in the absence of human touch i have decided i’m throwing my arms around paris because only stone and steel accept my love in the absence of your smiling face i travel all over the place i have decided i’m throwing my arms around paris because only stone and steel accept my love i’m throwing my arms around paris because only stone and steel accept my love i’m throwing my arms around paris because nobody wants my love nobody wants my love nobody needs my love nobody wants my love yes you’ve made yourself plain yes you’ve made yourself very plain
6.
YOU MUST BE LONELY (sanden) you said you must be lonely i said no i’m not not really you said c’mon u are just look at your face i said i can’t i don’t have eyes that face my face you must be lonely i said no i’m not not really unless you redefine loneliness to mean obsessing convulsing thinking strictly of you than i’m lonely i’m lonely it’s true i’m lonely i’m lonely for you
7.
SORRY (I ONLY WANTED TO MAKE U) (sanden) i only wanted to make u feel beautiful i only wanted to make u see u like i do but i made a mistake ain’t it just like rain when the weight comes down? plagued by the ghost echo of your voice but i made a mistake don’t you see yer beautiful? but i was naive and selfish and cruel i’m sorry i’m sorry
8.
THE SPELL IS BROKEN (sanden) it just took the mention of your name my heart was unset my feelings bent in your direction didn’t take you much to budge it (my heart) just the sound of your voice your crooked smile you nudged me what would i give in trade my legs an arm? both of my legs driving in a new nail upon the nail in the hole i’d do anything i’d try anything twice no i’m not afraid of how fast we fall in love it’s just how fast we fall out of love again that terrifies me darling don’t you know the spell is broken?
9.
THERE’S STILL BEAUTY AT THE BASE OF THE MOUNTAIN, I SWEAR (reyes) i should’ve known the roads the miles between us you would be wise to wear a disguise if you are one of us but there’s still time to feel alive why do we care what we wear who we touch where the party’s at? lo and behold the true sack of gold was used to sell you out but there’s still time to feel alive
10.
Silent Key 03:53
SILENT KEY (sanden) if this is nothing i can walk right on the sun i am a fool how could i have been so dumb? under the moon at the back of the bar pretty vacant am i it’s a feeling as i crawl thru the grass i find the hidden glass haunted by the hush sunlight runs away from me quiet is too much a silent key sits silently heaven is always one kiss away from the chair in which you sit hungry now feed me from your red lips you crawled straight down smoldering cratering you revive it’s CPR baby butterfly surprise haunted by the hush angelina patently too much a silent key sits silently i know it all too well: psychic pain fox in the snow please stay fox in the snow ease the pain fox in the snow please stay
11.
Timmy Reed 05:09
TIMMY REED (sanden and reyes) i had a dream where lou reed came to me he said son why you so down in the mouth? what you so sad about? i said lou i feel bad so bad that every time i open my mouth the voice of lou reed came out he said huh? that’s my voice but you can borrow it if you want it if you need it lou reed lou reed and me and i continued to dream and somehow lou reed got spliced with tim duncan’s head with impossibly big brown sad sad eyes and a big jewish fro way up on high timmy reed timmy reed and me you might be asking what does it mean? i say well it beats me but it’s two soldiers coming back to say yes “you wanna know is it ok if you don’t rhyme quite right? YES is it ok if you don’t paragraph your letters? YES OF COURSE is it ok to wear nail polish or not wear polish? sweetcakes OF COURSE YES you can do just exactly what you want to YES”* *from “God Says Yes To Me” by Kaylin Haught

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New Record to be Released Sept 28, 2018
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. Singing at the very limits of their range, the duo gets sherpa high with their vocals, 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. Their debut record, Blue Medicine, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim, and NPR picked the band as one of the top acts to see at SXSW.

Joe Reyes is a Grammy award winning guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Erik Sanden composes songs that NPR calls “jangly art rock for the left side of the brain.” Together in Buttercup and now in Demitasse, they sing together like brothers and are charmingly familiar with their audiences.

Demitasse expands their palate greatly on "Powercouple" with thicker instrumentation, more drums, and some driving numbers that almost verge into rock and roll territory. However, this lusher, bigger sound doesn’t seem to drown out the sweet pathos in the songwriting. This collection of songs has an abundant sense of dark humor. “You Must be Lonely” is a absurdist take on unrequited love, complete with kitchen pots and pans for percussion. “Timmy Reed” is a stream of conscious ditty that reflects the weirdness of the dream world as it melds sports and art. In “Timmy Reed” Tim Duncan’s head gets somehow fused with Lou Reed’s body, and their sum is greater than their parts. Try not to smile when Lou/Tim starts giving advice.

Crack of fate gunfire opens “Leave the House,” an agoraphobic treasure trove of neurosis, and it is stunningly vulnerable and beautiful. It is twinned with “Majic” an equally tender prayer for loved ones. Even here, at the nadir of the record, a noble thread of optimism weaves through the its dark corners.

The album is called “Powercouple” as a tongue in cheek acknowledgement of Joe Reyes and Erik Sanden’s 15 years of collaboration. Joe says “I think we should be better by now.” Sanden adds “we are.”

At some point in the midst of the recording Erik said to Joe, “it's like we are alone, together.”

Street date September 28th, 2018 on Bedlamb Records

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released September 28, 2018

DEMITASSE IS JOE REYES AND ERIK SANDEN

PRODUCED BY JOE REYES
bedlamb records copyright 2018
arranged, recorded and mixed by demitasse in the years 2016-2017 in texas at el jeff studios
mastered by garrett haines at treelady, pittsburgh, pa

all songs by joe reyes and erik sanden: 
joe sings the songs he wrote (full, better voice) and erik sings the songs he wrote (feeble, smaller voice)
bullock befriending music (ASCAP) and kindfrankenstein music (ASCAP) respectively
except “I’M THROWING MY ARMS AROUND PARIS” by morrissey and boorer  (warner chappell/universal music)

all instruments played by demitasse except violin on “SILENT KEY“ by angie rogers

photos by josh huskin
layout by erik sanden
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bedlambrecords.org

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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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