Blue Medicine

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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

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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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Track Name: The Blues or Die
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
Track Name: Couples Therapy
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
Track Name: Surprise Surprise
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
Track Name: Comfy Coffins
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
Track Name: The Power of Positive Thinking
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
Track Name: I Remove My Penis
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
Track Name: I've Seen Those Eyes
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
Track Name: Fambly
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
Track Name: She Wanted
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
Track Name: The Executioner's Song
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