powercouple

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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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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: It's Good to Be Alive (Again)
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!
Track Name: I Only Want You
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
Track Name: Leave the House
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
Track Name: Majic
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
Track Name: I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
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
Track Name: You Must Be Lonely
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
Track Name: Sorry (I Only Wanted to Make You)
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
Track Name: The Spell Is Broken
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?
Track Name: There's Still Beauty at the Base of the Mountain, I Swear
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
Track Name: Silent Key
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
Track Name: Timmy Reed
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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