ParalleL

by Pleasant Matthews

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Parallel. An album written in various living rooms by Nathan Matthews and Kirk Pleasant, and recorded at Unknown Studios.

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released January 1, 2017

Nathan Matthews - vocals, guitar, drums, bass, vibraphone, piano
Kirk Pleasant - vocals, ukulele, guitar, Hammond organ, trombone
Alyson Foster- background vocals
Nicholas Wilbur - engineering, percussion, mastering

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Pleasant Matthews Vancouver, British Columbia

Kirk Pleasant and Nathan Matthews began playing music together in 2003, but it was in January 2014, that they began to bring their collaboration to songwriting: Songs from The Pleasant Matthews: Coast Modern; international.

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Track Name: Oh My My
It's not so bad now,
I'm waking up to tell myself that
there's no right angles
not anymore, I'm tasting static

that's just the radio talking
I open my eyes, oh my my
in the prismed light, I
I know that you'll be on my mind
on my mind.

Shadows splay on
the walls of the room like strangers
maybe I could stay here
the day's rushing in can someone stop it?

that's just the radio talking
I open my eyes oh my my
in the prismed light, I
I know that you'll be on my mind
on my mind

Tracing signals
I can still smell you on my skin in
hazy halos hanging out over the fire's escaping

that's just the radio talking
I open my eyes oh my my
in the prismed light, I
I that you'll be on my mind
on my mind.
Track Name: Cinders and Glue
Strange face in the fire
spiraled speaking in tongues
It's the smoke in my eye
ringing noiselessly out

The fun boys have
all gone to bed
they're viciously kind
between you and I
the empty space howls
tonight, goes on and on..

Shake me out of myself
no one does it like you do
I can't stand this life
the cinders and glue
It's worse than that
I wanted you so viciously I
Oh fuck it, sometimes a fire
is only a fire

Tonight, goes on and on
I'm sinking in...

I'm sinking in
I'm sinking in
I'm sinking in
I'm sinking in in love!
Track Name: Arbutus Tree Song
I've been wrong, I've been right
but I put up a fight
the whole of my life
never got it right.

We can lichen ourselves
we can hide under moss
until the day the waves crash over us

The edge arrives
aligned and undesigned
the edge of life
comes crowding up to meet us.

Out on the lawn
awake before dawn
we stretch and we yawn
don't know if we belong

In a monstrous calm
the marble cage lay
the day that you're born
is the day that we will say

The edge arrives
aligned and undesigned
the edge of life
comes crowding up to meet us.
Track Name: Fruit Stands
Somewhere but not here
sands falling through the clear hourglass
and out in the backyard the kids bury treasures
that they had lost.

Can you see the searchlights
on foggy nights
all bastards do get through,
we're strung out on daylight
it's alright we got shades
to pull right through you.

And pull me down
hang me all about the town.

The pavement is cracking
the earthworms are laughing
it's what they'll do.
Silence so deafening
the pulse felt is reckoning
this table set for two.

And pull me down
hang me all about the town.

From fruit stands on borrowed land
life's not all that it's cracked up to be
so choke me long enough
that I know what air tastes like to breathe.

And pull me down
hang me all about the town.
Track Name: Hangman
Above the lines of the fair
up on the wires the mind's a wind
God only knows what I did
to make you so paranoid.

We'll never know just what was said
cause nobody thought to have a tape recorder

I'm a hangman hangin'
I'm a hangman hangin'
I'm a hangman hangin'
on heathery breath.

Enter the skies of silver
circling wide enough to bind
until the dark enfolds, forget it, yeah!

Above the lives of the fair
look around, you'll find me
cornered though I never scare
waiting for someone to take me home.

I'm a hangman hangin'
I'm a hangman hangin'
I'm a hangman hangin'
on heathery breath.

Enter the skies of silver
circling wide enough to bind
until the dark enfolds, forget it, yeah!
Track Name: Myopic Love
Lately all my dreams are caught
by eyeless creatures
they look like us
and I swim through tunnels
of my myopic love.

Why suppose it never got
you anything but
supposing a lot
I never gave you much
you couldn't set aside.

Baby, I, I'll never know
anything I'm certain of
oh, but that's alright.

Lately I can feel your face
like tiny cuts
from razor blades
and it gets so close
it's far away.

I dream awake
the lights are on.

All chains and bottles knotted up.

Baby, I, I'll never know
anything I'm certain of
oh, but that's alright.

(trombone solo)

Baby, I, I'll never know
anything I'm certain of
oh, but that's alright.
Track Name: The Real Thing
This is all that I wanted
cradled beneath the glass
looking up at the sun falling

In a sea of silent faces
their mouths are slow-mo moving
the shadows are keeping focus

Red and green siamese twins
the scary scars are the same
and she's got such a hold on me.

Everything fades away
I heard someone say
is this the real thing?
I could be you and you could be me...
Track Name: Invisible Man
The man on your block
he will not stop
you will not see him.

He does what you please
adrift on the breeze
you'll look right over.

He is invisible
He is invisible.

Silent and mean
it's only a dream
they will not linger.

Friends drop and are done
you can count every one
on my little fingers.

They are invisible now
They are invisible.

And they will never be heard from again
they will never be heard from again.

The guy in that show
that you didn't know
had a world all his own
He had a world all his own.

The man on your street
you will not meet
you'll never know him.

He whispers in wind
and his only friend
is a window to hold him.

He is invisible now
he is invisible.

And he will never be heard from again
he will never be heard from again.
Track Name: Parallel Lines
Parallel lines
go on and on away
scream into the day
blended from afar
how apart they are?
no one knows but us
we're disingenuous.

Oh o, solemn vows
oh o, speaks to how
so it goes
toe to toe
straight as bones
and broken stones.

Opening eyes
see all I haven't seen
replace the in between
blended from afar
how apart they are?
no one knows but us
we're disingenuous.

Oh o, solemn vows
oh o, speaks to how
so it goes
toe to toe
straight as bones
and broken stones.

you can fall in love
or you can rise above
the future's up to us
isn't it?
and you can fall in love
you can fall in love
you can fall in love
you can...