Preservation

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Steeped in clouded nostalgia, open wounds and a weighty, permanent what-if, Preservation’s nervous pangs and vulnerable inflections are an elegy for the in-between.

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released April 14, 2017

Recorded August 2016 - January 2017
Recorded and Mixed by Chris MacLean at All In The Mind
Mastered by Dylan Ward at Home
All songs by Brendan MaGee, Josh Steeves and Dylan Ward, except:
Vocals on Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, Guitar on Track 6 by Nick Cobham
Vocals on Tracks 3, 5 by Jane Blanchard
Vocals on Track 6 by Cedric Noel
Guitar on Track 2, Tambourine on Track 4 by Chris MacLean
All lyrics by Brendan MaGee, © 2017 via SOCAN/ASCAP, except:
"Natural Light" by Owen Ashworth
Cover Art and Design by Michael Mohan
Back Cover Art by Rueben Stewart
LP Jacket Layout by Zach Atkinson and Brad Perry
LP Label Design by Kasie Wilcox

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Track Name: Eternal Summer
now, thinking about it, i am an engineer / having layered on my grief since the twilight of last year / every rising story is reaching out to you / just to topple under weight of an unrelenting truth / that you’re six months into the hardest year of your life / and i’m six months into the hardest year of my life / living in this city can sometimes get you down / knowing you can’t catch a falling leaf that’s resting on the ground / and in my way i’ve come to know how circumstances go / in these fleeting years of youth, in this age of half assed truths / now you’re six months into the hardest year of your life / and i’m six months into the hardest year of my life / and we’re swimming upriver at the faintest glint of light / and we’re trying to find a way, but i don’t believe we might
Track Name: Preservation
last night, i let the notes ring truer than they had / since the break / shallow breathing, two distinctly different feelings / we were guarded as the walls fell in / and i still think about you every time a red truck passes through / so it goes, longing to do more than fade in your rearview / neatly trembling down princess on a final farewell landmark concert tour / we were guarded as the walls fell in / now i’m just one of the guys to you / now i’m just one of the guys to you, now / daisies on a slender sill / though wilting, hold the sunlight still / in chinatown, the tower hangs / confused and rebuilt again / such crippled, cliched messages / do little to ease my mind / looking back through time / for something i was never meant to find / peace of mind / i’m just one of the guys to you now / i’m just one of the guys to you / i wear this kind of disguise for you / now i’m just one of the guys to you, now / last night, i let the notes ring truer than they had / since the break
Track Name: Spring
when springtime sets, she’ll have to go / far away from where the elms grow / watch her fall and leave her post / where my country ends in coast / take us back to that cab ride / those hard pressed maritime nights / sipping on a change in the season / choking down all her reasons / when summer shines, you’ll see her rush / deep into that backwoods brush / turn her backs on all of us / and we’ll pretend to do the same / take us back to that cab ride / those hard pressed maritime nights / and leave her in the tow of a great dane / lose her in a place of feral change / place me in the throes of the may twilight / holding off june with all of my might / take us back to that cab ride / those hard pressed maritime nights / sipping on a change in the season / choking down all her reasons / in the tow of a great dane / lose her in a place of feral change / place me in the throes of the may twilight / holding off june with all of my might
Track Name: Natural Light
(by owen ashworth) some news on you from a friend / you’re in charlotte again / teaching spanish at high school / he said you’re going by joy / you cut your hair like a boy / and you don’t talk to your old friends / well i found that picture from before the fight / we’re in natural light / and you’re sitting on my lap like everything’s alright / i’ve walked around with you on my mind / with names we used at the time / you know i’ve changed myself since then / thought on things that we did / like, what if we’d had the kid / i guess he’d be fifteen / i found that picture from before the fight / we’re in natural light / and you’re sitting on my lap like everything’s alright / well i found that picture from before the fight / we’re in natural light / and you’re sitting on my lap like everything’s alright
Track Name: Technicolor
i’ve been smoking things a lot / a lot of things, and all i’ve got / are crises of faith / and a sudden lack of self restraint / but i don’t wanna go there anyway / i won’t do that / and when you can’t look back / it’s a long drive off a high dive and then you get down / and crumble into little bits / unsure of what you want from it / less sure there’s one thing you can get / to make this all less persistent / i don’t wanna go there anyway / just not today / or any day / it’s a long drive off a high dive and then you get down / technicolor dreams and train smoke bleed into everything i do / and i forgot to mention how vacuous intentions led me straight to you / though i never followed through / put this weighty skin, these bones to use / use each bit to trace / the particles, bits of good / in me and time and space i would / i don’t wanna go there anyway / just not today / or any day / it’s a long drive off a high dive and then you get down / it’s a quick flip and a short flip until you drown
Track Name: Garden
seeing clearly for the first time since this time last year / letting go of changes i never would, never would have / these days i don’t want to write these songs / these days, i just want to sing along // static on the line, another city in my mind / where ocean winds prevailed and two weary nations failed / as everything you missed became a calculated risk / that dwindled as the days drug on and rusted in an early thaw / everything you missed became a calculated risk / barely made it through the winter, never knowing what to make of it / did my best to resurrect, then tried and failed hard to forget / now i don’t know what happens next / meet me in the precipice / leave me in your garden or watch me go / help me find a way to make this grow / i will not give up this / oh, i am resolved to love this / fractured as it may appear / in current state of ill repair / where everything seems strange to me and i don’t know what i could be / so i focus on forgettery, then detest whatever’s left of me / leave me in your garden or watch me go / help me find a way to make this grow