The Quiet End of the Space Age

by A Relative Term

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The interconnectedness, space, distance, and time we experience with one another.

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released November 6, 2015

Mark Longolucco: acoustic guitar, drums, vocals, electric guitar, glockenspiel, keyboards
Jake Bernhardt: electric guitar, keyboards
Peter Williams: bass, keyboards

Bill Sack performs the steam ocillator on tracks 1, 10
David Adamczyk performs the violin on track 3
Emily Pumm and Kayla Rizzo perform the backing vocals on tracks 8, 10
Josh Elford performs the piano on track 6
John Longolucco performs the backing vocals on track 6
Grant Koepka performs the organ on track 7
Vic Lazar performs the additional electric guitar on track 4

Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

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Track Name: Undiscovered Light
Undiscovered Light from the far side that an object common gives
truth under described, or the space age on its last legs with a limp
exchanged for the sight of a message posted on a wall for kicks
and called connection like all the two line comments in the world could catch
the imagination's eye, dilated from replaced florescent skies
and your complexion sullied on the tail end of a message impending
Dust awash in ice, call it crazy, call it anything, just call it
undiscovered light, so quietly the space age laid to rest
Undiscovered light, so quietly the space age laid to rest
Track Name: Into the Night
All you are is a shard of carbon thrown far from logic and into the dark sea of yourself
where people trade places with names and voices growing thin as if given in to this sarcastic measure of time
Into the night we'll burn so bright
All that direction serves is to remind me I am falling into this vast and approaching nothing and everything colored with the shapes marking diverging paths in our lives
Into the night we'll burn so bright
From this great height, I'm blinded by line of sight but I see all my mistakes
Into the night, this precious night, into the night we'll burn so bright
All that matters is your wish made light of my body
Track Name: A Promise
In my hand there is a promise
in Hollywood there is a starlet
I dream about East Los Angeles
she don't sleep so she won't dream of forgiveness

Streetlights seep in through motel curtains drawn tight
rolling wheels of the passing truck sweep through the night
and I lay awake and pretend none of it's real
it's just a punch line for a joking politician;
popcorn stand in the carnival made for children

In her hand she holds a notice
addressed from someplace back East all but forgotten
and she thinks about the river grass in Memphis
but she don't read so she won't feel it's kindness

In my hand there is a promise
in Hollywood there is an actress
I dream about Los Angeles
she don't sleep so she won't dream of forgiveness
Track Name: To Be Imagined
How I imagine you alone in your room and how we left it that I'd be back home soon but maybe I can't but I hope that you know
that I forgot to mention that I was lost in the spaces between your voice and the sky calling up
How I image you had thought of me leaving as a way to distance myself of the strain
and maybe I was but not for that sole purpose
and I forgot to mention that I was planning this as my last flight, for our new life I had been saving up

To be imagined as a comet bursting
to be imagined as a flicker of acetate
to be imagined by any other name

and I forgot to mention how I'll love to say your name in the coming night, down the sky of dusk
and I forgot to mention how I'll love to imagine your arms surrounding me as my last thought
Track Name: Indications
Stop sign side ways
headlights display
fear that breathes in darkness
turn right then straight
sharp lines blurring
and your voice cracks like glass about to break

you open up the drawer where you keep your silent contentions
and I see your hand tracing her picture, going on ten years or so
and so what

Indications all read like it's the same
but maybe not

The curse under your breath's that nothin' ever changes
and we go out to a bar dressed like it was some kind of event
Some living

And we empty out our pockets for what is nothing but a scam
and I hear that you're wasted and driving yourself home again
Same old same
Same old same
Same old same
Track Name: A Blazing Fire
Compulsion twists a knife in us
so as to see the world twist back
or to laugh

Composed and drowned in self applause
conditioning uncommon thoughts spun around

Though my hands be swift
may I provide, in absence keep a blazing fire

Opposites seem like enough
or closer to the randomness turned precision

and laughter is a pricey cost,
an order of self imposed, questioned thought

Though my hands be swift
may I provide, in absence keep a blazing fire
Track Name: To Let Go
As you cross this town in your memory remember the parts of ground that made you feel safe
and enjoy it although you'll never be apart from the feelings that hold you inside of your head

I can't help believing in you if only just once, you've ever been right
and I can't help believing this world, it's spin and it's course, the dizzying plain

and you fight this although you'll never win
cause it's only a part of being a part of it's never ending spinning

I can't help believing in you as if you were the gravity holding my place
and I can't help believing this world, it's spinning in change

But I'm not about to let go
I'm not about to let go
and I'm not about to let go
I'm not about to let go

...not about to let go
Track Name: Days in Fire
Sure I felt it as the rock slid against my palm
with a burst so loud and intense it's echo flickered the stars

Days we gave to fire
all we had, in fire
all we had to lose

Sure I felt it as my hand detached from my arm
with a reaction so intent on anything but giving up

Days we gave to fire
all we had, in fire
all we had to lose

At best the colors of this warm blooded animal might contrast the cold and dark endlessness to follow
and change this canvas untouched
with one last stroke, turn it beautiful
At best we'll be this all, at worst we'll just drift apart

from days we gave to fire
all we had, in fire
all we had
all we had
all we had in fire
Track Name: Destroyers
We are all points of light in constant revolution
pinholes shot into the sky
as we try to relate to one another while our identities the darkness demarcates

Don't we laugh it off
we can, we can, we cannot hide we build destroyers of light
and we fake it all
we can, we can, we cannot hide our fascination with our own lives
and we believe it all
we can, we can, we cannot hide under a conscious daylight
and we laugh it off
we can, we can, we cannot hide our faces branding constructed time
and we laugh it off
we can, we can, we cannot hide we built this night just the way we like
and we feel it all
we can, we can, we cannot hide we build destroyers of light

but we belong to one another, one day we'll find we're all we have in this endlessly spinning sky
Track Name: What If
Said of this life, the best of what you could make
and pretend like it wasn't what you believed

In a house built of walls turned a shelter made of what ifs

Blink like it wasn't what you perceived

Gone unnoticed in memories turned to mirrors
wished let go

And what if you're not what you wanted to be
and what if you're not what you wanted to be
and what if