Population

by Crown Larks

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Hi-fi old skool master, turn it up loud as possible. Out May 5 on Already Dead Tapes + Satellite Records.

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released May 5, 2017

Music video for React here: clrvynt.com/crown-larks-react/

+Crown Larks+
Lorraine Bailey – vocals, keys, alto saxophone, flute, synth bass
Jack Bouboushian – vocals, guitar, organ, microphone
Bill Miller – drum kit, percussion
Matt Puhr – bass

+Tour and Studio Guests+
Linda Malonis – synthesizers (Swoon, Circus Luvv)
Curt Oren – baritone saxophone (Burn It Down, Swoon, Howls, Circus Luvv, “Watchful, Spellbound”), alto saxophone (“Watchful, Spellbound,” Howls)
Brian J Sulpizio – handclaps (TFZ Interlude)
Peter Gillette – trumpet (Lithops Life, Swoon, Howls)
Patrick Sundlof – tabla (Lithops Life)

Live-tracked by Nick Broste at Minbal. Mixed, with additional recording, by Brian J Sulpizio and Jack Bouboushian. Produced by Jack and Lorraine. Mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering.

Photography & Art Direction: Emily Esperanza
Lighting Assistant: Greg Stephen Reigh
Siblings: Holly Chernobyl & Jessica Marks

Dedicated to Adam Bonner, David Bowie, and Tamir Rice.

Chicago and Corsicana, September 2015 – March 2016.

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polyrhythmic post punk // eccentric noise lullabies // machine-tooled no wave // free jazz-inflected krautrock // PURE CRED //

"Crown Larks threw psych-rock, noise music, and free jazz into one pot and stirred until the whole thing combusted.” – Stereogum
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Track Name: Circus Luvv
Stay, a special place
Breathe tar, drink away
And your seeds’ll fall right on time
You’ll bleed out to find a rhyme…rhyme…

In our land of slow decay
We’ll sigh before we play
And we’ll laugh ’neath the overpass
We’ll tread a path that’s known not to last

His wife strolled inside
Turned up black rung eyes
Her voice raised its glass
Let me know if our time has past

Don’t just wash our
Lives, down the drain
Run, come what may
And we’ll ride, it’s desolated
Oh, I want that car
I want to drive, til I’m sated
And we’ll laugh ‘neath the overpass
And dream about a dove that flies above the fracas

Let me know if our time has past
Let me know if our love’ll outlast it
Down the sun, watch it fall
I don’t sleep at all
I don’t sleep at all
Track Name: React
This one’s all shook
His eyes wanted more

Take it take it take it as a sign (A rainbow in curved air)
Time to drown in stride
He said re-act
When we mowed em down he just said (Let it run)
Time’s still allowed
To get you and me
Breathe smoke and bleed out (She)
Teach your kids all bout it
That don’t detract
Just another way to
Make it make it make it doin fine (flies)
Lookin so cut and dried
He said re-act
When they saw him down he just said
Time still abounds (blind)
Like a swarm of bees
Brace your bones all around
This

This one’s all shook out
His eyes wax and wane

Take it take it take it as a sign (Beyond the doorway)
Time to catch the last ride
Got the deck stacked
Once we called his bluff he realized
Time’s still allowed
To turn back the leaves (Lean in)
Old ghosts with no clout
Beg your lover not to doubt it
Sure to attract
S’alright, show em how to (What)
Fake it fake it not a lie
Boiled down, just a rind
Just don’t look back (you'll)
Last time he laid it down he just said
Clear out the dust from a cluttered mind
or succumb to the curse of hollow signs (find)

This one’s on the inside
Trying to burn the wide-eyed
Drinking from a fountain and
Waiting for that line to blur

The irresistible logic of science
Laid out the promise to convert coal to diamonds
And it turned the tree in bloom to a bundle of ions
Now it devastates
You instead

That’s why
I wanted something to die with
You always swore you would provide it
But it’s
You instead
Shoot em dead

Go go go… (Nail the door shut)
Wish you had something they wanted, so you look for it every day but can’t begin to find it (It is enough to leave us in)
Go go go… (here)
Track Name: TFZ Interlude
The talking fades out
But the words cascade on and on

Me and the chair float
And the horizon’s nearing
And the fog is thickening

The words get dim
On and off
On and off
Track Name: Lithops Life
Any time you want a grave, let me know
And every time you would be its mind
Every time you would be gone is a wrap
You would
Take it as it comes
Breathe

Every time you would seek its mind
Take it alright and take it as a sign
Breathe it outright and breathe it as a sign
Break it all down to a patchwork of
Any time
Every time

Take it alright and take it as a sign
Breathe, take it as it comes

Just keep prayin time’s gonna stop
Catch my legs in the quicksand and drop
Catch my legs in the pool of light
Where my childhood eyes glaze over and I ask
If we came by just to knock
Any time would you be gone?
With fetid eyes you would look on
Hypnotized and drawn
Track Name: Swoon (for Fred Hampton)
Hang and fall
Lead me down to the river
Reel me in
Teach me to love all men

Hang and fall
Come on out to the river
Cut off the blood to my neck
Teach me to love all men
Teach me to love all men

Hey, I know
You stayed out
Oh, we’ll make it far and never know
The highway’s a black parade
So wait it out
Ah, you’ve made up all you said I know

He outran this I know
He outran this I know
He outran, he waited out

So hang and fall
One great love not to betray
One strange land of false masters and wraiths
No funeral… no funeral…
Track Name: Burn It Down
Walkin around here
Gonna stain my eyes
But I know
I’m certain to find
You would be
That crutch for me

Just hang around
Watch your city burn to the ground
Certain crimes guarantee you gotta leave

Come on mother, throw me that line
I’ll climb
Come on try to get it right
It’s never whether you or I or me or mine
Survive the night
Track Name: "Watchful, Spellbound"
We awoke
Sure enough after the fire
Jumped out
Of a cold doubt
Your sorry eyes
Dove right back into the mire
Cut out
Of a long drought
Oooh lost, lost again
The day he should’ve lived life unarmed slipped away
His best-laid hopes had fallen far through the crest of the wave

The light at dusk leaves me shattered
The light of morning turns him out
Of a widow’s house
Where I wear a mask
And smell blood

He’s spellbound, sordid doubts in the fire
So now… now…
Betrayed, he watched all his time burn and drowned in malaise
Slow down… down…
Today, he’d fallen far through the crest of the wave

He knelt down, a torn devout on the pyre
So drown… drown… drown…
The day had fallen far through the crest of the wave
Track Name: Goodbye
That feelin, is gonna haunt me
Goodbye, to our daydreams

I just wanted you to look me (The leaves have all fallen now)
In the eye one last time (I watched em settle down)

I just wanted you to see the light
wending its way through hollowed out skies
And so I held your feet to the flame,
was not enough
I’m gettin old, it’s gettin rough
I’m gettin old, it’s gettin rough

Teach your kids just one thing
Make the right buys
Hand out beatings in the street,
never the right guys
Descended like a moth to the flame
But that was never us
I’ll see you soon, you’ll be enough
I won’t forget, I’ll call your bluff
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Track Name: Stranger (Unce Down to the New Store)
I had a talk with my friend
Bout her trip to the new store

Miles of white lights shine
They divert you for a while
Powdered whey and neon wine
Be your sister, in my style

When you had crashed and burn
When you had won
When you had credit cards
You had mirrors

I don’t want to pry into your life
Or the roads you’ve traveled
Darlin’ won’t you ride with me
to the retail paradise

I know it sounds strange I wanted (I had a talk with my friend)
Everything I win I pawn it (Bout her trip to the new store)

Wanna buy myself a fiction
Wanna make a connection
Old patterns of consumption
Meet me at every junction
Paralyze me
Paralyze me

I need a light... for her...

Was it a nightmare
Please alight
Learn to roam
Turn to stone