Population

by Crown Larks

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1.
04:49
2.
05:17
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
3.
04:58
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)
4.
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
5.
04:17
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
6.
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…
7.
04:57
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
8.
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
9.
05:48
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 ...
10.
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

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Hi-fi old skool master, turn it up loud. Music video for React: www.youtube.com/watch

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released May 5, 2017

+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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Crown Larks Chicago, Illinois

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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