Mare Island

by Mare Island

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"Mare Island stands out as one of the most outstanding new projects from the Bay Area music scene. Their mix of dream pop, post hardcore, and something of the (real) emo of the 90s flows between styles, all thanks to the current of waves on that coast." - Noisey MX

"Fusion of 1960s pop harmonies, biting guitar arpeggios, romanticized lyrics, shimmering percussion, and feisty rhythms" - Popmatters

"A gorgeous journey through soft and loud, dark and light." - TheBayBridged

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released June 23, 2017

Recorded by Ian Pellicci at New Improved Recording
www.newimprovedrecording.com

Mastering by Shawn Hatfield
www.audibleoddities.com

Orchestral arrangements by Dario Slavazza, performed by Magik*Magik Orchestra:

Christian Behrens - Bass Trombone
Alicia Mastromonaco - Horn
Matt DePasquale - Trumpet
Jason Park - Trumpet

Erin Wang - Cello
Stephanie Bibbo - Violin
Clio Tilton - Viola

Lyrics by Josh Staples

Mare Island is Josh Staples, Derrick Chao, Sean Leary, Matthew Izen and Evan Sarna

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Track Name: Alight
There’s a light on the hill that goes on late at night
It lets us know that the doors will be open
And I’m told it’s a safe place to hide
But can they be trusted?

They speak with confidence
They say that they can be trusted
They dress in uniform
They tell you they can be trusted

What do you know of them?
Do you think they can be trusted?

The hillside teems with them
Do you think they can be trusted?
They have new clothes for you
Do you think they can be trusted?
Can they be trusted?

Light is on so the door should be open
But who are they?

There’s a light on the hill that goes on late at night
And the doors will be open
Can they be trusted?
Track Name: Anon
Golden
As the hair and the light that frame your face
Dangerous
Are the avenues that lead from this place
Finally throwing caution to the wind
It rises high as a kite and starts to spin
Dangerous
Words can open up so much possibility
And on and on, anon, anon

On and on, anon
On and on it goes
Everyone is sorry for the life they chose
Up from the depths of your darkened room
Creeping in the corners when the day is through

I only cry when the clouds roll in
Finally throwing caution to the wind
It starts spinning like a rising kite
And disappears into the cloudless night

And it was a long night
From now until dawn is longer still
And I was a liar
For telling us both it wasn’t real

I pulled over to the side of the road
And hiked down to where the roses grow
Headed through the tunnel where we used to play
And stood above where the bodies lay

Dangerous
Are the methods by which we’ll leave this place
And it’s worth it

And on and on, anon, anon

Down by the water, we will meet
And retreat to the shade
To stare at the clouds through shaking leaves
Anon, anon

So pull your car to the side of the road
And meet me down where the roses grow
Head on through the tunnel where we used to play
And lay beside me in a shallow grave

It will be a long night
From now until dawn is longer still
And I am a liar
For telling us both it wasn’t real

Stare at the clouds through the shaking leaves
Quiet enough, I can hear you breathe
On and on, anon
As we lie beneath the dancing trees
Anon, anon
Track Name: Vanish
We argue so predictably, I’m always in the wrong
I can only hold at bay my failures for so long

I’m not afraid of standing still
And letting good things come to me
But too long in one place and I
Contract assorted misery

It’s weeks since I’ve been into work
But still I leave the house each day
To cash in all my tapes and books
Guitars that I no longer play

And with the spoils, bought a car
Just like the one I drove in school
When everyone’s left for the day
I’ll pack a bag and steal away

And as the sunset in my mirror
Eventually disappears, so have I

A sudden change of altitude and the car died in the snow
A week after I got to town, I found work behind a bar

A young man takes a shine to me
He thinks that I’m a mystery
A puzzle he can figure out
So I’ll oblige him, naturally

So now we share a place downtown
A room above a restaurant
We both couldn’t be happier
Says I’m exactly what he wants

What they want from me is a mystery
They think that I’m much more than what they see
But I seem secretive when I just remain quiet
Not again, he’s pissed, he’s crying

He says “I’m scared that you’ll have vanished
When I open my eyes
As if I’d been kissing you goodbye all along”
Track Name: Crushed
Blade on the wheel splits the grain in half
With edge sharp and pressure intense
A final crack and I am pulverized

And the voices pour over the mountain
Wanting, watching, waiting for you to come around

Sometimes I dream that you’re different
And that all this sadness couldn’t crush you
Yes, I’m ashamed that’s who I am
Say what you will, at least now I’m truthful

Thank you for showing me I’m capable
Capable of feeling this crushed
I never thought that this was possible
That it kills to love someone this much
Track Name: Unawake
My eyes crack open to drink in the light
My dreams, unspoken, stay frozen in time
Next to you…

I lie, chasing echoes that ring through the night
For one fleeting moment, I’m brought back to life
It was you…

Unawake
Once again inside the walls
Of a house that’s no more

It was physical and it was meta
But it wasn’t metaphysical
It was natural and it was super
But it wasn’t supernatural

Underneath the Leonid, you burrowed under my skin
I lay beside a fire underneath a spire of smoke
Next to you, unawake

I wanna scale the stairs
And stare out the window
At the hills in the distance
And the trains that look so small
As day turns to night
And the homes light like candles
In a bed for a child, I fall asleep
I fall back to sleep

It was natural and it was super
But it wasn’t supernatural
It was physical and it was meta
Or was it just me?

Underneath the Leonid, you burrowed under my skin
I lay beside a fire underneath a tower of smoke
Unawake, next to you