Carapace

by Human Qualities

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Recorded on the traditional territories of the Okanagan peoples.

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released January 12, 2017

Music written and performed by Branko Bevanda, Brennan Mann, Josh Manning and Terence Wendenburg
Mixed and Produced by Josh Manning, Kris Marsel and Brennan Mann
Recorded by Kris Marsel, Josh Manning and Tom Hunter
Album Art by Nina Chwelos
Mastered by Alex Stap

Special thanks to Les Clarke and to our families and friends who support us so strongly.

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Human Qualities Victoria, British Columbia

We make post-post-psychedelic-synth-rock-noise-dream-jazz-pop.

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Track Name: Prufrock
Adorn yourself with carapace
And paint your face
When you leave your place
But you aren’t the only one

With the lights on low
You drink until your heart beats slow
So you don’t have to know
What it’s like to be alone

You sit by the window
Acting like a real Prufrock
It’s all in the way you talk
Forget your troubles there’s still time on the clock

They hollowed out your bones
And filled them with Michelangelo
And down to the sea you’ll go
But will you hear the siren song?

Oh Lord, I’m guilty too
I’m privileged through and through
And in our society
Looking away is just so damn easy

You were wandering along the half deserted streets
And you were muttering to yourself about the cracks beneath your feet
You said that: “Life deserves perfection; we filled it with deceit”
But you purchased all your beauty and tore up the receipts
And now all you want is love

Hiding under ceilings waiting for our lives to end
Hiding from the feelings waiting for our lives to end
Hiding from the meaning waiting for our lives to end
Hiding under ceilings waiting for the sky to bend

Oh Lord, I’m guilty too
I’m privileged through and through
And in our society
Looking away is just so damn easy
Track Name: Love Me Loosely
You’re my rock and roll machine making me sing all night
About those two weeks of bliss and how I can’t get them off my mind
We tame our feelings, throw them into the river
Find each other again under some moon but we won’t shiver

No, no, no

You wait up for me trapped in a tiny screen
White washed walls behind you but the world; it’s all in front of you
You’ve got so much left to see
Before you can make your way back to me

So love me Loosely
Cause our arms aren’t long enough to reach across the sea
So love me Loosely
Cause our arms aren’t long enough to reach across the sea

When you’re standing there on your coasts of gold
Thinking of the stories we told
The foreign sites and the undimmed lights
A king and queen every other night
Don’t wash your face in your hands
For I’ll be near on both the sea and the land
Because the distance is only
What we believe it to be

So love me Loosely
Cause our arms aren’t long enough to reach across the sea
So love my Loosely
Cause our arms aren’t long enough to hold you close to me
Track Name: Open Air
Take a walk along the dock and see how they shine
Lights in the open air reach across the shoreline
Silhouettes are dancing 'long the power lines
Smoking their cigarettes and drinking red wine

Do you feel it
Do you know it
Can you feel it
When you hold him

Hear the voices echo through the frozen pines
Know that their lonely, know that they don't mind
Rising up then falling like an old man's sigh
hide in the heart unseen as the world goes by

Do you feel it
Do you know it
Can you feel it
When you hold him

Take a walk along the dock and see how they live
Love in the open air with so much to give
And you were one to scream and laugh and sing and shout
And you were one to scream and laugh and sing and shout

Do you feel it
Do you know it
Can you feel it
When you hold him
Track Name: Favourite Sin
Put down your gun
Lay down your arms
Your wings are hiding
Your wings are hiding underneath

Open your mind
But close your heart
Don’t want them fighting
Don’t want them fighting for you love

Now we know where it begins
Let’s perfect our favourite sins
You and I were made to fight
You and I were made to feel
Now we know this time it’s real
Let’s perfect our favourite sins

Seal your lips
Speak through your eyes
You wounds are showing
Your wounds are showing through your skin

Feel your hips
How they meet mine
With never knowing
With never knowing how before

Now we know where it begins
Let’s perfect our favourite sins
You and I were made to fight
You and I were made to feel
Now we know this time it’s real
Let’s perfect our favourite sins
Track Name: Venom
They go walking through the storm
Escape the noise in which their born
The sinking lands, oh, the lost youth
His gnarled hands, her jagged tooth

Give us a place to stand we’ll move the earth
Yet our smooth hands purchase our worth
We’re plugged in now, feeling whole
Will we feel it when we lose our souls?