That Shadow

by Mount Sharp

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1.
MBA 03:49
You approach like a storm front Hot then cold all at once I feel the hair on the back of my arms stand It’s the pressure it’s not your charm Well I heard you got some advanced degree Well your writing never did much for me Good for you I guess What you’ve earned always lags behind All of your success I used to dress for your forecast I’d prepare for every high and low As the highs recede into the past It only takes three percent of me  To deny the cause of all that shadow Well I heard you closed a Series A Don’t they know you can burn money you can just give it away We’re not friends now If it’s convenient I’ll pretend Lately I’m not sure that we ever really were Well I bet you never ask about me It bothers me less year to year Cause you run on all that attention Do you know how to stop? Did you ever care enough to hear? Good for you I guess It bothers me but it bothers me less and less
2.
Domes 03:24
Why didn’t I leave? When you’re down that long You’ll believe it’s just where you belong I know you were wrong I held onto that rope for you at one end Goes round our necks and it itches but Pays pretty well to pretend Why didn’t I leave? Can’t you see my eyes? I’ve been told I need blinders I need lenses I need... So much just to get by I know you were wrong I held onto that rope for you til end Goes round our necks and it burns but Paid pretty well You know awhile it felt like things were getting worse Slow enough for us to adjust Move the coastlines, build a beach house in Ohio I’ll live in a dome under the sea But you’re not a planet I can leave you whenever I don’t need a rocket to reach escape velocity Someday we’ll all leave To the sea or to the stars Somehow I don’t think we’ll remember enough  To ever change who we are
3.
Apostate 04:39 video
Surely I’m not made of bone and blood Surely I’m something that’s never or always been Am I still earning your love? Do I remind you of someone you could dream of? Surely you know me (at least you have known) And in knowing can let me go Am I still earning your love? Do I remind you of someone you could dream of? You know I could almost thank you For growing my apostate crowd Surely they can see a change is gonna come And in seeing raise the flag and roll the drums Am I still earning your love? Do I remind you of someone who could ever be enough? You know I could almost thank you For growing my apostate crowd
4.
Ordinary 03:29 video
How many times before it starts to feel ordinary How many (how many) before Cause I heard I’ll start to feel things relatively And I don’t know if that sounds good or bad anymore Normal’s just what you’re used to And you’re surprised So find all the space your anger takes  And try not to make all of it about you How many times before I start to feel empty How many (how many) til the end Cause I heard we can survive Only if we break only if we bend But I don’t know why you’d say that to me Unless you want us to lose all that we defend Normal’s just what you’re used to Back to normal’s what they want you to do So find all the space your anger takes  And try not to make all of it about you
5.
Godzilla 02:57
Dreamt I was Godzilla last night Claws caught in red suspension wire If I twist your bridge like a paper plate It’s not cause I’m trapped, I’m so fucking tired You can’t understand me, I’m a monster I don’t feel anything All the masses flee in terror You know that I don’t feel anything I’m a fire breathing monster I’m a cold blooded killer I am a dinosaur If I tear down your load bearing pillars I’ll make a pretty mess of your shining western shores You can’t understand me, I’m a monster I don’t feel anything All the masses flee in terror You know that I don’t feel anything I wish you would believe me  When I say Statistically there’s no way we are getting out of here ok Cause you’re drowning in San Francisco bay With all that water in your lungs you’d think by now I’d be able to relate You can’t understand me, I’m a monster I don’t feel anything All the masses flee in terror You know that I’ve never felt anything Dreamt I was Godzilla last night You dreamt I loved you like some sort of King Kong When I wake up I’ll just pick another fight You think it’s cause I care Goddamn - were you born wrong?
6.
Voyager I 05:55
I’ve been dreaming on a gold plate Flung hard from our small hands It’s past Kuiper now, we’ll never see it again Maybe no one will I’m not waiting on some message to return From the start I knew I’d only yearn And if they should find it, love, don’t let them call it fate Fate’s just math when it turns out well I found you in chaotic odds I’ll take that over any of your meddling gods You think you’re the sun - at best you’re dust in a light beam At best we’re throwing rocks trying to stop a stream Time wears us all down to sand You never get much bigger than the distance between your head and your hands From the pale blue My brain waves, dreaming of you
7.
Don't 03:23
8.
The Spin 03:52
It's just the Spin keeping us here Yeah when I hold on to our time too tight It sends me floating through the atmosphere Don't pull me down don't waste that light Well I clawed I fought I dug in to stop the Spin But it left all the clouds in their old shapes At first it felt right to stay where we begin Until we wore out all the tapes  I been painting edges on the ground I been fencing in all the good I've found  Just for now And so girl I'm trying to let time be Fleeting Girl I'm trying  To let all the edges grow I know There's no way to hold this still I know You only lose what you try to control For now, just for now Hold your breath step off the ground And then I see how  I need the Spin to pull me forward and down I don't know the feeling but I'll know the sound
9.
Bones 05:24
In that old brick house the heat would seep Through cracks in our windows, from our hands and feet I guess that could be what it's like in your head There's no point in asking if there's something I should have said Did you ever hold something so tight? Through my grip see knuckles turning bone white When I left you told me you'd be bad at this And how could I not have noticed? Whenever I try to find you Remembering drains the air from the room Sometimes I call you just to hear your phone ring Though you ran out of space for my messages ages ago If it's not a dial tone, then it's not nothing I just hope you know... If you never call me back  I guess that's fine if you're ok But my life is less without you in it Can that be enough to make you stay? If you never call  Know I’d still go through it all
10.
I believe in bourbon I support the causes of whiskey No I don’t miss any of the dreams The dreams they spare me And I know, sometimes I know You’re still here logically you must still love me I believe in sleeping Long enough for my arms to fill with lead No I don’t miss any of the time That I could fill up with all the thoughts in my head And I know, sometimes I know You’re still here logically you must still love me I believe in saving Up all my feelings so I can spend them all at once And if that makes them untraceable oh well And I know, sometimes I know You’re still here, some days I need you to remind me And I know sometimes it shows You’re still here, someday that won’t surprise me
11.
Voyager II 06:02
I heard they built a well deep and silent Enough to tell that you were right all along But tell me when you left  Did you feel the pull? I know you’d rather be dead than dead wrong Or see that we were fine and forgot so fast now that you’re gone But tell me when you left Did you feel the pull? We all will die two or three times before we’re done Everyone you know has forgotten someone I felt you pass the ‘pause And maybe I mourn for what never was I can bend space but never quite bend the time But tell me when you left Did you feel the pull? And when there’s nothing left Will you feel the pull as it ends? We all will die two or three times before we’re done Everyone you know has forgotten someone We all will lie and shove our heads in the sand They say it is never how you planned

about

THAT SHADOW follows you – full of sticky melodies, lyrics that cut, and surging waves of noise, this record will get under your skin. Inspired by years of watching all the assholes we know win, figuring out how to be kinder to ourselves, and all the beautiful and tragic machines in space. It’s about everything that pulls us to look behind ourselves, when we should be looking up and dreaming.

Grounded by vivid, striking (and often deeply nerdy, see: odes to Carl Sagan in Voyagers I & II) storytelling & lyrics, the album radiates with anxiety, longing, and battered hope.

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released February 21, 2020

MOUNT SHARP is
SARAH WOOD/SWOOD - vocals, guitars
BRYAN BRUCHMAN - guitars, synth, etc.
SAL GARRO - drums
JONATHAN PILKINGTON KAHNT - bass, etc.

Thank you: Ryan Zumsen, Maia Macdonald, and Jeremiah Mcvay / Rachel, Amy, Ousheng, and Becky / the kids, cats, and dog / the Sendrowitz family

Lyrics by Sarah Wood, music by Mount Sharp
Produced by Brian Sendrowitz
Recorded and mixed at Miracle Flag in Bellmore, NY
Mastered by Sarah Register

Art by Jenna Breiter
Design by Bryan Bruchman

Released by DADSTACHE RECORDS

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Mount Sharp Brooklyn, New York

Mount Sharp writes songs about science and bad decisions.

SWOOD, Bryan, Sal, and JPK.

Brooklyn, NY

band photo by Ebru Yildiz

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