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New Age Soul

by Small Reactions

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1.
At the desert’s mouth, the Internet’s out In the electric air of western Texas fair Hand in the breeze and a face to the sun Walking nowhere, already gone It’s an attitude (I don’t care) It’s a crippled walk (a pleasant diversion) It’s a hideous mask (to a fault) It’s an artful denial (lost on me) The streets stay a-glow And our hands unfold Keeping me close We’re new age souls Nails in my knees Head on the trail The canyon calling at horizon’s end Sound and fury on a freezing wind From a walking dream (full of fear) What a relevant look (your evil eyes) My gridlocked companion (I am saved) My Cambridge decision (blessed one) At the desert’s mouth, voices shout As hurricane winds slowly shape the land
2.
Want To 03:43
Hey, Hey, I’m doing what I want to There’s a light inside my hands And what I’m running with is Another speaks into my mind And I’ll falter at your name Exalted and strange There’s a song inside my head A short, indifferent thing A song I’ve hear time and time again I’m not the enemy They will not let me speak I’m not your enemy They will not let me speak I’m not your enemy Offer me no relief I’m not your enemy Offer me no relief
3.
In another life, I’d forgotten you And what you made me do I don’t believe in it Wander through the heartland on my own I'm Laying low I won’t deceive you yet Sacrificed so many Years of my own life Trouble follows me like a leach on my mind Wicked to the bone, I’m a rotten soul You don’t even know-I will bleed you dry In another life, I’d forgotten you And what you made me do Wicked to the bone, I’m a rotten soul You don’t even know-I will bleed you dry
4.
I was a child of planets and stars, I hard kept my head Drawn to millions and millions so far, away from me here in my bed Forever a line goes, forever he said-it didn’t take much to agree Following anything under the sun that gives off a little heat Here I am I will follow Speak and dress Double you for one of me Wherever you’re going, whatever they ask Father to me is a bloodletting task Just give me one dark night, under the gun Just give me one dark night-I’m the forgotten one I was a child who reached for the screen, static inside of the snow I was a child who counted the ringss, watching them each in a row The lines and the times that we like to perceive We want to find ourselves in Daily routines have us frozen in place We painted over the rest
5.
Well, Holland was wild, yeah But you had me frightened Watching the colors Drain from you face again Suffer my heart The loneliest part Suffer my heart For show Well, no one would say It was all touch and go for you Close, let down Creature, unheard And where are you now? Suffer my heart With drugs in the dark Suffer my heart Alone Never again Never again Suffer my heart The loneliest part Suffer my heart For show Never again Never again
6.
Wait don’t sulk I’ve come a long way for this Lies on the climb There’s been a blindfold slipped down Over my eyes Your voice I’m just a little bit worn I’ve come a long way And I’ll never need a sign Precarious as twine Just give me some more time Just a little bit more Across Park Place I’m just a little bit worn I’ve come a long way Soft with poise There is a failure in you
7.
Faces 05:06
With a face like mine, try and find a reason for looking in With a face like mine, you shut the blinds No one needs to see Just put me in a room and give me something (more) With a face like mine, try and find a reason for looking in With a face like mine, you shut the blinds No one needs to see He wasn’t mine and I’m not his forever, until the end Just put me in a room and give me something (more) It’s not the rain that makes the day a little colder In this town no one’s around solo solo I’m not asking for much-take a walk with me And then we’ll go our separate ways You’ll take your street and I’ll take mine I’ll see you in time See you in time See you in time See you in time
8.
I was living in a police state Everyone was watching me Break my body and leave my mind I am unaware half the time I was living in a police state Trouble is I got used to it How am I supposed to act When I am bloody and my skull is cracked? Oh why If you really want to feel What it’s like to walk in my shoes Don’t take it as a compliment You’re just a visitor I do everything that I can I do everything that I can do Oh why If you really want to feel What it’s like to walk in my shoes Drug by my heels through town But looking at the sky I’ll do everything that I can But they wanna cut me down so low I was living in a police state Can’t you understand the pain I’m in I ain’t making any promises I am taking some of you with me
9.
Guilty as you were How you promised them Ineffective reasons in the end Talking as you stand Over everyone Cut your legs off just above the knee Tired nation’s gonna rise And the streets will come alive Believer in denial Why’d you give me up? New pariah gunning for their views In each little moment In the quiet times I paint with the color underneath Tired nation’s gonna rise And the streets will come alive We won’t need peace offerings Try to make it all myself Loose leaf pages everywhere Why contend peace offerings? No no
10.
There is a light ahead, around the bend There is a light ahead, around the bend There is a light ahead, around the bend There is a parent’s voice, among the noise There is a shadowbox, it’s covered in dust As the city fell, the flowers reached for sun There is a light on up ahead There is a light around the bend I can’t see it, my body burns I’m past the point of no return There is a light ahead, around the bend There is a light ahead, around the bend A fleeting thought, a vision blurred An afternoon in 94’ There is a light ahead, around the bend There is a light ahead, around the bend Through the mountaintop, it’s covered in flames And the river here without a name There is a light There is a light There is a light There is a light

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Small Reactions play situational pop songs. Relying on the minimal instrumentation of guitar, bass, vintage organs, and drums, the quartet is equal parts new wave and post-punk, drone and surf.

The band themselves prefer the term “nerve pop” to describe their music. The phrase comprises the frenetic energy of the late 70s new wavers and Bob Dylan’s shaky foot circa 1965. Sonically, they resemble equal parts “Chairs Missing”-period Wire and early Stereolab. Lyrically, they reside somewhere in the “new domestic” school.

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released July 2, 2021

Produced by Ben Etter, except “New Age Soul” and “Police State” produced by Jason Kingsland
Engineered by Ben Etter at Maze Studios, except “New Age Soul,” “Speak and Dress,” and “Police State” engineered by Jason Kingsland
Additional recordings by Scotty Hoffman, Ross Politi, and Eric Balint

Mixed by Ben Etter at Maze Studios
Mastered by Joe Lambert at Joe Lambert Mastering

Small Reactions is Scotty Hoffman, Ross Politi, and Sean Zearfoss

Vibraphone, marimba, and hand percussion by Eric Balint
Bass on “New Age Soul,” “Speak and Dress,” and “Police State” by Clinton Callahan

All Songs by Small Reactions, Similar Phantoms Music Group (BMI)

Cover art, layout, and design by Rossellini Politi

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Small Reactions Atlanta, Georgia

Small Reactions play situational pop songs. Relying on the minimal instrumentation of guitar, bass, vintage organs, and drums, the quartet is equal parts post-punk, new wave, and surf.

Their music has been internationally praised by Huffington Post, GoldFlakePaint, Atwood Magazine, The Big Takeover, and more. They've directly supported the likes of Portugal The Man, Mac DeMarco, and DIIV.
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  • Jul 29
    Atlanta, GA

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