Bring It Out of Me

by Logan Archer

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about

when i was a teenager, i had a strong affinity for home-recording, as evidenced by everything you see on this page. one thing i never felt like i truly made was a cohesive, capital-A Album, one that people could emotionally resonate with and listen to on repeat and end up on year-end lists like all my favorite records at the time.

so with a lot of ambition, a little experience, and some borrowed instruments/recording equipment, i sought out in march 2014 to paint my masterpiece.

there were a few things that held me back from that ideal:

1. i used some really awful software called audacity that ensured that all my mistakes in the editing process were basically permanent, i also had no good monitoring gear so my mixes suffered a lot as a result.

2. having to record all the layers by myself led to an extremely arduous recording process, especially with only two mics. playing every instrument also meant that i had no means of actually jamming the songs out which led to weird, fragmented forms that didn't make a lot of sense.

3. the arduous recording process meant the songs took a long time to record, some songs taking up to two years to complete. by that time, i had lost most of my interest in the project and had lost a hard drive containing a lot of the original mixes.

with all these issues, you may ask yourself why i bothered releasing such a flawed project after all this time had passed. well, i still like a few of the songs, and i think it's an important step in my artistic process that not a lot of people heard. listening to it after all this time, it's still got a bit of life left in it, and now that i'm emotionally distanced from all the material, perhaps it's worth sharing with others.

consider it more of a time-capsule than a record. this whole thing represents a little two year chunk of my life from march 2013 to about march 2015, encapsulating the end of one relationship, the start of another, and a lot of personal struggle in between.

hope someone enjoys. thank you.

-logan

credits

released January 25, 2017

all guitars, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, ukulele, violin, vocals, songwriting, production, mixing: logan archer
flugelhorn on "intro": brian mcclain
trombone on "intro": aaron levins

end sample on "bring it out of me": "running water"by daniel johnston (all rights to yip eye music)
chord drones on "untitled": "USING THE TASCAM PORTASTUDIO 424 AS AN INSTRUMENT" by Exploring Audio on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxi7RwFSKEg)
end sample on "say": some henry mancini tune on the end of the original drum take tape
all other samples culled from field recordings of girlfriends and garageband keyboards

mastered by warren hildebrand
shouts out to spencer, cyruss, victor, nick, aaron, brian, david, henry, and all others i may have forgotten that helped me with the creation of this record with their encouragement.

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Track Name: I Waited
i saw you walking on the bricks
with those scars drawn on your wrist
slender hands means tender lips
i didn’t try to resist it

i heard you play erik satie
i held you after that party
the stars were burning bright above me
i only wanted to be seen by you

i have waited so long
i can’t wait anymore
Track Name: Bring It Out of Me
your bible's on the floor in the backseat of your car
hasn't been looked at in at least three years but you keep it around just in case
god just appears despite all rationality and asks if the pages have been dog-eared or highlighted
and you'll just say

bring it out of me
take away my secrets and my best abilities
rid me of my peace
and grant my wishes occasionally but only when you want
let your will be done

it's no secret anymore, you've lost your faith in peace
we'll just ride the waves of heartaches after heartbreaks until we're saved
by our deaths, but only if death is relief
and if it's not and i see god when i cross over the line i'll say

bring it out of me
strip away my not-so-sacred individuality
give me surgery
without anesthesia just so i can get my wings
and sing holy, holy

holy, holy
Track Name: Breathing In
in my head, it's going down
take a breath, don't lose it now (it's alright)

rage for me, becoming heat
breathing in, strip on the street (it's okay)

when will life become something more than living?
when will love become something more than trying again?
when will the county fix the pavement outside my house?
and when will this whining become something more substantial?
and i'm breathing again
Track Name: Sparks
when we ran out of love
where did the sparks all go?
are they hiding under stress?
are they drunk and driving home?
are they out for a nice night?
are they flirting with fireflies?
are they causing wildfires?
are they dying inside your eyes?
are they camping with the kids?
are they welding us together again?
are they laughing at the show?
cause if they’re not here, where did they go?
Track Name: Crybaby
when you called my name what was in your mind?
did you want my hands bleeding in your eyes?
did you want a man who could never cry otherwise?

well i'm not that, baby
so change that lovely story
yeah i'm not that, honey
i'm a loser crybaby

when you saw my face what did you first think?
did you want my heart in the kitchen sink?
wash it every day, keep it nice and clean
well that can't be

cause i'm not that, baby
so change that lovely story
yeah i'm not that, honey
i'm a loser crybaby

it's all i ever will be
Track Name: Holy All The Time
lying on the floor
blowing rings of smoke

god is holy, god is great
god loves all that he creates
and god is purely everything
inside himself and what he's made

sitting on the porch
we ain't got much more

god is holy, god is great
god loves all that he creates
and god is purely everything
inside himself and what he's made

smoking cigarettes
waiting for the man

god is holy, god is great
god loves all that he creates
and god is purely everything
inside himself and what he's made

bright lights again
turn ourselves in for the night

god is holy, god is great
god loves all that he creates
and god is purely everything
inside himself and what he's made
and we are holy all the time
but we ain't got a single dime
to pay for all these heating bills
so what the hell, we've time to kill
Track Name: Hesistate
we are dead in the water, television's on
blaring white noise at us
and i can't hear what you're saying, it sounds like nothing
but your mouth is moving fast
we talk like we're old friends (it's getting hard on us)
we talk like we're old friends (but weren't we lovers once?)

we say we love each other, at least we've got that
we've got that in common, huh
at least we've got each other, but i'm getting angry
there's nowhere to go from here
we kiss like we're unsure (are we fading quickly now?)
we kiss like we're unsure (hesitate me, put me down)

when we sit, stand, or lie together
what's aiming at our heads?
i couldn't stay still waiting for it
so i'll cut you off instead
when we speak, kiss, or dine together
what's itching on my back?
i couldn't reach it so i gave up
let you go, got on the wrong track

we are dead in the water, we've got each other
but is each other enough?
we say we love each other, but can love keep us
stitched together this long?
we talk like we're old friends (where is your timing now?)
when is this gonna end?
Track Name: Make New Friends
i want a break from every day
i want a clean-cut shift from reality
i want a girl who will love and cherish me
as i slowly destroy everything i see

i want this body to disintegrate until there's nothing left
nothing left
i want this body to dissipate into nothingness
and i'll make new friends

i want a life that swallows me
i want a death that takes the pain away
i want a universe with empathy
and a reality that doesn't hate my brain

i want this body to disintegrate until there's nothing left
nothing left
i want this body to dissipate into nothingness
and i'll make new friends
Track Name: Say
god's a ghost and i'm alone in here
the lord of hosts hosts a banquet each year
and love of mine, you are not invited
you've done your time and you'll stand beside it

i miss you no matter what i say

solomon was the wisest guy around
and i'm the most troubled guy in town
my brain is full, my heart's a bitter grave
i hear your voice echo in my head each day (i love you)

i miss you no matter what i say
i miss you in every single way