Primitive Feelings - Part I

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Primitive Feelings (Hook & Prayer/Ray-On) will be released in two parts this summer, before combining on vinyl as a long-player in the fall.

A summery mix of soulful, druggy beats and classic indie, Part 1 recalls the lo-fi dance vibes of Cornershop, Primal Scream and Beck. There’s a touch of Mark Ronson too, were he to take on a rock band (not likely – they asked).

Following a Floyd-esque intro, the tone is set with a heavy Latin-soul groove. Things get funkier from there, culminating in the strange mash-up of rhythms and hooks that is the title track.

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released June 7, 2019

All songs by Trevor Anderson (SOCAN/ASCAP)
Produced by Trevor Anderson
Vocals, keys, bass, loops, misc - Trevor Anderson
Guitars - Robbie MacArthur
Drums - Max Hebert
Strings - Monica Gunter

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PRIMITIVE FEELINGS - PART I

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Track Name: O Blue Day
O Blue Day,
You seem to say
The way is without limitations,
If I could but recognise you
There inside my own reflection
Track Name: The Future Prospects Of Your Ego
Heaven help you
If you believe you’ll be staying
When the others leave

The life you live and claim to own
Ain’t your possession, it’s yours on loan

There’s no sleight of hand,
No miraculous stunt
Even Lazarus only came back once
I don’t like your odds
I don’t like your odds

But life is good
In the mansion you have made
Buying and selling yourself
In the slave trade

But the walls that hold it together
Are paper thin
When the wind picks up
It just might blow them in

Look at the figures,
Examine the facts,
Look at the way that the odds are stacked
I don’t see a lot
In the cards you’ve got

But I see the future
And the future don’t look so good
Yeah, I see the future
And the future don’t look so good
Track Name: Jaws Of Life
Please,
I’m caught in a squeeze
I could use some expertise
And/or some resuscitation

Teach me,
Extend an arm and reach me,
Lecture and speech me,
Put some words of wisdom together

I don’t expect
To save my neck
Unless someone arrives
To pull me out of this wreck alive

And I wanna be rescued
By your jaws of life
Life is a gas
Until you crash
And I need assistance
I need your jaws of life

Listen,
I know that my collision
Ends a chain of decisions
Stretching back to the dawn of creation
And pain
Follows pleasure in the game,
So I should get up again,
Dust myself off like Frank Sinatra

I don’t expect
To save my neck
Unless someone arrives
To pull me out of this wreck alive

I wanna be rescued
By your jaws of life
Life, it’s a gas
Until you crash
And I need assistance
I need your jaws of life
Track Name: Employment and Enjoyment
When I was 16, I joined the circus
For ten years of mandatory national service
I walked the tightrope to please them all
(But they secretly hoped I’d fall)

Next, I was offered a lifetime sentence
Of bringing home bread for my descendents
I did hard time pulling on their plough
And milking the sacred cow

But I never really learned their trade
Never learned to use the tools they made
Never read their instructions
For making lemonade when life gives you hand grenades

I get by with distractions, honey
Lord knows, you look distracted, too
So next time I need a little distraction, honey
I’ll come looking for you

I carried the world upon my back
Like a good megalomaniac
During the years I was employed
Holding us over the void

They’re handing out medals to the bravest soldiers
After the war, when you’re much older,
As long as you follow each and every command
Out into no-man’s land

But this place has never really felt quite right
I think I missed my connecting flight
Somewhere I’ve got friends
Waiting for me at arrivals on Proxima B

I get by with distractions, baby
Lord knows, you look distracted, too
So next time I’m looking for distraction, honey
I’ll come looking for you
Track Name: World War You
You’re making plans to save the world
And the plans begin with me
You’re gonna make a D-Day landing
Like I am your Normandy
But how can you save my world
When you’re still fighting World War You?
How can you change me, honey?

There’s a bird and a snake
At either end of every tree
We’ve all got our own battles, baby
And you bit more than you can chew
With World War You

Everyone else is a problem you would solve
You wanna baptize every infant
To absolve yourself

But from every angle you’re reflected in the view
This old world is a broken mirror
Have a look, you’ll see it, too
See World War You

How can you save the world
When you’re fighting World War You?
Track Name: Primitive Feelings
All dolled up for the discotheque
That some call civilization
Feel them breathing down your neck
Demanding your attention

Primitive
Primitive feelings
Primitive
Primitive feelings

Just another passenger on
The crowded rock we’re sharing
With a prehistoric backpack on,
The baggage we’re all wearing

Primitive
Primitive feelings
Primitive
Primitive feelings

Moving through the urban landscape,
All that steel and concrete forest,
Pretending you don’t feel at all
Like a drugged up brontosaurus

Primitive
Primitive feelings

I never want it to happen,
Could something happen to me?
Nightmares, fancies and fantasies,
The hidden movement of the human sea

Rattling the cage of your cultured mind
Feeding off the energies you decline
Doing just fine despite neglect
Interrupting when you least expect it

Whispering between your chosen words
Gathering its strength in the crowded herd

Primitive
Track Name: City Of Gold
I’ve left the world I know
To follow a distant glow
Along I go to treasures untold

Oh, stranger can you show
The way that I must go?
I’m lost and so
Perhaps you know
A path to the old
City of Gold

Sigo buscando
La via secreto
El camino que necessito
Para llegar a ese pueblo

Lei El Carnero
Y sigo buscando
El camino secreto
Para llegar a ese pueblo

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