RISLEY

by RISLEY

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released February 26, 2016

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RISLEY Portland, Oregon

Risley is Portland band. The debut album is made up of the collective contributions by members of Tea for Julie, Genders, Typhoon, Sunbathe, Paper Brain, Poison Beaches & Moonchild.
The result is an album full of sonic and genre twists and turns. ranging from post-punk to millennial indie rock from dancey to alt-country, and all with a unifying thread of sound and spirit.
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Track Name: Warpaint On
In a car, In a crowd - You're a secret, finally spoke out loud
I wanna tell you now
In a sense, all the pieces of us and our lives are aligned in an ancient line, moving right thru time
What a find - Without words in the wake of a serious state when the groove is worn and the water's warm

You put your warpaint on ...

Streets are wet and reflect the lights from cars and the rows of bars
and nobody knows the story of your bones
Salt and sea, city lights ... all the unsung thoughts of your unsung life
There might be nothing left when we arrive, so ....

Put your warpaint on
Track Name: Kill the Clock
Come on babe; You've gotta kill the clock cause
if you don't, you might never stop it from
making you all crazy, stuck on ifs and maybes
Either way, you'll get a life of worries.
They've got stuff and you've got stories.
And even if you change your line, you could never change your mind
Aw, no; You're a zebra with your stripes

You know you've left fingerprints
We all leave fingerprints

The present isn't ever what you wanted
Caught between the future and where you started
A pocket full of dreams ...
just like broken cigarettes
Track Name: Time Was Slow
In the summer, 1993
The world was with my friends and me
and anything was possible, and everything was tangible
and we sang
School would wait another month
So we hung out and we took drugs
We were free to be the kids a revolution started with
so we sang

Sun-stained arms and hearts waving hello
to a future it's impossible to know
Without shadows, there's a lot of day to go
Yawning at the dawn when time was slow

Mixes and the top was down
and everybody was around
Because there was no sense of time
and mom was doing fine
We were all about to leave
We didn't know that we'd lose home
It was the last time we knew home
intact and safe and whole
and we sang

Sun-stained arms and hearts waving hello
to a future it's impossible to know
Without shadows, there's a lot of day to go
Yawning at the dawn when time was slow
Track Name: Swept
Colors slide like a tide in my mind
Undefined, like a child and I don't mind
Every gift has its price
and you were mine

And I need to say it now - out loud
What I could scream without a sound
I know
It's love
Track Name: Open Ocean
Laying out on a perfect gleam and a cure, long
I'm gone. I'm gone. I'm gone.
By me you sit beside, trying to decide
Oh pick me, don't pick me, oh pick me
Who wants to be your summer rose?
The beautiful one you chose
Who gave you the right to decide I should live inside?

And now, anything could happen
It's always best if it's open ended
Swim out, it's the open ocean
Get settled with the tide that takes you down

My mind in a foggy haze, drinking on your driveway
I know if you'd hold me, I'd hold you back
But who wants to be a summer rose?
The beautiful one you chose
Long days and longer nights
I could never have stayed inside

And now, anything could happen
It's always best if it's open ended
Swim out, it's the open ocean
Get settled with the tide that takes you down
Track Name: Heyday
The reaction to distraction is inaction so we're never whole
And the world will only spin so many times before we all get old

When the present ain't on your mind ....
The past keeps burning future all the time

Heyday, we know that nothing lasts forever
These days will live on in our minds
Let go of the controls, no hands, no drum roll
Just eyes to sort out what goes by
Heyday - Now never comes again

Explanations for sensations generations wanna call their own
To close the space between our bodies and the spaces in between our souls

But if the present ain't on your mind ....
The past keeps burning future all the time

Heyday, we know that nothing lasts forever
These days will live on in our minds
Let go of the controls, no hands, no drum roll
Just eyes to sort out what goes by
Heyday - Now never comes again
Track Name: Noise of Days
We can't hear the bombs
We can't hear a word you're saying
When everything's on
and filling the noise of days
We already know what happens
It's echoing

But if we run together ...
We can have them eating crow
And nothing seems so clever ...
in the day and age of one
Leaves fall and settle
Leaves fall and settle at our toes

Discovery Day
A door in the hall you're passing
A shot in the arm
Anything can come unfastened
We should never know what happens in the end

But if we run together ...
We can have them eating crow
And nothing seems so clever ...
in the day and age of one
Leaves fall and settle
Leaves fall and settle at our toes
Track Name: Dragonflies
You live in photographs - an echo trapped in time
I'm chasing dragonflies along the waterline

Do you remember traces from the years?
Completely cutoff now but echo in my ears

I followed shadows, the connections and the wasted time
You are the sore thumb sticking out
You stick out in my mind

And I'm chasing dragonflies
and you're stuck in time

I never thought that love was rare
I thought I'd find it everywhere
For all the live you rub against ...
There are a few you'll really miss
Track Name: Severed
I was out of control - I've got it under control now
I never shook so bad - I never saw myself that way
And I can't define what's on my mind
It won't ever stay between the lines
It's time to bury the dead - Turn the soil and start again

The sun will fall until it fades - Then rise again another day
We never get to stay together
We just hold hearts until we're severed

I was left adrift - I couldn't see the shoreline
I never felt so lost - I didn't know which way to go
And I still felt tethered to her soul
So the little boy couldn't let go

Don't fall out - It's a way down
We never get to stay together
We just hold hearts until we're severed

Just get it under control
I wanna see the lines
Track Name: North
Up end, end up something other than
Adjust, You're just now getting it
Eyes always widen when you let some light in

Skin chaps, lips crack in the north again
Outside, inside Let the weather in
In a way, you'll be holding on

Sideways and sliding but I'm not frightened

Start saving for a new one again
They're only hearts- They break and mend
They freeze and thaw - It's not what you want
I want everything

It's not what you thought you were waiting for
Slight of hand hands you metaphors
The present's wrapped in time
Whether you leave here or stay
Not waiting for a pause - It's coming late

The waves go out - The waves come in
It comes in waves
It's like a dream you can't explain or know
just where you've been but the feeling hold
So you know
Track Name: Orbits & Pieces
Like a tab on a tongue alone
There's a lot that you won't ever know
And what happens next will always be uncertainty

She had tattoos up and down her arm
like graffiti on a train car
But behind her eyes, he thought he saw ... a thousand years

He was silver-tongued, he'd never seen ...
anyone who wasn't listening
and like a tempest in a teacup ...
her mind was stirred

I've been up so many nights - I've been up to changing my whole life
and you're nothing like me
Orbits and pieces of us collide, intertwined in an ancient tide, I know
We're bits and pieces
But maybe when the lights go out - We'll come together?

If the big bang was a black hole, pushing matter out into this world
then there was something on the other side that had to die

It coalesced to make the big stars that made the elements of who we are - all projected on a Higgs field that gives it mass

So, if everything's a hologram, I'm not exactly sure just what I am?
He said to her as if she understood ...
She never would

I've been up so many nights - I've been up to changing my whole life
and you're nothing like me
Orbits and pieces of us collide, intertwined in an ancient tide, I know
We're bits and pieces
But maybe when the lights go out - We'll come together?
Track Name: Jinx
I've had beauty creep and tingle in my spine
I've had to see my heart ripped out to know it's mine
I'd hate to think of conversation as a bore
There's nothing you could say I haven't heard before
Inspiration hides; Don't let it disappear
That's what I fear

Weed thru the days for a good one to frame
Of all the wishes that you've made
How many chances do you ever take?

I watch the sun wrap my horizon every day
I cross it off on the calendar and I turn another page
A sentimental hand will look for things to hold
There's consequence in staying and there's fear in letting go
Inspiration hides; Don't let it disappear
That's what I fear

Weed thru the days for a good one to frame
Of all the wishes that you make
How many chances do you ever take?
Track Name: Sticks & Stones
The things you've done are just a shadow
of the things you wanna do
You sit around while all your friends are moving on

I've built my bones
from sticks and stones and I
Even though I know...
I'm on my way to fall again

It's just the principal of waiting
That's just time we'll never get again
I wrote it in a letter to a friend of mine

I've built my bones
from sticks and stones and I
Even though I know...
I'm on my way to fall again

I know, I know, It's going by
But where am I?
Track Name: Ghostlife
I've lost touch with a couple people I used to be
Still ringing in my mind more like a sound than a memory
And there's not a moment that an idle life feel right
It's a ghost life

So many clouds have been hanging around
some invited, some incited temporarily
But I can still remember who I wanted to be
and I don't wanna watch the world thru a window

I've got the photographs, records and the books of a life
But thumbing thru the proof of the past doesn't keep you alive

So many doubts that were counting us out
beyond a shadow, straight and narrow, evidentially
But I still recall what lies under it all and I don't wanna watch the world thru a window
Track Name: September Song
This town has never got you right
If anyone can recognize

When you found her on the stairs
Hiding eyes behind her hair

You've got your friends. You've got your plans
Her drinking glass on your night stand

We spent winter in your room
Wait for spring to bring it's bloom
We told our phones to hold their tongues
Let the blinds keep out the sun

September

There were leaves beneath our feet
as we walked down Clinton Street

Words I thought would serve me well
Have each failed to ever tell
I'd trade each verb in for a noun
I tied you up and you tied me down

September
Track Name: The Formula That Wins
You can check the boxes on a life you'll never feel
Get an office job, a house with granite and stainless steel
Memorize the TV Guide, make play-dates for the kids
Keeping up with Joneses, It's the formula that wins

The thing about a thousand years
Now that's a lot of time
I only wanna see us clear
All of the waiting and the wanting disappear

All astir in the wake of a calendar blur
watching rain streak the panels again and again
From my seat on the train, like a film strip's grain
I can see it go by

You can try and set the stage for happiness and love
Follow all the blueprints but the feeling never comes

When I think about my younger years ...
when love was all around
I only wanna put that back 'til I can feel the fire warm my cheek
Track Name: All the Fun
Even if I'm spinning circles getting high
I've got a million thoughts a minute, flying by
Shining in, There's a day outside
Gonna lick my finger, find the wind and try

There are so many things I wanna do
I shouldn't spend a second waiting to untie my mind

All of the fun
It's on the tip of my tongue
The things I could be ...
They're all waiting on me

It's morning; lift the blinds, let in the light
You were in my dreams again last night

There are so many ways I wanna go
I don't wanna sit here waiting until I know
Make up my mind

It felt so real but that's another life
It's on a list of things I have to keep inside

Out in the sun
Life's long when you're young
The things I could be
They're all waiting on me

Even if I'm spinning circles getting high
I've got a million thoughts a minute, flying by

There are so many things I wanna do
Tangled up in "what ifs?", waiting to untie my mind
Track Name: Elaine (I Won't be a Raincloud)
It takes time to decide what to mine from your mind
to define a good try in making use of a life
Stay in bed - Rest your head
You're still young now - Have your fun
There's still time
Now, that's a lie that gets you by

Elaine, I see it on your face again
Don't let it break your heart
It's not a choice you made at all
And if I sail your skies ...
I won't be a raincloud

Do you remember what I said to you in the park last Saturday?
About boys wanting logic and girls wanting magic?
Well, what I never said out loud ....
I'm gonna say it now

Elaine, I watched the sun go down on you
and as the colors crossed your face ...
the light came flickering thru the space between the leaves
And I let it break my heart but I promised you
I won't be a raincloud

So, how does the sum of a storm make a song of a raincloud?
And you're never gonna know who you are unless you're seeing what I saw
Oh, Elaine
Track Name: One and the All
Spring felt like lies when summer arrived
How it passed you by when you closed your eyes
Love never dies - Well, I know
But it never comes back
At least, not the same way
Dancing thru the house like figurines in a silly scene
Your hair across your face like branches in front of the moon

Love distracts you from life
Life distracts you from love
and sometimes it's enough

Lost from the world but I really don't care
Wandering wild but there's nothing there

Love distracts you from life
Life distracts you from love
and it's never enough
It's never the way that we dream

Now I'm alone, wishing again
but it's already bones
Wish you could save one and the all
but I know all too well

Salted the well and hidden again
There are some that would say it's not molded in clay
but they don't know the hands. They don't know us now
Left like a couch on the street, collecting the rain
There's nowhere good it will go again
It's really kind of sad and strange to think about

How Love distracts you from life
and life distracts you from love
I can't weigh the two in my mind

We're here right now
I know what you don't
Let you're pretty little mind go wandering wild
Love's not enough
But it will be soon

Stuck on the train with your heart in my brain and I'm full again
Head to the glass as the city goes by and I really don't wanna go home

I'm free ... oh no
I'm sad now that I wish you could stay
Lord knows; It's more than I want for my own
Track Name: White Sky Song
To my surprise, You never left my mind so I kept on in a gray town

Rain, driving the beat
Gloss on the street, setting the scene
White winter sky

Wax and wane, It always came and went again
So I kept on in a gray town
Lost in a maze of candle flickered haze
Night's lost for light and day for shade

Rain, driving the beat
Gloss on the street, setting the scene
White winter sky

And we don't mind
Track Name: Seeing Stars
Stare out to sea again
A heart to fill again
You see the door cracked open and you know you've got to go
Throw out the script again
The paint is wet again
You watch the clock and wash it off
and you know you've gotta go

You're seeing stars again - Like stupid lovers
Drinking the wine again - See what you want to see

You're mind is wider than
The sky has ever been
And even though you're haunted by the thrill of letting go
The tide is coming in
Your feet are wet again
You see how days can fade away and you know it's time to go

You're seeing stars again - Like stupid lovers
Out on the tiles again again - See what you see
Track Name: Six
Six years, it took me down stream to where I lay
Caught in a shockwave of debilitating waste
Amongst the rubble and the trouble I was in ...
I felt the need to begin - So I dug in

And after so long, I'm awake

Six years of waiting for the embers to return
To set the fires like the ones in memory burn
The king who waited watched his kingdom turn to ash
on a throne of indecision, anchored to the past

Now, after so long, I'm awake
I'm so awake
My eyes are open

Feel my fingers, taste the air and count my toes
Think of all the things that you now know
So you can go