Finally, a friendly shore

by The Phosphenes

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'Finally, a friendly shore' is an evolution of the Phosphenes' sound, with a wider stylistic range and more nuanced arrangements. Taking the listener down dead-end streets, across the Pacific and back, through medical research facilities and across sticky kitchen floors to island prisons and secret bathtubs, it’s an explosion of different genres and diverse instrumentation that nevertheless has a distinct coherence and thematic consistency.

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released February 25, 2018

Jason Cutler: bass, vocals, synths, piano, guitar
Dean Lombard: guitars, vocals, melodica, organ, harmonica
Simon W Stockdale: guitars, vocals, toy piano
John A Watson: drums, percussion

Lorien Cutler and Tanjil Eve: backing vocals on Mouse Room Girl

Recorded and mixed by Idge at Soundpark, 2016 – 2017
Produced by The Phosphenes and Idge
Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering

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The Phosphenes Melbourne, Australia

The Phosphenes create imperfect three-minute pop songs from a standard dysfunctional rock line-up (with added harmonica for your convenience) that - replete with catchy hooks and upbeat rhythms, armed with poignant and quirky humour, and dripping in vocal harmonies - stick in your head and get you out of your chair. ... more

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Track Name: No Through Road
Red lights come and go
Holding back my fits of passion
Driving down a no through road
Looking for a place to stay

I've been feeling like I owe
You the fruits of my conviction
You're the apple of my eye
From the skin down to the core

Now he tosses to a fro
In the freedom of his fiction
It was in a dream he owned
Now he's woken up alone

Now there's no room for him to grow
That's the reason for his extinction
But the seeds he's sown will grow
They will turn away no more

Come and go
It's a feeling that I know
I want to make the cloudy clear
In the know
Like a hand on a hot stove
I want it cold
And just let go

No through road
Track Name: Bitter Pills
Light a candle for the ones who thought
That we’d be bound by the law
And the ones who thought
That they would not be tortured anymore
Light a candle for the children who are learning how to hate
For the women and the men, it’s all too late

Fly a flag for the ones who stayed
To greet the newcomers
And the ones who tried
To stand against the King’s gunners
Fly a flag for the children of the dispossessed, who still
Hold their heads high while swallowing such bitter pills

Let us all rejoice
We built this land
On the blood of the people who were here when it began
And we have a choice
Will we build our future
On the blood of the people who are reaching for our hand?

Light a candle for the ones who thought
That they would not be tortured any more
And the ones who fought
For justice under occupiers’ law
Light a candle for the children of the brutalised
Who will be our leaders in the future
Bitter pills
Track Name: America
Oh, Americans
Clinging to their freedom like a lollipop
Getting high on the sugar while their teeth just rot
How did it begin? and tell me when will it stop?
Oh, Americans

Oh, Americans
Calling on the government to leave ’em alone
Regulating vaginas ’til the cows come home
Where did it come from? and how far will they go?
Oh, Americans

For every Woody Guthrie
There’s a dozen Joe McCarthys
You silence all your Martin Luther Kings
You turn away from greatness
For the shallowest embraces
And never stop to think about
For whom the bell rings

It rings for you, America
Your voice has gotten louder and your stick’s still big
You’re blowing down the houses of the little pigs
That hole’ll just get deeper for as long as you dig Oh, America
Track Name: I've Been Waiting For Her
I’ll be waiting for her
Until the end of my time
I’ve been through trees and leaves and fauna
For my dying bride
I’ll settle the score
And I’ll end it all
I’ve been waiting for her

I’ll sit in the corner
In repent for my crimes
And then I’ll fill a glass of water
That will turn into wine
I’ll keep asking for more
And I’ll get it all
I’ve been waiting for her

I’ll toe the line
And I’ll wait for fish to bite
I’ll bide my time
In the sea of love
Crashing through waves
Floating above
Track Name: Sleep All Day
One foot in the bedroom
One foot in the hall
You keep changing your shoes
One hand on the doorknob
One hand on my heart
I don’t know which one to choose
Either way, I’m gonna lose

One eye on the skin and
One eye on the smile
It could vanish any time
One ear on the words and
One ear on the sound
I don’t know how much is mine
Oh I walk the finest line

I never knew
I couldn’t say
I look at you
You’ll never stay
I always knew, one day…

…in Milano, one day in Iran
You keep going away
One night in Paris one night in Saigon
And you sleep all fucking day
And I’ll never be okay
And there’s nothing I can say

Such a fine line
Pleasure and pain
Track Name: Patricia's Friend
I’m blowing kisses to my new found friend
When she goes home I still miss her
It’s not an issue that she likes other men
She blows my nose with her tissue

She throws all my worries from the front seat to the back
And we drive to places never cautious if we go off track
And she’ll run right into trouble without too much care
Now I’m doing what I never thought I’d dare do

I do the weeding while she just does the lawn
We take in turns with the dishes
Blows out the candles with just one single blow
And she won’t tell me her wishes

We get together when we finish all our work
Not noticing what other people do
When going gets too tough I pull on her black hair
And she screams and yells until everything is cool

Went to the river and I pushed her right in
And she scared off all the fishes
Look through the window of my school teacher’s house
He’s in the bath with his missus

She throws all my worries from the front seat to the back
And we drive to places never cautious if we go off track
And she’ll run right into trouble without too much care
Now I’m doing what I never thought I’d dare do
Track Name: Mouse Room Girl
Mouse Room Girl, don’t you love me?
Cause you know I love you so
Once I hold you, I won’t want to let you go
Mouse Room Girl, don’t you need me?
’Cause you know I need you now
Mouse Room Girl, got to be with you somehow

Mouse Room Girl
I just have to let you know
When I hold you, I don’t want to let you go

Mouse Room Girl, how I need you
And you know I need you now
Mouse Room Girl, got to be with you somehow
Mouse Room Girl, how I love you
You’re the girl who won my heart
When I’m with you, I don’t want to be apart.

Mouse Room Girl
I just have to let you know
When I hold you, I don’t want to let you go

Just want to let you know
Don’t want to let you go
Track Name: Crazy
Are you crazy enough for me?
If you’re fucked in the head
Then you and I should get together
Twist my heart through your neurosis
Let’s create some symbiosis
Let me clutch your thorny roses:
Are you crazy enough for me?

Are you callous enough for me?
Will you carry me high
Then slip me though your fingers?
Tell me that I am the one
Tease my sanity undone
Put a cloud before the sun:
Are you crazy enough for me?

If you subscribe to loving kindness
Then leave me alone
If you know how to love and be loved
Then I don’t give a damn

Are you ruthless enough for me?
If your kindness is cruel
Then you and I should make some music
Let me think that I have made it
Take my peace and then unbraid it
Wash my colour ’til you fade it:
Are you crazy enough for me?

If you could really make me happy
Leave me alone
Track Name: Luther
My son Luther
Is so far away from you
Gone further
Than he ever wanted to
You’re his sister
How could you be so cruel
To your brother Luther

I’m an intruder
But shouldn’t you be true
I can’t rule you
And I’ve never wanted to
I’m bothered
I don’t know what to do
Your brother Luther

He’s been gone away for days
On the shelf are razor blades
Fighting in my family’s blood
While I look down from above
Track Name: Lino
Wiping up all the Milo
I spilt on the lino on the kitchen floor
When you go and leave me alone
It tends to make
Everything structured and slow

I can’t find true love, but I can be true
I can find reasons for being with you
But these doubts just won’t let me go

I feel there’s something you know that I don’t
So why don’t you give me a go?
Eyelashes blink with no clothes
It makes you look kind of like Marilyn Monroe
With six toes and

I can’t find true love, but I can be true
I can find reasons for being with you
Psycho semantics and pro-active rules
But these doubts just won’t let me go

Newspapers talk in a terrible tone
Chew up and spit out the bone
We read and believe what we watch on the screen
We don’t have to leave the home

Wiping up all the Milo
I spilt on the lino on the kitchen floor

I can’t find true love, but I can be true
I can find reasons for being with you
Psycho semantics and pro-active rules
I can find reasons for being with you
But these doubts just won’t let me go
Track Name: You Have Mail
Waiting for someone to give you a second chance
We’re all waiting for the seventh day
You have mail, someone has always loved you, and
They will always love you
Even after your demise

You Have Mail

Tasting salt water from beneath the earth
It’s been there since before your birth, and will
Be there after you die
Placing things you collect along the way
On display where they gather dust & rust
In the sun and rain

You Have Mail

Playing the game with you is always the same
Now you want me to play again
So you invite me over

Raining acid rain on the stumps of trees
Won’t you cut one down for me if you please
What about those killer bees?
Waning moon shines before it can wax
Murderer picks up
her
axe…
And chops wood for winter

Weeping eyes from thick black smoke
I think I’m about to choke
As the flames consume me

You Have Mail
Track Name: Million Miles An Hour
I think that I’m in love with you
And I feel it every hour
I think that you’ve been using me
And I think you’ve got the power
You’ve got my heart a-pumpin’
And it’s going to my head
And I feel my brain is racing
At a million miles an hour

I dreamed that we were making love
In a simple laid out bed
You offered me forgiveness
And I offered you a flower
I’m catching myself watching you
Through your window late at night
And I feel my brain is racing
At a million miles an hour
You’ve got my brain a-racing now
At a million miles an hour

Valium and malted milk
Can soothe a troubled mind
I left you with a glass of it
But now it’s going sour
I think that you’re the only truth
In a world that full of lies
And I feel my brain is racing
At a million miles an hour
You’ve got my brain a-racing now
At a million miles an hour
Feel my brain is racing
At a million miles an hour
Track Name: A Dozen Ways To Fall Out Of The Sky
There must be a dozen ways to fall out of the sky
There must be a dozen ways to hit the ground and die

Number one: don’t even try (down you go)
Number two: you just screw it up and die
Number three: clip the trees and spin into the ground below
Number four: just want more, just want more

There must be a dozen ways to fall out of the sky
There must be a dozen ways to hit the ground and die

Number five: stop believing (down you go)
Number six: just stop breathing (now you know)
Number seven: think of everything but what you’re doing
Number eight: concentrate, concentrate!

Crash into the mountains, fly into the pelicans
Fall asleep: no-one knows who you are
There must be a dozen ways to fall out of the sky

Number nine: bring your burdens with you (down you go)
Number ten: just pretend you know it all
Number eleven: try for heaven, look into the face of god
Number twelve: suit yourself, suit yourself

There must be a dozen ways to fall out of the sky

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