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Pare

by Parks Burton

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1.
Punch Line 02:30
tell me to touchdown tell me to unwind frozen in place and catching the light, unkind over the crest and peel through the sunshine I see rows and rows of ponderosa pine I see the present tense tell me to touchdown tell me the punchline you could drag my name through the mud, unkind salt in my hair and salt on the coastline I see rows and rows of ponderosa pine I see the present tense time will change the shape of your heart time will change your mind
2.
Wren 01:55 video
full stop: everybody knows about the wren no sleep, I’m addicted no heat, curl up and snuggle with the wren you could talk, you could rest all day undefeated it fills the space it’s everything that I know rosy, blunt and bold no way, I’m beat everybody knows about the wren caffeine, back within it you’ll see, everybody knows about your friend he’s running under every single line somehow there’s no precedent, reason, or design take in the lie, see the curve rebound in the messaging it’s a part of me, I thought but then I still dig in the rind late at night, magnified full stop: everybody knows about it no sleep, i’m good i’m good i’m good no heat, curl up and snuggle with it and leave your troubles far behind no way, I’m beat everybody knows about the wren caffeine, back with the jam you’ll see, everybody knows about it no friend of mine
3.
The Valley 03:19
full contact through the wind tearing through the park, through the stadium I chased him through the valley always a step behind cut through the empty mall every motion feeling like a ritual I feel it wherever I go some trick to the way he lived I know there is cuz he left his pattern everywhere the smallest motion refined I feel it wherever I go just shows what I know pack it up and move it away over the years, hundreds of times let it start that chain reaction, let it spin me out of line spin me away
4.
Baroque 00:46
gold bespotted live in the baroque lowly motion infinitum grabbing the yoke that I fear
5.
Ornament 02:16
that kind of news will leave you stranded throw you for a loop settle in some kind of stuck levitation a freefall in the strip mall steady in, drive away it’s a thick and wooly warning it’s a different kind of day a spill that’s still expanding settles in the valley and the mountaintops far away run away from it far away from it till you feel your body fall and pop like an ornament it’s the subtle shock that tears you out and then spins with filigree saying no one can touch me don’t write it down keep it running a freefall anytime run away from it far away from it till you feel your body fall and pop like an ornament it’s the subtle shock that tears you out and then spins with filigree saying no one can touch me
6.
Patrice 01:32
I know I’ve let you down Patrice should I call, out of the blue? I know things have been hard lately anyway, see you soon
7.
Anyone 02:13
somebody always wakes me up, eventually it could be anyone anyone I meet it could be a light touch doesn’t matter that much it could barely register pastel and square it could be a dim dream through shapes unseen transluscent, a silvery sheen it could be anyone standing in the steam it could be anyone I meet
8.
Lemon & Lime 02:55
no more time no more time to be alone tapping on your temples oh, the bell lemon and lime you gave what you could no more time no more time to be afraid I can be the strong one I can provide lemon & lime gave your time to me the more I give, the more I know myself I know what we could be left on my own I hover and I sink and land in the yolk of the moon ok side to side wait until the love collides wait until the noise dies down lemon combines and courses through my body the more I give, the more I know myself I know what we could be
9.
some wonders feed the rest I’m disguised in the room a cold compress I’m not afraid of the past anymore I’m not surprised, it appears in the flesh I miss you too
10.
Gadget 01:05
11.
Powder Down 02:13
kismet buckle up you could get away with anything you want tell me what you have in mind cataclysmic call it fate it’s the thing that keeps me wide awake tell me what you have in mind powder down lately all down to you powder down where the potion is close to my heart powder down baby comes down to you feather weight better late than never close to my heart
12.
Backup 02:22
that painful scene unspooled seemed like an hour but was more like a minute it’s different when you’re within it I mean I like when you’re here I often imagine it how the scene could be differently running back at the same time but my mind has a limit I’m thankful you’re in it I mean I like when you’re here no one wants to be the backup make it better soon it’s on you to manage the magic
13.
Tied Up 03:41
tied up distract me just for a moment or two until the panic passes inside out obligated down to the wire so I know I’m needed you know I’ve never seen those eyes so mean, so alive show me the same tied up need another way to squeeze it out of me I don’t want to die tied up one more friend to leave behind I only go where the water’s cold cut through the crowd like a meteor crumble the cast cut it out confess tie me up tie me down
14.
Work On Me 02:11
time up run for cover stumble into resting zones time up no one’s finished practicing a speech to maybe calm the scene fever running through the room it’s panicking dividing impossible people at work time out try this on stumble in my dreams wake up in the morning stole that feeling from another I could swim inside the sleeves tried it on then tried another there’s a lot that works on me
15.
Interval 02:21
crushed minerals like a pleasing interval two colliding thoughts but you know it’s not right cast in sympathetic light doing what you do, I know you must wait, find your own in between the different zones two colliding worlds
16.
Platitude 03:00
silent support for life two times the strength two times the speed later beyond, later beyond running behind behind the scenes I made it possible to play silent support for life it’s real and I’m going to show you

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Parks Burton’s first full-length album is a distillation of themes developed over the past four years on releases for [Ryan Hemsworth’s] Secret Songs, Hush Hush Records, and Grind Select. Gnomic and psychedelic, Pare spins small, personal moments into sixteen tightly wound pop songs that crackle with stacks of interlocking baroque vocals and dense, brawny synth arrangements.

Tiny episodes of bubbling anxiety and dislocation are blown out into IDM confetti, while pangs of deep friendship and responsibility are wrapped in plush orchestral waves. Despite the calculating emotional taxonomy, Pare is ultimately a hermetic, intimate bedroom pop album, full of honest indulgences and vulnerabilities.

"its song are a cross between the stuttered funk of One Word Extinguisher and micro-movements of Iglooghost… but then so jazzy and serene, more like Steely Dan than you'd think or even sometimes Frank Ocean… that's not just one color friends that's a whole rainbow!!!" - The Fader

"The delirious disjunction of Parks Burtons' latest will keep you on your toes while you (attempt to) nod your head to beat." - NYLON

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released April 13, 2018

Mastered by Clay Burton.

Artwork by Kyle Stetz.

Infinite thanks to Kia, Jeremy, and Kyle.

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