This Is Just A Place

by Field Guides

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Were we put off by what we saw as our capricious ways; some aversion to a script we found passé? Did our whims come at odds with our hypertrophied pride? Did it have to do with our decorum? Did it have to do with our composure? Did they savor the vibrations of their own voice?
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In the pale fire gloaming the dusk rusted sky You recited some lines from the book I had given you We were all waiting for some change in season I turned my gaze back to the letter you’d left for me We were all just hoping for some change in the scenery You said you were taking the Lucky Star in the A.M. The photograph fading under the shade of the London planes The skin on your hands was rough with the winter I cut your bangs beneath the lavender lingering You brought back some sand from Maine in a mason jar The happenstances have been adding up apocalyptic
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Benjamin was on the road He sent me a message, said that he missed me The weekend was grey The morning brought a dampening mist And your eyes were watering with the breeze The minutes slipped in the space between Pull me nearer to you Our stomachs rumbled, in the morning I put birds in baskets, you made the bed I’ve always had more words than with which I knew what to do But now none of them even nearly suffice I laughed while you just closed your eyes Cast me under your spell I don’t ever wanna see her landing Skyscraper number twenty-two face-down on the bathroom floor I don’t ever wanna see her landing And your cat left a scratch right across my left arm I handled your hair into a tangle of knots And I’m not gonna lie I laid the lightest load at your feet And now I feel so fucking defeated And now the cycles all just repeated Pull me back into you
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A morning spent with salt and sun Leave your shoes on while I go Down On you, I taste the ocean I’ve got sand on my tongue Now, now Your lashes bat the belfry empties out and up into the glow take your time to tell your secrets show me things I shouldn’t know a kiss was killed with complications show me more before you go Down, down (Will you hold your disbelief before I sip the sap, you put your flesh between my teeth, you drink from my lips, I spill myself into you) I lost myself in the map you drew and tore to shreds, I couldn’t tell you the tape for the turn of the year of the horseshoe crab cake milkshake bottle cap corkscrew The wasp was landing to lick your sweat apricot seasick fishing nets fresh cut grass scratch shoulder blades cotton limbs and catching glances a kiss on the mouth from the yellow roses bow and arrow varicose veins
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Mondegreen 07:41
I heard a passing mention of a river in the north of Spain and due to some misapprehension I thought I knew the name The axolotl’s gone for good I waited for the flood the way she said I should I built a bridge across the valley and wrote our names upon the peaks the way she said I should At the aquarium Looking through the glass I saw a part of myself Looking back
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Watching terns taking turns taking dives down into the lapping tide Shaking sand from your hair, shaking hands with your dad by your side We’ve made our fair share of mistakes, but I don’t care Just give this a chance at last, or at least once more Sleepy eyes suit you well hold your breath between New Hampshire and Maine Chapped lips, cherry pits spit into the scorching sand You might still be confused We’re lost but that’s okay You know, I might wanna be used Just don’t push me away Sunburned, wheels turn, the skin’ll peel, rest your head on my chest Watching terns, taking their turns taking dives down into the lapping tide And we’ve made our fair share of mistakes, but I don’t care Just give this a chance again, or at least this once
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The night I met her I was feeling kind of rough It was the first week of January but it felt a bit like May She had moved down from Montreal just the night before And it felt like, as if she, as if she might have been to blame for the aching behind my, for the aching behind my eyes And she drew lines on my hand black ink over veins we played tic tac toe on the subway She put a circle in the corner right across my knuckle bone I put an X in the center then I went home alone (I put a circle in the corner right across your knuckle bone you put an X in the center then you went home alone) This is the first song not about you since the night with far too many songs This is the first song not about you but it’s still for you cuz I am still a fool This is the first song not about you since the night we shivered on the corner This is the first song not about you it’s like raccoons in the chimney (Hey Benny boy are you ready?) (I’m not sure, not just yet. Can this go on a little more?)

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released September 27, 2019

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Words & music by Benedict Kupstas
Arranged with all the players

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Taylor Bergren-Chrisman: upright bass, electric bass, piano, Hammond organ

Benedict Kupstas: voice, electric guitars, nylon-string guitar, field recordings, melodica, piano, Hammond organ, Omnichord, Magnus chord organ, Korg Lambda ES 50, Korg Monotron, Casio SK-1

Timothy Simmonds: electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, percussion

Booker Stardrum: drum kit, percussion, bag of chips

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Hamilton Belk: pedal steel on “Art of Fiction No. 83,” “Lucky Star in the A.M.,” “Year of the Horseshoe,” & “Watching Terns”

D. James Goodwin: Ace Tone Rhythm Ace on “Mondegreen”; Korg M500 Micro-Preset on “Watching Terns”

Alex Greiner: voice on “Watching Terns”; Conrad Bison baritone guitar on “Guessing at Animals”

Phyllis Lee: voice on “Fake Calder, Pt. 2”

Alex Lewis: electric guitar on “Year of the Horseshoe” & “Mondegreen”

Angela Morris: tenor saxophone on “Fake Calder, Pt. 2,” “Year of the Horseshoe,” “Mondegreen,” & “Guessing at Animals”

Jamie Reeder: Casio SK-1 on “Art of Fiction No. 83”; violin on “Art of Fiction No. 83,” “Year of the Horseshoe,” “Watching Terns,” & “Guessing At Animals”; voice on “Art of Fiction No. 83,” “Fake Calder, Pt. 2,” “Watching Terns,” & “Guessing At Animals”

Alena Spanger: voice on “Art of Fiction No. 83,” “Lucky Star in the A.M.,” & “Year of the Horseshoe”

Fred Thomas: Roland SH101 & Echoplex on “Mondegreen”

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Engineered & Mixed by D. James Goodwin at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY

Additional recording by Shannon Fields, Alex Greiner, Benedict Kupstas, & Benjamin Ostendorf in bedrooms & living rooms in three of New York City’s five boroughs, and by Hamilton Belk at Roughly Nowhere

Album art & design by Julia Huete

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This is Whatever's Clever #005

All songs by Benedict Kupstas - Field Guides Music (ASCAP)

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