Perched

by Dear Blanca

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    Dear Blanca’s third LP, ‘Perched’ on violet wax! Includes lyrics/liner notes insert & download card.

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1.
It Had to Be 04:49
No feather left unruffled Every stone turned over Another day where everything appears to be in place If I could only see you now I would seize the moment No uncertain terms, everything laid out and brought to light Wouldn’t have to wonder anymore, would we now? Hit a wall caught in a drought Writing words you’ve read A beautiful view of never ending existential dread In the rear view mirror An approaching figure A blanket of sound gives you an escape and a way out I don’t want to write about the thought that doesn’t count
2.
Overpass 04:03 video
Legs are turning as fast as they can I’m surrounded by clouds and lightning If I manage to make it through this I’ll be making some big changes Show me some respect if you can There’s only so much worth in a name If you find that you are someone else Well, you know that I will do the same I will not let him take my happiness I will be aware He will not be missed The soft touch of satin against my hand serves as a distraction A break from the crippling suspense of a difficult situation I will not let him take my happiness I will be aware He will not be missed
3.
Armchair 03:47
From the observation deck they’re trying to discern with no context while the sentimentalist is signing letters claiming they’re from someone else and the novel wrote itself in spite of all the passages unread but kept You were busy trying to decide who was getting named in the dedication Sit and watch the sun plié You silently critique each passing day Always have something to say As if you know a single thing about ballet I know you don’t want to be here anymore Hidden behind curtains on the windowsill You see that Chevy Astro sifting there? I swear I see those things parked everywhere Maybe biased, au contraire Call it phenomenon, that sounds fair I know you don’t want to be here anymore Hidden behind curtains on the windowsill
4.
Not another, nobody, loneliness and me all share the burden of the windowpane Buy me something that costs nothing but means the world to me I hate clutter but I can find some space Security comes with a fee Paid with the first months rent You drove yourself here you can leave whenever you’re ready to leave Don’t let the nerves forget who’s in control If they show up, tell em fuck off and go home
5.
I’m at odds with everything Getting even with myself Reaching forwards towards a future I’ve done nothing to plan for Feel the sting when David sings, “Guess I must be having fun” Losing touch with all the friendships bought at the second hand store If we fail in this moment and nobody hears it... I can tell when you aren’t listening when you just nod in response Wonder why I’m always screaming into someone’s microphone Call it useless, take or leave it It’s all that I am good for Melt it down to wax and plastic Let it die on your floorboard If we fail in this moment and nobody hears it...
6.
Perched 03:26
Listen to the neighborhood behind a screen Unable to tell the difference between a dog’s bark and a human scream They just want to be let back inside Chirping in the morning Perched on the edge of the window unit Wake up, wake up, wake up It’s time to rise Can’t shake the feeling that you’re being mocked The notes they sing sound off before the clock Your yawn leads to a scoff Brace yourself a new day has arrived
7.
Last night I cried myself to sleep For the one who makes me weap I dried my eyes to greet the day I wonder if I’ll have to pay Tears that I have shed by day give relief and wash away the memory of the night before I wonder if I’ll suffer more I wonder if I care as much as I did before
8.
Rear Window 03:48
Your fate will be decided in a matter of hours I wasn’t sure what happened but always had my suspicions In a way I guess it’s true that we both acted on instinct and to justify those actions we had to paint a picture for them I get myself half-killed for you and this is what I get Everyone’s a peeping Tom, victims of circumstance I get myself half-killed for you and get this in return The answer is in the garden waiting to be unearthed
9.
I was the only face with a name and you wouldn’t leave without me I was waiting on New Year’s Day to change everything about me And the woman in your life at that time was hanging on the line as doctors looked you over A seasoned veteran in the theater of life Couldn’t help but second guess you as I sat by your side And I regret it now To be the space between and the line that makes every mile seem shorter To be the only gleam in the eye of some beautiful beholder Am I to you just a way to pass the time? A means to rectify the twiddling of thumbs The restlessness of limbs didn’t keep you up at night But something else always did, something always did And you know what it is
10.
Visitation 03:52
A makeshift cemetery gate and 10,000 unmarked graves To be abandoned, tucked away and rediscovered on this day I won’t go back there at night unless something changes my mind Just beside the interstate Our little amber field of grain Under moonlight turns to gray Hidden in plain sight Locking your bike up with mine Does someone hear have a light?

about

‘Perched’, the third full length record by Dear Blanca was recorded over the course of three weekend long sessions with Wolfgang Zimmerman (Band of Horses, SUSTO) in Charleston, SC. “Overpass” was recorded during the first of these sessions and features a spoken word spiel written & performed by punk icon, Mike Watt (Minutemen, Stooges, fIREHOSE). The core instruments on the album were recorded all at once while the band was set up in the live room. Minimal overdubbing of keys, piano, vocals and some acoustic moments were recorded after the live takes were captured. The album is an attempt to create a snapshot of a very specific era of the band.

credits

released July 31, 2020

Dylan Dickerson - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Cam Powell - Bass, Vocals
Alex McCollum - Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Marc Coty - Drums, Vocals
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Andrei Mihailovic - Keys, Guitar
Mike Watt - Spoken Word Spiel on “Overpass”
Dayne Lee - Vocals on “Out to Pasture”

Front Cover photo taken by Kati Baldwin at The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA.

Graphic design by Nick Black

Recorded by Wolfgang Zimmerman. Mastered by Dave Harris of Studio B.
“Out to Pasture” recorded by Alex McCollum in Columbia, SC.

“I Wonder If I Care as Much” originally written & recorded by The Everly Brothers (Don Everly/Phil Everly)

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