On Corners & Shapes

by Quiet Company

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Listen: It was 2016 and I was pretty exhausted. We didn't know where we were going as a band, creatively. Hell, we didn't even know who should be in the band or who even wanted to be. It was a bad time and I had even started writing songs about how much I hated being in my band (All Things New.) Also, my divorce was still pretty fresh and I probably should've gone to counseling but I didn't. Instead, I spent that money on studio time. Over the course of the next few months, on every available evening, I holed up with Kevin Butler at his studio, Test Tube Audio, with a handful of songs that the band had been, at least initially, unsure of. Kevin, who is my special boy, played all the drums as well as engineered, mixed and mastered the thing. I got to know his amazing wife, Niamh Fahy, who is a thoroughly lovely person and responsible for all the violin and viola on the EP. Buttercup guitarist (and one of my favorite humans) Joe Reyes, played all the fuzzy guitar on "All Things New." Juan Lopez, our friend from Driver F, played all the trumpets and all of the beautiful female voices are Cara Tillman, Morgan Anderson & Lili Waldon. I played the rest. It was a refreshing and invigorating experience and for better or worse, I did whatever I wanted. Fast forward to 2018, Quiet Company is composed of a few different folks and although they didn't play on this recording, they like it and they are good-natured and supportive enough to release it under our moniker and to let me put my face on the cover.
- Taylor Muse

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released February 1, 2019

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Track Name: Good & Well
I'm not who you want and I am never gonne be, but I did my best to play the part, because I know it's not in you to make believe that we could fall in love again. When it seems we both know, good and well, we can't.

I could say what I think you'd wanna hear, but I've got nothing left you need to see. So why is it, after sharing all these years, that you don't know me?

Who would wanna fall in love again, after you know, good and well, that love is not the thing they say it is?

Who would wanna fall in love again? (I've been going through the motions...)
Who would wanna fall in love again? (Drunk and fucking on some church steps...)
Who would wanna fall in love again? (Now I'm sick of my own bullshit...)
When you know, good and well... (You know, good and well, this is what it is!)
Track Name: Red Right Hand
I hope you don’t think I give a fuck.
I hope you don’t think I give a fuck.
But now and then I start to see it.

I’m always trying to give it up.
I’m always trying to give it up.
But it’s not so easy to abandon

It's the orneriest branch in the spoke of the plan, as I am going to town with my red right hand, I'm tired of spilling the seed of a celibate man.
Give me life, give me lust, take me home.

I will decide when you’ve had enough
I hope you know I’m inclined to be generous
You’re such a sweetheart I’ll eat you up
Oh, I just want you no make-up on.

All I want on the couch in your living room
Is just to see what our bodies do
What you do to me, what I’ll do to you

And it’s the process of pulling a heart from a chest
And as she whispers my name as I’m tasting her breast
It’s just a product of living a life so repressed.
We get off, then I go home alone.

I hope you don’t think I give a fuck.
I hope you don’t think I give a fuck.
No, no, no!

I am the prodigal brother, the lion, the lamb
I am a snake in the grass and a bird in the hand
b/c there’s a change in the tide, there’s a shift in the wind, and I'm tired of being alone.
Give me life, give me lust, take me home.
Give me life, give me lust, take me...

I hope you don’t think I give a fuck.
I hope you don’t think I give a fuck.
Track Name: All Things New
Got a little demon creeping up my spine, pulling my strings, looking out my eyes, eating my food and fucking my wife. Driving my car. Tells me when it's time to leave.
But I've been feeling pretty anxious lately, with all the things that used to satiate me. I just want to let the water take me. I just want to make all things new.

So just cry if you've gotta, let it die if you wanna
What were you hoping to find?
Cry if you gotta, let it die if you wanna
Whatever you're hoping to find, it's a big fucking waste of your time.

Got a bad feeling I put a thorn in my side when I took a favorite whore and I made her my wife. A thousand tiny cuts, such a pretty little knife but I just wanna make all things new.
You wanted me to teach you how to speak the truth but you choked on the words at the first taste you got of some ugly truth about you.
And you wanted me to hang around and see you through, but every time I turn around you're never really there, you're on to something new.

Time seems like a circle to me when you lie in that way I could never believe. So I think you ought to get over yourself, you need to get over yourself. Why don't we get over ourselves?

So just cry if you've gotta, let it die if you wanna
What were you hoping to find?
Cry if you gotta, let it die if you wanna
Whatever you're hoping to find, You're a big fucking waste of my time.

Had a little demon, grew twice in size. Been pulling my strings, looking out my eyes, been wearing my skin like a goddamn prize, but we just want to make all things new.
I've been feeling pretty reckless lately and all the things that used to motivate me, they're at the bottom of the river, maybe I just want to make all things new.
Track Name: The Alone, Together
"So tell if you still believe in love like you used to"
Well, I don't know if I want to, it just doesn't make much sense in light of current events..
"So you're just moving your allegiances to bitterness?!"
No, I didn't say that. You're putting words in my mouth and I've got enough of my own that I need to get out. What I mean is that I'm done singing songs about love like I know the first thing about getting along.

It's in my head, and I can't seem to shake it!

"So tell me, don't you worry you'll end up dying alone?"
Of course, are you saying that you think that you won't? Well, I've got some bad news: Death is coming for you! And you will be alone when you shake his hand. But I think I know what you mean, but it's really living alone that's the nightmare. I wanna fuck every woman, wanna kill every man, but I'm finding the whole thing too exhausting to care. But it's in my head and I can't seem to shake it.
"Get it through your head! Get it through your head! Get it through your head! Your love is dead! Your love is dead! Your love is dead!"

Maybe I could admit that I am so full of shit and what I really want is that white picket fence. It's what my body was built for, what I thought that I had. And maybe I've seen too many movies, but I just can't forget how the idea used to move me, how it would fill up my chest. I've got to take it apart for myself, because I know I'll never be happy if I am waiting for somebody else to come along and complete me.

She was a song in my memory that I forgot how to sing when I wrote it down. Now it's every lyric escapes me and I don't think it'll ever come back to me now. I don't think she'll ever come back to me.
Track Name: Aloha
Somewhere in our future, we are coping with our past. When you realized your words would never fix me did it make you more inclined to act?
I wanna call you when I am lonely, I forget what we were like. Was I charming? Were you funny? Were we perfect in the right light?

How will I say goodbye?

I am smarter than I am acting, I am stronger than I feel, but I will wonder what I was lacking, and how I let you down, until they lay me down.
I will see you when I am sleeping. I will dream you into place, where your brown eyes still find me dashing, I'll drag that perfect laugh out of your pretty face...

How will I say goodbye? Take it easy.. Take it easy on me.

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