call the waves

by mike benecke

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released February 1, 2016

all songs by mike benecke except "my brain" by jason starr

mike benecke: guitars, voice, wurlitzer, percussion
rob hume: bass, keys
john broeckel: drums, percussion
raymond richards: pedal steel

recorded and mixed by raymond richards, mark chalecki, mike benecke
mastered by mark chalecki



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mike benecke Los Angeles, California

"beautiful, slow, intimate and rich dreamfolk... that aches like wolves in the near distance." - 03/05/16

"One of the most intimately thoughtful and honestly heartfelt records out of L.A. in years. It's pure." - 07/11/12
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Track Name: july fires
july set the lake on fire she walked into
chasing the northern light
red gold and blue
july took it all in stride
alight like a funeral pyre
hearts blazed anew
shake-shaked like a new born child as I clung to you
my july said her long goodbye
and I try to take it all in stride
Track Name: bloodsong
in the dark a secret river conceals itself
in the heart it pulls me under the deepest spell
tonight will you carry me down to the shore
lead me into the flood
climb to your room watch you sleep at the windowsill
where sturgeon moons wash away those looks that kill
the light may shine for you but shadow will follow wherever you go
leave me in the flood
leave me in the blood
Track Name: call the waves
gotta haunted heart
a taint in the blood
the sinner in my soul is praying for a flood
where the waves bury me and we're all soaked up
all we are
names in the dust
so carefully we wrote
but the wind is kicking up
let the waves carry me til we all go out
and we all go
send the waves bury me
send the waves carry me
call the waves til we all go out
and we all go
Track Name: astral line
saw you lifted like the holy ghost
called your name but I never heard the answer
beyond the astral line the summoned go
like a babe in the wood at the cradle I stood reaching out my arms
what fate what form befell you in the dust
what saints what souls pulled you away
up up and away
Track Name: half life
bathe your heart in alcohol
soaked down through the marrow
my own beloved albatross
face down in the water
half ghost, half animal
takes the cure 'til it's poison
sound the alarm
Track Name: my brain
my dad said his dad said life is about trying
I'll say to my son yes life is trying just trying to hold on
my dad said his dad said exercise is good for the soul
I'll say to my son yes exercise your soul so yours will move on
and though my heart's still beating
my brain it's stuck on you
well dad said his dad said one day I'll be dead and gone
you'll have to move on when I'm gone
and dad said his dad said one day I would have a son
and you'll tell him all I've told you for so long
and when my heart stops beating my brain it's stuck on you
Track Name: recall the waves
let me hold fast let the wave wash over me
let me play deaf to the siren's melody
let me come back from the depths
upon the surface the air could taste so sweat
the saltwater forest untangled from my feet
weightlessly I oscillate with the ebb and flow of chemicals
I'll soak up the light of the moon
I'll soak up the light of the sun
Track Name: chasing constellations
found you chasing constellations
seven sisters snicker over me
no crown no king
mourning star don't get lost in the dark
shadows shift and cold winds whisper
when the moon is set low
mourning star don't get lost in the dark when you stare into the sun
Track Name: birds
show your knives to me
I'll show you how to bleed
cure this curse I keep
color the salt beneath
lost inside the fold
howling for the wolves
chasing the same disease
oh cure show sympathy
I feel the fog hanging over me
crawling down like centipede
lay you bones under the pink
lift the sun
let it cover me
let the birds breathe into