Pare

by Parks Burton

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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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Track Name: Punch Line
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
Track Name: Wren
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
Track Name: The Valley
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
Track Name: Baroque
gold bespotted
live in the baroque
lowly motion infinitum
grabbing the yoke that I fear
Track Name: Ornament
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
Track Name: Patrice
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
Track Name: Anyone
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
Track Name: Lemon & Lime
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
Track Name: Sports Injury
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
Track Name: Powder Down
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
Track Name: Backup
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
Track Name: Tied Up
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
Track Name: Work On Me
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
Track Name: Interval
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
Track Name: Platitude
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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