Release date: 03/17/2015
Formats: Cassette (Limited Edition of 100, includes download)
Maximum Ames Records will release a limited edition cassette titled Songs that Couldn’t Swim (A Collection of Demos) from Gloom Balloon’s Patrick Tape Fleming, also the founder of The Poison Control Center (the band, not the health organization). Known for writing love songs and rockers with hooks that embed themselves tightly to your cerebral cortex, a talented wordsmith with a gift for conveying imagery, emotion, and feel, Gloom Balloon truly bares his soul here, releasing a collection of blueprints that were ripped and thrown away before they could ever be built into actual song structures.
“Every time you write a song, you hope the best for it. And you love it with all your heart. So you throw it into the pool and hope it can swim with the rest of the songs out there in the world. Some of the songs arms and legs are not strong enough to survive and they drowned. These are the songs that couldn’t swim with the rest of them, so they are presented here as dead artifacts that once were loved.” – Patrick Tape Fleming
Songs that Couldn’t Swim (A Collection of Demos) track listing:
- Ropeless (1:31)
- You Are Shadowless, I Am Windowless (1:23)
- A Notice From Otis (4:23)
- The Prettiest Song (2:03)
- There’s No Reason To Get Up (1:58)
- May Your Days Be Merry And Bright (2:22)
- Between The Sun And Geography (2:01)
- Dust (3:04)
- I Can Still Hear Your Sing (2:48)
- A Moan Like Nina Simone (1:58)
- Stuck In The Darkness (3:34)
- Dive After Dive (Ballad of a Touring Band) (2:39)
“The great thing about these songs is that there’s no hint of cynicism to them. Even when they do get dark, there’s always a hopefulness to it. Huge wall-of-sound-style songs about being in love and quiet tunes about how fleeting it can be are given equal weight alongside jaunts about music and friendship…I’m glad all these demos are being put out (and calling them demos isn’t quite right because a lot of this sounds complete).” – Josh Terzino, music-defined.com
The cassette comes with a download card packaged in it! You’ll use this to access your digital version. Thank you!
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