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Life After Youth

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1.
02:43
Yes you were, you were on my mind Done a lot of distance, I can’t leave you behind Made my way, understand me Made it with my feeling, just as you love me Seaside, we only celebrate these worldly complications She said we’re only showing off for the younger generation I know it’s safe in you X2 Yes you were, you were on my mind Saving all my feelings, couldn’t spend them right Gone away without endings We become undone , somethings never stay We become undone, somethings never change
2.
05:48
I don't wanna waste it
 This Time
 And see fate as the end of me 
I don't want to waste it
My Life 
And know it was in front of me
 together we rock together we roll 
 Fighting ourselves is taking its toll 
Hear it on the cold wind of this town I'm never going back that's a lonely road 
i made it . it started . 
i cant stop it - oh no ! 
I will wait for you to call me out 
it's not a need nor a want living with its hands out 
 Would’ve stayed there alone 
 i cant know go back no more 
i believe i don't know what you want 
i believe i don't know what you want 
i believe i don't know what you want 
i believe i don't know 

I don't wanna waste it
 This Time 
To see the fate that’s the end of me 
I don't wanna waste it 
my Life
 To think it was in front of me 
together we'd laugh, the memory low 
Fighting ourselves, the phases would slow 
cause i don't wanna waste it this time 
 the body's still wasted 
 the body's still wasted  

 I don't wanna waste it this time 
i dont wanna waste it. 
my life.
3.
03:48
i've been meaning to forget you 
god knows just what that means
and if so i try to get through
even lonely in my dreams 
now and then i like to get around 
now that you’re alone, don’t you live here
someone’s lies that just gets better 
there’s that Touch it, but I feel it It’s gonna get worse Don’t say you live here Don’t let it get cursed

I've been living like I'm locked out 
I can see the midnight skies
Sometimes love it would sustain you 
Only if you're on my side 

now and then i like to kid around
some might say i just don't let up 
life's not long why don't you live it
there's that song 

Touch it, but I feel it It’s gonna get worse Don’t say you live here Don’t let it get cursed Touch it, but I feel it It’s gonna get worse You know you don’t live here Won’t let it get cursed
4.
yeah you’re with anyone
 who won't remind weakness 
now you’re with anyone 
her handed-down feelings  
 waited for my daughter
 and loved her on weekends yeah you’d say anything 
 and what was i thinking ? and what was i thinking ? 
i don't taste any blood 
 not without bleeding I see that’s all it was what was i thinking waited for my daughter 
 And loved her on weekends I’ll get back all that was but what was i thinking what’s the worth battling 
consider its meaning 
we pass along this life 
 with handed down feelings
 fate is for my daughter and fair is the reason
 where’s the fair in this fight 
and what was i thinking?
 what was i thinking? / can’t take back all this time
5.
god, as my witness and my friend 
 how do you explain these solitary inclinations? 
such as my freedom has no end 
 life it slips by 
 it rushes past
 and then it's over 

lean in, listen 
 nooneinnocent 
 hear lies nothing
 no way that was the best of it

 how you gonna live 
 how you gonna live
 how you gonna live   
if you cant love? 

you come in here with a look in your eyes. i dont mind.
 you warm me up with talk of old times 
 and you don't know you have no idea what's gone on in this 
sick, sick, sick imagination 

Lean in. Listen 
No one, innocent 
here lies nothing 
 no way that was the best of it.
6.
03:53
the trick I've tried 
is to stay inside this thicket 
the trouble i find 
 can't leave behind what's wicked 
let's just say you do 
you only got two 
 and what’s eating 
 the trouble is sometimes knowin’ which one you're feeding 
 ooooooh 
know which one you're feeding 

in this heart of hearts 
I'd open a life 
I don't know what I don’t know about anyway 
even though we 
 would have been true 
 heart of hearts The skin I tried to stay inside has thickened The trouble I find I leave behind is wicked Just to pay your due, won’t get you through my ceiling The trouble is some don’t know which one they’re fearing Oooooh, Now which one are you fearing In my heart of hearts 
 I'd open a life 
I don't know I don’t know if I let you in 
if you will ever be true heart of hearts
7.
05:22
8.
03:10
Was it something unsaid
  it's getting cold out 
 "WELL"  I'm nervous til I find your face 
 anywhere I go 
 Aim: it gets physical 
 was it something Undid? 
34 hours 
 But I'll never fall out of faith
 everywhere I go 
aim: it gets physical 
 Oh I'm in need , dependin 
I will wait up til you call me out 
I will warn anyone  out there 
 Honestly you wanna find me
 ‘ tell me what you need and I'll see you get by 
I was wrong I hurt you 
 Pick me pick me 
 And I'll swear it will be right 
 Lay it on 
 I've Hurt you 
 Tell me what you feel 
 Cause I need to get by 
 Was it something I said ? 
I'd fade away the hours 
Though I never fought allowed it 
 Everywhere I go it's gets physical.
 Was it something I did 
It's getting cold out but I'll never fall out of faith 
9.
02:59
In Florida, I imagined I discovered A panther on my porch singing sideways, close, and low Making fun of, the way you love the moonlight The way you love the fire Don’t make right these works of god We lie slowly And watch tv And though I care And there love lies Consider this good Consider this right In Florida, awoke and we were troubled Afraid they were not there, Don’t fade out, those lights so low In Florida, our sentinel the panther Fled what was not fair Don’t make right these works of good We lie slowly And watch tv
10.
04:46
slow down you move too fast 
 never liked you working so hard 
the devil's in heat (HEAT?) 
and i 
 both got your minds made up (sustain up)
 way out along the path 
 carry why i love it so hard
 and now i want a reason why (REASON?)
 way to cut us out 

if it wasn't for this life 
 i would leave it 
 but oh I'd miss the sky and the sea 
damage to my eyes i wont see it 
 dont know what you're missing 
and me 
 dont know what you 
 oh I'd miss the sky and the sea 
damage to my eyes i wont see it 
dont know what you're missing (double)

 (i try to say the words 
leave it to the rumours at best 
 I'm never gonna feel 
 and i i wanna mind made up 
boooo-hooooo😩)

about

Life After Youth is the first Land of Talk album since 2010’s Cloak and Cipher. After taking a few months off after Cloak and Cipher’s touring cycle, frontwoman Elizabeth Powell got back to work on a followup. Instead, a series of mishaps - post-tour fatigue, a crashed hard drive with new demos, and her father’s stroke in 2013 - turned “a few months” into “a few years”.

While caring for her father, Elizabeth fell under the spell of classical, ambient, and Japanese tonkori music, whose meditative quality aided his recovery. Immersing herself in those sounds would change her entire approach to music making; she started writing songs without her trusty guitar, instead building tracks up from synth beds and programmed loops.

Life After Youth’s centerpiece track, “Inner Lover,” presents the most radical results of those experiments. It’s an audio Rorschach test of a song: key in on the incessant synth pulse underpinning Elizabeth’s pleading vocal (“take care of me!”) and the track assumes an ominous intensity. But when you surrender to the relaxed drum counter-rhythm and subliminal harmonies, “Inner Lover” projects a graceful serenity.

Even the songs built atop more traditional rock foundations exist in that liminal space between dreaming and waking life, confidence and doubt, raw feelings and soothing sounds. “Yes You Were” opens the record with a cold-start surge that’s overwhelming in its immediacy, with Elizabeth’s furiously strummed guitar jangle and wistful lyricism bearing all the adrenalized excitement and nervous energy of seeing old friends (or, in her case, fans) for the first time in ages. And as its title suggests, “Heartcore” is a collision of soft-focus sonics and emotional intensity, with Elizabeth’s crystalline vocals hovering above a taut, relentless backbeat and disorienting synth squiggles. Even the turn-a-new-leaf optimism of “This Time” is presented less as a triumphant comeback statement than a warm reassuring embrace—its beautifully dazed ‘n’ confused psych-pop swirl acts as a calming force as you hurtle toward life’s great unknown.

Fitting for a song about reconnecting with the world, “This Time” was the product of another fortuitous reunion—between Elizabeth and her old friend Sharon Van Etten, who lent her songwriting smarts and heavenly harmonies to that track, as well as “Heartcore” and the Fleetwood Mac-worthy “Loving.” And Van Etten is just one member of a veritable indie-rock dream team Elizabeth recruited to complete the album: the moonlit ballad “In Florida” was recorded by producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile) in his New Jersey studio, with Elizabeth backed by former Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and Roxy Music/Sparks bassist Sal Maida.

To paraphrase the late David Bowie, it’s been seven years, and Elizabeth’s brain hurt a lot. But she stands today as the patient-zero case study for Life After Youth’s therapeutic powers. These are the songs that got her through the tough times. And now, they can do the same for you.

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released May 19, 2017

2017 Saddle Creek

Recorded by Jace Lasek. Additional recording by John Agnello
Produced by Jace Lasek, John Agnello, Elizabeth Powell and Bucky Wheaton
"In Florida" recorded and produced by John Agnello
Mixed by John Agnello

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