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1.
No Minor Key 03:43
There's no minor key I am fighting off I'm just going for a walk, I'm just going for a walk There's no minor key I am fighting off I just wanna take a walk, I just wanna take a walk Don't try to read some subtle shift What starts in the dark and passes the lips Into a machine made for bending it What starts in the dark and passes the lips Project your student film On my back, on my skin Make me what you will Project your student film You're gonna find what you're looking for Suspicion is a tireless dog You're gonna hear a minor note If that's what you need from the song
2.
Maybe there's a simple out I can feel the tide a-changing Set aside the burden ropes and blame Loosen up the temper grip I can be the first surrender Sleeping in the amber waves of grain Looking for a heartache sleeve Lifting up the empty handed Set aside the burden ropes and blame Maybe there's a brand new key I can be the first surrender Sleeping in the amber waves of grain Watching/waiting Carrying the tender seedling, safe and warm and I know its a simple way to live All of the evil to forgive
3.
I tried everything to reach you Through a melody of thorns Hoping to amplify some hidden beauty Willing my new face to form I climbed transmission towers With my homemade radio Hoping to land on your signal Through sheets of static my heart will know I've tried everything to reach you Know I'm a fool to believe Maybe I'm the fool you need When the porch light moths are gone and the last leaves shake on trees Have they forgotten why they dance Holding on to some long gone last shot dying in the middle of the street last chance Know I'm a fool to believe Maybe I'm the fool you need Wanna be the fool you need
4.
Empty Handed 04:35
5.
If you know this one won't you help to sing it If you walk alone and find you're needing Although the air's getting hard to breath If you know this won't won't you help me to sing I'm not one to offer answers When will we find good clean water Can we change the way that we lived before Every day is a closing door Maybe there's still time to Come clean leave our old selves how Can we clean up the mess we've made Here's to, hoping there's time left to Get it right, only take what is needed and leave something beautiful to find Arms and arms and limbs of trees All becoming refugees Under the sun a day is born The orphan child with no way home If you know this one won't you help to sing it If you walk alone and find you're needing Although the air's getting hard to breath If you know this won't won't you help me to sing Maybe there's still time to Come clean leave our old selves how Can we clean up the mess we've made Here's to, hoping there's time left to Get it right, only take what is needed and leave something beautiful to find
6.
Paper Chain 03:54
In the wine heavy hour I chased an echo's tail Closer to the source of all that's led me here The dreams I had like whispers in a chain Made of paper I just wanted to belong I just wanted to belong Tried so hard for so long I just wanted to belong Patient in the storm my shelter will unfold Close the swollen eyes I'll keep you safe and warm You've got to believe that everything has an end The darkness and the light I just wanted to belong I just wanted to belong Tried so hard for so long I just wanted to belong Counting the ways I tried To make myself appear Before your eyes before your throne Wait for your blessing You lock the gate behind you I wait in line Before your eyes before your throne Tell me you love me I just wanted to belong I just wanted to belong Tried so hard for so long I just wanted to belong
7.
So Many Days 03:34
Living so much to feel alive So many days to wonder why Just when you thought you've seen the light So many days to wonder why Heartbeat a simple measure A way of counting down Sit still and keep it slow There's things that can't be found Some days I start to wonder How do the pieces fit Soon enough I fall asleep again Emptied the sink of dishes Wiped the counters down Slept tight knowing well The things that can't be found Some days I start to wonder How do the pieces fit Soon enough I fall asleep again Is it so wrong to live a lie? So many days to wonder why Just when you thought you've seen the light So many days to wonder why
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Masquerade 03:58
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Bended Snare 06:51

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For three days in March of 2020 (just before the shutdown), Lost Gold rented a small house in the woods outside of Pittsboro. In cramped quarters they set up a makeshift studio and recorded the songs they had tirelessly rehearsed and played live over the previous year. The dusky atmosphere of the living space is apparent in every creak and echo heard. It is a perfect pairing for a record full of songs equal parts hope and weariness.

Originally formed to flesh out Southern’s exploratory folk compositions, Lost Gold was there at every step of writing and arranging this new record. The result is a tighter, more nuanced effort, that plays to the growing strengths of this ensemble.

These are songs of hope and resiliency in the face of looming darkness. Moncure is a capsule of a time and place that already feels nostalgic. A room full of people breathing and sweating together, trying their best to make a beautiful noise.

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released June 4, 2020

Matt Southern: Vocals, Guitar
Chris Bennett: Bass, Singing Bowl
Steven Tietgen: Drums

Cover photo: Mike Tietgen

Special thanks to Tami for being a wonderful host and letting us make some noise at her place.

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