Kokedama

by Leach

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02:07
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03:27
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01:33
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03:43
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about

I started this record as a response to creative insecurity. You see, I sing my songs into a computer to record them. This is, obviously, not the way people first began creating or recording music. For that reason, the computer and its many tricks can seem to get in the way of the magic that we may experience when we listen to or perform music. For a long time I was frozen by the prospect of again baring my soul to a computer, afraid that the computer might douse the magic. Then, as these songs made their way into existence, I got over it. In the words of David Byrne, “Music isn’t fragile.”

The record that came out of that tempered insecurity is one that I hope you’ll enjoy. A necessary sidenote: Kokedama is a Japanese art form in which the artist grows a plant out of a bed of moss. Neither of the two elements is rooted in earth, since the system is suspended in the air. I love the idea that two parts of this life-system are rooted together, yet the whole system is suspended in air. I think it’s analogous to a lot of our shared experience, especially growing up. We find things to root ourselves in while swinging through life.

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released June 2, 2015

Stuart Leach wrote, performed, and recorded each song.
Mark Chalecki mastered tracks 1, 2, and 6.

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Leach Austin, Texas

Leach pushes the limits of the current synth-pop craze to the next level by a refusal to be anything but himself--his particular lyrical style and superb sense of pop melodies come through with an earnest honesty.

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Track Name: Tru Luv
i’m here wishin for a ticket to sunday
as if one day i’ll make it there
i’m just looking to an empty clock
an empty box
as if one day it could be a
true love, true love

all my friends say they don’t really like to see me sad
but there’s still an empty wallet in my pocket and my bag’s
got a broken zipper where i keep my memories
it’s the only thing there between my shoulders and my knees
and the reason i’ve got to care:
we could go on forever
till 2065 or 3011 good heavens
i’m such a monkey with my tail on the ground
hand in my mouth
calling you out
as if it could be a true love, true love

and i don’t know what to think when i blink
and see the world come through you like a floodlight
cause there’s a million suns but there just ain’t enough
for gravity to pull you down, down, down, down, down
to pull you down, down, down, down, down

cause they’re all looking for a true love, true love
Track Name: Blueberry Queen
i’m not sure what a man is made of
is he anything but sticks and glue
is underneath a creamy middle with a little bit of love
or is he just what he do
what he do
in the middle of a summer night
i’ve got the summer frights
and my face is upside-down
got a record that I think you’d like
or I wish you’d liked
but needle’s spinning inside out
inside out

and my face is on
and my ears are on
and my legs are on fire for what I can’t have
cause my eyes are on
and my hair is on
and my heart is on
fire for you

she’s become my blueberry queen
two cups of coffee and a magazine for her royal highness please
my blueberry queen
two cups of coffee and a magazine for her royal highness please

and i don’t know that this road will do but my brakes are cut
and I got no glue
even if there’s another way
the sun’s coming up
and i don’t think you should stay
no i don’t think you should stay

but my nose is on
and my chest is on
and my liver’s on fire for what i can’t have
cause my nose is on
and my liver’s on
and my chest is on fire for you

she’s become my blueberry queen
two cups of coffee and a magazine for her royal highness please
my blueberry queen
two cups of coffee and a magazine for her royal highness please
Track Name: Tiptoes
in another world
i’ll be the best man
holding you with both hands
dancing on my tip toes

in another world
i’ll get the rhythm down
i’ll show you a sweet sound
dance you on your tip toes

but this is how it’s gonna go
till i’m wrong
till i’m wrong
this is how it’s gonna go
till i’m wrong
till i’m wrong

what do you think about predestination?
are we gonna give up
can we rewrite the equation still?

qu’est-ce que tu fais-la ma cherie ma cherie
you got the prettiest eyes that i’ve ever seen
i’d be a fool to forget you
but not a fool to let you go

but this is how it’s gonna go
till i’m wrong
till i’m wrong
this is how it’s gonna go
till i’m wrong
till i’m wrong
Track Name: Waiting on You
if you wanna go
i’m willin
don’t cut your eyes out
i’m on another plane
if it’s easier
i’m with it
it lives in all of us for just a little while

but i’m so simple i’m so simple i can’t read my mind
and i’m so silly i’m so silly I can’t recognize

I’m waiting on you, waiting on you too long

if you’re gonna go
i put the keys on the step
but be gentle
it’s a rental
and i got no insurance left

if you’re gonna go
you’re a braver man than I
stick a needle in my thigh
and i’ll see you on a sunday

but i’m so simple i’m so simple i can’t read my mind
and i’m so silly i’m so silly I can’t recognize

I’m waiting on you, waiting on you too long
Track Name: Grown Up
is it too late
has the sun gone down
does my face look funny
when i make this sound
WAH
are you grown up
are you by yourself
you might be dead inside
but you’re in good health
WAH
do you waste your time
are you on some drugs
if you listen close
you can feel the love
you can feel the love

i wish you’d show up
I wish you’d blow up my mind
I wish you’d show up
I wish you’d blow up my mind
Everything is sweeter when I close my eyes
Everything is sweeter when I close my eyes
Track Name: Down to a Science
Wearing a rosary like mardi gras beads
I wish you’d stay and say a prayer with me
I stare at you with all your glitter and papier-mâché shoes
I wish I had a sense of fashion too
but it don’t matter
no it don’t matter
cause i’ve got your love down to a science
i see just how your heart behaves
and if it’s rhythmic don’t worry about seasons
cause i know some things don’t change

i don’t got all the answers but I’ve got a few
hidden in postcards addressed to me from you
i burned the box cause that’s how I do
I burned the box
but it don’t matter
no it don’t matter

I’ve got your love down to a science
I see just how your heart behaves
and if it’s rhythmic don’t worry about seasons
cause I know some things don’t change
I’ve got your love down to a science
I see just how your heart behaves
and if it’s rhythmic don’t worry about seasons
cause I know some things don’t change