AD229 obody 'Is A Bridge / A Ready Place'

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"Obody's latest offering is a slow-burning but hard-hitting force to be reckoned with. At times trudging solemnly through sandy mud and muck, while at others soaring over vast buttes under starlit skies; it is consistently gorgeous and haunting. Though the group is closer to home in the Catskills of New York, a certain air of the Southwest permeates their sound. There is an openness to the compositions and the pristine fidelity of the recording let's this shine through. The players are patient and let the songs speak for themselves.

Calhoun's strings writhe and screech through the moodier tracks like spectres wandering the night and pepper in lovely lilting Appalachian accents to the lighter numbers. Vincent's more ethereal guitar work combined with the cello and violin make for some unsettling soundscapes particularly in 'your body empties' and 'song for a prisoner'. The heavier songs on the record lean into post-rock territory and are elevated by Ploss's brooding bass lines. Credited as percussionist and composer, Hennies' meditative and respectful drumming leaves the rest of the band their sonic space without leaving anything out. Vocally, the record is beautiful and really shines on tracks like 'render fire' and 'gods answer' when the harmonies crop up

This is an album to sit with. On your back porch with a tumbler of rye and half a pack of Winstons. On a drive through foreign states at dusk with gas station coffee in your cup holder and beef jerky on your breath. On a wet log under the dying stars within the warm touch of a bonfire. The songs smolder on, sounding like if that guy from Murder By Death sang over Godspeed! You Black Emperor. Vincent's plaintive croons feel drawn from the pages of a Cormac Mccarthy novel while the music has a cinematic quality and undeniably western twang to it. A great record for the shifting of seasons and somber reflection."
- Dillon Kelley, Already Dead Tapes, 2016

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released November 11, 2016

On this recording Obody is:


Sarah Hennies: drums, vibraphone, backing vocal

Jason Calhoun: violin, piano

Peter Vincent: vocals, guitars, electronics, harmonica

Chris Ploss : bass, keyboard, engineer


*additional vocals by Hannah Whitehead on 'fly away' and 'god's answer'*


Recorded in January 2015 by Chris Ploss and Obody in Trumansburg, NY

Mixed by Chris Ploss, Peter Vincent and Obody

Mastered by Joe Panzner

Artwork by Benjamin Torrey


All songs and lyrics by Peter Vincent

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Track Name: song for a prisoner
that moon just spoke
and said
I can hold your heart
and resolve it like the motion
of raindrop meeting ocean
don't you know you're looking to become
whatever catches your eye
when you look into the sky?

well sometimes I just can't look away
though I can sense a body
staring at a wall
all day

those white walls
I've made peace with them
I never needed any more

I think I might need less
Track Name: the silver cord
the wings of enforcers
are buried in walls at night
a blind hand, a sorcerer
clanging at the pipes

grabbing blind
at my insides
but it's too dark a night to realize
if they're giving love
or stealing life

how were you fixed
in the night
to fly?

and watch the sleeping body below
Track Name: fly away
I consider it my job to remind
just how flighted these breaths can be

they don't come easy
they don't come easy

but it's so easy for any day
to up and fly away
you could up and fly away

and I wouldn't have the strength
and I know I don't have the wings
and I wouldn't know which way
that you'd be going

and that should make it easy
to love you wholly
and treat you kindly
and always act boldly in the face of fear
and face my fears

but I've been getting caught
all up in the thoughts
of what I mean to myself

but what I mean to me -
I know it's got nothing to do with how I love you

that face of fear
only near my heart does it abate
Track Name: a million ways
one million ways
to get to the same place
where
there's only one way

maybe our feet never really touch the ground
until
the next minute
where sense is found

and when all is giving
and shimmering
I do not stop
I keep working
Track Name: silent star
if not a single star is out tonight
you'll still find me looking into that sky
because I know that every bit of work finds its place
and even if no one can see it now
I'm still going to make

a gift that could keep on giving
day after day
a gift that could keep on giving
day after day
you could travel as far as you want to
in its wake

I'll be asking what am I giving up
what can I afford to give up?
in making something
that will give enough
something that might lift
those hearts that have given up

and if today
I'm not as wise as I was yesterday
I'll be asking that moon tonight:

Where were my mistakes?
Will you sing them back through me
truthfully
until I understand what it is to be
that dark and empty sky


Will silence break your heart
the way that it's broke mine?
Track Name: render fire
render all the fire from the dead
take what's left and find it's still
a distant sun
render all the work of the day
sign for what's left
tomorrow it will change

memory hunter, did you see the past
like shattered crystals on the last breath
of a gold horizon
and when you render what's left
you find it's all still wondering,
'with so much to see, how are we so alone?'
with all we bleed
and not a single heart's been known

we calibrate to the light of each day
we celebrate knowing
that it will change
we calibrate to attain a new sensitivity
that's sure someday to become
a new pain

so I know when I'm working
I'm running two different ways
making a heart
and then taking that heart

wringing it dry
and ringing its bell
rising up in that water

and raining down
Track Name: your body empties
your body empties
a river flows
from between your legs
of flaking stone
incipient heart
incipient souls
nerves flickering out
in the spinal fluid where they float

your body empties
dreams untold
so still
still and cold

and I
I only come
to make them real

we're swimming now
towards the light
I watch your gorgeous hands
fossilize

I watch your beautiful mouth
screaming out

my body empties
I come as the rain

I watch your life
become real again
Track Name: something so broken
It's as if nothing
has slipped out of its own hands
and the foiled feeling
that it almost had

still must work through every day
and see the ebb each morning
wash that work away

for something so broken
it's always been true
it's just hard to watch something so broken
becoming you

stillness - promise me you won't be late
because somehow the best I can do
is run in place
though the guides have all left
and the lights have begun to fade

I can still hear
love tearing our flesh

the only clock that matters
when my head is to her chest
that heart so sweet
I think it's becoming another part of me
but I wonder can she see
that I'm bound to be
something so empty

for something so broken
it's always been true
it's just hard to watch something so broken
becoming you

I never thought I'd have such a hard time

just being nothing

just running out of it
Track Name: god's answer
the wishing well runs today
do you know what you'd say?
the god's answer your prayers today
do you know what you'd say?
someone is already on their way
to your final resting place
and the light that you could make
it is much more than you could take

like the water when we rise
we'll fill up the skies
like the rain when we cry
into the dirt where we lay

and down in there we find fuel for the morning
as mist above the sea
allow the winds to hold you

blessed that you'd be
blessed that you'd be a part of my plan
blessed that I could see the sun
of another's land

the wishing well runs today
do you know what you'd say?
and the gods they answer your prayers today
do you know what you'd say?
Track Name: precision of the sea
What kind of rush is this?
to show what I'm holding
and how I control it

between two dams
and the only decision
has been with what precision
I open a lock
to let in a sea
I can't even see
how it's risen

and even when the sea
has risen past your nose
still all anyone will really care to know
is what were your decisions?
where were your decisions?

what are our decisions?

I can find where I sing
where I never stop working
I'll never stop working
working towards seeing
that I ain't drowning, no
I'm just drinking
drinking in time
with the moon
and the tide

I am the precision of the sea
empty and still, I've tried to be
and many have tried to dance with me
they always say it's like asking
the wind to howl in key
and in time
with the moon
and the tide