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The Upstairs Museum

by Swan Wash

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Dark Water 02:30
Moon falls when the brights break cover See it shining in the sink Neighborhood endures now without me Doghouse alchemics don't sleep Orange head Spits its flame At the house where the stairs creak I saw your house From over here And your ceiling As high as your long arms reach Wake yourself up laughing again! Dream distant and fading Child's method of living Is so drawn out Willows maybe weep too loosely But they hold you in No law where no one goes All the neighbors Remember when our heads fell off Wake up to a sky that's green! No law where no one goes Five points turn around with meaning And when it smiles, you know
When did you know that you were sealed inside that room? Upstairs, evening light Strip mall off to the side Maybe there's something else Weird doorknob-shaking hell? Wide room, western sea Wide angle dim light creeps That heirloom dresser there Sits and swallows up the stairs Too big to take it out Stay forever in heaven house In some forgotten hall Something walks behind the wall Slipping security Worst dreams find peaceful sleep Last day that you're around On your back to hold it down Wake up before it's dawn Or the next world comes and it takes you with it!
I step into dead office park broadcast from beige-colored baseboard and it's never ever been so hot in the uneven concrete cradle I step into dead office park that color signifies something fall asleep, safe in doctor's chair and I haven't felt this way in a long time I slide into dead office park time stops, sun smiles I am seized with the feeling of repetition I am seized with the feeling of endless rows and flagrant variation pull this place down and I will go pull this place down and I will go time stops, sun screams not the kind of place they ask you to leave front desk people have all gone they do not look up I have tried to strip away extraneous things till the air in the concrete sings but pull this place down and I will go cos I haven't felt this way in a long time


Swan Wash follow up their 2019 self-titled debut with "The Upstairs Museum," an EP recorded to eight-track tape and mixed live from the reel by engineer Judah Mergl (Manneqin/Death Valley/Chicago Research). New tales about the precariousness of memory and subjectivity as embedded in the sub/ex/urban landscape, the psychic quicksand of prefab architecture, and the mundane material eternity waiting up the stairs in the spare room. This release marks the debut of guitarist Jack Andrews (Daguerreotype/Permit) with the band.

"A controlled, focused deathrock approach...would fit well among the early 4AD roster"

"The tracks hover somewhere between original Christian Death and the reserved punk approach of Wire."
-RPM Online


released November 13, 2020

Jack Andrews - guitar, synth
Scott Ferguson - bass, vox
Matt Leetz - drums

Recorded to and mixed from tape by Judah Mergl
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago

Judah, Jack and Scott sang backup on "Dark Water"

Songs by Andrews/Ferguson/Leetz
except "Dark Water" by Andrews/Ferguson/Leetz/Verkruyse



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