Sumner

by Sumner

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First full-length LP by Sumner

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released 17 November 2014

Recorded at Kickstart Studios, Music Room, Maple Studios, Rogue Studios, and Kristina's various temporary homes

All songs written and produced by Kristina Sarkisova

All songs except Cat & Mouse were mixed and mastered by Alex Fletcher
Cat & Mouse was mixed by Dan King and mastered by Streaky

Engineered by Ross Palmer, Alessio Garavello, Alex Fletcher and Dan King

Artwork by Hanna Schrage

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Track Name: Take a Walk
Take a walk with me
Take a walk with me
All alone with me

And I will
See you down

Take a drive with me
Take a drive with me
By the edge of the sea

Take a chance on me
Take a chance on me
In this room with me

And I will
See you down
Track Name: The Coward
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who shot the coward in the skull?
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who shot the coward and who took the fall?

Oh, it was you
It was you
Oh, it was you
It was you

Coward, coward, who's to blame?
Who took the money and who bore the shame?
Coward, coward, who's to blame?
Who dug the barrel and who called your name?

Oh the mirror knows
The mirror knows
Oh the mirror knows
The mirror knows

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Show me the coward and I will bare all
Mirror, mirror on the wall
It's not my body, but my soul you claim

Saying "it was you"
It was you
Oh the mirror knows
The mirror knows
Track Name: That Friend
You married a ghost and now you ask me
What to do
He doesn't need doors, his eyes are empty
Oh, so full of youth

Don't ask me how I feel
Because I might tell you the truth
I might tell you the truth

You signed a new deal, you've a confession
This contract's made of fluff
Your pockets are empty, what's a pension
What's your excuse

Don't ask me how I feel
Because I might tell you the truth
I might tell you the truth
I might tell you...

That before you go to sleep,
yeah you can call me
And for every trainwreck you create,
I'll orchestrate another for me
Just so I can relate

I'll be perched on your right shoulder
Whispering the fairytales you need
To get to bed

You open a door, you shut a window
That's how it goes
But can a bridge burnt be reconstructed?
Oh, don't be absurd

You told me you don't need me
And that I really shouldn't mind
But can you blame me if I mind
Can you blame me if...

I wish I could see you again
In your high school boots
Your updated tresses
And mundane pursuits

I'm under the impression that it
Takes a lot to make you happy
And I guess I could
I guess I could

Your deals with the devil I'll leave to you
With a frontierman's salute
With a frontierman's salute
It's not worth the dirt on my suit
Track Name: Just Because
What else can I say?
I tell you what I mean and it means nothing to you
Tell me the truth
You think that I've done wrong, you think I've dug the knife in

Just because I can
Just because I did
Just because trusting me takes so much more
Than adding fuel to fear

Take a moment to just feel
Take a moment to be sincere
And you'll know that I
Love you
You'll know that I
Love you

Love isn't just
Is it a must for you to prove it can be?
Take a hold, take a hold of yourself
This isn't right, this isn't right and
You know it

Just because I ache
Just because I've said this all before
Just becaue I'm terrified
I hate walking this plank, I want to stand
On safe ground

And if I seem hard on you now
It's true, I'll tell you I'm sorry
It's just that I once
Loved you
It's just that I once
Loved you

I wish that I could
Love you
I wish that I could
Love you
Still
Track Name: Product
The product is finished
But who is it for?
I've changed the linens and you've
Locked the door

I want you to notice
When I'm not around
I want you to waltz with my ghost and
Pretend lost is found

Bite your tongue
Say my name
The sayings in this town have
No refrain

White haired women
Smiling, and apple trees
Feed into the disease

But we're inside this home,
where nobody sleeps,
where the doors are open shut

(I wore a rose in my hair)
Track Name: For Better or Worse
Marry me, Sylvia
Get your nose out of that book
Make me a good cup of coffee
And make sure I keep a shiny boot

Don't make yourself seem so desperate
Look alive

Put flowers on the table
Stand by my side

Marry me, Sylvia
It's a great privilege to call yourself my wife
I treat you like gold, and haven't you heard?
Glass divisions, they don't go

Don't give yourself so many airs
When you speak
I'm not a religious man
But I like a servile streak

Your bones look so delicate
And your heart so immature
And I love how your lips
Look like they're never sure

At all

Marry me, Sylvia
Marry me, marry me
Track Name: Shadow Park
Two fingernails
dragging down the wall

The beat of a drum that
rises as we fall

Ooh... you fell into the part
Ooh... dances after dark
Times

Nightmares in the raindrops
but there's sugar on your lips
You reach out for your girl's hand
But you're coming up 
with one dollar bills

There's a storm approaching
I can feel it in my bones

You tell me I'm haunting
And I tell you I'm alone

Ooh you fell into the part
Ooh dances after dark
Times

Nightmares in the raindrops
but there's sugar on your lips
You reach out for your girl's hand
But you're coming up 
with one dollar bills

One dollar bills

I heard a voice that night in Shadow Park
Was it you?
I saw a ghost that night in Shadow Park
Was it you?
I heard a voice that night in Shadow park
Was it you?

Dances after dark
times
Track Name: Black Berets
You unravelled

With the speed of a dancing pinecone, landed on your feet
and you searched for
the nearest town where
no one knew you, no one knew

How you like your pancake batter,
and that you hate climbing ladders in the dark

I would love to be your lover, but I'm sensing the disaster
even as I'm looking at you through this drink

You keep rows of notepads, and black berets for all your pretend games
Balance your ideas on a tightrope, and make them jump so you know, just so you know...

I've got my arms around this table, please remove them if you're able,
I'm not free

We've got our arms around each other, right now nobody else matters
and I don't care if I'm writing future grief
Track Name: Cat & Mouse
I didn't know what was in store
Options abound, but they're all terrible bores
I didn't know losing made you sore
I've got a hole in my head, this hadn't happened before

Give me a room, give me a house
As long as there's space for us to play cat and mouse
Give me a safe word, then take it away
Nobody else knows how I like to play

I remember days like these
Hand in hand and fist to fist
Tell me it could never be
Otherwise I'll keep a hold of the key

Where did you go, lover of mine?
You left me no instructions on how to pass the time
I'm holding your seat, I'll pay your rent
I'd do the whole thing again, even if it made no sense

I'll sing a song to all your names
The truth is we never fit in anyone's frame
But by God, at least we tried
If you hadn't pushed me I never would've left
your side
Track Name: A Good Year
It's been
A good year

I look around the table and
all the faces are dear

We sit close together
to preserve all our good cheer

If our elbows stop touching
and our feet start flying clear

It might all disappear...

And none of my jokes will be funny
anymore
None of the things we once knew
will be fore sure

That's just how it is...
It's the start and end of bliss

Has Christmas come again?
Is every year becoming shorter,
or is it just

My imagination playing tricks on me again?
Or is it my memory, who is no longer my friend?

I will pretend
To remember names
At cocktail parties
Until we meet again

And I will absolve
Myself of all correctness
Because the guilt loop never ends
It never ends

It's been a good year
You tell me I look the same but,
the difference is clear

As all my little worries
Have built homes around my eyes
And there's nothing in them
That thinks they can be surprised

But it's been a good year
A side effect of age is
that things become clearer the day
That you lose a friend
The day that you realise that
all things come to an end

While you're busy laughing in the corner of a bar
And the joke's on you as you tell everyone you'll go far
But there's nowhere to run
And the day, it's nearly done

But another year is ending
So we raise our glasses high
And say it's been a good year

It's been a good year
It's been a good year
It's been a good year