An Opening

by Minor Moon

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1.
Hold me up and Pour me out Watch the molten core Overflowing to the ground There’s so much to betray As I cascade on down But you’ll see the light Dance round the cave For a moment before the sound So hold me up We felt the quiet of that ancient tide Where the great pool that divides us Never takes a side You’re a liar You’re gonna leave this place I’ll still long for your reflection I’m gonna miss you, babe Deep and buried and on a sunlit day We unearthed them, tools forgotten Found a shine in their decay You’re a liar You’re gonna leave this place I’ll return to this impression I’m gonna miss you, babe You’re a liar In the garden of our own design We grew restive, started singing Just to pass the time You’re a liar You’re gonna leave this place I’ll still hope for restoration I’m gonna miss you, babe You’re a liar
2.
In a quiet place As a sacrificial animal And I hope to god My commitment's not intractable I'm feeling delicate At the face of the all-powerful I'd try to make it stop But right now I feel so distractible The way out Is back in The way out Is back in Another violent dream It's become a nightly ritual From by bed to the kitchen Where the honey's gone, the milk is spoiled I'm feeling impotent Disgusted but insatiable And I want it to stop But I fear that I'm incapable The way out Is back in The way out Is back in Maybe I feel betrayed By the holy and the profane Both will burn me out either way Sunrise, sunset In a familiar place I am offered like an animal And I want it to stop I think that's understandable
3.
In The Park 03:33
Oh love, oh love We’re only in the park for a little while Oh love, oh love You know it’s getting dark in a little while Oh love, oh love We’re only in the park for a little while Oh love, oh love we’re only bearing the mark for a little while We’re only in the park for a little while
4.
It’s not just a feeling It’s more like a dance On the nights you come to meet me You can pour it on so strong, babe So I keep a little light on Just in case you’d come to take me There… Out into where you are I could pull you from the shadows No, it’s just in my mind But I know I can’t control you But you’ll slip through my fingers When they buzz ‘round the blue glow Just know I still long to feel you There… Out into where you are
5.
Sleepless in your room You can see it There’s a little light The silence they outgrew Boots marching, flying Land and sea and sky On screen and in the street “Please share your purpose” The hand is in plain sight In your darkest hour That’s when you notice There’s a little light Wake up, honey Wake up, it’s alright Wake up, let your Dreams all subside They came into your room Forewarned, you’re ready There’s a little light The sound is deafening Your hand is steady There’s a little light Wake up, honey Wake up, it’s alright Wake up, let your Dreams all subside
6.
It's Okay 04:06
Feeling important on a busy street Like a protagonist from good TV Picturing myself on a shiny screen Fellow pedestrians do you think like me? And now I’m feeling hungry at the grocery Humming along to the top 40 Each package whispers, shouts and screams And the savvy ones enter my dreams And then I’m thumbing my phone in the checkout line I'm not thinking about death not thinking about time It’s okay And now I’m walking through the hectic parking lot Sunlit, was there anything that I forgot? I see a couple of guys, they're eyeing my spot In scarcity our peace just rots And then I’m thumbing my phone before I start to drive Taking up space without even trying Don’t be mad, man, we’re all going to survive Oh, but now you got me thinking about death and wasted time It’s okay I’m okay And the pictures always seem to lie On the screen, in the street and in my mind And I’m mad cause I just want to feel alive I've had more than enough of this sticky shine
7.
Bits of styrofoam are littered on the floor By the box that walked itself through our front door Automatic operations keep the score But I still count the choices you choose to ignore And here on the ground they’ve laid I see the dark, dark, dark Foreboding music plays It’s all pretty stark, pretty stark A few more shiny scenes of violence for the road In the golden age of eyeballs bought and sold I know it’s late but can we please watch just one more? I think I crave this content just to keep that blue light on And here on the ground they’ve laid I see the dark, dark, dark Foreboding music plays It’s all pretty stark, pretty stark I guess nuance is out these days And it’s just the start Embedded in spooky haze I see the dark, dark, the dark I took the car out to the suburbs for a show I was playing a birthday party for a precocious three-year-old Oblivion, take notice! You won’t ever know The sheer consequence of inheriting this world And here on the ground we’ve laid I see the dark, dark, dark, dark The color the music makes Is breaking my heart, my heart And new blood surrounds us babe And it’s just the start Welcome to this spooky maze Where I see the dark
8.
You stared like I was a ghost of me Unholy, out of time Embedded in your strained belief Does it even cross your mind? I can’t say goodbye And I’ve known you for a while Known you for a while now Wild strange new words until the morning New words until the morning now And then I had the strength to speak Unfrozen, I took my time It’s the best you could expect from me Still I won’t change your mind But I can’t say goodbye Silent in truth and denial In truth and denial, now Sighed retorts stick in the doorway They get stuck in the doorway, now And I’ve known you for a while Known you for a while now So spare us both the feigned relief Oh please, we’ve still got time To wake up from this deafening dream I’ll take yours if you take mine I won’t say goodbye
9.
The Mark 04:24
Here is where it starts In a mirror scrawled and scarred By a highway bathroom stall It’s late You can set upon the stars But a year before you’d start Your aching sides revealed Your fate And I’m hearing how you led But I’m faltering beside the tread My wheels are worn my blood On the drain A gift and a hex Both are given with intent But this is just something they Failed to chain And the fear in your heart Was over by the morning The coffee keeps the curse at bay But the mark it made was sick It came without warning You’ve been handed down your debt to pay I can feel it start to drift Beyond my heavy lids So I let the wind in as Kidsmoke plays And we who bear the mark Will be driving through the dark Beneath a moon that won’t return our gaze And the fear in your heart Was over by the morning The coffee keeps the curse at bay But the mark it made was sick It’ll surely be returning You’ve been handed down your debt to pay
10.
All around this holy sand Is the sound of a battered land Reeling back like a rubber band From a tireless and cold demand And there’s an opening At the faultlines in this dream This is a parting song I’ll sing again And the fear crumples you Into a shape opaque, obtuse You can roll blindly into the noose Or unwind, wild, wide-eyed and choose An opening At the faultlines in this dream This is a parting song I’ll sing again As I thumb some weathered stone Shaped smooth in the crashing foam I feel god in its formless home In the thrust of this molten shore And there’s an opening At the faultlines in this dream This is a parting song I’ll sing again

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"Singer-songwriter Sam Cantor weaves stately vocal harmonies and spacious arrangements around his ruminative, engaging melodies."
-Chicago Reader

"...Grizzly Bear during the upbeat moments, Mumford & Sons during the folk-infused harmonies, Neil Young during the slow ponderings, and Wilco all the time."
-Atwood Magazine

"[Hold Me Up (Liar)] also features a musical depth with powerful soaring harmonies, lush instrumental soundscapes, and simple yet emotive guitar work. The band succeeds in spinning Americana, folk, and progressive indie rock sounds into one enchanting waltz."
-Happy Mag

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released February 8, 2019

An Opening was performed by Minor Moon:
Sam Cantor - vocals, guitar, synthesizer
Michael Downing - vocals, bass
Colin Drozdoff - Wurlitzer, Hammond organ, piano
Nathan Bojko - drum kit, glockenspiel
with additional performances by:
Luke Otwell - lap steel guitar (all tracks)
Izzy Olive - vocals (tracks 1, 4, 10)
Alex Blomarz - baritone and tenor saxophones (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10)
Josh Torrey - trombone (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10)
Drew Hansen - trumpet (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10)
Horns arranged by Colin Drozdoff and Sam Cantor.

All songs written and produced by Sam Cantor.

Recorded in Chicago, IL at Jamdek and Decade Music Studios by Dave Vettraino, at Pieholden Suite Sound by Matt DeWine and at Wall of Sound by Luke Otwell. Additional recording by Sam Cantor and Michael Downing at home.

Mixed by Dave Vettraino and Sam Cantor at Public House Sound Recordings. Mastered by Michael Downing.

Album artwork by Irina and Irina and Silviu Székely.
Design and layout by Serena Wagner.

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