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Parallel Timeline (Origins)

by SLOTHRUST

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1.
Cranium 04:50
I don't want to be addicted to the noise But when it goes away I want to die Empty out my cranium And eat some cereal Cut my sweet angelic face into a pie Are you hungry? You look nervous Are you hungry? You look nervous I don't want to be some chalk upon your board I'm giving myself goosebumps on my body Just thinking about it Do you want to take some time to celebrate your mind? I want to buy your brain a cake And frost it with the come of angels Are you hungry? You look nervous Are you hungry? You look nervous I don't want to be like all those other boys Who tell you that they get you But we both know that they do not get you I want to french braid your hair With honey on my hands I want to pluck your eyebrows for you With my grandma's antique tweezers Does it hurt you? Do you like it? Does it hurt you? Do you like it? Are you hungry?
2.
I sat in front of the ocean I was looking for you The sky is collapsing All I see is blue I've forgotten the question The matter is slack It has no direction All I see is black Everybody says That they want some I am getting sick Of people talking so much Hold me underwater Not afraid of drowning The light is everywhere And I'm staring at the sun Tripping into the void I don't mind it down here Nothing left to avoid Everybody says That they want some I am getting sick Of people talking so much Hold me underwater Not afraid of drowning The light is everywhere I'm reversing the potion The next curse is on you Consuming the castle It ain't nothing new I'm erasing the goblins The matter is slack The trolls are all trobblin' All I see is black Everybody says That they got some I am getting sick Of people talking so much Hold me underwater Not afraid of drowning The light is everywhere And I'm staring at the sun Tripping into the void I don't mind it down here Nothing left to avoid Everybody says That they want some I am getting sick Of people talking so much Hold me underwater Not afraid of drowning The light is everywhere
3.
Courtesy 03:18
I won't ask you again If you give it to me And I won't say it again If you get it the first time I tried to be a good boy But I'm feeling bad Yeah I'm feeling bad No one left to annoy It's making me mad Think I'll cause a scene And shout it Can't turn it around Turn it around Turn it around I tried to play it cool But I'm coming in hot Yeah I'm coming in hot Used to think that I rule Now I've giving it thought I'm giving some thought to it now Can't turn it around Turn it around Turn it around I won't ask you again If you give it to me And I won't say it again If you get it the first time
4.
Earth's gonna set on fire But still I wait Rabid with desire But still I wait Flames gonna kiss my back I hope I can run faster than that Earth's gonna set on fire But still I wait Who's gonna swallow the blaze After the flood Stuck inside the maze The moss and mud Drowning with the plants I hope I can swim faster than that Earth's gonna set on fire But still I wait Yesterday when I woke up the sky was the strangest color. At first I couldn’t figure out if I was asleep or awake. The time of day was indecipherable and suddenly I became acutely aware of my size. I went outside to see if I could find a sun or a moon, but all I could pay attention to was a feeling— both exciting and frightening— that something was about to crack open the muted orange mess above, to save and destroy us one at a time and all at once...but still I wait.
5.
I like them spooky And you're just my style Said the Leo to the Taurus And if you'd like to stay With me awhile I'll cover us with forest We can stroll across a magic land It's green and it is glowing Lay our bodies in the moss and sand We know and we are knowing And I don't mind Our strange astrology I hope we find You bring the best out in me Let's keep it lazy In the living room If you believe in miracles So would I But as a Libra moon I keep it so satirical I like those flowers And I like that vase The way that you combine them Your sense of color Comes from outer space We never could align them But I don't mind Our strange astrology I hope we find You bring the best out in me Michael Jackson never spoke to me Said the Taurus to the Leo All his hits are in a major key And my rising sign is scorpio But I don't mind Our strange astrology I hope we find The sun and the stars and the sea
6.
Waiting 03:09
I got loud Flipped my lid I always do I'm not proud Sucks the patience out of you I'm inspired I can't sleep But I'm so tired Turn me around Levitate me Let me out I've been waiting for so long Set me free I've been waiting passively I’m not scared I’ve never been so prepared Twist and shout I’ll wring out all of those toxins Fuck the crowd Eat their pain Get on my cloud Stay this way We will come back down someday Cut my hair Left the pieces everywhere Birds will care And I can hear their call I can hear their call And it goes...
7.
It's funny how time is never enough But my only crime Was pretending I'm tough I always wanted to be something Maybe I missed the mark Maybe I should have stayed at home Singing broadway in the dark I used to feel fine Living in this shell But it's breaking down And I'm not feeling so well I would go to the roller rink But I'm not into crowds I'm constantly on the brink Am I thinking too loud? Come and get me I'm feeling lonely too Come and take me I'm coming with you It’s funny how time Is hands on a clock We will them to turn We beg them to stop I always wanted to free something But my mouth’s rusted shut I always wanted to bleed something But my blood turned to dust Come and get me I'm feeling lonely too Go on and and take me I'm coming with you It’s funny how time Is standing so still I pray to divine To do as she will I always wanted to see something But I thrive in the dark Will I step out into the sun? Or will I fall apart? Come and get me I'm feeling lonely too Go on and and take me I'm going with you I’m feeling lonely too
8.
In love with the water In lust with the open sky I swallowed the mirror Reflect as the days flow by I circle the moment I watch myself fail to fly I'm stuck in the honey I'm stuck on the reasons why It breaks like a thunder It sinks like a crystal ball I can't feel my fingers I can't feel myself at all Fight fire with fire I'm swimming in turpentines We're all full of toxins No one ever seems to mind This dance is so crazy I can't seem to catch this grind There I go again judging What I can't seem to leave behind Like all of these demons They pin me against the wall My hunger is a symptom Wake up thirsty or not at all The moss it is glowing Still wet in the morning sun Thought I saw a ladder To climb when the day is done Thought I saw a swallow It swallowed the glory whole I'm not asking for favors I just want some dice to roll I'll return to the ocean Return to the womb again Inside of the mother Won't have any questions then Won't have any questions then Won’t have any questions
9.
I've been running for so long Searching for something I've been waiting in the dark I've been hiding for so long Sleeping in shadows I've been waiting all this time To let it out and take it down Tear it apart Turn me around I'm underneath And up above I am complete I don't feel anything at all I could swallow the whole cage Rusting inside me It's white rabbits everyday I don't care about the pain I serve it up gladly In the end it's all the same I'll let it out and take it down Tear it apart Turn me around I'm underneath And up above I am complete And I feel everything
10.
I could eat my motivation Starve my ego Grind it down I'll get into meditation 'Cause where I'm going I can't be found I'm so sure I'll be cleaner than before I've succumbed to medication 'Cause I was tearing Up my skin But I don't mind All these daydreams I am knocking Let me in Let me go I want to start the show I could have spent my life Locked in a room And you could have spent your life Locked in a room This parallel timeline Could be yours too
11.
I won't ask you again If you give it to me And I won't say it again If you get it the first time I tried to be a good boy But I'm feeling bad Yeah I'm feeling bad No one left to annoy It's making me mad Think I'll cause a scene And shout it Can't turn it around Turn it around Turn it around I tried to play it cool But I'm coming in hot Yeah I'm coming in hot Used to think that I rule Now I've giving it thought I'm giving some thought to it now Can't turn it around Turn it around Turn it around I won't ask you again If you give it to me And I won't say it again If you get it the first time
12.
I got loud Flipped my lid I always do I'm not proud Sucks the patience out of you I'm inspired I can't sleep But I'm so tired Turn me around Levitate me Let me out I've been waiting for so long Set me free I've been waiting passively I’m not scared I’ve never been so prepared Twist and shout I’ll wring out all of those toxins Fuck the crowd Eat their pain Get on my cloud Stay this way We will come back down someday Cut my hair Left the pieces everywhere Birds will care And I can hear their call I can hear their call And it goes...
13.
I've been running for so long Searching for something I've been waiting in the dark I've been hiding for so long Sleeping in shadows I've been waiting all this time To let it out and take it down Tear it apart Turn me around I'm underneath And up above I am complete I don't feel anything at all I could swallow the whole cage Rusting inside me It's white rabbits everyday I don't care about the pain I serve it up gladly In the end it's all the same I'll let it out and take it down Tear it apart Turn me around I'm underneath And up above I am complete And I feel everything
14.
I could eat my motivation Starve my ego Grind it down I'll get into meditation 'Cause where I'm going I can't be found I'm so sure I'll be cleaner than before I've succumbed to medication 'Cause I was tearing Up my skin But I don't mind All these daydreams I am knocking Let me in Let me go I want to start the show I could have spent my life Locked in a room And you could have spent your life Locked in a room This parallel timeline Could be yours too
15.
I like them spooky And you're just my style Said the Leo to the Taurus And if you'd like to stay With me awhile I'll cover us with forest We can stroll across a magic land It's green and it is glowing Lay our bodies in the moss and sand We know and we are knowing And I don't mind Our strange astrology I hope we find You bring the best out in me Let's keep it lazy In the living room If you believe in miracles So would I But as a Libra moon I keep it so satirical I like those flowers And I like that vase The way that you combine them Your sense of color Comes from outer space We never could align them But I don't mind Our strange astrology I hope we find You bring the best out in me Michael Jackson never spoke to me Said the Taurus to the Leo All his hits are in a major key And my rising sign is scorpio But I don't mind Our strange astrology I hope we find The sun and the stars and the sea
16.
17.
In love with the water In lust with the open sky I swallowed the mirror Reflect as the days flow by I circle the moment I watch myself fail to fly I'm stuck in the honey I'm stuck on the reasons why It breaks like a thunder It sinks like a crystal ball I can't feel my fingers I can't feel myself at all Fight fire with fire I'm swimming in turpentines We're all full of toxins No one ever seems to mind This dance is so crazy I can't seem to catch this grind There I go again judging What I can't seem to leave behind Like all of these demons They pin me against the wall My hunger is a symptom Wake up thirsty or not at all The moss it is glowing Still wet in the morning sun Thought I saw a ladder To climb when the day is done Thought I saw a swallow It swallowed the glory whole I'm not asking for favors I just want some dice to roll I'll return to the ocean Return to the womb again Inside of the mother Won't have any questions then Won't have any questions then Won’t have any questions
18.
19.

about

Leah Wellbaum has never been afraid of her own humility or honesty. But she’s never quite examined it the way she has now with Parallel Timeline.

On Slothrust’s latest album, bandleader Leah Wellbaum pushed herself to try and understand her own spirituality on a deeper level, putting a lens on the core wound of the human experience, the idea that we’re alone. With Parallel Timeline, Wellbaum explores the feeling of being trapped inside her own consciousness while simultaneously searching for a meaningful connection to the universe, and all the mysteries it contains.

In advance of recording their fifth studio album, Leah, along with drummer Will Gorin, sought to dramatically expand the band’s sonic palette. Slothrust put an emphasis on incorporating new production techniques and processes into the established Slothrust sound, resulting in an extraordinary amount of experimental demo recordings, many elements of which appear themselves on the final record. They leaned into risk-taking -- a freedom that comes with having been in a band together for more than 10 years, cultivating new sonic realms for each track. Leah sought to craft unique and calculated guitar parts instead of continuous bursts of wall-to-wall sound, and in turn delivers what will likely be considered a “how-to manual” for guitar playing in the next decade.

Educated musicians all with backgrounds in classical, jazz and blues, the band’s newest work once again sees Slothrust leaning into improvisation -- something that in the past has lent itself to the infectious energy of their live shows. Parallel Timeline, mixed by industry legend Billy Bush and mastered by Heba Kadry is a masterclass in balancing tenderness with the fierce guitar work Leah has become known for. With a distinct yet unified sound that blends progressive rock, acoustic and pop, Slothrust has never been more confident.

credits

released March 16, 2022

Produced by Billy Bush
Co-produced by Kyle Bann
Additional production by Leah Wellbaum & Will Gorin
Mixed by Billy Bush
“Once More For the Ocean” mixed by Kyle Bann & Ari Morris
Mastered by Heba Kadry, NYC

Songs & lyrics by Leah Wellbaum
Music by Slothrust
“The Next Curse ft. Lzzy Hale” is co-written by Donna Missall

Leah Wellbaum - Vox, guitar, keys
Kyle Bann - Bass, keys
Will Gorin - Drums, percussion, keys

Additional keys on “Parallel Timeline & “Waiting” by Willy Beaman

Recorded at Dangerbird Studios
Additional recording at Super Secret Labs, and Kingsize Studios.
A&R by Jenni Sperandeo

Album art & design by Ishaq Fahim
Concept & creative direction by Leah Wellbaum

Published by Atlas & Pumpkin Graveyard (BMI)

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