XVSK

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about

It's done, and god what a ride! XVSK spent a couple of years on the road while making this record. We took a very bare-bones approach, building it piece-by-piece while the songs developed from show to show, sneaking studio time in wherever we could. A few times we threw away a perfectly good track because the song had mutated in the shows. Anyway, here it is!

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released January 16, 2014

XVSK is Trevor Exter and John Kimock, cello and drums

(and singing and glockenspiel and samples and driving and loading)

Music by XVSK
Lyrics by Trevor Exter
"Mother's Song" by John Kimock

Dana Colley, saxophones on "Straight Shooter" and "Back In My Arms"
Roger Greenawalt, ukulele on "Natalie"

Produced by XVSK
Mixed and mastered by Phil Joly
except "Natalie" mixed by Roger Greenawalt

"Back In My Arms", "Straight Shooter", "No How" and "XVSK" produced by Dana Colley at Hi N Dry Studio, Cambridge, MA.
Additional engineering by Nick Natale

"Outrun", "Sweeter", "Sing It To Me" and "Mother's Song" recorded and produced by XVSK at home in Bethlehem, PA, Allentown PA and at New Warsaw Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Additional engineering by Riley McMahon

"Natalie" recorded and produced by Roger Greenawalt at Shabby Road Studio, Brooklyn NY

Special thanks to Ben Travers

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XVSK Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Working with the shorthand moniker XVSK, cellist Trevor Exter and percussionist John Kimock have a unique chemistry as musicians, wringing the depth of drums and cello.

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Track Name: Back In My Arms
fallen and scarred, a long time to wait
wishing so hard for a heart to resonate
i don't want to control you
just keep you safe from harm
i don't need to be right
i just want you back in my arms
back in my arms

she offered up a prayer
for attention and forgiveness
setting up a journey away
from home and innocence
'cause nobody will bail you out
of the bind you tied yourself up in
but maybe this time
you just might learn something

fallen and scarred, a long time to wait
wishing so hard for a heart to resonate
i don't want to control you
just keep you safe from harm
i don't need to be right
i just want you back in my arms
back in my arms

you've been here before
the stakes are high this time
'cause nobody can hurt you more
than your own wild mind

fallen and scarred, a long time to wait
wishing so hard for a heart to resonate
i don't want to control you
just keep you safe from harm
i don't need to be right
i just want you back in my arms
back in my arms
just want you back in my arms
tonight
Track Name: Natalie
they go on about quality
and how we don't make the grade
i know I'm barking up the wrong tree
but at least I'm getting paid

out beyond the brickyard
there's a whole world waiting
from Awendaw to Soulard
a feast fit for a king

but I never knew how much I wanted you
i'm a slow one I confess
make my days so blue
you tell me that you want me
maybe someday you'll be free
but you make me wait
oh Natalie
oh Natalie

i never sat up at night and wondered
who's the one I'd choose
you were the light that led me homeward
one I never thought I'd have to lose

but I never knew how much I wanted you
i'm a slow one I confess
make my days so blue
you tell me that you want me
maybe someday you'll be free
but you make me wait
oh Natalie
oh Natalie
Track Name: Straight Shooter
fear used to tuck me in my bed
now it shakes me out
and pride used to say it was on my side
when I was busy cashing out

I twist and turn to get to you
now you're gonna ask me what I'm gonna do
well what am I gonna do

well read my mind or guess the future
I always try to be a straight shooter
kept on running with the ball
I didn't see the hole to fall
well read my mind or guess the future
I always try to be a straight shooter
kept on running with the ball
I didn't see the hole to fall

and now I'm doing all that I can
now that I am
many times the man
many times the man

something changes when you're looking at a pile up
now I'm tearing it up
and the times are tough
and I can decide when I've had enough
have you had enough?

well read my mind or guess the future
I always try to be a straight shooter
kept on running with the ball
I didn't see the hole to fall
well read my mind or guess the future
I always try to be a straight shooter
kept on running with the ball
I didn't see the hole to fall

and now I'm doing all that I can
now that I am
many times the man
many times the man
many times the man
many times the man
many times the man
Track Name: Sing It To Me
sing it to me
mellow, mellow melody

come down off your high horse
come down off your treadmill
stop trying so hard to find the place to be
and just be here in the place with me

sing it, sing to me
mellow, mellow melody

come down off your high horse
come down off your treadmill
stop trying so hard to find the place to be
and just be here in the place with me

wherever you want to go
i'll follow you high and low
follow you high and low

sing it, sing to me
mellow, mellow melody
sing it, sing to me
mellow, mellow melody
your voice is my
my mystical remedy

wherever you want to go
i'll follow you high and low
wherever you want to go
i'll follow you high
follow you high and low
wherever you want to go
i'll follow you high
follow you high and low
wherever you want to go
i'll follow you high
Sing it to me
wherever you want to go
i'll follow you high and low
wherever you want
i'll follow you high
follow you high and low
wherever you want
follow you high
wherever you want
follow you high and low
Track Name: Know How
you've gone from broke to bust
but you keep on raising the stakes
gabardine con layin' in the dust
but you keep on making the same mistakes

and i know you're trying to get your head together
but it's making you lose your mind
you think you can skip lines light like a feather
until you go blind, til you go blind
until you go blind, til you go blind

i'm begging on my knees
with my back to the crowd
hand off the keys
and grow yourself some know-how

and i know you're burning up inside
didn't know what you had til it was gone
and they're sayin' God bless you
God bless you mr suit and tie
and the horse you rode in on
and the horse you rode in on

i'm begging on my knees
with my back to the crowd
hand off the keys
and grow yourself some know-how
i'm begging on my knees
with my back to the crowd
hand off the keys and grow yourself
hand off the keys and grow yourself some
hand off the keys and grow yourself some know-how
grow yourself some know-how
Track Name: Sweeter
the world is still an open door
talking 'bout the good old days is a bore
you know you've got some legs of steel
but you're only as beautiful as you feel

you found me out
let your demons lie
long enough to enjoy yourself
let your love take flight
sweeter than honey
you're heaven in a body

wish i could brush the blackness from my heart
spend my whole life trying to be smart
now i've got my legs of steel
but you're only as beautiful as you feel

it's a brand new dawn, i'm in a new place
put a new look on the same old face

you found me out
let your demons lie
long enough to enjoy yourself
let your love take flight
sweeter than honey
you're heaven in a body

you found me out
let your demons lie
long enough to enjoy yourself
let your love take flight
sweeter than honey
you're heaven in a body
heaven in a body
you found me out
and you're sweeter than honey
you found me out
and you're sweeter than
sweeter than
sweeter than honey
Track Name: Outrun
waiting up alone at night
tryin' hard not to give up the fight
and another day goes by
i'm looking for a home

if the trip began with a single step
but it all comes back to how far you get
i never thought it would take this much out of me

outrun, outgunned
outshone and outdone
broken down in my own land
a boomtown bystander

it doesn't matter where i draw the line
someone's always waving from the other side
rock bottom is the only solid place to stand

and nobody does great things when they're getting
everything they want
hand to mouth is the only way i know

outrun, outgunned
outshone and outdone
broken down in my own land
a boomtown bystander
oh outrun, outgunned
outshone and outdone
broken down in my own land
a boomtown bystander