THRACIAN

by eagle and talon

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ALBUM CREDITS
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All songs written by our parents, Zina & Jack and Chien-Hua & Jiin.
Produced by Eagle and Talon.
Eagle and Talon is Kim Talon (words/guitar/bass/keys/drums) & Alice Talon (drums/keys/words).
Additional guitar by Andrew Jeffords.

Recorded in Los Angeles at Red Rocket’s Glare, Phantom Vox, Seedy Underbelly, House of Min & our living rooms.
Engineered by Dan Long. Additional engineering by Pete Min, Seth Horan & Alice Talon.
Mixed by Dave Cooley (1, 5-8, 10) Todd Burke (4, 9, 11) & Danny Kalb (2, 3) w/ special thanks to Pete Min on Track 4.
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering.

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"Albums are like women: The classy ones don’t put out on the first date. Even when our favorite records strike a chord instantly, it’s only through repeated listening that they endear themselves fully. They grow with us, and we with them. So it goes with Thracian, the debut LP by Los Angeles duo Eagle and Talon. On first spin we perceive an uneasy marriage of girl group sass and scrappy art-rock abstraction. Successive listens reveal a band with a refreshingly skewed take on indie rock songcraft that twists its lo-fi secrets into half-inflated balloon animal shapes. To paraphrase that douchebag that ruined my chances of making out with Zooey Deschanel: You gotta spend some time with Thracian, and it will possess your heart.

The undercurrents run deep on Thracian. Guitarist Kim Talon sets slashing riffs against wiggly guitar lines or tinny Casio keyboards, tugging at sweet melody with disturbing dissonance. Alice Talon’s drums click in strange, simple patterns like the whirring gears of a grandfather clock. The pair’s crisscross vocals -- schoolgirl earnest on “Hot Caught,” Erase Errata screechy on “The All Best,” Björky and ecstatic towards the end of “One Lark” -- tussle and echo off each other like the overlapping lines of a Robert Altman film. They deliver encrypted lyrics that call on mannequins and abominable snowmen and facial moisturizers to conceal meanings.

Some pretty direct hooks fly through Eagle and Talon’s obliqueness, in the form of frantic rock guitar breaks (the chorus to “All of my Guardians”) and oddly memorable turns of phrase [“My face is itchy all the time” from “Moisturizer (Wheat Calls)”]. Much like Q and Not U, the band gets great mileage out of turning post-punk rhythms into stripped-down funk tunes, too (“Tight Score”). But Thracian mostly takes place in the intersection of the clear and the clangorous, the human sexy and robot harsh. Which is a pretty nice place to be. Just takes some time to get there."

Review by Etan Rosenbloom, Prefix Magazine (Feb 11, 2009)
www.prefixmag.com/reviews/eagle-and-talon/thracian/25289/

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"Fans of Mary Timony, Sleater-Kinney, and the Breeders' Pod will love Thracian, the first full-length record from Eagle and Talon, two girls from L.A. who conjure heavy, rattling sounds from their drum, guitar, and keyboard. The songs are sinister and sweet, a little goofy around the edges, and a perfect antidote to all the magisterial synth irony that's been all the rage."

Review by Carlene Bauer, ELLE (June 15, 2009)
www.elle.com/pop-culture/reviews/listen-up-july-music-327707

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VIDEOS
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"Ice Life" directed by Max Goldblatt, danced by E&T and friends
youtu.be/Qa41NOAQ2aY


"Hot Caught" (live), shot by Mike Corwin
youtu.be/2F1iuPDHZBg


"We Were Figs" (live), shot by Mike Corwin
youtu.be/vsHFAR06Df4

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eagle and talon Los Angeles, California

LA-based experimental rock duo Eagle and Talon have been confusing people since their formation. Splicing angular guitars and intricate rhythms with casio and scraps of musical theater, Kim and Alice Talon forge a sound that makes you wonder whether you’re being pet by a kitten or mauled by a lynx. ... more

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Track Name: Hot Caught
HOT CAUGHT

and it’s working, its so tropical
gushing, with no seeds
we don’t get tired, our hands stay soft
and you’re all that I see when he’s not with me

when you get hot caught, when you get hot caught
when you get hot caught, that’s when you’ll come

I wanna come over too, I love that beach
and the fires they build, they’re so orange
blazing, like those horses do
when they’ve got a race to lose

I like women, I like mannequins
and I don’t build fires for myself
I’m a chimney sweep cleaning up the mess
it’s too gray ashed, too gray ashed,
it’s too gray

when you get hot caught, when you get hot caught
when you get hot caught, that’s when you’ll come
Track Name: All of My Guardians
ALL OF MY GUARDIANS

drop my hands off in the fire
drop my arms off in the fire
and I don’t know if you’re going to go
I don’t know if you’re going to take me too,
take me too

I’ve got grass stains on my knees
from the way you dragged me across the lake
I was just waiting for it to change
and I’ll keep praying but I’m not going

werewolf you wear me out

I’ve got knots in, under my skin
from the way you pushed hard down on the ice
I was just skating for it to change
and I’ll keep praying, but i’m not going
and I’ll rip it off, I’ll take your tag
you summon on, like I never had
and I don’t know, if you’re going to take me too
I don’t know if you’re going to take me too,
take me too

werewolf you wear me out

I’'ve rubber tires as my teeth
the others fallen down, from where you kicked me
my mouth drives trucks now, if you didn't know
and yes they're charging

all of my guardians all my groves
Track Name: The All Best
THE ALL BEST

two can make it up, it’s the last time to
be destructive, it’s the all best
into the hush hush tights
it’s the best goal to stick to
it’s a temptress ever after

good luck, you'll need some
very good luck

into mind it starts, that we caught after
it’s the anxious way to be had
into the hush hush tights
it’s the best goal to stick to
it’s a temptress ever after

good luck, you'll need a sistine
Track Name: Georgia
GEORGIA

babies I hate to be the one who knows
that dr. president wants to take your fingers for dollars
this little piggy goes to the diamond market
this little piggy goes to the butcher shop
this little pig goes to a pair of sneakers
made by a baby just like you

yeah your momma’s probably going to cry
and your daddy will protect you, well he’ll try
but how can you hide from the dragons of destruction?
how little kids they just don’t realize
the price of their extinction
can help to drive all the cars
on the freeways of the world

they’ll trade a baby for a lap dance
they’ll trade a baby for a double latte
they’ll trade a baby for a new car
a baby for a facelift for your wife

it’s not a hold on to your hat, kids,
it’s a hold on to your homes
because the moths have arrived
they want to eat through your clothes
surrounding your schools because
they want you to learn
their dinner party’s tonight
all eyes on the caviar ‘cause they like little eggs
the younger the feed, the better it gets
because the youngest feed is the future of the enemies

they’ll trade a finger for a fur coat
they’ll trade a finger for a cut and blow dry
they’ll trade a finger for a silk scarf
a finger for a hamburger with fries

one day you should ask yourself a question
would you give up your hand for a handful of lives?
would you give up your tongue for a mouthful of voices?
would you give a glass of blood to help someone survive?
or do you give yourself over to a country, a country of
hot country
Track Name: Ice Life
ICE LIFE

cookies baked with cutters, cookie cutters pull the shutters
over eyes that dare to flutter beneath sheets under the covers
my lashes blink like razors cutting through the down filled pillows
ripping feathers through the bedroom like a secret slumber party

out of the oven comes the cookies
perfectly uniformed tucked and bowing
to the labels, to the suits
to the television hands and knees, screaming

‘cause I am the snowman, I’m the abominable snowman
my tummy’s big and white so I can plow you over and over
my arms are sticks, my hands are mitts ‘cause I’m the abominable snowman
watch your fires, watch your pits ‘cause I will freeze you like hell freezing over

lying in the sunbed makeup
melting off like globs off icing
is anyone watching?
‘cause I’m so hungry, I lick me fingers,
I lick my fingers my fingers of icing

take your SAT’s take your ACT’s
let ‘em standardize, standardize test you
here’s a vogue magazine, go upstairs and study
the test date is tomorrow

(((hawk can, hawk can bend, hawk can see
I cannot straighten my esses
distants say they say it's asking season
I'll take my plate over there
for all I can see I'd rather take it raw
don't give a rat's head if it's alright, it's awry)))

have you done your reps? have you changed your hair?
have you changed your mind? there’s nail polish everywhere

‘cause I am the snowman, I’m the abominable snowman
my tummy’s big and white so I can plow you over and over
my arms are sticks, my hands are mitts ‘cause I’m the abominable snowman
watch your fires, watch your pits ‘cause I will freeze you like hell freezing over

all the good things that don't come back to us
it don't know how to be the expert all claw
Track Name: It's a Fortress
IT’S A FORTRESS

take me out for a treat, because I’m useless with rings
long gloved accessory- just a cover for stitches
but it’s a fortress, the one they talk about
and the ribbons are long, so you can tie them down
it’s the necktie, that they scream about

you cannot crow like the others ‘cause they’re calling you and you saw
you cannot crow, for the like, for the like

undress me, don’t take it off
I’ve got thorns there, under my stockings
stockings, roll them down
I’ve got a secret, bend down,
but it’s a fortress, the one they talk about
and the ribbons are long, so you can tie them down
it’s the necktie, that they scream about

you cannot crow like the others ‘cause they’re calling you and you saw
you cannot crow, for the like, for the like

go sore, go sorer
Track Name: Moisturizer (Wheat Calls)
MOISTURIZER (WHEAT CALLS)

going to the guesthouse, gonna write it all down
lie on the kitchen floor and sharpen the knives
the sun's out today like it was yesterday, can't even keep my eyes half open
someone turned out the lights, someone turned out the lights

my face is itchy all the time

the hostess is thirsty from breaking the stories
her mouth's full of salt and she can't find the water
put up your hair, put up your hands, drink a bottle of hand sanitizer
it won't let you down, it won't let you down

my face is itchy
all the time my face is itchy
all the time

you've got to moisturize her, caulk up the lines
don't let anyone know how long you've been here
moisturizer, caulk up the lines
don't let anyone know how long it's been
Track Name: One Lark
ONE LARK

one lark or another you’re going to find
one lark or another
going to cut it together it will be fine
going to cut it together
going to keep it in my locket for the cost of the storage
going to keep it in my locket
one lark or
one lark or

I got harder and you got deeper in my spine the sword is sticking out
inseam it’s in the inseam and though I’ve cut you, please do not cut me
keep digging for diamonds for all those hands

keep digging for diamonds
they get all righteous we won’'t defend
they get all righteous
going to keep it in my locket for the cost of the storage
one lark or
one lark or

I got harder and you got deeper in my spine the sword is sticking out
inseam it’s in the inseam and though I’ve cut you,
please do not cut me
getting all ripe, 'cause it's the wildest way it seems to be cashed out cashed out
dust like, cashed out and softening
won’t stay soft for the weakest
Track Name: Tight Score
TIGHT SCORE

hey can you tell me how she's doing
hey can you tell me
how she's doing

you know you know
white daughter's got the tight score

hey doesn't she wanna know I haven't been to work in seven days
hey doesn't she care the bathmat's filling up

you know you know
white daughter's got the tight score

a rolling stone gathers its clothes and pushes out the door
don't bother changing the locks
a rolling stone gathers up speed once it kicks itself free
don't think it's all your fault

you can operate on me
all the things they say alone
you can operate on me
you can't wait to cut me up
all the things that are alone
you can't wait to cut me up
(I know she put you through the most hair-raising times
but you came out fine, yeah you came out fine)

hey can you tell me where she's gone
hey can you tell me where she's gone

you know you know
white daughter's got the tight score

you can operate on me
all the things they say alone
you can operate on me
you can't wait to cut me up
all the things that are alone
you can't wait to cut me up
(I know she put you through the most hair-raising times
but you came out fine)
Track Name: Coast That's Closest
COAST THAT’S CLOSEST

steal those days in nets
swept up with violence
cage, caught up and locked
flat crow pressed in the pages
he’s the hardest, hardest ghost I know
he’s white, like a phantom

wasn’t through when the sand ran out
like to work my fingers to the bone
treadmill me till the white pokes out
pick the coast that’s closest

(((all the scattered
times when
up like dried ice
all the islands ended
pick the closest)))

rummage through the leaves
you’ll find fire in the pile
and lift the veil for all to see
you’ll find coat hanger heartache
he’s the hardest, hardest ghost I know
he’s white, like a phantom

wasn’t through when the sand ran out
like to work my fingers to the bone
treadmill me till the white pokes out
pick the coast that’s closest
pick the coast that’s closest
Track Name: We Were Figs
WE WERE FIGS

you sense I’m half there, and you’re right
it dreams like hot times
are we miraging? are we oasis?
q q the desert

tell the task to do it, uncut sawed up
that severed skull is not the only one
to be honest there's no dead half to compete with
all one

palm springs is harmony
and it’s so right
count the sand castle
cracked nails and score
cracked nails and scorpion
you are the hole in one

tell the task to do it, uncut sawed up
that severed skull is not the only one
to be honest there's no dead half to compete with
all one
the hard grows into another one to another one
cannot finish no, we’re not the hidden land
turn on the other one, into another one
it's another one, we're not the hidden land