THRACIAN

by eagle and talon

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Hot Caught 03:58
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
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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
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The All Best 04:16
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
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Georgia 04:47
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
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Ice Life 02:52
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
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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
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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
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One Lark 04:45
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
9.
Tight Score 05:00
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)
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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
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We Were Figs 04:29
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

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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 3.
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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released June 23, 2009

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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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