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The Beach

by Amiture

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1.
Thief 03:45
All around me while wild fire All around me wild wild fire See you now Be you on the road That's all right How did I keep on going I fight fire and I need you back I'll be around I fight fire and I need you now You beat the dog All around me there's a fire burning All lonely, how did I keep on going? Man I miss Everyday I think I think I think I think about you That's all I wanted To know that our heart's syncopated You are a liar and I am thief I better get used to the way this feels Something out there doesn't got me real I better get used to the way this feels I better get used to the way this feels You are a liar and I am thief
2.
Say It Back 04:33
I still have the picture that you made me I still have the drawing on the wall You will never leave my mind like that again You will never leave my house like that again Baby I say it You say it back Nowhere in the light And I will find out before my life is gone Is this the end of time? A history forgotten by the one The house is raining inside And I see you in every clock in my mind And I'd die to see you come back again To see you come back again yeah Why did I let myself sleep Baby the rules are too hard to keep Why did I let myself cry Why did I think that I would die Who will help you come back Who will help you to see Who will make you understand me Who will help you change your ways I believe the crime can be forgiven I believe the night is all you put in it Who will help you believe me I never wanted to see you Because I had to hate you Won't you let me hate you
3.
Touch 03:46
Be in the way It's electric shock Remember the time You knew it would work You've been a dirty little liar It's mine now. You live a dirty little life You will never be mine now I won This game You called Drying up I saw the same It broke him That man You lose in me You're running away When you touch me I feel like I'm dying now When you touch me It's like the world disappears now It's like overload of life And that's the way that I like it It's like the fire in me Get's you over the wire I let you dream for years, You dream about your dream But what about me What about my dreams I won This game You called Drying up I saw the same It broke him That man You lose in me
4.
Thaw 02:47
I have a question The beat bends back To eleven Why do you want me Why do you want me Why This is everywhere I know why The warming of the day The morning was a wave wrought I don't wanna know the way Did you know it in the thaw But you can't understand Did you know it in the thaw But you can't understand yeah Now it doesn't seem right To be in there To be the one to bite I don't deny you now The line the sky The dance in the sound Now Here we go Where did you go? A fire come We fight alone Where did you go?
5.
Slide In 02:27
I wanna go slow I want you to take control I wanna go insane I wanna take you to the next level I need a bagpipe So I can blow up every night I go to Singapore I need to transfer to the next flight right? He who understands his way out Opens 13 doors to the south And I called from a western town To see what it was about Take it Hold it Hold it Slide Funk it Get it Put you up on it Hold it Slide I see Duh Two for me Love
6.
The Beach 03:23
I was on that train last night The same old one we used to dream about Heading down down to the shore Ready to tell myself not to look back They say it takes time plus space What happens when they look at you I guess that's just the way things go I guess that's just the way they look at me Going down down at the beach It must have been around a year ago I guess that's just the way things go I guess that's just the way things go And I'm staring out that window out at the sea There I see the rare reflection of you and me The dog is racing Down from the other side of the hill The dog is racing Down from the other side of the hill I'm just swimming away
7.
Operator 03:05
At night you know I'm just looking at my phone At night you know God watches me unfold There's a pounding in my chest It won't stop It won't rest Until I take that test At night you know God looks at me through my phone Maybe I go away Maybe I skip this town Maybe you cover your eyes Maybe one more exception Baby don't you know God is watching you through the phone At night you know Light is drawn through the shoulder At night you know My heart is like a stone Burns you with a rope In LA they go Out at night and in the shoals TV on the road
8.
Dream 04:12
Finally out the door Moment astray Going away So I learned to keep quiet I learned to keep quiet I am better than this I am better than this
9.
Last Exit 02:40
Why? I knew that I would hustle for weeks And why did I give it back to hustle for you And why, I open my mouth for you Closed it back Come up wide for you I have a little crossing guard Open shouting you came into my life like a glove When we talk about it talk about it keep me in the dark about it I can't stand to hear anymore But I knew about it knew about it felt it in my bones about it Baby I have to go I am laughing at life a lot it's just a joke one day at a time I know Fight got ready to bite every night oh baby don't want you to go yeah I wish I could be the first like you were mine I know what I want I wish I could be the first like you were mine I know what I want
10.
Let's Talk 04:55

about

Amiture is a New York City musician and filmmaker. Having grown up in the American South, his story begins in the heavy, humid air of Virginia and finds itself now in the vaporized bodily aether of the New York dance floor. This perspective is conveyed in his music with a certain darkness, narrative patience, and indeterminacy. Images of love, loss, and desire puncture the danceable rhythms and lend an emotional consistency that carries the listener through his debut record, The Beach.

Amiture is pleased in conjuring a sonic world that can appear veiled—and even playfully illegible. His character is that of a narrator condemned to give form to a series of events that may bear no meaning in their association, but all of which are packed tight with emotion, interest, and memory. He keeps his own dignity by taunting the listener, but only a little bit. The Beach pursues this meandering expressivity with grace.

In his prior musical work, Amiture used his given name, Jack Whitescarver. Under this name, he spent about two years touring the music that would become The Beach along with his older catalog of sparse, experimental, and sometimes humorous music. The songs that make up Amiture’s debut took their form in front of live audiences that placed what-would-become-Amiture’s music in the worlds of acts like Pelada, Kedr Livansky, and Minimal Violence.

Listening to the music & lyrics of The Beach is like using a fading flashlight to illuminate a cave—where one is unsure of whether they are on their way out or if they are just getting deeper. This journey, however, is reprised and explored with club beats, pop melodies, and a production fidelity that couples creative ambition and spatial darkness in ways not unlike the baroque pop masterpieces of late 1960s Scott Walker. The Beach can be a pop album or it can be a broody meditation—this choice is up to the listener.

The music of Amiture also have a filmic quality to them, one that adds a VHS sheen to the diaristic aura of this body of songs. The tracks “Touch,” “The Beach,” and “Let’s Talk" display this characteristic best. On “The Beach,” Amiture sings, “And I’m staring out that window out at the sea—There I see the rare reflection of you and me—The dog is racing down from the other side of the hill.” It is in the simultaneity of feeling and image that Amiture’s music feels born of a cinematic instinct—nothing is explained but everything is on display.

Amiture’s sound exists in the vast in-betweens of Kate Bush and Suicide, or Throbbing Gristle and Prince. It nods to contemporary club, dance, & sound music while paying homage to melody and lyricism. The Beach, however, is not an attempt at staking a flag in some unknown sonic universe, either. The textures, lyrics, and imagery are indeed referential, but they aim to be so in such a way that deepens the listener’s aesthetic & emotional understanding of said references. This is an album that unearths the roots systems of meaning of seemingly familiar plant life—but these revealed limbs may leave more questions than they give answers. The Beach is a reminder that even universal feelings can appear more alien than familiar under close inspection.

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released March 19, 2021

All tracks produced by Amiture - with Tom Moore
Vocal engineering by Jesse Paller and Sasha Stroud
All tracks written by Jack Whitescarver
Except Track 3 written by Jack Whitescarver/Henry Birdsey
All Instrumentation by Jack Whitescarver
Except Tracks 3, 4, 6, & 9 featuring Pedal Steel and Fiddle performed by Henry Birdsey
Recorded 2019-2020 at Artifact Studios in Maspeth, Queens and at Meriden HQ in New Haven, CT
Mixed by Nancy Conforti
Mastered by Ruben Radlauer

Special Thanks to Vanessa Kotovich, Boothe Carlson, Emily Lyon, Julian Dime, Anna Witenberg, and Cyrus Duff

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