Universe in Me

by Nathan Eliot

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Teaming up with a few of his favorite Twin Cities musicians and Grammy-nominated producer Andy Thompson, Nathan Eliot is proud to release his debut album, Universe in Me, on March 28th, 2014 at the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis. The Lynn O’Brien Trio and Verskotzi will open.

A new video by Jason Schumacher featuring the album’s first single, “Brain Break,” is now available online: youtu.be/WVs14lJEkpk

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released March 28, 2014

Produced by Andy Thompson and Nathan Eliot
Mastered by Greg Reierson at Rare Form Mastering

RECORDED BY JOSEPH BARKER IN COLUMBUS, OH; APRIL 2013
Kay Barker: additional vocals on 8
Nathan Eliot: guitars, mandola, guitalele, electric bass, Rhodes, vocals on all tracks but 5

RECORDED BY ANDY THOMPSON AT THE LIBRARY RECORDING STUDIO IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN; AUGUST 31, 2013
Andy Thompson: drums on 8
Alexander Young: drums on 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
Andrew Foreman: upright bass on 5, 6, 10
Nathan Eliot: electric guitar on 2, 5, 6

RECORDED BY ANDY THOMPSON IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN; SPRING 2013 TO WINTER 2014
Andy Thompson: keys, sounds, percussion, slide guitar on 1, acoustic guitar on 8
Dan Lawonn: cello on 3, 7, 8, 9
Nathan Eliot: vocals, mandola, guitars, electric bass

All songs written by Nathan Eliot (ASCAP), except 2 written by Nathan Eliot and Molly Rowan (ASCAP), and lyrics for 10 by Rumi.
Published by Space Acorn Media (ASCAP).

Kaley Moradian: album art
Dan Norman: photos
Wolf&Fox Design Studio: album layout

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Teaming up with a few of his favorite Twin Cities musicians and Grammy-nominated producer Andy Thompson, Nathan Eliot is proud to release his debut album, Universe in Me, on March 28th, 2014 at the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis.

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Track Name: Heart Benders
You have water to be quenched
Walk on earth to not be drenched
Fire only burns
But air returns

We have no control over the beats
So we mold in earth
and squeeze in between sheets

We are heart benders
We are thirst quenchers
We are pioneers
We are trailblazers

We are heart benders
We are bench warmers
We are volunteers
We are game changers
Track Name: Write a Song
Write a song; the night is just an angsty adolescent
Right or wrong, the end justifies journey over lesson

Is it a fear that you won’t find your path of breadcrumbs back home?
Is it a wolf that stalks your ‘hood, smells blood, sees red riding through snow?

Spin a story: someone’s glory other than your own
Based on true events or pure invention, set in tone

Is it coincidence we seek to share in richer harmony?
Is it coagulation blocking veins or do deities choose me?

I have a prophecy of promise / progress
in the privacy of my own song
This cannot be pure fantasy

What came first? The earthly egg the chicken star gave birth to
What comes next? The dragons stretch the globe that we never knew

Is it a fear that you won’t hear the answers, asking alone?
Is it the man who carves commandments and enforces them with stones?
Track Name: Ever-Expanding (We)
Ever-expanding exponentially,
phasing ice from sea
We might be so lucky graced with eyes to see

Universe in me extraordinarily
pains my ecstasy
We might be conducting electricity unintentionally

“We” is just another word for us
Tree: always a giver that we trust
We lie down before the tank and bus ‘til they rust
or we’re dust again

Peace is the majority value
At very least, freedom of choice should be yours too

Never narrowing, next generating
facing life’s disease
We might be so lucky, spaced in time to breathe

One more verse in me, extra credit for the key,
painting harmony
We might be channeling Bach to Ligeti unintentionally
Track Name: Huff and Puff
If I were committed,
I’d use a pen instead
No eraser head
Once it has bled enough, the writing is so rough
And chicken scratch is a bluff
when critics are too tough

Huff and puff and blow your house down
Huff and puff and blow your house up
Huff and puff and pick your house up
Huff and puff and build your house up

If I were permitted,
I’d kiss your neck instead
of hand or cheek or head
Once we’ve waited enough, our rhythm is so rough
But practice makes perfect love
Your body is a glove

From straw to stick to stone, I own this plot
I draw the trick, the card you thought you sought
From strum to pick on you, the time I bought
I lay the brick, the mortar will not rot
Track Name: Brain Break
I can see two galaxies colliding before my eyes
Am I anxious of the fact
that this I’m viewing is the past?
Further and further we drift from each other

Will we ever crunch back again
to singularity?
A paradox of gravity:
are we too dense to know infinity?

Give your brain a break
For your noggin’s sake
Wring it like a sponge behind your eyes
Sing it from your lungs to hide your cries
(Lay it on the table ‘til it dries)

I can hear two melodies conspiring before my ears
Am I proud to be adept? The evidence I do adapt

Further and further, one thought to another
Soaking and wringing, unspoken now singing

We'll never be this young again
So innocent and pure
Will ever stop picturing
great things billions of years my senior?
Track Name: Entropy
Bouncing balls: who can predict where they land?
Rousing calls: who can predict where they branch?
Family tree: further from symmetry
Entropy: we can predict disorderly conduct

We are haystack needles with evolving empathy
We build tall casinos, gambling up our treasury
Unlike hives or anthills, teeming with telepathy,
we dig mines and landfills, adding to our entropy

Drop an egg; we know the path it will take
‘Til it breaks, we know the mess it will make:
on the floor, never to be restored
At the core, we know to grow
while forgetting wherefore

If you knew what I am about to say,
would you sooner try to take my breath astray?

The arrow of time is irreversible
The arrow of time is irresistible
The arrow of time is unmistakable
The arrow of time is inescapable
Track Name: No Way Out
There’s no way out
There’s no way out
You find it hard to believe in God
You find it hard to believe in yourself

Waiting on your ride
to pick you up at night

There’s no night here
Only day, dear
You find it hard believing with no precedent
You find it hard proceeding in the present tense

Waiting on your christ
to lift you through the skies

There’s no life here
Only death, dear

We’ve nothing to fear but fear itself
You find yourself agreeing with a President

You find yourself planting all the evidence
You find yourself challenging the common sense
You find yourself dreaming of committing sins

There’s no way out
There’s no way out

If God is love, then all my friends are heavenly
Your body’s bread is risen with no leavening
Track Name: Life Is an Island
I am under the impression
that time moves in just one direction
I can see dead stars in action
and nothing breaks black hole’s attraction

Life is an island in a great blue ocean
under atmosphere; don’t fear the sun’s embrace
In a solar system of rotating orbs
Three of ours could fit in the gas giant’s storm

In between two spiraling arms
of hundreds of billions of stars
I’m in awe

I am over the expression
that space is all in three dimensions
I cannot see what strings connect us
but light waves ripple out to protect and detect us

Always searching for the perfect sphere
Always wondering why we go in circles
Always yearning for a purpose here

Life is an island in a deep blue ocean
under an atmosphere; don’t fear the sun’s embrace

I am under the impression
I am over the expression
I am onto you
Track Name: Give Me Release
Give me restriction; I’ll know my boundaries,
I’ll find my freedom, I’ll take my treasure
Give me reaction; I’ll glow my energies,
I’ll sense my substance, I’ll gain my grounding

Give me release
Give me release

Give me redirection I will follow
I’ll come around, I will claim my crown
Give me reassurance I will buy into
Later to bloom, I run out of room

Give me release
Give me release

Give me repetition; I’ll be comforted

Give me recital; I’ll bring my outside voice
I’ll play the lead just to make a scene
Track Name: What Was Said
“What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest.” - Rumi