Nostalgia and Amnesia

by Benjie Loveless

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My new record. Nostalgia and Amnesia.

It is an intimate record. No synthetic ethereal atmospherics or reverb added to fill voids. For the most part it is there in the room with you.

It is a guitar record. Though you will hear sounds alluding to and playing the role of horns, strings and organs, synth etc., every sound was made with good ol' acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, bass and drums. Tons of riffs.

Its a rock and roll record. Intro, outro, Part A, Part B, a bridge and a solo/ instrumental break here and there but for the most part it gets to the point and is indulgent only in texture and color..not in structural experiment. You can tap your foot and drum on your steering wheel, I have danced to it. Yes the notes are chords are bobbing and weaving but you could probably play along with only a few notes if you so desired.

It is an american record. Many little nods to my more euro heroes such as Brian Eno etc but at its core you will hear the soul/country/hilllbilly/blues/jazz influences without the generic Retro production mimicry that is so popular of late.

Its a fun, sometimes humorous and emotional record with little overt irony, goofiness or melodrama. Its the real thing. You should listen to it, start to finish, very loudly.

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released November 23, 2015

Written, arranged, performed, engineered, mixed and mastered, cover art by Benjie Loveless:
Vocals, electric guitars, effected guitars, acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, six string banjo, drums
Cover models: Sarah Jacklin, Craig Colletta

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Benjie Loveless Baltimore, Maryland

Normal music for weird people. Salty New Wave Americana singer songwriter with a introspective black humor, a moral nihilism and a mostly harmless misanthropic spirituality. Born and Bred in Baltimore , Maryland.

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Track Name: Collapse
There is a danger of an imminent collapse
See it for yourself our foundation is cracked
The evidence mounts in stacks and stacks
but we are soon to forget it

Busy Building our house of traps while we set off every one.
Everything we have has fallen in our laps
We've got the luck of the rabbit but we never earned nothing

Don't be shocked, Don't be amazed
We should of seen it coming from a mile away
Don't be shocked, don't be amazed
You knew we had it coming from a mile away

Gather all our dreams and pack them like a rat
Into the warmest hole we can afford
Busy building this house of wax
and I can't trust your warm hand no more

There is a danger of an imminent collapse
See it for yourself our foundation is cracked
The evidence mounts in stacks and stacks
but it is too much to bare and it's too much to change.

Don't be shocked, Don't be amazed
We should of seen it coming from a mile away
Don't be shocked, don't be amazed
You knew we had it coming from a decade away
Track Name: Holy Erection
Maybe the reasons are equivalent to action
too many achievements and no satisfaction
Wouldn't be treason if i were to change my dreams
If I were to change my scenes and associations

I see the reason is equivalent to action
too many bereavements and time spent in traction
It would be treason if i weren't to ditch this scene
If I weren't to treat my dreams as obligations.

Maybe the reasons are equivalent to action
Too many achievements and no satisfaction
It would be treason if i didn't change my dreams
If i weren't to change my scenes and associations


Now is the season of my holy erection
No more genuflecting to these flaccid dejections
It would be treason If i weren't to ditch this scene
If i didn't treat my dreams as obligations.
Track Name: Jargon Bargain
Pushing shoving and falling, hammers running through my veins
I don't want no bargain but i want to know what i paid for
I can hear you calling but there ain't no phone ringing nowhere
If you find me crawling will you let me in again

Well worth the pain

Slipping tripping and stalling, bending on broken knees
I'm so sick of this jargon, can't we say what we really mean
Slip you fingers in my fingers, stop this pointing and screaming
Slip your fingers in my fingers and walk away with me.
Track Name: Judith The Truth Is
Oh Judith the truth is you're as crazy as me
I see the mirror in your eyes and I want to run away
I see the mirror in your eye and I cry, how much I love you
I see the mirror in your eyes and I know I should leave

Oh Judith the truth is I loved you the best
Oh Judith the proof is I was blind to see
How I must have tormented the rest and how easy it is to invest
In another scar hearted black hole like me

Oh Judith the truth is leaving you is leaving myself
I see the mirror in my eyes and the promise fades away
I see the mirror in my eyes and I cry how close we came
I see the mirror in my eyes and there's no one staring back.
Track Name: Natural State
Fear of man and fear and fear of death
Bringing up the rear with the fear of the species

Fear of failure and fear of success
Bringing up the rear with the fear of decision

Well I'm afraid to stay in motion, afraid to remain at rest
Bringing up the rear with the fear that it will always be this way

Fear of the worst that the best has to offer yet
Bringing up the rear with the fear of superiors

Fear of the flag and our country tis' of thee
Bringing up the rear with the fear of the nation

Fear of all they hear and fear of all they see
Bringing up the rear with the fear of surveillance

Fear of true believers and what they believe me to be
Bring up the rear with the fear of reprimands

I'm afraid of my natural ways and If i keep them secret will it keep me safe
I'm afraid of the national state and if i keep their secrets will they keep me safe.

Fear of the hateful and their easy loyalties
Bringing up the rear with the fear of the stupid

Fear of the peaceful on their surrendering knees
Bringing up the rear with the fear of pacifists

Fear of the needful and their survival instincts
Bringing up the rear with the fear of the poor.

Fear of the greedful as they drink us to the brink
Bringing up the rear with the fear of the rich

Fear of the creedful and the slogans they think that they think
Bringing up the rear with the fear of the faithful

I'm afraid of my natural ways and If i keep them secret will it keep me safe
I'm afraid of the national state and if i keep their secrets will they keep me safe.

I'm afraid of my natural ways and If i keep them secret will it keep me safe
I'm afraid of the national state and if i keep their secrets will they keep me safe.

I'm afraid of my natural ways and If i keep them secret will it keep me safe
I'm afraid of the national state and if i keep their secrets will they keep me safe.
Track Name: Second Coming
Rescue is on the way, you cried.
Oh no you didn't go and call the rangers
Why do you have it stuck in your skull...
That when you see me down, you think I'm in danger
Just you wait and see
I'll be rising from the dead like i was born in a manger
Weighed down by this harrowing hell
If you close that lid, you'll hear me ringing the bell of the

Second coming, Second coming
The second coming is coming for you
Second Coming, just play dumb and
The Second coming is gonna see us through.

Untrue. Lies Lies Lies
The scales of delusion have fallen from my eyes
Call it mania, euphoria or epiphany
Call it what you will but you ain't seen the last of me
How could you ever understand ?
I have seen the light like no other man..in this

Second coming, best start running
The second coming is coming for you
Second Coming, just play dumb and
The Second coming is gonna see us through.

Second coming, best start running
The second coming is coming for you
Second Coming, just play dumb and
The Second coming is gonna run it through.
Track Name: Subsidence
Subsidence opens and guides us. The net it widens and tightens
I thought I was struck by lightning. It burns like anthracite does
You cling to me like static. I can't see in your attic
What are you hiding in there ? Is that my scalp or a lock of your hair ?

To hell with you and this necrophilia
To hell with you , this nostalgia and amnesia
To hell with you , Back to hell with you
To hell with you and the man who let you in here.

Stay here and dream where you are, the future is chaste and stillborn
The future is past and neutered. The future cannot last.
Collusion of the pleasured flesh. Collision of the mending mesh
Tare tears to rags. Tear it all to shreds.

To hell with you and this necrophilia
To hell with you , Nostalgia and amnesia
To hell with you , Back to hell with you
To hell with you and the man who let you in here.
Track Name: Until Love Renews
Its gonna beat you black, beat you blue
Until love renews
and your colors run true

It will leave you hungry, everyday is make do
Until love renews
and you've had your fill on feast day

All this take it or leave it, whats up your sleeve it
Its all a ruse
and then love renews

Misconstrued. Diametrically opposed points of view
Until Love renews
and you need no one to perceive it

Refute and abrogate. Trial by peer review
Until Love renews
and no one needs to believe it

Relinquish and bequeath. Commit and remit with no breakthrough
Until love renews
and no one needs to receive it.

When love renews
and its just for you
When Love renews
and you do with it what you choose.