Actual Replica Vol. II

by the Soil & the Sun

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Actual Replica Vol. I & II began in January 2015 as our attempt at putting together a 4th full length album. Due to a series of changes within the band and in the name of forward progress, these songs were then shelved and nearly forgotten. By the time of the eventual dispersion of the band, they had been buried in the archives on a dusty hard drive. Revisited over two years later, the songs felt like they wanted to be heard and seemed worth sharing. Consider them items from a time capsule of late 2014/early 2015 the Soil & the Sun. At the same time, however strangely, the songs appear to be more personally relevant, and maybe they will also make sense as a part of the broader context in which we currently exist. Wherever they find you, I hope that you find them enjoyable and meaningful. Thanks for listening. With love from the Soil & the Sun.

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released May 25, 2017

Recorded at our home in Grand Rapids, MI and at Audiotree Studios in Chicago, IL.

Engineered by Alex McGrath and Rick Fritz

Mixed and Mastered by Alex McGrath

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Track Name: You, Anything For
You could be the one who I would die for
Fill my lungs with lye for
And be the one I could cry for
Break my heart inside for

You, anything for

You could be the one
I would set fire for
Lie in the flame and writhe for
And be the one I go blind for
Gladly lose my mind for

You, anything for

(Casio flute solo)

You could be the one
Who I would bleed for
Salt in my wound and seethe for
And be the one I don't breathe for
Cover my eyes and believe for

You, anything for
Track Name: Strange Interpretation
You can open every doorway
And never leave the room
You can curate every fantasy
And never see what's true

But you already know that
There's nothing left to prove

So take its worth and weigh it
It all amounts to nothing in the end

There's a picture of a picture
On every single screen
On purpose accidentally
On the wall of the museum

But you don't need me to tell you
That it doesn't mean a thing

So take its worth and weigh it
It all amounts to nothing in the end

(E-bow solo)

It's a strange interpretation
All colorful and bright
A forced perspective portrait
Of manipulated light

But you already heard that
It's all a waste of time
Yeah you already know that
It's heavy on your mind
No I don't need to tell you
What's weighing on the line
Because you already know that

Now the only thing worth being
Is impossible to be
Yeah the only dream worth dreaming now
Is a new reality

And I hate to disappoint you
But I wouldn't count on me

So take it all and make it
Into something worth it in the end
Track Name: Baby Don't
Shoeless and terrified
Left it all at the poolside
Heartbroken misty-eyed
All alone in the cruel night
Never gave a reason why

Strung out and sanctified
Lay it down and open wide
Star-struck and fantasized
Broken body no appetite
Couldn't give up, couldn't try

And I can't lie

So don't hold nothing back
Baby, don't hold nothing back
Cuz there's nothing wrong with that
It just hurts sometimes

Sun sick and mystified
Disappearing like poltergeist
Hung up and left to dry
Bleeding out under an arid sky
Digging in to pay the price

But I'll be fine

So don't hold nothing back
Baby, don't hold nothing back
No, there's nothing wrong with that
It just hurts sometimes

And I can't lie
But I'll be fine

(Guitar solo)

Don't hold nothing back
Baby, don't hold nothing back
Cuz there's nothing wrong with that
It's true