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Rain in to the Sea

by David Shultz and The Skyline

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1.
Against Nothing (free) 04:43
Against nothing am I leaning And yet nowhere am I falling The sun is up, the day is new. Yes, these mornings are so fleeting And I fear that I am stalling I know I have some work to do. It was the loudest thought I ever thought Un-muffled and direct gun shot Through and through Against nothing am I leaning And yet nowhere am I falling Save for this photograph of you. It has come to my attention That my work ethic is appalling My lack of interest continues to accrue. And I know I must have mentioned That I couldn't have helped but calling It crossed my mind what could I do. It was the loudest though I ever thought...
2.
Breaking Beauty (free) 03:44
From bud to breaking beauty Aching youth The painful pull of gravity The clanging pots and pans Stacked so disorderly The racing moon The ocean's changing currency How it pulls the sand from under me. Now I'm waiting here for you You don't want me around No, you don't want me around. And yes, your spine Laid out crooked and calm A boardwalk for my palms. Against our love A single pane Storm stained But still letting light Shine bright on the table. From bud to breaking beauty Aching youth The painful pull of gravity The clanging pots and pans Stacked so disorderly The racing moon The ocean's changing currency How it pulls the sand from under me. Call out my name You look to the sky You look to the ground But I'm nowhere to be found. Yes, your eyes Move me when my soul is still The wine and the cup it can fill. Against our love A single pain Storm stained But still letting light Shine bright in the bedroom. From bud to breaking beauty...
3.
Hide Me (free) 03:19
Like the lake Your eyes are dancing with the moon You're quietly but surely making moves The light, it ain't afraid of you I'd like you take Anything at all you wanted to Anything at all inside this room The light, it ain't afraid of you When you go It still shows Don't need to talk about What we already know You can't hide me And when I wake I rise and reminisce about the moon The quietly but surely well made moves The night, it ain't afraid of you I'd let you break Anything at all you wanted to Anything at all inside this room The night, it ain't afraid of you And when you go It still shows Don't need to talk about what we already know You can't hide me Like the lake You calmly invite me in to the blue You're quietly but surely making moves And I, I ain't afraid of you I'd let you shake Anything at all you wanted to Anything at all inside this room And I, I ain't afraid of you When you go It still shows Don't need to talk about what we already know You can't hide me
4.
Fallen Tree (free) 03:34
Step over the fallen tree Jump the rocks and cross the creek Break the branches underneath Something there reminds you of me Shadows slope in harmony The fence post and bird beak Crush an apple in your teeth Something there reminds you of me But I'm not the right one to ask about That feeling that you might never sort it out It just happens I guess it always will The music has to end For a while Then it starts again Cast the line then reel it in Wipe the water off your chin Bait the hook again Something there reminds you of when Castles of moonlight and wet fins The reflections on the camera lens Close your eyes and count to ten Something there reminds you of when But I'm not the right one to ask about...
5.
Down The Road (free) 02:52
Down the road is a place I know a little bit about The big oak trees have A couple of rings That are made of sound Still that thunder Shakes the shingles Of the neighbor's house The evening air will raise you up And it'll sit you down Burn that candle bright All night The best laid plans Are the ones that never need A second thought All the plans in the world Could never account For every second lost Still I wonder Where we'd be If we had never talked Two young kids On a path knowing No one ever walked Burn that candle bright All night The corner store With the busted door The waitress With no smile The broke down truck And the lottery luck I haven't been there In a little while Down the road is a place I know a little bit about The big oak trees have A couple of rings That are made of sound Still that thunder Shakes the shingles Of the neighbor's house The evening air will raise you up And it'll sit you down Burn that candle bright...
6.
Give it Back (free) 03:48
If I give you less Than everything that I have You can give it back You don't deserve any less than that All of the time we spent Learning how to keep a raft Floating on the sea Well, it really paid off Now we're home safely But it was hard I will not be the one Who is caught off guard When it's not enough Not enough to say, "I can" And if I send you less Than every ribbon that I have You can send them back You don't deserve any less All I can do is hold the match Until it flickers out or lights the room I swore I'd hold the flame So did you But it was bright I will not be the one who is satisfied When it's not enough Not enough to say, "I will" I will not be the one Who is satisfied It's not enough No, not enough to say "I do" If I give you less Than everything that I have You can give it back You don't deserve any less than that
7.
Rain in to the Sea (free) 03:17
Lost and alone temporarily... He said, "I feel like rain falling in to the sea. I've got nothing I could add to this insanity. Why couldn't I fall where someone needed me? I'm just getting water wet and there's a drought in the city." How silly. The water boils on the stove for her tea... She said, "I didn't know flowers ever grew on that tree. I've walked a million times around it, never noticed the beauty. I missed a brilliant bloom. Looks like it didn't miss me." The pedals falling , and the winds getting heavy. Fountains of youth causing floods Mountains of memories Raise you up and thin your blood If you know the name of what you want Call it out, now! The day that autumn had the summer beat... She said, "I've been content to simply walk in my sleep. A million miles in my dreams, really none on my feet." In the rear view mirror, a familiar scene. The sky ahead is pink and blue cotton candy. Fountains of youth causing floods Mountains of memories Raise you up and thin your blood If you know the name of what you want Call it out, now! I feel like rain falling in to the sea. I feel like rain falling in to the sea. I feel like rain falling in to the sea.
8.
Wide Eyed (free) 03:54
Wide eyed Not waiting for no one Yeah, the wild ones Are out there Hunting like lions And at night Oh, at night They become different creatures All heat and no features Wide eyed Not taking nothing From no one Yeah, the young ones Are out there Firing like cannons On the road Oh, on the road They're finding out What they're made of Looks like as fine a place As any for a photograph Or a polygraph Wide eyed Yeah, so you never Miss nothing The wise ones They hit the ground running In the light Oh, in the light They can see Their reflections They shine in Every direction Looks like as fine a place As any for a photograph Or a polygraph Wide eyed
9.
On Your Birthday (free) 02:42
On your birthday last year I didn't give you what you wanted I gave you a bird that sings And for Christmas this year I didn't give you what you wanted I didn't give you that thing From where I stand I can study the way your dress Falls across your knees From where I stand It's easy to impress Impossible to please Every morning it's clear I woke up where I wanted I'm right where I want to be Let's get one more thing clear I thought I gave you what you wanted What I gave you all of me From where I stand You'd feel the Holy Ghost And say it was the wind From where I stand It's easy to come close Impossible to win When the weather is clear Roll the windows where you want them I'll take you along with me From where I stand I miss you more today Than you would believe From where I stand It's easy to walk away Impossible to leave
10.
Crazy Distances (free) 06:04
Seven in the morning And I've already gone a hundred miles By noon I'll be crazy Crazy distances from you Saw rain flooded streets With pirates sinking ships on them Stuffed money in my pockets So heavy I couldn't swim By evening I'll be crazy Crazy distances from you Please be kind when I call Seven in the morning And I've already gone a hundred miles By evening I'll be crazy Crazy distances from you

about

"I first saw David Shultz and the Skyline at a Paleface show held at The Camel in 2008. Shultz was in a stocking cap, bare feet and shook my hand when introduced. I told him I was on a steady diet of his Triple Stamp releases: the self-titled debut and the full-on Skyline collaboration: 'Sinner's Gold.' After our exchange the band took the stage and I stood slack-jawed as they tore it up.

That was around the time they began to usher in new material for the next record. At one point I remember trying to get in touch with David, and over the course of a week I only got a 'voicemail is full' message. I learned from Marcus that he was demoing songs in Maine at Great North Sound Society, with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim, Eric McKeown). The Maine sessions would eventually include the entire band, and the recording of 'Rain in to the Sea,' the much-anticipated follow-up to 'Sinners Gold.'

The central focus of production on 'Rain in to the Sea' is the classic rock/pop aspect of The Skyline. Shaped in the hands of Kassirer, the band's sound is stretched out to make room for plenty of hooks, strategically placed lines of embellishment, and new elements-- most notably Kassirer's keys: pianos, organs, vibes, etc.

"Against Nothing" opens with a guitar tremelo build-up to a full band cast-off and hook in the crook of the neck and doesn't let go. Pop gems like "Hide Me" and "Fallen Tree" are prime examples of the acute pop sense of Kassirer, Shultz, and The Skyline. This sensibility, while underlining the entirety of the record, by no means confines it to one genre. This band has never been a one trick pony.

Pop songs make way for mid-tempo country gems like "Breaking Beauty" and "Give It Back," which in turn lead to the rocker: "Rain in to the Sea." "Wide Eyed" is a classic Skyline stop/start folk rock tune that gives nods to heavy hitting genre relatives: The Beau Brummels and ends with a guitar jangle straight out of The Byrds playbook. For the last two numbers, the band sits back and catches a breath with two of my favorite heart-breakers: "Birthday" and "Crazy Distances." The latter ends with a sublime instrumental that drives off into the sunset and leaves me staring after it.

What we're given with 'Rain in to The Sea' is a classic David Shultz & The Skyline album, complete with the mid-record pop-single masterpiece. In this case: "Down The Road."

In typical Shultz fashion the lyrics display poetic impressions with trademark water imagery. They stay in mind, build upon each other, and bleed together to create a kaleidoscope narrative:

"the best laid last plans are the ones that never need a second thought/ all the plans in the world can never account for ever second lost" (Down the Road)

"step over a fallen tree/ jump the rocks and cross the creek/ break the branches underneath/ something that reminds you of me" (Fallen Tree)

"yes, your spine laid out crooked and calm/ a boardwalk for my palms/ against our love, a single pane, storm stained/ but still letting light shine bright on the table" (Breaking Beauty)

Patton's licks have never sounded more sure than on "Give it Back" and "Breaking Beauty." They perpetuate the country currents of 'Sinners Gold' with new smacks of swagger that hearken back to 'Honky Tonk Heroes' and 'San Quentin.'

Morton and Shrock fit together and hold it. The pair is ever the solid rhythm section, showing off their chops on "Against Nothing," the impressive "Fallen Tree," and the blitzkrieg "Rain in to the Sea." Syncing up perfectly with Kassirer's keys, they create an indomitable grounding force.

Consistent is the word that comes to mind when I think of David Shultz & The Skyline. Consistent songcraft, musicianship, and each record stands apart as a different exploration of the band's identity through refinement and redefinition. On 'Rain in to the Sea' Sam Kassirer focuses on the band's classic pop highlights and allows them to shine. He lends the Skyline the tools and know-how to manifest their singular creative vision for this record. Pursuing this vision while staying true to oneself is the sign of a great band."

- Jonathan Vassar, Richmond songwriter and label-mate. This review was posted on www.therichmondscene.com

credits

released January 1, 2011

Producer: Sam Kassirer
Engineer: Brandon Eggleston

Skyline: Curtis Patton (guitar), Marcus Shrock (bass), Matt Morton (drums).

Lyrics: David Shultz
Music: David Shultz and The Skyline

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