Harsh Purple

by Ghost Cat

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An album of reflection and redefinition for Ghost Cat, Harsh Purple examines the terrifying inescapability of our choices and the decisions that come to define us. Moments of definition, of turning points in a bewildering slew of crossroads. When love seemed possible (“Last Words”), when family felt like home (“Homecoming”), when disillusionment first sets in (“Lord of the Dank”). Harsh Purple pushes the boundaries of genre moving from ambient rock anthems to indie pop to discordant grunge punk without loss of purpose or intention. This is an intricate record that deepens and challenges you with each listen.

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released February 20, 2017

John Henderson - Vocals, Guitar, Synth
Shane O'Brien - Guitar, Vocals
Nick Osborne - Bass, Vocals

Sebastian Quintero - Drums
Karsten Andersen - Drums (Composition)
Daniel Columbo - Synth

Produced, mixed and mastered by Daniel Columbo.
Additional production by Ghost Cat.

Recorded at Iceman Studios, West Palm Beach, FL.

Photography by Chharath Chhay
Album Layout by Nick Osborne

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Track Name: The Silence of the Lens
i've learned with everything take care,
there are coffins in your hair
a ghost inside your lungs
always lying to me.
oh...

remembering ease you can agree
on which one is broken, it's nothing to no one.
when others had spoken you spoke for me,
because i had no one.
because i had no one.

just one before i tear my...
just one before i tear my...
just one before i tear my face off.

you didn't know
you didnt...
it's not like i meant it, all this time to me.
it's hard not to want it, take the problems.
keep pushing till you feel it
still you find it hard to take.
now you're waking up too late
you're hearing all the bad news
you're taking all the wrong cues
and you're drawn in.

remembering ease you can agree
on which one is broken, it's nothing to no one.
when others had spoken you spoke for me,
because i had no one.

because i had no one.

it's not okay,
it's never been.
it's not okay,
it's never been.
it's not okay,
it's never been.

it's never been.
Track Name: Lord of the Dank
way back,
we go way back.
all the questions
that we studied for.

when your eyes close
you cover up your heart.

these things can happen,
or so i'm told...
why are you asking?
why are you asking?
who wants to know?
what does it matter?

cause it's not enough to love
when you don't make enough to live on.
all the hours that we struggle for
really show how good you are
how much good you are for.
really show how good you are
how much good you are for.

how good you are
how much good you are for.

what good are you for?

these things can happen,
or so i'm told...
why are you asking?
why are you asking?
who wants to know?
what does it matter?

you see it deep behind their eyes
like a lesion on the skin
all the future we keep paying for.

maybe you're right i should smile more.
Track Name: Utility Face
on the surface you’re sensitive
you tell a joke and only laugh yourself
your crooked teeth
are still the same you were born with
your dirty sole
covered in diamonds and lemon.

you’re hungry
have some cake while we talk
i doubt we will reach a decision
still thirsty
have a glass while we walk
tell the joke about your fathers addition.

and you walk away...
and you walk away...
and you walk away...
and you walk away...

secrets you can’t tell your friends
you lie about it when your feelings end.

knowing it will never mend
you keep drinking more
going out on limbs
freaking out always short on time
there’s this hold on you
ever cross your mind?

your lost teeth
in the coal mine
peel the paper off the wall
trying hard just to feel safe
you’re taking chances
or nothing at all.

knowing it will never mend
you keep drinking more
going out on limbs
freaking out always short on time
there’s this hold on you
ever cross your mind?
Track Name: Homecoming
i know you
and that’s half the problem
in the time it takes to figure out yourself
life changes one another,
you can only say it so many ways...
till you’ve run out of options
it can’t wait
there are better things coming.

i promise you
you’ll know love again
in the silence are whispers of home
saying, “come back we miss you
your father he needs you
your room’s just the way you left it.”

hey
we have nothing in common
just get away
we have nothing to talk about.

you’d say, “you should have seen the way you looked at her.”
you’d say, “you never thought that you’d see me this way.”
that everything grew colder
with each word
nostalgia and absence
as you reached for your jacket
i hardly reacted
and you said you’d hate to see me again
you’d say you’d say.
you'd say.
you'd say.
you'd say.
say.

pray
you’ve got another thing coming
can’t it wait?
we have so much to talk about.
can't it wait?
you've got another thing coming.
can't it wait?
we have so much to talk about.
Track Name: Last Words
when you wake me from this dream
whisper on my cheek
hesitating
sun filled morning
will you carry it on?
to those nights when its hardest?
anticipating
your hands in mourning.

but you
take me to nightclubs
and criminal eyes
they see right through me
and drink like mine
i’m sure you’ll lose yourself
inside of someone else
behind those bedroom doors.

your echoing light
will bounce off hallways
that float around in my mind
sentimental as always
so i try to be kind
i know you already know it
you’re always there in my mind
i know you already know it
there’s always love in my eyes.

there are lives i’m sure you wish were yours
but you keep working hard to kick the habit
you’ll never let me know who you really are
all my friends say you’re crazy
but i like you the way you are.

i’ve got to write it down
just try to write it down
i've got to write it down.

you’ll never let me know who you really are
all my friends say you’re crazy
but i like you the way you are.
i like you the way you are.

and at the end of the day
we’re acting out
like strangers
over broken concrete
we said shit we can’t fix
in a 10th floor suite
still covered in trash
from five nights before
there’s not much to drink
and i feel all strung out
your voice starts to crack
as you struggle to say,

"i think that i like you."
Track Name: Nightwalker
what for?
there’s no future in this life
no more
decisions left or right

we’re alive in the accident
effigy of intelligence
just before the feeling hits
say i love you in all directions.

for everyone you’ve ever loved
there’s no coming back
from what is done
and you can’t go out unloved.

you smile like a pacifist
all the things that you can’t admit
drink the blood of the anarchist
unchained and infinite.

we may never sleep again
knowing it exists.
we may never sleep again
knowing it exists.
we may never sleep again
knowing it exists.

we’re alive in the accident
effigy of intelligence
just before the feeling hits
say i love you in all directions.
you smile like a pacifist
all the things that you can’t admit
drink the blood of the anarchist
unchained and infinite.