by Lesser Kestrels

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WESTER was recorded in a Denver living room over five or four snowy and sweltering spring days. It began as a long distance collaboration between John Hickey and James Meakim, who met across a high school cafeteria table in suburban New York some 18 years earlier.

The result is a batch of unfussy folk-pop tunes constructed from clattering guitars and drunks-choir singalongs. There are deep mountainous drums and momentary forays into feedback drone. There are some synthesizers and a few guitar solos. The first song is about a baby and the last song is about growing old and dying. Only one song has a harmonica but I won't spoil it for you.

The limited edition, handmade cassette edition of WESTER is presented by Whprwhil Records, based in Seattle.

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John's own music can be found at wakeupelectrified.bandcamp.com
James's can be found at callhollow.bandcamp.com
More Whprhwhil releases are at whprwhilrecords.bandcamp.com

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released June 16, 2016

written and recorded by John Hickey & James Meakim

Whprwhil Records | WPRL 012



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catchy folk songs w/ too many vocals

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Track Name: 100,000,000 Kindnesses
heard that you were coming and instinctively knew
that the wilderness in me would be an ocean in you
there's a hundred million kindnesses that i'd never do
you're gonna find out soon

treat the women right and leave the whiskey alone
go to bed when you're tired, always pick up the phone
people want to feel forgiven and if you can make them feel it
then you'll never be alone

through the door to the car to the bridge to the island
i didn't wanna talk
i didn't wanna talk
i just watched the way the sun played on the office buildings
into a city, into a plane
up into a storm moving infinitely north
thinking only about myself
it's a goddamn shame

heard that you were going and i knew i had to go
to get closer to the place from which you'd been set afloat
there's a hundred million winds that blow a hundred million boats
Track Name: Black Camaro
it's not very complicated
look up at the dead eyed sky tonight
turn up that bad boy music
turn the lights down
turn the lights down

did somebody skin my baby
throw a hammer through the ceiling
throne of white lies
throne of white lies
out on the road again
out on the run
Track Name: A Bouquet of Black Balloons
she had a bouquet of black balloons
she floated away like in cartoons
she's looking down from heaven now
all fear and wonder, all hope and doubt
in the sweet hereafter my angel croons
all because of a bouquet of black balloons

the oar slapped the creek bed
one dark october weekend
the road ahead, here it gathers like a ribbon
here it coils like a rattler
goes crooked as an antler
here it tangles like an ancient tree
Track Name: Cemetery All Night
cemetery all night
long dark hair
so many nights
i've seen you up there
walking around
white wine sick
and the sound
of your voice
howling out
your own name
it's the saddest sound
ever heard or made
Track Name: You Were Me
bright cold winter morning
the sky opened like a flower
i nodded off in a chair
and had a dream that seemed to
last for hours

you were me
and i was a young girl ambling
the snow blows sideways
the city asleep

when you walked away
you ran in slow motion
your face spins away
spinning and spinning and
it slips away
Track Name: Rosemary
sweet rosemary
opened the door for me
sang me a song
she was so kind to me
but i treated her mean

word got around about what went down
like fire catches dead leaves
the way people talk
when they don't want to talk
to a cruel hearted creep like me

we all get tired of the same boring things
but rosemary never got tired
cleaved to me tight
held me through the night
how she cried when i tried to leave

i never wanted to be anybody's
i sensed i was broken a long time before
but now i know it for sure

grudges she held
she kept to herself
Track Name: Sun Colored Circle
that a man like you could have in mind
to do anything but work and die
woman at your side
harrows hell every night
and keeps the blood to a simmer
while you hold your breath
and you turn down the dimmer

mouth is open now
cities slide into the ocean
your ghost is holding on

the din of waking waves
water finds its winding way
a sun colored circle where
the blood soaked through
the flannel rag

andy goddam you're a nothing man
and everyone who knows you knows it
your nose is open now

and i'm still wearing last year's love
Track Name: Sinner
said when you sin it's all in your mind
so when you lie you can say you're not
but no one's trying to cheat you out
who'd steal a sigh from your sleeping mouth

some walls were built, some walls just grew
with all the water and time
always passing us by
we were born and one day we will die

in the woods we read about
thieves and demons await us
but they turned out to be children
overawed by existence

someday if you and i get old
this moment won't be lost
so hold on with both hands
and take it slow

one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die
one day we will die