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Perfectly Smeared​/​Pretty Attractive

by Forest and Family

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    7" 45-RPM vinyl with cover art, printed inner sleeve, and download card designed by Recluse Collective.

    Download card includes "Perfectly Smeared," "'You're Pretty Attractive Yourself,' She Said," "Cigarettiquette in F," and "Moving Out and Back."

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1.
I’m sure you thought you were perfectly clear, but I was confused. I’m sure you thought you were perfectly clear But both of these things can’t be true. You kept on singing “Don’t say you love me,” I may as well have sung “Love Fool.” I always wanted a rock n roll lover, But you kept singing showtunes. It’s okay. I needed time to waste, was getting sick of your tongue-taste. I only did my best to keep things close to the chest. I’m sure you thought you were perfectly clear, but I felt so used. I’m sure you thought you were perfectly clear, But both of these things can’t be true. My mind keeps on playing the last things you told me, Like there’s a scratch on the groove. I only wanted to win you over, Just feels like every time I lose. It’s okay. I needed time to waste, was getting sick of your tongue-taste. But since we’re both undressed, would you just play a request? I dive headfirst into expectations so fast that I almost drown, getting lost in self-medication, waiting for someone to turn me around. I got played, out of time, out of key, Before it even started you were over me. It’s okay. I needed time to waste, but there’s a time and a place. At the end of the day, you left me cold and grey.
2.
A lady awoke and said “Existence is hard.” I said, “It’s living that’s the challenge. To exist all you’ve got to do is keep yourself fed.” I tried to console her but she wouldn’t crack a smile, except perhaps in response to some sarcastic quip. But some of us don’t know how to fake it. Some of us wish it wasn’t required. We climb while looking downward, And we get so tired. I’ve been thinking about baseball and bondage and novels and notes. I’ve got a couple jobs but I don’t think much of those. I’ve made some honest attempts to find replacements, But still I think about her. Is she happy out of Cali, And would she appreciate the irony of me writing this for her? But some of us don’t know how to fake it. Some of us wish it wasn’t required. We climb while looking downward, And we get so tired.

about

"Perfectly Clear, More Like Perfectly Smeared" and "You're Pretty Attractive Yourself, She Said" were both recorded in the same time frame as the songs from the album You’ve Found a Match! and Other Stories. Due to these songs being stylistically separate from the already wide swathe of aesthetics on the album, the decision was reached that these should stand as their own release.

credits

released April 20, 2020

Forest Cochran sang and played bass and electric guitar on both songs, as well as acoustic guitar on “Attractive.”

Ryan Stier played guitar and sang on “Attractive” and Katlyn Aikin sang on “Smeared.”

Nicholas Frampton played drums on both, as well as recording, mixing, and mastering.

Forest wrote “Perfectly Smeared” with help from Katlyn Aikin and Patrick MacCready.
“Attractive” was workshopped at one point with Jeff Smith, Brendan McGregor, and Patrick MacCready, but it’s hard to remember what they added specifically. Nick suggested that we do the end riff at the beginning too.

Visual layout and design by Recluse Collective
Original sweaty picture taken by Angelo Rossi

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