Outside Earth Hours

by Kurt Thomas

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This album started with an idea based off of my experiences moving to a big city and back again. I had been watching a lot of Twin Peaks and got into that aesthetic. Once we moved our family to the big city, there was a lot of personal and family turmoil. We went through some big changes together, but ultimately decided that we wanted to move back home.

The idea I had came while sitting in a parking lot and my son was taking a nap. I had listened to Peter Gabriel's "Security" and had the idea to make a concept album based very loosely around my experiences being pulled from the safety of small town living to an unfamiliar city many times bigger. I thought I could take some of the negativity of that experience and make something out of it, maybe even make it something positive. I focused my energies toward learning how to write and record songs, instead of the bleeps and bloops of experimentations I had made before.

The story of this album is purposefully elusive, but is framed around the idea of being pulled from safety and finding the way back home. Some of the songs make reference to a crime, a murder, and injustice. Other songs involve nature's influence on mankind and vice versa. And there are a couple of straight-up instrumental electronic tracks too.

If you're still with me at this point, I would like to think that this album is my most focused music making endeavor, and that I have exorcised some demons from my brain. Thanks for reading (and listening).

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LOOSE STORY CONCEPT

I cannot live
Without a degree
Of unfocused love
And uncertainty

I'm playing with fire
A thousand degrees
How can I live
With this inside of me

In the midst of tension
Stands the figure of lust
Do I know what she insists
I fret without trust

Deep in the forest
to find the motivation
My partner is shaken
but full of determination

A shell of my former life
lies in the north
May this not be in vain
As we soldier forth

The fault remains a mystery
and the victim unknown
but the cataclysmic storm
left unturned no stone

As we ride away
tension flickers like a gaslight
relief lies with seizing veins
we await the tender fight

A legion left behind
for a chorus ahead
Shuffling feet instead of stride
Leave us with the dead

With the first step
the beat begins
We have reached a destination
Continuing our many sins

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released May 6, 2016

Written, Produced, Mixed, Mastered by Kurt Hauswirth
Instrumentals and Vocals by Kurt Hauswirth
Art by Kurt Hauswirth

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Kurt Hauswirth makes music as Kurt Thomas. Home brewed electronic pop and rock.

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Track Name: Whispers
Spliced up memories return as fame
I was certain you knew my name
Eyes are moving left and right
If you don't see me do this I'll be up all night

Whisper
Words to me
Whisper
Help me see

Patchwork walls surround this heart
Tempered glass reflect my art
Tools of the trade learn their movement
After their use what an improvement

Whisper
In my bed
Whisper
In my head
Whisper
Words to me
Whisper
Help me see

Fade out of the scenery
Cut to the end
Loss of a friend
Now the sewing of tapestry
Painted walls red
You've made your bed

Whispers
Scrape the back of my brain
Whispers
Pour down like rain
Track Name: Headlines
Wake up your face, hear what I tell you
I can't believe what's on my shoes
This shit will not stand
This little town with big news

Did you hear what made headlines
Someone fell through the cracks
We thought we could keep you away
From the world's attacks

Print the paper, read the facts
They paid to clean it up
They ruled it accidental
But we all know what's up

Did you see what made headlines
Sliding right through the cracks
We should have known not to keep you
We pushed you straight into these attacks

When things go south
Take us with you
We don't take much
To be entertained

Did you hear who slipped between the lines
Someone fell through the cracks
We thought we could keep you
Away from the world's attacks

World attack me
Track Name: Motivation Cost
Remembering things you said to me
I turned my head away
Not all was lost, but with the cost
Of taking away our day

This all costs more
Than I can give
Motivate me
So I can live

The sight was more than I could stand
Yet I needed a closer look
To know why someone would try
To rewrite a finished book

This all costs more
Than I can give
Motivate me
So I can live

I've heard of this before
In stories or on TV
I never ever thought
It would happen to me

How can I teach you
When I'm still such a fool
Let's pretend it's not existential
To feel so mental

This all costs more
Than I can give
Motivate me
So I can live
Track Name: Red Swan
Wishing and wanting
Amongst dreams of the day
Inviting in what could have been
And what could not won't go away

My red swan
Dance for me
My red swan
Dance for me

Ruffling sheets in the dark
Make warmth of uncertainty
I call out to you through my dreams
I can't remember this hunger inside of me

My baby, turn around

My red swan
Dancing for me
This haunting hold
Inspiring me

No medicine cooling these fever dreams
Feeling pulled apart at the seams
I'm sorry I never went to bed
With any of the voices in your head

My baby, turn again

My red swan
Turn me around
My red swan
Bring me to the ground

Cement these memories
They can take care of me
Cement these memories
They will take care of me
Track Name: Metamorphosis
[Instrumental]
Track Name: Beasties
Knock down the door
You won't see her any more
What we've done, we did for fun
It can take control of anyone
Running down the moonlit path
We hardly have time to laugh
Out of breath, you cut and run
We still don't know what we've done

Catch me catch me
Find me now
Beasty beasty
Show me how

You're getting down on your haunches
And clawing in the ground
Your body's primed and set for launches
Catching them without a sound
Your mouth is dripping with the feeling
Of a life that's almost gone
Your head is swimming to the ceiling
Of a brain that knows it's wrong

Catch me catch me
Find me now
Beasty beasty
Show me how

Who's gonna save you
When no one saved me
We got each other into this
Maybe we can claim insanity

Catch me catch me
Find me now
Beasty beasty
Show me how
Track Name: Let Me Out
I hear there's life
In Tokyo and Mars
But what about life
Outside Earth hours?
It's a pleasure to meet
The real you
But I don't know
What to do
With this heart
That casts me aside

Let me out
To feel within
Let it escape
So we can begin

Where does everybody go
When we turn out the lights
Do we slip away to Saturn
To see the shimmering night?

Let me out
To feel within
Let it escape
So we can begin once more

Shoot through the stars
Riding on the rings
Blinded by the lights
Of all the pretty things
Neon monsters
And super freaks
Where would we be
Without these freaky peaks

Let me out
To feel within
Let it escape
So we can begin
Track Name: Knowing Trees
[Instrumental]

{Unused Lyrics}
In the midst of fall
On a windy day
A distance of trees
Separate you and me

I send the thoughts
To move my legs
Release my brain
Turned scrambled eggs

You look past the leaves
Without a glance
I guess this is
Our very last dance

Pass me before
You truly go
The fading rays
Enjoy the show

Now you know
My autumn has come
We turn into
A never ending numb
Track Name: Wilderness
We will show you the truth
From within
There is no way
To hide the proof

In the wilderness
Where I want to be
I'll be good to you
You take care of me

Wrap yourself around me
Take me home
From where I've fled
So I'm not alone

In the wilderness
Where I want to be
I'll be good to you
You take care of me

For what I hide
I should not have lied
These woods have space
For things to face
To get beyond
These crimes I've done
There'll be no more harm
To anyone

In the wilderness
Where I want to be
I'll be good to you
You take care of me
Track Name: Superlove
Distant sky
Towering trees
Rising moon
Empower me
Laughing now
Hurtful then
Maybe we'll
Try again

Framed life
Hanging there
Super love
Doubting fear
Angel white
Climbing down
Torn-up wings
On the ground

Travel 'cross
Endless roads
Follow me
Abyss below
My memories
Internal fame
Certainty lies
Without a name