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orchid mantis - flashbulb memory (Track and Field Records)
PhP595.00

  • orchid mantis - flashbulb memory (Track and Field Records)

orchid mantis - flashbulb memory (Track and Field Records)
PhP595.00

Track and Field Records

"11.13.16
The oldest track on Flashbulb Memory, Leaving, was written on an upright piano in my friend’s old house sometime during the summer of 2014. As I worked further on it throughout the year, it became deeply associated with my memories of that place. Now, that house is up for sale, and I’ll probably never step foot in there again. In a few years it will look very different, maybe unrecognizable. This past year and a half, as everyone I knew left for college, I stayed behind working on these songs; but whenever I tried to write about these more-recent experiences, I found myself painting with broad, impressionist brush strokes. In nostalgic fits I revisited old lyrics concerning my most vivid memories, all of them taking place in the old house. I could already feel those moments slipping from present to past, forgoing their urgency. There was a haziness in my recollection that I hoped I could capture, assembling fragments of memories that recurred ceaselessly in my dreams, each time growing more distant and pure. I don’t remember how it felt back then anymore – not truthfully at least, but these songs are about how I’m going to think it felt.

The cover of Flashbulb Memory is a film photograph I shot in high school while on vacation with my family. From our balcony we could see all the way down to the shoreline; the houses all stopped far before the sand, except for one lone house right up next to the waves. I don’t have any photographs of the old house before they moved and it went up for sale, but when I picture it in my head, it’s a similar image: The house is distant and obscured, surrounded by vast swaths of dark space. The lights are lit perpetually, but no one is home anymore."

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