Friendly Astonished

by Dirtman

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This was originally supposed to be a split single with the band Naked Ant (nakedant.bandcamp.com). However, I finished my tracks way before they were able to record anything, so they've given me the go-ahead to release my half as a standalone EP. This recording never would have happened without their invitation to work together, so thanks to them for getting Dirtman kick-started again.

After finishing these four tracks (which had been kicking around in demo form for a while), I was inspired to start working on a new full-length album, and I wrote a bunch of songs, which are among the best I've ever written. So stay tuned for more soon. The LP will probably include these four EP songs, maybe in slightly different form.

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released 26 May 2015

Credits:
Ben Baker - drums and percussion, backing vocals, organ, recording, mixing, mastering

Dan - guitar, bass, vocals, chord organ, ukulele

April - backing vocals on "Beard," cover art

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Insta-Kill™ written by Dan all by himself
Mud March - words by Arthur and April, music by Dan
Your Beard is Weird - words by April, music by Dan
Icy Stars - words by Dan and Thom, music by April and Dan

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Track Name: Insta-Kill™
warning signs that i should've heeded
now i lay alone, defeated
“insta-kill™,” the package said
can't believe i wound up dead

works like a charm, i rave!
from beyond the grave.
Track Name: Mud March
You were a brilliant boy surrounded by the dark
You traded honesty for cupcakes and ice
Forgot to name your hand in the frozen trailer park
You wanted everything that was ugly and untrue

Now I'll build these things for you:

a grass house
a stone arch
alone in the mud march

I'll live in the trees
with your bones
in the Mud March
Track Name: Your Beard Is Weird
multicolored strands
cascading ever down
a million helping hands
hiding smiles hiding frowns

and it all makes me nervous
and yes I must confess
the very thing I speak of
is a strange facial headdress

it's amazing
and it's shaming
the animals use it to nest
it helps you fly
it grows from your eye

and you can't call it stark
cause it glows in the dark
your beard is weird
and I really don't like it but I can't help but stare

your beard is weird
Track Name: Icy Stars
Tell me how can you live in the void
And is it worth all the pain you could avoid?
Tell me how I can save my car
It’s being buried in icy stars

INK YOUR NAME ON THE ASTRAL PLANE
IN THE ANCIENT WAAAAAAAY!

Where oh where will I find my things?
Keep ‘em inside with all of my strings...
Tell me how I can save my cars
From being buried in icy stars

CLAP YOUR HANDS TO THE OL’ JUG BAND
IN THE ANCIENT LAAAAAND!