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An Ode To Escapism

by Ghost Funk Orchestra

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1.
Introduction 00:59
Thank you for joining us. We are the Ghost Funk Orchestra, and for the next 40 minutes we’re going to take a peek into your subconscious. You’re not afraid to look, are you? Well, let’s find out together. Let’s see if we can get some of those inner demons to climb their way to the surface. To enhance your listening experience, we recommend turning off your lights and unplugging your telephone. Better yet, close your eyes. Allow your mind to wander. This is a perfectly normal part of the experience. As long as your headphones are on, you’re safe and hidden. Enjoy ‘An Ode To Escapism.’
2.
Overture 01:36
3.
Little Bird 04:15
Little bird You’re not saying a word Look around This is your town Make the most of this situation Dig the roots of infatuation Never knew they took you for a fool Never knew they took you for a fool Never knew they took you for a fool Never knew they took you for a fool
4.
Stoop Talk 02:08
5.
I’m making bad decisions And blame it on the rain Left to my devices I’d waste another day Why should I go outside? There’s nothing but evil out there Step Back Wild Child Step Back Wild Child They made a small incision To look inside her brain What did they discover? Just more of the same How did we get this low? And why do we move so slow? Step Back Wild Child Step Back Wild Child Step Back Wild Child Step Back Wild Child You’re doing great. Are your eyes still closed? Don’t forget to breathe.
6.
Fuzzy Logic 03:07
My home I can’t seem to find The right direction, but I know I know I know I know I know I know Waiting for something Trying to find the light side Of my reflection Before the moment’s gone Ooooooooh... Made a home from an anthill Every corner I could fill Surround the creeps and Keep them warm But who’s to say if I’m Better than the passerby For keeping heart Away from harm?
7.
Pause I 00:29
I know that sometimes it seems impossible to face the world. So much drama and ugliness, right? If you close your eyes does it all get easier? Or is the darkness behind your eyelids where something more sinister lives? Who on earth is that pesky voice that keeps telling you to hide for days in your bedroom? You’re still breathing, right? Good.
8.
Quiet Soul 04:10
Quiet soul... ...why leave home? Quiet soul... ...why leave home? Quiet soul... ...why leave home? Quiet soul... ...why leave home?
9.
Mourning 00:38
Morning is heavy Waking up reluctantly Between me and the mirror I’m not all I can be Reheated coffee Next to where I lie Between me and my phone Need a love of my own
10.
Hung my heels on the towel rack By the glow of a vanity mirror Every station’s dead, they said Such a shame there’s Nowhere better than here So I won’t Leave it alone Can’t see out of the window screen Through the steam Rising up from the floor Swear to god the heater never worked And they never put a lock on the door But I won’t Leave it alone Am I more than a phone? Am I more than a phone? Am I more than a phone? Tight throat and a heavy chest Should I breathe or Collapse to the floor? All those voices Well they don’t make sense Every gospel bottled up as the cure Still I won’t Leave it alone Am I more than a phone? Am I more than a phone? Am I more than a phone?
11.
Pause II 00:25
Now that we've gotten to know each other a little bit, let’s talk about how you like to show yourself to the world. Come on, you can tell me. Is it really all that honest? All those other folks live such interesting lives, don’t they? How could you possibly keep up? It must be exhausting, but is it all real?
12.
Queen Bee 02:45
Pulled myself out of a black hole Put myself together to go be seen Painted a picture of a burdened soul Far too encumbered to be a queen Why should I have to care? Why would I mind if they stare? Fact is that fiction is all they seem To know of me Read deep into a fractured history I’d take back the pictures hanging On that wall If they really meant anything at all Why should I have to care? Why would I mind if they stare?
13.
Korban Olah 02:00
14.
Toujours 02:17
Le fille dans le miroir Est simplement Autant heureuse, que Son monde <<Qui vivre verra>> Mais non Toujours Mon coeur Se cache De l’horreur Mais qui as le temps Pour danser? Mon cerveau est tellement Mâché Je vais tout quitter Pour rester Caché... (Caché) Caché... (Caché) Caché... (Caché) Caché...
15.
Pause III 01:02
Inhale...and exhale. Great! Now was that so hard? You could have been doing this all along. But I bet you weren’t.
16.
I was staring at the wall Until the paint began to bleed And the covers on my bed Turned into paper (Say it again) The world was spinning Outside My Door And sea began to rise Up from the floor (Say it again) Now someone told me, “Don’t turn on the TV! Until we figure something out There’s nothing good on there to see!” (Say it again) Well I’m not really one To follow their advice But a break from all the madness Might be nice (Say it again) So now I’m stranded with my phone Wondering when they’re gonna call Cause this waiting game is Getting pretty old (Say it again) But I feel safer Inside My Walls Than I do when I go out Into the cold (Say it again) If my boots were made to walk And my lips were made to talk And that heart of mine is Beating like a drum (Say it again) Give myself some time to breathe Cause we all know that’s What I need Until the King of Misdirection Takes a knee (Say it again)
17.
Suddenly Think I see Someone off in the distance And they’re looking back Who Could It Be? Maybe I Ought to try Somewhere else for a season And run away Run away Costs nothing more Than a home I’ve read my predictions Silly as they tend to be Nowehere to go The more I know Wasting time Feels sublime To turn it off for a moment And I’m shutting down So Long To Me No one’s home for The telephone Ringing off of the table Should we let it fall? Fall to pieces What good to know Something more?

about

Where will you hide when the world around you is closing in? On their latest LP, GFO invites you to close your eyes and take a dive into your subconscious. Strings and horns float around from ear to ear while their three sirens explore themes of isolation, fear of the unknown, and the fabrication of self-image. It’s a soulful psychedelic journey that picks up sonically where “A Song For Paul” left off. The drums are heavier, the arrangements are more intricate, and the vocal harmonies soar over a bed of odd time signature grooves. This is an album that’s meant to be listened to in the dark. So won’t you join them? You’re not scared.....are you?

composed, arranged, and produced by
SETH APPLEBAUM

vocals
LO GWYNN
ROMI HANOCH
MEGAN MANCINI

horns
BRIAN PLAUTZ (flute)
BILLY AUKSTIK (muted trumpet)
RICH SEIBERT (trumpet & baritone)
JAMES KELLY (trombone)
STEPHEN CHEN (baritone sax & b-flat clarinet)
DAVID VALBUENA (bass clarinet)

strings
ALLY JENKINS (violin 1)
GOKCE EREM (violin 2)
TIA ALLEN (viola)
ANDREW BORKOWSKI (cello 1)
SAM QUIGGINS (cello 2)

voiceover
ALBA PONCE DE LEON

guests
JULIAN APPLEBAUM (guitar on track 9, bass on track 17)
KAM FRANKLIN (vocals on track 16)
SEAN PASTOROK (additional cello on track 5)

‘little bird’ voices
MATT GIBBS
JENNIFER KENNEDY
CHRIS & GINA MARKSBURY
PETE MAZZA

photography
AARON DURALL

additional lyrcs by
KAM FRANKLIN

'cost of living' co-written by
JULIAN APPLEBAUM

scores edited by
STEPHEN CHEN

recorded at
GHOSTLOAD SOUND & STUDIO G

vocals recorded at
SEIGEL

strings & horn engineering by
JEFF BERNER

jeff was assisted by
ROSS COLOMBO

mixed by
SETH APPLEBAUM

mix assisted by
JOSH PARK

mastered by
JJ GOLDEN


dedicated to the memories of
MATTHEW ANISH & DAGWOOD

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released November 13, 2020

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