The Formaldehide EP

by The Formaldehide

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03:32

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released June 9, 2016

The Formaldehide consisted of Nathaniel Jones, Fab Lopez, Quincy Forbes, Dylan Bond, Ben Fischman, & Corey Rennolds in the time leading up to the initial release of this album.

Performance credits:
Nathaniel Jones - Vocals, Bass, Programming, production

Lyrics in tracks 1,2,3, and 5 written by Nathaniel Jones
Tracks 1,2, and 5 composed by Nathaniel Jones
Track 3 composed by Nathaniel Jones with melodic assistance from Nick Moskov and Nick Spears
Track 4 written and composed by James Alexander Graham and Andy MacFarlane of The Twilight Sad, and Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga of Have a Nice Life. I don't own the rights to the respective original tracks.
Production credits listed in individual tracks. (Mostly me but also additional vox production from Nick Spears in track 4)

Album art by Mike Radack, based on a picture taken by Nathaniel Jones in July 2014.

This album was a living document. It was updated twice to make improvements.

Patch notes:

9/24: Tried to improve the mixes of Despair and Red Moon. Both are slightly louder and the bass and kick drums in both should sound more present. And one vocal line in Despair is a lil quieter now.

11/6: Increased the volume of every track just in time for a "physical release". More unspecified mixing improvements.

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Track Name: Despair
Despair took her
Darkened the moon's pale light
Despair broke her
She surrendered to it without a fight
Despair r*ped her
Her stilted bones could not function right
Despair made her
Fall towards the center of the night

She got lost in the city that night

Despair take me
Darken the moon's pale light
Despair break me
I surrender to you without a fight
Despair r*pe me
My stilted bones cannot function tonight
Despair make me
Fall towards the center of the night

We got lost in the city that night
Run through our cold heart streets tonight
(You will bear witness to this)

This is the stop
This is despair
Now is the time that you enter the night mare! Oh!

(The red moon is falling down...)
The red moon is falling down!
Fall towards the center of the night
Track Name: Running in Place
You came to me at times
When the trees had frozen spines
In the piedmont
Your terms undefined

A hearty hello falls before a dejected stare at the floor
(Where's your spirit gone?)
You don't have to pull me underwater with you. Anymore.
(Drowned in hollow ponds)
Now there's no way to placate. Harmony deteriorates into nothing.
(Where's your spirit gone?)
One day for sure, we'll see what we were as a good memory
(Drowned in hollow ponds)
Gone bad.

(I just.... I just don't know... I just don't know where this is going.)
(I have no more sympathy. Your misery is not my responsibility.)
(Don't laugh. This is unsustainable.)

The hills hear your whispers
The walls have eyes
And the floors tell me that you've been lying all along
We're doing everything wrong.
(let's go)

Why would you cast the spells at me when we could make it right
Hiding from the one person pleading you dare not to take the blade to your life
We both make huge mistakes
We'll bury them all in darkness and hope that they won't come back

And now we can see
(We just can't stop running in place)
As clear as smoke screen tears in our eyes - good times, are eaten, alive

We just can't stop running in place
We'll bury them in darkness and hope that they won't come back
We can't stop running in place
We can't stop running in place

We just can't stop running in place.
Track Name: Secret
I wanted you to wait for me
But you couldn't be asked to stay
There's no words I can say to change what happened
It's all gone wrong and may never be the same
It will never be the same

Lift the weight from your shoulders
Cause it's not a secret anymore

(I am the one who is always left out in your plans)

There's no way to announce your departure
Now we know who's better at playing pretend
No way of knowing if I'll ever again see you like this
Already abandoned before the end.

Lift the weight from your shoulders
Cause it's not a secret anymore
Don't hold on to it, just loosen your grasp

Wind blowing, the tide showing
Misdirection at every turn
The waves crashing, your blade clashing
The bruised hearts of the spurned
(I can't remember the last time you said something genuine to me)
Laughing, madly
(I am discovering that you weren't quality company)
At your lit up silver screen
(I can't remember the last time you said something genuine to me)
Can't wake up from the never ending dream
(I am discovering that you weren't quality company)

Lift the weight from your shoulders
Cause it's not a secret anymore
Don't hold on to it, it's out of your control
And it's not a secret anymore

Anymore
(Goodbye)
Track Name: Last January's Gloom
I see you at night, and I stare at you
You don't care for me
Without the light, I still glare at you
look away from me

So don't lie, it's taken you all night,
of feeling the same
with me
So don't die, it's taken you all night,
of feeling the same.

(Please please please release me)
You are too old to fare on your own
(Oh please please please release me)
You are too old to fare on your own

And they say, it can't be won
when it's your eyes
touching my eyes
to the past that we know
They say it can't be done,
and they say it's all just fun
but it's your eyes
touching my eyes

Don't like what you find, staring back at you
You don't care for me
So don't lie, it's taken you all night,
of feeling the same
with me

And you know that I won't. You know that I won't
You are too old to fare on your own

And they say, it can't be won
when it's your eyes
touching my eyes
to the past that we know
They say it can't be done,
and they say it's all just fun
but it's your eyes
touching my eyes

Can you hear my faintest breath, is it amplified?
The number that I've become will put you inside
I've got a message that I must relay
And it can't delay it one more day (it's not going well!)
(Will you comfort me!? You'll comfort me!)
It is desperate, can you relate?
Can you please relate? Can you please relate! (I'm not holding up!)

And they say, it can't be won
when it's your eyes
touching my eyes
to the past that we know
They say it can't be done,
and they say it's all just fun
but it's your eyes
touching my eyes

(Just open up your eyes, you dead ones)
This isn't the you that I came here for
(All ashes on the floor!)
This isn't the you that I waited for

(Just open up your eyes, you dead ones)
This isn't the you that I came here for
(I will never need you more!)
This isn't the you that I waited for

Just open up your eyes, you dead ones
(Please please please release me) (That I waited for)
Just open up your eyes, you dead ones
(Oh please please please release me)
Track Name: Red Moon
I might appear to sit across from you
But I'm not actually here
The red moon has taken me away
(And left an empty shell)
Don't know why it has come back again
But it's left me very uncertain
Of whether I should just go or stay
(Neither suits me well)

Doubt arrests my mind again
(These doubts are arresting...)
Watch my face fade away
(Come on and, come on and)
Second guess my disarray
(Come on and second guess my...)
Watch my face fade away

(It's just not enough / Is this enough?)

I was not prepared
For your unwelcome visit
I was quite comfortable with my black skies
(You show up when you please)
But I know that there is little I can do to stop you
From making your blood moon arise
(You bring me to my knees!)

Doubt arrests my mind again
(These doubts are arresting...)
Watch my face fade away
(Come on and, come on and)
Second guess my disarray
(Come on and second guess my...)
Watch my face fade away
(Here it comes now...)

The feeling arrives when the red moon arises
(Is any of this really happening?)
And I just can't escape
(Am I being led astray?)
The source of my fright and my lack of foresight
My clouded thoughts, my doubtful heart
The home of despair in this land of nightmares
And I can not ESCAPE

If it's red, it's dead.
I'm living in my head.