Homeworlding

by Fraternal Twin

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about

Recorded June and November 2015
at Salvation Recording Co.|New Paltz, NY
Engineered & produced by Christopher Daly
Mastered by Jamal Ruhe

PERFORMED BY:
Tom Christie: guitar, vocals, synthesizer
David Grimaldi: bass guitar
Max Restaino: drums
Leslie Bear: vocals (tracks 2, 3, 6, 8)| guitar solo (track 1)
Silas Reidy: lap steel (tracks 2, 5)
Aaron Maine: synthesizer (tracks 1, 2, 6, 9)|2nd guitar (track 6)
Jamal Ruhe: vocals (track 3)

Track 7 mixed by Leslie Bear

Cover art by Kimberly Christie
Design by Tim Woulfe

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For the past several years, Tom Christie has been arranging an ever-twisting and shifting song of his own. Beginning in New York's Hudson Valley where he grew up, Tom fleshed out the soft and intricate songs that became the first Fraternal Twin album 'Skin Gets Hot.' Released quietly in the spring of 2015, the album passed from fan to fan and developed a cult reputation based on its uniquely intimate display of raw emotion.

Around this time, Christie got together a steady backing band comprised of Max Restaino on drums and David Grimaldi on bass. Together, they formed a much-needed backbone for the songs that Tom was writing while moving back and forth between upstate New York and a newly-adopted home in New Jersey. Before the year was done they were back in the studio at Salvation Recording Co. (New Paltz, NY) with engineer/producer Chris Daly along with past collaborators Leslie Bear (Long Beard), Aaron Maine (Porches) and Silas Reidy (Izzy True) to record the follow-up to 'Skin Gets Hot.'

As it turns out, 'Homeworlding' is an impressively natural progression from their debut. In the span of just under a half hour we hear Fleetwood Mac-indebted pop songs, Tom Verlaine-esque guitar leads, ambient composition and watery folk songs quickly passing by in a way that demands repeat listens in order to fully comprehend the depth of the lyrics and songwriting. And while these components all seem disparate on paper, they’re tied together by a very specific sensibility. You could call it an astral peace or a zen headspace, but the commonality throughout 'Homeworlding' is the acceptance of the vast world around you and the fact that your own fate is nearly always out of your control. The wind tugs at your arm—or the thing you threw rolls right back.. and all you can do is just let it happen.

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released October 14, 2016

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Track Name: False Alarm
that was supernatural
to watch it roll right back
so i will let it bloom
like the foamy wave

there are always gonna be
false alarms
but they are something
you can count on

i know different now
to look for no right time
and catch the breeze
i will never see

am i allowed to be you
are you allowed to be me
will they dig us out from our graves
just to save a seat

there will be no judge
for what i am
or where to be
just one light above
and one underneath me
Track Name: White Wind
draw the circle
draw something out of its shell
and if you saw me like this
would you never tell
can you feel the white wind
tugging at your arm
and the noiseless crumble
of how absent you are

it will go away
and it will come right back
so i'll tell you the truth
nothing completely passes

will we be done
with what we've done
may we be done
with what we've done
Track Name: Big Dipper
in the moment
patiently waiting
i had word attached to word
but it didn't come to something

in the blue light
the vessels float around
a hollow departure
just to mean some kind of sound

the day won't come
until i'm ready for it
so i don't beg
sleep and water
don't change a thing
there is no order
to try to fix

is there a reason
in one tilt of the head
i see the face but
i was looking for the shape

the day won't come
until i'm ready for it
so i don't beg
i saw the big dipper
at my window
but i didn't know
it was a pegasus
Track Name: Shapeless
i was wrung out
and i felt shapeless
so i try
to make sense
of my reflection

thinking backwards
all the time
to come and to go
reorder

from the bridge
you can watch
each tiny wave
as it goes

in a river
full of particles
then you'll remember it all
Track Name: Flesh & Bone
if i could go anywhere
anywhere with you
i would do anything
if the book was still true

just like the rogue cloud
i was on the move
but i am just flesh and bone
so i don't travel smooth

i could be sedentary
but i just want to be still

if i could go anywhere
anywhere with you
i would do anything
if the book was still true
but the book is not true

busted up like the mountainside
busted up from wear and tear
if i could be sedentary
would i still want to be still
Track Name: Deprive
your fingers are crossed
for all that you want
you talk to the ghost
does it whisper back softly

think of a place
a time to go out

i'll swallow my tongue
and find a new home
there's nothing i want
to deprive
Track Name: Spinning Fan
standing in the air
always waiting to calm down
but my body wouldn't hold still
until the morning light
it always takes some time

in the corner in a scare
you wouldn't look around
but the spinning of the fan
would come and cool you down
the fever doesn't stay for long
Track Name: Favorite Ghost
it's all my fault
it's always my fault
there's some danger still with me
is it in you too

i'm halfway here
with what i know you see
you turn me into
your favorite ghost
not a word
could get to me
but the message was for sure

i wake for nothing
wet and cold
then the feeling hits me
like a tragic bolt

it'll never stop
a coil tightly winding up

so if i try to pull alway
i come back to this feeling
Track Name: Freakish Glow
what's forgiven
in a world of living
nothing but swollen
water to swim in

i see you with that
freakish glow
that i've come to know
a pale sky to cover
over and over

nothing's for certain
that's got to count
for something

i see you with that
freakish glow
that i've come to know
you took a grudge
and turned it into
something better