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Live Forever

by Bartees Strange

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Randy Ojeda Law I’ve listened to this album so many times, and it just keeps getting better. Favorite track: Boomer.
Paul Cooke
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Paul Cooke I think this is the best release of 2020, regardless of genre. It's really, really excellent. It's emotional and heartfelt without needing to be slow and dull, it brims with energy, poignant lyrics and singalong choruses, but it never overplays its hand, leaving you wanting more every time! 10/10. Favorite track: Flagey God.
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andycooks Bartees Strange delivers a magically diverse and twee world, crooning along in songs like ‘Stone Meadows’ you would swear he was created in a lab using the DNA of Murray Lightburn and Tunde Adebimpe. The album takes twists and turns, from jangly indie rock to hauntingly soulful and semi-industrial. A talent so big you could see it from space - boundaryless and expansive, beautiful and moving Favorite track: Mustang.
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1.
Jealousy 02:41
(Cut out my anger) Cut out all that I believe, that hole in me, My friend. You would call me Your voice would float through the trees (Cut out my anger) You’d talk of your needs (Cut out my) And I’d listen, for remnants of me (Cut out my anger) And when you’d call me, your voice would ease All the pain I feel, (Cut out my anger,) On me So I, hide from the thieves There Wandering eyes, hungry hearts that need pain to lead Oh yeah, come to a place where everything’s everything
2.
Mustang 03:53
A man bled out this morning I’m the antecedent This, was not the first time I fell in my arms The pain of being pure again, walking home at 4am. Hours to go before it ends, It’s hella dark, and I can’t avoid the heat 2 train’s hella long, too high to sleep, my crooked bones You’re screaming and cursing, I’m smiling, you’re killing me. Is anybody really up for this one If I don’t hold nothing back Is anybody up for this one I know that, you never ask. A beast from the southern coast, A beast from the southern Last night I looked at you I knew I didn’t really fear that much I lie for a living now that’s why I really can’t tell you stuff The way that we all know how it’s all gonna end I hate america I just wait for my horses now x2 To have a life you love but know you’re undeserving, Last night I got so fucked up near lost my job It’s nice to think that folks are near, waking up was hard this year But if I didn’t move the way I did then tell me how else could be. Could I be? Could I be? I came w/ a mouth full of blood, Im hurt cuz no one can see me Don’t ask, why dont I Want to give you solace Tie me up
3.
Boomer 03:17
Aye bruh Aye bruh Aye bruh look I’m the mac And that was way before I dipped the ziggy in the Ac See that was back when I was doing harlem nights with 20 racks They call me hershey cos the money always come in relays we on track I’ve relapsed I told my girl that I was working that’s a lie I’m in the trap Told my momma I was savin’ fuck I spent that shit on wax Told my friends I couldn’t make it they don’t know I got the bag (sheesh) I, I know most people gonna say what they wanna say Most people gonna smoke what they wanna smoke And others, they don’t care about no other things And sometimes, it’s hard to tell exactly where I wanna go I know it dont show X2 And I can’t even lift my hands up, that’s what we dance for lawd, I’m going in And right when I get all my hopes up, something explodes lord I never win Hold on Hold on Hold on yes I’m the man Walked across the street the other day to get a gram Came back to the trap and smoked that shit w/ my old man He told me that I’m hardest nigga out since sam I am I know everybody back here in my block even the hoes know Smoking in the lot they say that’s cox he love the trees bro I’ve man in the corner landing jets I call him heathrow Dripping since a youngin i been eating since a teen bro I, I know most people gonna say what they wanna say Most people gonna smoke what they wanna smoke And others, they don’t care about no other things And sometimes, it’s hard to tell exactly where I wanna go I know it don’t show X2 And I can’t even lift my hands up, that’s what we dance for lawd, I’m going in And right when I get all my hopes up, something explodes lord I never win You can’t touch me, I been buried alive by the devil that’s in them hills You can’t help me, I know it’s wrong but the devil, is in them hills No chance And you tell me, that it’s all a lie I know Is he holy? all i know is that he’s going to find me.
4.
Berlin City where I saw the finer things Candy lip I swear she taste like Tangerine Throw a rack on baby wrist so she the ting Broke ass nigga but I got versace dreams, does it lean I hit a lit bruh, I can’t afford ya, why we afraid love they don’t believe ya When I was sidelined, no one believed me But now I got posters, lil baby neck gleaming That aint a snack, lil baby a meal I rent out the lear, would take you a year See im in berlin, and I’m sitting sideways Don’t you come up out the crib if you aint strange babe You gon’ miss the wave babe Yahhhh babe yaahh babe You dont leave the crib you’ll miss the strange wave That’s what I think babe Broke ass nigga but I got versace dreams. I got the Billie here in my jeans I hit the button for wetter things Put that on seven I still believe Draped in Versace im kerosine Put that on Clapton my niggas Cream Cash rule the world so I gotta beam Ultra light mommy from Medellin They call me chapo I got the beans. Jetton’ stateside for the kickback meet ya daddy momma cousin all that Make a quick pit stop get get my brick back Put that on my momma we don’t slip back. Don’t send your bitch to a god Buss it down right on my cross. And if she don’t leave the crib she’ll miss the strange wave That’s what I think babe Broke ass nigga but I got Versace dreams
5.
In A Cab 02:17
Who, could ever depend on me, Im counting my friends homie I’ll give you one Never could miss one beat (but) Know I could get something Counting my bands homie, I’ll give you one Check my phone there’s an issue with the way it’s roaming, I don’t give a damn im ronin (Keep) Asking me the questions, phone in, Walk out knowing, walk out knowing that I won Is anybody else in the building’ I don’t think it matter im chillin I could give my pain for a bank roll I’ll get the pesos, y’all getting started (Oooohhh) So lift me up, So I can be, Ya see you’re fighting with water, but you’re praying to me And all I need, til the early morn, Is to let me be I been up for 40 weeks - stressed out Hoping I can find a way to get my mind back on track it’s hard now I believe it’s back again, Going out Really late, hard to stay, crossing the sea again, Flagey It aint a problem baby, it aint a problem baby I been on my way, to hold you up, destroy the pain To say it now, the only way, Lift me up, I’ll be safe, I’ll be safe, I’ll be safe.
6.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had problems (if) everyone turned tail when you’re around Is it mine, or is it me All of the time, when all i need’s to be alone Whoo hoooooooooooo Whoo hoooooooooooo yah And you could save him, but at what cost I know I know I know I know (whoo hooo) On Alameda, until we lost If I died in a meadow, If I died I don’t think they’d ever find me at all I’d sit inthe same place, starvin’, hope they never see me fall I love you, want you, to ride out, maybe take a trip to the mall I’m hungry, starvin’ out. Last shot in a moment, And i see you comin down I don’t know where I’m going, Lord where have you gone. A world can be so clear But where have you all gone. The last shot in a moment And I see you on the run, and I see on the run, I see you on the run Now I see you on the run, and I see on the run, I see you on the run
7.
Flagey God 03:41
If I was wrong, Let me be I feel like a ghost right now, finally Walk all night long, Those winding streets Wish I could go there now, you could see me Girl you asked me if I get that De Ja Vue, I do w/ you, I do w/ yo you asked me if I get that De Ja Vue, I do w/ you, I do w/ yo Flagey God move X3 you asked me if I get that De Ja Vue, I do w/ you, Ohhh yeah I was wrong, Let me be I feel like a ghost right now, finally Walk all night long, Those winding streets Wish I could go there now, you could see me Girl you asked me if I get that De Ja Vue, I do w/ you, I do w/ yo you asked me if I get that De Ja Vue, I do w/ you, I do w/ yo Flagey God move X3 you asked me if I get that De Ja Vue, I do w/ you,
8.
Mossblerd 01:27
Genres keep us in our boxes, Keep us from our commas, Keep us niggas hopeless, Keep us from our options. Let a nigga springboard, let a god’s wings burn If I can’t play the Beacon, then Imma bring the Mossblerd I been sleeping standing, Transfiguration Pull up on these white folks. Park Slope Abandoned Used to hate my body, They tried to kill my spirit, I aint air the club out, but my brother - did it He did 12 in county, Might as well be quintin, bred in Hidden Valley I just seen his son out, mixing beats on insta He don’t know no better, He just getting fucked up off the these Genres Keep us in our boxes, keep us all from commas, keep us niggas hopeless, keep us from our options, Let a nigga springboard, Let a god’s wing’s burn If i can’t play the beacon, Imma bring the Mossblerd
9.
Far 04:10
Wheeeee I miss the rain on my face If I could walk on water, I’d be at your place So what do you get, while they’re around? Who do you miss? Are they in town? So tell me what’s your name? I’m underground. And I could be your ghost. Wander around (I’m comin’) Believe in me, if I’m staying safe or on a tree Stay with me, if I’m staying home or roaming free yahh Boy i seen, I seen it all come and go by me Oh boy I seen, Everything I love pass I believe in a world that’s black and gold Don’t nobody gotta know I wish I could go, somewhere low, where nobody gonna go I wish I could run, anywhere else but home Don’t no one know what’s good or what’s bad, or whatev And I swear to yall that nobody gotta know if I find what happen to the souls I know the souls I know mhm
10.
Are you heavy? Are you scared? Are you holding up, over there? Were you good enough? It seem like shit aint fair I just wonder around, Are you near? Yet I've fallen for you I've fallen for you Somehow I have, fallen for you Just like you want me to Are you ready, The car's not here I've been holding up, Over here I bet you've known, that sometimes I get scared I know you've gone, But somehow I feel you here. Yet I've fallen for you I've fallen for you Somehow I have, fallen for you Just like you want me to Fallen for you x3
11.
Ghostly 03:57
Take a left on Rosebud, we’re near my flat Never lax, never Chill she said, but so blessed We’d hang outside til the wind cut our cheeks. You tore the roof off a five seater (top down)and swang it for me, Lord knows I love my friends, Ooohh I love So aye bruh, call me on the phone for once Ayye cuz, you don’t got to be so alone We aint but, why you act so old all of a sudden It aint trust when I hit the road in a week and you can’t pick up the phone or nothin That’s how you Lose a day one, call in four months call in for months (how) Call in four months Pt 2 I can’t believe it, a fault that I can’t hide Memories well up in my eyes Most folks would say that i seem fine, But each morning morning I don’t feel worth it Pull up to my job almost on time Wish i could disappear more often Just run home and hide Feel ghostly bad, way beyond description I feel sad, not because I miss her I don’t want nothing I could lose. If I fall in, who’s gone pull me up blood I don’t want nothing that I can’t trust It’s hard now knowing I need you Ohhh, Ohhh, Ohhh ,ohhh (it’s on and poppin’ baby that’s why it feel so good) (deep in the background, that’s just for me)

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Coming off the heels of his highly praised EP ‘Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy’ an eclectic collection of reimagined versions from The National’s catalogue, released via Brassland, D.C.-based musician Bartees Strange sets to break new ground with his debut LP ‘Live Forever’ via Producer Will Yip’s Memory Music label in 2020.

Strange grew up in Mustang, Oklahoma, an overwhelmingly white and racist sundown town on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. In Mustang, he says, “I didn’t let myself be seen. I held myself down so I could make people feel more comfortable around me.”

Live Forever is a direct and stunning result of this conviction. It’s impossible to divorce the reality of Strange’s personal trajectory from the intricate and idiosyncratic 11-track saga on record: it spans gentle, Moses Sumney-meets-Yves Jarvis minimalism, Killers-ish indie rock vigor with post-punk cracks in its danceable veneer, the throbbing industrial alt-soul of Algiers, Justin Vernon’s acoustic tenderness, and the volatile, unforgiving production and delivery of Death Grips. Simply put, it is a combination that none but Strange could execute under—and as a result of—precise circumstances.

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released October 2, 2020

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Bartees Strange Washington, D.C.

Bartees Strange is a producer and songwriter in Washington, D.C.His mother is an opera singer. His dad served in the military for decades. He traveled widely for his parents jobs — born in Ipswich, England 1989, his family did stints in Germany, Greenland, and a number of states across america before he hit his 12th birthday when they settled down in Mustang, Oklahoma. ... more

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