Stars + Specks

by Zapruder Point

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1.
STARS AND SPECKS we sorta fell in love again we made each other well and then you arrived before sundown but you didn't wanna stick around couldn't be bothered to make a sound she fed you peaches and shredded wheat she mentioned people you could meet and i called out with my head down but you didn't wanna stick around couldn't be bothered to make a sound and this dresser will go to somebody else now but the stars should come back around we looked at books and snaps and trains we looked at bed and picture frames we looked into first and middle names not too pretty and not too plan but you didn't wanna stick around couldn't be bothered to make a sound and this dresser will go to somebody else now but the stars should come back around yeah the stars should come back around yeah the stars will
2.
03:10
THE SPRINT the buzz of your headphones is enough to let us know that at least you're still alive back there as your mother spots the signs i just keep between the lines 'til your campus nearly shines for you for you once in our front yard i sprained your left forearm as i pulled you back too hard too hard you were gunning for the street and the look you gave to me well i still feel it burning if only i had not been so afraid if only you had not sprinted away, sprinted away we get you settled in we say goodbye and then you already look thin too thin if only i had not been so afraid if only you had not sprinted away, sprinted away if only i had not tried to control everything maybe we'd have not drifted away, drifted away
3.
BIG SISTER (I NEVER HAD) it’s hard to believe that you always had a smile when all the shit i pulled was so juvenile you’d pull me over when the others weren’t around saying, “listen to this sound, listen to this sound” but now i hit the search button on the radio it sounds an alarm it’s so pitiful these songs so grand from hearts so small it’s like hearing nothing at all and it’s hard to believe that you ever let me hang with my flood-ready cords and my crooked bangs but you’d sneak me stroh’s when the rentals weren’t around saying, “listen to this sound, listen to this sound” oh wow there’s nothing better than that first femmes tape handed down when you had to graduate and all that summer how it rang through the house but things are way too quiet now the grunge goddess with her brand-new chest went and traded up from the trouser press oh i know i shouldn’t care about the class of ninety-three but i miss your CDs i miss you terribly i know i’d get more dates if i didn’t date myself don’t i know nothing i should never tell ‘bout how i plug myself into those realistic phones i close my eyes and you’re still home
4.
THE SHAPE OF OHIO maybe someone's got the whole world in his hands and maybe you can make him laugh by making plans but it's all elementary from where i stand there's music in the numbers there's boulders in the sand and maybe she's an alien from ohio and maybe she's a say in how you come and go but it's not like every TV night's so terrible and her smile is something certain like the shape of ohio or where the solo goes everybody knows maybe you're just jealous of the way she splits clear and down the middle fairly obvious while you riddle with bullets and a hundred lists from a into wherever from b into the blitz and maybe you've just been thinking a lot and maybe that's the kind of train that never stops
5.
COYOTES / CAPTAINS the skyline windows flash across the harbor fair and the power boats just sitting there the captains' overtures dissolve into the air as their shipmates quickly grow impaired yeah they're getting there and the coyotes of the city were in meetings all day projects into products into spots that never fade no the coyotes of the city have not escaped and once it's dark enough to make a special friend the swirling interns wave 'em in and a glass goes unattended every now and then a detail lost on better men or is it lesser men guess it all depends and the coyotes of the city have stayed up way too late say they'd eat those hens like catfish if they could stay awake no the coyotes of the city have not escaped

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Beginning with the title track's open letter to an unborn child (“Stars and Specks”), Zapruder Point 's Stars + Specks EP covers the more harrowing aspects of parenthood in short order, as the second track (“The Sprint”) sees a father driving his son to college while remembering a fateful event from years before. A pair of more traditional relationship songs follow: “Big Sister (I Never Had)” describes a bond, now faded, that fueled a love of music, and “The Shape of Ohio” briefly illuminates the doubts and certainties embedded in love itself.  The EP then ends on a cautionary note, with the characters of “Coyotes / Captains” unable to resist their predatory roles.  Pitched somewhere between Phosphorescent and Waxahatchee, Stars + Specks is an intimate listen, captured (mostly) live with just vocals and acoustic guitar.  In it, Zapruder Point offers up songs of unsentimental nostalgia, expectation and loss, and the comforts and inevitable contusions of living in the world.

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released February 21, 2018

'Stars and Specks,' 'Big Sister' and 'Coyotes' recorded by Lee Ketch in his apartment in Chicago. 'The Sprint' and 'Ohio' recorded by Bill Kavanagh at Bob Dog Studios in Oak Park. Sung, played and mixed by Dan Zapruder Phillips. Cover photo and art design by Piper Kruse (piperkruse.com).

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Zapruder Point is a Cincinnati-based sad bastard songwriter with a pretty voice.

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