Artifacts

by The Singular

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Artifacts is The Singular's second full length album. It is their first to feature new drummer Mark Bradbourne. Artifacts was recorded over a weekend at keyboard player Nichole Catalano-Miller's house. After a failed Kickstarter campaign the band pooled its own resources to purchase recording equipment and produced the album themselves. Lead singer, James Pequignot, finished post production over the next few months, and more than once abandoned his current progress and started from scratch.

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released July 13, 2013

The Singular is:
Mark Bradbourne: Percussion
Terry Mortensen: Bass
Nichole Catalano-Miller: Keyboard
James Pequignot: Guitar/Vocals

All songs written by James Pequignot
All songs arranged by The Singular, except Artifacts from Childhood Filtered Through Hindsight, En Empty Arm and a Full IV Bag, Electric Chair, and Wisdumb Teeth arranged by The Singular and Jason Chicatelli

Artifacts was recorded by The Singular in Nichole Catalano-Miller's house on the weekend of March 2nd, 2013, with additional recording and production done in James Pequignot's home studio. The album was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by James Pequignot

Hand clappers on Speak to Me were Terry Mortensen, Nicky Mortensen, Corey Stevens, Ginny Little, Amber Pequignot, and James Pequignot

Artwork by Eric Miller: emmdesign.carbonmade.com

"The Riddle of God" sample on God Turned His Head, was recorded and produced by freesound.org user Puniho. It was used under the creative commons license and can be found at the free sound project. www.freesound.org

The Singular would like to thank:
Amber Pequignot, Nicky Mortensen, Eric Miller, Rose Bradbourne, Bryton Catalano-Miller, Declan Catalano-Miller, Jill Bradbourne, Jenna Bradbourne, Peter Nincompoop, Jason Chicatelli, David Bon, Corey Stevens, anyone who ever babysat the Catalano-Miller children during practice/tour/gigs, coffee, and beer. They would also like to thank each other in a multitude of mind numbing variations

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The Singular is a band that holds high the value of music as an experience and strives to make a good one for anyone who cares to listen. As a modest four piece rock band they produce a sound that can be described as cavernous and overwhelming. They triumph the art of storytelling through song, and always invite their audience along with them on a musical journey. ... more

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Track Name: Artifacts From Childhood Filtered Through Hindsight
I found a bunch of notes I took in Kindergarden
Holy fucking shit the colors and the shapes
The world is beautiful we just forgot to shut our mouths
And listen for a minute

I found a picture of myself I drew when I was 17 years old
How terrible to see the way I saw myself
When I had no regrets and no responsibilities
Track Name: An Empty Arm and a Full IV Bag
Both hands on the wheel
Three more days to go
I heard god caught a cold
And it would not go away
I thought I should be home
And I felt like I should stay

February skies
Falling down on me
I held my head up high
But I could not catch a break
Old familiar roads
Could set me back in place

Both hands on the wheel
Three more days to go
I heard god caught a cold
And it would not go away
To see him on his back
Put fear upon my face
To see you on your back...
Track Name: Electric Chair
So we gave our lives up to god when we were young
And he threw them back like fish that were too small
So we never knew what it was like to feel called
So we hung our heads and decided
"This is life from now on..."

Yes I know the world don't care
If I ever come back from there
I built my own electric chair
And now it's time to sit for just a while

So I found the body, found the blood, and found out what they mean
I found there's not a chance in hell for a sinning man like me
So I did my best to justify and I did my best to find
Some holy voice inside my head and trust it as my guide


Yes I know the world don't care
If I ever come back from there
I built my own electric chair
And now it's time to sit for just a while

So we gave our lives up to god when we were young
And he threw them back like fish that were too small
Track Name: Box
I want to box you
Cause I want a story to tell all the grandkids
A scar on my face I can name
That says "I am not the same."

I want to race you
Cause I want to know
What it fells like to push myself
Hard as I think I can go
And still come up broken

Maybe we're changed and maybe we're changing
Your fist my face your place or mine
Cause home is a place that doesn't exist the way we remember
As hard as you can
I promise that I will not be fine

I want to box you
Cause I want to know
What it feels like when everything
Inside my body can't take anymore and lets go
When I hit the bottom I'll tell it that you said hello
Track Name: Wisdumb Teeth
There's teeth inside my head
That I won't ever see
Yea time's a funny thing.
When you're older

He took his pound of flesh
But he won't let me be
Yea God's a funny thing
When you're older
To want the world for her
Instead of for myself
Yea love's a funny thing
When you're older
Track Name: Justy Knuff
Just enough to be numb
But not enough to be okay
What does happiness take?
It isn't easy
I know

Just enough to fall asleep
But not enough to have a dream
My mind is listless as the sea
When it just wants to lay
Still and unafraid

Oh I am terrified of every moment spent alone inside my head
Oh I am hatching up a scheme to pull myself out of this bed
And see what's next

Just enough to check out
But not enough to get back home
My mind is somewhere on the road
Thumbing for a ride
Please let him inside

Just enough to be numb
But not enough to be okay
What does happiness take?
It isn't easy
I know
Track Name: God Turned His Head
Drinking again
'Cause good news never lasts
Good news never lasts too long

And we waited on your front porch
For the rain that never came
And we put out our hands
And made demands
And God just laughed
And turned his head

Clouds hang low
And give our thirsty hearts some hope
But rain never comes
And all our schemes remain undone


And we waited on your front porch
For the rain that never came
And we put out our hands
And made demands
And God just laughed
And turned his head
Track Name: Speak to Me
I spoke these lines and then
Called your name again
I swear you answered once
Or did I just pretend?
To hear some kind of voice
To feel like I could be forgiven

I don't want to waste my life
Just wandering the empty depths
Obsessing over pretty words
To someday be my epitaph
I acknowledge and accept
The bitter-sweetest thing is
Every mark I bleed to leave
Will be erased with time

To take in my next breath
Or drink myself to death?
Surrendering to outrageous fortune
And might I ask for what?
The slings and arrows
For what dreams might be left

So speak to me and I'll believe again
I'll take back all the stupid things I said
I just wanna feel the way I felt
When I was sure that there was someone in control
Track Name: Lucky (Rants About Radiohead)
I saw you in a cross hair
We took hold and released again
I picked you from a lineup
A soul that I might recognize
Some electrical shock in your eyes

We hung out on the weekend
Your hair was softer than animal fur
I did not believe in love anymore
'Til you stole the fear from my spine
And put back the stars in the sky

I'm sorry for what I am
there's not much money in sad songs and poetry
Or rant's about Radiohead's rock and roll dominance
No matter how true they might be
No matter how right I might be