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In March, we holed up in Madison. We had no time to explore the town, not that we wanted to see it anyway. Instead we spent ten hours in a dormitory lounge and a radio station. We wanted to see what we could make with what little time and resources we had, to see how fast we could come up with a way to show our spontaneity. Two friends who hadn't seen each other in a year had two days record two songs. Haste was our method, and so it was our product. Every buzz, every squeak, and every faltered note was left untouched. In working quickly, I found parts of myself surfacing that I didn’t know I had, vulnerabilities and strengths alike. This is their display.


released December 1, 2015

Both songs were written two years ago and performed many times by Jonathan Cooney and recorded in ten hours by Sam Barry.

Haste was mastered by Ryan Schwabe at the Headroom.
Beau Brynes made the album art.



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Track Name: Great Grey Towers
Do you hear
the well bell ringing?
It's time to fall
in line and out
of love with your lofty dreams.

So tell me,
do you feel different or special
like they promised
after four short years

despite the nights
spent crying till the sunrise
at your desk,
by our loneliness?

Spill to me
all of your regrets
so I can
feel validated.
Take a seat here
beside me
on the railway
and we will wait.

You and me,
my intangible company,
waiting for tomorrow
and a train back home.
Track Name: Three Words
Three words
exchanged on the phone today.
First time in a while.
And there was no voice on the other end,
raspy from the cigarettes
I wish you wouldn't smoke,
but who am I to stop you?
The one in the background.

Why did I
allow this to drift away
across the lines of these states
and city scapes
dotted with colored lights
that neither of us want to like?
Oh, I don't make the trek up north
'cause I've never got the cash I'm wasting
flipping through photos
and memories of you,
the one in the background.

I'm taking my place
I've always known with us,
though you may disagree,
and as much as I hate to say it,
I want you to carry on
without me.