Idle Empress

by Idle Empress

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First and foremost, we have to thank our friend Leo Strei for all the work he did recording, mixing, and mastering this little record, and for being so patient throughout the whole process. We would also like to thank our families for their love and endless support of our artistic endeavors. Last but not least, a huge thank you to the city of Eau Claire and all the friends we've made here. The people of the Eau Claire arts community are some of the most creative and kind people we've ever met. Thank you all so much for the love, support, and inspiration you give.
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released January 1, 2016

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Leo Strei at Lake House, 2015.

Album artwork by Ella Strei // Album design by Jesse Johnson.

"Woods" features Hannah Hebl and Adelyn Strei as backing vocalists. "Woods" is original music put to words from "Sleeping In The Forest", a poem by Mary Oliver.

Songs written by Lauren Anderson // Arrangements by Idle Empress.

Idle Empress is Lauren Anderson (g/vox), Josh Frederick (b/g/vox) and Elliot Heinz (d)

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Track Name: Winter
Slated by your cigarette, brush off my cold shoulder
River isn’t moving yet and I was never over
I steal a look into your eyes where my thoughts are bound
Grey and icy and terrified I keep mine down for now
I keep mine down for now

Jaded lines of what’s behind, in what we chose to keep
Lies that kept me up all night, didn’t know your talk was cheap
Didn’t know your talk was cheap

Someday, I’m gonna find it
Reclaim my own autonomy
My love goes unrequited
It leaves a ghost and it’s haunting me

The freckles on your shoulder blades remind you of the summer
The times we stayed in bed all day
And I told you things I never told anybody else
And you’d hold me close and say you’re just fine
Oh I have those kinds of thoughts all the time

Someday, I’m gonna find it
Reclaim my own autonomy
My love goes unrequited
It leaves a ghost and it’s haunting me
Someday I’m gonna find it
Reclaim my own autonomy
Tell me my love is blinded
But you’re the only thing I see
Track Name: Wanderer
You watch the world through your red spectacles
And contemplate things that you already know
Oh you’re staying up late watching old tv shows
And dream about cancer in blue light shadow

And you don’t know how to begin to settle your mind
But you’ll say that you’re doing just fine

'Cause your mind it wanders and your heart does the same
It’s a lonesome way of living but a life all the same
So you fix up your bike and you go your own way
You don’t know where you’re going but you know you can’t stay

Attribute your depression to your grandfather’s death
And sell his belongings not a single one left
But an old Cadillac and you decided to jet
And take up cosplaying as professor X

You don’t know how to begin to settle your mind
But you’ll say that you’re doing just fine

'Cause your mind it wanders and your heart does the same
It’s a lonesome way of living but a life all the same
So you fix up your car and you drive out of state
You don’t know where you’re going but you know you can’t stay

Oh the plains aren’t wide enough for the wanderer
He found a love but he never belonged to her
Oh the plains aren’t wide enough for the wanderer
The worlds not wide enough for the wanderer

'Cause your mind it wanders and your heart does the same
It’s a lonesome way of living but a life all the same
So you fix up your bike and you go your own way
You don’t know where you’re going but you know you can’t stay
Track Name: Certain
We are broken, we are young
We show the colors of our hearts strung out on our sleeves
With bodies that cling to our own uncertainties

And innocence is all we’d know
And innocence is how we’d grow and it’s how we’d grow old
And we won’t die alone, no

We are broken, we are young
We show the colors of our hearts strung out on our sleeves
With bodies that cling to our own uncertainties
My mind is fickle—I’m a mess
But for you I’d do my best
I’d hold your umbrella for you in the rain
And kiss you where it hurts so you never feel the pain
Track Name: Woods
Woods

I thought the earth remembered me
She took me back so tenderly

Arranging her dark skirts full of lichens and leaves
I slept as never before, a stone on the riverbed
With nothing between me and the bright fire of the stars
But my thoughts
And they floated light as moths

I hear small kingdoms breathing
The creatures writhe and stir
In the night I fall so eagerly
To vanish into something better

I rose and fell as if in water
Grappling with a luminous doom
By morning I had fell at least a thousand times
Into something better…to something better
Track Name: Absence
There's some really dark places in the corners of my mind,
No comfort in embraces and I can't sing in time anymore.
Consciousness is fading; left my luckies in the rain.
Your absence is sedating; I can't seem to recall my middle name.

If I said what's on my mind, would you run?
Would you tell me all the ghosts you've been hiding from?
If I said what's on my mind, would you run?
If you said what's on your mind...

Your eyes, they always follow things nobody else can see;
Behind them lives a demon and you're searching for relief.
You sleep alone and dream of home.

If I said what's on my mind, would you run?
Would you tell me all the ghosts you've been hiding from?
If I said what's on my mind, would you run?
If you said what's on your mind would we be here?