I N C R E M E N T S

by Paper Void

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1.
Step One 02:13
Welcome back to orbit You're now here with us We're right here with you See we're just floating amongst the space dust The gaps between the wind There's no need to look far ahead As you circle back around just trust And let the moment get you stuck See as you're stepping and striding Your footsteps have a way Of painting the canvas that you walk on Though the fog of war is real Just know that zeal reveals So move forward and trust your gut as layers peel Time will glue it all together As the pieces become whole and meaning will soon glow One day it'll all make sense But 'til then take it step by step
2.
Safekeeping 04:03
Southside we held down that fire If I said we didn't I'd be lying Oh at the same time I was crying Paint on my canvas again There was a sound like chimes Coming from the bedroom in the morning Tangled up in twin beds like a warning Not to get too close to anything Aching for safekeeping Summer never ends when you're working freelance And living in the city Answering to nobody But the face on the screen All that money that you spent last night And the reason that your wallet's empty Looking for some innocent company Out on Mission and 16th Aching for safekeeping Early riser needing a pick me up Beating fatigue in some fisticuffs Traded everything I know for a bit of luck riding the wave that was in my gut No more back in the day now I’m packed in this train Thinking bout how to advance in this game so rapidly paced Move too slow fall flat on your face It's like we move with this impetus since removed from the womb when we're innocent Pray to this muse feeling dazed and confused stay your lane and obey all the rules Wide eyes to the world but some say that it's cruel and your oyster I guess it just depends on the school of thought I'm caught in the middle Stumped by this riddle big picture I'm stuck with some scribbles Life is something so brittle ego was big but it shrunk just a little Kicking up the dust I would settle in call it resurgence or genesis, some a kind of betterment I digress Embarcadero jet on this divine quest On this flight west it's the gold rush feeling so rushed trying to strike next Fast paced living, feel like some soul is the last thang missing Move along you can't stay wishing this train is leaving we're passing Mission Now everyday just feels like same seasons work from morn 'til the late evening Play the game seeking some safekeeping Aching Southside we held down that fire If I said we didn't I'd be lying Oh at the same time I was crying Paint on my canvas again There was a sound like chimes Coming from my bedroom in the morning Tangled up in twin beds like a warning Not to get too close to anything Aching for safekeeping
3.
Just Waiting 06:07
Just waiting for the sun to fall They said it would be better then Feel out of time can't bet again I don't wanna go Feel it deep within my bones But they said to hit the road Just waiting for the sun to rise I think I lost my appetite But they said I'll be alright But they said I'll be alright But they said I'll be alright But I don’t think this feeling's right We had it, you fought it I swore we'd get through it I thought you would push us through this We had it, you fought it I swore we'd get through it And anyone could see through this Still waiting for the sun to fall She promised we would meet again I'm stuck here with this bleeding pen I don't wanna go Feel like I have no control The thought of you is overgrown Still waiting for the sun to rise No sleep and losing track of time But they said I'll be alright But they said I'll be alright But they said I'll be alright But I don't think it's feeling right We had it, you fought it I swore we'd get through it I thought you would push us through this We had it, you fought it I swore we'd get through it And anyone could see through this Just waiting for the tides to slow Still gripping feeling no control So I'll walk the open road Still waiting, still waiting But I want to fly from here Feels like years my dear And I'm looking towards the light Feel the grips of paradise With this time that's passing by With this time that's passing by With this time that's passing by I think it's time to say goodbye
4.
Shaky Hips 01:21
5.
Differently 03:37
Make me wanna feel differently Make me wanna feel different things Make me wanna feel something inside I find myself staring at the rhythm of the clock Mentally block my soul in a prison with a lock But the ticking on my watch's just a figment of my thoughts Cuz come to think about it we're just spinning on this rock Right around a sun that weighs like 90 thousand tons And compared to distant planets man my time has just begun I’ve been thinking that it's infinite, my mind is often numb Cuz if you're waiting for tomorrow man tomorrow never comes There's more wisdom in big dippers than six figures You can't substitute soul kick out the pinch hitters Information used to travel out for six winters Now everybody and their mothers could just hit Twitter We've collectively challenged our humble status As animals and savages to modern man with cameras 'Til we meet drinking from the chalice at the palace Let this music be your guide to the stars so don't panic [Chorus] Sometimes you just wanna get away, don't think that you can stay in today Feel like it's more than just a calling a craving, let's hop on this spaceship Shoot to the stars, it looms in your heart You know who you are At times I'm sitting looking for some inspiration With little patience as I'm flipping pages through my notebook It's like I take my own rook inside this simple game and My mind is playing in a different language An old crook is stealing my only chance for change It's this music that gets me high, but at times I fly a damaged plane And we can't escape the way we're prone to skip to basics Cuz they just want our cash and change like poker chips in Vegas Sometimes we need a hiatus to fade back in our placement Away from the cliches we stay in day-to-day Just move free, embellish life with light like what the moon brings It's just a reflection of what I see and what you see And it's consuming me now, the beautiful sound moving around the tunes And cruising through within the loops and samples I'm just concerned with observing this truth and handle This music's surface with purpose and numerous answers [Chorus] Make me Feel something inside Make me We ain't got no time You make me feel Something inside You make me feel Inside
6.
All Ways 03:48
It's all in your head, I tell myself The world is aligned It's not every day, you know Fortune is blind You are always Staring back at me You don't know yet It's just the thoughts I've seen For now I'm alone, and no one else Will feel the same There's danger in thinking it You're so far away But you're still here Your presence holding me I'm awake now But you're still shaking me Shaping me Someday we'll find us I will be the answer, but I don't know when
7.
Retreating into what we see Cosmic lines of parallel people And I see eyes staring back into mine Piercing through millions of years of light Do I see you or do you see me? Blacking into painted skies A misted grayscale creates a dark veil Punctured by scattered points of light Points of light Close up your eyes, imagine this fragile oasis Zoomed out to macro equations No longer surrounded by ground Removing the bound found in gravity's braces ...Feel like I'm gathering patience Sitting on top of that silver lining, no longer trapped in the matrix Above the complexities lookin like everything's basic Borderless paradise seeing no faces Everything's small what are we chasing I see no gold chains on Atlas As the world spins on axis that old saying that's practiced That money makes the world go seems tactless These facts flip when we zoom out from our brick house past the atmos to the blackness Feelin my mind shift with this time split Uncovering layers just when I thought there was nothing to savor Had to think but convinced ever since there's something that's greater Up in the vapors seeing the signs everywhere published in nature Who's looking at who, don't know I'm looking at you This is too much space
8.
Rhode Song 01:12
9.
Now 04:07
Baby, lately, when you come around Maybe, lately, I've been feeling down Cause when you knew me, we were younger I was at your fingertips You'd say trust me, and I'd let you in But you flipped the switch And you don't know me And you don't hold me Like you used to And you don't know me And you don't hold me Anymore Cause when you loved me baby yeah I thought I'd found the one But you don't need me baby yeah And it's clear now that we're done Let your words hurt And my tears fall Don't pretend to wipe them dry And when it hurts less I still won't call And for now I don't care why Crazy, saved me, from that empty town Hazy, it gave me, an empty book of sounds I don't remember who I was then Defined myself by you And so I made sure last goodbyes were Never misconstrued Now you don't know me Now you don't hold me Like you used to Now you don't know me Now you don't hold me Anymore Cause when you loved me baby yeah I thought I'd found the one But you don't need me baby yeah And it's clear now that we're done Let your words hurt And my tears fall Don't pretend to wipe them dry And when it hurts less I still won't call And for now I don't care why
10.
Wash Away 04:39
Blindly falling over trampled mosses grown (You're running you're running) Disputed adhesive of your own (It won't stick) Tripping on nonsense, stumbling on gold You're a pure poet on autopilot (With excess equipment) Paralyzed by the headaches you get Let it unwind Fresh fears, like wet clay, your hands shape They'll wash away Flirting with muses giving me perfect excuses Scribble little nothings outlining my hubris in chalk As they laugh in amusement, hah Mental is muted, feeling diluted Gotta go fix up my blueprints Feeling so far from the passion I felt when I was first stricken by Cupid Painting this portrait with nothing but force before the energy forfeits Pray there's enough of this flame on this torch to keep us in orbit Head is spinning and spinning just thinking to finish I sit on this brook, wishing for fish on this hook Looking for food for thought, but got nothing to cook Fresh fears, like wet clay, your hands shape They'll wash away

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released July 10, 2016

Album artwork by Lauren YS (laurenys.com).

All songs written and arranged by Paper Void. Horn arrangements by Lawrence Galloway and Matt Segall.

Alberto Guzmán - vocals
Ella Cooley - vocals
Hannah Martinson - vocals
Betai Koffi - keyboards, vocoder
Chris Tang - guitar
Evan Gitterman - bass, keyboards, alto saxophone
Alex Favaro - drums

Matt Segall - tenor saxophone
Lawrence Galloway - trombone
Isaac Ghansah - trumpet
Jacob Wynne - trumpet

All tracks recorded, engineered, and mixed by Evan Gitterman at Fantasia Soundworks.

Produced by Evan Gitterman with assistance from Gavin Leeper.

Mastered by Piper Payne at Coast Mastering.

Special thanks to Gavin Leeper, Bana Hatzey, Dianne Weinthal, Arrington "Ace" West, Rich Graff, Julian Pitt, and Eric Almanzar.

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Paper Void Oakland, California

An Oakland-based genre-bending band that integrates jazz-flavored neo-soul, hip-hop, and rock influences.

Paper Void is:
Alberto Guzmán - vocals
Hannah Martinson - vocals
Ella Cooley - vocals
Gavin Leeper - guitar
Betai Koffi - keyboards
Evan Gitterman - bass
Alex Favaro - drums
Matt Segall - tenor sax
Isaac Ghansah - trumpet
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