Sea Monster

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Dark, elegant and rambunctious; a collection of spavined waltzes, latin flavored post-punk struts, and neurotic rock confessions. Songs of adventure, triumph and unease.

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released November 15, 2017

Credits:
Jeff Morris: guitar, vocals
Mike Brown: acoustic bass
Jerome Morris: drums, percussion
Ellia Bisker: backing vocals, ukulele, percussion
Estelle Bajou: backing vocals, violin
Molly White: backing vocals, violin
Patricia Santos: backing vocals, cello
Jesse Selengut: trumpet
Stefan Zeniuk: reeds, owls
Liz Prince: tuba
Jeanie Schroder: tuba
Caroline Ritson: musical saw

All songs written and arranged by Jeff Morris, except Too Bad (You Haven’t Eyes Like Us Owls) written by Stefan Zeniuk.

Recorded and engineered by Don Godwin at Phantom Center (Brooklyn, NY) and Figure 8 Recording (Brooklyn, NY).

Mixed by Don Godwin at Airshow Mastering (Takoma Park, MD) and Classic Bear Studios (Silver Spring, MD)

Mastered by Don Godwin at Airshow Mastering (Takoma Park, MD)

Album artwork by Omer Gal

© 2017 all rights reserved.

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…Kotorino has one of the most unique and unusual sounds of any band, ever. Even in a music scene saturated with “chamber-pop” bands and odd instrumentation, Kotorino stands out with its use of all variety of winds, strings, and other musical gadgetry. The music itself is omnivorous in its source material, quite pretty, and downright haunting ... more

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Track Name: Hell Yeah
From the back woods of Manhattan
Came a good girl with a big plan
she made a bold play at the race track
put the cold cash in her back pack
no time for young boys and their skate boards
who fall like popcorn to the dance floor
And like a broken calculator
They try and try but never get her number

Went to her grandma's on the west side 
Who ran a seance since her man died
She puts the Bauhaus on the boom box
lifts an eyebrow when the door knocks
Enter a hip priest from the east side
with ayahuasca on his beat mind,  said
"I learned 2 things from my boy Buddha:
Life is pain but that don't really matter" 

Our girl went down town to the tar pits
Where the hedge funds keep their mystics
She said it's been real in the abstract 
But I'mma break out of this contract
and speaking backwards like a priestess
she left the court-yard after recess, Now
I got a hot date with the future
She packed, and left, with a thin ice figure skater

when the days flash like a strobe light 
get we get past what we thinks right
can we put down what we’re holding
can we be still for the moment?

hell yeah hallelujah (4x)

we’re all calm cool and complicated maybe 
even night school graduated
and whether stan-ding, tall or seated
sometimes our best plans get defeated
next time your big stage machinations
give you ribcage palpitations 
embrace that healthy attitude-a
can you say oh, oh hell, hell yeah and hallelujah

hell yeah hallelujah (8x)
Track Name: Now That I'm Dead
Right about now I'm sober
Not for much longer
Now that I'm dead

Won't need a pocket full of posey's
Just throw some roses
Right at my head

Might be hard to believe
It's easy to breathe
Now that I'm dead

Trust me as far as you can throw me
Just get to know me
Now that I'm dead

The song that you sang in the show
Gets louder and louder
Now that you've left

It wails round the house like a siren
I close my ears hiding
Under my empty bed

Come on man
Don't be like that man
Don't be such a cry baby

You don't understand man
I'm damaged and broken
You can't help me

Come on man
We're damaged we're broken
And still we get by baby
cry baby
don't cry no more
baby

Up in the sky there's a ghost
In a glass bottom boat
Floats overhead
He let's down his line and he'll watch
Whisper "I got you" under his breath

And on today it was me
Chasing a dream
Tripped heels over head
He reeled in his line and said
"Jack, I can't throw you back
now that you're dead"
Track Name: Daddy's on the Road
eyes like a tourniquet and hands of a ghost
pass through his fingers all things he wants most
set your mind on something
he says to his reflection
all i need is somewhere deep to go


towns the go by
they always look the same
in the overhead light
try as he might
his heads a million miles away 
in the thundering sky

there’s nothing to say
there’s no one to fight
he tried to explain
to the birds in the night
the birds flew away
a million miles away
in the thundering sky

daddy’s on the road
daddy’s on the road 
daddy’s on the road (never get rich quick that way)
daddy’s on the road

Kid with a telescope cold desert night 
Looking for something in a satellite 
He scans the taillight highway
and says to his reflection
All I need is somewhere deep to go

daddy’s on the road
daddy’s on the road 
daddy’s on the road (never get rich quick that way)
daddy’s on the road
Track Name: Rags to Riches
I've always wanted to be
the one in the gliding black car
To float through the city behind tinted windows
and disappear into the fog

Now that we've worked and we schemed
gotten much more, than we're allowed
I don't know what to believe, 'cuz
God knows we're miserable now

We sang a song of woe and longing
for a better day
now it's here just as we feared
nothing has really changed

Make me a dress out of paper
Touch it with opulent fire
Behold as I step from the ashes
The color of dawn as she kisses the sky
(repeat)
Track Name: Breakdown
Monday morning staring at the ceiling
Wonder why do I fight
Get up get dressed, get some work done I guess
One day I'll know why

Subway stumble luke warm coffee mumble
Thousand faces pass be by
Office meeting people talking at me
I roll back my eyes

I had a little breakdown
I had a little breakdown
I broke right down
And my old self slipped away

I came to my senses
I came to my senses
I woke right up
In the middle of the day

Writhing on the office table
Tearing of my suit and my tie
I don't know who was screaming
But I was not dreaming
I grew two wings from my spine

I had a little breakdown
I had a little breakdown
I broke right down
And my old self slipped away

I came to my senses
I came to my senses
I woke right up
In the middle of the day

Far away I'm floating far away
Into a different place

Far away he's drifting far away
He'll never be the same
Not like he was before

Now I'm no angel I know
And no devil for sure
And they both gave a good fight

Out the window I climbed
I guess I'll see you next time
I'll say farewell but not goodbye

I had a little breakdown
I had a little breakdown
I broke right down
And my old self slipped away

I came to my senses
I came to my senses
I woke right up
In the middle of the day
Track Name: Planes Land
I sit around and watch planes land all day
go over and over the things i did wrong
i can't remember when I last felt this way
it made me the villain in our love song

the higher you go the thinner the air
a head in the clouds, spoils the view
what I didn't know was that I wouldn't care
Someone was crying, but it wasn't you

I let go of your hand / and you flew away
I understand it's better that way
but when your plane lands and
you've fallen from grace
I'll be there

Here I am watching planes land all night
I don't know the future but I read all the cards
deal another hand till it comes out right
I'm weak in the diamonds but strong in the hearts

I let go of your hand / and you flew away
I understand it's better that way
but when your plane lands and
you've fallen from grace
I'll be there

you have places to see
I've people to be and
paper airplanes to unfold
i read right here in your note
I have a hard time

letting go of your hand / and you flew away
I understand it's better that way
but when your plane lands and
you've fallen from grace

I'll be there I'll be there
I'll be there I'll be there
I'll be there I'll be there
I'll be there I'll be there
I'll be there I'll be there
Track Name: Right Way Wrong
We walked a silent way
To steal upon a better self
Sent the past away
It didn't seem to help
It's not all the same
I feel the pull on my marrow
The facts remain
I'm gonna need a while to lie low

There’s a price paid for a good day
Hold me tightly and here we are
Is this the right way
Or a big mistake
Keep the wolves away
But here they are

Was it McGorlick park
Where I saw you fast asleep
Or was that me, was that me
How many eyes went dark
When I flashed my hungry grin
Not this again, not him again

Come away
with me a while
There nothing left to do

Here’s your chance
I see you smile
There’s only time to lose

Nothing seems to fit
When I look into the mirror
We're reflected, were desperate

Draw a line
With self discipline
But not this time, not this time

There’s a price paid for a good day
Hold me tightly
And here we are
Is this the right way
Or a big mistake
Keep the wolves away
But here they are

(repeat)
Track Name: Fall Asleep but Don't Let Me Go
rest your cheek on my collar bone
hear the waves slap on the hull
fall asleep but don't let me go
fall asleep but don't let me go

the water's deep, black and cold
the ship is sturdy but the Captain is drunk
there's no going back, there's no going back
fall asleep but don't let me go

nobody said it'd be easy
to give up life on dry land
nobody said it'd be easy,
easy, steady as she goes

if I tell you a secret you already know
pronounce it in whisper in this warm fold
is it too much, is it too much
to jump in the water and swim like a stone

nobody said it'd be easy
to give up life on dry land
nobody said it'd be easy,
easy, steady as she goes

nobody said it'd be easy
to give up life on dry land
nobody said it'd be easy,
easy, steady as she goes

just before the morning's glow
I feel your breath break on the shore
don't say a word, don't say a word
fall asleep but don't let me go
Track Name: Sea Monster
Move around, beat the ground, make a sound just to hear an e-cho
swim away, seize the day, hyper ventilate listen to the wind blow
the glitter of the diamonds in the sky
the racket of the voices on the inside

Running scared, go somewhere, heard a sound musta been the telephone move out west, do what's best, voices in my head, heard them on the radio
trashed my car, make a brand new start
friends I had always seem to drift apart

Sea monster
Sea monster
Sea monster
Sea monster

remember things, how they used to be, the Spanish moss draping on the willows
The quiet girl, from the library, spent the night and rearranged the pillows
We didn't say much but we read a lot
You couldn't have more than what we got

Sea monster
Sea monster
Sea monster
Sea monster

I feel a feeling deep in my bones
and heaven knows
my bones are much older than me
submarine ping won't leave me alone Poseidon knows
my home is the sea
away from you and me

I don't know how, I got this way, doctor said, it must have been the telephone or the plastic dish, in the microwave, doctor said it's fracturing my spinal bone just the other day I was feeling fine
till a very big fish came and took the line

Sea monster
Sea monster
Sea monster
Sea monster

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