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"...I have to be honest. Your album is my breakfast music. I listen to it every morning...you guys have a sound."
- Ji Hoon Kang - Freelance Saxophonist, Bass Player, member of J.L.A


released April 30, 2015

All Composition & Arrangement by the TUSKS band
Rebecca Rosen
Isaac Levine
Steve Stavropoulos
Dylan Greene

Isaac Levine

Recording Engineers
Jonathan Chun
Austin Stawowczyk
Isaac Levine

Additional Artists
Ji Hoon Kang - Tenor Saxophone - Hintzen
Jeff Garcia - Trumpet - Hintzen
Tim Barrett - Guitar - Skyscape, Sludge Brother, Hintzen
Nick Williams - Vocals - Sludge Brother

Recorded at the Duderstadt Audio Studio, Ann Arbor . MI
"Skyscape" recorded at The 804 Bill Haus, Ann Arbor . MI

Album Art
3-d modeling and rendering by Steven Stavropoulos
source photos by Nick Williams

Album Design
Nick Tilma
Audrey Stanton

Art Direction
Steve Stavropoulos
Dylan Greene



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the TUSKS band Ann Arbor, Michigan

The TUSKS band began in the Winter of 2014 at the University of Michigan where they met as friends and students. Initially, the project set out to perform the electronic compositions of Steven Stavropoulos, yet quickly morphed into a quartet of artistically diverse collaborative composers with a wide and diverse array of artistic backgrounds. ... more

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Track Name: Translucent Pink Rocks
It seems to walk just to move the ground
It seems to rain just to see if anybody is around
The ticks and the tocks seems to muster up the wind
It seems losing when or where to begin

Retrospective failure realized
From the sight of sore and tired eyes
Oh, the afterglow of hope waning
We all know what it feels like to be waiting

Oh, don’t it feel so cold?
Tired and dizzy and you don’t know where to go
Oh, don’t it feel good to know?
Precious hours drifting back and forth,
To and fro

Oh, don’t it feel so cold?
Tired and dizzy and you don’t know where to go
Oh, don’t it feel good to note
Precious hours drifting back and forth,
To and fro

It seems to move just to contextualize the space
It seems to drum just to feel its hands reverberate
The easily severed friction seems to ignite stay sparks
Letting us know we’re not moving alone in the dark

Walking with your hands tied behind your back
Walking just to facilitate the right tack
Scrimping and saving feels right some days
Time to retain, time to retrain

Precious hours drifting back and forth
Track Name: Emma Said It's Like Water
Track Name: Skyscape
Look at my arms
Can’t you see that they’re not outstretched for you?
Drop all your charms
Don’t you know they’re not following through?

The chills I’m emanating are now directed at your fragile tongue
Sharpness won’t dictate which wars you’ve won

Let go of your illusions,
You’re not proving yourself to noone

I’ve been liking this skyscape,
But I could use an escape

Sticky fingers
Uncouth lingering between the spots you don’t know
That’s where love grows

Starry night
What felt right doesn’t fit anymore

The quest for intent
Was too great an extent to grant me liberty

The density of my current state
Has disconnected, I can’t relate -
Is this what it feels like to control?

I’ve been liking this skyscape,
But I could use an escape

I’ve been liking this skyscape but I could use any escape
Though I haven’t tried just yet
Each day fills my mouth with regret
But I fall back to your embrace,
Everytime fills my mouth with distaste
As we saunter back to sleep
Leave my dreams, they make me weak

I’ve been liking this skyscape,
but I could use an escape
I’ve been liking this skyscape,
but I could use an escape
Track Name: Sludge Brother
I have travelled through the troves of the undisciplined
I have rolled in the same mud as the hedonistically absurd
I have assassinated superman himself and created a moral monument of the ideal me in his stead
I have knocked down too many walls

I fear the bear that’s hibernating and waiting for me
I have
I have

I was waiting patiently
for your hand to graze me
but I feel so uneased
without that pleasure

Tighten up your grip swiftly
and wake me from this sleep
that’s got me snorin’ deep
I need that sweet

Dreamy states can follow us
as you drift through those plush
cannons of ivy
won’t someone help

Skip the railing, skip the stairs
this one way’s in repair
won’t you strip it bare
and start again

I was walking on clouds
With your dreams in my hands
And your head dripping past my grip
Come and cover me, unapologetically
With the might of an incouragable beast

Drift below, drift below,
Below the surface, go go go

Drift below, drift below,
Below the surface, go go
I can’t be a 24-hour romantic but I still want you to stick it
I have been oscillating between the dichotomies of
Have and have not and have and have not and have not and have

Comforted with silent strokes
Trigger happy easy tokes
Separate the night from the light
Wait wait and we’ll go

Separate the night from the light
Wait wait and we’ll go
Track Name: Hintzen Bomb
Dreamy conspiracy,
A cloaked figuring inviting
Masquerade in the dark
So tempting to be lead apart

Tackled by a blacked sense of awe
Tethered like you’ve never been before
Structure is attractive when endowed
Oh what do you want?
Oh where are you now?

Again you’re mixed up with your spiraled ways
Again you’re fixin’, trying to get away
A foot in the mud and another one far behind
You can’t seem to grasp it
You’re losing the concept of time

Hidden by the white veins in your mind
Pressure that is pushing on your eyes
Answer it is creeping up behind
Oh where are you now?
Oh what have you found?

So simple,
when it starts the moving.
Broke intention, lightning strikes
What are you waiting for?

Did you notice
How many that you had to bat away
And did you know
How to discover your fear
It was in disguise

Cobwebs pushing and weaving
Lost what you’ve found
Lost what you’ve found
Regain your sense of direction

Stretch feel the branches moving
Shedding starlight in your way

Footsteps slow encroaching on all the states of play

It was so simple
It was so simple
So simple
It was so simple

Glasses half full of bitterness
What had come before slipping out through an unmarked door
Track Name: Savor Union
Always callin’, infidel hi
Some take husbands
I break down and cry
Who can I trust to fix?

My life is the love of my life is the love of my life is the love of my life
My life is the love of my life is the love of my life is the love of my life

Lazing around, forget solid ground
Because we’re here to greet you
Place your feet in my outstretched hands
Forget your plans, save reunion
Embrace the ground
Save reunion, embrace the sound
Track Name: Chills
Faded wool and cotton lace the corridors of my mind.
Searching for an answer I know that
Only time will find
Open, oh open the doors to my thoughts
Bound and fraught by discrepancy, indecision leaks out

Help me, oh help me to see a little clearer
I know that while I can sense I cannot see the answer

Let me free,
Let me sink into me
Let me be
Let me read into me

Confusion can be beautiful
If you take a passive role
The rubber band inevitably stretches
Its timbre deeps with every step

The melody rolls on as you walk away from home
The invisible plot that you carry in your pocket
It isn’t for your eyes to see

The piercing laughter breaks your skull
Pornographic lens and all
They’re carrying on without you
Or was it every about you?

I don’t have legs that allow me to move
From this voyeuristic stare directed at everything they do
Don’t you see me in the air,
This porcelain figure I’ve become
Falling down to meet the ground
Fragments reflecting fragments reflecting fragments
And it stops

I know that I can find Apollo’s feast
If I squint a little harder
Make it easy for me to unpeel the grime that I’ve covered myself in
It seems about time that we all unwind and
Face the facts of our reality
Reaching a conclusion is a mere delusion if you expect it to come easily

Let me be
Let me fall into me
Let me breathe
Let me read into me

Dig a little deeper now
Before you fade off to sleep
In due time you may find
There are secrets that you keep

Let go of your insanity
The parts that lurk deep within
In due time you may find
Those skeletons are your kin

Let me be
Let me sink into me
Let me free
Let me, let me fester into me
Track Name: Trickle
Hold on to the beginning
Tighten on your babysteps
Secure a place where you feel safe
Don’t stray
Don’t stray
Don’t stray

Don’t fear for you identity
or some thumbs
Challenges are plenty,
just for fun.

Trickle trickle trickle down
The escape that you made when you thought you could grow

Fickle fickle fickle heart
Blown back to the start

Don’t think it will stop