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Outlanders

by Ted Hearne

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OUTLANDERS is a personal compendium of songs I wrote from 2008-2010.... which I workshopped/performed/recorded/produced over the next several years with a band of my favorite New York musicians....and which have finally gelatinized into a complete album.

Love songs mostly.

Four interludes by friends (three remixes and one live improvisation) tie the room together.

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released January 15, 2016

OUTLANDERS was recorded by:

Ted Hearne, vocals, keyboards
Nathan Koci, accordion, keyboards, french horn, piano, vocals
Taylor Levine, guitar
Ron Wiltrout, drums
Leah Coloff, cello, vocals

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Additional musicians:

Timo Andres, piano (We Didn't Know, I Want Never, 359 Each Time)
Gregg August, double bass (Protection)
Bill Carson, vocals (We Didn't Know)
Miki Cloud, violin (We Didn't Know, Is It Dirty, Shame Campaign, Heartened)
Chris Coletti, trumpet (Is It Dirty, We Didn’t Know)
Michelle Farah, oboe (Is It Dirty)
Kelli Kathman, flute (Is It Dirty)
Eileen Mack, bass clarinet (Is It Dirty, We Didn’t Know)
John Popham, cello (Is It Dirty)
Kris Saebo, electric bass (Is It Dirty)
Caroline Shaw, violin (Is It Dirty)
Erin Wight, viola (Is It Dirty)
Matthew Wright, trombone (Is It Dirty, We Didn’t Know)

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All music by Ted Hearne, except four interludes:
"Seventeen" by Philip White; "Dirty to love" by Leah Coloff
"How it goes" by Taylor Levine; "Heartened" by Daniel Wohl

All lyrics by Ted Hearne, except:
“We Didn’t Know,” “Protection” and “I Mean Well” by Meghan Deans
“Song (Is It Dirty)” by Frank O’Hara
from Lunch Poems, ©1964 City Lights Books
used with permission

All tracks produced by Philip White, except:
"I Want Never" produced by Jacob Cooper;
"Is It Dirty" produced by Lawson White;
"I Mean Well" produced by Nathan Koci and Philip White;
"Dirty to love" produced by Leah Coloff;
"Heartened" produced by Daniel Wohl

Recorded at Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY; Greg Mayo Studios, White Plains, NY; Studio 691, Brooklyn; Issue Project Room, Brooklyn; Ted’s house, Brooklyn; Nathan’s house, Brooklyn; Bill’s house, Charleston

Mixed by Philip White
Mastered by Devin Greenwood at The Honey Jar, Brooklyn
Additional mixing and production by Jay Wadley and Lawson White
Engineered by Ryan Streber, Greg Mayo, Philip White

Album art by Gabriela Salazar [www.gabrielasalazar.com]

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Ted Hearne Brooklyn, New York

Ted writes and performs music. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Track Name: We didn't know
blood blue hands in winter in twilight in winter and ice
cracks
under our feet as we run to the house in the winter
light
trees that look bigger that weren’t there and sirens
screaming
scheming
we didn’t know
how fast he would go
red blue hands in winter in nighttime in December ice
slides
under our feet as we run to the house in the winter
night
all of his head in our hands like an eggshell
screaming
screaming
we didn’t know
how fast he would go

(Meghan Deans, 2008)
Track Name: Ambitioning
everything we want
everything we want
everything we wanted to be
we hated the sound of ourselves in their ears we hated the sounds we couldn’t yet hear
we waited for all their invisible eyes
but they never did see us, no they never did see us we jabbed and we needled but they were pretenders we kept our joy hidden, all sick with envy
we drudged up the dirty last silt of our standing
all knowing, unknowing
suspending the speed of our comfort’s upending, wounded by no one, wrecked,
we bruised easy
everything we want
everything we want
everything we wanted to be
Track Name: I want never
my twin
i know these bones
i know this skin
my twin
i know these bones
i know this skin
i know this strand
i know this tear
your blush so close your breath nowhere i want never
like i want with you you are so beyond
Track Name: Is it dirty
Is it dirty
does it look dirty
that’s what you think of in the city

does it just seem dirty
that’s what you think of in the city
you don’t refuse to breathe do you

someone comes along with a very bad character he seems attractive. is
he really. yes very
he’s attractive as his character is bad. is it. yes

that’s what you think of in the city
run your finger along your no-moss mind
that’s not a thought that’s soot

and you take a lot of dirt off someone
is the character less bad. no. it improves constantly
you don’t refuse to breathe do you

(Frank O'Hara, 1964; used with permission)
Track Name: Protection
the outlanders circled around with sleds
it gets warmer when it snows
bracing for all the mistakes they would make
I prayed while the sunset froze

I kissed the cracks underneath their feet
breaking waves shadowing the glass
bracing against the thinning ground
and prayed their souls to pass

sometimes I just prefer the company of drowning

two entire teams of horses
a bottleneck
of moldy ropes
rusty clamps
heavy chains
and bullets sleeping cased in their guns
as though protection could protect you
as though protection could protect you
the skid had none
and the water was clean just below the surface
I breathed a ripple of anticipation
it snowed
it snowed

sometimes I just prefer the company of drowning
sometimes I just prefer the muted sounds of bodies sunk into my back

the ice was weak
but now they’re home

(Meghan Deans, 2008)
Track Name: Shame campaign
too late for courage
too late for pain
your memory has cursed you
and just like i told you
time stops for no man
too late for alter egos
too late to prove me wrong
you’re only pretending to be
exactly who you are
and you’re still looking to be absolved
Track Name: I mean well
it’s not like I could have known,
is it?
the way you smiled all the time,
just lighting up rooms in the bright white flight of daytime with
your face so wide open
I mean, well —
it’s not like I should have known, is it
it’s not like I should have known, is it?
I mean how could I ever have known
that you wanted things to be better,
better
Track Name: 359 Each Time
i know
you really turned me around, i know
one eighty
three sixty
or three fifty-nine each time? i don’t care
where you drop me
i don’t care
i’ll come back around