Learned

by Marshall Lewis

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about

After being held away in a recording studio for eight months, Marshall Lewis is releasing his second EP, Learned, locally on November 10th. Lewis co-produced the EP with his manager and engineer, Kevin Flick (Puddlegum). Both are perfectionists in the studio, unafraid of tossing songs after spending several weeks on them. Learned comprises six songs, including an instrumental track that splits the EP and sets the tone for the second half.

These six songs feature their dear friend, Jeff Hockett (Jake Dodds), on pedal steel, and Andrew Henry on viola. Jeff tracked pedal steel for two songs, Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms, and and instrumental, Lost River. Andrew Henry provided layers of viola that intersperse the second track and paints the landscape for the stirring instrumental.

Lewis recorded all of the instruments for three songs: Erased, Under the Wave, and Look Around. Marshall fingerpicked acoustic guitar, classical guitar, and electric guitar, and also tracked banjo, keys, percussion, and nearly all of the vocals on the EP. “Nothing is auto-tuned on this EP, which attests to Marshall’s determination of tracking until we have the right take. The studio brings out his creativity, and I sometimes struggle to keep up as he instinctively lays down layer after layer.” explains Kevin Flick.

Videographer and drummer Zak Stoldt (The Stills) tracked drums and percussion for Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms, and is producing a music video for Look Around and Lost River. Stoldt is Marshall’s live drummer, and has become and integral part of the band. Drew Cox (Jake Dodds) skillfully laid the percussion for the opening track, Wild. Wild also features Peter Frey (Kazyak) on electric guitar, and Robert Widlowski on bass. Stephen Baker also backs Marshall on vocals on the opening song.

Dick Huey of Toolshed (Sufjan Stevens, Merge Records) has called the EP, “Brilliant music.” Marshall Lewis is planning a PR campaign with Toolshed, set to begin in January.

credits

released November 10, 2015

All songs written by Marshall Lewis, (c)2015.
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Kevin Flick and Marshall Lewis.
www.marshalllewismusic.com

Credits:
Marshall Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, banjo, keys, percussion
Peter Frey - electric guitar (Wild)
Robert Widlowski - bass (Wild)
Drew Cox - drums, percussion (Wild)
Jeff Hockett - pedal steel (Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms)
Zak Stoldt - drums, percussion (Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms, Lost River)
Andrew Henry - viola (Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms, Lost River)
Stephen Baker - background vocals (Wild)

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Marshall Lewis Bloomington, Indiana

“[Marshall Lewis] is still a young soul dealing with old issues but now from the vantage point of someone who has punched through the tangled webs of myriad volatile emotions, mastered his crafts in the process, and left a platonic, beseeching love letter to the world” (NUVO). ... more

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Track Name: Wild
Wild

When the leaves stir with sound
And the light is peaking
I lift my feet from the ground
I rapturously see

My happiness is nothing
My clothes are nothing
And when I hear the wild call
I'll be traveling on.
I'm traveling on.

In the arms of all that raised me
I'm carried home
To the depths of a dreaming child.
Among the shadows we were born
Always in search of something more
Track Name: Not A Mechanical Dance Of Atoms
Not A Mechanical Dance of Atoms

Well you speak just like your mother
With distinction of your father
Brought in love
Brought in love

And there's books all on the table
As fears surround your fable
Stand your ground
The spirit you have found

You are within my bones
You are within my bones
Understand
Like an unforgotten friend

And you walk against your brother
But find him by your side
God above
God above

You are within my bones
You are within my bones
Brought in love
Brought in love

And rivers running deeper
Just to tell me you're the same
God above
God above

I am alive again
I am alive again
I am alive again
Track Name: Under The Wave
Under The Wave

In the dawn of light
I break
The attachments of your line
Till my body breaks
I'll love
The fire in your bones

At tomorrow time
I'll reach out
For the hunger in the breeze

And I'm going under
Under the wave
And I'm going under
Under the wave

When tomorrow comes
I'll breathe you
I'll breathe you
Track Name: Erased
Erased

I walk along the floor boards in your house
I'm quiet but you know my mind is loud.
I haven't seen your color in a little while
I've been dreaming of the places you'll go.

And I've been erased.
You took me to the start
And filled my heart with change
And I've been saved

I'm breaking down the walls I built
Not frightened by the terrors they filled
I look to you and you stare right back at me
Been wondering for a while now who id be

And I've been erased.
You took me to the start
And filled my heart with change
And I've been saved

And I've been erased.
You took me to the start
And filled my heart with change
And I've been saved
I've been saved
I've been saved
Track Name: Look Around
Look Around

Look around
What will you be?
From the highest mountain
To the stirring sea

Look around
What do you see?
The lives of friends
Meant for jubilee

So what if we're purposed?
What if we're loved?
What if we mean something more than we're taught?

Look around
What do you feel?
Maybe we are this way
For something real