Philip Stevenson/ Azalea

by PHILIP STEVENSON

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    Philip Stevenson’s Azalea is the finest album of 2017 and though the year is young, it’s the safest of bets. Over the course of his career–whether with his old bands (Carnival Of Souls, Quinine) or on his own–Stevenson has proven to be one of the most unreasonably gifted songwriters around, his compositions ringing out with battered majesty, swerving blues and rhapsodic whispers. Stevenson’s songwriting prowess is so frighteningly massive, the fact that he’s not a household name is, to be frank, just plain silly.

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Your coolest friends Can’t touch when you’re down too far Their wildest lens Can’t see your head crowded with stars Our lips are sealed With unforced love inside the noise It’s been revealed As the distant sound of mortal joys It’s love reverberation, baby Your past Is nothing but your future understood It’s hard to last Without crushing everything that’s good In ruin nation They’re all in flames waiting for their turn But our vibration Is to get out of here before we burn
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Arriving, consider the poor as worthy They are lovelier as innocents in a dirty throng Shine, and think of your care and worry It blooms out new and scents the people who don’t belong If you’re mostly good then you will see that it’s fine Someday this war will be over Cast our parents in celluloid and bronze our sons At dawn, I’ll give you a three-leaf clover For lucky dreams as beautiful and pollination If you’re mostly good you will see that it’s fine.
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Cerebrotonic 05:21
The only thing I shone Loved my heart away In the Pelagian night They will make you stay Inside the cardioid It is burnt and thin But if you're feeling wide Come on in The helpless hours Loitering alone The mass and majesty Are looking home I warm your welcome Like a Terrapin But if you're feeling wide Come on in Cerebrotonic They are light-emitting Unendowed with joy Susceptible, sprawling When talk disfigures everything Pouring sun into the dead mouth of a suffering night If you're feeling wide Come on in
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Marigold 04:17
The zero sun gives light To nothing sky at night The golden legs of dawn will Stretch to haze You wake to morning’s bell When in your dream you fell And broke your sleep forever Into days Pretty hieroglyphs Black piano fifths Your smile closed and drawn Looks like something spoken That is gone The unembroidered eye Cannot touch the sky But you are growing taller Marigold Azalea suicide Closed then open wide They bleed red purple rain In tiny moments down the drain There’s no lighthouse, it seems Inside my shuttered dreams But you are burning brighter Marigold
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She listened to Noh plays, round midnight and mummenschanz In the gold and umber days of the Harlem renaissance Blowing loud through summer heat Gracefully perched out in the street Happy/Ordinary Mother Mary Africa shines her light on every birth While Toussaint L'Ouverture drags the half note back to earth Uptown the smile lasts Where no one looks at decades past
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I Found Out 03:48
Halcyon and pretty Unwound down at your hips Chastity falls broken And emerges as you lips I found out It's really nothing new I guess you went no place special With no one I might know Who liked the way your hair looked when The breeze began to blow I am getting closer And soon I'll disappear Pressed to a rain-streaked window Before the green of everywhere
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Evanston 03:35
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Heavy Thing 05:39
I see you’re a heavy thing, beating all the drums Your hips are vandalizing and your mouth is closing dumb The steadfast rows of architecture seek to violate our minds. But you are still my nothing baby, invisibly fine Do you want hide it? Or bring it over here. Time is going nowhere, erasing over and above I merged with you and wild’d a palindrome of love Death will take us casually, a threnody will sound And I will fade to blue within you, perfectly round.
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All My Stars 03:55
The feverish try The blue golden eye Spread crickets at night Returning to earth Spoiled by birth Dreaming of light Bent into halos wanting nothing Except the frame the jewel of your face But all my stars All my stars will soon be gone The wind through the door The old parquet floor The sound of your feet In the dream it was shone The marrow of bone The whiteness of heat My hands were breaking you goodbye In words innumerable and dry But all my stars All my stars will soon be gone Your body was bared Strange flowers shared Blooming in vain The blue red and grey I wanted to say Had fit you like rain And I will pray for color in the season And swallow whiskey-ed words from friends But all my stars All my stars will soon be gone
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We will find that we were blessed With ordinary happiness
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Mount Moriah 01:03
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2/4/6 Radios 02:34
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Oneirology 10:26
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No one looks as poor As Gwendolyn betrayed Her legs are open like a book Her bed is still unmade And I run with money shamefully So our love won't fade No one looks as beautiful As Gwendolyn betrayed The scented bodies shake themselves Loose of cosmic dust Centered in anxiety And half-consumed with lust There are some debts you owe That never can be paid No one turns the world around Like Gwendolyn betrayed The shape of you is long and tall It laughs on summer lawns You are the beautiful half Of something gone So caressing, brilliant now It cannot help but fade But no one loves you half as much As Gwendolyn betrayed

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"Philip Stevenson’s Azalea is the finest album of 2017. An ambitious, artful effort, Azalea is impressive in its scope, of course, but even more impressive is that Stevenson moves through each varying number with such alacrity. This is nothing short of a musical decathlon, a towering effort redolent with ambition, precision and virtuosity."- Stereo Embers

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released December 28, 2018

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