Blameless Lake

by Blameless Lake

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released November 13, 2015

Drums – Sean Wilke
Bass – John Contreras
Vocals – Patrick Droppleman, Matt Feasley, Matthew Hyland, David Lawson, Mike McGovern, Ruth Gray-Wilke, Maggie Wren
Keyboards – Patrick Droppleman
Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Harmonica, Percussion – Matt Wilke


Recorded by Steve Albini and Grégoire Yeche at Electrical Audio, Mike McGovern at Noiselab in the spring of 2015
Mixed by Mike McGovern at Noiselab
Mastered by Carl Saff
Artwork by Jonah Wilke, John Wilke and Sarah Pederson
Artwork arrangement by Sarah Pederson Design
All songs composed and arranged by Matthew D Wilke

Cartilage Osseux Records
© 2015 All Rights Reserved

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Blameless Lake Chicago, Illinois

Blameless Lake is the outlet for the songwriting of Matt Wilke. Wilke writes songs that fit both a solo acoustic setting and a full band setting. The sound varies around electric guitar based power pop similar to The Replacements, Elvis Costello, and The Who to duet-oriented alt-country similar to Neko Case/Patsy Cline when accompanied by the beautiful voice of his wife, Ruth. ... more

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Track Name: From the Destination
It all happened fast/An absent-minded climb/Sped up the arrival/Here in record time/An improvised script/A toneless dialogue/Bracketed sarcasm/Labeled for the log/Compromising focus /On our way to Expectations/Dismissing the map and letting down our guard/Stopping by/Logging in/Name any verb preposition/Full value of the control card/Pocket buzz and dings/The 8 O'Clocking glance/Lit up face and
Neck/Hunched forward in a trance/Six minutes later/Statistically a lock/To forget what we just did/To just forget the clock/Touching Base/Checking In/Hello from the destination/And the surface feeling we're where we belongIf liked then we recommend/Agree to terms and conditions/The algorithms likely can't be wrong/We can do anything as long as it's nothing in real time/Don't look up there's nothing to see the control is down here/We've been warned and we should know/ Of the Doldrums decades ago/We just never needed the car/Waiting for defense from the swarm/Reminding time bark in dog form/Where should be and where we are now
Track Name: The Implication
I can assign you a title and invoke it when giving a gold star/But I can’t tell you you’re special however I can listen when they say you are/That’d make your talents and choices a powerful engine no direction bestowed/So you’re a series of noises revving loud but never hitting the road/Outbursts tantrums straws of wishes grasped as a means to cope/Just because I don’t have faith doesn’t mean I’m not brimming with hope/I’m just a creature of habit/Execution in spite of hormonal moods/They bounce up just like a rabbit/A vision of awe while self-doubt eludes/Mondays no longer seem so bad admitting it makes me afraid/Maybe it was bad advice to love how we get paid/You’re the implication of when I acted or refused to budge/The implication for everyone to judge/Time’s temporary construction documented by your age’s numeral/Inevitable destruction Your next birthday serves as the funeral/Cynicism’s but a device for seeking cheap self-esteem/Death’s the current and we’re lucky for decades to swim upstream/You’re the implication of when I acted or refused to budge/The implication for everyone to judge
Track Name: Other
I can see an unjust other typing along in the absence of a mother/Probably stiff arming a hand in the face of everything for which we stand/I believe the worst of the other/Without your support we could be facing yet another/I know the other is on the wrong side/My cruelty is officially justified/Oh he’d love to live his idealist dreams but we know they can be taken to the deep extremes/Do we really want to live in the vision of the other/When you look at the cycle of history somehow you’ll see what I want to see/We’re headed straight into the excesses of the other/We’ve got to stop the other/We’ll have right on our side as long as we’re victims/Always be victims/We can never be wrong as long as we’re victims/Always be victims/We’ve got to stop the other
Track Name: Six Month Friend
With so many new reach out avenues/No urgent sense to see you/It’s not the message I want to send/To my best six month friend/Seven O’Clock caffeine/To be my best out of my routine/It’s not the energy I want to expend/With my best six month friend/They’ll be there until the day you discover they’re lying/A one-time coupon sold with a membership’s tone/Without expectations nothing can be disappointing/The peace comes from realizing you’re all alone/That’s how I find peace in the end my six month friend
Track Name: Time We're Working
Empty wishes/Dirty dishes/A new set of each waiting for us in 24 hours/A different joy to employ/The loss of the old throws a tantrum before it cowers/Because I just can't stand the thought of losing you/Not to someone else but the process that we choose/And the time we're working to apply the glue/Magic wand/Metallic bond/The finite duration of the sensation of forever/Dance and duel/A new molecule/Unwillingness to accept its possible to sever/Because I just forgive and find parity/Fester bitterness and animosity/And the time we're working my skin's density/The wise that I crack from the corner of my mouth/You just can't take me so seriously/From nine moving clockwise, over the top/To dead end frustration at three/Because I find if time is a distance what is one more/Mile on a road either 2 or 394/And the time to discover something to explore
Track Name: Razor's Edge Time
Why be a stick in the mud/Why wonder what's in store/Why even put in the time/Why ask for anything more/How could this just happen/How come you gotta be like that/How about you take a seat/How come you can't relax/How is it comfort's become/But a past life's memento/I figure I’m in for a Razor’s Edge time coming back/Thinking these topics are nothing but a stall/I wonder with the impending Razor’s Edge time how you’ll react/It’s tough to say if I’ll be back at all/What if I'm trying too hard/What if I'm doing it wrong/I should reconsider/And I do belong/Who can tell the difference/Who is a friend/Who's using automation/Who knows to spot a good when/When I'm on a wagon/Awaiting inevitable lapse and fall/I figure I’m in for a Razor’s Edge time coming back/Thinking these topics are nothing but a stall/I wonder with the impending Razor’s Edge time how you’ll react/It’s tough to say if I’ll be back at all
Track Name: The Man
The careful confuse caution with intellect/Mistaking themselves for a good choice to select/The wise fool with the credit score to be proud of/He's got nothing on the kid who gained your love/My hero is the man that you loved/Sometimes you have to wonder if I've outgrown/The charm I had out of my comfort zone/The isn't a crisis more of an inward plea/Not denying age or its prophesy/But finding a way to once again be the man you loved/Pragmatism is worthless without passion behind it/The isn't a crisis more of an inward plea/Not denying age or its prophesy/But finding a way to once again be the man you loved
Track Name: Offline
Waiting to be the one you picked/I'm blue/A hyperlink unclicked/A circle of red urgency generation/An emboldened tone notification/I'm feeling minimized/Or worse sent to the archives/I'm not selling books electronics or toys/I'm the signal amongst the noise/Soon my love will be nothing but stored text/To you it doesn't matter because data never forgets/Learn your lesson from this fable/I'm showing a green dot available/But soon I'll be orange with a clock/There but not present gone for a walk/Soon my love will be nothing but stored text/To you it doesn't matter because data never forgets/When you can see my entered address/No page found the code's a mess/You waited too long if I may opine/My screen's gone black and I'm offline