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I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone

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agutterfan Brilliant MBV/Swirlies US shoegaze indie rock with added harshness and fantastic use of pedal steel, wrapping around Karly's haunting voice & semi-nostalgic literate lyrics, often ending in sonic dissonance. Superb. One of the albums of the year. Favorite track: November.
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greenfeller There's something fondly forlorn about it. Like a flickering memory of a joyful moment you just can't ignite in the back of your mind. You know there's happiness there, but it's fragile and just out of reach. Favorite track: Maura.
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capnrando This is my new jam 💙
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why do you want my real name Memories realized so vividly I get caught up in them.
In its shifts between anthemic and tender songs, this album takes me somewhere else. And that pedal steel! Oh man. Favorite track: November.
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Super Super Sounds ‘Fate Is…’ is pretty much the dictionary definition of indie rock heaven. The muddy mix and shambolic guitars are a perfect counterpoint to Karly Hartzman’s crystal clear voice and gorgeous melodies. I’m completely sold, this is magic. Favorite track: Fate Is....
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I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone is Wednesday’s second full-length album & first as a full band. The Asheville, NC quintet (guitarist/vocalist Karly Hartzman, lead guitarist Daniel Gorham, pedal steel guitarist Xandy Chelmis, bassist Margo Schultz & drummer Alan Miller) maximizes the dark dissonance of a three guitar attack to highlight the emotionality of Hartzman’s bell-clear vocals & wisps of half-recalled memories & literary references that make up her lyrics. I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone’s eight songs meld elements of shoegaze, grunge, indie pop & southern American culture into a uniquely personal style of modern rock music that resonates with power & tenderness.

Wednesday began as a recording collaboration between Hartzman & Daniel during the winter of 2017, while both students at the University of North Carolina Asheville. While living on campus, the duo recorded a whimsical synth-pop LP entitled Yep, Definitely, influenced heavily by the album Reading, Writing and Arithmetic by English alternative rock group The Sundays (the inspiration for Wednesday’s own band name). The duo recruited Chelmis & Miller (along with original bassist Julien Melissas) to play a party at Karly’s sister’s house, & the full band had an instant chemistry that won over the small crowd. With the immediate support of Asheville’s underground music scene, Wednesday quickly became a local staple, appearing often at the band’s favorite Asheville venue, The Mothlight.

Schultz replaced Melissas on bass in time for Wednesday’s first tour, & the new line-up recorded a collaborative EP with fellow Ashevillian MJ Lenderman, 2018’s How Do You Let Love into the Heart That Isn't Split Wide Open. The EP began Wednesday’s progression into darker instrumentation & lyrics, which continued on 2019’s Wednesday EP. After graduating from UNCA, Hartzman began writing the songs that would become Wednesday’s second full-length release, I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone. With the band contributing arrangements, the new songs placed more emphasis on the noise & dissonance of Chelmis’s lap steel & Gorham’s lead guitar.

The ever-darkening & deepening of Wednesdays’ sound on I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone owes a debt of influence to The Swirlies, Arthur Russell, Red House Painters, Tenniscoats, Ana Roxanne, Acetone, & their continued collaboration with MJ Lenderman (who lends backing vocals to the songs “Billboard” & “November”). I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone was recorded at Hartzman’s home with engineering assistance from her roommate Colin Miller. The depth & clarity of the recordings balance the distorted volume of Wednesday’s live performances with the intimacy of Hartzman’s voice. Her words hold the center of the chaos, unobscured by the power of the band.

Hartzman describes her lyrics as “attempts to access old personal memories & do them justice through prose, with inspiration from the writings of Richard Brautigan, Flannery O’Connor, David Berman & Tom Robbins, & movies like Steel Magnolias.”

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released February 7, 2020

Vocals, Guitar: Karly Hartzman
Bass: Margo Schultz
Drums: Alan Miller
Guitar: Daniel Gorham
Lap Steel: Xandy Chelmis
Additional Vox on "Billboard" and "November": Jake Lenderman

All songs: Karly Matana Hartzman (BMI)
Recorded by: Colin Miller
at Haw Creek in Asheville, NC
Mastered by: Scoops Dardaris
Cover art: Karly Hartzman

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“I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone”
Out February 7th on Orindal Records


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Track Name: Fate Is...
Come on baby show me all your smart blood
Hazel’s standing outside on his car
Following you home to your apartment
You were planning something without Jesus

Only reason that I did it was to find out what it’s like
Pass the billboard on the street and wonder if hell will swallow me up

Fate is drawing back its leg to kick me
You stand outside and preach through the glass at the movies
You filled all your shoes with rocks and left the house
Then when you got home you had the things to blind yourself

Only reason that I did it was to find out what its like
Pass the billboard on the street and wonder if hell will swallow me up.

Fate is drawing back its leg to kick me.
Track Name: Billboard
I’m creeping myself out again
I had to call all of your friends
Someone had to tell them
Don’t make me go back there again

Tall grass is bending in the rain
Billboard made me change my mind again
Track Name: Love Has No Pride (Condemned)
I’m laughing through tears
The phone keeps ringing
Misspelling four letter words
Isn’t it something
Longest day of the year
It’s too much

Condemned I am condemned I am condemned I am

Sky looks like a bruise today
I slip my smile under the rug
I watch the evening news today
I tried my best not to look up

We invented kissing and comedy
And that’s plenty
Dull with their misplaced pride
And their love of violence
Young mothers hair in curlers
Doing the laundry getting the mail

Condemned I am condemned I am condemned I am

Squirming like a postcard with an unreadable address
Teardrops stay in your seats and I’ll do the rest
The train dissolved on the way to your house
I’m relearning everything I have known from the start.
Track Name: Underneath
Underneath, what’s underneath?
Underneath, what’s under nothing?

You like men whose brains destroy them
I’m the one who dies when you drink poison
Smoke was coming from the engine
Your alarm went off this morning

I like the way you say you miss me
Say it standing next to me

I fell asleep at the parade
But I dreamed of it for weeks
I like to close my eyes and watch
The shade change shape

Underneath, what’s underneath?
Underneath, what’s under nothing?

We were standing in the parking lot
When we watched the world stop.
Finally got to the front.
But neither of us were tall enough.
Track Name: November
The evening hydroplanes
The streetlights they start screaming
The air is thick enough to hold
Your nose starts bleeding
You kindly, slowly walk around your empty house
The smallest sight of you is shimmering on the ground

November

The love and sadness on the corners of your smile
The night outside is restless waiting for the light
The windows smirk at me they’re letting in the dark
There’s nothing like the way you loiter in my heart

November
No...
Track Name: Maura
Maura’s yelling over music playing at the party
She knows options make me nauseous
She knows I'm annoyed and cautious
She knows stupid things can stop this
I am looking up pink coffins

What’s normal for the spider then is chaos for the fly
And Sissy’s teaching all the parakeets and frogs to hitchhike

Joanie’s birds are telling her the time
The sounds I’ve heard but never noticed
I can leave the window open
I am nervous
Track Name: Coyote
You close the door in the hall
It makes the pictures fall from the wall
Winter’s singing in the shower
And the leaves are changing color

In my heart you’re number 1
Fell for you at the Texaco pump
I put mornings back together
After tearing them apart

I know it's time for bed
Your eyes are getting red
What’s making the noise outside
When its quiet on a Sunday night?

Don’t wash your hair
The socks and shoes and underwear
The attic light left on all night
My back against your chair
Track Name: Revenge of the Lawn
I’m turning white in your white sheets
I sweat my forehead clean
I set my cheek on your cold floor
I open all the drawers

Steady myself on the doorway
Steady myself on the door

Reflect of candy wrappers on the street
I turn the blinds ajar I show my neon teeth
I’m here if someone sees me
I’m here if someone sees

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