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Performance

by Stone Irr

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1.
Nosedive 02:59
Setting you up for the worst You make the call Regret it every time Regret it every time The changes in our voice When doused in wine Or when you make me Use mine It’s pushing off the walls I’m out and tell you I’m done With you And all your friends For good You’re sharing your life On the screen for me You’re floating above Like a spiritual being But reality shows You’re nose diving Just like me
2.
What if I sing a song Only for me The only tune I sing To provide some ease Lately You said you wanted to see Me with no emotion Foul mouth opens up Every word you break my little heart It’s all right now I’m blind with optimism In my musical world It’s all that we want anymore A melody to drown our sorrows Do I think I'm better since I woke up with someone new The face familiar in augmentation but who isn't you It's so funny that you ask if I have a new person in my life on your birthday
3.
Fine With Me 02:44
Press my hands into Feel the warmth inside Every little thread All my punctured lives I am on a roll Like two years before Taking every soul That's not yet malleable And I'm sorry My words are meaningless When you're standing drunk I'm cold and sober I am so cold You can't take it back Though you wish you could Now you're holding on To that book I lent I don't even care If you tear the pages out Just be fine with me And I'll be fine with you I thought of her the whole damn time I was afraid to let you know This carnal trance I love it so I was afraid to let you go Who am I to kid I felt nothing Your heart to break is a choice I make I thought of her the whole damn time I was afraid to let you know
4.
I Don't 03:51
You are my new demon Tease me out, never speak again I was fine until you called in a drunk rush We never talked of our dreams As they never occurred to me Now every night they feature you, my failure So hard to see you All I wanna do is see you leave Consciousness is just dead peace All I wanna do is see you leave How do you tell someone else That you want them to vanish From your life when they are high on a bus at night You tell me to go kiss someone else I hope you embarrassed yourself But you deleted every trace of emotion So hard to see you All I wanna do is see you leave Consciousness is just dead peace All I wanna do is see you leave I want to push pins through Katherine leave this goddamn house right now I want to push knives through Katherine leave this goddamn house right now I want to push pins through Katherine leave this house I want to push knives through Katherine leave this house I don’t want you, I don’t want you I could save you, wish you could do All I did for you I don’t want you, I don’t want you I could save you, wish you could do All I did for you
5.
Calm 04:08
Love is never fair It's a bookie throwing your bets in the fire There's no benefit for anyone Just licks of a flame (That felt nice for a minute) Licks of a flame (That felt nice for a minute) Love's a nobody eating out your best friend From high school The fact just exists To irritate (I'm sorry but all of the following) To comfort you (words are explicitly about you) To irritate (I'm sorry but all of the following) To comfort you (words are explicitly about you) Did you feel lucky to be in love My guess is no since last week Was the last time we'd ever speak
6.
Storyline 03:17
I spin these wheels at night And drive my mind to cloud-like heights Floating out of sight Contentedness is my biggest lie I weave some storyline Down and out I'm hitting ground Right as I fall out Out of your arms My calendar is anchored in A heartbreak that gave my life a map Now I've moved away like the love before me People ask if I'm feeling changes Change is on my mind Let's break our conduct when I announce that I don't feel a thing Down and out I'm hitting ground Right as I speak words of familiarity You left me blind Lovely
7.
Move 02:38
These times are moving faster Than I ever expected I've moved away so far From any sense or man I'm loving the cafes here And loving newfound friends But all this child's play needs to come to an end I've always wanted you I've always wanted you In my life Though I'll never make a move No I'll never make a move I’ll never move to you in this life No I’ll never make a move Never, never make a move I’ll never move to you in this life I thought you'd move along in time Don't wanna linger in your mind Do I Filter the good people Out of my life ‘Cause I I've always wanted you I've always wanted you In my life Though I'll never make a move No I'll never make a move I’ll never move to you in this life No I’ll never make a move Never, never make a move I’ll never move to you in this life
8.
Cheer Up 03:35
I'm not caring about People as much as I Used to think I just Used to care for one I'm pleasing everyone That I meet I question every day If I'm manipulating At least that's what I'm Hearing lately At least that's what I’m Being told lately I'm pleasing everyone That I meet I question every day If I'm manipulating I'm more selfish than I thought I realize on her bed Mistook the help that I brought breaking down both instead Social concepts occupy A far distance in my mind Then it became someone else Now I know just myself You always had good understanding Now you don’t is what she said I'm more selfish than you thought Breaking up both instead
9.
Incessant 03:01
I have this incessant fear Of driving away From the pump with the gas line Still flowing I check the mirrors three times over To make sure nothing gushes over every bystander All pieces must be perfect To the point where I Envision imperfections Every facet of life Nothing remains intact I say as you fly away That I'm trying my best To admit things aren't ever perfect We can only Do our best But I feel like I'm becoming a worse person Every day With tension and love fogging up my mind I know what is right But I just don't know If it is what I Want to do
10.
Sunday morning Look to see if you're still around Cause all my failings Push me right to the ground A simple motion I tried to wrap you up too tight Before you go out To the city of lights You always lifted up your shirt and kept me Closer than I thought that I would like I remember moments often Then don't know No I don't No I don't know If I should cry The creaking on the baseboards so smoothly Am I pushing my love To the limits of what's obscene and morally Approved, by my deity You lift your shirt up, I sigh What a perfect sight that hit my eyes Toss it on the floor and I was terrified So I will hold, I hold you tight all the night All the night

about

Stone Irr’s new, second album 'Performance' is equal parts heart-on-the-sleeve Midwestern indie and warm, West Coast pop, reflecting the artist's Indiana upbringing and recent move to Los Angeles.

Stone's growth as an artist, songwriter, and arranger since his 2017 debut album 'Sinner' is obvious on the standout track "All We Want Anymore." The song features a bright, Beatles-like melodic structure and a cascading finale of strings and horns that pushes Stone's voice deep into the mix.

That voice, often multi-tracked with layers of harmonies, is Stone Irr's defining quality. It floats through the record, at times whispered and ethereal and at others gritty and broken, reminiscent of Thom Yorke, Jessica Pratt, Jens Lekman, and Sufjan Stevens.

Lyrically, Stone meditates on "performance" as the relationship between observer and observed. This metaphor allows him to explore the modern experience of hyper-connected isolation caused by "sharing your life on the screen" (Nose Dive), and the delicate nature of self knowledge ("I'm more selfish than I thought", Cheer Up).

'Performance' also features essential, thoughtful production and beautiful performances from Mark Edlin and Ben Lumsdaine (Kevin Krauter, Major Murphy, Steve Marino) and album art by William Schaff (Okkervil River, Songs: Ohia).

credits

released September 20, 2019

All songs written and performed by Stone Irr
Produced and Mixed by Ben Lumsdaine
Co-produced by Mark Edlin and Stone Irr
Engineered by Ben Lumsdaine and Mark Edlin
Additional engineering by Stone Irr
Mastered by Mike Bridavsky

Recorded at Primary Sound Studios
Mixed at Russian Recording

Mark Edlin: drums on Nosedive, All That We Want Anymore, Move, Calm, Storyline, Fine With Me, Incessant

Ben Lumsdaine: drums on I Don't, bass on Storyline, organ on Nosedive, Cheer Up, tac piano on Storyline, additional guitar on Incessant, Lift Your Shirt, aux percussion

Yoed Nir: strings on Cheer Up, All That We Want Anymore, Calm

Brennan Johns: brass and horns on Storyline, All That We Want Anymore
Molly Pope: organ on I Don’t

Horn and brass performance and arrangement by Brennan Johns
Horns and Brass recorded at Butter Music + Sound

String performance/cello & string arrangement by Yoed Nir.
Strings recorded at Yoed Nir's Studios.

Thanks to Mike Adams, Zac Canale, Steve Marino, Mark Edlin, Joey Wańczyk, Nick Faidley, Jack Andrews, my Butter family, Mom and Dad

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Stone Irr Los Angeles, California

Stone Irr is the product of a special kind of Midwestern religious folk. Just start with the name: what seems like an obvious pun was, in fact, an honest mistake, and as soon as Stone's parents found out, they offered to take him to the Lafayette, Indiana courthouse and change it. He was already in middle school. True story. ... more

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