Not My Loneliness, But Ours

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City of god You move like an arrow through the dark To get what you want Whatever you desire City of light Love is an error in the eye Given second sight Maybe you can trust in me Speak through me now Speak through me now If you must speak Speak through me now If you must speak City of eyes Everything is quiet voices drown Emptied of sight Maybe you can trust in me Speak through me now Speak through me now If you must speak Speak through me now If you must speak City of eyes
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If only he said: "I am with you wherever you go Will you write to me A note from the land of shadows If you stay through the night Until the morning light makes ruins of every good plan Then I'll love you again and we'll walk hand in hand Carve our names into sand it's all in your hands I am with you even when you're alone Will you try with me To make this shadow a home And step into the light as the edge of the night Makes shapes on the living room walls That remind me of god what the hell does he want I just wanted something I could hold I was never alone
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Restraint 04:55
Would you hold medown Push me under water Without light or sound Hands reaching, never touching The need to be understood The need to be silent The need to be driven down The need to be understood How it feels to drown: Like a cloak of silence Each drawn breath is a holy sound Want to feel you, never touch I only feel you now

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All proceeds go to San Francisco New Deal (sfnewdeal.org) providing income for workers and services for at-risk populations.

Topographies’ newest release, an EP entitled Not My Loneliness, But Ours, is a meditation on community, collectivity, and isolation recorded during the world coronavirus pandemic. The tracks were written and recorded by individual members in their San Francisco bedrooms and home studios and augmented by passing the files back and forth online before being sent to friend and collaborator Alexis Berthelot in New York for mixing and mastering. The EP then is a transcription of the collaborative process, removed from the communal spaces of the rehearsal room and the stage, the locations where the band usually works out new ideas and songs. Still, the four songs express a longing for the presence of others in a world that has become increasingly remote, both before and as a result of the pandemic. The lyrics posit that the organizing element of being human is an innate aloneness. Paradoxically, this collective loneliness unites us, gives meaning to art, and offers us a chance at connections with not only those who we live with or around but the panoply of human existence; the living and the dead. The mood of the songs is one of melancholy hope and faith in a world that can seem at times permeated with an ever-deepening darkness. The band hopes that these songs can act as small wayposts within this “land of shadows”, as Tolhurst intones in the dreamy ballad “In Your Hands”, somewhere to rest, take stock, and move forward with others and within oneself.

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released May 15, 2020

Recorded and produced by topographies
Mixed and mastered by Alexis Berthelot
Art by Soen Settanni

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