UNFOLD

by Birds & Batteries

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"Unfold" is the new EP by Birds & Batteries, four energetic yet heavy tracks and one slow-mo reprise fueled by the complexities of love and conflict in a digital age. Songwriter Mike Sempert wields his uncanny ability to meld the micro and the macro, the personal and the cosmic in this latest invention. The raw turmoil of the Unfold EP is like the storm before the calm, which will give way to the distilled clarity of Stray Light, B&B's upcoming full-length, due summer of 2012.

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released April 21, 2012

Produced by Mike Sempert

All songs written and arranged by Mike Sempert © 2012 (BMI/ War of Vines Music)
Recorded by Mike Sempert at Altamira in Oakland, CA and by Jay Pellicci at New, Improved Studios in Emeryville, CA and at Tiny Telephone in SF, CA

Tracks 1, 2 and 3 mixed by Jay Pellicci and Mike Sempert at Tiny Telephone A and B in San Francisco, CA; Tracks 4 and 5 mixed by Mike Sempert at Altamira in Oakland, CA

EP art by Birds & Batteries who are Mike Sempert, Jill Heinke and Christopher Walsh

Featuring a photograph of a Supernova Remnant SN 1006 by NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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Track Name: Living Through Pictures
I like to look
At the pictures that you took
Of wooden bridges
And metal structures
And the green green leaves
A brass buckle on your sleeve
And the waves mid-break
All those pictures that you take

And if I may go
A little deeper
I wanna see
Just what you see girl
And I wanna know
What the phone won't tell
And to receive
An image that you felt

Show me show me
How its done
How all this living is done

Tell me tell me
How we can be
So far away and still be one

Show me show me how its done
Tell me tell me what you want

I like to look
At the pictures that you took
On a trip to NYC
Well I know you were thinkin' a me
And you will lookin' fine
The beauty of design
On a summer break
All those pictures that you take

And if I may go
A little deeper
I wanna know
Just what you see

Show me show me
How its done
How all this living gets done

Tell me tell me
How we can be
So far away and still be one
Track Name: Greatest Minds
Unknowable truths
are looming in the future
like spirits in observatory halls

Unthinkable truths
are looming in the future
like spirits in the hall

When we let them in
Through the door and then we begin
To reveal what once was unseen

The greatest minds
Well their work will shine a light
Yeah there's people out there and some day they're gonna get it right

And on the day of the dead
Three skeletons painted red
And the paint drips off, by the heat of the fire

Well I was hiding behind the tree alone
Watching the skeletons dancing
In a stop-motion technique
Like puppets with out strings

And the fire shined so brightly
Like a mirror on the wall
And I was hoping they didn't see me
But I was already invited

Open up the windows
In our souls and in our minds
And in the genius of our species
Surely there must be a means to
Our survival

The greatest minds
Well their work will shine a light
Yeah, there's people out there
someday they're gonna get it right
Track Name: Trouble Makes Three
You and me and trouble makes three
We say "Uh-oh"
You and me and trouble makes three
We say "Uh-oh"

You get so mad about the way you feel
You're gonna need a friend
You get so mad about the way you feel
I wanna talk to you

Now we've been friends for such a long time
Yeah we've been friends for such a long time
I wanna talk to you

Now tell me everything
'Cause there's a pain we share
And we have all the time we need
Now do you wanna talk to me?
Track Name: Epic Fail
Break me down
Break me down
Have I lost my cool?

Just lay me down
On the subdivide
Have I lost my cool?

How can you hold me down
When I don't even know when I'll see you?

So just lay me down
Cause I don't even know when I'll see you

For every love song
There's a B-side
Unfold what was felt

Just like every
Utopian fantasy
Like gold, must melt

Well I wish that I could be
Some kind of love warrior
But now I know, I'm not that strong
Now I'm just a soldier
I'm a soldier