Time Changes

by Alex Rainer

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boycalledcrow Gorgeous... been on repeat since I first heard it. I love every track. Soothes the heart. Can't recommend this enough, one of my favourites this year. Favorite track: Proof.
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1.
The Animals 04:01
Dandelion won’t you bring me back you’re the one I’m counting on Dandelion Keep me on track Build it up and break it down Build it up Who can I turn to? Must they bear witness? I’m gonna miss you Dandelion in the light of day Tell me that you’re not afraid The waves they rise And break away Build me up and break me down Build me up Now, who can I turn to? the animals Must they bear witness? Ah yes they do I’m gonna miss you Who can I turn to? the animals Must they bear witness? Ah yes they do I’m gonna miss you
2.
Love, life can give a beating Leave the ribbons on the floor hear the creak of the wood in your footsteps And look! there’s light under the door Warm, to touch, to turn, to open Speak, a voice so loud and strong Call out a name, hon, they’ll be there waiting Even when the light is gone Walk with your head held high Walk with your head held high Love, dancing days are over But the happy hours come You’re lit from within, with a grin, like a savior Aw hon, what are you on? Walk with your head held high See with your eyes, still bright Feel with your heart, alive Walk with your head held high Why Why would that bring me down Why Why would that bring me down?
3.
Summer Sun 04:28
Summer Sun, am I the one? I’ll take your place and you’ll be inside my mind We have our ways, follow our reasons Summer Sun, can we leave ‘em all behind? That’s what I’m saying That’s what I’m singing about My summer My summer sun Summer Sun! Let’s have some fun A friendly face, in the middle of the crowd We find our ways, use human reason But if you need to, just reach out That’s what I’m saying That’s what I’m singing about My summer My summer Sun Summer Sun, are you the one? You’ll take my place and I’ll be inside your mind We have our takes, blame the seasons But does that ever, ever make it right? That’s what I’m saying That’s what I’m singing about My summer My summer sun Like plucking a feather From a wee little turtle dove Won’t hurt any longer Than it should Like plucking a feather From a wee little turtle dove Won’t hurt any longer Than it should
4.
Proof 03:16
I remember the days when we all used to rob houses houses all night long And I remember the night when Jimmy ripped his trousers running from the cops his blood pooled up and the level started rising closer to the roof and after a while Caroline had trouble breathing if there was anything we discovered that night it was proof I remember the night when we tried to channel lightning something went terribly wrong he could barely make out all our dumbfound faces and it didn’t take too long and I remember when we would stand next to air vents hearing people talk and we slowly became accustomed to the secrets the lies, and the shock
5.
Apple, where’d you fall? From where the grass is green and grows so thick and tall, I can tell You let your sweetness stray Where are you today? Apple, what do you see? A dozen bodies dimly writhing ‘round in agony Waiting for the man to come Till then my heart’s a drum Apple, what’s the score? Can I get there at the Pret, behind the bathroom door? Just enter and you’ll come undone Thanks, Apple, you’re the one Apple, where’d you fall? From on the windowsill at night I hear your call but it’s just me and all my thoughts tonight I hope you’re alright
6.
One step away, to seize the day put on my headdress and wear the warpaint Taking my bow before the gun Have got it all backwards Got it all wrong Come a time when things’ll clear up instead Come a time when things’ll clear in your head Afternoon, well it comes so soon Don’t feel any different Now how about you? The sunlight slowly fills the room From floorboard below to the skylight above Come a time when things’ll clear up instead Come a time when things’ll clear in your head You’ve known him before and you will know him again You’ve felt it before and you will feel it again Oh me oh my... that’ll be a good day then Eve-n-ing, and all it brings from secret and shadow to epiphany I do believe I’m feeling all three Come a time when things’ll clear up instead Come a time when things’ll clear in your head You’ve known him before and you will know him again You’ve felt it before and you will feel it again Oh me oh my... that’ll be a good day then
7.
Down by the river they’re searching through mud Looking for answers, or what remains Send them a pony Give them some sun Make their lives better, you are the one And if you aren’t Don’t let ‘em know Just get on with the show Out in the cafe They’re gathering dirt Looking for answers, or what remains Give them their ashes Give them their fire Make their lives better You are the one And if you aren’t Don’t let ‘em know Just get on with the show What’s that you were saying? I didn’t hear you, I wasn’t listening What’s that you were doing? I wasn’t with you, I have my secrets “I wanna feel love again” What’s that you say? I say I’m happy On the up and up again never felt so, felt so lucky
8.
Take One 04:30
Take one, oh try one I promise you’ll like one Oh there you are, there you are Two hands, a face, a neck Down to the last degree Don’t waste what you’re given Just do what you got to do And don’t worry, good things Will come to you soon Half for some laughter A whole to feel whole Or two to rise above the ground Might find yourself in outer space Everything turned upside down Don’t waste what you’re given Just do what you got to do And don’t worry, good things Will come to you soon All you see is all you get When you’ve only had a few Just a little give and take And you’re shiny, you’re new Don’t waste what you’re given Just do what you got to do And don’t worry good things Will come to you soon

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Time Changes is NYC-based singer-songwriter Alex Rainer’s first album release since 2016’s Pulaski, and his first for Resonating Wood Records. It features eight songs delicately crafted around Rainer’s original acoustic guitar arrangements, showcasing a tone-soaked technique refined over years of study, and featuring the Brooklyn singer’s characteristic baritone voice. It was recorded and produced at home studios in Brooklyn, New York and Boston, Massachusetts.

The album was devised during a 2019 European spring tour by Rainer with musician and Resonating Wood founder Philip Soanes. “It was over vodka shots in a smoky bar in Cracow, Poland,” Rainer recalls. “Philip and I had each just played sets at a packed house show, with a lot of old friends in attendance. He asked if I would consider recording the songs I’d been performing, for the label’s 25th release, and we just got to talking more and more about it.”

“From that outset, the vision I followed was for this album to be an acoustic record -- that is, getting down to the nitty gritty, the tone of the guitar, the timbre of the voice and the backbone of the song itself, there for all to see.”

The album presents a new level of lyrical sensitivity for the songwriter. On “Apple, Where’d You Fall” and on “Proof” -- a fan favorite that has been a staple at performances for years -- Rainer meditates on themes of personal and communal memory, secrecy and truth, and the consequences of a given moment. “Summer Sun” and “The Animals” explore the passing of time and of values from older to younger generations. “One Step Away” captures the arc of a lazy day at home, set against one of the songwriter’s loveliest fingerstyle arrangements to date.

Says Resonating Wood Recordings founder Philip Soanes: 'Alex has a unique style which blends classic songwriting with a contemporary manner of musical expression that is intriguing for the listening.'

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released May 8, 2020

Produced by Alex Rainer and Philip Soanes
Mixed by Alex Rainer and Jeremy Rainer at Sangcoby Sound, Brooklyn
Mastered by Alex Rainer at Sangcoby Sound, Brooklyn

All songs written and performed by Alex Rainer © 2020

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