teenage years

by diamond seas

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about

This is an "honest" record. Probably the most honest record I have made so far. It felt very natural to make it. I didn't care about getting too cheesy on this one. If I liked something, I kept it. After writing almost exclusively German lyrics for half my life, this is the first full album with English lyrics. It felt good to do something different. Have some new possibilities for rhymes and try a new approach to singing and discovering my deep singing voice. The songs are pretty simple, but every track has its own special ambiance and feel. I could have added a lot more tracks, but I liked the stripped down, bare bones versions of the songs.

credits

released September 16, 2016

teenage years, a record by diamond seas

martin konvicka: vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, glockenspiel, percussion, harmonica
julia pichler: violin on "airplane window"
raimund seidl: cello on "down"

tobias wurscher: production & mix
hans wagner@solidart mastering (https://www.solidartmastering.com): mastering
salomon (https://leopoldsalomon.tumblr.com): artwork
severin koller (www.severinkoller.com): photography

written by martin konvicka, except:
"down" music: m. k. & raimund seidl / lyrics: m. k.
"go slowly" music: m. k. & tobias wurscher / lyrics: m. k.
"one of these things first“ music/lyrics: nick drake

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Track Name: Ready
All my bags are packed
I’m ready to go
A car is waiting in front of the door

Hold on
Take a deep, deep breath
Hold your breath

Am I ready?
Track Name: Airplane Window
Where should I go now
that I found
the best place to be

Is right here
right now
right next to you

The days felt endless
like summer vacation
Now they pass by
like clouds in front of an airplane window

I've got a few
homes away from home
but the only time

it really
feels like home
is when I'm with you

The days felt endless
like summer vacation
Now they pass by
like clouds in front of an airplane window
Track Name: Down
I started the conversation
on a weary note
I'm floating down the river
in a leaky boat

Going down, down, down, down
down, down, down...

I’m sorry for the letter
I never wrote
A message in a bottle
that is still afloat

Going down, down, down, down
down, down, down...
Track Name: Go Slowly
Please go slowly
We can not rewind
Please go slowly
Leave it all behind
Track Name: Star Gazing Tree House
Let's just lay here
and watch the stars
don’t worry about anything

Let's just lay here
and watch the stars

pass the time until we

Let's just lay here
and watch the stars
don’t worry about anything

Let's just lay here
forever

Pass the time until we pass away
Track Name: One Of These Things First
music/lyrics by Nick Drake
Track Name: Memories
I've been making up
My own histories
I think I'm gonna stop
and stick with what is real

Cause it's all been done before
and it's all been said way to often
but not by me

It doesn't take too much
to wrap up your memories
just a couple of chords
some simple melodies

And it's all been done before
and it's all been said way to often
but not by me
Track Name: Teenage Years
I guess my teenage years are over
I’ve got my own place now
I make my own decisions
it all seems to work out somehow

I found love
I was lost and found

I guess my teenage years are over
It was a pleasant flight
I got used to my face, my voice, my body
I feel like I'm getting somewhere

I found hope
I was lost and found and lost again

There are still a lot of things that I don't understand
sometimes I still talk before I think
I still get too angry about stupid little things
But I guess my teenage years are over
Track Name: On The Right Track
I always talk too loud
I always have to drown
the noises of this city
and I'm tired of shouting

I always move too fast
I always have to catch
a train or my breath
and I’m tired of running

don't waste my time
don’t hold me back
I think I'm ready now
I'm on the right track

And the sun comes up way too early
and the sun goes down way too late
We'll never have as much time as we've got right now

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