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Stardust

by Luka Kuplowsky

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    *This is a pre-order. The physical release date is November 13th*

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1.
Do I have to be a star to be free of conflict? Do I have to be alone to be free of all the things that make me sick? I order a drink The service is slow Do I have to be a king, something big, to drown in my sorrows? If I only had a car, I’d be sloping that valley If I only had a car, I’d be free! I’d be drinking more reliably I hasten my gaze and beckon you on Do I have to be a saint for you to accept this ride along? There is evidence that man is as cruel as he ever was A tired man sits at the bar His stool breaks And we all laugh Why is that? Do I have to be nice to be your friend? Do I even know the price? To be nice can be deafening! I ask you what’s wrong... “The energy I give to you is returning only partially, can’t you see I need some understanding too!”
2.
I dreamt that I was lost in you Split between the strength of two Carrying on like people do When overwhelmed by what is new, beautiful and true Borderlines are thrown aside The victory is without pride It’s lifted from a patient smile And the energy of a thunder cloud I’ll never get tired of loving you I witnessed it in slow motion Felt the wind take direction Took me running through the wide ocean Feeling like a dolphin might In conversation with the moonlight I got the blues in a heavy way The one that never goes away It’s ok, it’s just a way To balance out our loving ways
3.
Stardust 03:38
She heard the news Could not believe He could be taken away To wrestle from the grip of death And then so swiftly pull away The world is only big and grand When nothing is personal The world can get so small you know Suffocate body and soul Did I make an angel blush With my suffering? My loss? Or was it never enough? Did that angel brush me off like stardust? Some quiet energy has taken hold of my weakness Splintered from humanity A shred of gentle kindness I licked my wounds and kissed the world Speak my language Sister Mary Am I grounded on this earth? Or writing my obituary?
4.
Crazy Love 02:39
Does it get to you? Patience has always been your virtue O my crazy love Does it get to you? Talking like a fool There is love in laughter Don’t you play it cool O my crazy love O this love is true Time to think it through… O no Here comes the tidal wave of loving you Time to think it through... O my crazy love is always you! Does it get to you? I think of everything I’d give just to be next to you Does it get to you? Love is imposition of a higher truth Is my crazy love love love love reaching you? Is my crazy love love love love ringing true? Time to think it through... O no Here comes the tidal wave of loving you Time to think it through... O my crazy love is always you you you! Is my crazy love love love love really true? O my crazy love is always you you you!
5.
Rough Times 03:26
I never cared to think If I hurt anyone (Softening blows from the rising sun) I never thought if I was fun One dream Torn apart in anger Stretched across a canvas Projected on a screen One dream Can be reduced to nothing Hold on To remembering Hold on To creativity Try to be active or you'll freeze Mourning brings the strangest Breeze Rough times Blindsided by love You wrote poetry In a state of perpetual boredom Could it be You were free as one can and always be? I can’t remember The sky having so much colour Or the clouds so wild and bothered The world refreshed By what is lost
6.
There’s a city by my window It’s so close that I tend to forget You smell it before you see it You smell Perfect PERFECTION is a noose You hang around too much with losers! PERFECTION is a moose a symbol dragged through genocide en plus There’s a city by my window It takes much more than I can stand I am constantly the problem Constantly an island
7.
In a derelict parking lot I saw my sifu bend Bend bend bend to the whim Of directionless suffering Why do we suffer? For who do we please? I bought a loaf of bread and cheese I will find myself a romantic rendezvous To share with so and so and you know who I’ve got a lot on my mind Every path leads to another a land mine Who needs a positive push? I need a lot to be doing fine Summer ended with a quiet yawn Polite dreams of another dawn I feel restless, I lost my edge I remember what my father said, “If feathers tickle as they do Why don’t they make the chickens laugh too?” You gotta be the butt of your own joke sometimes To be serious too much is to be blind! You don’t got no... You don’t got no idea of what you want to do with this feeling, but I know that it hurts real bad You don’t got no... Simple way of trying to achieve your goals, but you try and the lack of success is so discouraging You don’t got no... Way to tell me what you really wanted out of being this way, so come on and say it, I am no longer going to try! Green grass, blue world It’s so simple it seems absurd I could be helpless, that is my choice Why be helpless with this golden voice? A cold wind is a breathing thing A thing to become a reckoning Sing, sing sing like a singer-songwriter I hope to die a lot lighter than this!
8.
It was going to be tough No bullshit, no bluffing This was pain Self inflicted Begin again To be feeling like this Is mysterious My heart is strong But my body’s furious Can you hear my voice Through all of this noise? Can you hear my voice? I’ll listen to yours Patience might kill you Doesn’t everything too I heard a careless whisper Sayonara blue Communication drifting Every word is deceit Are you laughing at me? What is your secret? I don’t like paranoia It’s annoying as hell Give me 24 hours I’ll be ringing that bell Fall asleep naked In stifling heat Am I a piece of meat roasting? Or something sweet? I don’t want my lover Her body is burnt I want the deepest sigh To unburden this hurt
9.
Skyline 04:34
She took each friend as a mirror “Reflection won't do, I need practice if I'm to overcome” I took her empathy as an excuse I was wrong She just felt it deeper all along When the rain gets heavy Pour me another glass of wine When the rain gets heavy Let’s look at the skyline Some nights she would stumble in She would say, “Must I bear the burden of every god damn thing? It’s a job, it’s a duty, I could do so much more” Friendship overwhelms the senses ’til every hurt does blur I am intoxicated by the sweetness of a painful cry I can soothe you like a sister, I can make those tears blush Bye bye
10.
She heard the news Could not believe He could be taken away To wrestle from the grip of death And then so swiftly pull away The world is only big and grand When nothing is personal The world can get so small you know Suffocate body and soul Did I make an angel blush With my suffering? My loss? Or was it never enough? Did that angel brush me off like stardust? Some quiet energy has taken hold of my weakness Splintered from humanity A shred of gentle kindness I licked my wounds and kissed the world Speak my language Sister Mary Am I grounded on this earth? Or writing my obituary?
11.
Be New 03:31
You crawl into bed How'd it get this heavy? Was it something I said? It’s hot, it’s late And I'm slipping in and out Why so much distance? Digging into my pillow With a cankerous shrug There is air to be cleared Space to be bridged And bodies to mutually warm (and feel all over) Don't put pressure on my bruise I have a weakness for the blues I am reminded That anger is only a dead end You gotta feed it But never follow it It’s a trick I don't want to feel sick I need love And so I cross the fold Of this newly christened mattress I won't get bored I'm going to Hold you in the wildest storm Don't put pressure on my bruise I have a weakness for the blues And if you kiss me lightly I may hardly feel it I’ll be new I’ll be new I’ll be new!

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Engineered by Stephen Prickett & Ian Gomes
Recorded at Union Sound Studios
Mixed by Stephen Prickett
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova
String Arrangements by Thom Gill & Luka Kuplowsky
Artwork by Adam Kuplowsky
Photography and Design by Melissa Richards
All Songs © L. Kuplowsky 2020

Luka Kuplowsky - Vocals, Guitar, Synth, Bruno
Evan Cartwright - Drums, Percussion
Thom Gill - Guitar, Piano, Wurlitzer
Josh Cole - Bass, Synth
Felicity Williams - Vocals
Robin Dann - Vocals
Anh Phung - Flute
Brodie West - Alto Sax
Nicole Rampersaud - Trumpet
Aline Homzy - Violin, Viola
Beth Silver - Cello
Craig Harley - Organ
Ian Kehoe - Synth

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released October 2, 2020

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The new album 'Stardust' is out now on Mama Bird Recording Co. (US/World) & Next Door Records (Canada).

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