How Strange EP

by Está Vivo

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How Strange is the second Mush ep from Chicago freak-folk mastermind Está Vivo. Doubling down on the fearlessness of his earlier work, the EP is a dazzling blend of beautifully plaintive piano and guitar, Os Mutantes level tropical swirl, and fractured glimpses of childlike whimsy that remind of bootleg-era Syd Barrett. Throughout the five cohesive tracks, simple, repetitive guitar figures play off dark and meandering stream of consciousness lyrics in a way that is both enticing and unsettling. Está Vivo's How Strange is a substantial statement from an multi-layered artist just beginning to highlight his stark songwriting talent.

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released November 19, 2013

Cover by Brooke Badali

Back-Up Vocals on Take A Hike My Brain - Erick Arias (The Avantist)

Drums on How Strange & Pele - Luis Arias (The Avantist)

Chorus sung/written on How Strange - Steph Thompson (Steffaloo)

Love to T.J.K. (Baba Rams), David Arias (The Avantist), & Sean Hattan for lending the equipment to record this.

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Track Name: Pele
Como posso
Estava sozinho
Quando voce esta

Suor do meu
Amores passados
Coracoes cortados

As I
Try to find
Who I am,
Who you are,
To me
Track Name: Take A Hike My Brain
what a difference a night makes
take a hike my brain
separate your loose change
doesn't cost what you make

you're not a man
when it comes to them
was there no intent
when life's been spent
crawl inside my head
what's been said
there's no sleeping in
stuck inside your skin

remain unvalued ways
maintain the thankful face
at ease your wishful gains
take a hike my brain

you're not a man
when it comes to them
was there no intent
when life's been spent
crawl inside my head
what's been said
there's no sleeping in
stuck inside your skin
Track Name: How Strange ft. Steffaloo
The pains on my lap are here in a daze
The space that I've found lifts me from your ways
And don't mind if I stay on your time
Can I crash just for a little while?

I miss wanting you, how strange
And now that I have you, how strange

Your screams from the past haunts us away
The edge of the woods ruins my taste
And day by day my mind decays
Strange that i'll miss hope for a change

I miss wanting you, how strange
And now that I have you, how strange
Track Name: With Me
with me
you'll always be
at home
radiate
the heat
from being
alone
you're grown
you don't have to scold
your own

with me

you'll see
you don't have to be
anyone
concentrate
the face
we make
of love
above
you'll feel your heart
start

with me
Track Name: Selfish Love
i'm quick to judge
but slow to jump
these see-through legs
try to stand
on anything
that they can

to collapse
in you
our beards hang low
only to hide
what comes out
of our mouths

selfish love
has turned me bad
rotting all
my friends away
selfish love,
take me back