Adventure

by Little Cinema

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $10 USD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The Adventure full-length as it was meant to be heard: In sequence, on stereo. Arrives in a four-panel gatefold sleeve with design by Marcus Rice and photography by Little Cinema's own Tyler Womack.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Adventure via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days

      $12 USD or more 

     

1.
2.
03:24
3.
4.
03:47
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
03:11
10.
04:41

about

ABOUT
Stay somewhere long enough, and you start to feel the pull of distant shores: An ache, really. You get caught unawares by a postcard, by a face, by some ugly half-reflection in a long-forgotten poem. The draw of an inscrutable, unknowable, exotic Other that promises a new taste on the tongue, a realignment of dawn and sunset and winter and summer.

Adventure is about that: All that, from the yearning, to the moving, to the pain of separation and the thrill of the new. It's about love, and leaving love, and finding it again. It was written while Tyler Womack was pulling away from Austin. It was refined on cross-country trips, with Old Dixie lying just beyond the wing.

Shawn Jones recorded it and perfected it; layed down the rhythm and sax; gave counsel and polished the notes. Marcus Haddon came up with drums and percussion and snaps and claps. We all hemmed and hawed and scratched our stubble. It's no Paul Simon, but we like it an awful lot.

credits

released October 14, 2014

CREDITS
All songs written by Tyler Womack © 2014, except Diving Board © 2013. Published by the Alphabet Club (ASCAP)

The Players:
Tyler Womack: Vocals + Guitars
Shawn Jones: Bass + Saxophone
Marcus Haddon: Drums + Percussion
Steve Bernal: Cello on “Over the Garden”
Derek Phelps: Trumpet on “This is an Adventure,” “Chinese Tobacco”
Dana Falconberry: Vocals on “Diving Board”
Justin Crowell: Accordion on “The Island”
Lauryn Gould: Reading on “Birdwatchers of the World Unite,” vocals on “The Island”

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Little Cinema New York

We're an indie pop band that lives between Brooklyn and Austin. We love old books, balmy weather, star charts and Basquiat. Our spirit animal is Sir Ernest Shackleton and our first album is about Adventure. We don't care for the red thread, the Moon in Capricorn or the Yankees. Definitely not the Yankees.

PERSONNEL
Tyler Womack
Shawn Jones
... more

contact / help

Contact Little Cinema

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Over the Garden
LYRICS
All summer standin' over the garden
The air was sweet and the flowers so alive with
A will to reach the sun but
I could not feel the sun at all
I saw hens and there were foxes
Somehow the baby birds grew strong enough to
Fly but I could not fly
Sing but my lips were dry

And when the curling vines caressed me so
I could hardly find the voice to say "Please: Let me go."

I waited every day in summer
Blooming four o'clocks and fireflies, they
Pleaded valiantly yet
My heart was still defiant
And then you came into my garden
Just as autumn winds were swaying the trees
And when you lit upon me
I felt your pulse go beat beat

And as I strove to shed these scales of gray
This trembling must have frightened you away
Oh no, oh my
Oh no, oh my
Oh no, away
Track Name: Next Year
LYRICS
You caught me on a bad break;
Don't count me out.
I'll escape predicaments,
Never you doubt.
Meet me on the west coast.
Give me time.
When you see me next year,
I will shine.

The fires are burning low
While they sleep, I will stow away
As we disembark
I will cast off every charge they lay
Lay
Lay

When you see me;
When I come around, come around:
You won't believe
your eye-eyes.
Clean-cut and cleaned up;
No trash hanging 'round.
You'll be so proud, I'll
Take you to the pictures

Where the liars perish first
Gave them rope and they did their worst, it's true.
A heart-beat is all it took
Fractious truths and the Buildings shook, did you?
You?
You?

And in the movie: the hero gets the girl
And the fortune, too.
Like one of your stories, I’ll be the leading
Man: I'll be good to you, again

Where the liars perish first
Gave them rope and they did their worst, it's true.
A heart-beat is all it took
Fractious truths and the Buildings shook, did you?
You?
You?

When you see me next year
When you see me next year
When you see me next year
When you see me next year, I will
Shine.
Track Name: This is an Adventure
LYRICS
Call it love, or adventure; or just to shake the dust
From some neglected fender, call it what you must
Put some distance between the author of your diary

And who you'll be when the pages burn.
You'll say; you'll see: There is no return.
Why would you wanna return?

Lost your heart to the ocean, your road map to the wind
Found an old roller coaster, and lost your voice again
It made your pay-phone calls cryptic and your biographers cringe

(They) came unhinged: It never made much sense.
Plot lines intertwined: It always ends like this.
It's how it always is.

Foreign shores and snow-capped peaks and penniless on uptown streets;
You're smiling in a snapshot.
Ran away and run aground, the romance of the lost-and-found,
From Sukhumvit to the Bowery.
Older now, and pockets full, the ring you wore, the westward pull
A microphone, a statuette, a flashlight.
Around midnight

Call it love, or adventure; call it an escape.
Say you came here for the weather. Know it's all the same.
Say we're migratory birds and you get close to the truth
How'd you do when the pages burned?
You say: You’ll see. There is no return.
Why would you wanna return?
Track Name: Diving Board
LYRICS
The light from distant stars makes up for battle scars:
A scratch and scrape climbing over the gate.
Beneath the summer trees, stretched out like casualties:
The clothes we wore to the party before.

You're on the diving board, the diving board
Up on the diving board, the diving board

There's so much to learn about you. Here in the dark I've found you:
Tan-lines showing: Your smile is so knowing, oh.
One foot upon the ladder. You ask me "What's the matter?"
The breeze comes through. You're shivering, too.

We're on the diving board, the diving board
Up on the diving board, the diving board

If I decide to dive in deep
Will this become a raging sea?
Or will the waters melt with me?
With you beside me
Please come find me.

You're laughing nervously and I'm reaching out for your hand
Please proceed overboard with me.
The crickets all go silent. The world's intent on finding
What happens next? Just hold your breath.

Jump from the diving board, the diving board
Off of the diving board, the diving board

If I decide to dive in deep
Will this become a raging sea?
Or will the waters melt with me?
When you're beside me…

If I decide to dive in deep
Will this become a raging sea?
Or will the waters melt with me?
If you're beside me…
Please come find me.
Track Name: Pictures Taken Out of Airplanes
LYRICS
Think on those nights, the lights, the crowd, the songs, the scene
Grasp at a final memory as you swing east
You're just behind the w__ing
Catch the city spread out, a picture in grey and brown and green
It don't reveal a thing

And now these films, the pills, the chimes, the clouds beneath
The pouty girls in uniforms, pressed and clean
The engines si__ng
A song that's between liberation and apology
As you take leave

Now the photographs: Look far away; seem fake
As they turn as they turn yeah
All these lives and they turn as they turn, yeah
All these photographs: So far away;
Watch them fade as they turn, as they turn yeah
Track Name: Chinese Tobacco
LYRICS
For many years, I'd been searching for a fire
The only bule on a flight to Surabaya
Woke up at sunset, had a caipirinha
The city flickered on like a neon candelabra, singing
Follow me down, Follow me down, we're going
Home

The city had its heart, had its organs
I told my driver I was seeking its intestines
He said "no problem" called me "professor"
Spoke little English, but he knew what I was after, singing
Follow me down, Follow me down, we're going
Home

Drove till we had to walk: Me and the driver
Into a district that was run by Tamil Tigers
I swear that I could smell Ahpenyen cookin'
And then my driver was arrested by policemen, singing
Follow me down, Follow me down

I will be fire tonight.
And I will burn brighter tonight.
I will drift skyward tonight: I'm going
Home

I wandered alleys, in a maze of unknown faces
I wasn't lost enough, till I'd walked a thousand paces.
I was accosted by a pack of ragged children.
Too young to read but they knew about my mission, singing:
Follow me down, Follow me down, we're going
Home

Back in the states, so put together.
For kids of privilege, I'm the favorite professor.
But over here, they can tell that I am broken:
A broken man, being led by broken children, singing:
Follow me down, Follow me down
I will be fire tonight.
And I will burn brighter tonight.
I will drift skyward tonight: I'm going
Home

From a doorway, a plaintive whisper
A girl with skin as pale as alabaster.
Red hair swirled as she backed into the shadows
I took a step toward the end of all my sorrows, singing
Follow me down, Follow me down

I will be fire tonight.
And I will burn brighter tonight.
I will drift skyward tonight: I'm going
Home
Track Name: Birdwatchers of the World, Unite!
LYRICS
Tally book in tow, you're searching high and low
For a merganser
(I'm) down in the beak, I can barely think
Why won't you answer?

Crazy as a loon, graceful as a swoon
When I told her
I'm migrating away, and you with naught to say
I still love you

It's over now, a greater scaup
Couldn't console you
Long after dark, was it just a lark?
A bird in the hand
A word I demand

Through an opera glass, the feather in my cap
Will falter
Before I take to wing, lover won't you sing
That you want me? You know you've got me
Do you still want me?

If this ends will you pretend that I didn't love you?
In spring when Robins sing, I'll be dreaming of you.

A bird in the hand
A word I demand
Track Name: When You Think of Me
LYRICS
Too far: too far now. Thoughts tumble out: People and places.
In hand, grains of sand, slipping away, the names and faces.
Tow coins sailing out spinning around into a fountain.
Two boys awash in noise: Say "good luck" and this is away we go.

When you think of me, say "he was dignified and refined"
When you think of me, say "he was generous, oh so kind"

This road, how far it goes: Twists and turns and turns out a one-way.
Back home, circles close Sew themselves up, the scar is a fading
Line through lives you once were living.
Do you remember them: Brandon, Kathryn and me?

When you think of me, say "he laughed aloud, he made us smile"
When you think of me, talk of the ones I loved: “Drove ‘em wild”

In your winter clothes, just before the bus comes.
Oh and summer knows the things we couldn't run from.
Sing please, we made the darkness
Bright: A light in our time.

When you think of me, say "he was fearless, he looked danger in the eye."
When you think of me, say "he was smart, a smart-ass, a brilliant mind."
Then say "He was one of the good ones, a good man, and God Damn, do we miss him so.
"He was honest and modest and GOOD LOOKING. Tell us where did that good man go?"
Track Name: The Island
LYRICS
Two vagabond sailors
Strayed for twenty-four years
Oh we were starved when our ships ran aground
Sated when we did draw near
Full we were living here.

The crews were elated
Though the games got out of hand
We pulled an island out of rough seas
Not just a castle of sand
No, not just a castle of sand

And when it did rain, we lay close and laughed
And when it got worse, we hid what we had

In Spring there was tension
The crews would stare out to sea
You went on foot to scale the tallest peak

I readied my vessel to leave, oh
I charted a route to the east

In summer, you came back, savage and bronzed
We feasted all night, we feted the dawn

Conquistadores say we're the lucky ones
The puritans, say we're the lucky ones
The historians say we're the lucky ones
Come on
Come on
Come on

Madly and sadly, again came the spring (came the spring)
The crews were both restless, you know what I mean (know what I mean)
We pulled up the anchors and took to the wing
I said, fond goodbye
We said, "fond goodbye"
This was yours and mine
We sailed on with the tide
Track Name: Fire Safety
LYRICS
Smoke in the air, it felt like Christmas Awoke to a day deceptively dangerous
Scenes from the evening flickered round like an ardent moth being drawn to candlelight
Say a classic phrase, an eyebrow raised
Oh fire brigade

Raised me right, but they never taught me the finer points of fire safety
We let a spark fly, oh so carelessly into the dead leaves of some verdant history
So though it glowed we never knowed
We didn't know

I have seen you smile and now that I've seen you smile
I just want to make you
Smile

Close as matchsticks, a crowded kitchen we'd been acquainted, but you hadn't mentioned
You know how to soft-shoe, you hate romance But you fall hard for poetry and soft hands
I lied Took your side When you decried
The scene inside

Took to the street when the gin ran dry Walked to your favorite bar but didn't go inside
At the cemetery, you tapped away the cold till I reminded you of the last bus home
I sighed When you'd gone by I just sighed
When you went by you were so bright You went by I was on
Fire

I have seen you smile and now that I've seen you smile
I just want to make you
Smile

Raised me right, but they never taught me the finer points of fire safety
You let a spark fly, oh so carelessly and now the flames are catching inside of me