Saturn Return

by Rainwater

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1.
What the hell is my Saturn Return?
A place I go or a lesson I'll learn? Tripping out at Dane’s parents house
I can hold the trouble close, but can I let it go? 
Was I a better person before I got old?
Somewhere between free and chained to my needs
Please, just let me be 
They give you two ways to be,
resilient or disillusioned Freaking out with all my old friends I tried holding them close, but I had to go 
Was I a better friend before I got old?
Somewhere between sweet and bitter needs
Please, just let me be I close my eyes and all I see are shapes
And a door I hide behind to escape
Do I have the key
To unlock and run free?
Probably in-between free
And what I think I should be
2.
04:11
Friend, I’m running on empty Tell me all your best ideas Shape me, I'm ingratiating Got this new skin along the way Oh, I could be anyone You want me to be All I am, a chameleon Tell me what to believe Friend, I got old stories That's all I have to give Lately I've been changing I got new skin I'm trying to fit in Oh, I could be anyone You want me to be All I am, a chameleon Tell me what to believe Oh, I could see anything If you tell me it's true All I am, your mannequin Made of clay Who are you? Your history And your future Buried deep And hiding Where they won't find it
3.
04:05
Pink flowers dance 
From trees
Out of the leaves
sun sinks slow
So pretty, But what does it mean? 
Open up a big rain cloud River flow, make me clean
spring, wash away the bad things 
the day rainbows flowers in dirt to a big blue sky The birds are chirping Singing sweet songs, Do I belong? Open up a big rain cloud River flow, make me see spring, wash away uncertainty 
I see gravel glittering, glowing ghosts in buildings
People walking wide awake with a purpose of their place
But I don't know who I am
I don't understand how you know it’s truly you I see children carousel, colliding crude and wondering well
They're living wide awake with a purpose of their place
But I don't know who I am
I don't understand how you know it’s truly you
4.
03:33
Radiant Angels in a distant glow
Singing hallelujah, too holy to hold
Just city lights on fire in a blanket of snow
Singing blue raincoat, too heavy to hold 
I felt a shiver down my spine,
Is it a Holy Ghost or a divine host? 
Radiant Angels in harmony
Singing hallelujah, too lovely to hold
Just car horns and trains passing by
A chorus of noise singing without a voice, too empty to hold 
I felt a shiver down my spine,
Is it a Holy Ghost or a divine host?
Maybe it's just cold stirring in my soul
I’m praying it’s God this time, but I'm probably just cold
5.
04:02
Cross eyed crossing No joy to sing Tight lipped, tight rope Nowhere to go Left foot walking No grace in me Tied up, tied off No pride in what’s lost Broken dumb arm
Can’t keep from harm
Right at the break
I lost my place Got to the end, Nothing to find Walking away, Just let me keep Peace of mind, A piece of what’s mine
6.
04:31
Wait until the car is parked to fall apart
I’m hardly me without you around
We’ll try and build a home, foundation to grow Unpack ourselves outta the Avalon ‘00 
We’re just golden ghosts strewn across open coasts
We’re just golden ghosts, dreaming wild
What a giant hoax we were ever meant to belong 
Wait until I leave, text me things you need
I can barely breath ‘til I come home to you
Not quite a home, just a place to stay
I already lost myself today Just a golden ghost strewn across open coasts
We’re just golden ghosts, dreaming wild
What a giant hoax we were ever meant to belong 
Can’t let it sink in, that heavy feeling Steal some WiFi from our new neighbor Space out to The Sopranos Remember home until the computer froze The ghost of cigarette smoke lingering In the hall where we unpacked all of our things The day coalesced into some comforting dream Of a golden ghost floating along
7.
03:52
Ask the cops, See if it’s okay to shoot the fireworks today Fun, okay Complete Georgia haze Say you’re okay I won’t let you wither away I’ll save the last root beer for you Ask my mom, Can I have two today? Fun is easy, Watch every James Bond movie Say you’re okay, No need to be afraid I’ll save the last root beer for you Ask if I can spend the afternoon in your garage Make it simple, Eat wild blackberries til we’re full Say you’re okay, and I’ll remember you that way I’ll save the last root beer for you
8.
03:45
I can help with heavy lifting That’s all I have to give Cross things off your list The wine stain on the carpet I hope you can forgive When I was a dumb kid Our old place, just empty space That used to be filled with our love It’s just bittersweet memories Tangled up in that blue house Forgot what they’re about Went to say goodbye To the tire-swing But it was already something new You left before I could leave you Our old place, just empty space Lost in time, waiting to find The room where bright sun leaked right Let’s live in that light wherever we are
9.
04:19
Used to be a stones throw to say hello
But I was too stoned to let you in the know
I couldn't bare to make you fall apart 
You followed me to Devil’s Pond to see where I had gone
High tide in dirty water, where did we go wrong?
Beyond the trees, did you see me slip away? 
Would've been a breeze to spend some time But I bloomed in a heavy storm, your darling clementine
I couldn't bare to make you fall apart
Your fragile heart consumed by all my dark
Just hold me like we haven't drifted so far 
Used to need to be near you in the supermarket 
Mama, I'm floating, please pray for me
Maybe god’s in your head, still pray for me After you read, before the book puts you to sleep Pray and pray and pray until you dream I felt no pull from something above But I felt your care and I feel your love
10.
05:55
Let the last 5 years settle in, unpack what happened Between the move, marriage, depression; I guess real life set in Trying to soak it in, fill myself with devotion But I’ve been soaking in dark water, deep ocean I hope we get where we’re going We gave ourselves time to be open, watchin’ sediment sink in slow motion We put the pieces together again; I guess we’re growin’ We let it sink in, I’m so tired of thinkin’ Empty each emotion in the dark water, deep ocean No more questions, no solution Just seeing the flowers in the grass The sky turned dusty pink, swallowed stained glass And we’re just being at last

about

The opening line on Rainwater’s sophomore album asks “What the hell is my Saturn Return, a place I go or a lesson I learn?” In Western Astrology, a “Saturn return” is when the planet Saturn returns to the same position that it occupied during one’s birth, resulting in a period of extreme personal growth and change starting in one’s late 20’s and lasting into the early 30’s. Saturn Return is also the sophomore album by Seattle band Rainwater, and represents a similar re-birth for the group. Whereas their first record, Swimming in Sunlight, was primarily a solo effort by primary songwriter Blake Luley, with help from NYC-based friends, Saturn Return is the work of a highly collaborative band truly coming into their sound. After moving across the country, a journey documented on the band's Place EP, Luley re-grouped Rainwater with new bandmates Drew and Amy Fitchette, Stephen Steen, and James Kasinger and began to take stock of his new surroundings and new life. The songs on Saturn Return are duly concerned with turning points and moments of transition, from the human to the astrological. Questions of death, marriage, belonging, friendship, family and faith are juxtaposed with cosmic wonder as the band matches this intimate introspection with lush, melancholy arrangements.

Rainwater recorded Saturn Return mostly as a full band to tape at the Unknown Studio in Anacortes, WA with Nich Wilbur (Mount Eerie, Stephen Steinkbrink, LAKE) over two long weekends, finishing the album at home in spare time in-between. They draw from a wide palate of Americana, folk, alt-country, indie and pop rock. The addition of lap steel gives several songs a nocturnal country feel, while others flicker with moody intensity and culminate in ferocious guitar solos. The band cites influences as diverse as Fleetwood Mac, Phil Elverum, and Frank Ocean, and their gentle playfulness is reminiscent of acts like Yo La Tengo and Galaxie 500. But now more than ever, Rainwater just sound like themselves. Though they confidently cover a wide range of approaches, their sound is unified by a pensive mood and open, expressive lyrical focus, more interested in acceptance than angst. Saturn Return is both intimate and expansive, deeply personal yet welcoming, even bewitching, like gazing up at the stars completely alone. This is above all an album about maturing and growing up, and Rainwater have done just that. Saturn Return is out on June 7th via Furious Hooves.

credits

released June 7, 2019

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Nich Wilbur at The Unknown (Anacortes, WA).

Additional recording by Blake Luley at The Home Dome (Seattle, WA).

All songs written by Blake Luley (guitar, voice, synth, lap steel).
Arranged & performed by Blake Luley with Amy Fitchette (keys, voice), Aviva Stampfer (voice), Drew Fitchette (guitar), James Kasinger (drums, percussion), and Stephen Steen (bass, voice, a little guitar).

Cover photo by Carol Stampfer.
Collage (in photo) by Noam Stampfer.
Design, layout by Ryan McCardle.

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