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From Age

by The Night Prior

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1.
From Age 02:15
2.
The Grey 04:34
Well I don’t need you today Is vanity something that distance could change? I’m taking pictures of trains Maybe they’ll help me escape I don’t care for your pain But I’m hoping in autumn my feelings will change You’re tracking our steps in the grey While I’m counting the breaths I exchange Tear this building down Wade through every sound And I’m starting up some kind of war Was fidelity fading before? Sing something cynical, lull me to sleep I’m a king in a queen bed But it’s too big for me You know I loved Tennessee And the hours we spent driving south through the trees And I’ll miss New Orleans But I’m longing for nights not so clean And are you still living presently? Or stuck in plans made for someone you were supposed to be? If you’re lost inside the home that we made Lean on walls like advice that you gave When you found yourself a stranger to your ways You thought you knew who you’d become And that would make you at peace But the steps that you mapped out led you astray And when you did the math You forgot that things change Will you wait? How many lovers will you pick up today? And how many others will you pull in to take my place when I'm too far away? 'Cause I’m too far away
3.
Why don’t you look around? It’s only boys in button downs They’re so ill-fitting and tragically Threaded for virility She said, casually, “They’re tearing down the house next week” So let’s get acquainted And destroy this place With our hands, so still and quiet Paralyzed, begging to act on tendencies They should be more shrill and violent So when the lights get dull and faint Let’s write our names in blacklight paint We’ll watch them settle in But can we keep things simplified? Buy into systems, let it ride We’re here, so let’s be here tonight When you love, should it feel like dying? Give it up for a summer chasing fleeting affairs Will you grow if you sit in silence? 'Cause you’re stuck trading glances as a guilty routine So when the lights grow still and faint Let’s write our names in blacklight paint And watch them settle in (settle in) For now let’s keep things simplified Buy into systems, let it ride We’re here, so let’s be here tonight Will you still hear these sounds, one year from tonight? Or does magic just fade with the passing of time? Will they still see the paint when the ceiling divides? I guess our names are just names when you turn on the lights With your fingers like seams, trace the holes in my jeans Keep them memorized Are you feeling me? Or just filling spaces in between Who you were and who you'll be When our cars arrive We’ll leave and let the walls collide The cycle starts again
4.
Fixed 06:02
There’s an inn by the bay where I’m meeting you A peculiar place for a rendezvous I’m struggling with shutting the bathroom door It keeps getting stuck on the motel floor And it seems you feel familiar somehow Your aux cord was broken until now Feel how the room shifts Watch how the sound devours it We’re static inside it all Listen, we both know This evening is electric, so We'll follow and we’ll find out where it goes Our voices are drowned by a room in red So we’re using alternate senses to speak instead And on the beach, we're holding sand and silence by the sea But first you’re wondering if it’s alright To delay your flight, for one more night Tell me how you fixed the sound in your car And show me, is Fullerton far? Feel how the night shifts Watch how the sound devours it We’re static inside it all Listen, we both know This evening is electric, so We'll follow and we’ll find out where it goes Watch how the waves drift And tumble however they see fit We followed how they fall Feel how the room shifts Watch how the sound devours it We’re static inside it all Listen, we both know This evening is electric, so We'll follow and we’ll find out where it goes
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6.
Hey there I’m roaming the neighborhood Convincing us both I’m good Don’t believe me ‘Cause most days I’m checking the internet And typing your name again Could it bring you back? So I drink till I drown I’m a ghost in this town A heathen to wholesale holidays And I shiver and shake In the wake of mistakes Does it feel like this? To be left, irrelevant And December feels so much colder this time If I drive straight down the 5 With my flask on the passenger side When you fall on my mind I’ll swerve into the divide Would you think of it? Would you care one bit? Do you hear the sounds of last year tonight? As I walk through the cold, I’m counting every light Am I there, in your thoughts? Or is it you that I lost? In all these neighborhoods window, I see you Everywhere that I’m not So what’s the use in me screaming I love you more? We know things won’t be things like things were before And if there’s some kind of fix that could absolve me of this Then I’m listening
7.
Unravel 03:08
Honey I've been awake since you left last night I can tell that you've changed by the way you don't cry I'm sitting here, shivering out on the porch But you're still on the sidewalk You say I'm impatient, imperfect, insane You’re swimming in seconds, I’m drowning in days You're holding my face in your hands all the same But now you're a stranger Now I’m unraveling Confusion is curious, coloring this San Francisco summers are foggy, I guess I thought we were static inside of it all But now we’re just shouting And I should’ve known from the ink on your skin We’re fading like daisies too weak for the wind The lines on my hip say it’s bound to get better But for now I’ll unravel Now I’m unraveling
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10.
You’re tired of waking up to see There’s no one left in this city of quiet lust memories Are these the nights you were dreaming up back there in The Grey? Replacing fate with some pseudo love and suburban decay I’m done running in place Headed for southern escapes Maybe there’s something to this scenery change You taught me how to live presently So I’m putting faith into moving feet Taking steps reluctantly Is better than staying still There’s that angel sky I loved through your eyes Romanticizing these traffic lights I’m alone, but I’m fine I learned I loved Blonde, but it was too late And I heard she preferred when my hair was straight But it will never be (oh no, it will never be) And I’m moving further from my ghosts But they’re still in reach to keep me afloat I hope your city left me some space to grow So how does it feel without me around? I’ll stop begging you to hear me out I’m through wondering ‘will you wait?’ And I’m done taking pictures of trains
11.
118 06:38
Bought my tickets online, where were you? And they closed that Du-Pars, too I’m sick of spending Sundays cleaning suede I wanna write love songs again And wouldn’t it be nice If I hadn’t fucked things up twice? And I still got these tokens from your dads And I still hear your voices in the hall and I hate that Still wish I’d been a little patient I’m coming to terms with the hurt I created Still feel a current cutting through Guess I’ll see you again if I’m meant to Still wish I’d been a little patient I’m coming to terms with the hurt I created Living my life without the both of you Guess I’ll see you again if I’m meant to

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Recorded Aug. 2016 — Sept. 2019

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released December 6, 2019

Jacob Lauing — vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keys, programming
Peter Verheecke — vocals (tracks 2-4, 6, 8, 10)

Written, engineered and produced by Jacob Lauing.
Produced by Peter Verheecke.
Track 9 produced by Arswain.
Track 4 samples "And What Good Will Your Vanity Be When The Rapture Comes" by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib.
Mixed and mastered by Gabe Wolf.

Album photography by Joseph Pack.

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The Night Prior Los Angeles, California

The Night Prior is the solo project of Los Angeles-based songwriter Jacob Lauing.

He blends the infectious melodies and angst of pop-punk/emo with the dense, layered arrangements of post rock.

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