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Adventure​:​Us

by Luke Sweeney

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    180-gram black vinyl.
    comes in a poly wrap (no shrink wrap!) for longtime safekeeping.
    includes a bonus track download from the 'Adventure:Us' sessions not on the LP.
    full lyric book on the sleeve

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    only 100 in the world.
    includes full lyrics on sleeve, and a bonus track download from the 'Adventure:Us' sessions!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Adventure:Us via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Full 12-song album on Compact Disc in a Digipak case, with artwork matching the vinyl.
    *Do not flip the CD on it's "B" side!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Adventure:Us via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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1.
so cool, like a jet my head beams seamless past suits in the shackles where they hassle me for my bliss and tip tap toe past the wire traps I go and it feels so good knowing I'll do it all for your kiss... so cool to pay no mind my thoughts are making you mine and sub-radar moves keep me alive I go deep into dark's mistress I go deep with my thoughts open wide and sub-radar moves I'll stay alive so cool I take the hit but I don't hardly render it the meters are melted and so is the silver in the dimes so cool to pay no mind my thoughts are making you mine and sub-radar moves keep me alive so cool like a jet so cool take the hit ya
2.
Miss Me? 04:30
love me girl ‘til the morning then won’t you wake me when you rise daylight comes without warning and you know how I love a surprise ooh days are short and I long to make you smile ooh little girl, won’t you miss me for a… while I’m dressed in a teacup sipping up pennyroyal tea stash me inside your purse for a try I’m a pretty loyal thief ooh days are short and I long to make you smile ooh little girl, won’t you miss me? mm little girls won’t you miss me... all the days and nights and in between I’m alive to entertain your dreams in a glance we hid a chance to see what this life would feel like if we were free oh my darling girl, what can it mean for this life to feel more like it’s the dream swinging from your chandelier my dear and I’m trying to hold on tight catwalk slip dock, seaside sunshine heals our vampire bites ooh days are short and I long to make you smile ooh little girl, won’t you miss me for a while?
3.
as you all know my space ain’t casual some spousal arousal in the middle of a dinner night is far out as I go and I keep the blinds closed at home or on the go (it could be a lonely night again for us…) there’s horseshit whisperers everywhere balling up wads of conclusion spit out into the pollution stupefying our very air go on - change the channel! see if I care (it could be a lonely night again for us unless we go on to get adventurous) a love poem and some rave ideas we get it going on our best Ikeas our lungs intake the vapor and minutes later we’re back to nature it’s as if I’ve just been born! man, it got so hot (uh) like a spanish soap opera or a danish soft porn hope to offer up some more in the near future if you think it’s something that might sutra capsules to unwind castles to un-find blood is thicker than the night is long… it could be a lonely night again for us unless we go on to get adventurous
4.
open those savage eyes well, I know one thing if I can’t seduce you I’ll do my thing, do my best to amuse you tonight (can’t promise paradise but if you hold my hand I’ll get you to…) open those savage eyes we hit a cafe, play the bourgeois you’ve got good intellect, my instincts say you’re calling collect (I don’t think we’re getting any closer to each other ‘til we uh…) open those savage eyes now you see it our world is temporary we’re gonna leave it someday so don’t you go & play it so safe!
5.
don’t say goodnight thrill me one more time don’t say goodnight threw me, right through me don’t say goodnight thrill me one more time and I won’t ask you for more.. stay with me girl the evening’s for makebelieving the day’s been long unraveled and so revealing oh, I get a restless feeling just when you might be leaving don’t say goodnight thrill me one more time don’t say goodnight threw me, right through me, girl don’t say goodnight through me, right through me... you’re cold and this whole beach is frozen and there are no words I can find in your dictionary to describe what it is you are feeling but I know this, I know this I want this: one more kiss so please… don’t say goodnight thrill me one more time don’t say goodnight threw me, right through me don’t say goodnight one more time
6.
7.
big wedding day so bright with color and I look above her to discover the moon and its crooked smile down the aisle I hear laughter while I mix a recipe for disaster and drink it from her vile (ooh) that’s how my baby learned to fly inside the church she kissed my altar ego her lips stained the glass of our disciples who tried their best to cry the tables set, the clink of crystal children squirm from laps to whistle the moment of escape is nigh (ooh) la dah dah da da dah, da da dah that’s how my baby learned to fly
8.
Boombox 02:44
well now, some days start with a spark of light other days start and I wait for the dark of night if I should go missing you know where I’ll be found... with my boombox a broken heart ain’t no thing to me there’s people I know who’ll fix it for free I’m going to get to them, and tune in to the sound of my boombox beloved boombox you know I’ll be listening one ear to my boombox beloved boombox
9.
them dumb-luck boys they’ll be making noise down in the studio it’s no funeral coffin up quarters like there’s no such thing as time within these borders why be miserable? you makebelieve that something somewhere is doing this to you doin’ it to you you want an enemy? look babe, now it ain’t me you’re doing this to you doin’ it to you you want apology it’s your psychology you’re doing this to you you could get lucky too yes it could happen to you if you don’t turn your head, focus on an ugly dread you know I’ll give you more than I give myself but you’ve got to get into love, don’t leave it on the shelf don’t let the day all go to ruin think of it babe - only good things I’d be doing for you doin’ it to you you want an enemy? look babe, now it ain’t me you’re doing this to you doin’ it to you you want apology it’s your psychology you’re doing this to you lost in the world caught in a spur kicked in the teeth all by yourself nobody else who will you cheat? doin it to you you want an enemy? look babe, now it ain’t me your doing this to you doin’ it to you you want good energy that’s what I’m offering you’re doing this to you doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it to you
10.
how do you do it, sweet babe? dance away those brain cells, burning bright oh, it’s alright I lose sleep in my bed how’s she get so made up for the night? oh, it’s alright well I know wrong from my right and I don’t feel no sympathy for the night no, it’s alright hold on sweet babe quick on your feet your ears will ring with the sounds of the street! I see the sun getting thin but it’s burning deep within us tonight oh it’s alright
11.
I stayed up drinking with my thoughts all night to see you come into another light and with her roses she composes new sentiment for life now I’m drinking just to get myself drunk the ship was sinking and now it’s done and with her roses she composes new sentiment for life (aaaaaaaaahhhh) with her roses she composes new sentiment for life (aaaaaaaaahhhh)
12.
we’ve played with karma long enough seeking answers in the laps of Goudes now what have we got? and can we escape this drama to partake in the dharma of song dedicate it to love - a song that lives above the mystery go find that diamond in the rough it’s been shining in meditative lust ooh, it must be love it could be it has been hiding 'hind the writing on the wall we hear the call… we’ve known it all along now swim in the lapse of the gaudes sit in the lap of the gods

about

a matchbox collection of smoking psych-soul gems cut on two reels of two-inch tape in Brooklyn with the masterful Robin MacMillan (Persephone’s Bees, Shalants) over a series of sessions beginning in September of 2010, this is Luke Sweeney’s first full studio production that yields this response from fellow artists and industry folk:

"Luke Sweeney writes, performs and records psychedelic pop with a rock & roll flair. He does this on his 'Adventure:Us' album, with a miraculous absence of pretense or kitsch. That's because Luke really has his own soulful style and is unconcerned with both trend and tradition. He knows his rock & roll cliches and he uses them when he feels like it, right alongside his own original riffs and chords. Solo artists are often so precious but Luke Sweeney takes himself just seriously enough, resulting in recordings that are both silly and earnest. It disarms me. I'm proud to know him and hope to hear more. Hopefully, he'll have some influence on me."
- Bart Davenport, Los Angeles CA, February 28, 2014

“Adventure:Us is one of those recordings you listen to and instantly know you are going to want to listen to it over and over again. It has that wonderful mixture of accessibility and expert craftsmanship that both invites and rewards repeated listening--thoughtful & wry humor, engaging composition and production, top notch musicianship. In short, nothing less than I've come to expect of Luke and Robin.”
- Antonette Goroch, singer/songwriter

“Luke Sweeney is a talented songwriter. His music is good on the surface and even better in the depths. Chord changes take unexpected turns. Time signatures switch without a hitch in the pulse. I wish 'Adventure:Us' was already out so I could play it for my friends.
Craig Gotsill -- producer of 'Jessica Pratt'

“'Ether/Ore' is a humble yet confident display of Luke Sweeney's raw talent. The guitar work shines with lo-fi, moody, complex, and catchy twists and turns. One is relaxed and alert simultaneously throughout the record. His voice and chord choices discover emotions unnameable.
Luke's latest record 'Adventure:Us' shows another side. The production puts lyrics and voice in the foreground. You can hear his intelligent blend of humor and sincerity. The instrumentation is carefully woven to cater to each song's feel, with Luke's signature guitar style paving the way. It's a rock record without it being rammed through your ears. You'll come close to comparing it to something you've heard before, but you will end up failing."
- Pat Hull, singer/songwriter/nationally touring musician

“Luke Sweeney's Adventure:Us is his most dense and defined work to date. There might be no better road trip music that I have heard this year. If you are a fan of Big Star, Television or Sweet, Adventure:Us will be your summer jam. The soundscape created by Luke and Robin blanket the listener with a groovy-dreaminess, and the lyrics have a playfully poetic touch. Luke has evolved from a raw garage musician to a composer of top notch pop/rock & roll.”
- Garrett Pierce, singer/songwriter (Crossbill/Narnack Records)

“this stuff is golden. so good. Reminds me of my buddy Mac Demarco!”
- Kyle McEvoy, The Guru (Seagreen Records)

"In recent years, Luke Sweeney has fronted a couple of the Bay Area's finest bands (Vows, Wet Dreams Dry Magic), and I'm a fan of all his musical incarnations. I'll avoid comparisons and just say this new record rallies the true spirit of delightful psychpop tunesmithery and I can't wait to see him perform again as soon as possible!"
- Neil Martinson, DJ & promoter (SMiLE!, The Vortex Room)

"Luke Sweeney's "Adventure: Us" transports the listener into a psychedelic atmospheric bliss. Tracks: "Miss Me" and "Baby Learns to Fly" are personal favorites. Comparisons to Elliot Smith and T-Rex can be made - although, it should be said that Luke is unique talent in his own right."
- Rykarda Parasol, International Singer/Songwriter

"Luke Sweeney's Adventure:Us is a fresh crisp step forward in to well produced folk pop rock.. Sweeney sings on this album with cool beat tenderness and with personal and playful lyrics, accompanied by a hypnotizing voice that that really grabs your attention and tugs on your heart. Adventure:Us will definitely get your feet tapping straight from the start. My favorites are definitely some if not all of the first 6 to 8 songs of the album. Luke Sweeney's Adventure:Us will definitely have everyone talking."
- David Loca, Part Time

credits

released October 14, 2014

All songs written by Luke Sweeney except
* by Luke Sweeney & Robin MacMillan.
Produced by Robin MacMillan
All instrumentation by Luke Sweeney & Robin MacMillan, with additional instrumentation by Jake Silver (bass on tracks 2, 7 & 9; keys on track 11), and additional vocals by Kristen Andreasson

All songs © & Ⓟ 2014 Serious Sailboater Songs (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

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A bicycle crash left a young Sweeney with his jaw wired shut for six weeks, and in recovering, his sustenance was on a guitar. What was he chasing?

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