Cle Elum

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Written and produced by Garrett Hobba, except "Transient Hotels" written by Hobba, Brett Massa, and Matt Brown. Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI.

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released May 12, 2015

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The Soft Hills Brooklyn, New York

Brookllyn-based project The Soft Hills create a visceral take on soft-psych indie rock, calling to mind the hypnotic melancholy of the Red House Painters as well as contemporaries like Grizzly Bear or Radiohead.

Songwriter Garrett Hobba started the project in Seattle in 2007. The band, which has involved a rotating door of friends and musicians, has toured several times through the US and Europe
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Track Name: Temple Of Heavan
No
Don’t
We know
Know
Track Name: San Pablo Bay
take a ride with me on an emerald leaf
ooh… it’ll soothe your head as you rest your feet
coming up ahead in the morning breeze
ooh… little woman standing at the edge of the beach

see the ripples on the shore
dream of new lands unexplored

board the ship with Yali
and know that her eyes have seen
all your black hearts breaking
you were older then
you were younger when
you wait for me

laughing all the way to San Pablo Bay
ooh… lovin’ in your smile as you row away
pluck the ripest peach from the forest tree
ooh... la la la la la la la la la

drink from the honeydew
sweet, there’s nothing sweet as you
Track Name: Gold Leaves
Gold Leaves

tangerine, gently swaying to her
tambourine, flowers dancing cross her
soiled feet, I found my dreams down there
cannot speak, when the moonlight’s passing
over me, I’ll be bathing in your
crystal stream, you won’t see me when I’m gone

gold leaves blowing
let’s wait for the mole
where we going
let’s take another road
gold leaves blowing
don’t leave me alone

forest breeze, keeps me waiting for your
gold leaves to show
turn the key, time to wake up from our
winter sleep, we’ll catch good dream tonight

gold leaves blowing
let’s wait for the mole
where we going
let’s take another road
gold leaves blowing
don’t leave me alone
where we going
don’t leave us alone
Track Name: My Lucky Pal
stand by the black spring of wonder
bury your case where they’ll never know
crushed by the weight of our plunder
don’t disappoint me friend

just want my paradise of fools
dance like the fireflies in June

hanging upside down your clown
spinning round my lucky pal
I love your ways

don’t let the past pull you under
open the gate where the heather grows
hold on to nothing grow stronger
no printed lines to know

just want my paradise of fools
dance like the fireflies in June

hanging upside down your clown
spinning round my lucky pal
I’ll wait for you
stand aside from father’s house
hanging upside down my cloud
I’ll wait for you
Track Name: The Mess You're In
when I'm outside walking I think of the ways we live
moon on the water eclipsed by the mist
the whole world's changing from pain into bliss

look at the way she puts all the things in her drawer
out in the distance the city birds swarm
an old old man's praying for winter to warm

long time baby
sweeping up the bitter dust of old dreams
killing hard time getting high so lonely
it's the mess that your in

the river boat's singing, the poor kids are ringing the bell
her face in the mirror's giving her hell
I can't forget it the pain that you felt

long time baby
sweeping up the bitter dust of old dreams
killing hard time getting high so lonely
and the mess never ends
Track Name: Into The Lately
here there for a while
in the open wonder of the day
into everything you know
are you out there waiting for the way

who knows the rain goes
I begin to wonder
into the lately
I begin to wonder

here there for a while
in the open valley looking on
over to the hill beyond
are you out there waiting for the way
Track Name: Skeleton Key (Return to The Earth)
go on now and return to the earth
you’ll die if you stay here too long
go back little one

go on now, return to the sea
take this skeleton key to open

as the violet comes to play
you dance upon her wave
let it roll
let it roll
Track Name: Feathers
lose the buttons on your dress
and lay yourself cross my bed
hold me till the end

feel the warmness of your breast
your glass eyes as the harpoon fills your nest
want me till the end

pearls of rainfall crown your hair
and I’ll hide my face in the feathers of your wing
babe, your the woman of my dreams

pale the moonlight on your skin
your flowers blow through the wind
love me till the end

pearls of rainfall crown your hair
and I’ll hide my face in the feathers of your wing
babe, your the woman of my dreams
you’re the right one for me
Track Name: Singing A Song Nobody Knows
over the hills singing a song
just follow the road nobody’s on
taking it slow moving along
at the wink of an eye you’re already gone

then he lays down in the shade of a tree
and falls fast asleep
then you wake up to the sound of the rain
it’s much too late

moving along letting it go
just follow the path nobody knows
the moon in the pond’s starting to glow
you’re singing a sing nobody knows
Track Name: In The Cool Breath Of Morning
stay for awhile
and take what you want
cause I’m ready for the real thing
and this waiting feels so lonely

games that you play
are pains in my day
and when I’m better, I still feel hopeless
without your feathers, I’m alone again

you awaken my soul
like rain on the road
you’re the stillness of a river
in the cool breath of the dawning earth
Track Name: It's A Perfect Day
good morning friend
I’m thinking of you
I hope you’re feeling fine
when the world feels sad
just remember
the clouds will pass on by
just close your eyes
the bright sun will shine again on you

it’s the perfect day for going under
they can’t find us down there
we’ll build a bridge across the water
we’ll breathe the high mountain air
the past is through
there’s only this magic moment with you

the tall green grass needs some mowing
when the morning comes we’ll make a start
the big red boat wants some rowing
with a helping hand we’ll go far
the coast is clear
the new day will find you waiting here