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Aquatic Flowers

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  • Bundle 1: Cool Blue LP w/ "Complex" Tee & Tote (+ Album Download)
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    Vinyl: matte-finished jacket featuring the cover artwork of Megan Kimber. Package includes download card & lyric printed inner sleeve.

    "Complex" art screen printed onto your choice of these unisex tees:
    - Heather Prism Ice Blue / Canvas 3001CVC
    - Pink Triblend / Canvas 3413

    "Complex" art screen printed onto natural canvas tote bag

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    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Vinyl: matte-finished jacket featuring the cover artwork of Megan Kimber. Package includes download card & lyric printed inner sleeve.

    "Complex" art screen printed onto your choice of these unisex tees:
    - Heather Prism Ice Blue / Canvas 3001CVC
    - Pink Triblend / Canvas 3413

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

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  • Bundle 4: CD w/ "Complex" Tee (+ Album Download)
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    On ye olde compact disc in a handsome matte jacket with lyric booklet.

    "Complex" art screen printed onto your choice of these unisex tees:
    - Heather Prism Ice Blue / Canvas 3001CVC
    - Pink Triblend / Canvas 3413

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

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1.
Complex 03:48
I’m a drag to be around I’ve got enough secrets to drown you Overweight with hate Unaware of what I’ve become The extreme human being that you love I’ve got a complex; it’s complex I don’t know why I act this way The things I do, the things I say I really love you I want to be with you, but I’m so scared I’m exercising love I’m lifting the weight A lonely girl like me Has to concentrate I got no hope, but I’ve still got dreams This isn’t what I thought it would be You can have your way until you get in my way I keep trying to find peace of mind Where I don’t belong It’s not easy for me to be wrong I take it out on you I remember every bad note we’ve played Every great mistake we’ve made
2.
Die 4 Love 04:27
Take me out in your car tonight Full moon, my feelings unlace My mood is swinging My mind is racing Let the breeze dry my face If I'm gonna live in this world I wanna die fighting for love Bleeding heart in my hand I dig in where I stand Dying for love Keep on writing your love letters I need a reason and I cannot shut down Keeps me going just knowing Devotion was spoken A thousand years ago Take my hand, take me anywhere I can change under the same set of stars Twin skins have this feeling It will never erase Let it hit and live forever in eyes Everything else is so empty In these times Anyway
3.
Looking for love & I want it to find me But I’ll have to hang back patiently Waitin, waitin for the stars to agree I need your love; why can’t it be me? I’d like to find someone But there’s no one around No one special I’ve found in this town Full of friends and faces I already know Longing to feel better than bored I need your love and I want it to find me So I’ll have to hang back patiently Waitin, waitin for the stars to agree I need your love; why can’t it be me? Sometimes I like someone But they feel out of reach And how would I tell them When everyone would go To the spectacle of my love and a hard no That’s the unknown I know I need your love & I want it to be mine But I’ll have to wait for my valentine Waiting, waiting for the stars to align I need your love; why can’t it be mine?
4.
Haven’t you seen enough of me Dragging you round in the dirt? Haven’t heard a word I’ve been saying? If you play, then you only get hurt Take it from me, I can only be The weight that is holding you down Now you’re pressed to the floor But you only want more You can’t save me, but you’ll never let go The voice in my head speaks louder than Anything you could say So deep are the grooves I’m sinking into No love could ever wash away There must be something wrong with you for loving someone like me There must be something wrong with you for loving someone like me A generous pour I will only ignore I am wary of a good thing You can call me a name and I suffer no pain I feel the same if I’m telling the truth I can’t accept what I know you’ll regret If I finally let myself show I come off as shy But I’m trapped in my mind You can’t live with me I live alone I’m feeling sorry for you I don’t know why you stay When your affection only stands in the way Your caring can’t convince me I’m gonna fuck this up Your good intentions only make me stray
5.
Hothouse flower Waterlogged All worn down By a salty fog Silk born Thin skin Weak from the breeze You don’t have To earn anything To survive You don’t have to try Gifts arrive If you desire Still you dream Still you scream Like a bird at dawn It feels unfair To be so square While others have something To fear and feel Sallowed, useless Nothing is at stake So you cultivate your taste Imagine a struggle Copy your scene Mannequin In faux greenery To survive You don’t have to try Gifts arrive If you desire Still you dream Still you scream Like a bird at dawn It feels so dumb To be so numb While others have something To fear and feel Oh to be mud born Rise from the ashes Telling the troubles you’ve seen Hothouse flower Cries from her window Faking her own suffering
6.
Athena 03:01
Would you know it if you had? She was written by a man Only a warrior until she undresses Do you feel that way too? Jealous, misunderstood Disrupting the party again With your feelings Have you seen her, Athena? Have you seen her? Feeling all the sorrow of a broken world Heavy garlands hang from a divine fighter When you break the silence Does it feel like violence? She’s your heroine Shut her up again Long may she reign If she can hide her strength Have you seen her, Athena? Have you seen her?
7.
Cool Blue 03:16
Ossified, tempered and cool blue He's looking at me so confused His ticker, a monolith, bewildered by a tear So unfazed, flat and unknowing He’s angry with me just for showing A red thread of wild emotion Punch drunk by my mood What good is a heart if it doesn't bleed? Is he stuffing it down so tight he can’t breathe? What good is a heart if it doesn’t heed That hanging omen Shining to show you, inevitably The sadness you don’t wanna feel? Totally sober, cold and unfeeling He shudders when I start revealing My weakness and when I need him He’d rather hide away You could lead the blind To that levee deep inside But he won’t have the tools And you'll be an alien In a foreign land, again
8.
Julian 03:20
You’re gonna teach me, my baby blue Good things don’t come easy You are here to prove It’s all for you, my baby blue It’s more than love to give yourself away And hold onto the feeling of that ancient pain And what I must do, my baby blue I’ll be watching the sunrise There’ll be no sleep for my tired eyes Now I’m the chest your life will rest upon For as long as that little heartbeat carries on In a time before you, my life was in my hands Before your tiny two, I had so many plans And things to do, my baby blue Now none of that matters, I’m not in control I’m settling down you can tell me where to go And what to do, my baby blue
9.
You can’t change the world But you can change yourself That’s all you gotta do Open up your mind before you’re eaten by time It’s the stories of our love that need tending to Whatever you do, tell the stories of our love You can’t change the world But you can change yourself We were born this way Troubled and hoping, doping and coping It's the stories of our love that need tending to Whatever you do, tell the stories of my love Tell the stories of our love Tell them how we overcome Dangerous situations Brave in our resistance Weaving as we grow Whatever you do, tell the stories of our love You can’t change the world But you can change yourself Remember how to give Wade in the confusing, ever changing, and amusing Stories of our love that keep ringing true Whatever you do, tell the stories of our love Tell the stories of our love How we are bound to make mistakes But we still roll up our sleeves, listening What do you hear, crystal clear? Tell the stories of our love Will you write an endless poem? Kiss the stranger you’ve known all along? I was foolish to feel new I am just a loud echo chamber You can’t change the world But you can change yourself That’s all you gotta do It’s the stories of our love that need tending to Open up your mind Before you’re swallowed by time Whatever you do, tell the stories of our love A feeling so strong, it goes on and on and on Whatever you do, tell the stories of my love
10.
Some things must die to let others live Some things will grow While others shrivel in the wind The more you know The more you let it go Oh it goes so fast So tell me so Tell me so Tell me something you’d be willing to die for Some things must die to let others live Water those to show yourself Let the others start again Let the good parts grow to revive you Oh they’ll grow so fast If you stay true So please be true And love someone you’d be willing to cry for And I feel so temporary I cannot drift so patiently Feeling so high Will soon drop me off again With less time Some of you must go to let love in Throw away the picture you made You’ll never live up to it Imagine what you’ve never seen Metamorphosis to clean Write a song that you can sing forever And if it’s anything less I will easily forget
11.
I say goodnight cos I don’t feel like crying Why should I fight Eyes growing tired of the light? Gently fall into the bed that houses all Adhere and let the quiet pull me down There is no sound Right here, I say goodnight I say goodnight cos I don’t feel like trying Why would I fight When my rose garden awaits? My fate is clear; all sorrow disappears Adhere and let the quiet pull me down There is no sound Right here, I say goodnight Let me fly away A grain of sand into the sea Mouth of darkness Clear my way Until it eats Until it saves Let me fly away A grain of sand into the sea Mouth of darkness Clear my way Until you eat Until you say Goodnight

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Produced by Tristen Gaspadarek & Buddy Hughen
Engineered & Mixed by Buddy Hughen
Mastered by John Baldwin
Painting by Megan Kimber
Artwork by Michael Eades
All Songs © Tristen 2021

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released June 4, 2021

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