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I Felt The Bullet Hit My Heart

by Track A Tiger

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Dynamically spirited and sonically vibrant doesn't always mean loud guitars, especially if you're the atmospheric indie-pop and electro-textured slowcore outfit known as Track A Tiger. Fresh off the heels of their critically-acclaimed We Moved Like Ghosts, this band isn't resting on the laurels off their Deep Elm Records debut one bit. Deeply engaging and undeniably subtle with crushing boy-girl harmonies, sparkling keyboard effects and a wall of twinkling electronic sound, Track a Tiger is back with the fantastically named I Felt The Bullet Hit My Heart. Cool to the touch, the aptly titled album saunters through twelve tracks of soul-numbing sweetness with Sandy Kim's falsetto in "Don't Let The Nightlight Dance" downright charming. Dreamy indie-pop for you and yours? Bingo. The band keeps picking up comparisons to mega stars in the indie-rock world such as Yo La Tengo, Low, American Analog Set and Iron and Wine, because there is a genuine experimental quality to their highly creative, polished, lo-fi sound. The band's clever songwriting, ingenious arrangements and intricate instrumentation are not only pleasing to the ear but also the psyche. (DER-480)

"One of the best things about Deep Elm Records recent return to the fray has been the diversity of the recent signings. Taking in shades of electronica, folk, country, indie and in the case of Track A Tiger all of them combined into something of a swoon-pop masterpiece. Taking much from the likes of Anathallo, Modest Mouse et al theres a healthy smattering of genres abound here all wrapped up around some elegantly understated songwriting. Sharing a sense of wide eyed exuberance, this is a band to cherish and love exactly the same way you did Chutes Too Narrow all those years back. It may have slipped out quietly but this could well be the sleeper hit album of the year." - Heads Up

"The soundscape is a mellow one, adrift with electronic effects and effect-ladden guitars, yet still seeming as subtle as a strictly acoustic act. Vocals float upon tempos that are up-beat, yet still feel very relaxed, making you tap your feet, bop your head and sing along. Mostly there's a feeling of folk-music made modern to the beats and atmospheres, but one particular track stands out to me, namely "Push Through The Dark", as both the singing and the music here makes me think that there are actually quite a few similarities between this music and that of bands like Lydia or Mew. Come to think of it, Jose Gonzales has actually also entered my train of thought as I've been spinning this record. "I Felt The Bullet Hit My Heart" is a solid and easily enjoyable record, the kind of which you might enjoy to leave buzzing in your earplugs as you navigate your days. An atmospheric, chill-out record." - Rock Freaks

"From my first listen, it was the opening track 'Don¹t Let the Nightlight Dance' that sold me. The song is soft and upbeat from the very start. The track showcases the band¹s male and female harmonies over a catchy melody and happens to be the most memorable track on the album. This is not to say the rest of the album is forgettable or even lacking at all. Each song on the record is arranged wonderfully. One can tell the band is well rehearsed and experienced in song writing and recording, for each song on the record truly compliments the arrangements. Anyone that enjoys The Sea and Cake, Stars, or Iron and Wine should indeed love Track a Tiger. I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys tender melodies layered with male/female harmonies. Other notable tracks are 'Bullet,' 'King of Your Blue Eyes,' and most definitely 'Heart,' the closing song." - Innocentwords

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released September 22, 2009

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Track Name: Don't Let The Nightlight Dance
I'll say that I love you if it will end this argument. So give me a soft word and let me take the easy way out. I'll promise I'll stay as far away as you need me to. Because I feel an endless funeral marching around your heart. We're old enough not to matter and too young to care. So why this sudden love of truth? Who cares for us here when we fall? Don't let the nightlight dance, let it fade away. I can't say that I love you so let's end this argument.
Track Name: Always Untrue
I'll lie in wait of your charms but don't waste your time on me. Why can't you move to make me over and always untrue? I found nothing left to mend out of all you fear. Deep down you seem so ashamed don't mourn all the stars you see.
Track Name: King Of Your Blue Eyes
I count all the little ways you move me. A thousand stars, you lead the way and thrill me. And I really want to see you. And I really need to feel you once again because I am king of your blue eyes. I feel your heart beat out of time. So leave faith to the unknown, we'll find a way. And I really want to see you. And I really need to tell you once again that I am king of your blue eyes.
Track Name: Bullet
I felt the bullet hit my heart and all at once I fell so cold. It's in too deep to cut it out and scrape through another dream with you. A dream with you. And every time I have to lie it tears a little more away. I'll have to make it somehow before there's nothing left to say to you. Nothing left at all. And every day I'm losing ground, sailing on this side of hope. But you will pass me by as I wait to ride in time with you. Ride in time with you. I feel this bullet in my heart. I know it's never coming out. It's in too deep to cut away and scrape through another dream with you. A dream with you.
Track Name: Push Through the Dark
When we started on this road, your tiny hand in mine. Walked through darkened dreams of life and lies. Push through the dark and the cold. Push on your heart cannot hold it all. Terrible imaginations never held. Cannot hold it all. Such darkness as life lost tonight. I'll tell you one simple thing of light filled lives. The fishes in the streams, of suns and leaves and time. Of neighbor's smiles your mother's eyes, your mother's eyes. Push through the dark and the cold. Push on your heart cannot hold it all. When we started on this road, your tiny hand in mine. Walked through darkened dreams of life and lies. And lies.
Track Name: Summer And Smoke
What am I supposed to do, walk on fire over you? That last kiss burned like your cigarette. Perhaps I played the fool too long. I'm not so patient in my pride. All you say is I don't know, I don't know and I'm sorry. Everything ends with you to start. You don't make a sound or give a thought away. I'm not so young and easy. I only let it out sometimes. I pick the bones of every word you say looking for a reason not to care. You're so scared you're going to be unfair to me or is it me to you? Is it me to you?
Track Name: Dead Heat On A Merry-Go-Round
All through the sin and autumn way, under a spell that wouldn't break, I brush aside the summer tide and drift away. I long for the world to let us on, a cold long time without a sound, every second of the day, every minute my age, down to the last. The closer I get to the weary shore, I learn to sleep but nothing more. Left alone with these tattered bones. To feel my way around but I'm lost on why I'm here in a dead heat back to where I found you. On the heels of no regret I would not follow just yet. I can't believe when you say to me our lives live long. All through the sin the winter breaks, another spell that won't wait to brush aside the autumn tide. I get by on what you left me. I get by on next to nothing. All I am and all I will be, a dead heat back to where I found you.
Track Name: Fox Tries To Sing
Don't stir she might break apart. Slow star struck wings to the wise. Drawn along the fires above her, Fox tries to sing. She'll try anything once. So lost in a spin of the sun. Come down, the seas are rough today. Celebrate, stumble, and howl, she tries everything. Fox tries to sing once. A faint sigh, screams tear at her throat. A dead mute when fate takes her love. Drawn along the fires above her, Fox tries to sing. She tries everything. Fox tries to sing.
Track Name: Love Finds A Way To Torture Me
Slow now sleepy kisser. Hold on while ashes wander. You made up your mind to torture me. You made up your little mind with the wrong words at the right time. Find your own. You can not tell why I don't feel you fade. Pull tight your thin skin before you listen to me. Your love finds a way to torture me. Your love finds me unwilling so go on deliver softly. Find your own. You can not tell why I don't feel your fade.
Track Name: All Nerves Serve
Lover's choke in a midlife mourn. All nerves serve you so well. They serve you well. Vain is the rage that leads us on. We work each other, this work is war. This work is war. All else is gone. We can't hide or climb. You never send me up. You never lead me down this way. Well worn lies, lie down thin. Feeling is first, no aching down. No aching down. Far at sea the space between. Once we cross, never stop to ask or tear apart. All else is gone. We can't hide or climb. You never send me up. You never lead me down this way. One sad hour comes dragging home. All nerves serve you so well. They serve you well. All else is gone. We can't hide or climb. You never send me up. You never lead me down this way.
Track Name: Where We Might Wonder
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Track Name: Heart
I felt the bullet hit my heart and all at once I fell so cold. It's in too deep to cut it out and scrape through another dream with you. A dream with you. And every time I have to lie it tears a little more away. I'll have to make it somehow before there's nothing left to say to you. Nothing left at all. And every day I'm losing ground, sailing on this side of hope. But you will pass me by as I wait to ride in time with you. Ride in time with you. I feel this bullet in my heart. I know it's never coming out. It's in too deep to cut away and scrape through another dream with you. A dream with you.