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It's Our Hearts They're After

by Cari Clara

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Cari Clara has honed a sound that is so moody, transcendent and utterly moving that it demands your attention. Hypnotic in its cohesiveness and buoyed by the general vibe of melancholic hope, it sounds like the soundtrack to a great, complicated love affair that just happens to be peaking on the eve of the Apocalypse. Cari Clara's brain trust Eric Diedrichs proves once and for all that his creations have the poetic depth to appeal to English professors, the raw emotionalism to appeal to Emo kids, the melodic fortitude to draw in Pop music fans and the musical imagination to appeal to Indie music snobs. His golden voice is drenched in yearning and the music is loaded with matching tension and beauty. "Cari Clara has been an exploration into the darker side of myself, others and human kind. This record has a most important message: the ability to have hope in ourselves during hopeless times. The wolf on the cover is representative of common society nipping at the heals of our dreams, trying to steal them from us. I wanted the songs to recall all the dark pieces in each of us and for listeners to identify and realize that we, ourselves, can find a way out" says Diedrichs. Mesmerizing, mysterious and magnetic, It's Our Hearts They're After hits all the right buttons its self-searching melancholy, textural experimentation and poetic lyrics like "we've all got our reasons / even angels got their demons." A perfect choice for the next full moon. (DER-485)

"The New Radiohead. The frontman, Eric Diedrichs, is the brainchild of this American indiepop band. His father was a cinematic composer and his mother a poet. So it isn't hard to imagine that Eric would end up sooner or later making creative, amazing songs. Cari Clara's sound is fantastic: alternative, experimental and ambient pop/rock. When I listened to them for the first time the comparison with Radiohead became immedeately clear. And I'm not the only one who hears it." - Hadrian Est Ou?

"I was somewhat intrigued by the band's list of influences: Radiohead, Muse, Pink Floyd, Elliot Smith, Big Star, Grant Lee Phillips, Beta Band. Cool, huh? And so here I am pretty much astounded by 'It's Our Hearts They're After' and the follow up EP 'You Better Run' by Cari Clara. Why so? Not only do those cited inspirations make sense in the context of their music, they write amazing songs as well. It's Our Hearts They're After is chock full of midtempo, slow burning torch songs that embrace the arcane and arty agendas of post-punk and psych-rock bands throughout the ages. It's one of those rare albums that you'd want to swallow whole, a complete entity that must be savoured from start to end. Gorgeous. You Better Run actually ups the ante somewhat, going all epic and gothic with the inclusion of strings and Edge-like guitar histrionics on the title track, groveling in swampyvoodoo blues on Neither Weapon and A Hand To Shape) and channeling dark ghostly balladry on the Great Departure. If you wanna know what genuine indie rock sounds like in 2010, listen to Cari Clara and you won't go far wrong. Scintillating mope rock, angels would dance to. Simply magnificent." - Power Of Pop

"Listening to the new long-player from Cari Clara, I had a thought that I've had for about fifteen years now. Eric Diedrichs (Cari Clara's brain trust) should be famous. Not because he's a pretty guy (though he is) and not because he has a great onstage presence (he does). Diedrichs has been one of Cincinnati's most consistently good songwriters since his days with power pop faves The Simpletons. On his new album, Diedrichs proves once and for all that his creations have the poetic depth to appeal to English professors, the raw emotionalism to appeal to Emo kids, the melodic fortitude to draw in Pop music fans and the musical imagination to appeal to Indie music snobs. Diedrichs has honed a sound that is moody, transcendent and utterly moving. It's an album that demands your attention; no background music here and not a wasted minute. The album is hypnotic in its cohesiveness, buoyed by the general vibe of melancholic hope. It sounds like the soundtrack to a great, complicated love affair that just happens to be peaking on the eve of the Apocalypse. Diedrichs' golden voice is drenched in yearning and the music is loaded with matching tension and beauty. Diedrichs uses (often effected) drum machines and synths (along with acoustic and electric guitar), but the album is anything but cold and sterile, as the songwriter coaxes organic tones from the technology. With Cari Clara, Diedrichs has pulled off the rare feat of making an album that should stand as one complete piece of art, but the individual pieces more than stand up on their own. And from an artistic standpoint, it hits all the right buttons. Mesmerizing, mysterious and magnetic, this album could just be the one to earn Diedrichs the wider recognition he has so long deserved." - City Beat

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released December 16, 2009

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Track Name: Stars Evading
Are you listening the quiet hissing of the streetlights our sunshine guiding us through the night let's be shadows and let our hearts go dance fine lines through land mines waiting if the world should end before we wake at least tonight is ours to take so never let go say you'll never let go let's make no sounds but marching chest pounds run from dark clouds to stars evading if the world should end before we wake at least tonight is ours to take so never let go say you'll never let go we're taking everything it's ours I swear no use for gravity we've used our share we're gonna sing from the roofs while they load up their guns running free through the dark 'til the morning we find the sun if the world should end before we wake at least tonight is ours to take so never let go say you'll never let go you'll never let go say you'll never let go
Track Name: Wide Awake
Please forgive me I'm a weaker man from history I've had I've wounded my salvation stabbing holes in each direction I've led I want you to know I'm wide awake in here I'm digging a hole to bury something I want you to know I'm wide awake in here I'm losing alone still I feel nothing I feel nothing why is giving in so pretty stronger men have wished this away we've all got our reasons even angels got they're demons don't they I want you to know I'm wide awake in here I'm digging a hole to bury something I want you to know I'm wide awake in here I'm losing alone still I feel nothing yeah I feel nothing
Track Name: The Bright Lights
Lost burning like the midday sun tearing down a newborn dawn give it away free for anything it's a crime that goes on some of us are so far gone tired of losing right to wrong shedding our skin for the enemy they're turning on the bright lights to draw you out twisting up the tourniquet to suck it out it's our hearts they're after it's our hearts they're after found pieces of ourselves that drowned in the basement of a building downtown hide it away safe from everything is it possible now saving what is not yet bound escaping from a fruitless town feeding ourselves on they're jealousy they're turning on the bright lights to draw you out twisting up the tourniquet to suck it out it's our hearts they're after it's our hearts they're after they're turning on the bright lights to draw you out twisting up the tourniquet to suck it out it's our hearts they're after it's our hearts they're after it's our hearts they're after
Track Name: A Day In The Pharmacy
I can't afford to be fooled again and thread the wire through an eyelet thin when I know blood is thicker than wine I know blood is thicker than wine I'd turn away as a testament to show these fools this hurt I never meant still I know blood is thicker than wine I know blood is thicker than wine this deviation was an accident no explanation just get over it I want you to know what it feels like there's something here I can't control i'd bury the world and hallucinate a true form of illusion born to isolate still I know blood is thicker than wine I know blood is thicker than wine this deviation was an accident no explanation just get over it I want you to know what it feels like there's something here I cant control this deviation was an accident no explanation just get over it I want you to know what it feels like there's something here I can't control
Track Name: Beta Tauri
Remember all the things that you thought you knew paved beneath the street as the city grew we have such a long way home do we know the way home we've been trading art for an ounce of fuel burning our beliefs for a weapon to use we have such a long way home we have such a long way home well it seems like nothings the same lifted by the root but the scar remains I need a satellite so I can see the sunrise from the other side we'll be watching as the world dies here is the debris from the plans we've made pounded in the dirt from the path we laid we have such a long way home can we find the way home remember all the sins that were born that night fumbling through the garden of earthly delights we have such a long way home we have such a long way home well it seems like nothings the same lifted by the roots but the scar remains I need a satellite so I can see the sunrise from the other side we'll be watching as the world dies well it seems like nothings the same I need a satellite so I can see the sunrise from the other side we'll be watching as the world dies
Track Name: We're All Ghosts
Uncover your eyes all of this time you were drowning asleep through the years kill the alarm that is sounding if you don't know what you're living for you haven't learned enough you can't keep it up keep it up keep it up to throw it away lost waiting to be healed found faded all your friends they will carry you home it is love that is bigger than you we're all ghosts when we're truly alone show in the light lose your disguise you've been hiding a sad balladeer losing his charm now you're fighting if you don't know what you're dying for you haven't loved enough you won't give it up give it up give it up to send it away lost waiting to be healed found faded all your friends they will carry you home it is love that is bigger than you we're all ghosts when we're truly alone every nerve makes a deafening sound adding weight pinning you to the ground it's a sickening view it's hardest to stand or reach out your hand when you are lost waiting to be healed found faded all your friend they will carry you home it is love that is bigger than you we're all ghosts when we're truly alone
Track Name: Hold.Hope.
Listen I need someone who can help me would you beg if I told you this is how I fell I don't need this place I don't need this place is there something wrong with me is it true this love holds all the hope we need they say I am someone who will hurt you I would die if I hurt you in anyway I will burn this place I will burn this place is there something wrong with me is it true this love holds all the hope we need if you leave me I won't need to be breathing but it's all true yeah today I will leave this place I will leave this place is there something wrong with me is it true this love holds all the hope we need
Track Name: The Reckoning
This is where you'd fall apart with sullen face and broken heart here is where the war begins etching lines upon your skin take your favorite wrecking ball tear giant holes through paper walls we will let the sun in this is where we'll begin this is a reckoning for years without our names it's ours lets take it back from what we take this pattern forms creating shapes that mimic horns this is how they breach our skin stay inside don't let 'em in listen through the misery tune the weaker frequency it is us they should fear turn it up so we can hear this is a reckoning for years without our names it's ours we want it back lets get it back this is a reckoning for years without our names it's ours let's take it back this is a reckoning for years without our names it's ours let's take it back
Track Name: Liar's Truth
In a timeless frame where I was sure you'd show the world to me I hang there still waiting with faceless curiosity tell me why there's nothing here that satisfies all the same I try and open up my eyes it's gotta be something like a landslide when it hits for the first time we could hide this shame in a bottle send it to an open sea as luck would prove in a year it would return to me tell me why there's nothing here that satisfies all the same i'll try and open up my eyes its gotta be something like a landslide when it hits for the first time
Track Name: The Wicked Sea
The hurt is setting in stretching wires beneath our skin it's the poison in our brains threatening no one told their sons or daughters this is what we've won a broken wing a ticking clock a mess to clean we're cowards holding onto the fact what came before just aint coming back maybe we're lost on this wicked sea towing hearts filled with gasoline tell me you'll sink to the bottom with me to bring misery some company was there ever man without his set of evil plans an apparition on display in effigy have we gone astray or does it matter anyway a manifest to an eroding destiny we're masons crudely building a wall if lies were cracks it surely will fall maybe we're lost on this wicked sea towing hearts filled with gasoline tell me you'll sink to the bottom with me to bring misery some company maybe we're lost on this wicked sea