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Woke Up Early The Day I Died

by Track A Tiger

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Track A Tiger's debut full-length Woke Up Early The Day I Died (2006) has been re-released worldwide on Deep Elm. Their latest album is titled I Felt The Bullet Hit My Heart. Their second full-length is titled We Moved Like Ghosts (2007) and can also be found on Deep Elm.

The sound? Moody. Lots of male-female harmonies. A little rock, but mostly slow, sad, sleepy late nights. Think Richard and Linda Thompson and the Sea and Cake having drinks in the living room while Low and Sonic Youth make dinner in the kitchen...while Fleetwood Mac is out getting more ice. Recorded over the course of three years, slowly built upon original guitar and voice tracks that songwriter Jim Vallet recorded in his Chicago apartment's living room (listen close for a cat, squeaky wood floors and occasional late night drunken lover's quarrel on the street below), Woke Up Early The Day I Died has the feel of a much-overdubbed indie recording to suit the somewhat depressive vibe of Vallet's lyrics and his low-key melodies. The album compares favorably to contemporaries ranging from Low (especially on the hushed, hypnotic "Here at the End") through Architecture in Helsinki to Broken Social Scene. A particular highlight is the propulsive "Happy," which has a jangle-edged nervous tension akin to the New Zealand indie bands of the '80s. (DER-486)

"There's a good reason that Track A Tiger is getting lots of love in the music world. Theirs is a mature music. No, not music for old people but well-aged music. Like a fine wine...a '97 Brunello of the indie music world. Music that must've gestated for a while before finally being recorded and sent out for the public to enjoy. Music that resides somewhere in the musical intersection of Low and Belle and Sebastian. Music that I really am enjoying right about now. Music that makes me start every sentence with the word music. Music is as music does. Music music music, thank heavens for music like this!" - Ear Farm

"Introspective, meditative, quiet/gentle pop-rock that's really vivid and moving." - Big Takeover

"Do not listen to this album if, indeed, you need to wake up early. Because you'll just lay there, drowsy, floating back to sleep on a sea of acoustic guitar, cello, and the occasional "blips and bleeps." Not to mention a host of female vocalists taking turns accompaying Jim Vallet. This is the perfect pick for moping around and staring at the ceiling: "I've taken hold of your misery." Pour a drink and sulk to the lazy alt-country/folk of Track A Tiger." - 75 Or Less

"I heard Track a Tiger on Daytrotter about a month ago and I've been listening to them pretty much ever since. It's strange how even with all the accourtrements that are so specific to the Daytrotter sessions, they still seem to capture the very essence of a band. I'm immediately reminded of two great Americana bands, Hem and the late, great eastmountainsouth. The smokey texture of the sound is quite similar to the effortless grace of Hem's Sally Ellyson, and the beautiful interplay of male-female harmonies is as spot on as it was for eastmountainsouth. The songs are mostly slow, melancholy affairs, more dust than bright lights. The song starts with a teensy bit of a synth, some bleeps and soft guitar, and with a gentle build, it gets down to business. The cello is heard quietly in the background and the vocals join us at the front of the room. Like a warm draft when it's bitter cold, maybe that warmth when you first open the door in January. That flush to the cheek and the coziness even before you put your slippers on. Track a Tiger feel like a warm house on a cold day, the perfect soundtrack to an Ohio snowstorm, the perfect tunes for a day in and looking out. With only a smattering of vocals, it's good that the steady and smooth instruments are able to carry this song through it's four minute lifespan. When the track is over, all you can think of what it was like when it was on, and you just hit repeat, and you get to relive that first, enveloping feeling of warmth, that sense of home." - Tha Bomb Shelter

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released October 6, 2006

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Track Name: Glad To Be Scattered
thanks for not asking what you really want to know. and tell me how does it feel not to let it show, not to let it show? maybe i could leave behind the part that let you down. iπll take the long way and home and see what you found. see what you found in the hours i left for you. in the dark i see whatπs left for me. weπre glad to be scattered and torn across the past because love at eighteen was never meant to last. so thanks for not asking what you really want to know. and tell me how does it feel not to let it show, not to let it show?
Track Name: Sound As Ever
i can tell you can barely hear me any more. and you canπt wake up to stop. roll over and hear my voice. i can feel youπre slipping away from me now. and itπs too late, too late to get to you. iπm taken back for a little while. sound as ever itπs going to be. donπt drag down in your misery. i can see itπs the last time youπll come through. i wait for the fall. i wait for the right thing to say. iπm taken back for a little while. sound as ever itπs going to be. drag me own in your mystery. iπve taken hold of your misery.
Track Name: Seashaken Heart
if i wake up tomorrow i will try and breathe some fire into your cold heart. your seahaken heart. you try and get me out of bed. youπre moving out today you say you might need a little help with your heavy things. if i wake up tomorrow i will try and breathe some fire into my broken heart. my seahaken heart.
Track Name: Happy
tonight our war ended and i'm a little afraid of the dark. dark straights burn cold, my cold pride. but here's you heart, here right next to me. makes a sound that seems so happy, that seems so happy. shall i welcome the feeling? inside love's never lied or lost weight. it weighs down your stone cold stare. but you laugh, laugh when you want to and i could never make you happy, make you happy.
Track Name: Here At The End
torn and alone this wounded river town, trying to ease my way back home. not making a new start i already tried, waking alone lost in a lie. because love's not patient and here at the end it drags and drags and won't let go. it won't let go.
Track Name: I Don't Understand These Machines
you might say that i don't understand these machines. and they don't understand me. so close your eyes baby i'll be here when you get back. waiting here like i've waited before. but i'm not waiting around while this anger strikes fire. this anger strikes me. this anger strikes fire. you might say that i don't understand these machines and they don't understand me. they don't understand me.
Track Name: It's Pretty Hard To Go Home (After Something Like That)
frozen side by side mouth the words i'm heavy into staying alive. above the street sign bent down three more feet when you hit full stride. it's pretty hard to go home after something like that. and i'm real, real heavy into staying alive. so maybe i'm using you to get to me. or maybe i using me to get to you. so take another trip down the bad side of trouble you better slow. can you even see the accident, get me close, do you see me inside? it's pretty hard to go home after something like that. and i'm real, real heavy into staying alive. so maybe i'm using you to get to me. or maybe i using me to get to you.
Track Name: Flood
why did you flood my time with yourself? and how did you ever get to me? i'm not scared anymore. i get it together and i break down, oh, and i break down. i didn't expect to hesitate or lose weight in the wrong place. i didn't expect that you'd be waiting for our break down, oh, when we break down. it's so dangerous don't tell anyone this story. it's so dangerous don't tell anyone this story of us. i believe i left a little soon, it was too long in the air again. i left out just enough to keep you guessing when i break down, oh, when i breakdown. when i break down, oh, when i break down. it's so dangerous don't tell anyone this story. it's so dangerous don't tell anyone this story of us.
Track Name: With Stars Down
it's hard now with all the stars turned down. tell me what i did that made you doubt me. october, cold starts and sober shoulders. i changed everything to lure you away. to lure you away, still burning in my arms, don't you ever get a little bit lonely? jaded and fading let's never look back so i can forget you. it's hard now with all the stars turned down. tell me what i did that made you doubt me. that made you doubt me