Indie folk rock wonderband ACCENTS is back with Small Tales, an aptly titled 5 track mini-album featuring "Down Down Down" and the follow-up to their March 2014 full-length Tall Tales.
"Small Tales is meant to pick up where Tall Tales left off. It's a logical progression, but thematically the songs take a slightly different turn. While Tall Tales is about reflecting on growing up and finding peace in that, Small Tales is really about the insecurities that are always going to follow us, no matter how old and wise we become. In some ways, we are always going to feel small in the world, and constantly trying to find our own place in it. What does it mean to settle? How do we choose between logical choices and what our heart tells us to do? These seem to be inescapable questions at any age" says guitarist Jordan Stewart.
Main songwriter and vocalist TJ Foster continues, "There were a lot of different themes present on Tall Tales, but the overarching concept was about finding a way to deal with uncertainty as we grow and learn. Each song on Small Tales continue to expand on that concept, each in different ways. Whether it's a couple figuring out how to get past their own personal insecurities on 'Down Down Down,' a middle-aged man longing for his youth but realizing he has to let go on 'Settle Down Instead' or choosing to ignore the existential questions about what may or may not be after this life on 'For Now,' the message is simple: time flies, take nothing for granted. Leave your worries in the ground and you can join them when you're good and ready."
Accents came out of nowhere in 2012 with an astonishingly mature debut Growth And Squalor which was heralded by both fans and press as one of the year's best releases. Tall Tales offered even more depth, color and relatability with the sheer honesty behind every note, melody and lyric making such a strong impression on all who listened. Small Tales is no less of an achievement, cementing Accent's position in the overall indie rock lineup, solidifying "indie folk" as both a mindset and a sound. This record will hit you hard.
"A triumphant mix of soaring melodies and life affirming vocals. A masterpiece." - Punktastic
"An indie-folk masterpiece. Extraordinarily creative, completely sincere. Brilliant." - Heavy Petal
"First impression: second to none. Sheer honesty and sincerity. A massive achievement." - RockFreaks
Accents is TJ Foster (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Lauren Foster (vocals, cornet) and Jordan Stewart (guitar). Previous members who performed on Small Tales include Benjamin Hemingway (drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals) and Matt Bent (bass, vocals). All songs were written by TJ Foster and produced by Accents. "Down Down Down" was mixed and engineered by Benjamin Hemingway. "For Now," "Settle Down Instead" and "Panic" were mixed and engineered by Mike Kalajian. "Underwater" was mixed by Benjamin Hemingway and engineered by TJ Foster and Benjamin Hemingway. All songs were mastered by Mike Kalajian from Telegraph Recording (The Narrative, Athletics, Moving Mountains). Accents is preparing to release a six week long video series titled "The Autumn Sessions." Filmed in idyllic outdoor locations throughout Upstate New York, these sessions will present stripped-down performances of various tracks from all of the group's releases, starting with "Down Down Down" from Small Tales. Accents released their debut "Growth And Squalor" on Deep Elm in May 2012. The band released their second full-length "Tall Tales" on Deep Elm in March 2014. Both albums received much acclaim from both fans and media. Band photo by Victor Rodriguez. Cover image by TJ Foster.
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someday, babe, we're gonna win this war. we'll have enough and never ask for more. someway, babe, we're gonna take things slow. but if you're leaving, darling, won't you let me know? 'cus the silence around will calm us down. when the blood in my mouth is pouring out. pin me down, down, down if i feel like i'm losing you. keep me down, down, down if i feel like i'm losing you. someday, babe, we're gonna win this war. we'll build a life out of an open door. some way i am gonna take things slow. but if i'm leaving, darling, i will let you know. oooh oh oh oh oh oh oh oooh oh oh oh oh. oooh oh oh oh oh oh oh oooh oh oh oh oh
Track Name: For Now
there's something about my memory that keeps me unaware. everything i've loved and known. falls into the ocean or fades into the air. better let me leave a note. everything i offer, everything i am. will never mean a thing in the end. so bury me with family, bury me with friends. if i'm too weak to comprehend. take me to the river, take me on a plane. i want to see the world unknown. i've never had a vision, never said a prayer. that's not a faith i will condone. i've seen what words can make us, seen what they can do. like soldiers marching towards a battleground. they can bury you alive, they can give you one more night. with the white and routine all around. but for now, don't you take me to the other side. for now, don't you leave me for another night. for now, don't you lay me down or let me go. there's something about a child looking in your eyes. reminds you of the here and now. so breathe until you're ready, breathe until it's fair. leave your worries in the ground. never mind the preachers, never mind the fear. just move away from all the doubt. take everything you've wanted, everything you love. and never keep your mind in your mouth
Track Name: Settle Down Instead
you've been chasing ghosts, yeah you've been tracking down old friends. but you won't recognize who you find instead. they won't be raising hell again. you've been selling records that you grew up worshipping. you had to make ends meet, and now you miss the sound. 'cus there is no one else around. that might terrify you to death. and that might send you just right back to bed. you might wonder about all this loneliness. or you might settle down instead. you've been having dreams about the town you grew up in. but all your exes left and some have changed their names. and only strangers now remain. so you'll keep flipping photographs to resurrect the past. but you'll find all of that is best kept in the ground. there is no one else around. that might terrify you to death. and that might send you right back to bed. you might wonder about all this emptiness. or you might settle down instead. if you're looking for me, i'm older now. i can't be who i used to be. but i know there's life in these bones of mine. like a child with eager eyes and a heart that's open wide. there is no one else alive. that might terrify you to death. and that might send you just right back to bed. you might wonder about all this righteousness. or you might settle down instead
Track Name: Panic
panic, i panic all the time. my head never asks what my heart can answer right. i wander and you wonder where i go. just chasin' my own thoughts through unfamiliar roads. the darkness around me, i know it well. and the feeling it brings me, i'll never tell. 'cus that would be like dyin' or seeing a ghost. i was always lyin' or leaving a note. a cynic, a cynic's all i am. i've always been let down when i throw my faith around. you're callin', you're callin' my heart blind. just keep me in mind, dear. find the truth to answer right. panic, i panic all the time. my head never asks what my heart can answer right
Track Name: Underwater
show me again what i'm worth. carry my organs like a curse. if your body's underwater than it's where it oughta be. digging through the wreckage to find heaven underneath. and if you find a place where love is not a game. then hold your breath and wait around 'til someone learns your name. don't be too obscene; your tongue's not the sharpest i've seen. you better believe your hands won't be smothering me. if your body's underwater than it's where it oughta be. digging through the wreckage to find heaven underneath. and if you find a place where love is not a game. then hold your breath and wait around 'til someone learns your name. oh i'm gonna break your lonely heart. and i'm gonna tear your life apart. your body's underwater when your body's next to me. the surface was appealing but there's a devil underneath. he's tearing up the floor and swimming towards the shore. and now my body knows why it will always ask for more. oh i'm gonna break your lonely heart. and i'm gonna tear your life apart. if love is such an ugly work of art. then i'm gonna tear your life apart