Kiln

by Lotus Eater

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about

I first started recording the demos for this EP in late 2015.
With the exception of drums, all of the instrumentation and vocals were recorded in my home studio located in the Mojave Desert during 2016. The drums were recorded and performed by JR Kurtz in August 2016 at his practice studio in the LA Arts District.

After JR finished tracking the drums, I took a few more months to re-record all of the parts over again. After some financial and health setbacks I was finally able to finish the new recordings and decided to release these four songs as an EP entitled, "Kiln"

Kiln represents the end and start of something new.
The change of structure and physicality.
These songs represent the last year of my life, the good, the bad, and the strange.

credits

released December 1, 2016

John Schroeder:
Music and Lyrics
Mixing and Mastering

JR Kurtz:
Drums

(For specific instrumentation credits select a specific song)

I would like to thank my friends and family who supported me while I recorded this EP.
To JR Kurtz who recorded all the drums on this album in one day.
To Joellen for literally everything.
To Zach and Ry for helping create Lotus Eater and giving me the confidence to release this record.
To Adrian for always being there and helping me focus my early demos into what you hear now.
To Commodore for bouncing off my early ideas and for letting me steal his Korg for a month to record.
and of course...

Thank YOU for listening and supporting my art!

-John

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Track Name: All Things Random
LEAVE YOUR THINGS AND HIT THE ROAD
LET’S GO FIND THE BEAUTY IN SOME BACK COUNTRY BAR
WHERE THE JUKEBOX DOESN’T HAVE THE SONGS WE LIKE
BUT WE’LL MAKE DO DANCING LIKE FOOLS IN THE NEON LIGHT

WITH ALL THINGS RANDOM
THE FALL FELT LIKE JUST ANOTHER REASON
IT WOULD SEEM COINCIDENCE WAS REALLY PRECIPICE
TO THAT FEAR WE CAN FEEL BUT NEVER SEE

CONVERSE WITH ME AS IF IT WAS MY HEARSE
REHEARSING YOUR LINES AS IF A VALENTINE
THE SMELL OF FLOWERS NEVER SETTLED YOUR STOMACH
I MADE YOU CRY SO MANY TIMES AND I NEVER KNEW WHY

IF THIS IS THE EXIT, THEN TRULY I HAVE NOT LEARNED MUCH
ADO ABOUT NOTHING IT SEEMS MORE LIKE A DREAM NOW
FIGURE WE GET ANOTHER CHANCE, DARLING
I WOULD HOPE TO FIND MY WAY BACK TO YOU

WITH ALL THINGS RANDOM...
Track Name: Friends
FRIENDS I DON'T GET TO SEE ANYMORE
DON'T FEEL LIKE FRIENDS TO ME
NOW THAT I'M SURROUNDED
BY PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY ARE CLOSE TO ME

WELL IF ONLY THEY KNEW
HOW MUCH I'D RATHER BE ALONE

WELL YOU CAN CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE
I'VE HAD MY SHARE TIME
WISHING I WAS THERE
EVEN IF I WASN'T HERE
WELL IF ONLY YOU'D KNOW WHAT I KNOW
THIS COULD BE LOVE

FRIENDS I DON'T GET TO SEE ANYMORE
DON'T FEEL LIKE FRIENDS TO ME
NOW THAT I'M SURROUNDED
BY PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY ARE CLOSE TO ME
Track Name: No Fantasy
WHISPER IN MY EAR
ALL OF MY SECRET FEARS
PUT YOUR FINGERS DOWN MY THROAT
AND TELL ME THAT THERE'S HOPE

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU SAY
IT'S THE THOUGHT I SUPPOSE
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU SAY AT ALL

TIE A RIBBON AROUND MY EYE
PROMISE TO TELL LIES
DRAG YOUR CHEWED NAILS UP MY SPINE
AND TELL ME I'LL BE FINE

LIKE A PRAYER NEVER HEARD
TO A GOD THAT DOESN'T CARE
I KNOW YOU WANT THE BEST FOR ME
AND THAT'LL SWEAR

THAT IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU DO
I'LL STILL BE THERE FOR YOU
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU DO AT ALL

WHATEVER YOU DO TO ME IS ALRIGHT
I CAN TAKE IT
I RECALL YOU WERE YOUNG ONCE
OR DID YOU FORGET
AND WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER
DID YOU IMAGINE THIS
AND IF THIS AIN'T NO FANTASY
WE'LL WAIT AND SEE
WHEN YOU GO TO SLEEP DO YOU STILL SEE ME

SO NOW EVERY TIME I STEP OUT OF LINE
YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE
TO PUT ME IN MY PLACE
AND I'M NEVER GOING TO CHANGE
AND IF I EVEN COULD
YOU NEVER WOULD WANT ME TO
TELL ME WHAT IS IT YOU WANT I KNOW IT'S ALRIGHT
AS LONG AS YOU KISS ME GOODNIGHT
Track Name: Strange Wonder
FROM YOUR FIRST STEPS
AWAY FROM YOUR MOTHER'S BREAST
UNTIL YOUR LAST BREATH
FOREVER UNTIL AT LONG LAST
WE CAN FORGIVE OURSELVES

THERE'S STILL SOME DAYS LEFT IN THIS BODY OF MINE
THE SUN FILTERS MY BLOOD LIKE A SPITSHINE
THE WIND IS SWEET DRYING SWEAT OFF MY NECK
AS I LOOK INTO THE LIGHT

HOW LONG MUST I PRETEND THAT YOU MEANT NOTHING

UNDER THIS NIGHT SKY THE THIN AIR TASTES LIKE WINE
YOUR FRECKLED LIPS PERSIST TO FILL MY MIND
THE GROUND BENEATH ME IS COLD AND WET
AS I LOOK OFF INTO THE ABYSS

HOW STRANGE IS IT TO SEE
WHAT WE COULD HAVE BEEN
WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR ME TO HAVE YOU BACK WITH
ME