The Masked Battle

by Mount Pressmore

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The second studio album from Austin, Texas' Mount Pressmore.

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released July 1, 2017

Thomas Shaw - vocals, keyboard
Tom Ray - guitar
Alex Sefchick - bass
Kris Studebaker - drums

Engineered and mixed by James Stevens at EAR Studio, Austin, TX
Mastered by Jim Wilson at Jim Wilson Mastering, Longmont, CO
Artwork by Chawlie

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Mount Pressmore Austin, Texas

Mount Pressmore makes music that crosses cultures and transcends categories. It’s Herbie Hancock meeting Peter Gabriel in a Danny Elfman film score. It’s a comedy, for sure, but one that balances social satire with self-examination.

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Track Name: Amnesia
There was a time of less resemblance
No choice but fighting was the key
Now in our selective remembrance
I look like you look back at me

We need our amnesia

And in a wheel of our misfortune
Our image held up to the light
How do we alter this distortion
But by depending on the night

We need our amnesia

You come and go as you please
Get down on your knees
This is the cult of amnesia
Track Name: Passerby
Fallen sparrow
Infirm arrow
Flashes
Then crashes
We plunder the ashes

Fellow Feeling
Seeking, stealing
Bleed out
The redoubt
We're under the devout

My offense
A defense
My protest
A pretense, of

The lonesome threat we feel from a passerby
An endless vacancy of our eagle eye
A serpent's tongue beguiles us to let it fly
The lonesome threat we feel from a passerby

Barefaced morning
Corps adorning
Regression
Succession
A paralyzed lesson

My offense
A defense
My protest
A pretense, of

The lonesome threat we feel from a passerby
An endless vacancy of our eagle eye
A serpent's tongue beguiles us to let it fly
The lonesome threat we feel from a passerby

A witness cries upon the screen
A tear of Virtue's sight unseen
And still inclined behind the door
It's not enough, yeah we want more

The lonesome threat we feel from a passerby
An endless vacancy of our eagle eye
A serpent's tongue beguiles us to let it fly
The lonesome threat we feel from a passerby
Track Name: Neutral Buoy
I think you're running from something, Vera
Can't tell but maybe I am too
So come let's pick apart the Sunday Mirror
Some folks just haven't got a clue
They say our attitude is far from normal
How long we're gone beyond the mean
Let's dress this silliness in something formal
And masquerade in the obscene

I may have overstepped my boundaries, Vera
Sometimes I don't know what I say
And in a vain attempt to make things clearer
I may have thrown it all away
Some spin their yarn about new beginnings
But they're so hung up on the past
Locked in historical underpinnings
Our end's already been forecast

Floating beneath
Life on the surface
Floating beneath
Idle of purpose

And if I've overstayed my welcome, Vera
You've been so kind to recognize
A fellow vagabond, or something nearer
A partner in a million lies
We knew conspiracy would lead to questions
We led them tripping through the maze
Lolling and calling out false suggestions
Complicit in the latest craze

Floating beneath
Life on the surface
Floating beneath
Idle of purpose

Load your guns at once, don't let me in
Fire away at your forgotten kin
Track Name: Breath of a Secret
Tripped and fell somewhere I'll never leave
Hidden well, but always up my sleeve
Shuffle the faces
Rename all the places
There still remain traces
That burn into blazes, I'm

Held to the breath of your secret
Silenced by tides of your memory, I'm
Held to the breath of your secret
Islands undone by a rising sea

Take the pill and make it out the door
Lost the will to fake it anymore
Crumbled to pieces
My reason diseases
I'll do as she pleases
I'm due for releases, I'm

Held to the breath of your secret
Silenced by tides of your memory, I'm
Held to the breath of your secret
Islands undone by a rising sea

Radiant waves that remain
Velveteen graves of the brain
Track Name: Stuck With It
I put a nest egg
Inside your pocket
You swore you'd keep it safe and warm
Till we crossed over the line
A kinky bootleg
A bottle rocket
And we forgot about the whole arrangement
You held a steak knife
Above your dinner
Waiting to cut until you told me
What was no longer mine
Is this the half life?
Who beat the winner?
It seems we're stuck inside our own estrangement
Might as well stay awhile, 'cause

Ooh, ooh, ooh, Baby I'm
Stuck With It

My cousin Vincent
He couldn't hack it
He changed his status once he had us
Free from needing a dime
A signal wind-sent
A smoky racket
A message muddled in its own transmission
Sometimes I think back
To our beginning
And easy winning was a consequence
Of not keeping time
Now hit the road, Jack
The clock is ticking
The hands are fabricating blind ambition
Get out and walk a mile, now

Ooh, ooh, ooh, Baby I'm
Stuck With It

Might as well lay down and die

Ooh, ooh, ooh, Baby I'm
Stuck With It
Track Name: Here in the Dark
My misbegotten
So soon forgotten
When bones are rotten
Who pays?
The beating starts to quicken
Our blood begins to thicken
A peckish game of chicken
These days

Put down a slug of yellow
The harsh begins to mellow
An ordinary fellow
You'll see
But far beyond the chasm
There's less enthusiasm
To counteract the spasm
As me

Broken down by the light of the day
Open ground, where I'm bound to decay

Here in the dark
Shadows awaken
Bones sharp and shaking
For the next shot
Here in the dark
Spirits descending
Lyrically trending
Toward that blind spot

What happens to our vision
While making this incision
Is some infirm collision
With the id life
Let's talk degeneration
Let's deepen the flirtation
Abhorrent consecration
Of the old strife

Broken down by the light of the day
Open ground, where I'm bound to decay

Here in the dark
Shadows awaken
Bones sharp and shaking
For the next shot
Here in the dark
Spirits descending
Lyrically trending
Toward that blind spot

Say yes, say yes I do not know
Our best is but a hollow show
Oh no, oh no I must confess
My hazard's nothing but a guess

Here in the dark
Shadows awaken
Bones sharp and shaking
For the next shot
Here in the dark
Spirits descending
Lyrically trending
Toward that blind spot
Track Name: Mollusk
I see you teach the children
About the tides of war
Forgotten resolutions
Forbidden shores
Keep sounding so familiar
Keep up the knowledge game
A nod to brighter futures
Where we're the same

Say what you will
I'll be here still

From the depths of a well
There's a story I tell
Bring your ear to my shell
Bring your ear to my shell

Now who could ever tell us
The life we're born to lead
No sense in feeling jealous
No heart to bleed
But still we soldier onward
Hard in our own disguise
A truth no longer honored
But reconciled

Say what you will
I'll be here still

From the depths of a well
There's a story I tell
Bring your ear to my shell
Bring your ear to my shell
Track Name: Inconclusive
The elemental volatility
Was not a match before the instruments of measure
The random acts of raw hostility
So thinly veiled behind a principle of pleasure
What psychological entitlement
Would bring us closer to the age of our invention
Years chronologically vital spent
Chasing a tail pinned on a donkey of dissension
Now can't you hear me singing

Oh my, my
Finding's Inconclusive

Now in a tailor-made environment
With my devices at the wiggle of a finger
I scroll it down to my retirement
I strategize about the strength of my malinger
I'm counting out my precious characters
They're all deserting me because of my condition
Too bad us sickos can't inherit cures
Else we'd be shilling on the road to high perdition
Now can't you hear me singing

Oh my, my
Finding's Inconclusive

You might regret it if you don't
Try to forget it but you won't
That unheard message on your phone
Called to explain why you're alone
Now can't you hear me singing

Oh my, my
Finding's Inconclusive
Track Name: Pale Blue Dot
She lived a life organic
Taken by the soft sell
Day by day
He was a word mechanic
Always told his tale well
Charm and sway
The pregnant morning lay before them
The burning fuses lit their way
The crisis warnings they ignored them, all night
As for the truth, well, who's to say?

A pale blue dot
Was all we knew
A rocky plot
Alone with you

It was a warm December
When they let the fast pitch
Reel them in
And how they well remember
Calling it the last ditch
Deep within
This is a limited time offer
Act now before you lose your place
We've emptied out this precious coffer, all right
I hear it's beautiful from space

A pale blue dot
Was all we knew
A rocky plot
Alone with you

Heaven help us
Freeze, dry, melt us
Tell us where to go
Beyond the pale

A pale blue dot
Was all we knew
A rocky plot
Alone with you

You never know if you're ready or not
I'm holding on to the veil of a pale blue dot
Track Name: Candy Cane
Spun 'round and 'round just like a hurricane
That you couldn't tame
Wrapped up and down, now how was I to blame
Little miss got a twist
That is driving me insane

You're my candy cane
Can't feign that hook
You go right straight to the brain
Sweet sugar cook

Eighteen times twenty turns the whole shebang
I'm so glad you rang
Your horn of plenty, honey, halts my pang
Just a drop put a stop
To my terminal Sturm und Drang

You're my candy cane
Can't feign that hook
You go right straight to the brain
Sweet sugar cook

I could not wait another moment
My heart's rebellion starts to foment
Hell-bent, yeah

You're my candy cane
Can't feign that hook
You go right straight to the brain
Sweet sugar cook
Track Name: Silent Catastrophe
Down on the floor
Watching the screens decree their winnings
Who is it for
Trading a horse of high beginnings
Kicked out the door
Here's to a sense of missed belonging
Back to the war
Tally the endless cost of wronging, while we

Spurn the numbers right before us
Turn the quack into the chorus
Contradict the brontosaurus
Simple then, to just ignore us, in a

Silent Catastrophe
Now it's done, now it's done, we're in a
Silent Catastrophe
As we augur for an ending, we're in a
Silent Catastrophe
Who's the next Seventh Son, we're in a
Silent Catastrophe
Now it's done, now it's done, now it's done

Up on the hill
Blessed with a sense of information
Fire at will
Cover the blowback to your station
You know the drill
You know the bust inspires devotion
Market the pill
Target the seat of our emotion, while we

Spurn the numbers right before us
Turn the quack into the chorus
Contradict the brontosaurus
Simple then, to just ignore us, in a

Silent Catastrophe
Now it's done, now it's done, we're in a
Silent Catastrophe
As we augur for an ending, we're in a
Silent Catastrophe
Who's the next Seventh Son, we're in a
Silent Catastrophe
Now it's done, now it's done, now it's done

I'm only trying to connect
Spent so much time looking o'er my shoulder
How could I be more direct
How does it feel to be getting older
Track Name: Sandman
A willow tree
The strands of memory
Would stray and strangle
Hello, it's me
I hold the master key
To your entangle

What have I meant
Whence was it sent
Whom do these shadows represent
Where does it lead
How will I read
The gravest misdeed
In need of a soul's repent?

I'm your sandman
Feel your brain scan
Lives you outran
I'm your sandman

A shallow pool
How short our lives unspool
In a chain of matter
A magic thought
To hear a tragic plot
From all the clatter

Say that you did
Who would you kid
Uncovering everything you hid
A lunatic rant
The experts would grant
You're left to recant
And can your leaky lid

I'm your sandman
Feel your brain scan
Lives you outran
I'm your sandman

Walk with me
Here within lightning's weaving
Patiently
Shed your skin, shun the leaving

I'm your sandman
Feel your brain scan
Lives you outran
I'm your sandman