Emergency Contact

by Arprei

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03:17
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03:20
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04:33
4.
03:05

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released July 7, 2017

all songs by Arprei
vox - fen
piano - david
vocal production - maria brodskaya AKA åMBe
mixing/mastering - brian forbes, gallery recording studio brooklyn, ny

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Arprei New York, New York

Arprei is a voice and piano duo from NYC. Videos from our past shows and news about upcoming ones can be found at arprei.info.

We are currently recording our EP - Emergency Contact - and are releasing each song with its own artwork as it is completed.
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Track Name: Locusts
one by one
silvery against the sun
when I'm too arch for you to hear
one plus one
bounce black and thick against the sun
you know you know you know we won't
be coming back again

find me
in an empty lot
with the locusts
that god forgot

one by one
we'll lend a white hot rotten grace
to your day
as it sways
I think we have to stay

find me
in an empty lot
with the locusts
that god forgot
we're rubbing all our legs together
we're bringing in a change of weather

one by one
silvery against sun
you know you know you know we won't
be coming back again
Track Name: Skeuomorph
when was I replaced
as your emergency
contact?

how long have I been
a melting ice floe?
how long will I last?

when were you replaced
as my emergency
contact?

when did you become
a whole continent?
how long will you last?

the marble fragments littering the floor
once
between our beds are still there,
the beds are ours no more
we're not who they're waiting for
that's not our alarm
not our open sore,
that's not our lifeline
tied to the headboard,
not my emergency
not my metaphor

when was I replaced?
Track Name: Enamel
oh love can I hold you
in a portrait of enamel?
snow left smooth behind fences
will still fall to the light
when morning comes burning
see your teeth scattered white.

all that remains
what never changed
last thing to decay
under each day.
oh do I want you as a piece of scrimshaw -
etched and treasured, wrapped in velvet
never touched
always trusted,
waiting for me in the dark?
do I do I do I do

oh love what have I told you?
can't you see my mouth is open
the river that runs through me
knows nothing of your fear.
it will keep on flowing
notches in all my bones.


changing my face
washing me new
even though I stay
for each new day,
you will not take my teeth and wear them as a crown
proud and spotless uneroded -
please hold me as I change,
flicker in the current's flame.
please do please do please do please

I am made of harder stuff than snow
but I must go where it must go.
Track Name: Don't Settle
don't settle
don't settle
like sand in water
are you
are you dead, like ozone
or are you alive like a drowning hare
keep kicking
keep kicking
keep yourself oxygenated

oh darling, I'm asking
if you are still alive
then what are you doing up there, in the air?
come down now, come back to us
come down
we can take it
we can take it
I swear

I'd give you a brick wall
if I thought it'd do any good
but I won't lie
I know you're rent and seeping
and caught sleeping
tiny circles
each one frozen to the next

so darling, I'm asking
if you are still alive
then what are you doing up there, in the air?
come down now, come back to us
come down
we can take it
we can take it
I swear