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What I Heard When I Listened | What I Said When I Spoke

by The Cabin Project

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1.
Pace 03:56
Life moves at a pace I just can’t handle tonight. The room stacked with a thousand thoughtless words. My ears are a pair of blown out speakers inside, And your thoughts are dissolved before they’re heard. Round two brought a prayer and a whole new reason to stay, With tempos in a time that cut me loose. So I took a jump that only I could’ve made; So quiet inside, it formed the truth. I don’t expect you to recall, the ways I bend, my gentle fold. I will take the fall for the ones who won’t change. I’ll still be sitting close to your arm chair, your TV, the news.
2.
Rest 02:49
Rest in my arms for now, we’ll let the trumpets and the tap sound This night is gonna come to pass, for better or worse with or without us You in your mind’s defeat, it’s just the residue of old things, The place that you will land, will be hours away A path you can’t erase now It was never gonna be fun, You will always have to choose one I was gonna make this work, the minute you stepped off that bus We’re gonna amplify, that little bit of gold inside.
3.
Everyday 03:48
If I hadn’t said a thing to you that night would we be drunk and tired in separate states? You in your southwest bar, me taking too much on, ignoring all the signs. But instead we tore a giant hole in the plans that we had known. Now you, you smiling in my bed, we’re broke as anything. Everyday surrounds us, a calm before the storm. Beautiful and crazy, you know all the way to break me. My attention forever lost in yours, the only thing in my life I can’t disarm. We cleared the roads completely on our own, the days of coming clean. Secret stowaways turn into dryer days, emerging mostly free. You will always be my breath centered in my chest. Tied to close to fall apart, a sampling of stars. You can always find me at the edge. 18 hours north into the snow. Ancient words surround me when I lose my way Headed to the place i always go. Every day surrounds us… Beautiful and crazy My attention wrapped in yours, the only thing in my life I can’t disarm
4.
Almost 03:00
I was almost pulled in by the windstorm. Swept up in the chaos, conditions that you set forth. Tablecloth is blowing, breaking up the picnic. We’re gonna have to fund us, a better way of talking. I know you need the space to climb in, coffee and a page to slow down, count up all the ways we never. We could do this so much better. I can’t replace it, only so much we can hold on There’s too much that your body has weathered on its own. No Highway we can take to get out, And flying’s not the same. A single pen and page is how we cover ground these days.
5.
Buried 03:10
You’ve got a lot of good reasons to never to call me back I still lie to you in my dreams whenever you show up The yelling comes from misplaced love and never looking back Vibrations from walls they sound as feelings from the past That were buried down so many years ago And now it’s all colliding in a single noise When the chaos showed up here I couldnt tell that All along your grace, it was my exhale We are deep into this season of writings on the wall Everything we built we knew eventually would fall And at the pivot point we had a choice to choose a different way And I play that scene again and over and over in my head Buried so many years ago Just you and me as one colliding noise Buried down so many years ago All colliding in a single noise When the chaos showed up here I couldnt tell that All along your grace, it was my exhale
6.
Patterns 04:34
Patterns mark the walls Each line connects the last, our attempt to draw a path out. It was always cold But it was that way from the start I didn’t know that I could thaw With the curtains drawn The inside has crystallized I can’t live out my old life It doesn’t have to go to waste But my mind is numb Can i take this opening we have undo the damage done You can alway fold You can always change your mind Let the patterns realign It was worth it all Level setting at the sea The only way I know to be
7.
Angles 03:12
For once in my life do you think you could let me hold the reins and choose what constitutes a win in my eyes For once in my life do you think you could let me cross the line hold me up real close close to the light If this heavy load is the sin, it ignites the path we’re on. Lying here I feel saved lost in what we know. Angles alleys the art we perfect Reshaping the stories is how we resist Tangled up visions of ecstasy where we lay the blame torn up worn out years we couldn’t escape You treat me like I’m an anomaly but it’s not the same. The muscles tied to you will always remain.
8.
Icy sidewalk frozen pavement they took me down so easily this time It knocked the wind right out of my chest and left me there in pieces on the ground I laugh in part to slow the falling and walk between the mountains when we can Take the fights and baggage lightly surrendering the pain of frozen land I wanna come home To a lazy, lounging afternoon resolve You and your pendulum so dizzy swing me back and forth I hold out hope the scattered pieces the memory of being left behind Will find their way back to the start and choose now to come and help me up this time I wanna come home To a lazy, lounging afternoon resolve You and your pendulum so dizzy swing me back and forth
9.
Firetower 03:53
When I took the time is when I took to you In your eyes I swore thought I saw that too But the spaces fill up quickly in lightning rounds. The stories come to get me and try to drag us down. As the needle drops on the 45, the static skips and overtakes my mind the lights in the house we made are only mine to see. The ground doesn’t move and shake for you the way It does for me I can see the fire from the tower’s roof embers they have taken root Pulling in the cracked debris and burning up the air we breathe Pair the break with the fall match the flame to the source If you go, if you stay I’m a mess I’m awake As I make my way to the other side The record flips and the needle grinds
10.
Too many years upon us too many seasons stacked Too many stories twisted too many men’s reactions I've been playing your game too many of our years At the heart of the maze is a pain, in the center of it is a muscle that’s sore The way you circled the room, tried to balance me The way you shifted in silence said everything you broke my heart In a single moment My world fell apart Everything changed Around the corner, round the corner we looked away First you weren’t there for me, then you just weren’t there Count all the weight up, and ground at the speed of change You with your best suit on, me with my blanket stare, time freezes here….

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A set of two EPs entitled "What I Heard When I Listened | What I Said when I Spoke”. It is more than a nod to the last two and a half years, but more so a dive into transformation. At a time when many worlds were turned upside down, these albums narrate the reflection, revelations, joys and struggles of what grows from the opportunity to start again. The break from touring and playing live allowed the group an opportunity to reflect on our creative process as well the critical role of music and expression at this moment in time. The songs that emerged speak to a time of intensive listening and discovery. To help support this process, the band also ensured our communities were a part of each step of the process; the project was entirely written, recorded, mixed and mastered by queer, women, and/or non-binary artists. The Cabin Project released “What I Heard When I Listened | What I Said When I Spoke” on November 18th at the Old Church in Portland, OR.

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released November 5, 2022

Recorded and Produced by Katie Sawicki
Mixed by Lien Do
Mastered by Sarah Register
Artwork by Katie Sawicki/ Retreat Art
Recorded at the Map Room, Portland, OR
Production support by Zanny Geffel

Katie Sawicki: Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synth
Zanny Geffel: Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Piano
Jean Mastaler: Violin, Viola, Vocals
Kelly Clifton: Bass
Mieke Bruggeman: Clarinet
Heather Perkins: Firetower beats

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The Cabin Project Portland, Oregon

The Cabin Project - a quartet of queer, all women and non-binary Portland-based musicians - is a musical hybrid of orchestral folk, rock, and indie. The band’s sound stems from haunting choruses, three-part harmonies, pedals, synths and strings. Sonically expansive, but heartfelt and intimate. ... more

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