Almost Gone EP

by Cantor Deluxe

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Cantor Deluxe materialized at the Licking Ninevolts studio one cold September evening to lay down this quartet of indie rock originals.

"'Cantor' as in the singer in a church?" I asked, trying to put them at ease.

"No, as in Georg Cantor," the drummer replied. "German mathematician, nineteenth century, discovered different sizes of infinity." The rest of the band nodded reverently.

"Oh," I said.

They plugged in and straightaway reared into "Almost Gone," a fuzzy ode to summer's end and growing up. As the final notes subsided, the bass player mumbled that it was an homage to their favorite band, the Jesus and Mary Chain.

The vocalist excused himself to the restroom. The others shrugged and played on. The result was the curious instrumental cycle of "Hide and Seek."

Soon after, the vocalist returned in full face powder, backcombed hair, and black lipstick. The others took this surprising transformation as a silent command and hastily slid into the groovy 90's goth of "Haunted."

Finally, they eased into "Anyway," the catchy chorus of which lodged in our collective heads for weeks.

Then they packed up their guitars, muttered polite thanks, and drifted off into the clammy night.

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released August 2, 2017

All songs written and performed by Cantor Deluxe.

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Track Name: Almost Gone
hand in hand walking down the beach
it seems to me that nothing's out of reach
no complaining while you're here with me
trading branding for security
no more bending to your least demand
no more heaven on installment plan
day by day you give me such a pain
but once you're gone it's gonna be insane

spraying waves that catch you on the run
haloed hair when you're toward the sun
the summer's ending and it's getting cold
you remind me that I'll get old
the evening fires in the cooling air
reminding me that I'm unprepared
you're treating life as if it's one big game
but from now on it'll never be the same

you're almost gone
and it won't be long
before you try
it's no surprise
'cause you're not broken on the inside

packing the car up to hit the road
you're so cool but I might explode
your every word is always do or die
but you don't look back when you say goodbye
when you say goodbye

you're almost gone
and it won't be long
before you try
it's no surprise
'cause you're not broken on the inside
Track Name: Hide and Seek
<instrumental>
Track Name: Haunted
all, all alone
staring from the widow's walk into the dark unknown
space is the place
where lovers play and worlds decay and all my dreams are haunted

by the ghost
of your gentle touch
I'll make the most
of not feeling much
till you come home

to the doors of dust and dreams
where the ways of war and weapons are not what they seem
to go on
through the land of sweet despair
knowing what the dead can't know, that you're not there
I'm haunted

by the ghost
of your gentle touch
I'll make the most
of not feeling much
till you come home
till you come home

the wind whispers your name
telling me that I'm to blame
in a way I can't explain
the rocks diseased, the earth and trees are haunted

by the ghost
of your gentle touch
I'll make the most
of not feeling much
I'm haunted by the ghost
of your gentle touch
I'll make the most
of not feeling much
till you come home
Track Name: Anyway
when I crash land on the sun
it will be easy and fun
when you crash land on the moon
it'll be a dull afternoon
but I'll go so far to say that I will help you
anyway

open the door
I don't want to explore the war anymore
hold down the fort
don't export that cynical retort

when I crash land on the sun
it will be easy and fun
when you crash land on the moon
it'll be a dull afternoon
but I'll go so far to say that I will help you
anyway

don't act so bored
when you find out that you're adored and not ignored
hold onto my hand
when I pull off my master plan, my final stand

when I steal all of the air
you might find out that I'm there
when I drain all of the sea
you might pay attention to me
but I'll go so far to say that I will love you
anyway

when I crash land on the sun
it will be easy and fun
when you crash land on the moon
it'll be a dull afternoon
but I'll go so far to say that I will help you
anyway

when I crash land on the sun
it will be easy and fun
when you crash land on the moon
it'll be a dull afternoon
but I'll go so far to say that I will help you
anyway