Semiotics

by Tate Eskew

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Eskew’s newest album, entitled Semiotics, is a work of astonishing expression and ingenuity. Intricate arrangements of guitars, distorted organ and drums frame Eskew’s intimate vocals, moving from delicate finger-picked notes to large rock crescendos, and back again. Songs from Eskew’s collection often start in a traditional directive but soon turn unexpected corners, later blooming into a wash of melody and noise. Throughout every track, Eskew’s obsession with refined composition and studio experimentation shows.

This album is probably not an album of immediate impact. This album is one that you sit with, let it develop and surround you. Giving each song 30 seconds to develop will result in a mess of an experience. Turn your patience on in this immediate satisfaction world and engage.

This album has been mastered at levels that enable you to use your volume knob with dynamics left intact. Listening in headphones once in a while is also recommended.

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released October 4, 2011

All Songs Written, Produced, Recorded and Mixed By Tate @ Home - Zero Art Studio, Nashville, TN

Mastered by Carl Saff @ his studio in Chicago, IL

Painting used in cover art by Emily Leonard, Nashville, TN

www.tateeskew.com
www.functionalequivalentrecordings.com

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Tate Eskew Nashville

Tate Eskew has more than 20 years experience as a sound engineer, musician, and software engineer. He uses this experience and his fervent interests in ecology, regenerative design, and reconnecting with his own Cherokee ancestry to create a linkage between technology and nature through music. Tate writes code, plays the guitar and uses the studio as an instrument to create sonic building blocks. ... more

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Track Name: Galesburg Drive
Instrumental
Track Name: Catapult it Through Advertisement
Turn around and close your eyes
you’ll crash and burn when you
realize that all you’ve read and
all you’ve learned is
falsified through money ties
signs around you and behind you
ears are ringing from conversating
with yourself and no one else
you realize you’ve passed it by
analyze it and despise it
catapult it through advertisement
ask yourself if you falsified
through petty lies
Track Name: I'm Taking Over
i am the one they warned you about
there’s no reason to shout
armed with the truth about your dreams
escaping is no way to deceive
they only want to make you believe
that i’m taking over
use those big words to show they care
that pseudo-intellectual stare
think they exist outside of the game
but they are the ones you should blame
for everything being the same
now i’m taking over
Track Name: Read the Notes
i took your advice, maybe twice
throughout this past year
i followed it close, read the notes
and it was all quite clear
everything crashed, nothing lasts
when i listen to you
speak for myself, no one else
that’s what i needed to do
Track Name: Robot
penciled in as the one who cares
and pushed around with all your stares
yeah i’m anxious and yeah i’m real
sure, whatever, see what you can steal
i’m not as easy to relate to
as you might think
i’m not as easy to complain to
as you might think
i’m the robot you insist but
you’re the one that’s easy to trick
i’m the robot you insist but
you’re the one who’s easily dismissed
sure take it yeah man i don’t care
don’t you know me it’s never fair
i was led around the ring but
never out of sight
oh if you push you know i’ll never fight
i’m not as easy to relate to
as you might think
i’m not as easy to complain to
as you might think
i’m the robot you insist but
you’re the one that’s easy to trick
i’m the robot you insist but
you’re the one who’s easily dismissed
penciled in as the one who cares
and pushed around with all your stares
Track Name: The Mechanics of Remembrance
turn off the phone ringer and
cue the folk singer
because i’m a psychosis fringer
and i’m a reclusive binger
futile battle cry
you know the struggle with why
it’s so important to stay high
it’s so important to deny
yeah i want to forget
yeah i need to forget
it’s all i can do and
all i can say
to make you get up and feel this way
it’s all i can do and
all i can say
to make you get up and walk away everyday
don’t forget to remember
the 24th of october
that’s your brother’s birthday
we’re celebrating 10 years of being sober
yeah i want to forget
yeah i need to forget
it’s all i can do and
all i can say
to make you get up and feel this way
it’s all i can do and
all i can say
to make you get up and walk away everyday
Track Name: Comet is Closer
the comet is closer than we had first guessed
viral infected preprocessor didn’t
pass the test
the cockpit is still a mess
collision course is certain but
we won’t feel a thing
i increase the throttle, speed doubles
an object strikes the wing
this is not a dream
i know you’re waiting
you don’t have to hide
we’ve seen it coming for some time
the light is straight ahead
getting brighter all of the time
fingers grip the yoke and i
steer us directly towards the side and
then we collide
we are done waiting for the future to unfold
we don’t have to hide
Track Name: Younger Brother
take a look at my eyes
tell me what you see
empty patterns of nervousness
that’s what you wanted from me
you say it doesn’t matter anyway
eat your words this one time
we don’t have to go
where’s your younger brother
i bet he doesn’t show
because he’s a headcase
i bet he learned it from you
cliché, cliché
touché, touché
take more pills and you’re okay
cliché, cliché
touché, touché
your life begins or ends today
they didn’t even expect us
we made it out okay
several million in paper
what an easy escape
now we don’t have to worry anymore
cliché, cliché
touché, touché
take more pills and you’re okay
cliché, cliché
touché, touché
your life begins or ends today