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Salt Year

by Chris Bathgate

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Matthew Woodman
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Matthew Woodman Chris Bathgate's Salt Year is fantastic. Imagine handing a Hopper painting a guitar. Favorite track: Borders.
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New Indie Audiophile You just know when the artist is into his art. Chris puts a lot of heart in this record which makes it so great to listen too. Favorite track: No Silver.
Connor Welton
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Connor Welton I first heard Chris Bathgate at performance by a student dance company on the campus of UC Berkeley. They danced to "Eliza (hue)" and I knew right away that this was an artist I had to find. It took a little bit of luck and google kung fu, but I'm definitely glad I tracked him down. "Borders" is another stand out track and I love "Everything (Overture)", especially the live NPR Tiny Desk version. Favorite track: Eliza (hue).
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  • Digital Album
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    Includes two bonus tracks - "Holy Storm" & a new studio version of "Strawflower's Waltz"!!

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  • Vinyl + Digital Album
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Vinyl edition includes all 11 album tracks that are on the digital version - pressed on translucent "salt" colored vinyl, and a digital download card is also included.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Salt Year via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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1.
04:50
Was it sacred? Did you scream out? Was he far eyed? With his heart out? Oh, tell me it true. Oh, tell me it true. Were the cottonwoods a drifting? Were you silent? Were you singing? What delicate tune? What delicate tune? What secret did he tell yea? Wild lilac and Diapensia. Was he as far gone? With the engine light on? Was it sacred? Did you scream out? Did you kiss him? Was it light out? What delicate hue? What delicate hue?
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02:53
I ain’t got no silver, I ain’t got no gold In the white sheet winter, with its dawn so cold you know I froze, in sun I ain’t got no silver, I ain’t got no gold in dead street daylight, and shadow and in a dark so cold, and calm I’m all callow and gone I ain’t got no silver, I ain’t got no gold in the dead heat daydream of marrow and in a thought so cold, as alms I’ll follow and fawn
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04:03
I’m sinking, come save me poor Eliza my paths hid my visions all black hole and quivering it is what it is what it is I curse thee, for placing these dark days upon me for setting my blood as your dowry it is what it is what it is well my wife, is older and has no intentions is mindfully out in the garden out with the haze softly darkening and painting it all light and liquid the shadows all cirrus and cursive all washing out in the distance all washing out in the distance well me and, me and my flat footed daydream we hold it together so simply are sovereign and known to be sleeping because we have been saving our birthdays from heart break and winter in swift chase from heart break and winter in swift chase from heart break and winter in swift chase
4.
02:33
The biggest moon I ever saw was on the night I was right on time Windham bound window down 302 I’m driving teary eyed passenger turning up the radio crying the only time I ever jumped I closed my eyes and nailed the landing sweating lead turning left teeth marks on the dagger open sill wounded ledge catalyst not soon forsaken teary eyed passenger turning up the radio crying the only time I ever jumped I closed my eyes and nailed the landing The biggest moon I ever saw was on the night I was right on time the only time I puckered up I closed my eyes and nailed the landing
5.
fur curled on the sad road everyone I’ve ever known those that have been traveling often think of home tracing out the skyline in the morning frost shaking off the far eye to divvy up the dust everything is expected pounding out the dagger the paintings on your body these images they linger
6.
03:44
You know the sun it swings across my borders and the day it hangs upon my shoulders and worse then that is how they react as if cornered, as If cornered you know I don’t get by on a happy tune and I don’t get sun in the afternoon and when the evening fear is just coming on I’m all static and quivering with the shades all drawn with the shades all drawn
7.
02:43
to the rail I pray cause in November I heard your name quit my job and stole a gun that’s why the liquors gone that’s why I’m bumming dimes all my letters are loud and thin In the city, In the city I’m nothing at all the days they drone days they drone they;re droning on and on that’s how the day is framed that’s how I know my name people say it back to me that’s why my heart is cracked because they say to my back as I’m sneaking out the side In the city, In the city I’m nothing at all They days they drone days they drone yeah, they’re droning on and on
8.
03:09
I knew a man that had died in a ship of his own design when he came back his heart was dead, he said “kid, you are on my track” and every day since then has passed in a sad and peculiar way that leaves my heart so sad and gray I knew a kid who clawed his way from the womb to the second grade they sold his heart for a pill that dims the sun and makes the sky seem still so I wrote his name upon the cask and when the cash came out well I made a pass because all my friends have folded hands
9.
04:38
17 years before, I should have hauled off and kissed her now I lace my wine with ginger, just let my evenings pass they pass, they pass, and they pass She is whistling in a candy store, and I’m just screaming in the dark here I’m just choking down a salt year when sugars all I”ve longed for, all I’ve longed for, all I’ve longed for try again 17 and there she stood, a photograph in my doorway and I felt all my light leave me, my thoughts all tumbling under tumbling under, tumbling under After then my days resigned, to static and gray hair in soft cry like a cracked crystal second hand wind chime just clanging for a lover, for a lover, for a lover try again
10.
02:44
I’ll say it again, to the back of your neck deep in your skin where I’ve been living living it’s been a while it’s no lack of desire all my old loves on fire yeah, time moves like water I’ll say it again, to the stone in your chest cold as the days I’ve been waiting waiting it’s been a while it’s no lack of desire all my old loves on fire yeah, time moves like water
11.
Everything, the skin contains no matter, how hard I sing it still remains Everything, I sing these days no matter how hard it stings it still remains Every day, my heart has saved it withers no matter how sad or strange Every love I’ve pushed away no matter, how far I stray it still remains
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released April 26, 2011

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