DISTRACTIONS

by beloved elk

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released February 20, 2017

beloved elk is Amy Wright and Tina Nguyen.
All songs and music on DISTRACTIONS written and performed by beloved elk
Amy: lyrics, vocals, guitars, keys and bass
Tina: drums, bass, keys, guitars and vocals

DISTRACTIONS was recorded in the shed by Amy Wright and Tina Nguyen.
Mixed by Amy Wright and John Lee
Mastered by Mikey Young
Artwork by Nina Hassall
Design by Diana Galimova

Thank you to LISTEN Records, Chloe Turner, Danny Cox, Holly Pereira, Locky Beresford and Brittanie Chandler for the support. And thank you to everyone who crowd funded this record and to people for connecting with the band in writing and at shows. It means everything.

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Track Name: Cold
Argh
I’m not over it yet
It’s all an upward climb
And you said
I’s keeping you down
A stake into this ground

You’re so cold
You’re so cold
You’re so god damn cold
And it’s time we had this out

You’re running
The last bath in this house
And I’m watching by the door
So jealous
The water, your skin
Falling like I’ve been

It’s just a cold
It’s just a cold
It’s just a god damn cold
The water thins our blood
Track Name: Hide
Walking past these houses
I don’t know
I can’t stop
I can’t look inside
I’m going home
to listen
My home phone dial tone

Ah

Looking in
This baby’s eyes
Feel like she is judging me – she’s eighteen weeks
What the hell is wrong
With my mind
So go on rip
The skin from its bones
If it makes it unknowable – makes it easier
On the eyes, the eyes
You’re right – it’s not you, it’s me
It’s me

Did I choose the bitter life
Did I choose the bitter life
Do you think we could spook ourselves right
Out of the house - or else
Could we hold our breath
Until just //

Nothing happens…

Walking past these houses, I don’t know
I can’t stop
I can’t look inside
I’m going home
To 3/3 sherbourne road
To hide
Track Name: Ninety-Nine
One by one, they’re running
And we’re laughing hysterically
From first to last, they’re all placing
And we’re hardly even noticing it
They know them and them know they this way

Four five six, seven eight nine
The time of the night you would call me up
Almost every night
Ten twelve eighteen, twenty-one
Don’t think that I’ve forgotten
The number of your house
On the street where you used to live

Twenty-five
The year of my life
You call me up
For the very last time
To invite me to a house warming party – oh
You’re moving out?
Oh
You’re moving in with

Mr. Ninety-Nine
Mr. Ninety-Nine
How could I compete?
He’s got digits on me

One by one
I’m running, I’m coughing
Up these old lungs
From first to last
I don’t care anymore
I just want a place – any place
One by one
We’re all making names for ourselves
Letters in stone
On top of graves

And I’m counting
Its distracting
Me
From
Uncountable things
From
Immeasurable things
Unscientific things

I’m counting
It’s distracting
Me

You used to know these things
No
You used to share with me these things
Track Name: Distractions
Steady sinking of my heart
when left alone
Saved only by the lifeboat;
my language
Imagine the raft
As I climb aboard
Words, like wood
Pull it together

Distractions
Are like people
Distractions
Are like people

Keep talking
Pull it together
Pull it together
Pull it together
Track Name: At The Gates
Just cause you have power over someone
Doesn’t mean you should
Use that power over someone
Especially, if supposedly, you love them
You knew, you knew
You knew I loved you

I said, if you ever did that again
I would leave
I would drive away
But this is the only home
I’ve ever known
And the car’s yours anyway

Just cause you have power over someone
Doesn’t mean you should
Use that power over someone
Especially, if supposedly, you love them

I remember crying
In the tiny space between
The bed and the wall
Does this make you powerful?
Does this make you powerful?
Does this make us equal.

Rush the gates
of the mansion
of the man
I did not like
when I first met him
and it turns out I was right
How I’d like
to wipe the smile
off of his aging face
Oh I know
Oh I know
Oh I know
I’ll rush the gates
I’ll rush the gates
I’ll rush the gates

Pretty sounds
They make
When the gates fall
Onto the ground

And I like
Watching people
Get caught
In autumn storms, in nice clothes

And I like
Watching people
Get wet, and embarrassed
And uncomfortable

Pretty sounds
They make
When the gates fall
Onto the ground
Track Name: I Dealt The Devil I Dealt
Vomit at the border
Of Vegas and Nevada
I’ve been stung
By a snake
In the holiday sun
I could yell for help
But it’s all going on
and on and on and on

It’s just you and me now

Thinking up some common words
To carve into my goodbye dirt
But your damn snake tail
Is going round and round my skull
Come on
Quiet down now
Come on
Quiet down now
Its vomit at the border
Of Vegas and that dull as shit Nevada
I’ve consumed enough
And I’m spitting it back up
There’s nothing at the border
There’s nothing waiting, nothing waiting

Wrap around me
You’re hungry, I’m weak
We get the bad wrap
Wrap your jaws around my body

Nestled in your gut
Your stomach squeezes my eyes shut
I feel your heartbeat
I feel your heartbeat
Its pumping
Hard
Its celebrating
The feast of me

Nestled in your gut
Your stomach squeezes my eyes shut
I feel your heartbeat
I feel your heartbeat
And I begin to pray to your heartbeat
pray to your heartbeat
It’s like any other heart
It wants to live
But could you let me out?
Let me out!

I’ll fix this city
By dumping it in the sea
I’ll fill up the desert
I’ll do anything, anything
I’ll fix this city
By dumping it in the sea
I’ll fill up the desert
With buildings
Buildings
Buildings
Buildings
Buildings
Buildings
Buildings
Buildings
Buildings
Buildings
Buildings
Buildings

Coated
By the snake’s insides
He shrivels up and dies
And – he looks at me
With those dead snake eyes
“Don’t screw this up”

I’m vomit
At the border
Of Vegas
And Nevada
I’m the vomit
At the border
Of Vegas
And Nevada
Track Name: Well Adjusted
Old coastline
Circa 1999
Having a
Good time
Everything is all alright

Its like the ballet
All delicately balancing
And when
the big wave comes
we’re all gonna be dancing

COASTLINE SINKING
MY MIND SWIMMING
By

On a Monday
Playing poker
With prescriptions
Im going all in
Cause I feel like losing

COASTLINE SINKING
MY MIND SWIMMING
BY A QUOTE ON THE CLIFF
WORDS IN THE SHIT
By Jiddu Krishnamorti

Its all been said
But no one was listening
Build a loft
To dry out me head

With Jiddu Krishnamorti
With Jiddu Krishnamorti
Track Name: Nothing Entirely
I have spent so much time of my life
Feeling less
Than the lesson itself
And I’ve spent so much time
With my neck cranked up
Feeling small
And I’ve given it all up
To you – what is left?
What is right
What is left in my life

Nowhere to be
And nothing entirely
I’m the dust
I’m the dust in the air
I’m the dust in your eye
When you brush your eyelash
You brush me away
You brush me away

I got in to bed with you
Cause that’s what I thought
You wanted me to do
If I’d stopped for one minute
Before turning off the light
I would have seen in your eyes
Not the hunger for my body
But for something – anything
Of real beauty

Nowhere to be
And nothing entirely
I’m the dust
I’m the dust in the air
I’m the dust in your eye
When you brush your eyelash
You brush me away
You brush me away

I’m just the dust in your eye
And you can’t even cry

I’m free, certainly
That’s what it must be
Being everything
For nobody
Track Name: Together
Length of barbed wire
Holding my heart
Together
And you want to pull it straight
Out of me
Through the middle

Its holding me
Together
Its holding me
Together
Its holding me
Together

(Don’t wanna be bitter
Like my father)

You’re holding me
Together
You’re holding me
Together

And you want to pull it out
Do it now
You’ve got me under

You’re holding me
Together
You’re holding me
Together
You’re holding me
Track Name: To End
I can try to love
And I can try to sing
And I can write, alright
I can do alright

Living in
And breathing in
And in, and in
And in between

Our foreheads
And our eyes
Touching –
I want to end

No, do not let me go

Slow sounds, deep sounds
Damage my hearing
They shout this
They shout this

But I can see
Better than I hear
If I’m going deaf
and I don’t listen

Least I can see
You
You slow down
The loss

Do not
Do not
Do not
Let me go

I want to end
Wrapped up
In your black coat
I still feel cold

Please
Let me go
Please
Do not let me go
Please
Let me go
Please
Do not let me go