The New Familiar

by Goldenboy

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The New Familiar is Goldenboy’s latest album, and plays like a fond voyage through the ‘60s-‘90s classics canon. Yet in (non)traditional Goldenboy style it’s loaded with sonic surprises –– little twists of the unexpected chord here, an odd time signature there, and always the goosebumping wisp of instrumental texture. Tracks like “The Walking Song” with breathy voices astride keyboard/synth drafts that build with intensity, while the meditative “One of My Moods” and lighthearted “Today Is the Day” and “Steal Your Face” flicker across Shon Sullivan & Co.’s own ever-shifting emotional terrains.
Recorded and produced at Sullivan’s Silverlake studio, The New Familiar saw the forever-touring band sharpening up songs they’d developed over the past two years. They’ve created a piquant sound of quiet urgency and jovial buoyancy that owes both to the group’s affectionate, and ESP-like bond with each other.
“We just keep going, and living in the moment,” says Sullivan. “When you do that, you become really happy.”

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released 20 November 2012

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Track Name: Today's the Day
I feel it happening
It feels like now
I see it all around
And now I see it in you

Today’s the day
Today’s the day

The world will melt away
The sun shines through
Nothing can stop us
We can make it through

Today’s the day
Today’s the day
Track Name: Steal Your Face
Hello wake up it’s time to go now
The last train left about an hour ago
The Colorado nights are getting cold now
The weather report promises snow

There’s a steal your face tattoo
And you wear your hair low so it don’t show
Because you really don’t want anyone to know you
Where you have been and where you might go

Suggestion, confession, confusion
It’s an illusion
You sing at the top of your lungs but nobody knows
Because you sound like a goat on the hillside
That eats enough for the both of us

There’s a steal your face tattoo
And you wear your hair low so it don’t show
Because you really don’t want anyone to get to know you
Where you have been and where you might go
And the end of the world doesn’t seem so long ago

Hello wake up it’s time to go now
The Colorado nights are getting too cold
There’s a steal your face hiding on your shoulder
And you wear your hair low
But you really don’t want anyone to get to know you
Where you have been or where you might go

There’s a steal your face steal your face hiding on your shoulder
And the end of the world doesn’t seem so long ago
And the end of the world doesn’t seem so long ago
Track Name: Starlight Town
Maura was the dark star
Black sheep of the family
She never said much but I guess it was as much focused on the chemistry
Vincent was the best of
All his mother’s sons
Apple of the eye drove a tractor at age five
But lately he’s so bored

Their eyes met as the sun went down
On Starlight Town

Spending their days together
While planning their getaway
Vincent said, “Hey, we should run away”
“You know I’ll go wherever you are”

Putting their stuff together
Stealing their neighbor’s car
Left it by the riverbank with no gas inside the tank
They left some money in the door

And when the check and bill came ‘round
They charged it all
To Starlight Town

Meanwhile back at Starlight
There was a bank robbery
Vincent was named
Subsequently he was blamed
A mistaken identity
Vincent pleads his innocence
Through the basement walls
Even though he was surrounded
Only one shot sounded
She said, “He never carried a gun.”
Maura took the next greyhound bound
To Starlight Town
Run to Starlight
Run to Starlight
Run to Starlight Town