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by Major Murphy

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1.
Access 04:28
Something in the way that I want to be part of it, like Every single day there’s a world to be uncovered Even in my own mind, I’m going back in time and I’m hoping the pieces align What else can I say? Yea, I want to be part of it, like Every single day there’s a world that needs my lovin’ Everything takes time and that’s the hardest part I find, but I’m laying it all on the line Will you deliver me? I like your energy Nothing is guaranteed Everything is make believe when you can’t even see the forest for the trees and you wanna know what it means… Something in the way and I know that I’m part of it, like Every single day there’s a world that’s left uncovered And the same shit’s goin’ down in every single town as power and privilege play out What else can I say that’s not already part of it? With everything in place, it will surely be uncovered Even in my own mind, I’m going back in time and I’m hoping the pieces align
2.
Attention 02:57
Oh I want your attention Want it only to shine down on me Beautiful feeling on my own two feet In the garden I’m chilling In the morning I’ll cool off my brain Evenings are humid all the time I wait You know I want your attention Even if it’s a long way from home Mutual feeling in my sea, my stone Disavow an allusion Then you walk it around for a long time All an illusion for that evil eye
3.
You know we’ve come so far that we can’t turn back now ‘Cause when you’re this far out you might even come around And look at what you’ve found, in the meantime When the whole world crumbles down I won’t be lost I will lay myself down inside a hollow log With the spiders and the frogs For the meantime, we’ll survive You can see my lies You can see my shadow side And when you do I feel burned alive in your eyes By the time I figured out there was no excuse Many things will never change despite what they go through Healing or abuse, in the meantime When the whole world crumbles down I won’t be lost I will evaporate and turn into a fog I wonder where I’ll fall In the meantime, I’ll survive You can see my lies You can see my shadow side And when you do I feel burned alive in your eyes So in the meantime we’ll hold on We’re going the distance We’ll stand strong You know we’ve come so far that we can’t turn back now ‘Cause when you’re this far out you might even come around And look at what you’ve, found in the meantime
4.
Unfazed 05:55
Lord knows I’ll get there by any means possible I tend philosophical but I can’t spell it right I know that nothing is really impossible But lean towards hysterical night after night It’s a sad time we’re living in Not to say that it’s ruined yet Anything said is irrelevant That’s to say it’s an understatement Do you understand? Lord knows I’m begging just for a fresh start But I feel rather vulnerable when I come apart I know it’s never just a matter of heart So I peer into data on an empirical chart You know I’ll get there by any means possible I tend philosophical but I can’t spell it right I know that nothing is really impossible But lean towards hysterical night after night It’s a sad time we’re living in Not to say that it’s ruined yet Anything said is irrelevant That’s to say it’s an understatement Do you understand? I love you Do you understand?
5.
Real 03:45
Close your eyes Fireflies rise through the cracks in your mind Breathe through your nose Waterfalls flow from your head to your toes And you want to know if it’s real? Really me, really you What we choose, what’s refused along the way Start again Life depends on the tip of a pen Work it out Fear and doubt are what your heart’s all about And you want to know if it’s real? Really me, really you What we see we believe and that’s the truth
6.
Rainbow 03:22
Once upon a time We lied out watching stars fall from the sky Ominous or bright It was how we spent our time Times are gonna change Continents collide and rearrange Storms are gonna rage In a house that’s built for hurricanes Second guess everything In a way it’s endearing It’s only natural to say How you’re feeling Rain’s gonna fall In the sky is a rainbow That was always good enough for me So take it or leave it, man
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Build it together just to tear it apart Pick up the pieces that are left in the dark I wanna boogie down like nothing has changed You wanna party where you might get laid I don’t need to say there’s nothin’ wrong with that So why not say it to me and not behind my back? Ok, where was I? Oh yea, tear it apart We know the hunt is best well after dark Some of us livin’ for the thrill of the chase I guess I’d rather have some stuff on my plate Yea, in my time I’ve found life’s no buffet I gotta go with my gut and see what comes my way I know that some prefer to pick and choose But at the end of the line the salad is always bruised The sum of one-hundred it is fifty, fifty I’ll stick to addition Division ain’t easy on me I find Good things can come in twos Case and point: to where the herd will move How many people can get to the heart? Before it’s just a pulverized piece of junk in your cart? Check your balance, try and figure the cost And hope that in the end the deal pays off Shoot past the landing falling end over end You gotta brush yourself off and start all over again The sum of one-hundred is fifty, fifty I’ll stick to addition Division ain’t easy on me I find I might just cry this time Pull it together just to tear it apart Pick up the pieces that are left in the dark Get through a day to see what the next will bring I’m still surprised when it’s not a thing
8.
Flower 03:46
Every morning, every afternoon I’m away, I’ll be back soon Like a sunrise, like a waxing moon I’ll be coming, I’ll be coming through Like a big ol’ train (Like an old freight train) You can call my name (All you gotta say) I’ll be there You’re amazing, everything you do Has a meaning that is true to you Like a flower sets itself in bloom Only naturally I’m set on you Like a big ol’ plane (Like a big jet plane) In the sun or rain (Anytime of day) I’ll be there Every morning, every afternoon I’m away, I’ll be back soon Like a sunrise, like a waxing moon I’ll be coming, I’ll be coming through Like a big ol’ train (Like an old freight train) You can call my name (All you gotta say) I’ll be there Every morning, every afternoon I’ll be coming, I’ll be coming through Every morning, every afternoon I’ll be coming, I’ll be coming through Every morning, every afternoon I’ll be coming, I’ll be coming through Every morning, every afternoon I’ll be coming, I’ll be coming through
9.
Blind 02:17
When I walk back home I’ll count every car I’ve been to every bar in this town Try and watch the news, try and weigh the truth And I just can’t turn a blind eye now ‘Cause we’re finding out what, finally, life’s all about Baby please Baby, baby, can’t you see? There’s no maybe with you And there isn’t a thing we can’t do And we’re making our dreams come true Ancient love (Ancient love) Violent days (Violent days) Below, above (Below, above) Every way is through From beginning to end I’m with you And we’re making our dreams come true When I walk back home, ahh

about

Access, the second album by Major Murphy, is an album born out of being at a crossroads. It’s also, without question, an album to blast at an unruly volume to soundtrack an experience one might have standing at that crossroads. It’s remarkably cohesive - a striking relic in an age where ardent and true “album-making” is a fading art form - full of heavy rock’n'roll sounds and textured atmospheres fused with pro-idea, hyper-creative jittery warmth. In nine songs, it somehow takes a listener backwards and forwards at once, reckoning with intrinsic anxieties while conceptualizing a fantastical and vibrant happening, soothing in its familiar, occasionally childlike tone.

–Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee)

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released April 2, 2021

Major Murphy is Jacob Bullard, Jacki Warren, Brian Voortman, and Chad Houseman | Produced by Jacob Bullard, Mike Bridavsky, and Ben Lumsdaine | Recorded by Mike Bridavsky and Ben Lumsdaine at Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana, November 2018, November 2019, and February 2020 | Additional recording by Jacob Bullard at home in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mixed by Mike Bridavsky at Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana, April 2020 - September 2020 | Additional mixing on “Access” by Jake Aron at Studio Windows in Brooklyn, New York, March 2020 | Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering NYC in Brooklyn, New York, September 2020

All songs written by Jacob Bullard | Performed by Jacob Bullard (vocals, guitar, piano, electric piano, synths, sampling) | Jacki Warren (vocals, bass guitar, piano, synths) | Brian Voortman (drums, percussion, gang vocals on “Flower”) | Chad Houseman (percussion, organ, vocoder reading on “Attention”)

Additional performances on “Attention”, “In the Meantime”, “Unfazed”, and “Blind” by Ben Lumsdaine (guitar, keys, programmed drums, synths) | Additional guitar-mony on “In the Meantime” by Mike Bridavsky | “Access” gang vocals by Mike Adams, Aaron Denton, Anna Powell Denton, Chad Houseman, Micah Ling, Madeline Robinson, and Erin Tobey

Special thanks to Tiana Jimenez-Srisook, Damion Schiralli, Anna Powell Denton, Ben Wittkugel, Jared Jones, Alex DiFiglia, Benji, Lindsay Giambattista Cox, Matthew Bouwense, the Bridavsky family, the Baker-Jackson family, the Wolpa-Hanson family, and our families

Art, design, and photography by New Archive (Ben Biondo and Chris Cox)

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