Imagination​/​Wickedness and Tell Me Why My Heart Beats! DISC 2

by Daniel Zott

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1.
Stop...I want to make an arrest! For I no longer can chase your heart. When you are hiding your best. It's becoming the morning sun, To see you and leave you for days On end. You always seem to pretend You're not that interested. It's a game! I'm willing to play your games. I'm willing, Cause I'm not dead yet! And you're not over it. It's up to you, dear. What do you wanna make of it? oh oh oh oh oh oh oh You're always running so scared, But I like you anywhere. Trust...is under the bed finding dust. Paralyzed, making a fuss, While I fumble the words through my lips. You feel like the morning sun, Leaking and finding its way To my heart. Quickly, I block it all out. I can't look interested. It's a game I'm getting tired of playing. Should they end, And become self-evident, May we find happiness. It's up to you, dear What do you wanna make of it? oh oh oh oh oh oh oh You're always running so scared, But I like you anywhere.
2.
Into Thee 03:50
wouldn't you know they left me alone to be swallowed whole by hungry monsters i said a prayer that God'd give me wings to be caught in the wind like sparrows on trees but they don't believe me but they don't believe me i always imagine things i always imagine things my mind loses everything as time isn't measuring my heart is my memory my heart is my memory no longer an industry my heart it flows into thee grabbing a stone i started to build my home ignoring the facts inside it's belly then he threw me up into the busy street just in time to make the party but they don't believe me but they don't believe me i always imagine things i always imagine things my mind loses everything as time isn't measuring my heart is my memory my heart is my memory no longer an industry my heart it flows into thee
3.
i walk the street i know your feet is this an end am i complete the neighborhood with open arms the ice cream truck with no remorse an old past-time an ancient song a rainy day to play alone the bell has rung the children walk the mothers kiss the fathers hug it's all made in the start we're all looking for a place to hide our heads where fire will not burn our beds a resting place to call us home where widows and the orphans know there's a god and he knows how to be a good dad a talking box under a pot a colored code to line us up a matching wall a two foot pole no place to put the telephone the upstairs sound from all around a broken lock to keep us out no standard time or window sign designer wear to point me home it's all made from the start we're all looking for a place to hide our heads where fire will not burn our beds a resting place to call us home where children will turn into sons and the boy on the street needs a basketball net
4.
Oh! Sister 02:35
oh darling sister your garden's vast don't spoil your dress just to be with him a little bit of everything a great deal of none oh spring-filled lover why hide your best don't break your dress just to be with him you worked it all by hand and now he's gone
5.
i'm never amazed by you you're the most important thing, it's true! fashion is the rhyme you use so cover up your love with more abuse but that's so you never ask to choose but you want the news for chat but i'm always bored after it settles don't try to settle me down i'm never suprised by you movies are the thing you aspire to i put my pride in check for you but money turns you on more than the truth and that's so you never want to lose your looking through a black soul and i'm always bored after we settle
6.
i see you best unrelated with no simile to your name cause your hair is not like the silkweed but your hair well it's your hair and your mouth resembles nothing so wonderfully as much as your own mouth so why should i say you are just like a tiger lily when it's just in fashion and some say you walk proudly like a woman just courted others paint colors for autumn hoping to catch a glimpse of you but why should i say you are just like a tiger lily when it's just in fashion it's only in fashion it's just a fashion it's only a fashion it's only in fashion in fashion
7.
The Prophecy 04:13
and so the prophecy of what this man should be the priests they shook their heads it didn't fit their story no and then it came to pass and they were gone at last and he was by the door telling us only to believe sin weighty on he was your lost directions without the sword drawn in fact of descent hope it was a sign was he the sign? and then the jury took from all that they had booked and he was guilty by his hands were at my side lord, where are you? i felt your finger tips they gripped and then they gripped the blood that freely spilled this couldn't be fulfilled without you sin weighty on he was the one that they sought for thousands of years entering time divided mankind was he the sign? was he the sign? divided mankind was he the sign? was he the sign?
8.
you watch the TV for hours satisfied and disensitized eating lies from the wise while you die show me skin and a spin head turning and thin queen of our hearts and the king of sin masters of disguise soldiers always die there is no good war even if we're poor i never read that poem never heard that psalm that story never told no one listens to the old it's all sex and sensationalism it's all sex and sensationalism whatever pays the bills doctor give me the pills our ratings soar high when we lay the girls you always want it quick stay the course keep me sick just show a white girl in stress and maybe i'll forget it's all sex and sensationalism it's all sex and sensationalism it's all sex and sensationalism but god how we love to buy and sell it
9.
Royal Rule 03:36
on the lake of wine stood the rod of fire and it's not for us to touch for we might die your throne is god's throne under the peaceful waters the scepter of your royal rule i love to pass under if it's mine it's yours under our righteous father the scepter of his royal rule we need to pass under over rocks of ice i was given air twice but i couldn't breathe for the air was thin and a permanent sheet your throne is god's throne under the peaceful waters the scepter of your royal rule i long to pass under if it's mine it's yours under our righteous father the scepter of his royal rule we need to pass under
10.
the best thing we've done is have god be our financial partner no longer living in an apartment or driving an old car . . . we're on the fast track you must become increase minded set your heart on a wealthy place this is your time for a breakthrough just sow your seed and the doc's on his knees it's a shame we all can't live this way drop top chevrolet isn't this heaven today whatever you've got i can guarantee the lord's annointing for ten times your lot isn't it time to call this number just have a little faith and i'll pocket the rest oh no what happened to all my fortune seems that while i was rising so were the poor now it's true everything rots and i saw some kid living in a cardboard box he was happier than me he saw something i couldn't see he bought something for free yeah, he was happier than me
11.
money in your life it takes the place of everything i'd rather make flowers bloom and loose tables in time it's all washed figures you've got most of your life maybe it'll give me a job think i'd rather put ice on my lips then lose people in time it's all washed figures i think id rather put mice in my socks for washed figures for your washed figures making sense of a holy right wearing coats for the countries might i think i'd rather be wearing nothing over washed figures
12.
dread life without you because i am only human and you have always known that well search universal beings because i am without maker being of only faulted images of a complete and innocent form helpless and burned by a culture of worms i lay my head to rest kiss the feet comparing myself while killing my health we're making it hard making it hard to give as you give we're making it hard to live as you lived we're making it hard to love the lover oh my god

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The Double Album
Self-released

It’s often been said that a double-disc release is a virtually guaranteed kiss of death in the music industry. That is, unless your ultimate goal has nothing to do with revenue that features a substantial number of zeroes or any sort of fickle fame. When you’re simply looking to share as much of your artistic expression with as many people as possible, as Daniel Zott has so clearly chosen to do with this mega-release, well, then you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose … and everything to gain.

Clocking in at 24 tracks spread over two discs that chalk up to 90 minutes of music, The Double Album is one of the most grandiose and satisfying records to come out in ’08. The production here changes from track to track, ranging from polished perfection to lo-fi bedroom recordings, but it doesn’t create a feeling of schizophrenia as you might expect. It becomes eclectic and also an exercise in which each song’s production perfectly captures the tone of the material. Lyrically, Zott often mixes the melancholy with earnest hopefulness, fixating on subjects like anti-consumerism, the struggle to survive in a country you so often can’t identify with, and his own faith, while his double-tracked vocals soar effortlessly high into friendly falsetto skies and then creep down to small whimpers, breaking earnestly and with aching sincerity.

Musically … well, there's a lot happening here. Zott mixes hip-hop beats with minor-key vocal wanderings (as best heard in a song like “Equal Unrest”); he dives from the occasional track that resembles a much-less-depressed Elliott Smith right into a Sigur Ros-like song, looping backwards vocals over sweeping ambience. He has crafted throwback rock songs great enough to make Dr. Dog tuck their tails between their legs and go back to the drawing board; or a song like “Washed Figures,” which most closely resembles one of Aphex Twin’s chilled out moments, with a keyboard hook that runs laps through your subconscious; or the quiet, honest and acoustic “The Amazed Settler” — probably the most gorgeous song on the record.

Each of these 24 tracks features some detail that makes it click: a background break-beat, a slinky guitar lead or a melody that will hide away in the back of your brain and show up days later when you least expect it. There are immediate standouts — “The (After) Life,” We All Can’t Be Stars,” “It’s the Top Thrill” — but it’s the songs that sneak up on you after repeat listenings that really make this release as incredible as it is — songs like the haunting “To Be American,” or the beguiling “Dispensation.”

This is a perfect record for the season, populated with songs that eerily capture the mood of a city as it turns up its collar, braces for a chill and contemplates hibernation, but repeatedly offset by exuberant tracks that will shake off the onset of any sort of Seasonal Affective Disorder, shining beams of sunlight between your drawn blinds. My only complaint: a few of the songs seem like ideas; fragments that warrant further exploration. Did I just complain that 90 minutes of this music isn’t enough? Wow. I guess that’s not such a complaint after all. — KIRK VANDERBEEK

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released November 11, 2008

All Songs Written By Daniel Zott

Produced By Daniel Zott and Ben West

Mixed By Daniel Zott and Ben West

Mastered By Ben West

Daniel Zott played all the instruments

Ben West played some Drums, Bass and Keys

Recorded In Their Basements

Artwork By THE SILENT GIANTS

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Daniel Zott was born in a hospital. Noise was hitting his ears since he was impossibly (mathematically speaking) constructed. Eventually, he wanted to make his own noise. He stumbled upon a guitar after a sports injury in junior high. He never played sports again. ... more

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