Young People's Church of the Air

by Deleted Scenes

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Tracklist:

1. A Litany for Mrs. T
2. The Days of Adderall
3. Bedbedbedbedbed
4. A Bunch of People Who Love You Like Crazy
5. Nassau
6. Burglarizing the Deaf
7. Baltika 9
8. English as a Second Language
9. Ordination Day
10. The Demon & the Hurricane
11. What an Awesome Backhanded Compliment

Deleted Scenes, a four-piece indie band from DC, released its first self-entitled EP in 2007, twelve years after meeting in grade school. In 2009, the band released a full-length, Birdseed Shirt, which was recorded mostly in group houses across the east coast over the course of a year with producer L. Skell (the Rude Staircase). It was met with critical acclaim from Pitchfork, which praised its “thoughtful existentialism and strange, drowsy downers” (8.0 score), and NPR, which called it “playfully unpredictable and totally infectious.”

After playing more than 300 self-booked shows in support of Birdseed Shirt, the band took some time before recording Young People's Church of the Air (Sept 6, 2011) at the Garden Center in Hockessin, DE. "We decided to record the new album in a real studio where we could explore the dark arts with L. Skell while working more efficiently” courtesy of engineer Nick Krill (Spinto Band), said bass player Matt Dowling.

Singer/guitarist Dan Scheuerman's deeply personal lyrics explore his experiences with family, religion, death and joy. He spent the prior year listening to old Neil Young records and distorted mp3s of American rock covers recorded by Southeast Asian artists in the 1970s. Scheuerman said the warped fuzz of those recordings influenced the sound of the new album. "There's a special energy that seems both young and soulful, yet somehow doomed." The songs derive their rhythmic feels from disparate sources—80s pop, R&B, surf rock, dark funk, Go-Go—which are decontextualized as fruity loops-based bedroom pop during the songwriting process, and then reintroduced into the band environment, taking on a new life with each iteration. The album contains a mixture of supernatural sounds recorded organically in the studio and home-recorded lo-fi noise

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released 10 July 2012
L Skell (P), Nick Krill (E), recorded and mixed at the Garden Center, Hockessin, DE, released by Sockets Records. Artwork by John Foster.

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Track Name: The Days of Adderall
THE DAYS OF ADDERALL

I lost the course on a vast, uneven sea.
I’m trashed and I'm beat.
I'd swim for any port I passed in the storm.
Crawl on my knees to Davenport, Iowa.
Summer's gone; fall is brief.
Thinking about going back to see you.
Thinking about going back to see you.
Facing the reality of a full-blown fantasy:*
The days of Adderall, dad and mom, and certainty.
But I got a magical illusion.
I got a magical illusion.
Can you finish my sentences?
Can you finish my sentences?
Getting tired I'm just not feeling right.
Crawl underneath the davenport. I know
Summer's gone; fall is brief.
I got a magical illusion
I got a magical illusion
When my brain won't shut up.
When my brain won’t shut up.
Track Name: Bedbedbedbedbed
BEDBEDBEDBEDBED

You are an immaculate girl, sent from above.
You are everything that I want, my love.
My heart is filling up.
I am alive.
A raisin reattached to the vine,
Revived.
Won't you crawl into my bedbedbedbedbedbed?
I will thee wed.
You are a miraculous song in my head.
We live in difficult times.
I fell behind.
I did some shit that I can't deny.
But you are a merciful girl.
You helped me back.
You cut my hair, and you cut me slack.
Won't you crawl into my bedbedbedbedbedbed?
I will thee wed.
You are a miraculous song in my head.
Your eyes do a thing where they talk.
You turn me on.
I can't always say what I want... hold on.
I am a tenuous man, eroding sand,
But you are an impetuous girl.
Oh man. Amen.
Won't you crawl into my bedbedbedbedbedbedbedbed?
Track Name: Baltika 9
BALTIKA 9

She's got a vague supernatural grace.
I'm a burden to the human race.
Baltika 9, Baltika 9
Ain't got nothing, but I know it's mine.
Things are moving at a natural pace.
I'm just drunk enough for second base.
Baltika 9, Baltika 9
51 ounces at a time.
Things are moving at a natural pace.
Things are moving at a natural pace.
We got the sun.
We got the air
Oh, we don't mind.
We got the life, oh yeah!
She's got a way of making me cool.
Not being creepy like I usually do.
Baltika 9, Baltika 9,
51 ounces at a time.
Things are moving at a natural pace.
I'm just drunk enough for second base.
Baltika 9, Batika 9,
Ain't got nothing, but I know it's mine.
We got the sun.
We got the air.
We got the sun.