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Andrew Taylor Joe and the Rainbow Seekers are probably my favorite surprise find on bandcamp. Their albums have a familiar sound to me, child of the 90s, and at first that was all I noticed, before I started to sink into Terra Incognita. It's much more mature than that, both lyrically and musically, with a perfect mixture of some incredible hooks and experiments that are (in my opinion) hugely successful. Listen, find your new favorite jam. Favorite track: Trying To Break Your Heart.
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released February 17, 2015

Written By: Joe Hertler
Produced By: Kevin Pritchard, Ryan Hoger and the Rainbow Seekers
Mixed By: Kevin Pritchard
Mastered By: Jeffery Campo at Soweto Productions
Engineered By: Kevin Pritchard
Recorded At: The Rainbow Seekers Learning Center of America (Lansing, MI)

Acoustic: Joe Hertler, Ryan Hoger
Lead vocals: Joe Hertler
Additional Vocals: Ryan Hoger, Micah Bracken, Kevin Pritchard
Guitar: Ryan Hoger
Drums: Rick Hale
Bass: Kevin Pritchard
Rhodes/Hammond/Moog: Micah Bracken
Viola: Josh Holcomb
Saxophone/Shackskapone: Aaron Stinson

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Track Name: The Garden
The Garden

you are a garden, flowers in bloom
sewn like a quilt, double stitched in truth
you are the nest, from which i flew
you are the one thing, i still let fall through

your body has been lost, but i still hear your song
you’re a rain over the land that keeps the river moving on
you pulled away the flashlight, and took our hands from our eyes
you're the fertile ground of death that’s showing signs of life

even though we think we are so strong
holding tight to the world and an image of ourselves
but there's a raft in sight and it's been there all along
but you're not alone, cause you only need a heart to find a home

your body has been lost, but i still hear your song
you’re a mountain to the land that tells the time to move on
you showed us how to let go, and how to honor times long past
you showed us how to hold on and to accept that nothing lasts

even though we think we are so strong
holding tight to the world and an image of ourselves
but there's a raft in sight and it's been there all along

and you are the one thing, i still let fall through
Track Name: Your Story
Your Story

drunk and drenched in southeast chicago,
having conversation with the calumet
you jumped right in and like an old steel barge
and sank like an industry that came and went

as you rose to the surface you pondered your purpose
trading gazes with skyscrapers staring down
you asked them their names and they groaned and they quaked
like sleeping sentinels waking up

this is your story
these are your scars
don't you ever forget who you are
for when it gets heavy
for when it gets hard
don't you ever forget who you are

out on the sand, the feeling was sober
you left god in the wake by the shore
you stood yourself up, you were naked and nameless
but in losing foundation you grew ever more

you fueled your own furnace, when you spoke they all heard it
like lightning at the edge of a storm
every word was a wave, every thought was a cave
that bore through every mind that came before
bridge/build
they don't know you like we know you
you are not the one to blame

this is your story
these are your scars
don't you ever forget who you are
for when it gets heavy
for when it gets hard
don't you ever forget who you are
Track Name: Hometown
Hometown

i walked alone among the streets of my hometown
as the night eased on the ghosts rose from their graves
they followed me, and pulled the sleeves of my jacket
and i tried so hard, but could not remember their names

i know i lost
when the rain washed away the sidewalk chalk
i know regret
cause it's staring at me in the place that i left it
i don't wanna let you down

i swear that some day
i will return home

you believed in me
i wanna bring you home, i swear to god
i grew from the leaves
cause you were always sunny

i wanna be the one
to hold the sun
to bring you home
to lift you up, oh man
we're waiting for superman, waiting for superman

i don't wanna let you down
you’ll always be my home town
you were the place that wrote my story
and gave love so long before me

i don't wanna let you down
you’ll always be my hometown
i must be a ghost cause i’m still feeling something
i must be a ghost, cause i came back running
this place, i love, i’ve had enough
it’s the kind of place to write a story of

don’t wanna let you down
you’ll always be my hometown
Track Name: Captain America
Captain America

captain america, everyone is wondering where have you gone
you rode past in your cadillac, straight path to a funeral home
half staff flag on the starting line, to wave you on
empty casket in the back, cause america's only got so much love
i'm sure you know

all my people put in on the table
baby we been working hard from 9-5
and we’re making love, in america, can you feel the sun, from where you stand
at least i’ll have some friends in hell

captain america, everyone is living out the dream that you sold
the good lord, he wouldn't touch it, resulting in an apple to grow
he stood on a podium and spoke a tongue that none could perceive
they all nodded their heads, in agreeance, and signed on the line
and swallowed the vial, to cure the dreamers disease

all my people put in on the table
baby we been working hard from 9-5
and we’re making love, in america, can you feel the sun, from where you stand
at least i’ll have some friends in hell

you stood on a podium and spoke a tongue that none could perceive
they all nodded with outstretched hands, in line for the american dream

all my people put in on the table
baby we been working hard from 9-5
and we’re making love, in america, can you feel the sun, from where you stand
at least i’ll have some friends in hell

you know, we all want the spotlight
you know, we all succumb to change
cause we’re making love, in america, can you feel the sun, from where you stand

at the end of my days i hope i can say that i gave my love
to everything and everyone, to all the things that i have touched
believe me now
Track Name: Trying To Break Your Heart
Break Your Heart

i am trying to break your heart
in the best of ways, oh where do i start
and i’m trying, but it feels alright
cause your lonely touch, get’s me through the night

oh im trying
i'm trying
to walk out the door
oh i love you,
yes i love you,
but i need something more

you can add up all the moments
you can delete your sense of time
you can let love write your story
you can leave it all behind
cause it’s too late for my loving
it’s too late to save my life
you got all the time in the world, baby, till you run out, oh lover of mine.

i am trying to break your heart
in the best of ways, oh shall we start
and i’m trying, but it feels alright
cause i can’t escape your soothing light
Track Name: Feel
Feel

you make me
feel so good, baby
wont you just stop now and listen to me

i'll be the first to say
i'm tired of the games we playing
never been competitive, but you sure know how to play it

in the car, in the walls, everyone, know when it calls
maybe, i'll see you later, found god but i still need savin

you make me
feel so god damned good

i swear i could not fake it
heaven is over rated
and i didn't even try

you make me feel so good, baby
gimme some love now
and sing it to me

i'll be the first to say
my home is where my heart be staying
i'm just a man in the sand and this is where i’m plain

been on the road for a while
with only myself and the passing time
you know i’m getting older, time froze and it’s growing colder

you make me feel
so god damn good
i swear i could not fake it
heaven is over rated
and i didn't even try
you make me feel, like I'm alive
Track Name: Future Talk
Future Talk

i can’t tell the future
don’t know what’s coming tomorrow
all i know is you’re on my mind
everybody’s dancing, just like there’s no tomorrow
i hope love is something they will find

i’m trying to reach out, some more these days
but to get it, you gotta let it go
and i’m trying, and it feels so right
i’m trying to feel out the flow

i don’t worry bout my student loans
i gotta worry bout where i call home
cause the future’s pressing under
to pair me with a lover,
even though i’m not the only man who’s scared to be alone

the night is hardly over
the music has drowned our sorrows
we ain’t even running out of time
the lights push us further
into the grooves of our lovers
it seems we’ve found a place to hide

i’m trying to reach out, some more these days
but to get it, you gotta let it go
and i’m trying, and it feels so right
i’m trying to feel out the flow

i don’t worry bout my student loans
i gotta worry bout where i call home
cause the future’s pressing under
to pair me with a lover,
even though i’m not the only man who’s scared to be alone

oh, lover of mine
lemme tell ya, i got something on my mind
and it’s burning, it’s burning, it’s burning
oh, wanna letcha feel it out, for yourself baby

i gave my heart and soul, i gave it all i know
you ain’t a six string, baby, so i gotta let you go
oh, i gave my heart and soul, i gave it all i know
we both know it’s over
Track Name: Betelgeuse
Betelgeuse

a man sat under a tree
for twenty years to try to still the world
and when he opened his eyes
skyscrapers stood beside him

when i look at the sky at night
i feel bigger than the sun
the stars look down upon me
and i'm high as hell and a little lonely
but at least i know where life came from

and one night, when i watched closely
a star died in the night
its ashes spread around me
while the dark of space had found me
but at least i knew, where i came from

i had known that i'd found the end
cause where death hides is where life begins
and i looked for god, but i only heard the wind
and i saw life… i took flight
i saw, the universe inside, between the space of two eyes

when i look around me i see that
we're all made of stars
their eyes will gaze upon me
a carbon haze surrounds me
as time disintegrates i know i am everything

one night i brought my lover
and when i looked into her eyes
i saw the universe expanding
while our bodies were quaking and collapsing
and then i knew where life begins

i’d known that i had found the start
in a moment's’ breath i had made my mark
and i looked for god between the paces of your heart
and i found life, i took flight
i saw, the universe inside, between the space between two eyes
Track Name: King Is Dead
the king is dead
he ran out of secrets
now the days are cold
but we still got love, its all we hold

the king is dead
so i’m sipping on daniels
let my mind get old
might as well kick back, now the sky is closed

there's so much to talk about
cause where will we stay
there's so much fear in the great unknown
in the end of our days
i got my reasons for leaving,
i will find my own way
might not have god to believe in
i'll only leave love in my wake

the king is dead
fell from heaven through a hole in the clouds
and when i looked through
i saw nothing beyond

i picked up his ashes
i planted a seed inside
and when the color cracked on through the walls
i saw god for the first time

there's so much to talk about
cause where will we stay
there's so much fear in the great unknown
in the end of our days
i got my reasons for leaving,
i will find my own way

might not have god to believe in
i'll only leave love in my wake
Track Name: Here Be Dragons
the place we lived became who we are
when the future didn’t seem so far
we tore down the walls but didn't leave
because home isn't always what it seems

the buildings grow when the city sleeps
while we ignore the things that grow beneath
we can pull our hands over our eyes
cause with a sun so hot why not be blind

in the night on the forest floor
i watched you drown beneath root and thorn
your hair became the grass upon the ground forlorn
old life uncharted, land unexplored

when the buildings grow and the city sleeps
will we become what lies beneath
when the time is right, and my body leaves
in my place, new life will breathe
Track Name: River Runs Dry
your river's run dry
bones mark where you lay
it was never explained
history has gone by
washed out by the rain
happens every day

at the end of your day
you're proud of the life you lived
the best thing to ever happen to life is death
i think that’s what you said

with every end there is a beginning
‘cept no one's ever found the start
and when the gods laid their eyes upon it
they had a change of heart
a change of heart
in a cold, white hospital bed

green is turning to fall
frost kisses your face
no two will be the same
the world turns us all
and gives us a place
though it’ll always change

with every loss there's someone winning
but in loss is where we start
like a seed amidst the wreckage
loss can plant a human heart
it can plant a heart
in a warm white hospital bed

life, you got nothing on me
Track Name: Red Wings
just keep laughing it off

they left you standing in a cold place
they left you standing in the dust, oh no
i can only imagine what you went through
when you sold your faith for luck

you walked around under the shadows and the fog
their bony fingers always covering their eyes
they kissed your lips and put a bag over your body
but you never let them bury your mind

just keep laughing it off

do you believe me now
i know it's to believe in anything
you are the fire that should have gone out
but got bigger and stronger in the wind

and a spark still burned on
and one by one we all caught fire
with concentrated love
don't fear the shock, just grab the wire

you are beautiful and strong, don't let anyone tell you otherwise
the gods are singing all your songs, you can see it in the evening sky
when you had nothing you had it all
and you never gave up anything
except for overflowing love
like a detroit angel with red wings
Track Name: No Money (Jetski)
i said baby, i need a place to stay
ain't got no money, ain't got no job
but our love will find a way
I've been meaning to afford you, the luxuries of life
but I need a place to breathe, baby, can i plant my roots in your life?

ain't got no money, spent it on a jetski
was living it large cause everybody loved me
i don't feel homeless when i think of you
ain't got no money, spent it on a lazer
threw a dance party, dj in the basement
i don't feel homeless when i think of you

said baby, need a place to grow
your house is sunny, lets watch the world grow old
I've been meaning to afford you, the luxuries of life
but I need a place to breathe, baby, can i plant my roots in your life?

ain't got no money, spent it on a jetski
was living it large cause everybody loved me
i don't feel homeless when i think of you
ain't got no money, spent it on a lazer
threw a dance party, dj in the basement
i don't feel homeless when i think of you

said baby, i need someone who knows
that the grass is greener, in the place that we call home
I've been meaning to afford you, the luxuries of life
but I need a place to breathe, baby, can i plant my roots in your life?

ain't got no money, spent it on a jetski
was living it large cause everybody loved me
i don't feel homeless when i think of you
ain't got no money, spent it on a lazer
threw a dance party, dj in the basement
i don't feel homeless when i think of you