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Golden Repair (LP | 2020)

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Kale Lea
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Kale Lea I heard this album was coming out and since About Face, I was really excited for more #1Dads, and this album truly delivers! Favorite track: Freedom Fighter.
Michael Mueller
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Michael Mueller Tom Iansek has an incredible facility for melody and a deeply compelling commitment to creating music of remarkable delicacy and beauty.

The centrepiece its Iansek's featherlight voice, deftly framed with predominantly accoustic instrumentation. The 'cheap casio' drum tracks add bedsit warmth.

Damien Rice and Augie March are evoked, but this is stands alone as a complete and unique work, simply because the tunes are better.

A stuff-of-life album. Drink it in. Favorite track: Freedom Fighter.
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thatgirljess_ Best album to play on vinyl on a cold Friday night with a glass of wine. Favorite track: Freedom Fighter.
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    Inner Sleeve with poem "For Sale" by Tom Iansek

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    Man of Leisure 12" Vinyl (LP | 2011)

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    Inner Sleeve with poem "For Sale" by Tom Iansek

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1.
4bit 04:11
Your gaze is down, your face is red There’s crystals forming in your eyes The shadows swim in your pillow’s indent Your blood’s all blue again. The lines dance on your favourite bedspread You always like to straighten them out I guess you got that from your dad. I feigned love to fall in it I called a spade a spade and now I’m all ashamed And I was raised to make the best of all I have Now what’s my best good for? Ooh, for a four bit love Ooh, for a four bit love Ooh, for a four bit love And on and on we go Who’s down in the garden tonight Every drink’s on you but not the joke You take stock of all the laughing And every flower bows as you walk by. You painted pickets in a cul-de-sac And looked out on the street that stretched out forever And day followed night and on it went And you wished your friends all the best. I feigned love to fall in it I called a spade a spade and now I’m all ashamed And I was raised to make the best of all I have Now what’s my best good for? Ooh, for a four bit love Ooh, for a four bit love Ooh, for a four bit love And on and on we go Tracing eyes with your eyes as you watch the news Tragedy is everywhere Okay for some and better for you, I s’pose. And you can slide like the grease on a gun Always clicking with your mouth And your lips can kiss and they like to Gotta find a sweet girl. High and low I don’t know them Bridges over water I don’t trouble myself And I was raised to make the best of all I have Now what’s my best good for? Ooh, for a four bit love Ooh, for a four bit love Ooh, for a four bit love And on and on we go Rounding corners just to round back again Your mind really loves to drive But you’re talking green and the lights are red Eyeballs scour the sidewalk. And your week is an ocean, the -end: an island And you’ve been swimming all damn day Yeh we all bottom out when we have to feed And you’ve worked up quite an appetite I feigned love to fall in it I called a spade a spade and now I’m all ashamed And I was raised to make the best of all I have Now what’s my best good for? Ooh, for a four bit love Ooh, for a four bit love Ooh, for a four bit love And on and on we go
2.
Another Day 03:38
Honest with myself yeh I’m all fessed up Now I’m tripping to the country to see my lot Picking up the pieces, I’m all messed up Can’t save it for another day. Feeling kinda lazy I just woke up Sipping on my juice yeh there’s just enough Articulating feelings that’s kinda rough I’ll save it for another day. How many wrongs to right? I’m doing all I can to stay upright Lay down just don’t lay down Find a little pep, you can take another step Lay down just don’t lay down Let this be a little song for you. Howling like the wind through a city block I’m fixing all my fixes to get me fixed up Smiling like a doll on a dusty shelf Let’s save it for another day. All this instant news feels so old to me These threads of conversation unstitching me I see chatter isn’t helpful if it’s from your teeth Save me from another day How many songs to write? I’m doing all I can to stay upright Lay down just don’t lay down Find a little pep you can take another step Lay down just don’t lay down Let this be a little song for you.
3.
Falling on my knees, throw my head back as I land among the pages I’m a blank for those who read me, I’m a song for all the ages Unrequited love’s my favourite, gets me dancing on the stages But only ever thinking of you. You breathe into my lungs, I hold it in then breathe out colour breathe out fire Heaven lives, or so I’m told, it lives for those who cross the mire But I am only ever too late, and silence is the perfect sound Whenever you ask I’ll say: Even if I have it now, doesn’t mean I’ll have it always Patience is a funny noun, it’ll keep you waiting all day. Help me we’re all sinking, all afraid I’ve got to thinking all the time It keeps blowing me off course, but there’s a storm in every mind Sending trembles down my fingers, sending shivers down my spine I’m only ever thinking of you. Yeh even if I worry now, you will tell me never too late My smile is a funny frown, you said I got it ‘round the wrong way. Forget all the feelings, none of it belongs to me I’m going to figure this out, figure this out Torn between your dealings and the glances you keep stealing Let me figure this out, figure this out I sunk into the sea of your love drinking it down deep There is no figuring out Falling on my knees, throw my head back as I land among the pages I’m a blank for those who read me, I’m a song for all the ages But I am only every too late, and silence is the perfect sound. Even if I have it now, doesn’t mean I’ll have it always Patience is a funny noun, it’ll keep you waiting all day Yeh even if I worry now, you will tell me never too late My smile is a funny frown, you said I got it ‘round the wrong way.
4.
Run 03:04
It was a year to the day that you took her breath away Left you cold, left you shaking, left me humble, unrelating You were feathered to the weather but the cold crept in no matter Now it wears you like a chain around its long and stony neck And in that locket, I forgot it, like a tissue in my pocket You were burning, you were beating, you were smiling up at me ‘Cos you gave me your kingdom and I gave you no receipt You in all your wisdom, me in my infinite defeat. And you whispered it goes on, it goes on, it goes on, it goes on. And that year to the day when some new life came your way Put some breath into your lungs, put a skip into your step And that news of a child, it left you free, left you wild And you called me just to tell me that you missed me la da da But you were waiting for a promise, ‘til our kitchen stood among us There you told me and we kissed and I cried. It goes on, it goes on, it goes on, it goes on. There is a hand that unlocks us and another one that knocks us Both are whispering their secrets that we’re not willing to hear ‘Cos we all catch the same disease, it kills us all eventually But no one sees it, no one hears it, it’s like pointing at the breeze So take me in all my fervour, we can’t complicate this further Let life give life and all your love, bring me to my knees. ‘Cos it goes on, it goes on, it goes on, it goes on.
5.
Fold 03:13
Everyone’s afraid ‘til they’re high on the weekend Everyone’s a slave to the fire of the sun I’ve been looking back hoping to go forward I’ve been clinging on to the said-and-done. And patience is a mire I get caught in the feelings My virtues are alright but I don’t really need them I’ve been looking back hoping to go forward Filling all the gaps with a gentle sway. The signals are alight for a hunger to need them The treasures are all mine if I know how to feed them I’ve been hanging out with the walls and the ceiling I’ve been holding up here on my own. Silence when my fingers stall Violence when my patience falls And I’m feeling all my feelings if that’s the way you’re dealing then I fold. Everyone’s afraid ‘til they’re high on the weekend Everyone’s a slave to the fire of the sun I’ve been looking back hoping to go forward I’ve been clinging on to the said and done And magic is a lie that they tell on the TV But curses are alive in my head and my bones Taking cover hoping they don’t see me Taking cover hoping they don’t know. Prison is alright if you never leave it Prison is alright if that’s all you know I’ve been hanging out with the walls and the ceiling I’ve been holding up here on my own.
6.
Orion 05:33
I feel it in my brain I feel it in my lungs I feel it in my fingers they play They play ‘til they’re done. You can pick up the fight You can set it alight You can use all your might All of it is alright. I feel it my kitchen I feel it in my car I feel on my way to work Everywhere that you are. You can shout at the night To your feeling’s delight You can break all the pieces All of it is alright You can feel it inside That everyone is a light And every star here tonight Every star is Orion’s. I feel it in my garden I feel it in my toes all spread I feel in my legs they climb They climb with no end. You can roll in the shame You can get in a funk You can piss in the flames All of it is alright You can feel it inside That everyone is a light And every star here tonight Every star is Orion’s. I’m moving through, I’m moving strange All these feelings that I can’t explain I’m filling up, I’m tearing down I feel the changes they are all around I’m moving through, I’m moving strange You can pick up the book You can pour out your heart Every breath that you took All of it is alright You can feel it inside That everyone is a light And every star here tonight Every star is Orion’s.
7.
Patience 03:41
8.
Twice a Fool 04:43
We stay up late watching late-night movies I stay up late ‘cos I like it when you hold me, hold me. Let’s take a drive through the desert now honey I like the heat and the cold and the in-between, in-between. Let’s take a drive through the desert just to figure this out These spinning wheels got me spinning got me all strung out. I love the breeze how it plays with your hair And I can learn to love you in your despair, your despair. Let’s take a drive through the desert just to figure this out These spinning wheels got me spinning got me all strung out. So let’s break it down, let’s break it down I’m at once afraid and twice a fool for you. It’s when you leave and the tears come running I know it’s silly but it can’t be helped, helped. It’s like my whole life lead me to you Now I’m wondering what the fuck I’m gonna to do, gonna do. Let’s take a drive through the desert just to figure this out These spinning wheels got me spinning got me all strung out. So let’s break it down, let’s break it down I’m at once afraid and twice, yeh at once afraid and twice I’m at once afraid and twice a fool for you.
9.
Elizabeth 03:36
Elizabeth, you have all the hallmarks of a queen Elizabeth, I never used to call you that anyway Your words so softly spoke and a hundred hearts broke so easily Elizabeth, your silence keeps you no farther away. The two of us, we’re to each other like sleep to a dream And you are so, you are so good at both of those things Our life was the garden and you took your pardon eventually ‘Elizabeth’ the flowers and the trees like to sing.

about

Scroll over song titles for lyrics.

It’s with great pride that we at Pieater announce the third LP from #1 Dads - Golden Repair.

Every album Tom Iansek creates makes for a curious study: will he be flexing the production muscle; experimenting on the fringes of what’s pop; grappling with the human condition…? Under the #1 Dads moniker it’s the humble melody and sincere story-telling that takes centre stage. More than ever on Golden Repair, Tom has allowed the simple essence of the songs to remain unadorned, while still keeping the trademark warmth, ease and approachability that the project is well loved for.

The first single ‘Another Day’ came out in November, along with a self-made video by Iansek.

Tom has provided an introduction to the purpose behind the album:
“This album Golden Repair is so named after the Japanese artform ‘Kintsugi’, in which broken pottery is restored with a gold lacquer, artfully emphasising the cracks. It celebrates the blemishes, rendering the piece richer and more beautiful than before.

This album has formed part of my own restoration as I have grown as a person and as an artist and continued to peer deeper into myself, not necessarily liking or being able to accept everything that I find. It is thus an album of light and shade, of death and new life, and that path we continually walk towards the latter. It is a conscious exploration of the process of healing, and a pondering on suffering and its role in the process of life. It is the breaking and subsequent golden repair of myself and those closest to me”.

In the time leading into the songwriting, Tom bore witness to loved ones’ loss; experienced the mystery of new life created; and practised listening to a universe that would bestow peace and progress to those patient enough. There are songs of merciless self-confession, songs of accepting limitations, and songs of romantic, familial and marital love. A journey from dark to light, beginning with the swirling “4bit” and concluding with the peaceful paean “Elizabeth”, Golden Repair’s musical contours encourage a space of gentle introspection, to uplift and inspire.

credits

released March 6, 2020

All songs written, produced, recorded and mixed by Tom Iansek at BellBird studio.

Assistant engineering by Andy Crosbie and Kevin Orr. Drumming and additional production by Jim Rindfleish. Backing vocals performed by Hannah Shepherd on ‘Another Day’, ‘Freedom Fighter’, ‘Fold’, ‘Orion’ and ‘Twice a Fool’. Additional vocals performed by Jo Syme on ‘Orion’.

Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, NYC. Compiled by John Ruberto at Mastersound, Melbourne.

Cover art by Jeff Andersen Jnr. with painting by Tom Iansek.

Album layout and design by George Gillies.


I would like to thank Alice, Felix, my family, Garry and the Costello family, Frase and Jo.

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