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Parcels & Polaroids

by The Pawnshop Manual

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The Pawnshop Manual's debut album, Parcels and Polaroids, is a meditative self-reflection that explores a particular kind of desire: to make changes and connections in an isolating world. Five Inch Step invites an awakening to the superficiality of our interactions that Falls Over Whole (Believing Through) then depicts.We've Become Here (Believing In) swells with an intense longing that evokes deep empathy in anyone who has found themselves bouncing between hope and despair. A gentle instrumental begs for simplicity and focus in a world of contradictions, and the sweet duet that follows, the title track, delivers that focus with its revelation that “All that I need is here.” 4:37am (Things That Follow) is an energetic, clap-along song that makes you want to play it loud and sing it with your friends on your way to somewhere you can't wait to be. It celebrates hope, happiness and togetherness. A slowed-down refrain from We've Become Here brings the album to a contemplative close.

The Pawnshop Manual make intellectual and infectious pop that satisfies the listener's yearning for music that asks big questions and mulls the answers thoughtfully and creatively. Parcels and Polaroids is dynamic and evocative from beginning to end, and its aural meandering will stay with you long after the road trip is over.

To express these complex themes, The Pawnshop Manual draws from musical influences ranging from world music, rock, pop, folk, electronica and classical music. One could say Radiohead meets Björk meets Arcade Fire.

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released February 10, 2011

All music written, programmed and performed by The Pawnshop Manual (t.shiota), except:

2. "Falls Over Whole (Believing Through)", written by The Pawnshop Manual. Bass by Miles Waghray, Drums by Juli Steemson (www.radjuli.com)

3. "We've Become Here (Believing In)", written by The Pawnshop Manual. Bass by Miles Waghray, Drums & Noises by Juli Steemson (www.radjuli.com)

5. "Parcels and Polaroids", written by The Pawnshop Manual. Backup vocals by Andrea Schneider, Bass and Melodica by Miles Waghray

6. "4:37am (Things That Follow)", written by The Pawnshop Manual. Choir by Eric Anderson, Mary Jo Curry, Alix Little, Benjamin R. Thompson

7. "We've Become Here (Refrain)", written by The Pawnshop Manual. Backup vocals by Andrea Schneider, Bass by Miles Waghray, Drums by Juli Steemson (www.radjuli.com)

Artwork and Design by Eric Anderson (www.chromoschema.com)

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The Pawnshop Manual

The Pawnshop Manual make intellectual and infectious pop that satisfies the listener's yearning for music that asks big questions and mulls the answers thoughtfully and creatively.

To express these complex themes, The Pawnshop Manual draws from musical influences ranging from world music, rock, pop, folk, electronica and classical music. One could say Radiohead meets Björk meets Arcade Fire.
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Track Name: Five Inch Step
“We wish to, and can, move mountains; from our hearts flows the purest well-spring of love for all humanity....It’s impossible to take a five-inch step when we wish to walk in seven-league boots! Can a giant teach a child to read?” To which Dostoevsky replies in his own voice: “There it is: sacrifice all your titanism to the general good; take a five-inch step instead of a seven-league one; accept wholeheartedly the idea that if you are unable to advance further, five inches is all the same worth more than nothing. Sacrifice everything, even your grandeur and your great ideas, for the general good: stoop down, stoop down, as low as the level of a child” – Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time
Track Name: Falls Over Whole (Believing Through)
heal upon
sulfur and salons

appeals designed
by feelings in cologne

a lone tour in emotions
dissolved, shows our oceans

and truths I knew
flew from you

falls over whole
over you

ceilings above
those evening songs we love

revealing all we are
for being what we aren't

a lone tour in emotions
dissolved, shows our oceans

and truths I knew
flew from you

falls over whole
over you

and fade away
spared from sway

More than we are
more than here
Track Name: We've Become Here (Believing In)
you, your lungs have tried
to write over the lines
and bought auburn and white
forgot old themes in fight

So show, reshow
All the beliefs in things we know
And write, rewrite
What we’ve become here

Here we try…
Stretched inside
Reaching up from parts we've fallen into

when fullness becomes an overwhelming source of pride
when voters and false careers believe in all the lies
where bottom, beneath, below becomes the end of why
we all dance as volunteers for causes we defy

So show, reshow
All the beliefs in things we know
And write, rewrite
What we’ve become here

Here, we lie
Stretched inside,
Reaching up from faults we've fallen into

Here we try,
Stretched inside,
Reaching up from parts we've fallen into
Reaching up from faults we've fallen into…
Track Name: Parcels and Polaroids
And so we go to sleep
with those wary boasts
that we, we were the ones
destined to see it through

its threads on spirals and cleats
spark the flints inside
as wake to sheets and blankets and summer lights

bright, brighter becomes our dreams of weather
as close, closer they come we string together

that I don't need more words to save my life
i don’t need no thoughts
no doubts
no lies
cuz it's so far from being here.

Cuz as I grip these thoughts
these sights
these moments of my own
I turn, revived
Cuz it's all that I need is here

the Words pierced in this bench
with so many hopes
that show, and shows you the way
with parcels and polaroids

and though, its license believes
We've already gone
as we, we call the parts as trinkets and lullabies

Bright, brighter becomes our dreams of weather
As close, closer they come we string together

That I don't need more words to save my life
I don’t need no thoughts
no doubts
no lies
cuz it's so far from being here.

Cuz as I grip these thoughts
these sights
these moments of my own
I turn, revived
Cuz it's all that I need is here.
Track Name: 4:37am (Things That Follow)
暁の花咲き、光の中
人ごみを割り抜け、一人の今
刻まれた迷いも、照らされて
悲しみ枯れるほど、希望のそば

And you can see you
Through
Time’s
eye

Up Down, I'm letting go
All the things that let me go
The fallen pleas and closing doors

Cuz right now I'm blinded more,
(by) The kinder things that follow hope.

臆病ならそれだけ自分の中。
予防線ひかれ捕らわれて。。
でも隠しきれないこの温もりは
「今」と言う可能性秘めているから

And you can see you
Through
Time’s
eye

Up Down, I'm letting go
All the things that let me go
The fallen pleas and closing doors

Cuz right now I'm blinded more,
(by) The kinder things that follow hope.
Track Name: Falls Over Whole (Bonus Single Version)
heal upon
sulfur and salons

appeals designed
by feelings in cologne

a lone tour in emotions
dissolved, shows our oceans

and truths I knew
flew from you

falls over whole
over you

ceilings above
those evening songs we love

revealing all we are
for being what we aren't

a lone tour in emotions
dissolved, shows our oceans

and truths I knew
flew from you

falls over whole
over you

and fade away
spared from sway

More than we are
more than here
Track Name: We've Become Here (Bonus Single Version)
you, your lungs have tried
to write over the lines
and bought auburn and white
forgot old themes in fight

So show, reshow
All the beliefs in things we know
And write, rewrite
What we’ve become here

Here we try…
Stretched inside
Reaching up from parts we've fallen into

when fullness becomes an overwhelming source of pride
when voters and false careers believe in all the lies
where bottom, beneath, below becomes the end of why
we all dance as volunteers for causes we defy

So show, reshow
All the beliefs in things we know
And write, rewrite
What we’ve become here

Here, we lie
Stretched inside,
Reaching up from faults we've fallen into

Here we try,
Stretched inside,
Reaching up from parts we've fallen into
Reaching up from faults we've fallen into…

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