When Nothing is Next

by Shy Mirrors

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Hope For The Tape Deck (DUDE-056)
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released August 8, 2016

All songs written and recorded by Mike Downey
Art by Dustin Pilkington



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Shy Mirrors Sweden

All songs/recordings by Mike Downey. I am from Chicago and have lived in Sweden since 2005. To clear up any confusion, this is a solo project and not a band, The original recordings used drum loops. I now play the drums, as well as all of the instruments on the recordings. Thanks for listening! ... more

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Track Name: Banshee Relationships
we took the beach in fleece. gore-tex and muddy jeans. i thought i'd stake our claim out. and if you like red paint there's a house beyond the gate. the photog he blew my brains out. someday you'll go out with reflectors on. someday we'll be gone. someday you'll be proud. someday this will all be gone.
Track Name: Daggers 4 U
i've been holding on so long. bracing back the years, i know. do you wonder where i go? does it matter? what do you know? dragging a weight. it's a game i know. through the city where the streets are cold. i wonder what you really know. i wonder how you'll find me out.
Track Name: Pool Move
i'll run when i need you. i'll run when i want you to come closer.
Track Name: Ron Kittle Rooftops
blackbox and airplane on your way down. over the summer the pressure dropped out in the yard and in through the winter we kept it up. you took it hard. one try with aces up and one chance down.
Track Name: Moth Trainer
i wonder how we'll get from a to b when we're stuck on d. this alphabet made me crazy. friendship bracelet i keep. collections of where i've been but i can't see past the front end. the lines on the highway make me wonder. roman candle. toothpick castle. i put it up on a shelf. i want to fix it.i want to make you. a bird in a cage i wonder. a state fair mirror. and i think i want to take it off the shelf and use it again.
Track Name: Borrowed to Hang
i've been waiting for my girl to come home. she's looking through those eyes and she sees through my biggest lies. i've been waiting for so long to get by. she tells me no lies and i tell her about the way i used to want to fight back. not now. put it on the right foot now.
Track Name: I'd Agree
let me hear your voice. it's been so long. to hear how you sound. step into the light so i can see your face in my place. you don't have to apologize. there's no cost. there is no price for you.
Track Name: Cements
get in the basement. i want to talk to you about heat and cement. are you here yet? i meant to ask you about that thing you do with your head. is it mine yet? i tried to let you in to my pretty little life but a dead end. i can't seem to ask you anything. don't want a list. i want to get my hands in the evidence. do you exist? if you do that's what i meant and i want it.
Track Name: Burying Me
so much for grading myself on the high/low because you're broken and i won't fix you. i couldn't hold the rocket to the road and you could't love me. no one told you about it. digging me up. breaking the house. then burying me again. putting me down. and after you leave i start to shake like a leaf on a tree. hanging on for life. no one talked to me about it.
Track Name: Tampa Holes
i followed you to pakistan. i did the best i could. you were the worst i've had. so barcelona back in town. you can light me up if you don't burn me down. stormy seas, go back three days and i don't know what to say. big words idiot. i found you. you were gainesville bound. we played the clubs. we pushed some sound around. i met you in a garbage can and then you took it off because your lights are back.
Track Name: Greatest Wasting
stone's throw to the house from the road out. leave it for me or make it go away. and if you go please feed the seeds to the crowd. i want it fast. i want it all. hide away from the dreams that i see. stand tall. back up. get up. stand down now. take it. i said this goes in the bags with my spare keys. you can keep it for free or buy a stained glass window. hide away from the things that i mean. run away from the things that i dream.
Track Name: True Solar Holiday
i'm gonna write a new life. when i do i'm gonna make it right. no more novocaine to dumb it all down. days always turn into night. when they do it sorta feels kind of nice. no more razorblades to cut it all out. i'm stuck here with me. i'll always be waiting for.
Track Name: Request Worship
if you don't want to know the reasons why i'll keep them locked up in the clouds in the sky. i'll turn the pages until we die and repeat the patterns in time. for you. the cardinal turns up on the branch again. you sow the seeds in a row again. i wanted to tell you everything again.
Track Name: Drown in Machines
off with their heads. it's pretty easy. nobody needs to see. no one but me. lolly girls rolling their eyes. liquor boy's never suprised. it's all too real, even when you fake it. off the ramp and out of the city. breaking even. you're getting old. nobody checks out. drowned the machine. drown in machines. look around. your condition's been cleaned.