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released August 21, 2015

Mastered by Bob Katz | www.digido.com
Photography by Crestina Martins | www.crestina.ca
Art by Strange & Primitive and Crestina Martins.

Strange & Primitive is Graham Fish and Jeff Musgrave.
All music composed, performed, arranged,
recorded, and produced by Strange & Primitive.
Vocals performed by Jeff Musgrave.
All lyrics by Strange & Primitive.

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Strange & Primitive Toronto, Ontario

Strange & Primitive makes pop music that goes places. Structurally diverse and cinematically engaging, their music blends earthy and synthetic tones to create an immersive and transportive experience.

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Track Name: Difficulties Be Damned
an animal is broken from his cage
the Englishman, by jungle, has changed
got graven motto and it’s family told
search and find El Dorado gold

run to the wild drum
stay to the beat
run with the wild drum
stay on your feet

difficulties be damned
know the river
know the sun
difficulties be damned
death in the amazon

a radical, coming right off the page
English living is living strange
the lure of the wild and the river’s soul
search and find El Dorado gold

run to the wild drum
stay to the beat
run with the wild drum
stay on your feet

difficulties be damned
know the river
know the sun
difficulties be damned
death in the amazon
Track Name: Eureka
say hello
hello there
it’s such a shame that we cannot share the same conclusion

eureka!
the stars are so much farther
eureka!
the atom looks much smaller

I can't understand a word of it
the signs were blurred in the thick of it
machine middle man to make sense of it
yet it all checks out

eureka!
the stars are so much farther
eureka!
the atom looks much smaller

I can't understand a word of this
there's no code at the heart of it
I don't know who holds the whip
yet it all checks out

eureka!
the stars are so much farther
eureka!
the atom looks much smaller
Track Name: This Hunt Is Over
if I’d been singing, you’d be dead
poisoned from my song in your head

you get off easy
because this hunt is over
count yourself lucky
that this hunt is over

if I’d have moved, you’d have froze
I’m all blades and you are the rose
if I’d been searching, you’d be found
where you are is where you’re bound
if I’d have spoken, you’d have known
camouflaged but my cover blown

so breathe easy
because this hunt is over
walk freely
because this hunt is over
you made it barely
now this hunt is over
I had you nearly
but this hunt is over
Track Name: Highwayman
they think that I ride to a cruel beat
I'm not, not no "Harry Highway"
you know that I drive in the hot seat
yeah
I just love to see that foot salute
I'm here to serve

when you lose, I win
I can, I am
I am the highwayman

if you’re in my shoes, you see I can
I am the highwayman

not riding Knievel
I'm in my smokey bear
I'm not no “city kitty/county mounty”
I stop you when you're on a tear
yeah
I just love to see that foot salute
I'm here to serve

when you lose, I win
I can, I am
I am the highwayman

if you’re in my shoes, you see I can
I am the highwayman
Track Name: I Don’t Like Music
she’ll stop pretending
she can’t believe its true
that she must love the same things I do
the music’s intending to make her feel the blues
but she's not grooving to the drummer's cues

she won’t be singing with your melody
she says, "I don’t like music"
she won’t be crying to this threnody
she says, "I don’t like music"
she's not impressed by the polyphony
she says, "I don’t like music"
she's not finding any harmony in this music

done with defending
so now I'll hear her through
she's not nourished by this soul food
find her unbending
find her argument crude
she's not lifted by my melodic mood

she won’t be singing with your melody
she says, "I don’t like music"
she won’t be crying to this threnody
she says, "I don’t like music"
she's not impressed by the polyphony
she says, "I don’t like music"
she's not finding any harmony in this music
Track Name: Cloud Peak
in the fog of Bighorn, the beast strips off his crown
under the eyes of Cloud Peak

his kingdom will surely come when spring’s dominion is won
under the eyes of Cloud Peak

but lines are drawn from our feet
we can’t share the cycle of the beast
our eyes on Cloud Peak

our love's summit has come
Track Name: The Heart's Own Wax
life is all laid in bone
a marrow of memory
trace the blood flow and enter the reverie

you say your mind is made
all pieces played
have you seen what’s written in your heart’s own wax

hold the flame
heated seal unglued
flesh and bone, time has etched the truth in you

life is all laid in bone
a marrow of memory
trace the blood flow and enter the reverie

I know I can be found
we're not tied or bound
you'll find me deep within your heart's own wax

hold the flame
heated seal unglued
flesh and bone, time has etched the truth in you
Track Name: That Big City Glow
turn into the Desert Inn
try the Lady Luck Bar
90 feet of ice and vice
cool off from the car
syndicate hood says, "take a hike"
while the glowing man lights up with a lucky strike
hear the late night crooners
money going fast
whole city waiting for another big blast

raise your glass up to the boom
from the Wilbur Clark sky room
so raise your glass up to the boom
from the Wilbur Clark sky room

down the Vegas strip the big slipper spins
a new frontier of crooked dice begins
hear the late night crooners
money going fast
whole city waiting for another big blast

raise your glass up to the boom
from the Wilbur Clark sky room
so raise your glass up to the boom
from the Wilbur Clark sky room

another dark cloud rises up over the street
and at a cool lit pool ladies dip their feet
so raise your glass to the boom
Track Name: Seduced by Bluff
illusion in the art seduced the heart
I study every move just to catch the bluff

feels just like Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show
growing younger on a carousel
going faster into the dark

illusion in the art—it’s just the start
I master every move and transform my blood

feels just like Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show
growing younger on a carousel
going faster into the dark
Track Name: Shapes, Shades, and Primary Colours
For the Love of God
it's come to a head
now that the paint has dried we can be fed
Hirst is into Hirst at a record price
stacking the deck with 'Drella' just to break the ice
what’s to read between all these modern lines?

nevermind

irony laden symbols of what’s not there

please for Pablo's sake tell me it's just a dream
Rockefeller fingerprints leave behind a certain gleam
yellow and pink
lavender on rose
a brand new colder phase that's clothed in gold
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
just yesterday’s star
gamble on the stone faces to claim a pearl for Qatar
what’s to read between all these modern lines?

nevermind

irony laden symbols of what’s not there
Track Name: The Seventh Shot
it opens with a train
four gunmen rush in
then staring at the lens, Barnes empties his gun

six shots into the camera
twelve minutes launched the west
the big man, they might need him
but the barkeep shoots him down
newspaper man says, “print the legend”

Ford's valley now lies silent
no horses kick up dust
word travels to Weedsport where Justus lay calm

six shots into the camera
twelve minutes launched the west
the big man, they might need him
but the barkeep shoots him down
newspaper man says, “print the legend”