Afloat

by Northern Allies

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Debut EP by Seattle band Northern Allies.

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released May 27, 2015

Northern Allies is Kevin Emerson, Jon Goff, and Ethan Jones. Lyrics by Kevin. Design by Ethan. Recorded and mixed by Jon. Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI.

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Northern Allies Seattle, Washington

Northern Allies is Kevin Emerson, Jon Goff, and Ethan Jones. From Seattle, WA, this is their debut EP. Their past bands include Math and Physics Club, Central Services, and Memphis Radio Kings.

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Track Name: Annelise (C'mon C'mon)
Annelise (C'mon C'mon) by Northern Allies

Adrift in your blue oasis
Your bus stop passes by
Missing the moment, sharing a moment
You heard secondhand

So cancel your plans for the evening
And let your heart beat without borders
In the unknown beyond the frame

Come on Come on, there’s still a reason for the nerves in our fingers
And these sneaker treads
Come on come on there’s still a pulse in these android arteries
Do you believe me?

It happens everyday and we want to…

Fair former queen of the comicon
With references strapped to your impossible boots
Riddled with the bullets of revision and age
I know the feeling, it’s a great excuse

But don’t tell me you know what you’re missing
I only care what you don’t know
What you can’t say, ‘cause if you ever do then what…

Come on Come on, there’s still time to come undone and burn bridges,
And drink rivers,
Come on come on we’ll take them on until dawn and watch the sunrise,
In their dead eyes

It happens everyday and we want to…

I don’t know where we’ll go, I don’t have plan
They’ve been getting me nowhere
Maybe that’s all the reason we need
Just this once….

Remember when you made more of nothing
Remember when you made less sense
Remember when I listened to that song I hated
And I loved it, I always wanted to….
Remember when they sang in your language
And you knew what it felt like
To have enough of a sense of a sense of a moment
It took trains and disappointments and mishaps and tragic pauses
And you said you were fine, you swam in a cobalt sea and you knew, you could feel it
Do you feel it?
Do you feel it?
Can you feel anything if nobody knows?
It happens every day.
Track Name: Pym
Pym by Northern Allies

I hold your trembling sparks
In the dark you drift away
Under toe and foam
You find a kinder moon
An anchor holding firm
You say it’s okay if I go
‘Cause knowing me is too much,
Knowing you

Side by side and silent before the storm
A sky of stars
But our bodies know it’s coming.

Swimming back to shore
I still hear the double ring
Of your heart, at the start of spring
I’ll see you around town
subway platform the open sea
Watch you on the phone
Wonder what it could have been

Side by side and silent before the storm
It just the start of a long ending
Of migration
Still you believe…

Side by side and silent before the storm
And though I know,
The morning drags me home
On a drive of twenty years
Of searching for a way back to your room
Still you believe
In true north….
Track Name: Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde by Northern Allies

There are things I could say
Counter moves I could make
Or I can just take it

The shot to the jaw
The smashing of jars
Our organs inside
Formaldehyde

We both adore
The tearing apart
The other life in fiction
Your pose on a windowsill
Would we be free to stitch
Our hearts back in
But the chemicals are too strong
And your scent is all wrong

It's the same shape
It's the same four chambers
It's the same march of time
Until we die
Formaldehyde

This lightning can bring us to life
The storm will erase our tracks
But even if we outrun them
We’re still just a stitch up
Cadavers all mixed up
I can't feel your neck bolts
Without feeling mine


The promises don’t last long
With a pulse already gone

We will stay the same shape
We will dust the jars
We will march in silent time
Until we die
Formaldehyde

There are things I could say
Times I should stay away
Or I can just take it
All the sadness below
In the undertow
We had to know
Formaldehyde

We both adore
The tearing apart
The lies that we tell
To the moon and stars
In ten or so years
When this is a dream
We'll always have the jars
Until we die