Impossible Animals


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  1. Dream

    I think I know what you want. I think I know what you need. I should be making you happy. Lord knows I'm trying. But the things you can't see make it harder to breathe, and this is just what you asked for, when you fell asleep. You can't see the forest if the trees never stop burning. It sounds like a joke when told to me. I should be learning. Feeling ashamed of an empty threat, "I can still change if I want to." Dreams never come true. No one else can help you.

  2. Ghost (of 7th St.)

    When you wake up screaming, you have to do what you can to turn a city sidewalk into a desert island. There's so much here to ignore. The world's much uglier than we gave it credit for (being). I don't need a god to punish me. I'm perfectly capable of doing it on my own, so leave me alone. It's a shame to make the same mistakes, but I'm afraid people don't change. You'll never save the moth from the flame. You made a tape, and play it loud to try and drown the demons out. Afraid of what will grow in me, a sap to drown the family tree, my body's just a thing to eat. And where they find me, a star is shining, burning my shadow's shape in the concrete.

  3. Explosion of Birds

    Beat those desperate wings just to maintain, in that glorious blaze of feathers and flames. Ashes from the meat will form a dead beach, but we could scream a sun to terrify the sea, turn the dirt to glass and wake the deceased. Our hollow bones line the inside frames of stolen BMX bikes. Wake, and then sing. Where there's an end there must be a beginning. Time likes to watch me struggling. A chrysalis formed for orchids moaning, begging the sun to bring the morning, missing the point, the signs, the warnings. Don't go to sleep.

  4. Little Sisters

    We used the pictures of your little sisters to do what we had to. We did a lot, but we never got caught, so we just continue. Your angel meat will gush in our broken teeth, but we'll remain hungry.

  5. Hope

    Do I need a reason to wake up lonely all the time? I don't want to see you, but I don't know where to hide. Some mistakes should not be made, like opening your heart. If your heart's upon your sleeve, then amputate the arm. Swim in circles. Water fills your lungs. Why should anyone else offer their help? I mean, just look at the way you never took care of yourself. I'll be numb, but I'll be free. My friends will keep me honest. You won't mean a thing to me. Now, that's what I call, "progress." Is this what you mean when you say that you're making it easier? Now you want the feelings back, now that you're an actor. And phantom pains cannot convince or captivate an audience. Your monologue was such a mess, a reprehensible pretense. Guilt's a modus operandi. You thought that hope was so profound. What if true love doesn't wait for everyone to come around?

  6. Goldfinch Nocturne

    With golden lungs and ivory teeth, it's still hard to breathe and to speak. Try to take what they were offering. Try to find the good in anything. It's wasted like a breeze on broken wings. When your eyes are flowering, and you can find what's left of me, I'll be waiting patiently for loneliness to set me free.

  7. Theophobia

    Oh, my god, I'm sorry. We've had some before thee, and you may break my body... Broken, baby, bird bones and the smell of being alone adorn the vanishing throne. Oh no. I'm never going to speak again. Endure the fire flakes, and burn down the garden of Eden. Give up on everyone because nobody's there when you need them.

  8. Fading Kitten Syndrome

    We bury the children alive. They gave you life. They took it back again. Blink slowly your galaxy eyes. Head toward the light. Sorry for everything. Carry me in your teeth with tender jaws of sympathy (Arrow deep inside the meat impossible for us to reach)... Shattered in a mist of crippled, angel silhouettes... Lift the dirt, and cover me. Lay at my side until I'm finally sleeping.

  9. Truck Stop Tiger

    You stayed with me like glass between my teeth. We'll burn the house before anyone gets out. When life loses meaning, there doesn't need to be a reason. I may not move today, and If I don't, well, that's okay. Just like a tiger in a gas station cage, when you're stuck in this position, it's like training for the wrong conditions. You've been training for the wrong conditions.

  10. The Ocean

    The ocean murders a flock of bright orange doves. As they get caught, we can see them. The ocean murders a flock of anything it wants. No one complains, because it's got to be fed, and they're just glad that it didn't see them. And they should blame themselves for that because it's really, really hard to break even.

Vinyl Details

The disc is a nice soft pink, similar to one of the LPs from Hungry Ghosts. The album is short enough that it doesn't fill ton of space on the vinyl. Like with Good & Evil, the A and B sides have no distinguishing features, which can be kind of annoying. Luckily both sides are full of bangers, though, so it's not too bad.

If you're wondering about the lyric layout on here, that's the way they're written both on bandcamp and on the lyric insert with the vinyl. It might be worth breaking it down more sometime so you can tell which lines repeat and whatnot, but on the other hand there's a unique feeling to reading the lyrics this way. It reminds me of the nonsensical but somehow emotional moving single-paragraph full-of-runons tumblr posts Owl City used to make back in like 2012.

Personal Thoughts

Got this one just a few days ago! Was really put out about how much Retinal Bloom sucked, and my pal Luma reminded me about this album and I liked it enough to search it up on discogs. There was only one copy for sale so I shelled out about $50 for a used copy with splits in the top and side of the exterior sleeve. No regrets there. It's good to have something fresh to spin to make up for my recent disappointment.

The first time I listened to this album was actually with my phone on like 3% while sleeping on our old family friends' guest room floor on the way to Florida. I'm not sure if I was trying to charge my phone and it was failing or if one of my siblings had stolen my charger or what. It's a strangely vivid and fond memory.

I don't know if it's a coincidence that the theme I've been pondering this year is Hope and that track keeps hitting me. Probably. I know the title is ironic compared to the lyrics, but I'm going to be emotional about it anyway. (Now that's what I call progress.)

THERE DOESN'T NEED TO BE A REASON is going to be looping loudly in my head for a long time too.

Favorite Track: Truck Stop Tiger

Rating: birdsplosion/5