Fantasurreal (2010)

by Setting Sun

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The title to Setting Sun’s fourth album, Fantasurreal, is the perfect made-up combination of two words to capture the spirit and sound of the record. Largely the work of one man, Gary Levitt, Setting Sun creates a fantastical mix of whimsy and brightly hued pop matched to a surreal lyrical sensibility that’s the product of either a vivid imagination or some good drugs. Cuts like the leadoff “Driving” and the six-minute paean to sustained adolescence, “Don’t Grow Up,” recall Grandaddy in their mutations of organic instrumentation.
On the latter, Levitt seems fond of tape saturation as well, pushing the cut’s big drum beat into the red for a fuzzy tom sound. Here We Go Magic’s Jennifer Turner joins him for “Into the Wire,” which turns out to be lyrically more mundane, with Levitt singing about doing dishes, cleaning the bathroom and making the bed over a sparkling pop melody. Perhaps most out-there (or “fantasurreal,” to use the new parlance) is “The Sympathetic CEO” which is sung from the point of view of an executive sitting on top of the world, though, it sounds like it comes from the bottom of the deep blue. Whatever, you want to call it, Setting Sun has made an album that’s wonderfully weird. - Limewire

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released 01 June 2010

Gary Levitt sang and played everything except:
Erica Quitzow - Vocals 1, 8, Violin 3-4, 7, 9, Cello 4 Bass 3
Lawrence Roper - Vocals 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9
‘Big Comfy’ Couch Kolding - Drums 1-3, 6-8, 10

Jennifer Turner - Vocals 5, Bass 5
Jonny Pancake - Drums 4, 5, 9
Jamie Krauss - Trumpet 2, 6
Lee Petruzzeli - Trumpet 8
Hannah Segrave - Vocals 3
John Burdick - Electric guitar 6, 8

Produced recorded and mixed by Gary Levitt
Recorded at Young Love Studio
All songs by Gary Levitt except:
'Make You Feel' & 'Handsome Bride' by Gary Levitt & Lawrence Roper
'Into the Wire' by Gary Levitt & Jennifer Turner
'The Tree' by Gary Levitt & Erica Quitzow

Cover painting by Alex ‘Warble’ Harrison
Mastered by Kevin McMahon
©2010 Gary Levitt BMI
www.settingsun.cc | www.youngloverecords.com

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Setting Sun Brooklyn, New York

Powered by driving rhythms, tasteful acoustic guitar lines, graceful string orchestrations, and Levitt's hushed, earnest vocals, Setting Sun's songwriting, arrangements and lyrics were called "dramatic and poignant" and "immediately alluring" by NPR. The band creates sweeping orchestrations, driving rhythms. delicate, hushed vocals and well-crafted pop songs that will stay with you forever. ... more

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Track Name: Make You Feel
No one's gonna make you feel as good as you do.
No one's gonna make you feel as good as you do.

Love you around with all the music going for days.
If the radio plays this song I hope it heals your pain
And gives you meaning to carry on and stay the same.
'Cause you make me laugh, you make me think, you make me sing.

No one's gonna make you feel as good as you do.
No one's gonna make you feel as good as you do.

You're something that I stare at when you're still and that's a clue to how my eyes react when they're staring right at you.
Like an installation, some great art that nature made.
And when you stand up you're a tower in the sun.

No one's gonna make you feel as good as you do.
No one's gonna make you feel as good as you do.
Track Name: Driving
Driving by getting high from steering on this whole plane.
Staring out of a lonely place that I know isn't the same.
Let go and I'll go and we'll go to it.
I don't think what I mean but I don't mean it.
I got nobody here to talk to at all
Drive all through the night.

Welcome to nowhere a new place in our mind.
We got here somehow where driving all the time.
Let go and I'll go and we'll go to it.
I don't think what I mean but I don't mean it.
I got nobody here by my side
Drive all through the night.

There is a time, is a place for all seasons to erase.
I'll just drive right on through, I'll just say this to you.
Let go and I'll go and we'll go to it.
I don't think what I mean but I don't mean it.
I got nobody here in my Ford
Sing till nothing's wrong.
Track Name: Sacrifice
I didn't want to be a sacrifice.
Didn't want to have your hands in a vice.
But it's always been the same and it's saying
this maintenance it's work.
We can polish all the pieces for hours to to resemble our little bird.

I didn't want to be a sacrifice.
Didn't want to have a hand in a fight.
You know I wasn't game for the rowing.
These arms hurt more than words.
We can pick up all the pieces for hours to reassemble our little bird.

I didn't want to be a sacrifice.
Didn't want to have your hands in a vice.
You think that you're insane but you're not dear.
It will be proven without words.
Got my chains tied up in the same gear
and they're spinning as fast as they should.

I didn't want to be a sacrifice.
Didn't want to have your hands in a vice.
Track Name: Don't Grow Up
Can't get that line from your mind.
In a while there'll be light, in a while...
Till then you're bound to unwind.
Oh the things you'll have to be,
the where and when you'll have to be there.

It didn't have to be.
And this is not forever I am hoping you'll agree.
It's falling over the sides.
Man did we get wet but I was hoping to stay dry.
Oh the things you'll have to be,
the where and when you'll have to be there.

Little one you've only just begun
And sometimes you''ll be right, just sometimes...
And when you're wrong then you'll learn.
Oh the things you'll have to be,
the where and when you'll have to be there.

It didn't have to be.
And this is not forever I am hoping you'll be free.
It's falling over the sides.
Man did we get wet but I was hoping to stay dry.
Oh the things you'll have to be,
the where and when you'll have to be there.

It didn't have to be.
And this is not forever I am hoping you'll agree.
It's falling over the sides.
Man did we get wet but I was hoping to stay dry.
Oh the things you'll have to be,
the where and when you'll have to be there.
Track Name: I Love Mellotrons
Instrumental
Track Name: One Time Around
One time around. We don't just live once
In one time around I've lived so many lives.
I don't believe them when they say you only live once
'Cause I've lived so many lives and I've not even tried.
Once, twice, three, four. I Don't think I can take any more
I'm still getting used to this.

And the danger is... the changes
The butterflies die and the flowers rise again.
You can't change that. We must face that.
There's nothing that you or I can do.

One time around. We don't just live once
In one time around I've lived so many lives.
I'm not the same me as I was when I was fifteen.
But I can remember times in that other younger life.
Now that I'm reincarnated I'm much wiser and so understated.
There's nothing that I'm afraid to do.

And the danger is...the changes
The butterflies die and the flowers rise again.
You're not chained to this you can escape this.
And shed your skin to begin again.

One time around. We don't just live once
In one time around I've lived so many lives
Track Name: Into the Wire
You're giving out these dreaded things and then.
Thin as a whim. You're empty handed again.
Out of the night, into the wild, into the wire,
into the wild, why why why.

There is no furniture, bare bulb's off white the light is bright.
We try to hide against the plaster all the cracks you think you have to
I don't wonder why. I don't have the time.

You're giving in and you're doing the dishes again.
Throw it all out as fast as you can
Cleaning the kitchen cleaning the bathroom making the bedroom
Making the bed bed, bad bad, don't get mad mad.
Doing makes this all go faster.
You'll do what you think you have to.

I don't wonder why. I don't have the time.
There is no rewind, I don't have the time.
Track Name: The Tree
Don't get carried away or they'll carry you away. Don't get carried away.
They call me crazy, but I'm free.
Next to me is the the tree. Such lovely company.
Let's pretend for a while. Lets pretend for a while we'll never end.

Don't get carried away or they'll carry you away. Don't get carried away.

See me, lonely, a tree. Ahh aah.
It's freeing, this being. Leaving this place.
In a while we'll be light in a while we'll all be light oh for a while.

Me and all the wild ones know. Tuned together well grow.
We can be something more but no.

Don't get carried away or they'll carry you away. Don't get carried away.
Track Name: Handsome Bride
Handsome knight, but she's no bride, and they did.
Gave up his place, she made some space anyways.

No one dared to remember what they all knew before.
There was a different pace and a different blade to cut up the cords.

Handsome Bride, but he's too wild and they did.
She had a wish. They made some kids and he split

Now you know you're never alone anymore.
And you know you're never alone anymore.
And you know you're never alone anymore.

Loving ones, they're having fun with their run.
With no time left. They breathe their breath till they're done.
No one even bothered to mention what they all knew before.
In another place there's different ways. Their quiet is the norm.

Now you know you're never alone anymore.
And you know you're never alone anymore.
And you know you're never alone anymore.
Track Name: The Sympathetic CEO
I'm sitting on top of the world. There's nowhere to look but down.
It felt like such a triumph, but now I look around.
And all of the houses are rotting away. The shops and the cars.
The streets on it's way. I don't like the look that it has.
It's getting me down. I'm one of those houses, seeing that now.

I'm sitting on top of the world. There's nowhere to make a sound.
It felt like such a triumph. Now silence all around.
Hey who's there? Can you hear?
There's nothing new and nothing clear.
I don't think that you heard me no.
Is it true? I gotta know.

Living a lie in a paradigm. You're thinking you got it all right.
But you're living a life not a peace of mind, like a busy fading site.
It's elementary to be such a silly one when you really know where it's from.
Because it's better to be in a fantasy when the truth comes crashing on.
The truth comes crashing on...