Children of the Wild (2008)

by Setting Sun

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Setting Sun: 'Children of the Wild'

NPR.org, June 23, 2008 - "Setting Sun is a quintet led by frontman and producer Gary Levitt. The band's third album, Children of the Wild, evokes the laid-back simple life of Levitt's Upstate New York home. Driven by simple acoustic guitar lines, Erica Quitzow's graceful string orchestrations, and Levitt's hushed vocals, Setting Sun's arrangements are dramatic and poignant.

Levitt's whispery vocals might remind listeners of a less depressed Elliott Smith. Levitt mixes softly cooed choruses and murmured spoken-word verses on the album's opening track, "What We Wanted," giving the sense that he's playing and singing to himself. This personal, confiding style lends the music its defining intimacy. Levitt the storyteller is immediately alluring, offering an inviting closeness in the whisper and croon of his honest lyrics.

Along with Setting Sun's characteristic guitars, cello, violin, drums, and backing singers, the band also travels with a synthesizer. Unobtrusively, the band mixes synth experimentalism in with its folky, string-band sound — at times to great effect. "No Devil No More," Children of the Wild's second track, takes blue-note melodies and a driving beat and sets them against scratching violins and ambient electronic feedback. The resulting gloominess well-emphasizes the track's melancholic lyrics." - Conor McKay (NPR)

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released June 12, 2008

Gary Levitt: Everything except:
Erica Quitzow: Vocals 1-4, 6, 11 Drums 2, 5-6 Cello & Violin 1-4, 7, 8, 11
Lawrence Roper: Vocals 1, 2, 5, 6 Pro-One Synth: 7
Jeff Raffensperger: Bass 1-4, 8
Frank Ciampi: Bass 11
Cover painting by Billy Keddy
©2008 BMI Gary Levitt
Produced, recorded and mixed by Gary Levitt
Recorded at Young Love Studio (NY)
Mastered by Mark Chalecki
www.settingsun.cc | www.youngloverecords.com

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Setting Sun Brooklyn, New York

Unobtrusively, the band mixes synth experimentalism in with its folky, string-band sound to great effect." - NPR

"Dramatic and poignant! - NPR

“Incredibly well-crafted songs – USA Today

“Setting Sun create an Arcade Fire urgency, creating sweeping orchestrations, driving rhythms. delicate, hushed vocals and well-crafted pop songs". - Pop Matters
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Track Name: No Devil me no More
No Devil me no More

You keep scratching there's no difference.
I'm trying to beat the boy
you keep scratching but no devil.

No devil me no more. No devil me no more.

I'm trying to call out for you,
but you won't take the call.
I keep trying but no devil

No devil me no more. No devil me no more
Track Name: How Long
How Long

You are not plain you are not plain
Let me whisper in your brain.
This sound can't be ignored. This sound can't be ignored
Oh it's insane it's just insane. People putting puzzles in their frames.
And hanging them up on the wall. They're hanging them up on the wall.
oh oh oh

How Long x 3

You are not plain you are not plain
Let me whisper in your brain.
This sound can't be ignored. This sound can't be ignored
Oh it's insane it's just insane. People putting puzzles in their frames.
And hanging them up on the wall. They're hanging them up on the wall.
oh oh oh

How Long x 6
Track Name: Carry me Away
Carry Me Away

Carry Me Away. Carry me to the next day.
I'm so through with this one and feeling so hopeful or the new.
Oh to be blue. With no hope in the rope in twos.
There's no hope in the rope in two's

Only know where I've been, don't know where I'll go.
In the peace of the night when my heart starts to slow.
I think of these things and feel my blood grow
Old and tired and old and tired.

There's no better place than living in outer space.
Where everybody knows what to say.
And smiles abound for the day.
Oh to be you. Enchanting romancing you.

Only know where I've been, don't know where I'll go.
In the peace of the night when my heart starts to slow.
I think of these things and feel my blood grow
Old and tired and old and tired.
Track Name: Inside my Love
Inside my Love

I live inside my love. Too bad I don't know what love is.
It takes a while alone. I live inside my love. Inside my love.

Forty years, two hundred days I've sat alone with it.
All alone by my side
And still I sometimes think to be through with it.
All alone by my side.

Come live inside my love.
Too bad we won't know what to do with it takes a while alone.
I live inside my love

See it near. Nobody's gonna try a to hide from it.
It'll be mine in a little time.
Until it gets too loose so elusive it's all alone by my side.

Come live inside my love. Too bad we don't know what love is.
It takes a while alone. I live inside my love
Track Name: Overjoyed
Overjoyed

Overjoyed at things that you said. -x2

Call the beggars, call the lawyers, I don’t know
Call anybody, but dial so slow. I’m building a tower it’s made of pillows.
So we can rest, there’s nowhere to go.

Overjoyed at things that you said. Overjoyed at things that you said
Overjoyed at things that you said oh, oh, oh. Overjoyed

It’s a bit like a market, a bit like the bakers.
Where you can have anything but it’s all in the making of that thing.
And all of the while we’re learning to smile in piles and piles and piles.
Walking towards it all for miles and miles and miles.
We’ve climbed up so high, we’re falling from the sky.
Climbed up so high, we’re falling…

Overjoyed at things that you said. Overjoyed at things that you said
Overjoyed at things that you said oh, oh, oh. Overjoyed

Can’t contain at all the things I’ve seen it all leave when I was gone.
Till it came to me. One day and it went…

Overjoyed at things that you said. Overjoyed at things that you said
Overjoyed at things that you said oh, oh, oh. Overjoyed
Track Name: Not Waste
Not Waste

Falling. Falling in
Falling. Falling in and out of love again.
Falling Falling out.
Had a falling, falling out with love tonight.

So now we know let us not waste precious time we need the space to unwind the hands of time. Stop! Don't fast forward rewind.
It's all part of the road they say. It's all part of the game we play they say.
Falling in and out of love is just a part of it all.

Boring. Boring me.
Boring. You said "you're boring me" to me.
Boring. Boring you.
Boring. Well, you're boring to me too.

So now we know let us not waste precious time we need the space to unwind the hands of time. Stop.Don't fast forward rewind.
It's all part of the road they say. It's all part of the game we play they say.
Falling in and out of love is just a part of it all.
Track Name: Slob
Slob

Running so late as I fell on the floor.
Tripped as I ran almost rolled out the door.
With my keys in my pants and my pants on the floor
Buried by things I can't find anymore.

Are they around? I'm walking down to the lost and found.

Time seems to be such a relative thing.
When I think I have time to remember such things.
I'm running too late with my foot on the floor
The pedal's on medal just like times before.

Speeding around. as we drove down.

There's a place up ahead and I'm going.
Just so fast but these feet don't know where.

Can't got out, pacing around, looking up and their and down.
Lost in a sound, a face in the crowd.
The temperatures rising oh now now.
Track Name: What we Wanted
What we Wanted |

We never really got what we wanted
We never really got what we need
We never really got what we wanted
Though we tried, though we tried

This man came up to me and said "hey how you doin' G?
Well my life's living out like a frankenstein.
If it were up to me I'd do it again and do it again
And never stop to listen to them.
They say that we're free but how can that be,spending all our time on the dime.
They say that we're free but how can that be. I haven't seen you in a long time"

We never really got what we wanted
We never really got what we need
We never really got what we wanted
Though we tried, though we tried

This woman came up to sing and play and on the stage she said:
"God will love you anyways. 'Cause there's no sinners and there's no saint.
'cause god don;t analyze and evaluate.
I spent my life all away from me. I was holed up in a monastery.
No I'm 59 and looking for time since I moved out of those confines.

We never really got what we wanted
We never really got what we need
We never really got what we wanted
Though we tried, though we tried
Track Name: Morning Song
Morning Song

Damn it if I'll ever know
What it's gonna be today
Damn it if I'll ever see
the sky and sun just turning gray
But it's alright with morning song to start the day.
The morning song that goes this way
Morning song x3

Damn it how it always goes
then you're waking up alone today
and damning kingdoms and the past
but the future's never even gonna stay
But it's alright with morning song to start the day.
The morning song that goes this way
Morning song x3
Track Name: Love my Love
Love my Love

To all those things that I saw it in your eye
To all those things I say bye bye
Never been so simple as when your well runs dry
I'll wait forever until you decide

So you know you don't have to worry now
Feel the change coming through your inside
We've been harvesting writing all those things you said down
in a rhyme

Never is something you learn not to ever say
Let it all go and it'll come back ok
With no expectation I'm feeling sensation
We get lost, we get found in our creations

So you know you don't have to worry now
Feel the change coming through your inside
We've been harvesting writing all those things you said down
in a rhyme

While they're loving the beast chasing the feast
feel the weight of the world as its falling on to me
These aikido moves chooses to choose as I turn that weight back in to molecules
With love.
Love, love my love, love love...

So you know you don't have to worry now
Feel the change coming through your inside
We've been harvesting writing all those things you said down
in a rhyme
Track Name: Happy Joy
Happy Joy

Happy Happy Joy Joy I'm a little laughing boy.

And I don't want to grow up, don't want to show up,
I don't want to see straight
When I feel enough and it's real enough,
I eat a whole meal off the plate.
Then I'm sitting in silence so long, singing...

Happy Happy Joy Joy I'm a little laughing boy.

And I don't wanna know, don't wanna grow
I don't wanna be great.
When I feel enough and it's real enough.
I ease a little mind off the weight.
Then I'm sitting in silence so long, singing...

Happy Happy Joy Joy I'm a little laughing boy.
Happy Happy Joy Joy I'm a little laughing boy.