Searchlight

by Only Son

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  • "Searchlight", Only Son's second album, finds songwriter Jack Dishel blasting off in search of new lands. Over the course of twelve songs (thirteen if you find the hidden treasure) we're taken on a world tour of thoughts and moods; there are dreamy songs, trash rockers, sci-fi lullabies, gypsy warnings and philosophical stompers. Each song is a mini-epic - but lucky for us, our tour guide loves pop. With thoughtful lyrics, intricately fun arrangements and choruses that are catchy as hell, "Searchlight" is a record we're lucky to find. Guest musicians include members of The Strokes, Little Joy, Of Montreal, Robbers On High Street and Regina Spektor.

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about

"Searchlight" was co-produced and mixed by Jack's lifelong friend and mentor, Eddie "Pull" Frente of the band kHz. Their unlikely friendship began when Jack was 12 and Eddie was 20, living two houses away from one another in the suburbs. "I was taking piano lessons from Eddie's mom and not practicing very much, " Dishel laughs. "I was way more interested in what he was doing up there in his studio...I would hear these dance beats thumping through the ceiling and want to run up there so bad! Sometimes he'd let me hang out during recording sessions and I would just sit there and watch him make music. It was an amazing process to have access to at such a young age. We grew up in a mostly blue collar town with no artists around - so it was really important for me to see that it was possible to make music yourself. And he even lived on the same street as me! That made it feel attainable." Jack's visits upstairs never stopped, and it was there that he picked up a guitar for the first time.

Growing to be more like brothers than friends over time, Dishel and Frente's friendship has spanned over twenty years - the last two of which they spent collaborating on "Searchlight". On the making of the album, Dishel explains, "Most of the time I was in the studio alone, writing as I recorded. We were actually only in the same room a handful of times - but we had conversations almost every day. We talked about sound and arrangement and the best ways to make songs come to life. I would send Eddie everything as I did it and he would give me advice and guide me through the whole process. Day by day, week by week, month by month. I've learned a tremendous amount from him. He's an amazing producer and mix engineer - I'm very lucky to have been able to make a record with him. It feels like we built a little monument together." In addition to his work on the album, Frente directed the darkly surreal video for the title track, due out soon.

credits

released 18 January 2011

LINER NOTES:

ALL SONGS WRITTEN, PERFORMED & RECORDED by JACK DISHEL at The Overlook, NYC
except "Call Them Brothers" written by Jack Dishel & Regina Spektor
All songs © 2010 Pro Anti (ASCAP)
except Track 9 © Pro Anti (ASCAP)/EMI Blackwood Inc./Soviet Kitsch Music (BMI)

PRODUCED by JACK DISHEL & EDDIE "PULL" FRENTE
Mixed by Eddie "Pull" Frente at Purgatory Studio, NY
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Kevorkian Mastering - NY, NY


THANKS TO THESE BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS FOR THEIR INCREDIBLE PLAYING:

Daniel Cho: Cello on Tracks 1, 5, 9
Nikolai Fraiture: Bass on Track 8, handclaps on Track 4
K Ishibashi: Violin on Tracks 1, 5, 9, electric violin solo on Track 2
Morgan King: French horn on Tracks 5, 9
Fabrizio Moretti: Background vocals & vocal arrangement on Track 13
Yoed Nir: Cello and string arrangements on Tracks 10, 13
Bob Parins: Pedal steel on Track 13
Binki Shapiro: background vocals on Track 13
Regina Spektor: Piano on Track 7, vocals and bass on Track 9, handclaps on Track 4

Fabrizio Moretti & Nikolai Fraiture appear courtesy of RCA Records
Regina Spektor appears courtesy of Sire/Warner Bros. Records

© & (P) 2010 Jack Dishel

Cover photo by 18
Cover design is a Love Police action


GIANT THANKS:

Leo Dishel, Marina Dishel, Eddie "Pull" Frente, Regina Spektor, Adria Petty (and the Classyfield crew!), K Ishibashi, Dan Cho, Nikolai Fraiture, Yoed Nir, Morgan King, Janine Small, Ron Shapiro, Joe Hegleman, Mark Frey, James Bellesini, Steven Trachtenbroit, Rick Snell, Nader Kheirbek, Dave Sherman, Ben Gaffin, Mike Locke, Wendy Parr, Marni Wandner & Sneak Attack Media, Missi Callazzo, Fabrizio Moretti, Binki Shapiro, Rodrigo Amarante, Matt Romano, Josh Hager, David Kahne, Peter Sand, James Holland, Shruti Ganguly, Shervin Lainez, Steven Mertens, Brent Cole, Benjamin Oliver, Shane Koss, Marsha Vlasic, Danny Farkas, Aleksa Palladino, Devon Church, Gianbruno Rottura, Gianluca Rottura, Liza Weil, Chris Ghiraldi, Glen Ganguzza, Justin Asher, Russel Harper, Greg Duffin, Alison Brummer, Chip Auchincloss, Keith Nelson, Shawn Feeney, Errol Wander, Adam Green, Bibbe Hansen, Sean Carrillo, Kimya Dawson, Toby Goodshank, Bella & Ilya, Marsha & Roza, Boruch, Boris Tsessarsky, Dana Richardson, Dave Zonshine, Laurence Freedman, Jenny Eliscu, Reggie Watts, Jamie Kilstein & Allison Kilkenny, Alex Marvar, Jason Russo, Martin Hausler, Sasha Yabraian, Bob Parins, Megan Balthazor, Jason Rabinowitz, Jeanpaul Kustura, Jesse Wallace, Joe Mendelson, Meghan Farrell, Mark Ospovat, Nick Valensi, Nicole Atkins, Paul Amorese, David Heilman, Pat Dougherty, Zac Colwell, Raiana Paige, Scott Weintrob, Seth Faergolzia, Troy Stallman, Rich Mercurio, Veikko Fuhrmann, Loraine Abeles, Victoria Jacob, Barrister's crew, exitmusic, The Strokes, Little Joy, The Dead Trees, Jupiter One, Common Prayer, Dufus, Emandee Studio, Cakeshop, Bowery Electric, Cabin Down Below

And a million thanks to everyone else who's helped me over the years, without whom many great things would not have happened. It's good to know you.

This album is dedicated to the memory of Daniel Cho.
We'll all miss you, Dan.

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Track Name: Magic
MAGIC

Magic
It’s magic till you know how it works
Nobody wants to see how you do it
The secret is all that you’re worth
So they smile and clap right through it

It took so many years to plan
And just a second to do
To open up my hand
And show everything to you
Magic

It’s magic when you know how it works
‘cause even if you find the location
You know all the numbers and words
But you’ll never guess the combination

It takes so long to understand
and just a second to do
And if you figure out which hand
I’ll give everything to you

Magic
Don't show me how you do it
Track Name: Searchlight
SEARCHLIGHT

I was outta my mind
and I didn't wanna answer the door
They tried again a couple of times
but I didn't wanna know any more

Something here don't seem right
Trouble around me, trouble around me
Sun feels like a searchlight
Trouble around me, trouble around me

Something here don't seem right
Trouble around me, trouble around me
Sun feels like a searchlight
Trouble around me, trouble around me

I was stuck in a line
so I made a little bed on the floor
Just looking for a one of a kind
but I couldn't wait around any more

Creeping through the dark night
No one around me, no one around me
Sleeping through the daylight
No one around me, no one around me

Something here don't seem right
Trouble around me, trouble around me
Sun feels like a searchlight
Trouble around me, trouble around me

What could make it feel right
Trouble around me, trouble around me
What could make it real life
Trouble around me, trouble around me
Track Name: It's A Boy
IT'S A BOY

"Let's start with the baby's gender.
Do you know what you both want?"

"Well, we discussed it and we're pretty sure
we'd like to have a boy."

"OK, that's fine..."

"6'2" with perfect vision,
good teeth and even skin.
Block the addiction gene
and quarantine his temper if you can..."

"OK, we'll see..."

"He needs a homing chip put deep inside his wrist
in case somebody tries to steal our little prince..."

"You're not the first in line
and I don't have a lot of time.
If you look, I'm sure you wouldn't mind
to pick one of our stock designs.
I'll leave it with you..."

"He shouldn't have to go to school
like all those people off the grid.
He needs a good head start
like every single other normal kid.
I'm sure we'll find a way to pay...

He needs a humor chip, put it second on the list -
for when he's old enough to realize where he is.
And if we can't afford to give him what he's worth
just make sure that he's strong enough to work..."

"You're not the first in line
and I'm running out of time.
I can recommend a friend of mine
who deals with our low budget line.

But if you want to make him right,
so he has a better life,
you can sign us back his human rights
and get him now for half the price.
It's a pretty good deal..."
Track Name: Stamp Your Name On It
STAMP YOUR NAME ON IT

A beached up skeleton
horsefly compound
seaweed catfish
dead crab sugarsand
backdrop

An underground stonewall
cockroach shithole
no food no sleep
headquarters greasycheap
backdrop

It's all the same
write your name
It's all the same

Stamp your name on it
Stamp your name on it
Stamp your name on it
Stamp your name

An ivory mica
cornerless bookcase
wheelchair stereo
skinny lamp window
backdrop

A gaseous blue hot
light beam wagon wheel
aimless weightless
faceless nameless
backdrop

It's all the same
write your name
It's all the same

Stamp your name on it
Stamp your name on it
Stamp your name on it
Stamp your name

Stamp your name on it
Stamp your name on it
Stamp your name on it
Stamp your name
Track Name: Solo Mission
SOLO MISSION

You know I didn't even try, just sat there
I figured it would happen by itself
And I didn't even mind, yeah
until I was alone up on the shelf with the medicine

"This could've been anyone's life..."
Empty space always there to take your place

Solo mission, no matter how many friends
Solo mission from beginning to end, I know

Sick of sitting on the side, just watching
and taking it like everybody else
and now I'm running out of time, yeah
I didn't listen til I heard it go missing

It's getting dark in your eyes
No escape, the tornado taking shape

Solo mission
No matter how many friends
Solo mission from beginning to end, I know
Solo mission, even if you came along

Empty space always there to take your place

Solo mission, no matter what we pretend
Solo mission from beginning to end, I know
Solo mission, even if you came along
even if you came along
even if you came along
Track Name: The Same Two Places
THE SAME TWO PLACES

You were running out of believers
living underground
where there's no one to keep you down

Wouldn't listen to your innocent girl
you were falling out of love with the world
going back and forth
between the same two places

And is it all a waste of time
you can't decide
And is it only in your mind
you can't decide

You were running out of believers
in another town
watching the leaves turn brown

Tunnel vision to the end of the world
you were falling out of love with a girl
No place feels like home
you're quiet on the phone
she wants to know what's wrong

And all the people on the train
should know your name by now
but they don't

And is it all a waste of time
you can't decide
And is it only in your mind
you can't decide
Track Name: Someone
SOMEONE

I was laying in a parking lot
You were praying on a mountain top
Til nothing felt the same

Hold my shoes, let me walk the coals
Television full of bullet holes
But still I can’t forget my name

You gotta be someone, somewhere, sometime
you gotta be someone, somewhere, sometime

Let me out, I want to feel the cold
Gotta borrow back what I sold
Don’t really need what I’ve been after

Spent time with a lunatic
he told me that you never get used to it
but if you listen close you hear the laughter

And it’ll take you so much time
To get nothing on your mind

You gotta be someone, somewhere, sometime
You gotta be someone, somewhere, sometime
Track Name: All Is Holy
ALL IS HOLY

This song's called All Is Holy
because I want it to be true
Today I spent the whole day
doing things that I don't wanna do

And I know that no one owns me
but still I'm in this place
Feel like a slave
who's never seen his master's face
And even if the door swung open
would I go
Would I turn right back inside
I don't know

This song's called All Is Holy
even if it isn't true
Won't anybody show me
a way to make it all feel new

And I know that no one owes me
and people got it worse
but still it feels like I'm just kneeling in the dirt
waiting for the word
And even if I heard it come
would I know
Would I make it out alive
I don't know
Track Name: Call Them Brothers (featuring Regina Spektor)
CALL THEM BROTHERS

That's it, it's split, it won't recover
Just frame the halves and call them brothers
Find your fathers and your mothers
If you remember who they are

Over and over they call us their friends
Can't we find something else to pretend?
Like nobody's won and we're safe at the end

In the darkness the film machine's spinning
So let's leave it on
We'll be out in the street
before anyone knows that we're gone

That's it, it's split, it can't recover
Just frame the halves and call them a whole
And chip at the bricks and fill up your pockets
With the pieces of the wall that you stole

The hunt is on, everyone's chasing
Everyone's chasing a shot
A shot rings out, nobody wants it
Nobody wants it to stop

That's it, it's split, it won't recover
Just frame the halves and call them brothers
Find your fathers and your mothers
If you remember who they are
If you remember, if you remember,
if you remember who they are
Track Name: You Stayed At Home
YOU STAYED AT HOME

You stayed at home
I went to school
in a crowd of decimals
said we’re indivisible
traced a picture of a mule

You stayed at home
I went to work
in a brand new collared shirt
through the field of monuments
ran my fingers through the dirt
can’t remember what we were

Start repeating what you heard
soon you’ll grow to love the words
see the lion kill the bird
use your pen to draw a sword
you’ve become a walking war

Drowning in your history
scared of what you want to be
the future is a mystery
the punch line is infinity
forever out in front of me
Track Name: Pop The Reins
POP THE REINS

Hit stop when I hear you talk
what you see and say got no relation
Turn white, I been up all night
and I still can't find your imagination, sir

There's nothing real you've got to fear
just slip the noose and rock the cage
I'll get away
There's nothing real you've got to fear
just kick your boots and pop the reins

And now I think I know what your mother meant
that everybody works for the government
If we don't find a way to pay the rent
I'll say what they want me to say

C'mon
yeah right, yeah right
Everybody gets a shot tonight
Everybody step into the light
Oh wait, no we made a mistake

Duck dive, gotta stay alive
hit 'em one, two, three
with the combination
Came back with a new attack
and that's all she wrote for your generation, son

There's nothing real you've got to fear
just slip the noose and rock the cage
I'll get away
There's nothing real you've got to fear
just kick your boots and pop the reins

And now I think I know what your mother meant
that everybody works for the government
If we don't find a way to pay the rent
I'll say what they want me to say

C'mon
yeah right, yeah right
Everybody gets a shot tonight
Everybody slide into the light
Oh great, now the baby's awake

It's not the truth, it's not a lie
It's just a lullaby
Track Name: Falling Behind In The Game
FALLING BEHIND IN THE GAME

You've been in my nightmares
what do you know
It wasn't that easy
watching you go

And mostly I'm fighting
invisible things
The enemy general
pulling the enemy strings

I'm just a house
I'm just a cow
swirling around
in this tornado
What's a tornado

And what do you do
when you're not in love
you're not in luck
you're not in style
you're not in time

What do you do

Don't feel ashamed
if you're falling behind in the game
It's just chess
it's just poker
it's just twister

I'm always surrounded
by beautiful things
sometimes I get jealous
and I wanna just cave 'em all in

And I try not to worry
too much of the time
watching these assholes
trying to cut me in line

'cause they're just a dot
right next to a dot
in front of a dot
times ten times infinity
What's an infinity

And what do you do
when you're not in love
you're not in luck
you're not in style
you're not in time

What do you do

Don't feel ashamed
if you're falling behind in the game
It's just chess
it's just poker
it's just twister

My late great youth
watch over me
The late great truth
wash over me
Track Name: Kick 'Em Out (bonus track)
KICK 'EM OUT

I could never pay this debt I owe
I don't have a reason
to stay and so I'm leaving
I'll be glad to go

Yesterday the sky turned black and blue
busted into showers
rained for seven hours
on a mile of road

Tomorrow says believe me
but I won't
Drinking with the TV, saying
"No one gets in, I win"

But even if you make a brand new start
you can't really kick 'em out of your heart
Even if you trade light for dark
you don't really kick 'em out

Been so many days now in a row
and I don't like the spaces
between the celebrations
It's just the same old show

So right away
she takes off all her clothes
still the only currency she knows
and she won't leave
no matter what you tell her
and you don't see
no matter what she shows

But even if she can't find the spark
you don't really kick her out of your heart
Even if you're better off apart
you can't really kick her out

Oh, you make this room a better place
so I pledge allegiance to your face
Oh no, where'd you go?

Even if you make a brand new start
you don't really kick 'em out of your heart
Even if you trade light for dark
you can't find the spark
you're better off apart
Even if you make a brand new start
you don't really kick 'em out