Like A Fire Without Sound

by Should

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The band's immaculately crafted third album, Like a Fire Without Sound, infuses the pop sensibilities of Eno and Yo La Tengo while maintaining the personal eccentricities and atmospheric flourishes that have always set Should apart: the ultra-sweet male/female vocal melodies, the penchant for the unexpected, and the ability to find beauty in the minimal.

Like a Fire Without Sound was conceived and recorded over a five-year period, and infuses idiosyncratic indie flair with pleasing pop sensibilities. Bookended by Eno-esque tributes "Glasshouse" and "The Great Pretend," the hook-laden record is simultaneously spacious and intimate.

Eschewing the fashionable trend of burying production in cavernous lo-fi reverb and fuzz, Like a Fire Without Sound is not warmed-over 1990s-era Should. The layers of fuzzed guitar have been peeled back and the pop quotient is dialed up considerably, aiming instead to balance the twin peaks of soundcraft and songcraft.

The end result of these efforts is an unpredictable record that — like Eno's early pop albums — endures and is not easily ascribed to a particular era.

Timeless yet out-of-place, it's the unwavering soundtrack to daydreams of life's losses and loves.

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released 26 April 2011

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Track Name: Glasshouse
although it appeared like vision
stretching time; slowing down
like a fire without sound

and I think I heard silence
for the first time it hit me
that I had nothing more
that I was going home

and I sat there for hours
at the edge of a river
and I saw nothing more
is this all? nothing more?

only on the top of the glasshouse
and the face throwing stones
hasn’t ever atoned

and I sat there for hours
at the edge of a river
and I saw nothing more
and I saw nothing more

and I think I heard silence
for the first time it hit me
that I had nothing more
that I was going home

and I sat there for hours
at the edge of a river
and I saw nothing more
is this all? nothing more?
Track Name: Turned Tables
on the phone you were dull
at the first hint of snow
we were never quite right
hope was never enough

but we had it that day
and I’m always amazed
that you started to say
as the light pulled away

floating to the stars above
falling in and out of love
daylight would have to wait
fading on the longest day

but in only a month
we’d be honest enough
that the fight was all gone
and her highness had won

though I know its quite late
and the tables have turned
and it’s never the same
as that day on the run

floating to the stars above
falling in and out of love
daylight would have to wait
fading on the longest day
Track Name: Slumberland
he woke just then to what? he wasn’t sure
and found her feverish
and standing in the sun
it struck him all at once that he was lost
he hadn’t a plan for this
or anything at all

oh, why must we move on?
can’t we be left alone?
to wander in our own slumberland
as we hit all the stars
that further drift afar
we have it all; we won’t dream no more

as the day wore on he traveled more
and knocked on all the doors
that hadn’t tumbled down
he stayed awake with her and told his love
that she would run free in days
but days were all they had

oh, why must we move on?
can’t we be left alone?
to wander in our own slumberland
as we hit all the stars
that further drift afar
we have it all; we won’t dream no more

as his life moved on he wandered more
from that departed door
so stately on that hill
but he was always drawn to wander stars
that’s where they’re dreaming
dreaming

that’s where they’re dreaming
that’s where they’re dreaming
dreaming
Track Name: Awake At Night
his hands are small
they settle down
to rest upon his lap
his mind’s at ease
he breathes night air
there’s nothing much to see

and I like watching him
fighting to stay awake at night

his eyes they close
for just a wink
his head drifts slowly south
sleep descends
in the still night air
but he won’t give it peace

and I like watching him
fighting to stay awake at night

he holds his own
for quite some time
but can’t avoid the end
the crickets sing
his lullaby
the wind picks up his dreams

it’s all that I need tonight
it’s all that and everything to me
Track Name: Just Not Today
I left a message for myself
it was on the stairs last night
and I passed it going out
and you passed it coming back

don’t you know just to fade away?
don’t you know just to fade away?

I liked the concept; I liked your hair
it propped me up; I’m filled with air
but it had no permanence
like my own disfigurement

don’t you know just to fade away?
don’t you know just to fade away?

just to fade away
just not today
Track Name: Famous For Her Dress
“famous for her dress” was all that she could say
before tearing up
she’d turn and hesitate
as if she found the strength
but then it all came out
“why did she have to stay?”
“and if it hadn’t rained…..she would still be here”

she hadn’t found the strength quite yet
to lay the past at rest at night
she watched the lights of cars go by
imagining another life

as the green of summer fades
and gives way to the chill
she can’t give it up
“why did she have to stay?”
“and if it hadn’t rained…..she would still be here”

she hadn’t found the strength quite yet
to lay the past at rest at night
she watched the lights of cars go by
imagining another life
Track Name: The Great Pretend
we were on the other side
heading south without goodbyes
stayed awake for hours on end
don’t give up or just pretend

if the phase has run its course
and dropped down its own reward
far enough for all to see
falling on my own two feet

don’t give up on us