Juvenilia

by Marsupial Lion

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    Pre-order of Juvenilia. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    releases July 19, 2020

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1.
Solar Glare
2.
Give and Take
3.
You’re cutting corners are you mourning in your mind for a bygone time You’re scorning currency all worry-free as every bill arrives In vain you shake your heavy chain shrieking injustice and how you’ve been wronged A shattered hourglass is spilling out your dreams So far gone, so far gone By any name We’re still the same Through rust and rain From whence we came By any name By any name By any name, from whence we came You lob your anger at the parapets that curse you from those lofty heights You find camaraderie in forums that conform around your mind You quickly calcify your diatribe and nail over the window blinds But it's so lonely in a boarded house with no view of the sky By any name We’re still the same Through rust and rain From whence we came By any name By any name By any name, from whence we came We can break this bitter fever We can starve this poltergeist We can end our incantations Put to sleep old appetites Though the past may be a poison We can build immunities Calibrate our navigation And return this house to peace We've been dreaming Of a bygone time We've been dreaming Of a bygone lie We've been dreaming Of a bygone time We've been dreaming Of a bygone
4.
Our darkest secrets aren't in dusty attic tomes We share them sitting on the shitter, boredly browsing through our phones Cavemen captivated, shadows on the wall Our primitive privations reachable right from the stall What better way To pass our lives Than tinkering with machines and staring at screens all day and night Swipes and clicks Loading times Anything for which a heart pines a mind can divine And every time That router sings We trade away a little DNA for digital wings But you're still convinced You remain the master in this ones and zero sum game Here's wishing we can be more Than a little one-act play Fated to symbolize what came before Anachronism on display Trotted around the better to please the gods That we all helped create Still waiting for the future to call Could this be it Airtight encryption to secure your darkest secrets A future digital wrecking ball won’t break a sweat to see it Lapping up your lapses laughing at your weakness Laying legends low with one misplaced misfire missive What care have we for what they find Studying a legacy for any flaw in the design You petty fool, you were never the master in this ones and zero sum game Here's wishing we can be more Than a little one-act play Fated to symbolize what came before Anachronism on display Trotted around the better to please the gods That we all helped create Still waiting for the future to call Could this be it Here's wishing we can be more Fated to symbolize what came before Trotted around the better to please the gods Still waiting for the future to call
5.
Age Old
6.
Tick Tock 03:18
It's how I think about how you think about how I think about how you think about how I think about myself It's never been about how you think about how you think about how you think about how I think about myself Then again I guess I do think about how you think about how you think about how I think about myself Wondering why The calendar flies Off the wall Into my mind What's in time I'm so eager to find What's in a year that a day can't hide What's in a day that a moment can't find with a driven mind Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock It's all I think about how you think about how I think about how you think about how I think about myself It's always been about how you think about how you think about how you think about how I think about my Wondering why The calendar flies Off the wall Into my mind What's in time I'm so eager to find What's in a year that a day can't hide What's in a day that a moment can't find with a driven mind Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock
7.
Ghoulish Bastard
8.
Red Planet
9.
Second Shadow

about

Juvenilia is Marsupial Lion’s self-described “debut retrospective”. An almost entirely DIY effort, it culminates a 10-year collaboration between singer-soundmaker Travis Jonathan and his co-writer, synth wizard, and near-lifelong friend, Parker Tichko.

Juvenilia takes inspiration from the lush dimensionality of Talk Talk, the polish of late-era-classic-lineup Fleetwood Mac, the lyricism of Paul Simon, and the moody fuzz of the Smashing Pumpkins, among uncountable others.

The word “juvenilia” refers to the art of an artist’s youth, and the album accordingly peers backward to capture the twentysomething lives of its creators. The listener retraces their steps through bedrooms and basements in New Hampshire, Providence, Las Vegas, Boston, and Los Angeles in which the record was written and recorded. Themes of love, hope, aging, and madness play out in familiar pop format, albeit shot through with Marsupial Lion’s idiosyncratic blend of fuzz and slickness.

But the album’s focus is not constrained to glossy nostalgia. Juvenilia is a record about technology; more precisely, it is a record about living under digital algorithms dictated by surveillance capitalism and BUMMER (Behavior of Users Modified, Made into an Empire for Rent).

Juvenilia posits that perhaps humanity is being willfully remade within the grinding gears of these algorithms. Perhaps humanity can no longer be said to be the artist, having become the artwork itself. A new juvenilia emerges—the juvenilia of algorithms—and within it unfolds our human experience.

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releases July 19, 2020

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Marsupial Lion Ithaca, New York

Marsupial Lion is the pet project of singer-soundmaker Travis Jonathan, your sonic soothsayer for life under surveillance capitalism.

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