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Morning World

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about

In 2010, Jamison, the person behind Teen Daze, had no idea what Four More Years bring. That debut EP, a collection of blissful home recordings, was the work of a carefree 24 year-old. By 2012, things had changed, as they tend to do: relationships dissolved, illness affected his family, windows for outward communication were closing. The gravity of it all made for constant output; he reached for futuristic utopia with All Of Us, Together, found a devotional sanctuary inside The Inner Mansions, and embraced hibernation on Glacier. In hindsight, this was an artist coping through various forms of introverted escapism.

While proud of the material, Jamison sought to break this cycle when approaching the next record. He knew it would take a few leaps of faith, most directly: out of his bedroom… out of his comfort zone. For the first time, he gave up some control, inviting the input of others. Bearing over 30 demos, Jamison joined one of his musical heroes John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone, his all-analog studio in San Francisco. Beyond the immediate sonic advantages of recording to tape, the sessions with Vanderslice and co-producer Simon Bridgefoot encouraged a new positivity and confidence to his craft.

The result is Morning World, eleven fully built, balanced, and expressed songs, the most vulnerable and honest Teen Daze LP to date. Thematically, Jamison paints a familiar picture: a Garden of Eden, a place of transcendent, painfree beauty, but with one key distinction... it’s not real and time there is finite. With vocals boldly up front—surrounded by strings, piano, guitar, and live percussion—he details a realm that, for the first time, has room for more than one. “Where does life go when it’s done,” he poses in the closing moments of “Post Storm”, before lending an answer that evokes the omnipresent wisdom of All Things Must Pass: “a moon replaces morning sun.

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released August 14, 2015

Teen Daze - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Bass, Synthesizers, Piano, Rhodes, Organ, Percussion.
Simon Bridgefoot - Drums, Percussion
Nathan Blaz - Cello
Nathaniel Whitcomb - Art Design
Dave Sutton - Biography
Beamer - Spiritual Synthesizer Guidance

Produced by John Vanderslice, Simon Bridgefoot & Teen Daze.

Mixed by John Vanderslice & Teen Daze.

Mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.

Recorded at Tiny Telephone Studio in San Francisco, CA.

Released by Paper Bag Records & PLANCHA (Japan).

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Track Name: Valley Of Gardens
I went down, to see what the pond had collected,
A valley of gardens, muted the sound of the hills.
The rain had ended, I can smell the leaving of winter,
Green and blue, now, I feel them in every sentence.
Track Name: Pink
I climbed above the treeline, I saw the world at new light,
Patterns in the sky, only seen from high above.

It was love.

I climbed towards a new sun, and I knew I couldn't have been the only one, to make it here.
Patterns in the sky, dreams becoming real right before my eyes.

It was love.
Track Name: Morning World
Should I drift back? Into a dream?

Colours form, and I won't know how to change, become anew,
Moving clouds, the treelight, the grass and you,
And I, we drift, we fall into a new time,
Dreaming in this morning world with you.
Track Name: It Starts At The Water
I awoke upon the shore, totally unsure
Of the landscape I had before me.
Finally a place of endless wonder.
It was then that I saw you there,
Wind coming through your hair.
You smiled and took my hand and said,
“Finally we can leave the pain behind.”
We fell into this dream
Orange sky and green beneath.
We couldn’t remember anything;
Running through this endless place with you.
You held me close and said,
“Here, there is no death.
We can live forever,
All you have to do is give yourself.”

I want to believe that this is forever.
We can see past the trees,
Yet they go on forever.

But it starts at the water.
Track Name: Post Storm
The wave of clouds that held me in,
I see the grey begin to lift
Over me.

Where does life go when it’s done?
A moon replaces morning’s sun
Over me.
Track Name: Life In The Sea
Underneath, in the sea,
I can see you swimming to me.
The water moves, the colours change,
The clarity dissolves in the rain.
She can feel it cover.

Life in the sea, life.

Underneath, inside a dream,
The water’s flowing soft
From our hands to our feet.
A life beneath is calling me,
So we dive deeper into this floating scene.

We can feel it cover.

Life in the sea, life.
Track Name: Garden Grove
Through the grass, into the garden grove.
I’ve come to watch the flowers as they grow.
Another chance to feel how little I know,
And another morning spent not feeling alone.
Track Name: Along
Somewhere down the softest path,
I fall into the grass.
A violet cloud has covered now,
And the sun is falling down.
In this dream, halfway between,
The Earth and where I am,
I see you standing beside the water
With the answers in your hand.
What does it mean to find you here
In this endless place above?
Is this the sound of heaven’s song,
Or the story of our love?
“I am here to show you that,
You are not alone.”
So together we drop into the river,
And it carries us along.
Track Name: Infinity
Since I found this place,
I’ve begun to hear a voice from beyond space saying
That this can’t be real.
No, it’s not a phase.
“Why can’t I stay, here on this plane?”

Now I know, this is the end.

The grass in the wind
I start to see it again.
The desperate world is always searching.
Sorrow covers me, and the clouds roll in.
I remember how this all began.

Now I know, this is the end.

Let me stay a little longer; I can find my way back home.
Track Name: Good Night
Dusk settles,
The smell of night comes.
A change is coming
To everything that was, and is to be.
Float away,
Move into the dawn.
With open eyes we watch
As the morning world departs.

Where will it go? Never to be seen again.

The aching world has found a
Peace it’s never known.
Releasing all the mysteries,
Finally we’re shown
That time is but a structure,
Given from above.
Understanding that destiny
Is a life spent giving love

Where does it go? Never to be seen again.