Olney Clark

by Olney Clark

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about

“You can be freed from time/Left to the quarters of your mind/But love will only pass you by”
(01. Apart Fro)

With this begins Olney Clark's debut, a documentation of intellectual and emotional isolation and its effects on life and love.

Written during Olney's Ph.D. in algorithmic algebraic geometry in Edinburgh, Scotland and Clark's lost months of limbo and relocation from Los Angeles to Texas following the death of his father and grandfather, best friends Grant Olney and Barry DeBakey (Clark) wrote the songs that would become the self-titled album as both a celebration of the gifts of solitude and a warning of their costs.

Like Olney's 2004 and 2006 releases on Asian Man Records, there are hints of Bryter Layter era Nick Drake and Scott 4 era Scott Walker. But with echoes of McCartney a la Ram, Lennon circa Sometime in NYC and After the Gold Rush Neil Young, things now feel altogether different. There is more color here, more life. They might be talking about a mind at harm, but most of all they are just trying to find a way to be.

From a story of back-to-back funerals,

"Keep on burning all those salutations"
(05. Been Lost)

to a recognition of simple paths to happiness,

"You can find happiness in the strangest place/You can find happiness in a woman's face/You can find happiness in an empty space/You can find happiness alone"
(06. King of the Bees)

this is a record giving equal weight to joy and loss. It seems we are told that isolation can just as much give as it can destroy. Whatever the intended message, these strange, impressionistic songs stay with you. In the end, when Olney Clark tell us

"A mind in/at harm -- maybe that's just who you are now"
(10. This wind brings memories to mind)

we believe them.

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released April 13, 2010

All songs written and composed by Olney Clark.
Produced by Eddy Hobizal.
© 2010 Olney Clark and Friendly Police UK.

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Track Name: Apart Fro
You can be freed from time
Left to the quarters of your mind
But love will only pass you by
An absent heart
leads to a stillness so unkind
A wounded mind
a lonesome body
Would you love me if you knew me?
or am I just too hard to know?
Even now with all the answers
I'm still waiting here alone
It's hard but I'm picking up all the pieces
apart from this
Nothing's gonna change me
if I don't learn to listen
No one's gonna love me then
Track Name: Josefin the Writer
Josefin the Writer
has books locked in her head
soon must release them
onto paper

She has me worried
about where our thoughts do go
when they've not been named
but left in mind
to turn like youth gone old
Why do our bodies
tire so much faster
than our minds do
and where does love go
when it splinters away?

She is the place
I send my mind
when I need to see
things not as they are
but as I long for them to be

Josefin the writer
is collecting information
on the mechanics of a memory
Where will she find love?
Will it stay with Johan,
or another,
or will she find a reader
like me?

She is the place
I send my mind
when I need to see
things not as they are
but as I long for them to be
Josefin, you are the place I
send my mind
when I need to see
things not as they are
but as I long for them to be
Track Name: Tea and Thunderstorms
Bent like a branch to the sun, rocking on the knot growing on your side,
And down anyways, too much time and whiskey,
And everyone gives you leeway,
Are you game for tea and thunderstorms though today?
I'm game for tea and thunderstorms today
Don't ever get caught waiting for it
Better find out what's wrong first before you jump in
It's only gonna bring you down

Drawn like a moth to the light, foolish and doomed in pride,
Who want's to hear it anyway, auto negativity in place,
And playing cards get your game face,
Are you game for tea and thunderstorms though today?
I'm game for tea and thunderstorms today
Don't ever get caught waiting for it
Better find out what's wrong first before you jump in
It's only gonna bring you down
Well not that down...
Hey you
Track Name: Let Love Be
It's not that I am over
all this movement in my brain
It's just that I'm a friend
And friend, are you OK?

If loving me
keeps a mind from feeling free
just let love be
But if loving me
makes a mind less hazy
don't you let love be

It's not that I'm collected
I'm kind of stagnant, kind of changed
It's just that I love you
Are you OK?

If loving me
keeps a mind from feeling free
just let love be
But if loving me
makes a mind less hazy
don't you let love be

Love is mind and body
Track Name: Been Lost
I've been lost on the crossroads
Wondering where to go
Keep on burning all those salutations
could be something

Is it my way?
Or is that the highway?
So the last time for the ocean
I've been dying to let you know
something more than what I could show
Track Name: Mason of Oak
The Mason of Oak
lays his hands in longing
his father's paintings
block the door
why is he feeling
so unsure?

Once he was a bird
Once he let his troubles down
Once he was a bird
Then he woke up empty

The Mason of Oak
is tired now of weeping
for the days when his roots were strong
for the years
when friends would sing along

Once he was a bird
Once he let his troubles down
Once he was a bird
Then he woke up empty

'Cause people
good people
sweet people
let good love go underused
People
sweet people
I love you people

On the other side of love
I've finally learned
unkindness is just love confused
Everyone's just trying to be happy
to be

I've got to let them find my soul
by the one true path I know
you can't force nothing that won't go
but you can be by seeing through
Track Name: No One Has Your Heart
No one has your heart
but you've got to learn to be
the love you're looking for
No one has your heart
but no one will give a damn
if you don't make yourself a part
Track Name: Through and Through
Your comfort casts a shadow
on my ageing heart
I'd tell you everything
if I knew how

You can hurry through a lifetime
maybe forget your part
but you can't return to love
you never knew

When I was a lonely boy
I kept lives in my head
People I would love
People like you

So don't you worry about me
being so worried about you
it's just the way
that I was made
to love you
through and through
Track Name: This Wind Brings Memories to Mind
There's a harvest moon there outside
You step out to pay it time
A bearer of thoughts yets speaks none to find
Tonight this wind brings memories to mind
I have to show you how I've changed
Not that it matters then
We've all moved on then
Thank your lucky stars
And ever I hope that you can
My minds been in/at harm
Thoughts sparked in fractions
And all the while ignorant from your actions
A mind in/at harm
Well don't wait too long not everything is meant to be
Thoughts sparked in fractions
Well don't be too harsh
Maybe that's who you are now
But don't wait too long now
Thank your lucky stars