in the apartment above the dress shop

by Various Artists

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recorded on Friday, March 13, 2015, during a house show at 6 PT Barnum Square. audio captured by Steve Colon and mastered by Jono.

home is so important, in its form and function. on the night we made this record, friends gathered to celebrate one lovely apartment where So Much seemed to happen / be made. everyone deserves a warm, safe and affordable place to live, be well, create, share, etc.

in that spirit, all proceeds from the sales of this record will go toward home-based services at Ability Beyond.

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released June 11, 2015

made possible by Chelce Hessler, Robbie Vozza, Lucas Brode, Becky Kessler, Jono, Steve Colon and Dani Capalbo. thanks to everyone who attended. it's a night I'll always remember. xo.

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photo by John Kritzman Photography.

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Track Name: Chelce Hessler - The Bad Dream
“Doesn’t your work interest you, Esther?”

“I’m very interested in everything.”

My voice sounded strange and hollow in my ears.
First I would find words
to tell him how I was
being stuffed farther
and farther
into a black,
airless sack
with no way out.

And then he would tell me why I couldn’t sleep
and why I couldn’t read
and why I couldn’t eat
and why everything people did seemed so silly,
because they only died in the end.

And then he would help me
step by step
to be myself again.

It didn’t seem to be summer any more.
I could feel the winter shaking my bones and
banging
my teeth
together.
There was no moon.

“You say you want more sleeping pills?”
“Promise you'll be good?”

I woke to the sound of rain.
I am, I am.
Slowly I swam
up
from the bottom
of a black sleep.

I felt limp and betrayed, like the skin shed by a terrible animal.

“Don’t worry,” the nurse grinned down at me.
“Their first time everybody’s scared to death.
But come, come, lovey, we’ll make it yet,

I knew you would decide to be all right again.”
I waited for a touch of emotion,
the faintest glow.
Nothing.
Nothing.
None.

And I wondered
what terrible thing it was
that I had done.

“Promise you’ll be good?”
Track Name: Chelce Hessler - Idioteque
Who’s in a bunker?
Who’s in a bunker?
Women and children first
And the children first
And the children

I laugh until my head comes off
I swallow ’til I burst
Until I burst
Until I

Who’s in a bunker?
Who’s in a bunker?
I have seen too much
You haven’t seen enough
You haven’t seen it

I laugh until my head comes off
Women and children first
And children first
And children

Here
I’m allowed
Everything all the time

Here
I’m allowed
Everything all the time

Ice age coming
Ice age coming
Let me hear both sides
Let me hear both sides
Let me hear both

Ice age coming
Ice age coming
Throw it in the fire
Throw it in the fire
Throw in the

We’re not scare-mongering
This is really happening
It’s happening
It’s

We’re not scare-mongering
This is really happening
It’s happening
It’s

Mobile’s quirking
Mobile’s chirping
Take the money and run
Take the money and run
Take the money and

Here
I’m allowed
Everything all the time

Here
I’m allowed
Everything all the time
Track Name: Chelce Hessler - v. to go through the motions
tongue-tied
tried and true
those worthy words don't come around
not like they used to

half-lies
me to you
it's all eyebrows and mimicked sounds
slowly i'm getting used to this

stunning shade of grey
that follows and fades my days
and takes my breath away

one by
one i lose
those sickly strains and sweet refrains
that glistened in plain view

numbed, i
ache to prove
this sterile seed bleeds fruit
that's not rotten
just bruised
by this

stunning shade of grey
that drowns me in delay
and fakes my best replay