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To Enjoy is the Only Thing (LP | 2021)

by Maple Glider

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1.
As Tradition 04:00
Love is just a word I have learned I may use at my own expense Bible study earned me the right to be alone, in my own defence Come to pretty, pull back my limbs It's the oldest tradition known to my skin I can be soft, when I am disarmed I can be just what you want Love is just a word, love is just a word, love is just a word Don't say that you mean it, come on baby, we both know that that's absurd (when you love me like this, when I can't move my lips) Come to pretty, hold back my arms It's the oldest tradition known to my heart I can be soft, when I am disarmed I can be just what you want You want me soft You and God baby love me the best When I’m laid to rest And only my body is left Come to pretty, pull back my limbs It's the oldest tradition known to my skin I can be soft, when I am disarmed I can be just what you want
2.
Swimming 04:12
Watching the surfers on the Birling Gap A few times I nearly packed up my bag You said baby please don't leave There is so much we've left to see I said I would marry you If I could get a passport to Work in the land of riches Live our lives through pictures Bathing in the sea Searching for fish while you're searching for me You pressed your hands against the darkest spaces of my skin Tell me my body has been so beautifully lived in I almost fell apart when you looked straight at my heart And said baby, swim We went to your mother's house Driving through The Deep South Mountains and red wine The best I've tasted in my life You said stay with me You pressed your hands against the darkest spaces of my skin Tell me my body has been so beautifully lived in I almost fell apart, when you looked straight at my heart And said baby, swim You said baby, we're just bathing You said baby, we're just bathing You said baby, we're just bathing Watching the surfers on the Birling Gap A few times I nearly packed up my bags You said baby please don't leave Stay with me
3.
If you had have known that in the same year Your mother would go and that I would have my first birthday Would you still marry the man of your dreams and build up a life that would be deemed so perfectly sewn at the seams? Oh, I wonder if you would have stopped just a while longer to listen To all the weight of her breathing Notice the sound of her screaming Promise to love her even when she couldn't feel it You said, you had an eating disorder It sparred with your love for your daughter You wanted to be an example You made your body a temple When you heard the weight of her breathing Noticed the sound of her screaming You promised to love her even when she couldn't feel it I know, you see the beauty in dust so I try to lift all of it up and press it against my eyelids Hoping my lashes will find hints Carry them down to the fine print of how I see all of the world You are my number one girl And I want to love the way you do Notice the weight of your breathing Hold you when I hear you screaming Promise to love you even Notice the weight of your breathing Hold you when I hear you screaming Tell me do you even Do you feel my love?
4.
Friend 04:17
You were so fast To believe in me We were young back then Tangled in the stars But time moves so fast I've served coffee in five different cities now I'm not good at faking But I'm not good at speaking out I am quickly blending into all of my fear and doubt Friend, you were on both sides Pulling me up and dragging me down (and I know, it took time for me to say) Friend, you were on both sides Pulling me up and dragging me down (and I know, it took time for me) It was early days in the band We were making tour plans I pulled out my costume during practice in your shed You said don't wear that dress, we have to think about who we are now Well I'm not good at faking But it all changed in me somehow I could not stop smiling as all the joy in me drained out Friend, you were on both sides Pulling me up and dragging me down (and I know, it took time for me to say) Friend, you were on both sides Pulling me up and dragging me down There is a bridge between our birthdays at midnight Somehow I can not bring myself to call I was a terrible friend, I pushed you right to your end You said your limit was drawn but I wanted more I wanted more Friend, I've been on both sides, pulling you up and tearing you down (and I know it took time for me to say) Friend, I've been on both sides, pulling you up and tearing you down I've been on both sides Am I on both sides now?
5.
It seems I've done a terrible thing I've loosened the strings That kept us together It is fine of course you are meant to be mad I expected that When I started lying I could have shown you All the parts where I am broken All the paths I have not chosen That left me here I know I've done a terrible thing I've lived in my sins And begged for forgiveness It is fine of course you don't have to give in Be angry, be mean It's kinder than crying It felt so lovely To be beautiful in secret Where nobody else could see it I know you did Sorry baby I am I was not in my head Sorry baby I am I am not who I was back then
6.
Good Thing 04:12
There are no words I have to say In this moment You're asking me if I'm okay But I need time to process All these things that make me lose my focus And all these parts of me I had not noticed Before you came Before you came I know you think I'm being cold But I can't bear to look at you today ‘Cause every single time I do I fear It might be the last time that you'll see me this way Way Way But I guess that's how we learn By setting fire to things that bring us life Before we've got to watch them burn And so I'll say goodbye Because I'd rather kill a good thing Than wait for it to die Die Die So draw your lines upon my skin For the very final time And I will colour all them in And retrace them until I Can't remember what it feels like Like Like Like
7.
Baby Tiger 03:52
Comfort me I promise when it's hard I'll be lovely I don't need to know your mother's name, but she would probably disagree I don't need Anything except to know that I can text 3pm on Thursday afternoon, and you'll, reply and come to me soon Comfort me Baby Tiger's scratching at the door She's seen Someone she hasn't seen before I'm okay Baby Tiger Don't prescribe me medication I think that my mind is fine I'm fully aware it's just the time Baby Tiger's scratching at the door Baby Tiger's scratching at the door Waiting for this man to finish up I'm okay Baby Tiger I'll come back to me soon I'll come back to me soon Baby Tiger's scratching at the door
8.
Performer 04:38
Wafting In the eagerness of early December I'm floating Whilst everything I know is cascading Down into the sinkhole Is it warm down there? I keep waiting through the hours of cold Reaching for a single speck of light I do not know this man But he is in my bedroom unfurling And I am uncertain that I can play as I have played before But I am a performer, of course I'll perform Is it warm down there? I keep waiting through the hours of cold Reaching for a single speck of light I keep waiting through the hours of cold Pressing for the sun to come and find me Must I bring my own torch? Must I bring my own torch? Must I bring my own torch? Or are you gonna come and Light me up Light me up Light me up
9.
I'd been working all day Missed a call from your friend She asked if you were okay You hadn't shown up to your date I picked up the phone Woke my father from his sleep Couldn't help but break down He said child don't you weep He'll be back before morning It's not the first time he’s done it this week Mama it's Christmas time again Where is my brother Where is my friend Mama it's Christmas time, again Doesn't he know I've got ribbons to wrap him in Mama it’s Christmas You called me that night Said babe don't you worry now All I could manage was I love you But I should have reached through the phone Slapped you hard on the cheek So that you could know pain like I do when you leave Oh it's Christmas time again Where is my brother Where is my friend Mama it's Christmas time, again Doesn't he know I've got ribbons to wrap him in Mama it’s Christmas I'd been working all day Missed a call from your friend She asked if you were okay Again Boy you could cry wolf, year after year Still I would not stop trying to fight off your fears Is it drugs or religion keeping you here It's already getting to that time of the year Oh it's Christmas time again Where are you brother Where are you my friend Mama it's Christmas time again Doesn't he know I've got all my love to wrap him in Mama it's Christmas Mama it's Christmas Mama it's Christmas Mama it's Christmas time again

about

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Over plucked acoustic guitar or deftly weighted piano chords, Maple Glider shares vignettes of her life; growing up in a restrictive religious household, falling in an out of love, interstate and international relocations, the new perspectives travel can bring along with the alienation of being away from the familiar.

Maple Glider is the new project of solo artist Tori Zietsch (Peach with a Z). In the singer-songwriter tradition, the music is centred around the lyrics, exploring intimate themes and often serving as a self-catharsis. Offsetting the heavy-nature of some of the words, Maple Glider herself is humorous, fabulous and warm. Find her on instagram for her lovable self.

Brought up in a restrictive religious household, Zietsch relocated to Melbourne, spent some years overseas, and returned with a SoundCloud account (literally) full of demos. She’d experienced heavy loneliness abroad, but it was during that time that she entered a pool of self-reflection. The resulting songs relate to working through her experience as a child raised in religion, and the years she spent trying to extract that from her identity.. but many are also about love and relationships - the end of, middle of, confusion of.

And, in her words..
"This is what the album looks like to me:
Walking past tinsel covered trees in mid-September, swimming along the calanques in the south of France, car-bonnet frost, darkness at 4pm, lightness until 10pm, a muted feeling, the perpetual grey fog that swallows the Silver Coast, the colour red, this ugly green dress, red wine, red blood, red lips, red is the colour of the cardinal’s robe, Switzerland, my mother’s diaries, a coroner’s report, the sun on my face, the end of love, “To enjoy is the only thing. BTCH$”."

Based in Brighton abroad in the UK was where Zietsch experienced heavy loneliness. But it was during this time that she entered a pool of self-reflection. She returned to Melbourne late 2019 with a soundcloud literally full of demos. She enlisted Tom Iansek (Big Scary / #1 Dads / The Paper Kites / Hockey Dad) to record, mix and produce the first batch of songs she was ready to get down. During the shared time spent at Pieater’s studio BellBird with Iansek, the wider team got to fully appreciate the wonderful artistry and beauty of Maple Glider, and welcomed her to the Pieater family.

credits

released June 25, 2021

Credits:

All songs written and arranged by Tori Zietsch and Tom Iansek.
All songs produced and mixed by Tom Iansek at BellBird Studio.
Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, NYC. Compiled by John Ruberto at Mastersound, Naarm/Melbourne.

Contributing Artists:

Drums/Percussion performed by Jim Rindfleish on ‘As Tradition’, ‘Swimming’, ‘Friend’, ‘Good Thing’ and ‘Performer’.
Backing vocals performed by Tom Iansek on ‘Baby Tiger’ and ‘View From This Side’.
Acoustic guitar performed by Tom Iansek on ‘As Tradition’ and ‘Be Mean, It’s Kinder Than Crying’.
Piano, bass, and synth performed by Tom Iansek on ‘As Tradition’, ‘Swimming’, ‘View From This Side’, ‘Friend’, ‘Good Thing’, ‘Baby Tiger’ and ‘Performer’.
Electric guitar performed by Tom Iansek on ‘Good Thing’.
Backing vocals and Piano performed by Daniel Pinkerton on ‘Mama It’s Christmas’.

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