Our Animal Ways

by brontosaurus

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Comparing Brontosaurus to anything past or present is about as tough as transcribing some of their own constantly ­shifting suites. Here, the rhythm­gambling, tom­ heavy rumblings of indie ­rock elite such as Don Caballero or Dianogah rub elbows with the slightly mad­scientist guitar pop leanings of the New Pornographers, as well as intricate folk storytelling. No one particular mood stays past its welcome on O​ur Animal Ways,​but lyrically Kelley and Papaleo are clearly searching to get back ­to ­basics – by at least hundreds of years – or perhaps alerting listeners of a strangely beautiful, yet apocalyptic restart. Lines about “waiting for a carcass I can commandeer,” or hopes to “start rotting soon / as being mortal can spoil the man” come across more preparatory and poetic, rather than threatening, giving the rich musical accompaniment a solid venue to stand on, only adding to its mystery. Vice versa, when Kelley and Papaleo swap instruments – often several times – during the same song, it only assists the progress of the story at hand. Such a yin­ yang relationship artistically is rare, it's constantly taking us down new avenues.


released June 9, 2015

Written & Performed by Nicholas Kelley & Nicholas Papaleo
Bass on Safe To Surface performed by Bobby Lord
Recorded by Benjamin Balcolm & Nicholas Papaleo
Mixed by Nicholas Papaleo
Cover Art by Daniel Hojnacki



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Track Name: D Minor Threat
Apprehension, a tool i'll use to tease
Building tension, on multiple senses I'll seed
A catch & release with a snag by a snare, kick some sound through the air just to please

My intention, is to entertain
With inflection, coupled with physical strain
With hopes I’ll convey, in an effort to excuse ourselves as we get carried away

Liberation, a feat so few will reach
Toe the fine line, ‘cause ya don't need a parish to preach
A signal received, no choice but to comply when my feeds amplified I am freed

In summation, my present company
Plays a huge part in, symbiosis of sound born of rerouted energies
From filtered display, my transmission relayed

Act on an impulse
Clearly a conduit
Glaringly simple
I'm merely a medium

Postulate as I radiate
Acclimate as our counterweight
Track Name: Stay Close Stay Quiet
I’ll start rotting soon
As being mortal can spoil the man
I’ve left all my loose ends
Tied them off with tired hands
Having seen such suffering
Nothing left to love or lose
Boys you better make arrangements
Raising flags won’t help contain this
Just rely on luck

Don’t look up
In these northwoods nights even the eyes corrupt
Wave after to wave of brothers wave goodbye

Dressed up to fight
With a sturdy frame dragging a simple mind
Outpour of pride
Stem cell this tide

Carbon Clones
Stem from a dull design
Dirty Drones
Off an assembly line
Track Name: Safe To Surface
Sound and sentiment
Dance under my breath
Save it hoping the wheels may maintain their spin
Say it hoping the wheels will maintain their spin

Steady now
Play it out

Voice don’t fail me now
Now that the heart has come around
Spoken the weight getting lost in the words you hear
Listen so the intention is crystal clear

Steady now
Play it out

Started slow
Cause I know the way down
Want you close
But at arms length I’m found
Id & ego
Deftly confound
Making fragments of intended sound

I can’t come clean
safe & sound hiding in melody
Track Name: So Brief
I'm falling backwards
I can see their eyes staring below
I watch someone whisper "oh no"
But they don't break a sound wave
In a world in a round grave
And I'll stay here where my head lies

Can't move my body
I came close but the signal was lost
My vocal chords are calling
But I can't make a sound wave
An echo of the old ways
And I'll stay here where my head lies

Feign on my face
shuffling through
celestial places
something askew obstructing my view

My eyes have lifted
sifting is through.
thoroughly processed back from the blue erased & renewed

In the wake of a sound wave
An echo of the old ways
And I'll stay here where my head lies
Track Name: D Minor Mission
Wail and we might wake the dead
Disrupt their final rest
Hope for the burned not the blessed
A tortured truth is best

Now that we've brought back the dead
Collective consciousness
Interrogate who we get
They're sure to know what's next

Who are you?
Cause I'd remember a song sung by so few
to pull us back

Right between the lies
So let light between the lies
The path the only the prize

How dare you direct my dissonance
Disrupting our hope to finally rest
Burning breath
Blackened lungs

Wail having woke up the dead
those cursed that never rest
now that we're done breaking bread
Hell knows who'll know what's next

Right between the lies
There's light between the lies
The path the only the prize
Track Name: Dry Run
Stay off the beaten path
So our soles can wear thin
Stay in tune with a touch
Every scent soaking in

From in front of the pack
A dry run for our kin
And we'll pass on this map
In impressions imprinted on skin

Wild & awake
Lengthen your stride.
Out in the open
Seems so innate
But when we arrive
Nothing is sacred

So start on the grass
And our teeth shed their skin
‘Cause a trail's just a track
Back to our origin

While I’m away
Lengthen your stride
Stay out in the open
Seems so innate
But as you arrive
The paradigm’s shifted
Track Name: Another Numbered Day
I started out on solid ground
still anxious
& digging in is hard to do
on pavement
But I need to root deep
In soil & the sun

I won't spend another numbered day in the dark
Where everything that's anything but fleeting is a farce
Days turn to years burning out like a light
A constant stream of conscious beings more scared to live than die

With shaky hands & growing needs
So restless
But shaking hands & showing teeth
Is painless

I know I need
a new strategy
So easy when I sing
I still haven’t tried

I won't spend another numbered day in the dark
Where everything that's anything but fleeting is a farce
Years turn and decades burn out like a light
A steady stream of conscious beings all dying to make their mark
Track Name: Foundations Shake
This stalemate just might make
This paradises foundations shake
In boots we thought we'd lace
So tight and safe
We will stomp forever around this place

This cascade just can't explain
A pheromone drones testosterone ways
When symmetry persuades our animal ways
We'll still dance together around this place

This tirade still doesn't change
The smell of sunshine burning right through our days
Confidence decays on legacy legs
We're still lost and running around this place

This last stage such a common place
Where bodies break down and our minds blow away
My synapses would sing we're still firing away
And here's to hoping that we float forever around this place