Mountains and Other Faraway Things

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Mountains and Other Faraway Things - Many Voices
The album cover is a shattered mirror. A mirror which still sits on the passenger side of songwriter, Elliot Liebman’s car. “I’ll get it fixed when we release the second album,” he chuckles. It’s a reminder. That looking back is futile. That the old world is gone. Mountains and Other Faraway Things watches that mirror shatter.
This album chronicles the struggle of a young man as he emerges from his suburban cocoon into an unexpectedly indifferent world. It is the story of many young people from this generation, but also the timeless question: How do we find ourselves in a world that doesn’t seem to care who we are? Many Voices takes us on a psychological journey: from the brash optimism of “Hammer” through the crippling indecision of “Nevermind” and into the deep confusion that finally forces the mirror to break.
This change happens as “Dawn” gives way to “Many Voices.” The listener arrives in a frozen purgatory, his only consolation, the rising sun, which is sure to melt the very ground on which he stands. And then it arrives with a dissonant crash, and the haunting vocal, “morning... early morning”
Mountains are perpetually distant, but when you start the climb, the perspective begins to change. Such is the message of ‘Any Other Man,’ the album’s anthemic climax. This song is a celebration of universal struggle, whose gang-vocal shout chorus breaks the isolation felt in the rest of the album. In searching for yourself it’s easy to lose sight of the people around you, but hey, “Any other man could feel the same.”
Looking closely at the back cover, you’ll notice the same mirror as the front, with one key difference. The focus has shifted, bringing the sunset into view, the cracks, barely visible in the glass. “When your worldview is breaking, you have no choice but to change your perspective” Liebman says. With this debut album, Mountains and Other Faraway Things, Many Voices takes you through the darkest places you know, and brings you into the light on the other side.

With lyrics, “Simple but compelling”, and a sonic palette “shifting from large and symphonic to a limited vocabulary of singer and guitar... [Many Voices] impresses with all that can be said in this... language”
-Ear To The Ground Music

Mountains and Other Faraway Things is the first release from St. Louis based, singer songwriter, Many Voices.

credits

released June 28, 2014

Elliot Liebman - Vocals, Guitar
Isabel Crespo - Vocals
Jordan Coffing - Vocals
Robert Trusko - Bass, Vocals
Anthony Corsaro - Drumset, Percussion

All compositions by Elliot Liebman
Produced by Elliot Liebman with
Chaz Underriner (3) and Robert Trusko (7)
Special thanks to recording engineers,
Cam Covello (Barberpole Audiovisual)
Juan Chaves
Robert Trusko
Mixed by Chaz Underriner
Mastered by Greg Dixon

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Many Voices Austin, Texas

Timeworn troubador, naive child. I hold the Hammer. Many Voices sings the folk songs of suburban youth. With simple, penetrating lyrics, and powerful, nuanced guitar work, Many Voices explores that tension between the dreams we have, and the indifferent world from which we carve them. ... more

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Track Name: I Rode On
When I found this road
I didn't know how long
But the wind was at my back,
So I rode on

And when the night began to fall
I never saw the dawn
But the wind was at my back
So I rode on

I know the town that I call home
Won't be the same for long
But the wind is at my back
So I'll ride on

Bridge:
When it blew in from the north and brought the cold bite of winter
I rode on
And when she wouldn't have me near though I tried and tried to win her
I rode on

I know the road is dark
And the night is long
But the wind is at my back
So I'll ride on
Track Name: Hammer
Chorus:
This world is made of stone
And I hold the hammer
This world is made of stone,
And I hold the hammer

I am not a master of this form
Nor a ruler of the land
But I have had the fortune to be born
With a hammer in my hand

Chorus

These woods are lovely dark and deep but I have promises to keep my friend
As long as I keep two in line my step will ne'er be out of time and this road will never end

Chorus

I am not a master of this form
Nor a ruler of the land
But I have had the fortune to be born
With a hammer in my hand
And this path I carve of living wood
And it grows with me

Chorus 2x
Track Name: Nevermind
There's a song I have to write
I know it has to be tonight
This is gonna be the one I swear

There's a word I have to say
My lips were working yesterday
This is gonna be the one I swear

Oooooh

There's a girl I have to meet
Behind the counter down the street
My coffee is black, but her smile is so sweet
This is gonna be the one I swear

Nevermind...

Say the words and I'll repeat
And hope that yours is right for me
This is gonna be the one I swear

Nevermind...
Track Name: Dawn
Aint no golden road before me
Aint no wind that's at my back
Aint no pretty girl beside me
Sky's a painted black

And the ice beneath my feet is almost thick enough to stand
But I'd be dreaming if I called it land

Aint no golden road before me
Aint no burdens at my back
Aint no pretty girl beside me
Sky's a moanin' black

And the ice beneath my feet is almost thick enough to stand
But I'll be sinking

Cause that good sun's a risin' it'll be here soon
I know it by that sliver near the dark side of the moon and I
Only hope there's time enough to finish out the tune that I'll be singing
Won't you come on soon

Aint no golden road before me
Aint no wind that's at my back
Aint no pretty girl beside me
Sky's a painted black

And the ice beneath my feet is almost thick enough to stand
But I'll be sinking,

Cause that good sun's a risin' I can feel it come
I feel it in the shiver in the ground I'm standing on and I
Only hope there's time enough as I look out upon the darkness leaving
To know the dawn
Track Name: Many Voices
Morning
Early Morning
And the many voices whisper in my ear
Tell me things that I wanna hear
In the Morning

Daydreams
Sipping Daydreams
And the tired thoughts that follow me to bed
Speaking to me softly in my head
In the Morning

ooooh

Simple
Oh it's Simple
Just like breathing in and breathing out are one
Every creature needs the sun
In the Morning

Morning
Early Morning

How many times will I lay down tonight
Before I am ready for bed?
How many times will I turn out the light,
Till the lights have all gone in my head?

ooooh
Track Name: Any Other Man
There's a lot of voices telling you no
And you're tryna find a place you can go
But you're the man!
And any other man just wouldn't know

And the mighty might look like they're strong
But they can't hold their poses for long
Cause you're the man!
And any other man would do it wrong

And the mountains might look like they're tall
But you know you're not seeing it all
Cause you're the man!
And any other man is bound to fall

And the demons may gather around,
But you'll tell them you're standing your ground
Cause you're the man!
And any other man deserves his crown

Any other man could feel the same
Any other man could feel like he was playing someone else's game
Or like his hand was made stronger than his chains

And the sun will go down every day
But your mothers and fathers will stay
Cause you're the man!
And any other man can say the same.

Lad'n da daht dee daht'n da
Lad'n da daht dee daht'n da

HEY!

Lad'n da daht dee daht'n da
Lad'n da daht dee daht'n da

HEY!

Any other man could feel the same
Any other man could feel like he was playing someone else's game
Or like his hand was made stronger than his chains

And the sun will go down every day
But your mothers and fathers will stay
Cause you're the man!
And any other man can say the same.