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All Too Seriously

from Soft Verges by Michael Bassett

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    We proudly present Soft Verges in a signed-and-numbered limited vinyl edition! Much of Soft Verges was tracked live at Chicago's legendary Electrical Audio; then lush-sounding 180-gram vinyl was cut directly from the original tape for a completely analog listening experience. The whole thing is wrapped in a holographic foil-embossed jacket designed by Black Sea's Justin Lloyd. Only 300 copies of this edition exist; each one is hand-signed and numbered by Michael Bassett and Justin Lloyd and comes polybagged in crystal-clear archival mylar.

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all too seriously she says
leaping from a bed
stilling her hips
wiping her lips

and it’s not about the boys that came
and went
or what they say she meant

she can’t be serious

and she was taught that all that matters
are pretty things to leave in tatters
and so she goes from face to face
grinding out her state of grace

all too seriously she sighs
staring through your eyes
lost in the drink
close to the brink
too scared to think

but it’s not about the child that came
and went
she’s let that rest

she can’t be serious

she has learned some things
don’t matter
that what you hold can beat and batter
and there’s one thing that’s very sure
going numb’s the perfect cure

all too seriously she cries
once in a while
spinning around
all falling down
but i’m the clown

and it keeps coming due
all those black and blues

then she’s serious

and she has learned some things can’t matter
that everything is sure to shatter
that time will deepen every wound
and so it goes from womb to tomb

and everything is but a dream
and so it’s gently down the stream

don’t you love her madly?

and love will tear us apart


from Soft Verges, released August 1, 2008
Produced by Michael Bassett
Music and lyrics by Michael Bassett

Michael Bassett: voice, steel-string acoustic guitar

Engineered by Greg Norman at Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Acoustech, Los Angeles, CA


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Michael Bassett Bath, UK

With soaring vocals and powerful-yet-delicate guitarwork, Michael Bassett combines the raw catharsis of modern indie, the world-wise acoustic lilt of classic folk and the virtuosity of progressive rock on his Eschatone debut, puddleskinwaving, and his wonderful sophomore release, Soft Verges. ... more

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