Episode I

by Music On Hold

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Alex Ambuehl I can't stop listening to this. It's perfect. I want more. Favorite track: A Song To Mourn To.
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Music On Hold's debut compiles both the β and α tapes, which were two small runs of limited edition tapes given away to friends in April 2018.


released June 1, 2018

written & recorded at home by Music On Hold in April 2018


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Track Name: Line The Walls
I can tell
by the guitar sound
that it was recorded
prior to 89
name a track
and i'll guess the band
old french picture sleeves
is one quest that we share

take a breath
dig in depth
no one buys as much
as I accumulate
fill the room
line the walls
soon they'll reach the ceiling
I'll be a happy boy

discount bin
to the shelves
listening to a few
while gazing a the rest
memory loss
such in poor condition
I'm worth half what I was
Track Name: Home
thank you for the rhythm
thank you for the rhymes
now is the time to head back
to the place where I belong
different school of thought
other set of minds
makes me want to disappear
where I cannot be found

and I dream
of foreign lands
where the bootsteps hit the ground
in rhythm with the marching band
and I dream
of my hometown
where dilemmas are no-brainers
and paradox a crime

thank you for the food lord
thank you for the rice
came here for a free meal
just got out with the awards
ill at ease with free speech
dread the open land
I get struck with dry heaves
at the thought of wearing chaps
Track Name: Top Of The Bridge (93400-666)
killing the light
colors switching to black and white
walking avenues late at night
throwing stones at passing cars

it feels right
having as many drinks as we can
smoking cigarette butts in line
while we know none of this will last

I wish I could tell myself then
that one of those days
I'll cherish those times
if there was one wish I could have
I wish we had
time to go back in time

out in the night
colors switching to black and white
walking avenues under dime lights
throwing stones at passing cars

it feels right
having as many drinks as we can
smoking cigarette butts in line
while we know none of this will last
Track Name: Headless
one step forward
into horror
few of them
will get to live on
plans are made
from the start
to the slaughterhouse

and as they wake up they recall
there is just rust everything is old

brand new start
doesn't matter
cards have been rigged
quick submit
to the plan
no head of state
Track Name: Wow & Flutter
pull the plug
kill the switch
he is done with recording hits
his gift is gone
he spends his days
laying on his hospital bed

devoted his life to vintage synths
now calls the nurse to take a piss
what a drag

cut the cord
he will likely be
running out of AA batteries
to please his friends
he'll play the keys
out of inspiration
he'll use the pitch

he counts the days
his life such shit
he got a stoma bag
as a birthday gift
what a drag

unlike a tape reaching its end
a life does not rewind itself
as you die
Track Name: What About Us?
the last time
we were kids in class
you are now offering me hash
of course I said
so here I am waiting
in the gloom
of a staircase

a fiver
for a nickelbag
that's some strange conversion rate
wait here he says
he then runs away
as sirens howl around the block

and days go on and on
me I'm still waiting for
some sort of signal
kind of sign
so what about us ?
Track Name: A Song To Mourn To
we were not ready for it
it just came our way
withouth an ounce of suspense
we were told you were dead

no one was ready for it
i just it our heads
and now we're all together
mourning all the same

a hidden christian faith
a head shaved twice a year
red wine and zoot suits
plus a slight accent

following all your steps
we have been many places
the Paris central morgue
a church in south of France

how will I ever fiend a friend
who lives his life so well
and drums so fast ?
As I cry I set the drum-machine
on preset 27
so that I write you this song
Track Name: Back & Forth
mom pays for my flat dad is buying me briefs
I stock all my shit in little Joseph's room
if that's independance, well it feels quite good

king of my apartment, I still shower at yours
your water is so warm that i left my hair in the tub
your fridge is clean,imposant and full

and eventhough time does not go both ways
I am afraid that I must admit
I have been going back and forth, lately

leader of the pack I do as I please
picking cultural content that I'd want you to see
you've got to love star wars cause I live for it

outgrowing my bed I would rather sleep on the floor
than spend the whole day at a furniture store
I we share a shoe size I'll be borrowing yours

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