Parallax

by The Brothers Landau

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Recorded at Beer City Studios by Mike Wendland and Thomas Smith
Mixed and Mastered by Adam Berg at Manifest Music Studios

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released July 2, 2010

The Brothers Landau are:
Daniel Landau - Vocals, guitar, clarinet
David Landau - Cello, Vocals

All Songs written, produced, and played by the Brothers Landau, except instrumentals by:

Mike Wendland - banjo on Track 1, percussion on track 6
Tim Lee - Drums and Percussion on tracks 3, 5, 7, & 11
Allison Webb - vocals on track 5
Paul Curtis: contrabassoon on tracks 5 & 9
Tom Smith: Percussion on track 5

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TheBrothersLandau Los Angeles, California

The Brothers consistently utilize dynamics, counterpoint, and catchy melodies to entertain, enthuse, and infuse audiences with an optimistic and soothingly familiar energy, much like being with good friends after a lousy week. Using their cello, guitar, and voices to create new and interesting arrangements and compositions, the Brothers bring everything into one unique sonic experience. ... more

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Track Name: Intercontinental
You are somewhere on the coast waiting for a ride
Watching the glittering waters just to pass the time
Where did you draw those lines
Am I so far behind?

I'm fighting against the madness but it seems no use
And I could use and earthquake how about you?
Where did you draw those lines?
Am I so far behind?

There's an ocean in between us
far too wide
And when we split off we sure left some good things behind
Just when you never, never think we'll be together again
This long distance thing might just come
Come crashing to an end

Where did you draw those lines?
Am I so far behind?
Track Name: The Price
What do you know
It comes and goes
Like oh so many days
Nothing to do nothing to say nothing to get in the way
Now that there's time you let it slide
as it slowly floats along.
Passing on by, passing you by
'til troubles on the shelf

And I didn't have a clue 
what you were prepared to do
I saw it coming not at all 
And the faithful price we pay 
for the easy way
Is letting go
is letting go
of everything

It levels out and you can see now no words are in between
Everything seems oh so serene
Lost face is what it means 
let's make a deal 
one that's not real
So it's easier to break
Only a thought 
only in a dream
So it's easier to take

And I didn't have a clue 
what you were prepared to do
I saw it coming not at all
And the faithful price we pay 
for the easy way
Is letting go
is letting go
of everything
Track Name: Get Offa That Horse
Get offa that horse
You know I like walking better anyhow
so don't get all quiet on me now
I know all of your tricks
but they work on me every time
So just stay in line and we'll be just fine

Well you know I'm not as good as I'd like to be
At saying what I mean
But that don't mean that you have got to take every
advantage that you see

Get off the machine
You know it simply cannot be good for you
Even though it's got everything you want in one shiny package
It's no mystery
what you have and what do you think you deserve
But just because you don't have what you want don't mean you can't go and get it

When you know, then you know that you know what you know
And knowing is half the battle
But if you knowing is only half of the battle
what is the other half of the battle?

That's not very nice
Giving me those tests without even telling me
But just because that's how it is don't mean that that's the way it should be
Stop playing those games
They're only wearing us far too thin
But when those sticks are breaking bones you'll be the one to blame

Well you know I'm not as good as I'd like to be
At saying what I mean
But that don't mean that you've got to take every
advantage that you see
Track Name: Penny Parade
She's wearing all the clothes
Her mother showed her how to
She's kicking and screaming all around
About what's good and what is proper
She's throwing things around
And all that really matters
Complex of inferiority
Let's you know just when you're wrong

'cause it's always an emergency
And there's only one left
Have you no sense of urgency?
Act now or you'll regret

Her heart is beating
But her eyes are cold
And she knows just why to sympathize
But the feeling's far too old

'cause it's gone and dead
Just a tool
Just a method
Just a means to an end
'cause it's underground
You can't hear a sound
So dig deeper you might find some gold

'cause it's always an emergency
And there's only one left
Have you no sense of urgency?
Act now or you'll regret
Track Name: What Does It Take?
I won't be coming back again
I've had quite enough of this is slow and metered march to death
Ask me all you want to know
And I will do my best to play this game of tell and show

But what does it take?
Cannot we find another way around?
Do you have to play all these games
before you come and join me on the ground?

Faster
you're going far too slow
for the length we've yet to travel
you don't even know

Progress
moving on to better times
all the while we're moving further towards forgetting
where we started from

But what does it take?
Cannot we find another way around?
Do you have to play all these games
before you come and join me on the ground?

If you're waiting
If you're waiting
waiting around
for all the facts
just to make the score
you'll be waiting a long time.

But what does it take?
Cannot we find another way around?
Do you have to break my heart into so many pieces
on the ground?
Track Name: You Just May
Tearing down the walls of debris
saying nothing about how they came to be
with words amounting for just enough to pretend
all these lines being drawn in the sand
and the words that are said aren't meant to hurt
only too prolong
all the feelings they remain and go on and on and on

But here's a little something I should say:
Don't let yourself let words get in the way
It's when you take it to the heart
that doing things you should not start
you just may

So take your time and I will take mine
and we'll meet in the middle
and wait for the rest of our lives
for something we could have had if we'd only tried

But here's a little something I should say:
Don't let yourself let words get in the way
It's when you take it to the heart
that saying things that you should not
you just may
Track Name: All We Know
There are so many things in your way
but my darling you have got to try
it won't get easier but that's how
that's how you know you're alive

Oh the urge
The urge to go
well it only goes to show
All we know all we know
With the wind with the wind it blows

I had a thought of things to come
And things as they are now
But I got lost and I got caught
And now I don't know the why or how
Don't get caught up
don't get pulled down
If you reach the water you might drown
You'll understand
you'll understand in time
There'll always be a bigger hill to climb

And if you go you must go now
Leave behind what you think you are without
And when you find what you are looking for
You know you'll know

(Double contrapuntal chorus reprise)
Track Name: Forward
If it's all the same to you
I think I'll try
before it falls apart

I'm moving forward
but looking back

And everything we've done together
Is slowly crumbling
into tiny little pieces

I'm moving forward
but looking back

I don't look to the future
I only glance at the past
Trying trying trying
To make these moments last
Their own way

I'm losing slowly
and falling fast
The waters running
and it can't last
Track Name: Watch What You Say
What did I say? What did you hear?
Is it so hard to imagine
you only look for what you fear?
You have only to ask
It is really that easy
Stop waiting around for your silver fucking platter

Come on and reach out
Reach out to me

Watch what you say
everyone is listening
with judging eyes and watchful ears
Give it away
That's what you say
But is it really what you think
Or are you trying to believe it?

'cause it's never as bad
As you think it is
And I must insist
we don't fill our heads with all of this
cause it would drive us away.
Drive us away.
Track Name: Safety First
Safety first
You know you've gotta play the politician
All we do
struggle hard in search of recognition
All you see
opportunity to crush the competition
But don't you see
you're only running to catch up with yourself

In the end
In the end
In the end it's only what you make it
Out to be
Out to be

Don't you understand
that you hold in your hand you have got the power
to make demands
just as long as you see it's not who is the louder
If you find yourself
painting pictures of your life and using the white out
Throw it to the ground
it's all part of that beautiful thing that you are now

In the end
In the end
It's only what you make it
out to be
Out to be

Safety first
You know you've gotta play the politician
Track Name: Start Dancing
Another workday has come to an end
And I've got nothing to show for it except for
Another dollar in my pocket
And what a shame it's all the same as the day before

But when we throw you into the fire
Start dancing
When we throw you into the fire
Start losing control

Stop stop stop stop right where you are
You know the world is at your door and if you give him a little he'll want a lot more
And here's the thing: you are probably looking for the safest course of action

But when we throw you into the fire
Start dancing
When we throw you into the fire
Start losing control

Run run run run as fast as you can
You know damn well that if you stand right where you are
You will be moved
from place to place
you'll leave no trace
of who you are or where you're from or what you'll become

But when we throw you into the fire
Start dancing
When we throw you into the fire
Start losing control