by Emily Jane Powers

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"Restless" was recorded and mixed by Erik Hall (March - July 2017) and mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago, IL. Music and lyrics written by Emily Jane Powers. Music performed by:

Emily Jane Powers: vocals, guitars, violin, mandolin, cello, drums (3, 6), percussion, synthesizer, pump organ, tape manipulation
Alec Jensen: bass, piano, organ
Jenn Romero: background vocals, flute
Eric Brummitt: guitar (2, 9), trumpet
Christopher Smith: drums
Karl Rzasa: bassoon

Cover photograph by Patrick Betzold


released March 23, 2018


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Emily Jane Powers is an indie pop musician from Chicago, IL.

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Track Name: It's Not Hard to Decide
Your elbow to my ribs, the terrifying heat
It’s all consuming me
And it’s happened twice before the blossoming of spring
It’s disappointing me

But it’s not hard to decide

Under the pressure the body it slows
An understood look, and your eyelid slips

But it’s not hard to decide

My ego’s caught a flame in thinking it’s unique
To see it underneath

But it’s not hard to decide
Track Name: Blood
Genes don’t resist, there’s no free will
To hold up a truth of your own
Crossing the line with consistence
To falsify patterns of love

Distance rots our collective thoughts

But I have to wake every morning
With some bit of fractured self-love
And I am not weak, sentimental is how he would describe it best

Distance rots our collective thoughts

And I’m not sure you’re sorry, but neither am I

Track Name: Who Pays
When do you give up?
When do you talk back?
When do the flames engulf a house of brick?

Who pays

And it’ll repeat
(Come again?)
And it’ll repeat
(Come again?)
Till it

Who pays

And they will bleed you dry
And colonize your mind
The deaf at heart won’t feel obliteration, fear

When will you give up?
Track Name: Leah
Leah come home to raise your baby
With love and respect, to love and resist
Track Name: Talk and Beg
I keep the line taut in all directions
I just want to love full, unbounded on our time

And you talk and beg

Let’s just get right to the point where I’m a disappointment
And is no woman untouched by the chorus of our expectations?

And you talk and beg

I know I’m not strong enough to be a mother
Track Name: Restless
Is this reference point too strong?
When I’m not feeling well I’m finding there’s nothing unique left to say
But the cold breeze against my back-

You always make me wait for you
The feeling of content alludes

I’m restless (push back)
And all I want to do is sleep (push back)

You always make me wait for you
The feeling of content alludes

And you fear that

I’m restless (honey, wait)
Track Name: Sullen Days
Your sullen days
Are my embrace

You kiss my neck
Inflamed, pious, lust, affection, misdirection, self-pity, self-worth, transferred desire, haze overflowing

If this gets any louder I won’t get out of bed
Track Name: Mourning Light
Hold my heart down

Pull the curtain wide
Quiet mourning light

Hold my fevered brow

Pull the curtain wide
Quiet mourning light
Lost in caustic time
Quiet mourning light
Track Name: My Cyclic Heart
I’ll be the castaway
And then, you’ll be my shore
Steady ground counts for even more
Your seething undertow exposed
I can’t ignore
Pulled in your gulf down, even more

And it’s a hard way to go down

You’ll be the castaway
And I, am my own shore
Even just a day I will implore
Wake up, cool down, again it is
My cyclic heart
Proving that it can hurt even more

And it’s a hard way to go down
Track Name: A Modern Ideal
My right side will sink into his whole incline
An unarticulated friendship’s hard to find
Am I sold to convolute the obvious?
A modern ideal? I don’t speak for both of us

Will you be here in harder times? Will you be true regardless?

Passing on the hearts and heals of hard-earned trust?
Or freedom from the will we’ve drawn to play our part?

And she asks me how one love, one love, one love

I will be here in harder times
I will be true regardless
I love you, with death do part
I love you, regardless

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