i saw the sea

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Dakota Sillyman A tape so full of warmth, I really can't recommend it enough. Has been on repeat since I received it. Favorite track: i saw the sea.
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a lot of songs have been written about the ocean and now my landlocked brain finally understands why. in those waves i saw beauty, chaos, nothing, infinity. it was overwhelming. we set off to make a nautical funeral of sorts or perhaps a celebration of all things eventually turning to sand.

a wabi-sabi beach album for the infinite ocean

"remember to do cool stuff and be kind to each other"



released November 1, 2017

a sharing of loss, of recovery, of overcoming, and becoming, 'i saw the sea' is a covenant with the orchestral nature of being. one of interdependence despite isolation, of growing with loss in the infinite experience of what is, of self-determined transformation.

mutual benefit is the sound project of jordan lee. andrew morehart is all over this album, katie pierce contributed violin, and bradley will mixed + mastered. album art by betty blue. cassette layout by noah klein. released by kassette klub in 2011 and rereleased by never content in 2017.

video for stargazer by nathaniel whitcomb: vimeo.com/16835155




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Track Name: animal death mask
you were going to die, you were cycling
call the ambulance and be born again
you were going to die, said you couldn't feel
the needle in your skin, you are born again

you were going to die, you said you lost your way
take off the mask and then you will be born again
Track Name: stargazer
you know the name, it's all the same
in the starlight and the moonlight
you squint to see, the sky can't convene
with the streetlight, with the skyline
there is no pain, it's all the same
in the starlight and the moonlight
in the starlight and the moonlight
Track Name: dust
we don't have a home anymore
spending long nights
on a cold floor
but the sun it shines
just for us

we are made of dust
that sparkle in the light
we are animals
who learned to walk upright
the sidewalk stretches
just for us

you don't need to speak
your pain it shows
let go of everything
until you know
the world was made
just for us
Track Name: birdwatcher
i think i found a hobby watching birds around me
songs they sing give me peace
plumes of different colors to attract a lover
they have a baby then they leave
baby thinks it knows it all living in a tree so tall
now it wants to learn to fly
baby's headed to the ground and he takes a look around
things are bigger than before
then he falls into the leaves sees the worms he used to eat
he doesn't want them anymore
Track Name: i saw the sea
i was moving for no reason
with eyes too small to see love at all
and i heard you calling softly through the salty air
there was nothing there
i saw the sea

the waves keep rolling never ceasing
though they crash and break i will just take its space
still you had to remind me it's hard to bear
but there's nothing there
i saw the sea

enamored beggar, i am useless
living from the scraps that you let me have
but i'd rather be a peasant than a man that clings
onto useless things
i am free

i was watching the sun setting
it took its leave to the endless sea
still you had to remind me
a thing of beauty must always turn to dust
i am free

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