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Practice Magic And Seek Professional Help When Necessary

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OUT May 10th, 2019

In July 2016, Alex Toth was recovering from a broken foot and a broken heart, stuck in his fourth-floor apartment in Brooklyn with cast and crutches. This is where Tōth’s “achingly beautiful” debut album, Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary, was born.

A few months earlier, Alex and his Rubblebucket cofounder and love of more than eleven years had “consciously uncoupled,” after a period of helping each other through devastating challenges. Alex was lightning-struck by sadness. “Almost convalescent” at times, in his words, though rarely still. A jazz trumpeter by training, Alex is always, always writing. And that spring, a new kind of music started to come—raw, stripped-down songs unfurling without agenda, bent over an acoustic guitar. It never occurred to Alex that he was making an album.

The idea sprouted in songwriting sessions with his friend Kimbra, when she heard this new sound and encouraged Alex to make a record. But it didn’t solidify until June 2016, when Alex was onstage with his punk project, Alexander F, and broke his foot. Stuck there in his apartment all summer, Tōth came to life.

Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary, due May 2019 from Northern Spy Records (worldwide) and Figureight Records (UK/Europe), is a self-help guide unlike any other—a breakup album before wholeness, but after anger. The album turns as it goes, through “lush, windswept sonics” (Gorilla Vs. Bear), bebop trumpet solos, and spare guitar, recalling the Beach Boys in one bar and Arthur Russell in the next. It’s an album for remembering and letting go—and discovering what magic remains.

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Tōth is a new project of Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist songwriter Alex Toth, known for collaborating and writing with Kimbra, Alexander F, Rubblebucket, Cuddle Magic and others. As Tōth, he presents his most vulnerable songs and performances yet, often sung in a style reminiscent of Arthur Russell, while also adding trumpet and guitar. ... more

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Track Name: Down For The Count
yeah ee yeah eh eh yeah ee yeah eh eh
yeah ee yeah eh eh eh eh

yeah i know you’ve got to go
but i was looking forward to waking up with you over and over
tell me please how could it be
i was looking forward to the way you made me stop and breath

i’m down for the count i go another round
and it sure don’t look pretty
you had me in the corner with my hands out
and it sure was not pretty
this is annihilation this is annihilation
i’m down for the count but i’ll be getting up soon enough

cut me free free from everything
i’ll be the stillness in the wind
i’ll be the moon when its not lit

i’m down for the count i go another round
and it sure don’t look pretty
you had me in the corner with my hands out
and it sure was not pretty
i’m down for the count i go another round
and it sure don’t look pretty
this is annihilation this is annihilation
this is annihilation it could be a liberation
i’m down for the count but i’ll be getting up soon enough

yeah ee yeah eh eh yeah ee yeah eh eh
yeah ee yeah eh eh eh eh
Track Name: Song To Make You Fall In Love With Me
i just wanna write a song that’ll make you fall in love with me
don’t tell me there’s something wrong with wanting everything
i just wanna write a song that’ll make you fall in love with me

hey don’t be frightened of lightning
soon we’ll be out in the morning breeze

drifting through florescent hues as my heart beats way ahead of me
normally i’m really cool but you’re haunting all my dreams

up down so it goes on the trampoline
up down here we go you’re a mystery to me

i just wanna write a song that’ll make you fall in love with me
come into my grandpa’s yard and lay beneath the trees

mm mm mmm mm mmmmmmmmmmmm

i just wanna write a song that’ll make you fall in love with me
don’t tell me there’s something wrong with wanting everything
i just wanna write a song that’ll make you fall in love with me
come into my grandpa’s yard and feel the jersey breeze
breeze
Track Name: No Reason
i wanna be happy for no reason
like the sun rising exactly
in every season

i wanna be free,
i wanna believe
that all of my dreams
keep waking up
and i wanna love
i wanna be touched
but softly at first

i wanna be happy for no reason
like the sun rising exactly
In every season

you’ve been here before
you opened the door
you walked straight on through
there’s nothing to do
and nothing is wrong
If nothing is right
we’re happy now and
yes we practice magic

[instrumental]

i wanna be free,
i wanna believe
that all of my dreams
keep waking up
and i wanna love
i wanna be touched
but softly at first

[instrumental]

you’ve been here before
you opened the door
you walked straight on through
there’s nothing to do
and nothing is wrong
If nothing is right
we’re happy now and
yes we practice magic
Track Name: Copilot
i don’t not want to let you go
i let you go i let you go
i guess there wasn’t any other way

i thought you were my copilot
how will i ever run this ship
without you by my side to navigate?

[whistle pre]

CHORUS:
thought you were my copilot na na na
my copilot na na na na na
now i know that you were just taking me for a ride
and that’s alright it was a beautiful ride

my loneliness is on your dime
painted lady of my life
drifting through the Appalachian plains

admit it you’re a butterfly
you always knew you’d leave my side
you were just waiting for your wings to change

[chorus]
BRIDGE:
a memory of sunlight in a Massachusetts square
as i watch the idea of our child vanish in the air
guess i was pretty clueless as you covered me with sand
was this always your plan?

[chorus]

just admit it you’re a butterfly
yeah just admit you’re a butterfly
you were just waiting for your wings to dry
yeah you were just waiting for your wings to dry
Track Name: Picture of You
the second you have it you lose it
you wanna forget it
i said you’re a friend of mine

you wanna forget it but you never let it
let it let it let it let it ride

it’s all automatic it’s all automatic
percentage organic mechanical
way we’re designed

the harder i try the harder the harder i try
the more that i wanna die

the picture of you in my head won’t go away
this is the end the end of me but
my body just stays

now that you’re gone the pictures keep coming
the pictures keep coming to show what i lack

the way that you walk the way that you talk the way that you look
i can’t have you back

the harder i try the harder the harder i try
the more that i wanna die

it’s all automatic it’s all automatic
what a shitty design

the picture of you in my head won’t go away
i try to let go while holding on it’s a difficult game
the picture of you in my head won’t go away
this is the end the end of me but
my body just stays
my body just stays
my body just stays
Track Name: Funny Business
how could it be that beauty makes me feel so bad?
you passed me by with a smiling face and it was as if my whole life never happened
and so i stroll the neighborhood with time to lose
i couldn’t let you disappear for a thousand years the stories that you hear here

but i won’t get ahead of myself
no not this time

we can take it slow and right
no funny business
i’ll need time to adjust those eyes
they’re very bright and i used to be a vampire
ooh ooh

and in a world of lovely pain and tragic veins
the drunken guru spoke your name and by a power great you came my way
but i won’t get ahead of myself no not this time

we can take it slow and right
no funny business
i’ll need time to adjust those eyes
they’re very bright and i used to be a vampire
stay right where you are so cool
no funny business
i’d like to be with you until
it feels like night is turning into daylight
ooh ooh ooh ooh
Track Name: When I Awoke
when i awoke i saw you through my glassy orbs
you looked like a shadow of the day before
your face contained a hungry wind and chance of rain
overnight a change in travel plans you’re on your way

when i awoke
when i awoke
when i awoke
when i awoke

you step into my stream about a thousand times a day
an empty measurement of empty weight
you threw a friendly chair across a friendly room
then you made me breakfast in the afternoon

when i awoke
when i awoke
when i awoke
when i awoke

fall down and get up i like this joke
in comes the sunlight and the ceiling broke
up up and up up away we go
higher higher

i never thought I’d say this but i don’t need you
every time i wake up i’m just looking through
cuz all the wars are waged inside of both of us
and even through these changes you i’ll always love

when i awoke
when i awoke
when i awoke
open Up your eyes
open up your eyes
open up your eyes
open up your eyes
open up your eyes
(when i awoke)

a dream i didn’t know i had has come true
i don’t think it’s good or bad just something to do
it’s more or less hilarious it’s more or less blue
it’s probably good for both of us and good for you
when I....
Track Name: Guts to Fly
i don’t pretend to be afraid of magic
i call my shaman all the time
even with the sadness on my lashes
summer’s always on my mind

i dig a deeper hole in the forest
a place to plant a healing rose
i whisper to your face and your fashion
this is what i feared the most
i remember when we were close
waiting for the dust to float
waiting for the dust to float
waiting for the dust to float

didda shoulda woulda coulda never again everything different
i wanna thoughta hadda been a better friend a better friend
didda shoulda woulda coulda never again everything different
oooh oooh oooh
do you remember we made love on a sand dune
in the puerto rico overcast?
i’d often speak to you through the moon
and i guess i’ll have to go back to that

i was flying with a dragon in a daydream
i liked the way her scales wind
the flame of my new friend
flickers nicely as it heats my inner apple pie
i’m glad we had the guts to fly
i’m glad we had the guts to fly
i’m glad we had the guts to fly

didda shoulda woulda coulda never again everything different
i wanna thoughta hadda been a better friend a better friend
i wanna thoughta hadda been a better friend a better friend
oooh oooh oooh

lala lala lala lala la laaaallalala

i’m glad we had the guts to fly
i’m glad we had the guts to fly
i’m glad we had the guts to fly

ooh ooh ooh
ooh ooh ooh
didda shoulda woulda coulda never again everything different
Track Name: Sentientiment
well you’re a case of cold as ice
and i disagree with joni mitchell
you’re holding on infinite tight
let’s just talk about it uh huh

well in the song you told it real unfair
as the sunlight pushes squinting my eyes
and the kind of things that fill the air
let’s just talk about em yeah

you’re so sentimental and i’m just mental
i wish that i could be your friend
but you don’t believe me you don’t believe me you dont believe me
you don’t believe me you don’t believe me you dont believe me
no you never believe me you never believe me you never believe me

well all is fair in love and war
and that’s all there is so we deserve this
all the times that you would cry on the floor
let’s just talk about em uh huh

you’re so sentimental and i’m just mental
i wish that i could be your friend
but you don’t believe me you don’t believe me you dont believe me
you don’t believe me you don’t believe me you dont believe me
no you never believe me you never believe me you never believe me
no you don’t believe me

i hold you in my hand i told you i’m your human
i hold you in my hand i told you i’m your human
ba ba ba ba ba ba ba
Track Name: Blessing Song
i really want you to be happy
i really want you to be safe
i really want you to be healthy
and i’d like it if you were free from pain

so this song is a blessing song
ya this song is a blessing song
and its really hard to write cuz i’m still sad that you’re gone
don’t know about right or wrong
i don’t know about right or wrong
but i hope you’re alright and i’m sorry about the fights that we’ve lost
yeah i’m sorry about the fights that we’ve lost

i really want you to do what’s best for you
and i hate to think about you in shame
i hate to think about you feeling guilty
and i prefer for you to not be enraged

so this song is a blessing song
ya this song is a blessing song
and its really hard to write cuz i’m still sad that you’re gone
don’t know about right or wrong
i don’t know about right or wrong
but i hope you’re alright and i’m sorry about the fights that we’ve lost
yeah i’m sorry about the fights that we’ve lost
but i’m glad about the fights that we’ve won
won one won one
Track Name: Decay
i’m lying so still oh lord
i don’t wanna be here no more
but i’ll get back to you before our bodies fully

decay decay decay
decay
decay decay decay
decay decay

take me to the fields of mars
more weightless for heavy hearts
i’ll float there with you before our bodies fully

decay decay decay
decay
decay decay decay
decay decay

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