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touching lips to lips or is it called achieving lift it's getting late i'm supposed to get you home at 8 rocket launch at noon i sent my landlord to the moon and now i'm toast thinkin of the ones i love the most a midnight conversation with your friend at the party now these things take their time i trust you will speak kindly of me i hope you sell me well
Blushing 02:26
clenching fists and chocolate fish and firing questions from the hip and cheeks are bright like happiness so scratched into the outer plastic it says "girl you are fantastic" kisses don't even need chapstick i can love til my heart aches but why can't i share in what's sacred you found god in my self hatred we just look so laughable and tiny like we’re spiders climbing underneath the cupboards in between your clothes the oven’s on kids are calling out to ask about your day at work your husband says “today i sold my car for a space hopper!” sliced in half by automatic doors my guts are spilling on the floor my darling meet in parentheses can’t you tell that i am nothing more than commas hanging off your words buttons hanging off your shirt i’m flying in reverse i’m shimmering i’m kites i’m hummingbirds
Moses 01:51
straight grained apricot cut to make the beams good god, i can't quite break the seam breakfast, i dust and bake the beans if you wanna let me cross the sea cause they gonna catch right up to me i'm breaking rocks, you're breaking me if you wanna get married to me partners in deep anxiety i just wanna meet your family soon darling, i won't need your love and my short shirts won't need a tuck next time you call i won't pick up
fear takes over me when love takes my feet and pulls me beneath something big is coming my way been standing in the supermarket line all day the children cry and slammed fingers amass in doors but alas the hand stays attached boundless my heart breaks into bone tuna sandwiches stacked up on the bench and the stove needs some cleaning and i think we need a new vacuum cleaner boundless my heart beats uncontrolled opawa roads and the notes saved on my phone turn to stone it’s not as if any song can make the lounge window close it’s getting cold but the crack in my head lets out my soul in time to tell you that i am the deeper fall-into-sleeper
if i love me better and you love you better maybe we'll do better we can be better we can be better than this
Rosary 00:48
and if you think it feels like work i'm willing to put the work in and if you need a reminder i'm willing to remind you that i'm willing to put the work in
baby i've been breaking breaths my heart is a step to the door of regret comfort is not defeat i'm working all week my hands and my feet my tongue in my cheek watching season 3 of recess alone in a house made of stone power cut to my TV but in 1080p my reflection is sitting there just staring at me last year i was 23 when you spoke to me and my broken body in my broken sleep planet declares defeat the missile ascends we take a deep breath and we hold it to the end
i’m awake now but i can’t quite get up i had a pack of stale soft chips for lunch today took one between my finger and my thumb to see how much it could bend before it breaks i haven’t seen my mum since about last monday i’ve been isolating myself, then i saw Mousey play, she’s gonna be famous one day i’m awake now but i can’t quite get up you and i are children and we just need a place to call a home and people to call a family you and i are children and we just need a slightly warmer house and blankets that can reach our feet you and i are children and we just need the strength to make a meal something healthier to eat you and i are children and we just want a job pays us well and friendships that we wanna keep i’m awake now but i can’t quite get up


Bandcamp’s Album of the Day: daily.bandcamp.com/album-of-the-day/pickle-darling-cosmonaut-review

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Lukas Mayo aka Pickle Darling, returns with the first offerings since their debut album, Bigness, was released in 2019 to applause from international indie tastemakers including Bandcamp’s Album of the Day and Goldflakepaint extolling it as “inspired little flashes of magic.”

The upcoming album Cosmonaut finds them leaving not only the bedroom but… the atmosphere. While earlier releases pulled from the world of mumblecore films, Cosmonaut pulls from science fiction and space travel, as seen in the album’s artwork (a tribute to the art of classic science fiction books such a Dune and The Rings of Saturn), the song titles (‘Achieve Lift!’), and the live band’s outfits (the band wears boiler suits looking almost like a training space crew).

2020 set Pickle Darling on a touring trajectory with indie-pop dream boats, The Beths, and 2021 will have them releasing Cosmonaut with a full 12-date New Zealand tour, to be announced...


released May 21, 2021

all songs written/produced by lukas mayo
christiane shortal sings on the chorus of achieve lift
alayne dick has a poem on gently crashes
marcus burton sings harmonies on blushing
mixed by matthew gunn
mastered by alan douches at west west side music
art by heather marigold
limited edition poster/illustration by christiane shortal
design by thomas barrer
thank you current/past bandmates: marcus burton, isaac bennet, nico morrison west, cameron finlay, and sarena close <3

thank you thank you THANK YOU

ZT177 ~ Z Tapes Records ~ 2021


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Pickle Darling Christchurch, New Zealand

photo by nick robinson

Father/Daughter Records

NZ press: lisa@thelabel.co.nz
US press: andi@terrorbird.com
UK press: liv@onebeatpr.com


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