Wind City Airport

by Nature's Neighbor

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Sunday afternoon,
I am melancholy but not sad.
my company has been closed for three months, i know it will be hard to start again.
something positive, however, in this bad period there is.
My family and the music from my huge vinyl collection.
I discovered in this period a fabulous record that perfectly represents my state of mind
For me, "wind city airoport" is already a record of the year Favorite track: Those Wedding Bells.
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1.
seeing my love wield such a heavy club and i'm alive again, high again i'm counting the minutes til we all are finished with our lives again, by my friend i'm high again high again.. seeing my dreams working heavy machines and it's not right again to be high again i'm taking my cues from places i've been to and its alright again, hi again i'm high again high again..
2.
By the Lake 02:42
back home in the West i had tried my best keeping it together a little better than before we moved on from there with a sudden stare i barely even remember the pain and even if those dreams were real they'd drift away in a minute and even if my life was forfeit i'd forget sitting by the lake this must be the place remember when you wrapped your arms and legs around my waist? you cried through your sweater but now you're doing better you barely even remember my name and even if those dreams were real they'd drift away in a minute and even if it all was for not you forgot
3.
well i was walking by the turbines by the time i made the sunrise it was setting in another part of town and then i missed out it aint easy teasing me with the question of how we all got here.. and all my dreams were disconnected every frame completely separate when i try to tell you now i know it makes no sense no it aint easy seizing these little chances when everything seems clear January, hello again you seem just like my distant friends i saw you last year one time so cold another sign i'm getting old and all my friends were sitting talking all their phones were all turned off all telling stories 'bout the old days when our eyes were beaming gold rays it aint easy pleasing me with the idea that we're now spread so thin but then i woke up in a train yard with the windows glowing yellow on the cold wet dirty pavement my knees and hands were shaking cause it aint easy being these other people that we see out on the street January right behind me it seems just like my past lives dreams i see them still, on silver screens the greatest films i've ever seen dream on your own time thats fine
4.
nothing's wrong somethings right under the surface walking out on the night just like i'm lurking feel the love, feel the light i guess it's working tell me whats on your mind if you've been hurting tell me whats going on what you been thinking? do you feel that your heart is slowly sinking? cast a line out to sea then sink those hooks in you were smiling at me i caught you looking at my reflection just a bit of introspection for that classic passive passenger in me doing laps 'round the moon to pass the night by everyone that you love gone waving bye-bye things you cannot control man it's not worth it letting them spill your blood there's just no purpose for this to linger just a second more between us there's an obstacle impossible for me
5.
all on board (we got a story going somewhere..) we don't give a damn (cause thats's just how we do it here) what would you say? yeah, what would i say? glance to the left and then to the right before you make up your mind would it really be so bad? would it really be so bad? i've got a pocket of gold and more where it came from but nobody to share it with i've got a pocket of gold but nobody's around or down ohh..
6.
the darkest mind the greyest sky i've ever seen no sun today not much to say about anything the gravel scrapes the raindrops taste like memories my bones they creak the floorboards squeak out melodies this golden age of dreaming is almost done and i've known it all along it was on the wall.. the sound of wind meandering through cracks in glass the windows cry for someone's eyes to cast a glance this golden age of dreaming is almost done and i've known it all along those secret songs they'll all be forgot they'll all be forgot but since i talked to you you showed me theres another view and i realize its not my time i hide a knife behind these eyes..
7.
it's alright if you can't take time time moves steady, it'll be there tomorrow time is a shapeshifter in my mind i've taken more than I should borrow right now running my fingers through your long black hair time is a ghost in moments when you are around but i know it'll come right back ignoring it is the only way to kill it but then it rears its head it was only hiding it isn't dead its never dying washed up to shore like the long lost tide the wind carries me like a babe to your doorstep thank the great sprit in the sky that i didn't take time to ask where i was going and then you show your face you were only hiding i missed this taste you were so inviting you need some space to find some light inside a place where time is dying
8.
little words spoken quietly never stand test of time little things you do silently resting easy on my mind.. little boy, you think you're a man well, have you carried the weight? of the one who loves you everyday through the darkness and the rain she believed that you.. said you always stay if you never meant it then why did you say? little boy, learn from your father now bring home bread, learn from mistakes little child, look at your mother now see the light gone from her face she believed that you.. said you always stay if you never meant it then why did you say?
9.
Terminal # 2 04:26
10.
Others 03:01
some have come from distant places forced away from their homeland looking for a brighter future asked for nothing but a new home some have lived a life a torment cast aside form those the loved felt no shelter, no sign of comfort left to wander this Earth alone some have felt the sunlight shining all their life been free from pain but they feel their grand ship sinking round the corner they know what waits some have done great wrong to others so unable to give love lost and angry they go on screaming til their time on earth is up all these others they are my brothers no matter where on earth they're from they deserve seats at the table we're a family and we are one

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released January 29, 2020

"Nature’s Neighbor has a knack for evoking emotion. The musical project of Chicago multi-instrumentalist Mike Walker, does not shy away from much; both lyrically and musically. Nature’s Neighbor is more than just someone making music, it’s a friend— offering a lend shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen."

- Phluff

"Wind City Airport is one of the most straightforward and uninhibited releases of [Walker's] career, employing shuffling Americana and plaintive arrangements of guitar and piano to evoke the driftless feeling of being trapped at the airport."

- The Alternative

"Thoughtful indie rock buoyed by luxe arrangements that never feel too slick or too overwhelming. Elegantly produced and intimate as always."

- Bandcamp

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All songs written & performed by Nature's Neighbor

** Except for 'Fullerton' which was written by Daniel Lee **

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Mike Walker - piano, guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, organ, Rhodes, bass, melodica, vocals, lyrics

Seth Engel - bass, drums, bongos, guitar, auxiliary percussion

Daniel Lee - guitar, vibraphone, vocals, lyrics

Beau Reddington - lyrics

Alex Moore - handclaps

Russell Harrison - violin

Perry Cowdery - guitar

Terrill mast - piano

** Bass part for 'Fullerton' originally written by Mike Nardone **

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Recorded @ Pallet Sound by Seth Engel @ home by Mike Walker

** Except for 'Terminal 2' which was recorded by Terrill Mast **

Album artwork by Cheer Zhao & Mike Walker

Mixed by Seth Engel @ Pallet Sound

** Except for 'Others' which was mixed by Mike Walker **

Mastered by Michael Mac @ Pallet Sound

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After finishing and releasing ‘Ur’ I knew that I wanted to do one more album at Pallet Sound. I had fallen in love with the studio while making the last album and thought it would be a good idea to start a new project with Seth in that same spot with essentially the same equipment. But I also knew that if we were to record another album in the same style as ‘Ur’ I would probably lose my mind. So I just went back to writing simpler songs on guitar and piano.

In the beginning of 2019 Cheer and I flew to Nanchang where we stayed with the family for about a month to celebrate the Chinese New Year. One day during our stay I wrote the opening track ‘Counting the Minutes’ on our family’s upright piano. Upon returning from China I was feeling very inspired & new songs were coming very quickly. So I booked studio time and kept writing. We worked on it for almost the entire year until finally finishing it in November.

This album is for anyone who is stuck in an airport / airplane with a good pair of headphones and a lot of time to kill. We may be delayed for now but I know that someday soon we will all reach our destination. Fly safe.

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'Wind City Airport' is dedicated to Kay Benson ( 1939 - 2019 )

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