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released March 20, 2018

Cover art painting by: Alex Miller
Cover Design/Layout by: Nevan Doyle

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Mortal Thing Corvallis, Oregon

Mortal Thing is the indie pop project of Brian Blythe. Based out of Corvallis, Oregon, Blythe is a 22 year old producer, songwriter, and composer. Approaching his sound with the emotional candor of a singer songwriter and the rhythmic pulse of an alternative hip-hop artist, Mortal Thing crafts a kind of indie pop that doesn’t easily find itself a single definition. ... more

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Track Name: Habitat
It’s feeling likely that I couldn’t be anything
No I shouldn’t be everything
And its like that in this fucked up world
That gives me a melody

So take the fight right to the hate

I keep on writing but I must be really trying
And like a summer solace
I’m only capable of crying
You must think i’m the tired kind

And that’s okay

One act, even that
Makes me feel that I’m off track
Im lingering long in the moment
And I’m lying on my back

It’s a fact, I’m only half
But that’s okay, I’m still intact
I'm pulling the sea to my ankles
Hoping for a habitat

One act, even that
Makes me feel that I’m off track
Im lingering long in the moment
And I’m lying on my back

It’s a fact, I’m only half
But that’s okay, I’m still intact
I'm pulling the sea to my ankles
Hoping for a habitat

I’m a collection of moments
I think i’m losing my focus
I’m not a keeper of omens
I think I’ve chosen neurosis

I can be better

My ears no longer linger
The earth is drawing me deeper
In thousands of pounds of pressure
I’ll probably stay together

I hate this weather

One act, even that
Makes me feel that I’m off track
Im lingering long in the moment
And I’m lying on my back

It’s a fact, I’m only half
But that’s okay, I’m still intact
I'm pulling the sea to my ankles
Hoping for a habitat

One act, even that
Makes me feel that I’m off track
Im lingering long in the moment
And I’m lying on my back

It’s a fact, I’m only half
But that’s okay, I’m still intact
I'm pulling the sea to my ankles
Hoping for a habitat

I can see
Under the trees
I am free
Like the fallen leaves

One act, even that
Makes me feel that I’m off track
Im lingering long in the moment
And I’m lying on my back

It’s a fact, I’m only half
But that’s okay, I’m still intact
I'm pulling the sea to my ankles
Hoping for a habitat
Track Name: Pendulum (feat. Mishko)
The pendulum arrives
Just as it tries
To grasp onto destination
In finding inner reformation
A wavering whisk goodbye
There is a cry
When it leaves as it arrived
Bound for endless repetition

The burden high
And I’ve lost it again
A pass in the wind
And it takes all my sins

The concept flat
But the world taken in
The lesson lost
And the destiny thin

The solemn sigh
Can be heard once again
Ceremoniously marking
A pass in the wind
Objections unfound
The course on rebound
Takes pride in the life
And the strife of indecision

The burden high
And I’ve lost it again
A pass in the wind
And it takes all my sins

The concept flat
But the world taken in
The lesson lost
And the destiny thin

I never thought to wake
My brain is a dangerous place
I used to wish that I could take
All the lights and blind myself
And my car was filled with snakes
I tried to go but they swallowed my keys
It’s hard to know if I’ll go straight
In the night I learn to see

The burden high
And I’ve lost it again
A pass in the wind
And it takes all my sins

The concept flat
But the world taken in
The lesson lost
And the destiny thin
Track Name: Multitudes
Heartache is
The smell of freshly picked tomatoes
Still on the vine
And the taste of mint leaves grinding between my teeth
While the morning forgets the dew
It placed there in the night
And heartache is so quiet that
The rustle of the earthworm becomes
Louder than the cry of a bluebird
Still apologetic
Heartache feels like canvas sheets
Laid out on a bed of raindrops and straw
And lastly, I think
Heartache looks like nothing
Like a funhouse mirror in a
Room cloaked in black

All it was, was all I had
I thought myself the strongest man
This honeycomb, I find my home
And my love is so alive

I am a skeleton
I’ve been so out of my element
I’m no pessimist
This shit is evident
It’s my development, obviously
I’m not yet relevant, honest I see
I’m leaving you hesitant, coming from me
I thought that meant a bit
I’m a perfectionist and recently that’s been my main impediment
I wish that we had known each other both when we were ten

In the fall, I grew my craft
And all my want a love repast
To fill and gloat, I know I won’t
For all the time is on my side
Track Name: Mortal Thing
And she was flawless in her gaze
And just like me she left her ways
Sometimes a lover knows your face
But a stranger might know just the same

She left me wishing I was staying
In that city ever changing
And I’d never sleep
Yeah, that's just like me

So is it typical to see
The living life that couldn't be
And get too close to getting free
Of all the pain that follows me

And is it critical to think
I'm just a ghost inside machine
A mortal thing stuck in the ring
And something else right in between

She asked me what it was I wanted
From this life I've only started
Cause all my efforts leave me haunted
Am I a shell if that's my calling?

And when I told her there was music
She smiled and said she heard it too
But it was world's away we left it
So then began another tune

So is it typical to see
The living life that couldn't be
And get too close to getting free
Of all the pain that follows me

And is it critical to think
I'm just a ghost inside machine
A mortal thing stuck in the ring
And something else right in between

When she kissed me I let go
Of all the things I'd never know
Cause living life right in the present
Means I'd never have resentment

Thinking in my head
I thought I knew the way to love myself
I wish upon a revelation
Where we could be parallel
I’m barely in the moment
And I know it always shows
I know I’m carrying this focus
Like its all I ever feel, I’m asking

So is it typical to see
The living life that couldn't be
And get too close to getting free
Of all the pain that follows me

And is it critical to think
I'm just a ghost inside machine
A mortal thing stuck in the ring
And something else right in between
Track Name: Wild
The docile wild
Sleeping without wont
Swells the visage
Of lucid answer
As kindled fire
A moth like desire
Does arise deep
In the heart of man
As he looks on
Expecting nothing
From the licking flames
Track Name: Into This Ocean
Looking to the shadow in the well
To find out how far I can really walk
I wanted to tell someone but I fell
And now the water makes it hard to talk

Strike a match to light up all these walls
Telling me those words I thought I knew
Like the sun I fell into the jaws
Of that ever unrelentless blue

Am I here oh am I here to lay
Myself into this ocean whence I came
Will the lonely people know my name
Or will it only rest upon my grave

Waking up the mountain from its sleep
Asking it for wisdom of the sky
But the rocky slopes were much too steep
And now I'm left with words I'll never write

Far into the earth I know I've gone
Tell me is it strife inside my head
If the fire clears it won't be long
So tell me is it love that I have bred

Am I here oh am I here to lay
Myself into this ocean whence I came
Will the lonely people know my name
Or will it only rest upon my grave
Track Name: Scholar (feat. Landon Wordswell)
Taking it back, I know I’m something
Even though I’m on my own
Looking up facts to keep me stable
Tell me I can go alone

Picking a story, it’s a fable
Weeping through the telephone
Ima relax, am I not able
When will I be going home

Oh I’m, I’m just a ghost
Whose tattered heart can’t seem to show

Tell me you know
Where I’m supposed to want to go
I’ve been alone
For so long I’m missing all my bones

I swear I’ve tried
To wake up like I’m still alive
But my fucking pride
Has wound up callous to my mind

It’s just a lie
That it gets easier with time
Cause I never died
But death keeps telling me its fine

I can make a dollar but I’m belly up in water
And I’m thinking that I’ll never be a meaningful marauder
But then I can make a monster and then send it to the slaughter
Cause I’m frankenstein, I’m feeling fine, I kept all of my fodder

I can be a leaver but I’ve got myself a fever
And it’s keeping me from wishing that I were a better dreamer
Cause I’m holding back my leisure, I’m a perilous achiever
And the feeling in my heart is that I’m only getting deeper

I’m passively dissonant
I’m just balancing on my skin
And the rate at which I’m growing
Has me thinking so crystalline

And I’m feeling like a bother
You know I’d rather be a scholar

There’s a moment so eminent
When I’ll finally be intimate
With the hollow in my heart
And all my art will be articulate

I’m feeling like a bother
You know I’d rather be a scholar

Yo
I got these demons baby
And they navigate the way I’m thinking lately
I get haunted by em, yeah they seem to chase me
I know yes and no, I’ve never seen a maybe
Cause I innovate, within a cage
Begin to hate, my inner rage
My thoughts alone, can penetrate
This heart of stone, locked in a case

Everything I thought I kinda knew
Wasn't really what I thought it was
Now whenever we make minor moves
Haters hating on the thought of us

Pick up the paper though
Watch me I find a way
Itching to break the mode
Even if i’m delayed
Things that I hate to know
Making my mind a case
So when I chase, I go get it like andele
Andele, feeling some kind of way
This is what I’m up on
This is what I’ma say what
They get afraid so they nominate us
Living vicarious, I’m who they trust

Look, I got a patient mind
But it's paper thin, yet I take my time
While I make amends
So I bake up rhymes
You can take it in, take it in

You can take it or leave it or break it to pieces
Lean on religion and pray to your jesus
If you see kindness don’t take it for weakness
Learn this in time and I pray that you heed this
And I’m feelin unstable
Living in a world where everyone hates you
But they love to see you be the one fable
That they talk about like they were once faithful

Done, I think i’m done
Chasing acceptance holding my tongue
I’m just an artist loading my gun
I took a shot and I know what I’ve done
I’m just really tryina grow, giving everything I know
Put it all up on the line
Watching everything unfold

I’m passively dissonant
I’m just balancing on my skin
And the rate at which I’m growing
Has me thinking so crystalline

And I’m feeling like a bother
You know I’d rather be a scholar

There’s a moment so eminent
When I’ll finally be intimate
With the hollow in my heart
And all my art will be articulate

I’m feeling like a bother
You know I’d rather be a scholar
Track Name: Brevity
Model universe
A champion of
Perishable importance
Standing motionless
In the thickened sky
On your rusted swivel
Denying the wind
And letting the rain soak
Into your grains

Silence you sought
Their condolences brought
As a vase of flowers
Your eyes as soft tipped darts
Aimed for the prize
Unattainable
Saw under the petals
An inscription of time
Of Wilt and Ruin

When mourners departed
You went to the stove
To strike out that match
But that future had passed
And then became present
And left you to languish in fear
The eternal brevity
Of passing years
Track Name: Burl and the Hush (feat. Wldmnd)
Ancient loss has left it dancing, in the fire
Careful cost has filled the ether, with desire

So kept close
In the burl
And the hush
It speaks jest
To a friend
While the brush
Dancing lithe
In its clutch
Can't pretend
That it wants
To grow old
In the shade
Of the painter's
Palm

But it does anyways
But it does anyways

So left light
From the crop
And the vale
It made time
Wallow still
While the quail
Wanders on
To avail
Of the thrill
Of the sky
Just to fall
Unlike Icarus
Too close
To the sea

And it’s under the waves
And It’s under the waves

Ancient loss has left it dancing, in the fire
Careful cost has filled the ether, with desire

So made marred
By the fault
Of a seer
It was quick
To the track
While the deer
Blew away
Like a fear
Looking back
To escape
From itself
As it never had done
So it grew
To the sun

And it's up in the haze
And it's up in the haze

So felt fast
As the sea
Drew ashore
It was gone
When I woke
While the lore
Of the land
I had bore
Was afloat
And you left
On that ship
Though you never were here
Just the quail
And the deer

I just hope that they stay
I just hope that they stay

Ancient loss has left it dancing, in the fire
Careful cost has filled the ether, with desire
Ancient loss has left it dancing, in the fire
Careful cost has filled the ether, with desire
Track Name: Just Lost (feat. Jorge Bañuelos)
I've been too late
With a heart of stone
I've lost my age
In the metronome

I'm just lost
I'm just lost

I've been too strong
Is that even a thing
I guess I was wrong
About loving good dreams

I thought I threw myself
Like the wind has a gust
I thought I loved a girl
It turned out to be lust

I'm not gone
I'm not gone

And I let it atrophy
My delicate alibi
But I haven't been out to sea
So I couldn't be just tired

I'm just lost
I'm not gone

And I haven't quite given up
But I'm also not sure
I haven't grown too tough
To forget I'm insecure

I'm just lost
Am I gone

But maybe I'll never go
To the edge of the wild
And maybe I'll never know
If I can really love dying
Track Name: Dawn (feat. Megan Williams)
In my sleep I’m awake
And the night has turned into the dawn
Track Name: I Am Young
Waking up fast
Feeling too gone
Will it ever last
Cause I'm only young
I am young
I am young

Ascend till I clear my heart
Live in the unknown

The evil will cover this even when I resist
Looking for love and I’m losing intelligence
Maybe it’s crazy to just call it lazy
But thinking about you has everything hazy

I’m getting too spiritual, lost in the lyrical
Moments away from a fall and a miracle
Keeping the call to a life so satirical
Has me in walls, as I try to stay visible

Fighting a fighter with burnt up desire
And freeing a prisoner full of a fire
The demons don't wonder if anyone's watching
When hired and tired they all just keep working

And further from fallacy, meaningful honesty
Wraps up my prophecy covered in modesty
Barely a prodigy, no I’m no prodigy
I’m just a mortal thing sending apologies

Dissent and reclaim art
Live till your tombstone

Waking up fast
Feeling too gone
Will it ever last
Cause I'm only young
I am young
I am young

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