Quarterly Vol. 1

by Brandon Pfaff

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Quarterly Vol. 1 is the first of a four part series EPs to be released at the end of each quarter in 2017. Recorded in short, late-night bursts in Brandon's Southern California home studio, after the normal nine-to-five was done, and his two-year old son was fast asleep, Vol. 1, explores love, loss, life, death, and the grey between. In less than twelve minutes, the first installment in the series wrestles through a handful of the questions, complexities, and new experiences that come with moving through each new phase of life.

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released March 24, 2017

All songs written and recorded by Brandon Pfaff
Mastered by TW Walsh
Artwork by Alina & Ryan Welch (www.welchpaintings.com)

Brandon Pfaff: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keys
Jeremy Pfaff: Drums (Trembling Throat)
Ryan Radcliff: Electric Guitar (Roundabout), Lap Steel (Trembling Throat)

Thanks: Jeremy for being a reliable sounding board and irreplaceable remote musical partner. Heather and Charlie for daily inspiration and for holding down the fort at home while I'm up late recording. My parents for letting their adult children keep the dream alive in their garage all these years.

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Track Name: Roundabout
I don't know how to start today
I thought the good things came with age
perfect ducks sitting in a row
and plans turn out like you run the show

Life keeps spinning roundabout
through endless cycles of hope and doubt
time will tell whatever it sees
right now that's good enough for me

Wheat field growing in the back of my mind
sweet nostalgia or a waste of time
maybe my mind's playing tricks on me
pawning me something that I thought was free

Life keeps spinning roundabout
through endless cycles of hope and doubt
time will tell whatever it sees
right now that's good enough for me

I could climb the ladder maybe use my degree
cash out rich and live by the sea
but a quiet voice says 'seek nothing at all'
give your heart to a simpler call

Life keeps spinning roundabout
through endless cycles of hope and doubt
time will tell whatever it sees
right now that's good enough for me
Track Name: Trembling Throat
I didn’t know what to say
So i sat there, quietly
Watching every move you made
Like it was some kind of sign

Language I couldn’t place
But I knew it so well
It hummed like hospitals
And rang like wedding bells

There’s an ancient song
In the back of the throat
We’ve all sung the words
All played the notes

Chords of sorrow and joy
Life and death all as one
Sweet grace in the morning
And love, turned bitter, undone

Spent a couple of weeks
Just sorting things out
Learning when to hold my tongue
Testing when to shout

Some holy obscenity
A half mumbled refrain
Something lost in translation
When the heart won’t speak to the brain
Track Name: Everyday
Here we are
Together again
Looking this life in the face

Here we are
Another long night
Waiting for daylight to break

I will sit with you and wait
I will sit with you and wait

It’s a hell of a life
Living to die
Young from a terrible pace

Why the rush
We’ll soon fade into dust
Darling, lets take our time

I won’t let this go to waste
Let's not let this go to waste

He’s a spirited one
A son of gun
A sweetheart you can’t help but love

All our joy
all our pain in this boy
The many rolled into one

We will watch him grow and change
We will watch him grow and change

Nothing left
but the heart in my chest
It still beats like the day that we met

Every pulse,
every push, every pull
A song on the edge of my lips

I will sing it everyday
I will sing it everyday