Ocean Meets the Animal

by Blanko Basnet

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May I assist you to another cucumber sandwich? Following on their 2013 self-titled debut, Blanko Basnet returns to offer a rare quinquennial album release. Ocean Meets the Animal is a full and diverse LP created through lively collaboration among band members Joe Hall, Matt McElroy, Matt Skinner Peterson, and Jeff Stickley. The works are further animated by tangential and direct contributions from a greater Durham musical family including Amelia Meath, Nick Sanborn, Chris Boerner, Jon Lesueur, Duncan Webster, PJ Jayanty, Zach Hegg, and Yan Westerlund, a significant departure from the largely solo effort of the self-titled debut. Please dig in - there’s a message waiting for you.


released March 16, 2018

Produced by Blanko Basnet, Chris Boerner, and Nick Sanborn
Recorded at the Fidelitorium, Kernersville, NC
Mixed at the Burlap Palace, Raleigh, NC
Mastered at The Kitchen, Carrboro, NC
Joe Hall - Vocals, Guitar
Matt McElroy - Bass, Vocals
Matt Skinner Peterson - Guitar, Keys, Vocals
Jeff Stickley - Drums
Guest Vocals on 1, 5, 7, 8 - Amelia Meath
All songs by Blanko Basnet
Lyrics by Blanko Basnet & Ashlie White
Photo by Justin Cook


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Track Name: Get Away
All my life
Wanted rhythm in truth
Time passed by
Found I needed to get

All get away from it all

All this time
Found the rhythm in truth
Float on by
‘Til I’m ready to get

Life passed by
To the rhythm of truth
Breathe and fly
When I’m ready to get
Track Name: Minnow
Crawl out through the window
My mind is a minnow
Swimming through the heart of another hurricane
Use it how I need to
Float down to the ocean waves carry me back home
I’m just gonna keep on drifting
‘till I find what’s missing no surprise it’s you
Diving ‘till I find the
Island I’m pursuing
Free from all delusion you carry me out there

Every time I wake from it I can’t do much but fall
Climbing on the top of roofs I fear no fate at all
I’ve encountered waves from you with crippling resolve
I would like to selfishly take tidal waves abroad
Track Name: Eyes
Wild eyes wander
Focus on new
Violent hobbies
Nothing else to do

Eyes wide open
Force into view
Carving the whole world
Nothing else to do
Track Name: Light
I waited for a light to shine on my shoulders
In absence of the sun I face the moon
Anticipating night I knew it was over
It made me realize I had to move
To find
Another way home

I waded on that night a fiery pursuer
They didn’t think that I was running
And waited for that light of fire to absorb it
I left them all with lies and can’t return
Truth burns
I’ll find a way home
Track Name: Berry
Swallow pride if it could only shake things up i know it could
Fall apart and start again by waking up with you

Way out on a limb now overlooking you
If I could only let go and fall into the truth

While the time passes by endlessly
Alone on a ride you and I we must be
Blind on a ride you and I we must be
Alone while the time passes by endlessly
Track Name: Yossarian
Caught in a cabling array
Out of my head
Counting a million waves
Run through the sand
Thinking of dreaming dreams will do
Waste all the light
Pray for the planets to perform
Dust in the sky

Waited in that window for you
Track Name: Will It All
Hold it all keep it all in one place
Hanging on and away we will race

Will it I will it wah wah I will it

Forever on a line we will trace
Moving on but the years we erase

Could it ever be lovely
Could it ever be real
Would it ever be like this in my will
Track Name: All We Are
It is with a humble and honest hope for reprieve
Deserving not a moment in this serenity
You were looking for higher ground
We lead you to the sea
In hand with humanity
A gesture incomplete

Break free from our founded form deny immunity
Keep peace in an open forum a silent form of speech
We are looking for higher ground
And there in thought we meet
In hand with humanity
A gesture incomplete
Track Name: Every Dollar
On the back of
On the back of every dollar
There’s a message waiting for you
Won’t you let the little people go

Eternal hunger
I pray it fades away
Won’t you let the little people go
Track Name: Mother
Far away
A muted echo
Bombs away
In fear we let go
Track Name: Ocean Meets the Animal
Home is where the ocean meets the animal
Open up your eyes you’ll see you’re not alone
If all we had came to this finitude
Then open up your mind and feel it ending

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