I Can't Help But Change

by Dystonia

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about

This record is the summation of six years of writing together--writing about the relationships, the schoolwork, and the finality of our time together.

This is our second and final LP.

This is our heart and our soul.

This is why we make music.

Thank you for listening.

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released May 1, 2016

Credits:
Written and arranged by Kevin Andrews and Dylan Hilliker
Recorded by Kevin Andrews, Dylan Hilliker, and Mitchell Nelson
Mixed and mastered by Kevin Andrews
Album art by Alyssa DeGrand and Sarah Hutchison

Musicians:
Kevin Andrews - piano, vocals, keys, trumpet
Dylan Hilliker - drums, guitar, vocals
Jonathan Muroya - bass
Drew Medin - lead guitar
Kris Tremain - cello, synth
Marius Touissaint - saxophone
Charlie Thom - trombone

Group Vocalists - Grace Dokken, Hayley Koop, Andi Stensland, Daniel Hilliker, Jack Hilliker, Sly Zipse

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Dystonia Rochester, Minnesota

Dystonia plays a version of alternative/indie that is somewhere between Two Door Cinema Club, and Kings of Leon; comprised of Kevin Andrews (left, 18) and Dylan Hilliker (right, 17), the duo strives to not only create compelling music, but also create a coherent music scene in their community. ... more

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Track Name: Ocean Blue
I'm unprepared
But I'm finished
Declaration of my free will and independence
Never to be held down again
Only holding it down
Keeping it real, real realistic
Focused on self improvement rather than self reflection
And every day I tell myself I could be a better person
But why am I not?

Fighting the urge to see this place again
I knew we were never friends
I know all good things must come to their end
And I'm an airplane
Flying in a jet stream
Leaving you in a wind of cold coffee
Reminding me
Of what it means to be happy
But am I happy?

The leaves fall down
It's fall now
Autumn turns brown with decay
But I'm feeling rebirth
I'm feeling spring in summer
All the seasons blending into each other to form another year
And we say without fear
That we embrace change
I can't embrace change wholeheartedly
Only once and once my friend
I told myself
I would never be held down again

But it feels better to be held down by you
Ocean blue
I adore you
With more depth, more than I can afford for you
It's a precious light
And nightlife and lifetimes
Protect its strife

I'm unprepared
But I'm not finished
With you just yet

I'm unprepared
And I'm not finished
With you just yet...
Track Name: Takin' Its Toll
Takin' its toll, it's gettin' old; I feel the same way, the same days. Takin' its toll its gettin' old, feelin' the same way, the same days.
Sleep may be for the weak, but I'm getting weaker and weaker without sleep--wasted energy; I can't be everything. I can't be everything.
Why can't I sleep? Why can't I just sleep? Why can't I sleep?
Takin' its toll, it's gettin' old, feelin' the same way, the same days.
Track Name: Velvet
Can't be lookin' at that smile
Sends a shiver down through me
Her head hits my heart,
but lands like her smooth skin lays
in sun soaked days

She's green and keen
All I need is apathy but still her image captures me
She's green and keen
My body is in atrophy, but still her lungs entrap me

Play with my bones
Man she's on the run
Closer to home
Damage is done

Play with my bones
Close enough to hold
She was velvet
I felt it

Can't be looking at that smile
I'm a stranger, don't wanna be
She's lovely
Her words wield a warmth
For a failed and fatal fate

She's green and keen
All I need is apathy but still her image captures me
She's green and keen
My body is in atrophy, but still her lungs entrap me

Play with my bones
Man she's on the run
Closer to home
Damage is done

Play with my bones
Close enough to hold
She was velvet
I felt it

It's the silence that wears you away
It's the silence that wears you away

Always lonely in this day and age
Always lonely in this day and age

KEEP THAT SILENCE AWAY
KEEP THAT SILENCE AWAY

She was velvet
I felt it.
Track Name: Luck
How can we keep up something we didn't want to happen?
Fight between our cheeks
Kiss as we leave
You're so gorgeous
Still stuck in unemployment

Maybe it was bad luck
Maybe it was all bad luck
Maybe it was our faults
Or maybe the timing was off

Distance breaches
Different seasons
Contraventions
Leaving the peak where it ends

Maybe it was bad luck
Maybe it was all bad luck
Maybe it was our faults
Or maybe the timing was off
I guess it was dumb luck
To screw things up
I guess it was my fault
Oh, the timing was off
Track Name: Can't Teach Patience
Stretch a couple of years to know your name
My darling, my friend turned lover
Our unknown fates

They can't teach patience in a classroom
But I can learn in a chair
Looking off at you across a room
Made of formulation and thin air

My love December makes things distant
It's good we aren't so far apart
It's a good thing you stole my heart

Patience now
Mind in ground
Patience ago
Oh, I love you so

Now my toes are barely wet
Watch the ocean swell and spread

I'll love you like tomorrow
Hold on to all your sorrows
And drown it in hopes you will find the ocean's depths instead
Track Name: Dissonance
Back when we couldn't see
Outside our windows
Was it really love?
Back when we couldn't hit
All of the right notes
Was it just discord
Or was it something more?

I was just guessing
It'd never work out
Bound for something else
I was regressing
Fell into bad health
Bound for something else

I shouldn't be thinking this
Pondering the distance
I shouldn't be messing with this
We become dissonance

I never knew your words
Would hold meaning
True to this day
I never knew my words
Would keep healing
Learning from mistakes

I shouldn't be thinking this
Pondering the distance
I shouldn't be messing with this
We become dissonance
Track Name: Mindspace
Keep you
To see your
Mindspace

Ours for the hour
Criticizing strategy
Yours for the taking
Taking me
I can't believe
It could come this easy
Ours for the hour
Taking me out

Need you
To give your
Mindspace

Less in to lessons
Breathing out ability
You are not for waking
But it's waking me
I can't believe it would be this easy
Less in to lessons
Waking me up

Reach you
To take your
Breach you
To gain your

But now I keep your
Mindspace
Track Name: Study Music
Leggo my Eggo.
Track Name: Midnight and On
We could talk all our problems off
We could talk our problems over
Making December turn colder

Tasteful breaths in a lack of communication
Silences in back seats
The soundtrack of leaving

Tasteful breaths in a pursuit of some progress
Impurities can't push me
The waiting is the healing

You were all I saw
Midnight and on

We could talk all our problems off
We could our problems over
Making December turn colder

Tasteful breaths in a lack of communication
Backtracking in front seats
The soundtrack of leaving

Feeling void of thinking
Thinking void of feeling
Whatever it is
It's all in your head

You were all I saw
Midnight and on

We were all we knew
Midnight and on
Track Name: I Wanna See You Tonight
How must it feel to be separate from first loves?
How must it feel to deny the existence of past lifes?
How must it feel to be struck down by arrows?
How must it feel to be wrong when it's all right?

And I keep banking on the time
Where we're all wrong
But it's all right

Oh, my love
I wanna see you tonight

How must it feel to be distant from first touch?
How must it feel to deny the existence of one life?
How must it feel to be stuck down in the burrows?
How must it feel to be wrong when it's all right?

Oh, my love
I wanna see you tonight
Track Name: End of the Night
Oh, it's the end of the night
So goodbye, until next time

But how could I say goodbye?
To those street lights
To those tree tops
To those night skies

How could I say goodbye?
Oh, I couldn't now
So I'll say...
Goodnight.