Occam

by Miles Jacob

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Occam was recorded entirely in Eugene, OR, with the exception of 'Alone' and the instrumental line of 'Solitude,' both of which were recorded at a sled dog kennel in rural Alaska. The lyrics for 'North' (except the last verse) were written in Oregon while looking forward to traveling to Alaska, and the lyrics for 'Solitude' were written in Alaska while pining for home.

'Occupations' is the evolution of one of the very first improvised loops I ever performed, and thus seemed like a logical place to start Occam. 'Amelia' is dedicated to my beautiful bike of the same name.

'No Heart But Soul' and 'Alone' were initially composed as the soundtrack to Timothy Schneider's as yet unmade short film, Left With You. While plucking out the chord progression to 'Alone', I thought it might make a nice, minimal, whispery song a la Iron & Wine or Sufjan Stevens. Lacking their voices, 'Solitude' was as close as I got. The lyrics to that song owe much to the influences of Philip Pullman and Ursula K. LeGuin.

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released February 16, 2012

Album art by Nicholas Ouellette
Written, performed, and recorded by Miles Jacob

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Track Name: North
been dodging around all their love in my mind
and hiding in attics, saying everything is fine
that everything is perfect, and I don't have a thought to lend
and I can't take myself seriously so how could any of them?
but I'm turning green with envy and calling it inspiration

and so
I am going North where the cold will set me free
I am going North to see what it's like to be lonely
I am going North just to get away from me

been playing death scenes in my mind
and talking to mirrors, saying everything is fine
that I don't have to worry that any of this will end
but a look and a touch can make me seventeen again
and I'd like to be myself this time, but it's damned easy to pretend

and so
I am going North where the cold will set me free
I am going North to see what it's like to be lonely
I am going North just to get away from me

and I wish you were here to make my folly clear
'cause I've had enough--yes I've reached the end
and I could use the warmth of a friend

been picturing Oregon in my head
and thinking too much of every single thing you've said
like how I seek perfection where there is none to find
and my life is torn to pieces, but only in my mind
and I'd put it back together if I only had the time

and so
I am coming home where the cold is in the sea
I am coming home where I never have to be lonely
I am coming home--I just want to be me
Track Name: Solitude
you should do what you want to
live like you ought to
please take your time now
please take your time now
just don't keep us waiting

this morning I grew
I learned something new
let me try to remember
let me try to remember

you said being lonely
is different from solitude
but I can't tell the difference
no I can't tell the difference

you should do what you want to
live like you ought to
please take your time now
please take your time now
just don't keep us waiting

I want to discover
something to remember
nothing too complex
a new way for my heart to beat

so I'm coming back now
the same way I left you
my hands are both open
nothing but myself