XI

by Oak Creek

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    Oak Creek's first full length LP, XI was recorded in Nashville TN. Artwork by HIlary Wootton.

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1.
Pixelated 04:32
The images you take are often blurred The focus you create is so obscure But through your eyes you make a different world And the love you give replaced a thousand words Now I need resolution cuz I’m pixelated, pixelated for your love I need resolution cuz I’m pixelated, pixelated for your love The L.A. life has made a mess of me A digital recluse too small to see But picture perfect’s not the thing I need So let’s develop all that we can be Now I need resolution cuz I’m pixelated, pixelated for your love I need resolution cuz I’m pixelated, pixelated for your love I’ve lost track, so undecided Let’s go back, I know where to find it Now I need resolution cuz I’m pixelated, pixelated for your love I need resolution cuz I’m pixelated, pixelated for your love
2.
I’ve been out of touch Way out of line I’m out of my head I’m out of time You took off for Brooklyn To start a new life Escape the routine And 9-5 grind Chorus: You tell me it’s the same, same old story Written from the same point of view You tell me it’s the same, same old song now But its not the same without you So I drove up to Portland Found out I had a twin A better version Or what could’ve been You fell into theater Good coffee and sin But broadways too far Across that old bridge You tell me it’s the same, same old story Written from the same point of view You tell me it’s the same, same old song now But its not the same without you I’m in between jobs In over my head I need to be near you But I’m here instead Let’s meet in the middle Let’s meet up in Memphis Rewrite the book here Let’s start it with breakfast
3.
Guess I’ve gone and lost myself again That’s the fifth time since the year began I’m telling you things now Are moving so fast how Am I to keep up Cuz yesterday feels like so long ago In the arms of Colorado The future is here dear Whichever way we steer Its calling our name I see the seasons changing Different each passing year I need some re-arranging If I’m gonna make it here Chorus: I know the sun will save me Someday on down the line When I am old and lazy And I cant see past my eyes In the sunshine of the mountains Higher than the clouds we’re countin This feeling is too real The freedom that I feel I want it to stay But in the mountains of our shadows In the arms of Colorado We want to see you god But we’re lost in a green fog and heading no where I feel a new Vibration Give me some kind of sign I need some new direction Cuz I can’t keep wasting time Chorus:
4.
Wasted Arrangements Its all in the space This house isn’t your home Its in the feng shey Infinite angles, careless routines if later was here now what you think? What would you think? Changing of ages West to the East Swimming in circles On mindless repeat Stuck in the shallows Feeling the heat Wasted Arrangements I want to be free Wasted Arrangements I want to be free I want to be free Wasted arrangements Taking the wheel Steering your own course Find how you feel Get out of your head See who you are The mind is a blessing And curse to us all Miscalculations Of who I should be Surrender to yourself Awake from the dream Stuck in the shallows Feeling the heat Wasted arrangements I want to be free Wasted arrangements I want to be free
5.
Electricity 03:38
I’m electricity, I am duality Cosmic foam, I am an atom bomb Explode! I flower into form There rules are breaking me If I don’t swim I’ll sink I don’t feel the weight of gravity I always wake up feeling for my wings Chorus: If life was easy, like blinking or breathing Maybe my dreaming would be all I need But the universe and the forces at work Are on a collision course to reality I am diversity, I’m relativety Supernova I’m a shining sun Big Bang! I am the perfect storm Why can’t I stay asleep? Why isn’t freedom free? No one ever taught me string theory I’m at odds with my mortality Chorus: If life was easy, like blinking or breathing Maybe my dreaming would be all I need But the universe and the forces at work Are on a collision course to reality I divide, multiply I am love, I am Light I am life And life is easy Like blinking or breathing All my dreaming is all that I need And the universe And the forces at work Are on a collision course To reality
6.
What A Life 04:38
What a life I’m leading Everyday I’m someone new I keep on changing for you With all these masks I’m wearing Feels like I’m suffocating Feels like my face is turning blue And its harder to tell who is who What a life I’m leading Who am I this eveing Who can I become tonight So much for first impression You always keep me guessing But I’ve never had to question you Chorus: And its harder and harder As our world grows smaller Can’t take it much longer Its hard not to wonder how I stay alive O’ What a Life O’ What a life to be disguised Concealing everything inside This mask I wear I wear for you No time for second guessing I guess I’ll keep on changing Until we stumble on some truth Chorus
7.
Sideways 04:03
Bending backwards, Straight as nails A crooked image of myself Over-easy evergreens, growing sideways through the trees So take what you want from me Summer has come too early The fires are burning, they want me to leave “Run for cover, hideaway” ‘There’s no hope for you to stay” Here in theory, let’s find a way But its hard to tell which way’s sideways So tell me your secrets I have no need for reasons You dance on the breeze’s You want me to leave So let me live tonight, I want to burn out bright So if we lose the fight, at least we know we tried One direction, over grown Reaching upwards from our home Undercover, listen please Growing sideways through the trees So take what you want from me Summer has come too early The fires are burning, they want me to leave So let me live tonight, I want to burn out bright So if we lose the fight, at least we know we tried tonight I want to burn out bright, so if we lose the fight, at least we know we tried
8.
Twilight 03:19
Endless oceans of locomotives Midnight miles in the moon Stars before me, morning glory First light dances on the dunes Chorus: And there is truth in twilight As a new day dawns For a moment I can see that, All is everything, But just as quickly it recedes Screaming shadows Waving farewells But our night’s only just begun Snow blown windows Paint with rainbows While waiting for the moment sun Chorus: Slot machines and caffeine dreams I can’t find the time for sleep What’s before me? Morning glory Gone again before I blink. Chorus:
9.
Diving Bell 04:56
Duet of Pearls inside our shell Being pulled down in our diving bell No time to speak or hesitate Or look below to see how shallow or deep Cuz the air above is getting thin So take breath and let’s dive in I will teach you how to swim We’ll go our way and won’t look back At least until our lungs collapse If we stay we’ll die here just as fast Why not give it a chance? Duet of pearls inside our shell Being pulled down in our diving bell Our toes are cold from shallow seas We’re too afraid to get wet up past our knees But our patience now is getting thin So take breath and let’s dive in I will teach you how to swim We’ll go our way and won’t look back At least until our lungs collapse If we stay we’ll die here just as fast Why not give it a chance? Below the waves we’re sinking down Free of the weight that’d surely cause us to drown Duet of pearls free if our shell Til we return to our diving bell Cuz the air above is getting thin So take breath and let’s dive in I will teach you how to swim We’ll go our way and won’t look back At least until our lungs collapse If we stay we’ll die here just as fast Why not give it a chance?
10.
Words 04:05
I throw a smile to the window hoping she may catch a glance Of my reflection across the aisle framed in subway panes of glass I don’t understand your zip codes I don’t even speak you language, do I Darling? We could take an eveing coffee Pretend to understand what we’re asserting maybe We can use our hands to speak the words We never fully learned Amongst the silence and the smile and the words we’ve learned before We use hand actions, sparse translation til we get our points across I can there be understanding When I don’t even speak you language, do I Darling? We could take an evening our way Pretend to understand what we’re asserting baby We can use our hands to speak the words We never fully learned
11.
Fickle 06:14
I'm fickle as any i know I can turn on a dime without any warn We're stuck in a pickle Been split down the middle I never know which way to go The Autumn Sun bleeds like a rose The northern rains came, now the page has turned There's no return. We're looking for someone who knows Fishing for feelings while turning stones And I have to decide, but I'm not sure who's right There's so many roads long overgrown But the answer's not a two sided coin Its not a black or white, blue or red side to join I guess I knew, all along, it was you You are my heart and my home i'll follow you anywhere you may roam Cuz you love like a lioness talk like a scientist At least when there's feelings involved Justice is deep in your soul Though the sword of decision is hard to hold You don't let go and the weight takes us out of our skulls but we'll balance the scales if we take control our dream never dies, if we make it our life though the miles are long on this road And the tools that we have may be crude but if we dig far enough then we'll find the truth I guess I knew, all along, it was you I guess I knew, all along, it was you

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XI, Oak Creek's debut full length release, was recorded in May of 2013 in Nashville, TN at the Pink Mailbox.

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released November 11, 2013

Recorded, Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Chad Wahlbrink
Produced by Daniel Watters
Written by Daniel & Jenna Watters
Arranged by The Oak Creek Band

Jenna Watters - Guitars, Vocals, Synth
Daniel Watters - Guitars, Vocals
Steve Rogers - Bass
Trent Armstrong - Drums
Josh Minyard - Percussion
Alex Kamm - Piano
Adam Grace - Organ
Brett Resnick - Pedal Steel
Nate Zuercher - Banjo
Jordan Rogers - Vocals
Jen Smith - Vocals
Janay Byrd - Vocals
Lilah Edwards - VOcals

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Oak Creek Nashville, Tennessee

Originally from Arizona but in Denver since 2009, The Oak Creek Band may be releasing its “debut” but it’s hardly a new project. The band compares themselves to ’70s soft rock bands, but truth be told, they’re more modern than they think. Simultaneously indie and folky, with poppy choruses, the band nails a very fun album, even in its most tear-provoking elements
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