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DESERT VISUALS

by Teether

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1.
Beneath a light drizzle Grip my board like it’s a pistol or a sword Unsure if scaffolding or gauze Uncomfortable on Nicholson, I paused The inner north is so industrial And I don’t go to school Or look where I walk People talk, I observe a circus Then I yawn, I’m too introverted Can’t discern the form Or a purpose Or return a purchase Calm inside a storm I prefer less In desperate times, got avoidant measures But can’t deflect the most potent stressors It’s punishment and cries So might as well commit the crime before the exit You already waste a lot of time
2.
Red Rose 02:45
En fleur visible Growth demurs the physical Smoke cylindrical Witty fool Smirk sunk minimal First in the herd, run Mine my minerals Thirst for the hurt Red rose like hell Fed on “oh well” Stun gun bust Brunny Hotel flood felt Can’t help myself Bloodlust yell Pace of a slug, but Stuck in my shell Suck up my lungs Cuz, I burnt myself Struck the white whale Fuck up thy health So what, I’m frail Chasing my tail, ouroboros Some wounds can be sewn up But you can never know much En fleur visible Growth demurs the physical Smoke cylindrical Witty fool Smirk sunk minimal First in the herd, run Mine my minerals Thirst for the hurt
3.
Eye the works, piff a spanner in I don’t need the negatives New kicks shift the dirt I don’t trust that grin Unfazed by the barrage My blunts all kabana big You determine my umbrella, sick Leave me in the slammer for a couple mins Move it, grandma Fell out with a few, got my L out Told me I’m a hollow shell of what I’ve been Got the hell out Hard to think that we could sell out Some can somehow bust out backflips Uh-huh, to stunt in barren tundra, mad shit Thunder, I’m scared Thumb suck, hide head My god is gone Go off, my dogs Wonder, like bread Life could pull you under Spell it out for dumb cunts Haha, I’m dead Shit, you left the strobe on Thought who couldn’t go on, huh? First time I missed summer since the bus stop Lines long My friends and my father buy the same wine It’s really a sad life No might no more Don’t fight of course Veered right off course The gods must get so bored No might no more Don’t fight of course Veered right off course
4.
Maybe you could lift me out my slump But you can’t help me up I’m cold to the touch I can almost feel the love a little bit too much Please don’t hear me out I’m not here enough No shit I can’t breathe in ocean Where oh where my potion is? I’ll have to tiptoe across the shit Just like Jesu did Just like “bet you can’t play this” I can’t seem to follow Yet I can summon sorrow out of thin air Death stare tomorrow Really shit scared, and heated like Spyro Insincere, it’s obvious from my tone Been here, froze in place like cryo It’s hard to sell gelato in July, though Trust me, I had high hopes as a young’n Burnt my thumb upon the oven heating contents for my stomach Stunned and afraid, puffing on some pungent Pulsating brain, smoke leaks out my puncture Prolong the pain, leave the spirit longing I must be insane, drenched in such discomfort In Inner West, I spill intent Stench abundant in the air Pinch the flesh to double check How could I stay present? Dropped a basket full of eggs Dove was freed to a pretence Miss my friend He was just there We was just there Maybe you could lift me out my slump But you can’t help me up I’m cold to the touch I can almost feel the love a little bit too much Please don’t hear me out I’m not here enough Crawl and falter, woke up Walk out with my walls up The world gets seemingly smaller Spokes cut, never one who spoke up Wound is deep and in it no guts All fuss, no tangible hope Plus should be sleeping But in my last dream I had to sever my own skull Turn my nose up at the reach Lucky for this once I listened Ready for the peace to leave Even the green man glistens during such heat I point out fissures in the packed street Where I snapped this image With a Samsung that I paid off with some thoughts I’d written Feel my heart thump, but there’s no love in it Just a low hum as my throat croaks to a slow ignition Blood out my gums Dry lips surround the spliff like pythons Stall with such conviction What if I’m wrong? Bin the roach on Lygon Choke on indecision I’m no guide dog Antsy turns to livid Nearing Anstey, really I’m lost Cannot stabilise the rhythm Internalise morbidity and spiral for entire living Where is my God Crawl and falter, woke up Walk out with my walls up The world gets seemingly smaller Spokes cut, never one who spoke up Wound is deep and in it no guts All fuss, no tangible hope Plus should be sleeping But in my last dream I had to sever my own skull
5.
Dwelling in a well Fell in Found reflection yelling at the self Tell him I inspect the stain upon the bell My detectors failed, you did well Ears ringing, you can tell That I’m not one to give a fuck about my health Seized, no account Melting in the heat Peace, threw you out Selfish if you be Hell is roughly sea level These devils working OT Revel in leave No one knows me Vehicle hit the street Autumn, covered in leaves Fortunately, I don't wanna see shit! Last time I spoke, folks wished death on me quick! Ain't talk in my youth Ain't sleep in like two weeks Fuck Bayswater boof These waters are too deep, can't swim Gash leaks off chin Sink past the fishies All my dogs with me Spat a tooth, sat upon linen Volume on 2, spoke limits Run and tell 'em cynics for your health I be in the clinic weaving spells You can tell my spirits have diminished Oh well! First one to lose gets to quit it Inner city block I'm stood upon is too windy Hold your cock, keep pissing Overclocked, keep ticking My own dog just bit me Oh my God! There's no winning in the long run, really You cannot
6.
I stared at the sun for too long Must have got something in my eye It was hot outside, I was lost I wish I knew you my whole life I want you tonight Baby, take your time, though I took mine I can't lie I want you beside me in this chariot I just fell in love with an Aquarian You and I Sorry that my mind isn't regular I need extra love Can’t deny Cupid hit me in the posterior You can even hit me on messenger I'm online Then you moved into the area I was at your spot, living vicarious When I fell in love with an Aquarian I want you for life I stared at the sun for too long Must have got something in my eye It was hot outside, I was lost I wish I knew you my whole life I want you tonight Baby, take your time, though I took mine I can't lie I want you beside me in this chariot I just fell in love with an Aquarian You and I You can hit me up when you’re finishing I know that it’s late Thoughts of you I’m swimming in We could run a bath on Nicholson Saw it on your face Knew what you were thinking then But I couldn’t say I have drowned before But you keep me floating Now we’re treading ocean I want your embrace Swim a little closer Heading to your place If only I had known then I can’t look away I stared at the sun for too long Must have got something in my eye It was hot outside, I was lost I wish I knew you my whole life I want you tonight Baby, take your time, though I took mine I can't lie I want you beside me in this chariot I just fell in love with a Cancerian You and I
7.
I ain't hop out of the womb rude I'm getting older w short fuse Pardon me, sick of the usual My scholars read up on Google Sic my dogs on ‘em Stood on the bonnet Sick in the gutter Film it for content Put it on YouTube Wrote ‘em a sonnet with boohoos How they don't want it Sweeter than honey, I fed first Sat in a Commie in Redfern Negro and bummy, I get searched I got aggy urge Walk like mummy, shatter urn Trip on jagged curb, dammit Stomp on hella Earth Scatter ashes and observe Folks embarrassed off their words I just yearn for more Yolk all in my baggage Cracked that joke before Won’t undo the damage And don’t owe support People in my city got nothing to work toward Project unokay Beef all in my space Herbivore, I don’t like that taste Peace not here no more And the skies are grey Overcast, forlorn Internalise my rage Spent the day on sleep debt Deep valley like v-neck Cut you out like c-section
8.
Sweet Tooth 02:33
What luck! I hung up yet another horseshoe Stocked up Tipped the witch doctor My old man always swore there was something to the juju I been smoking boof too much Chipped the sweet tooth Fortify the front Leering eyes could never see through Wary of these people Need a tank to breathe through Anxious from the moon But it pulled me from a deep blue Not sure what I’d do But that’s a problem that I’m used to Cluck cluck What luck! I hung up yet another horseshoe Stocked up Tipped the witch doctor Father never let me exude boo hoos Told me I’m a soldier I’ve been looking older And now I’m smoking boof too Temperament like cool room Salting my new wounds before the Earth do Fled youth I should read more Sun Tzu This world is really uncouth What luck! I hung up yet another horseshoe Stocked up Tipped the witch doctor Daddy bought me Pro Tools Kicked me out the home too I was smoking boof too much Just to feel Now I feel so much that I reel from it Lean on crutch No peace as such I need more sun What luck! I hung up yet another horseshoe Rocked up Tipped the witch doctor My old man always swore there was something to the juju I been smoking boof too loud I can’t hear you
9.
Lowly, lone, lean Turned around before the hokey pokey Nod like okey dokey Broke the door with no key Enclosed the raw knee Suppose they saw me bleed I can’t let you know me I walked out the home like “oh jeez” Steady smoking Choking on pheromones That’s what you get for hoping Let it go Convinced I’m better stoned Really just extra dopey Tend to exit low key Cool with my exes Sent a text to the OG Looked the part just as we booked the set at Boney Some ribs been poking through At times you’ve got to steal from the W Sparse feeds, head inside “Please sir, I need some money too” Alarms ring You could ask me, but I don’t have a clue I can’t sing Merely lowly, lone, lean Turned around before the hokey pokey Nod like okey dokey Broke the door with no key Enclosed the raw knee Suppose they saw me bleed I can’t let you know me I walked out the home like “oh jeez”
10.
Warming to the hum sound Constant with the come down Water gun drawn We could flood the whole town Or even shoot the moon down Talk with a drawl Unspoken laws Carry stress in the jaw Left the door open to spite thee I decline the okra politely My baggage in tow behind me But let me speak my piece still Why me? I be the drama queen Plus there’s the irony Curiosity can kill Lack skill, but I will take the throw in Reckless with the low end Oh yeah Soaking in the neck like words But you know that you come first So go ahead Well in the throes of a gradual process And I’m fixated on actual progress To my own detriment Stumbled into blessings that I haven’t even noticed yet You really can’t fuck with my pestilence Rest in sense To best the waking Fade with messengers on the daily I’m only flesh, shook and pacing I need more patience Bleed more paint at which I fainted Stains hard to erase Calculate no way Sellotape to frame Sell no tapes, okay Don’t do face to face I can’t bear the strain
11.
At All 01:36
12.
Disfigured Hilfiger Gaunt and ill figure Point fingers Gun with no trigger I do not feel you Ditch employment Thorn amongst camellias Ego soaring since shorty said I’m no average nigga You couldn’t wake me up Eyes are woven shut, REM Scroll through live museum Idle, I ate on Ikea Confused by the split screen Mama mia(!) brought me here in the mid 90s East Brunswick, the mausoleum Come find me Between bad ideas Hercules couldn’t even lift me up I can’t learn, really Or soothe hurt feelings I don’t burn billies Text my folks “ily” Send my friends a heart or something We was just on Blyth St Lit the stray bible up Put that on my psyche Who the fuck invited us? I’m bad with the timing Hard to walk beside me, huh? And so indecisive Can’t see in this backyard I should not have wifey I’m no good for life, trust It’s hard to surprise me Wrong way past the pigs, grin, we nod Can’t afford to pay another fee off Wave, see you Please be good Then I cop stares on Glenlyon Sort of don’t belong here But I’ve been around for eons Wave, see you
13.
Bore through the middle of a mountain Waterfalls, fountains Coming out the spout I don’t hang around ledges And don’t make a sound Press me, I don’t bend I don’t trust my mouth I don’t ball bounce Sprawled out upon bench I don’t trust those men Get the fuck out Wintry me is feeble Nigerian Eagle greeted me with the loud Plus the sun is out I don’t like a lot of people But leaving this town could be lethal Even my eyes are deceitful Fires that I been through burn even now The thought of a sequel is freaking me out Young king of the house One thing, no crown Skin stretched on the easel but resting for now God spits, you’d frown I’ll think for a bit City to city to city to… Spend a couple milli on a shitty view Try to find me around, peekaboo! Roundabouts, interludes Found myself during that interview Some could get aggy in a bitter mood “Ruh-roh Raggy!” Stain on my soul like the glass at the Gladdy Look at you, don’t look at me We found some gold, found the tapes from the factory Still got the smoke but I got caught lacking Cracked my window, fell in love with a baddie I ain’t been home in a while, call a taxi All the while, it’s a storm in it, actually
14.
Tired hands shake in steady rhythms Violent spasms soon demand abscission New attainments glisten Silent whilst I formulate opinion Realise it’s unsafe not to remain and whimper I just wait for Winter Voice in wind reflects human condition I discard immersion Body’s movement Pyrrhic Condemned to observe Commit to incisions then question my worth Mouth beneath the surface I’m submerged in murky river First I learned to swim Next I’ll learn to speak without a quiver in my voice Spread the ointment thin Exude a noise to signify I felt the sting It burns in my throat Still hurts to grow Purge into a sink and search through it for gold Superfluousness sent to Hades down below When in Rome… Cerberus stood at his post, murderous Prepared to pull the flesh from bone Writhing by my lonesome I’m high for the moment, so it goes Numerous attempts to soothe unstable soul In dissociation mode
15.
They Swoop 03:26
Pestilent view tightens the loop Tied to the roof, they swoop Thrown to the wolves Meddle with moods, some I won’t get used to Young to the vultures Weathered and older, orbit the sun a few My gaze remains unamused Iron to solder, fucked up the joints in the move Tucked in the folder, thoughts I will never renew Moments I rue, lead with the shoulder Running on solar, sickened by fumes Feel so alone when it’s colder Quarantined like I’ve ebola Despite my quest to be soothed I stay uprooted, miss when I shoot Surely I’d have seen a sign or two By now, I can’t defy the root Denied the mood is useless with a push, or tried to I’m drenched in unsilent youth Violent movements part the suture Wide enough to walk right through Boneheaded but I’m lacking in sinew Progression turned my bowlegged step to pigeon-toe And what the fuck I’m supposed to do with this awareness? Hard to bear, it bleeds me slow There’s some things that we’re not meant to know There’s some things that we’re not meant to know I walked to the edge of the water and pondered disorder It’s safer down here I lined with the chalk my own border It’s safe inside here
16.
Oh true, Why did I choose to build a blue house? Eschew the ruse, really unfulfilled I put the food down, feeling full Also shooed the pigeon ’til it flew out Thought I knew But it’s not a question what I’m gonna do now View askew, I reach the corner woozy Spy RRR upon on the hooptie door You’ve been warned Sample stole Please nobody sue me, God The debts I owe do sing me to sleep To live a life one can’t afford I’m sure they’ll frame it as more noble in the movie Could be wrong Part from blunt with whooping cough Hit it once and had some trouble moving on Guess this is the new me Undeserving, speech is slurred Vision blurry, somehow I am unperturbed It’s always worse that could be Oh true, Why did I choose to build a blue house? Eschew the ruse, really unfulfilled I put the food down, feeling full Also shooed the pigeon ’til it flew out Thought I knew But it’s not a question what I’m gonna do now Fell out of love with the painting I zone out, pacing to and fro Maybe I’ve got ADHD Or maybe you should go Go on, get out Resist poking my head out of the door Unrest is dormant now Await it with my chest out Stress the unimportance Met with sudden yawn, I heard the jaw click My own throat sore, Probably itching for a pause, I roll another Raw tip At times, this solitude is haunting Left it all alone I spawned a new sigil But if we microdose or swap signals, Let me walk you home Left it all alone I spawned a new sigil But if we microdose or swap signals, Let me walk you home

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DESERT VISUALS
(aka IT’S OKAY
aka JUPITER!
aka SO I CAN STAY STILL
aka TEDIUM IS REMEDIAL
aka IF IT WERE A SIGN?)

After three years of in-betweens, little sleep and too much time to think, there remains the residue of both gradual and sudden distance. This album is observations of an ever-changing environment from the perspective of an ever-changing self. I made these songs in the moments I needed them most. It can be hard to keep pace. It’s almost impossible to know who you are. Despite my reservations though, I couldn’t help but wonder.

My unwavering gratitude to Bayang, Realname, Mr. Society, Malcomtopaz, Frimpong, psnotes, Stoneset, John You and nini for lending their talents to this project.

credits

released August 4, 2020

Written and produced by Teether.
“Go Home” produced in collaboration with Stoneset.
Mixed by Teether.
Additional mixing on track 4 by Mr. Society.
Mastered by Mr. Society.
Art by John You.

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