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Beginners

by Christian Lee Hutson

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felixwav On his major label debut, Hutson is anything but a beginner. His intricate guitar work, evocative sense of melody and harmony, along with production by Phoebe Bridgers brings about a first record that exceeds expectations. Favorite track: Unforgivable.
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justinspencernelson This song immediately puts me in high school, west coast, nostalgia vibe. It's painfully wonderful. Favorite track: Northsiders.
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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) Three traces have led me here. First, Nathaniel Walcott, who wrote the awesome string arrangements for five of the tracks. He is the keyboardist in the band "Bright Eyes", led by Conor Oberst. Second, the backing vocals sung by Phoebe Bridgers, who is co-founder of a duo named "Better Oblivion Community Center" - with Conor Oberst. Third, who contributed the harmonica? Well, Conor Oberst. So on the bottom line, Conor Oberst led me here. Thank you! A great addition to my folk rock collection. Favorite track: Talk.
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Looking like this will be the soundtrack of my summer. ☀️🎵 😊
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1.
Atheist 03:00
On our initial descent into Chicago Katie leans over my lap looking out the window For a glimpse of the house we were kids in She says “I hated it then but now I kind of miss it” Shirts in the microwave, trash in the sink Quarters in a mason jar for every time she smokes She says “if we keep this up, girls, in no time we’ll be broke” I don’t remember getting older But I’m slowing down I don’t know if I’m gonna miss you Where I’m going now The 20th of October Hair of the dog, a blanket on your shoulder Reading the menu in an accent Trying to get you laughing She said some kids from the Christian school Came to sing her a song It went like “angels watching over us all our little lives” I don’t know if I buy it but it does sound kinda nice I don’t remember getting older But I’m slowing down I don’t know if I’m gonna miss you Where I’m going now
2.
Talk 02:57
Someday I'll fix my shoes For somebody else to use When I can touch their face and stay in the same place But I'm terrified I won't I was raised over the phone Your word was a wave then Endlessly breaking I'm a chip off the old block 'cause I'm all talk I'm pretty busy So please forgive me If I forget to Not forgive you The way that I see it You're no longer needed and if I'm not mistaken your ship never came in, anyway I'm a chip off the old block 'cause I'm all talk I will no longer grieve you when I have to see you it's no use denying you belong to the dying And I couldn't care less Life's just a real slow death Yep, that's what I was taught Okay, so I care a lot I'm a chip off the old block 'cause I'm all talk
3.
Bobby helped me track you down cause I just saw your name in the paper You said “of course that reminded you of me Don’t you know that’s how a name works” I know you don’t have to forgive me Hell, you probably shouldn’t I got scared and I took off I wanted to try but I couldn’t That night you shook me but I wasn’t sleeping Afraid of the thunder Asked me to come in the bedroom Pulled me under the covers Lose this number It’s like I was born on the back of a bullet With your name written on it This city will probably kill me But it’s the only thing keeping me honest I want to crawl into this daydream I’m having And live here forever Confetti blowing into the ocean The three of us finally together And the whole time I’ve just been asleep here 20 years younger Smell of sugar and seaweed Indian summer Lose this number
4.
Unforgivable 03:34
The fall was pretty nasty on that, we can agree but they're never really clean and sometimes neither is the break By the time I left you, the room looked like a bruise a curtain breach let pink and blue light wash across your face Is it so unforgivable to wander off the course We had a pretty good run but I just can't fucking do it anymore I was eager to commit once, not for forever 'cause if you remember, I never once said "you should never say never" that's gravity for you when you're stuck up and stupid it turns you into a student for thinking you were so clever Is it so unforgivable to wander off the course We had a pretty good run but I just can't fucking do it anymore I'm not afraid to call it the way that it is looks like you wasted a wish on some supposed second wind and I don't care who sees me behaving so ugly I just hate that you loved me and that this is how it ends Is it so unforgivable to wander off the course We had a pretty good run but I just can't fucking do it anymore
5.
Northsiders 03:43
I was new in town, kinda goth I met you in the science quad You asked if I had any pot “we’re going up to mikey’s spot” Covering important ground Tried coke at my cousins house Yeah I’m probably addicted now things that children bluff about Didn’t notice it was getting late You offered me a place to stay “We live up in the palisades Tell your folks you ran away Besides you’re a north sider now” Nothings going to change it pal We were so pretentious then Didn’t trust the government Said that we were communists Thought that we invented it Morrissey apologists Amateur psychologists Serial monogamists We went to different colleges You said that we would always be Branches on the same old tree Reaching away from Each other for eternity You know I can’t argue with that Nothings going to change it now We could’ve a last hurrah When I was working in the smoothie shop But I couldn’t get the weekend off She told me I was getting soft I read an article about the accident Probably reaching for her cigarettes And missed the break lights up ahead I hope it was an instant death Sometimes I imagine us way down the line Getting fat somewhere in the country side It’s crazy how things shake out some time Maybe that’s enough magic for me Nothings going to change it now
6.
Twin Soul 03:52
Our cheeks were frozen Watching the storm roll in We missed the ferry Got stuck in the city, barely covering our heads With a coat, when you said We could be more than friends It’ll never be this good again I’m gonna hurt you and myself too Cause that’s the only thing that I know how to do You’ve been away for months The bands finally breaking up Charlie’s a fucking tool Says he’s going back to school The radio plays tunes You wrote in your childhood room I turn it too loud Pretend you’re here right now I’m gonna hurt you and myself too Cause that’s the only thing that I know how to do You told me not to But whenever you’re gone I do Let my thoughts go Hypothetical You met your twin soul While you were on the road Twisted in the sheets Said it didn’t mean a thing I’m gonna hurt you and myself too Cause that’s the only thing that I know how to do
7.
Seven Lakes 04:03
The beds were all made I slept on the floor First time in love She called you a whore We thought that they might Try to send you out of state Nothing could be done then To keep me away I hope you catch a break Oldest daughter Seven lakes Treading water Sealing up the crawl space found your little stash Won’t be like your brother We’re gonna get you back Tried too hard to convince us You were no longer at risk The medicine can only Help you if you’re sick So you’re gonna have to stay A little longer Seven lakes Barely treading water The birds here sound just Like an old arcade game You ask what I’m up to More of the same I’m gonna turn the page Build an altar Seven lakes Underwater
8.
You idiots in your leather jackets and glasses You know I could still kick all your asses Harry, I had a thought If I dust the old ax off Maybe we could give this thing a real shot Let’s get the old band back together again Let’s get back in the room and let the magic happen Let’s get the old band back together After the baby everything changed I only have a couple a night these days I’m glad that I came I really like the new name But with Anna on bass It really doesn’t feel the same Let’s get the old band back together again Let’s get back in the room and let the magic happen Let’s get the old band back together I’ve been gigging around It’s really bumming me out That suddenly no one wants to Play it fucking loud Let’s get the old band back together again Let’s get back in the room and let the magic happen Let’s get the old band back together
9.
I could've told you they loved you From the way they stood still But I hope you didn't notice And that you never will It isn't hard to imagine You won't need me someday Cause I know something that you don't You never did anyway Our love's already begun to brown And unless I can convince you No one could want you now You're gonna see how easy It is to fool around I have to keep you down At some point you decided You were burning through self esteem So you locked up whatever was left And trusted me with the keys You thought I'd figured it all out And that's completely insane I think you should've considered No one remembers my name Our love's already begun to brown And unless I can convince you No one could want you now You're gonna see how easy It is to fool around I have to keep you down Your oversights gonna cost you Maybe eventually See I've been betting against you Unintentionally Our love's already begun to brown And unless I can convince you No one could want you now You're gonna see how easy It is to fool around I have to keep you down
10.
You said that you forgot to Put the candles in the cake Double digits but i heard you Tell the waitress "8" You didn't need a ticket then To walk me to the gate I showed the woman next to me Your picture on the plane Things are gonna turn around any day now You made me run from clover park Your dad was still at work Took my sweaty hands and put them Underneath your shirt Can we be single for the summer Drinking 40's on the roof I told you I was dying then It was technically the truth Things are gonna turn around any day now It’s gonna happen any day now

credits

released May 29, 2020

Christian Lee Hutson - Guitar, Vocals 1-10, Casio Guitar on 3, OP-1 on 5
Marshall Vore - Drums on 2, 3, 6, 8, 10
Ben Jacobson - Violin on 2, 3, 7, 10
Marisa Kuney - Violin on 2, 3, 7, 10
Caroline Buckman, Viola on 2, 3, 7, 10
Phoebe Bridgers - Harmonies on 3, 4, Choir on 8, 10
Anna Butters - Upright Bass on 3
Nathaniel Walcott - Trumpet on 4, 6, Keys on 6, 10
Joseph Lorge - Synth Bass on 4, 5, Bass on 6
Paul Cartwright - Strings on 5
Sharon Silva - Harmonies on 6, 8, 9
Ethan Gruska - Samples on 7, 10, Pocket Piano on 10
Meg Duffy - Electric Guitar on 8, 10
Conor Oberst - Harmonica on 8, Choir on 8, 10
Anna Butters - Bass on 8, 10
Lucy Dacus- Choir on 8, 10
Maddy Baltor - Choir on 8, 10

Strings arranged by Nathaniel Walcott on 2, 3, 5, 7, 10

All songs written by Christian Lee Hutson except "Single For The Summer" written by Christian Lee Hutson and Sharon Silva.

All songs published by Corn Fox Publishing (ASCAP) except “Single For The Summer” published by Corn Fox Publishing (ASCAP) and Turkeybacon Music (ASCAP)

To Sharon, Phoebe, Marshall, Ethan, Griff, Dash, Darin, Kelly, my family and all my sweet friends: I love you all so much. Thank you for helping me make this thing.

Ethan Gruska appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Phoebe Bridgers appears courtesy of Dead Oceans
Lucy Dacus appears courtesy of Matador Records
Meg Duffy appears courtesy of Saddle Creek
Art by Adam Sniezek.

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