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    releases October 21, 2022

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    As per usual, gatefold CD wallet comes with groovy artwork courtesy of Ed Woltil. Includes unlimited streaming of Shadow Play via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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1.
Chasing Angels
2.
Kickstart 04:51
__________________________________ Kickstart ©2022 Ed Woltil (ASCAP/Schmoopleton Heights Music) & Steve Robinson (BMI/Across The Water Music) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ When I’ve almost given up and the will to fight still isn’t quite enough and Plan Z just isn’t working. Is enough ever enough when the going’s gone but I’m not getting tough. On the ropes, knockout is lurking. I need a kickstart, don’t let me fall apart. Give me the chance, I need a soul transplant. Grant me a change of heart. If I could fake it then I might make it. Oh, but I just can’t take it ‘Cause if this is livin’ then I just might give in. There’s still room left on my list between chances missed and problems that don’t exist for one more breakdown in progress. ‘Cause I’m not quite finished yet with this one man patched-up symphony of regret. There’s still time for me to regress. I need a kickstart, give me your whole heart. I’m stuck in orbit out here in the void, show me a little spark. If I’m not quite myself but I’m nobody else I need a little help and I think it’s high time that you throw me a lifeline. Stranded in a deep, dark hole Isolation now is takin’ its toll Fingers of a fist so cold Tighten their grip down upon my soul. I need a kickstart, I just can’t play the part. I’ve tried and I just can’t do it on my own, this is my flare in the dark. Looking for light above show me some sign of love It’s down to push or shove But this fog’s not lifting, and this pain’s not shifting and if this is livin’ then I just might give in. If you start to thinkin’ that I’m almost sinkin’ then I think it’s high time that you throw me a lifeline. __________________________________
3.
__________________________________ Life on a Trampoline ©2022 Steve Robinson (BMI/Across The Water Music) & Ed Woltil (ASCAP/Schmoopleton Heights Music) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Ups and downs smiles and frowns fluffy horizon views going underground Higher now new sights and sounds full of the joys of spring ‘til you come back down Sunny-faced people raining on down wondering what it all means Life on a trampoline Urge to soar stuck on the floor you want to take on the world with your mousy roar You snipped the cord now you're unmoored Reaching up for the stars is its own reward Up on high wire with heavenly choir lacking in self-esteem Life on a trampoline Here comes another last chance Tried saving the last dance for you Caught the elastic of my big-boy pants Now we’re stuck in a free fall for two (What you are, you say you are, you get to fall in love without a safety net) As hard as you push it’s never enough You never quite make the scene Life on a trampoline Here comes another fat chance Had the world in our hands but it slipped through On the way up it’s all romance but when gravity calls your fall comes due It’s a scream Life on a trampoline. __________________________________
4.
Ultramarine
5.
The Way You Love Him
6.
One Day Never
7.
Vulgar Tongue
8.
__________________________________ On the Way to My Appointment With Death ©2022 Ed Woltil (ASCAP/Schmoopleton Heights Music) & Steve Robinson (BMI/Across The Water Music) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ On the way to my appointment with Death I picked up my paycheck and spent a week in a tent and I stopped to raise a daughter or two with my wife—that was the best then came the accident and I thought I saw Him smiling and checking His watch as it swung at the end of its fob hypnotizing me but then I came to and remembered all the things that I had still left to do so I jumped into a cab and I made it just in time to piano recitals and family reunions and mornings at the zoo Then I came to a mountain and wondered if I’d found Him as I gazed all around to distant horizons but my phone began to ring excuse me while I get this it’s my daughter, she says she’s moving to Wisconsin Yes, of course I’ll be there I just can’t wait to see you on the way to my appointment with Death. On the way to my appointment with Death. I'm really very sorry and I hope it’s not too late but I’m afraid I have to cancel, I just need another month, one week, one day… I’m on the way… I’m on the way… __________________________________
9.
Lifeboat
10.
Shadow Wall
11.
On Your Side
12.
Make Amends

about

Replete with musings on depression, death and fears of looming fascism, cheerfully counter-balanced by odes to the joys of musical kinship, committed relationships and interpersonal encouragement, "Shadow Play" is the long-awaited follow up to the acclaimed 2015 Robinson/Woltil album,"Cycle".

Cycle was released to a bounty of favourable reviews; No Depression calling the pair’s orchoustic pop opus “a gloriously synergistic merging of talents”; Powerpopaholic referring to it as “simply beautiful and very highly recommended”; with Absolute Powerpop adding "Tampa Bay's premier folk-poppers team up for one of 2015's best, a graceful and melodic collection of tunes that bring the pastoral side of XTC to mind”. Ultimately, the album’s assortment of critical hurrahs helped it end up on numerous ‘Best of The Year’ lists.

Largely recorded at their respective homes in North Carolina and Florida, this little 12-track beauty also sees the return of XTC guitar hero, Dave Gregory, for a couple of delicious cameos.

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releases October 21, 2022

All vocals and instruments by Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil except:
Dave Gregory - Electric Guitars (Tracks 3 & 4)
Christopher Bryan Thompson - Drums (Track 4)
Emma Robinson - Background Vocals (Tracks 3 & 4)
Chaz Darling - Drums (Track 11)

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Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil Hendersonville, North Carolina

Ex-Roger McGuinn sideman and award-winning
Ditchflowers singer-songwriter team up to concoct
baroque folk-pop masterwork.

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